Thursday, June 18, 2015

Owl Soup Blanket

Hey-o! It's been a quite a while since I've updated this blog. Lots of things have happened, I've moved twice, met someone and I'm now living with him. I've been knitting a lot this year, I've surpassed what I knit all year last year. I've been knitting since 2010 and still haven't made a blanket. (Aside from my knitted/crocheted scrap blanket, but that doesn't count... to me.)

I was looking for a quick blanket to knit for my first blanket. I had 13 skeins on Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton that I had found in my stash. Nine of the mustard color and four of the walnut color. I tried a pattern and I didn't like how it was knitting up so I ripped it out. I looked in the FO's under the LB Organic Cotton yarn page on Ravelry and found Creature Comforts Blanket by Sandrop329 which is based off of Purl Soho's Super Easy Baby Blanket.

I didn't want a "baby" blanket, I wanted an adult-sized blanket. So I modified Sandrop329's mods a little bit to suit what I wanted. This pattern ended up being kind of a recipe instead of a pattern. I call it "Owl Soup" because there are so many different pieces of other patterns incorporated.

Yarn: LB Nature's Choice Organic Cotton held double OR any bulky yarn of your choice.

Needles: Size 13 circular needles with 24 or 36 inch cable.

Cast on: 120 stitches

You will knit the first five rows in seed stitch. Then once you start the owl pattern, mark off the first 5 stitches on each end with a stitch marker. This will be your seed stitch border.

Start the owl pattern repeat:

Row 1: P7, K8,*P3, K8 to last 6 stitches, P6
Row 2: K6, P8, *K3, P8 to last 7 stitches, K7
Row 3: P7, C4B, C4F, *P3, C4B, C4F to last 6 stitches, P6
Row 4: K6, P8, *K3, P8 to last 7 stitches, K7
Row 5: P7, K8,*P3, K8 to last 6 stitches, P6
Row 6: K6, P8, *K3, P8 to last 7 stitches, K7
Row 7: P7, K8,*P3, K8 to last 6 stitches, P6
Row 8: K6, P8, *K3, P8 to last 7 stitches, K7
Row 9: P7, K8,*P3, K8 to last 6 stitches, P6
Row 10: K6, P8, *K3, P8 to last 7 stitches, K7
Row 11: Row 3: P7, C4B, C4F, *P3, C4B, C4F to last 6 stitches, P6
Row 12: K6, P8, *K3, P8 to last 7 stitches, K7
Row 13: P7, K8,*P3, K8 to last 6 stitches, P6
Row 14: K6, P8, *K3, P8 to last 7 stitches, K7
Row 15: Row 3: P7, C4B, C4F, *P3, C4B, C4F to last 6 stitches, P6
Row 16: K6, P8, *K3, P8 to last 7 stitches, K7

Your blanket should look something like this:

5 seed stitch | owl pattern | 5 seed stitch
      Seed stitch across 5 Rows

After you finish the Owl Pattern Repeat, knit another 5 rows of seed stitch.

What mine looked like after the second 5 rows of seed stitch. About to start the stockinette stripes.



Then, begin the stockinette body of the blanket:

Row 1 (WS): Purl across
Row 2 (RS): Knit across

Should look something like this at this point:


5 seed stitch | Stockinette | 5 seed stitch
       Seed Stitch Across 5 Rows
5 seed stitch | owl pattern | 5 seed stitch
       Seed Stitch Across 5 Rows

You can knit in the stockinette for as long as you'd like. I wanted a longer blanket so I just kept going. Once you're at a good point, do another repeat of 5 rows seed stitch, another owl pattern repeat and 5 more rows of seed stitch. Then bind off in any manner you like.


