Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Put a bird on it!

You can check in on a female bluebird sitting on five eggs with this nestcam in Maine, NY. The video feed is live, in color, and has sound. Look for the NestCam link on the left side of the homepage...
New York State Bluebird Society

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cake Pop Bouquet

I was so happy with the way these cake pops turned out. I made three different types of cake and dipped them into different coatings. Some got peppermint chips, some got nuts, some got edible foil stars, and some just got swirly color.

I think they look great!

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Baby = Hat and Booties

I made these tiny little things for my cousin's new baby. I liked this yarn quite a bit, and was happy to make baby things using colors that weren't pastels or primary. The hat pattern is Lyric, but I changed it a little bit because I ran out of time to make it taller.

The little boots are Magic Slippers, and were very easy to make. I was happy there was no seaming at all. The yarn is Patons Stretch Socks in the Mineral color. I also changed the Magic Slipper pattern a bit because I was worried the baby would kick them off. These are a cross between socks and slippers. I hope they stay on!

Hairy Aran Pixie Hat

So the first hat I made for Quinn did not fit and I had to make another one. I love how this hat turned out, and I should have made one for myself. The earflaps button on and off, so the hat can be customized. I changed the Lyon Hat pattern by pixie-ing the top - the decreases are less round, and result in the pixie shape. To get the hairy effect, I held two yarns double: the creamy yarn is Sirdar Denim Sport Aran, and the blue yarn is Lion Brand Fun Fur Stripes.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Jester Hat for Quinn

I made this Jester Hat for my little nephew Quinn's first birthday. His mighty Irish noggin was too big, and the hat didn't fit. I am listing it on etsy; it's too nice to let it sit on the shelf. This was an great pattern and makes up quickly, so I have time to knit another one for him before it gets cold here. 

For this hat, I used two wool yarns: the gray is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash in charcoal heather, and the purple is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in grey ragg. Both can go right into the washing machine. The pattern was a free Ravelry download, Jester Hat, by Elizabeth Morrison.

The yarns are aran weight and I cast on 72 stitches. This gave me a hat that measured 6 inches across the ribbing when measured flat, and 7 inches across the body, with a total height of 6.5 inches. Quinn's head measures 19 inches around. If I need to add 6 more inches of ribbing, then I think I need to add another 36 cast on, for a total of 108 stitches.