Monday, February 15, 2010

The Snow Makes Me Knit Sweaters For Everything...

It's snowing here- again.  An occurrence that we dread here at school since we have to walk everywhere.  I fell 4 times last week, and have already slipped once today.  Please don't make me walk to class...

Because of the snow, it seems that I feel the need to knit a sweater for all of my inanimate objects.  First off, a reusable cabled Coffee Sweater!  I've been using this little guy instead of those disposable cardboard do-dads.  So far it seems to keep my coffee toasty warm!  I based mine around the tutorial found here.  I made my cables closer together, and then blocked the whole thing in the end.  I don't think that there's any real trick to it, just lots of eyeballing.

Maybe just maybe my afternoon class will be cancelled and I can knit a sweater for my ipod next!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Glitter Photo Valentine How-to

Ever since preschool, Valentines day has been one of my favorite holidays of the year.  Mountains of candy aside, I have always loved making valentines foe my friends.  It's a great excuse to break out the glitter, and it's fun to tell your friends just how special they are.

This year, since my friends and I are scattered across the country at various colleges, all valentines will be received in the mail (which is almost more fun than in person).  The only caveat is that there won't be any homemade v-day cupcakes this year.

For this valentine, all you will need is:
Photo paper
Liquid Glue
and Glitter

First, select the photo you want to use, and print it onto a 4x6" piece of photo paper.  For each of my friends I chose my favorite picture of the two of us.  For this example, I chose a fabulous picture of my friends together.

Next, write your message on the back.

Then, write some sweet, cheesy or romantic phrase on the front with marker.  Metallic sharpies are awesome for this.  I highly recommend investing in one.

Finally, go to town with the glitter.  I like tracing shapes or jewelry with the glue, and also filling in negative spaces.  Just be careful to only glue what you want in the same color.  It's VERY hard to direct the stuff.  Doing it one color at a time is the easiest possible way to do it.

Next, mail to your friend, and let them be amazed.

Happy Valentines day!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Washcloth Pattern

On size 5 (US) needles, cast on 30 stitches.

Rows 1-6: knit

From this point until the last 6 rows, there is a five row garter stitch border on the sides.  Remember to always knit the first and last 5 stitches of each row.

Heart pattern:

Rows 7 and 9: p20
Rows 8 and 10: k 20
Row 11: p9, k2, p9,
12: k9, p2, k9
13: p8, k4, p8
14: k8, p4, k8
15: p7, k6, p7
16: k7, p6, k7
17: p6, k8, p6
18: k6, p8, k6
19: p5, k10, p5
20: k5, p10, k5
21: p4, k12, p4
22: k4, p12, k4
23: p3, k14, p3
24: k3, p14, k3
25: p3, k6, p2, k6, p3
26: k3, p6, k2, p6, k3
27: p4, k4, p4, k4, p4
28: k4, p4, k4, p4, k4
29 and 31: p20
30 and 32: k20

Finish border:
33-39: knit

BO all stitches. 

Enjoy the pattern!  Make as many as you can to send to Haiti.  I'm going to contact Corinne form Threadbanger to get an address to send mine to.  Corinne does a lot of work in Haiti, and is planning a trip for the spring.  She is going to personally take all the supplies that she receives and hand them out to those in need.  I'm confident that everything sent to her will go directly to a person in Haiti.