       Seed Stitch Across 5 Rows
 5 seed stitch | owl pattern | 5 seed stitch
       Seed Stitch Across 5 Rows
5 seed stitch | Stockinette | 5 seed stitch                              <- Breakdown on what the blanket
       Seed Stitch Across 5 Rows                                               "looks" like in words.
5 seed stitch | owl pattern | 5 seed stitch
       Seed Stitch Across 5 Rows



If you find any errors, let me know ASAP! Or even if you have suggestions to improve this design.





ThriftyRedhead

Friday, July 25, 2014

Competing Cables Headband

Competing Cables Headband















  • Cast on 18 stitches.
  • Size 8 or 9 needles. I used 9s.
  • Aran or worsted weight yarn. I used aran weight. 
  • Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed, but honestly, you can use any yarn of any kind that you prefer.
C2F - Slip two stitches to cable needle, hold in front, knit two, then knit two from cable needle.
C2B - Slip two stitches to cable needle, hold in back, knit two, then knit two from cable needle.


Row 1 - K3, P1, K4, P2, K4, P1, K3
Row 2 -  K4, P4, K2, P4, K4
Row 3 - K3, P1, K4, P2, K4, P1, K3
Row 4 - K4, P4, K2, P4, K4
Row 5 - K3, P1, C2F, P2, C2B, P1, K3
Row 6 - K4, P4, K2, P4, K4

Knit to desired length

On a right side row, do a buttonhole row:

K3, P1, YO, K2TOG, K2, P2, K2, K2TOG, YO, P1, K3

OR

K1, K2TOG, YO, P1, K4, P2, K4, P1, YO, K2TOG, K1

Whichever version floats your boat. :)

Then continue for the next two rows in pattern. 

Bind off on right side in pattern. Weave in ends.


If you find any errors, let me know ASAP! Or even if you have suggestions to improve this design.


If you enjoy this pattern, feel free to share with friends, and sell what you make, but please don’t claim as your own.


ThriftyRedhead

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Greenie Cables


Greenie Cables






Needles: US 6 circs and dpns
Yarn: worsted weight (I used Cascade Sierra Quattro)

I improvised this pattern to use up some yarn. Its a good stash buster.

Cast on 92 stitches, join in round being careful not to twist. Place marker for beginning of round.

C2F = two stitches to cable needle, hold in front, knit 2 then knit two from cable needle.

Round 1: K4, P2, K2, P2 to end.
Round 2: K4, P2, K2, P2 to end.
Round 3: K4, P2, K2, P2 to end.
Round 4: K4, P2, K2, P2 to end.
Round 5: K4, P2, K2, P2 to end.
Round 6: C2F, P2, K2, P2 to end.

Knit in pattern for 2 or 3 repeats depending upon how long you want to. (I did 3 repeats). When you’re satisfied with the length of the cable pattern, start knitting stockinette for as long as you wish. (I did 8 rounds.)

Start decreases:
K8, k2tog
K7, k2tog
K6, k2tog,
K5, k2tog
K4, k2tog
K3, k2tog
K2, k2tog
K1, k2tog
K2tog, k2tog
K2tog

Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches and weave in ends.


If you find any errors, let me know ASAP! Or even if you have suggestions to improve this design.

If you enjoy this pattern, feel free to share with friends, and sell what you make, but please don’t claim as your own.

ThriftyRedhead




Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ood Snood


Hello all! I know, I know, I disappear for months at a time. I apologize, but this time it was for something so awesome it will blow your mind!!! So as you know, I am a certifiably obsessed Whovian. Well, I was looking for a pattern for an Ood mask on Ravelry and all I could find was a crochet version. I can’t crochet, so I thought, “Pfft, I’ll make my own then.” And I DID!!!!  I spent a month on this mask. I was going to go as an Ood for Halloween next year but I think I’m going to go as a dalek instead. So I have this awesome Ood mask that I am going to share with you all. Well, the pattern anyway. :)

Ood Snood



You can init this version if you want, or you can measure your own features so it’s custom. I made mine as customized for my face as I could. You can omit the mouth and nose holes. I need them because I get claustrophobic with my mouth and nose covered, plus I wanted a mouth hole so I could drink things with a straw. Haha! Words in red are my suggestions of improvement. (What I feel I messed up on.)

My facial measurements:
Neck length – 4 ½ inches
Mouth length – 2.25 inches
Nose width – 1.25 inches
Eye width – 1 inch
Eye length – 1.5 inches
Chin to bottom lip – 1.5 inches
Top lip to bottom of nose - .75 inches
Nose to eyes – 1.25 inches

Other supplies you’ll need: Pink pipe cleaners.

Pattern:
Size 8 circs and dpns, size 9 dpns.

Yarns I used: Caron Simply Soft in Victorian Rose and Bone

With CSS in Tan:
Co 90 sts
K1P1 for 4 ½ inches (or however long you want/need it)

Then increase to 126 (Honestly, this was too much, you could probably just stick with the 90 stitches or increase a few stitches. The 126 makes the face part super baggy)
K1 (m1, k3) x9, (m1, k2) x7, (m1, k3) x9, m1, k1

Then knit around for 2.5 inches and then BO 12 stitches for mouth. Then knit around back to the bound off stitches and cast the 12 stitches back on. (You can omit this part if you don’t want a mouth hole.)

Then knit around for .75 inches and then BO 8 stitches (I used 6 stitches and the nose hole was entirely too small) in the middle of the mouth. (You can omit this part and just knit across) Knit around back to the bound off stitches and cast the 8 stitches back on.

Then knit for 1.25 inches.

For eye holes, BO 11 stitches, knit 6, BO 11 stitches. Then knit around back to bound off stitches and cast back on the first 11 stitches. Then work the 6 stitches back and forth on a dpn or straight needle to make a few ridges – I did 5 rows. Then cast back on the second set of 11 stitches.

Then knit around for 8 rounds and then start decreases:
K4, K2tog
Knit
Knit
K3, K2tog
Knit
Knit
K2, K2tog
Knit
Knit
K1, K2tog
Knit
Knit
K2tog, K2tog
Knit
Knit
K2tog until 8 sts remain. Cut yarn and pull through.

You’ve done it! The mask itself is complete! Onto the facial features!

Tentacles:
Using size 9 dpns, cast on 4 stitches in CSS Victorian rose and knit and I-cord as long as your pipe cleaner. Before you bind off your I-cord, use a needle to thread your pipe cleaner through the I-cord. Then wrap the I-cord and pipe cleaner around something circular to make the tentacles spirally. I used my fingers to do this. Do this for as many pipe cleaners as you want. You can make them longer, shorter, anything you want.

I also used the tan to knit a small garter stitch piece to sew under the facial flap to attach the tentacles to so you won’t see what they’re sewn to.

Facial Flap:
With size 9 dpns, cast on 2 stitches.
1.        Purl across
2.        k1, m1, k1 (3)
3.        Purl across
4.        k1, m1, k2 (4)
5.        Purl across
6.        k1, m1, k2, m1, k1 (6)
7.        Purl across
8.        k2, m1, k2, m1, k2 (8)
9.        Purl across
10.     k3, m1, k2, m1, k3 (10)
11.     Purl across
12.     k4, m1, k2, m1, k4 (12)
13.     Purl across
14.     k5, m1, k2, m1, k5 (14)

Now, knit and purl back and forth for 7 inches.

I did 14 stitches, but I feel that it was too many. I think 10 stitches probably would have sufficed.


The Decreases:
On a right side row, begin:
1.        K5, k2tog, k5, k2tog
2.        Purl across
3.        k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog
4.        Purl across
5.        k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog
6.        Purl across
7.        k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog
8.        Purl across
9.        k2, k2tog
10.     Purl across
11.     k2tog, k1
12.     Purl across
13.     k2tog

Ear:
I didn’t add ears. I was going to but then I didn’t. This is optional.
With size 9 dpns, cast on 2 stitches.
1.        Purl across
2.        k1, m1, k1 (3)
3.        Purl across
4.        k1, m1, k2 (4)
5.        Purl across
6.        k1, m1, k2, m1, k1 (6)
7.        Purl across
8.        k1, k2tog,k1, k2tog
9.        Purl across
10.     k1, k2tog, k1
11.     Purl across
12.     k1, k2tog
13.     Purl across
14.     k2tog


Ood Sphere:
I used an ornament pattern. The pattern I used is found here: http://intarsia.meowingdog.net/2008/11/free-pattern-sarahs-christmas-ball.html

I used size 9 dpns and CSS in white and Gray for the ood sphere. Came out larger than I wanted, so you might want to scale it down or use what the pattern suggests. I know an 18 inch i-cord. I also stuffed it with poly-fil.

Now all you have to do is ASSEMBLE!!!

For the face flap I folded the middle into and M shape and sewed it that way. I then sewed the little garter stitch strip to the underside of the flap so I can attach my tentacles and ood sphere to it. Then I attached it to the mask. The M part up against the 6 stitches you did between the eyes. Once that is attached, all you have to do is attach the tentacles and sphere! Then you’re done! Yaaay!

If you find any errors, let me know ASAP! Or even if you have suggestions to improve this design.


If you enjoy this pattern, feel free to share with friends, and sell what you make, but please don’t claim as your own.


ThriftyRedhead


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Upcoming Event!


If you're in the area...
I’m just posting to let everyone know that my friend Taine Hatch-Rymer and I will be selling handmade items (mostly knit and crochet, but some non-fiber stuff like my popular Harry Potter potion necklaces as well) at the Fond du Lac Recreation’s Holiday Wonder Craft Fair this Saturday, November 3rd. We are pretty sure that the event has a small fee at the door that benefits the Rec. Department, though. If you can’t make it or would rather not pay the cover fee, have no fear! As always, you can visit either of our web sites to access our full product inventory: My inventory can be viewed at ThriftyRedheadCreates.blogspot.com, and Taine’s is available at TaineAHKnits.blogspot.com. Contact us if there’s anything you’d like a price for, or to put a hold on any of our products. And please, share this via email or Facebook posts with anyone you think might be interested: beyond Taine and myself, this event is guaranteed to have lots of wonderful hamdmade gifts available for holiday shopping!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Well, Hello There!

Well, once again it has been quite a while since I updated. I apologize for that! I can give one good reason as to why I've been absent... Doctor Who! After Fondue Fest, I started watching it and it kind of consumed my life. Now I'm working on a prototype of a Doctor Who pattern. ;) I'm an officially obsessed Whovian! I'm even going to be the TARDIS for halloween!

 


(I know I added this a little late, but I did these to accompany my costume!)




Fondue Fest was pretty much a success! I even sold my award-winning hat. It was nice to get rid of some of my inventory. I didn't sell as much as Taine, which is pretty much how it always is. But she also has been knitting way longer than me and also she has like five times the FOs as I do. Paige and Joe and their kiddos came and pretty much hung out with us all day and so did my mom. We had lots of visitors. It was better than the year before where it was just Taine and I alone. Sold a lot of my Harry Potter necklaces. I'll probably make a few more because we're going to be at the November 3rd craft fair out at the fairgrounds!!  Wooty-woot!

I'm not sure if I shared this or not, but my bestestestest friend in the world got engaged this summer and I took their engagement photos this month. I'm so excited about them! I even framed one for myself.




I just love them both to pieces! I had fun doing their photos.


My mom's friend Eve was cleaning out her house and holy crap, she sent over two big bags of yarn and a box full of craft books. SO. MUCH. CRAFTING. SWAG. I haven't decided what I am all making out of it.

 


On October 11 was our 4 year anniversary, (but we celebrated the 13th) but it was so rainy, we didn't really get to do anything. :( We went to Nakashima with Emily and Dusty. Nakashima is a very, very delicious Japanese restaurant. Sooo tasty! Yummo! We usually go to The Little Farmer which is a local apple orchard and farm open to the public where you can pick your own pumpkins and apples. They even have a petting zoo and hayrides. This year there wasn't a pick your own crop because of the horrible drought we had during this summer. So we finally got to go! We got caramel apples, a pumpkin, and muffins and even a tiny pie. 


Our 4 year anniversary picture with our Pumpkin! We take a photo of us with our pumpkin every year and I frame it. :) We're dorks!



So what did you do this weekend?!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Last Few Days

Hello all! I hope this post finds you fabulous. This past week hasn't been overly productive. I've thrifted a little bit, but not much. This weekend we hit a flea market with my family and I found a few things. I'm still trying to get all my projects done for Fondue Fest, but honestly, I'm still working on a simple ribbed scarf because I had to work a lot and mostly because I'm pretty lazy, haha! I still have a lot to do though, and this coming week, I might be able to get stuff done, but the weekend? Oh hellz no. I won't be able to get much of anything done. Friday, we're having a craft night at a friend's house, Saturday we have a cookout at a different friend's house and Sunday we're going to to the Bristol Renaissance Faire with the friend we're crafting with on Friday. This coming weekend will possibly be productive, but probably mostly won't be. Super busy. Tomorrow, I have a photography appointment, and Tuesday I'm just going to veg all day. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I work.

Super bust week coming up. Phew! Now onto my finds!

This first batch was what I thrifted locally.


$5.00 at St. Vinnie's. I also found another flash there for $4.00 that I didn't blog about. I used the other one, but it didn't cycle fast enough for me. There was about  30 seconds to a minute between being able to take photos. THIS flash works great, hardly any time between cycling, I love it.


$8.00 at St. Vinnies. They're OWLS! I could not leave this owl tea set there for $8.


$.99 at Goodwill. I've always wanted a sleep mask because I'm a light sleeper. This one is awesome because it has little eye packs that you can freeze and put in the mask itself. Which is great for swollen allergy eyes!


$3.99 At Goodwill. A cute sweatshirt from Old Navy.


$.99 at Goodwill. Stretchy belt.


$2.99 at Goodwill. I needed a new bag to hold all my notions for knitting, this one is definitely big enough.


$2.99 at Goodwill. I love owls. 'Nuff said.



The next collection  of items I procured at Mukwonago Days, which is just a huuuge flea market basically.


5 CDS for $20 - I love some Marilyn Manson - Remix and Repent, Lest We Forget, and Antichrist Superstar.. One of my all-time favorite musical artists. The other two CDs are Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell and Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral.


3 for $5.00. Pretty damn good deal for Burt's Bees.


$1.00 I needed something to hold my hair back.


$12 - Handmade owl earrings. Love them!

The next two photos are from a rummage sale my aunt went to and bought 4 boxes full of yarn and half-finished projects.


I finished the blankets and intend to sell them. I unraveled a few half done projects that I didn't even know what the heck they were.


And you know those hydrangea photos I was going to get framed like, forever ago from this post?

Well, I finally got it framed! Yay! Still not totally sure where it's going to go yet.

I also wanted to share the fact that I got a haircut, but it was not photo-ready today, haha! It was super stringy and greasy since it's no-shower Sunday. So you get a photo of me in a hat. :P You can see how short it is.



Other than what I shared with you, there isn't too much going on. Just still trying to get my projects done. OHHH!! I forgot to share.. I had a bunch of stuff made with my thriftyredhead logo on it. I'm going to wear it at Fondue Fest! I had a coffee mug made, a mousepad, t-shirt, tote bag, and key chain! I also had an owl tote made, because honestly, I couldn't resist! I also had a special rubber stamp made. I can't wait to get everything! Then I can bag and tag what I have made. :)

What are you doing this week to keep busy? Any on-going projects? Any awesome plans?

Keep calm and thrift on, yo!