Monday, August 23, 2010

Preemie hat pattern

I came up with a pattern for the Head to Toe contest the Knitmore Girls are hosting on thier website and on Ravelry. It uses up bits of leftover sock yarn and is inspired after the Ball Band dishcloth. So I give you, the:
Ball Band Baby Hat

Sizes: Preemie (Newborn)
Yarn: Any leftover sock yarn; 2 coordinating colors
Needles: US 1 (US 2)

CO 70 (90) st, join to work in the round.
Work 6 (8) rows of garter stitch (K one row, P one row)
Begin St St. Work 10 rounds even
Join color 2 (do not cut color 1)
Next round: K4, sl 1, *K5, sl 1* repeat around ending with K1
Next 3 rounds: P4, sl 1, *P5, sl 1* repeat around ending with P 1
With color 1: K 2 rounds even
Color 2: K1, sl 1. *K5, sl 1* repeat around, ending with K4
Next 3 rounds: P1, sl 1, *P5, sl 1* repeat around, ending with P4
With color 1: K 2 rounds even.
Color 2: K4, sl 1, *K5, sl 1* repeat around ending with K1
Next 3 rounds: P4, sl 1, *P5, sl 1* repeat around ending with P 1
Cut color 2 leaving tail long enough to weave in end.
With color one, K 6 (8) rounds even in st st.
Purl 2 rounds
Begin decreases as follows:
*K5(7), k2tog* around
K one round even
*K4(6), k2tog* around
K one round even
*K3(5), k2tog* around
K one round even
*K2(4), k2tog* around
K one round even
*K1(3), k2tog* around
K one round even
Preemie hat - k2tog around for 2 rounds ending with 5 st on needle. For flat top, cut yarn (leaving end long enough to weave) take tapestry needle and thread through remaining 5 stitches on needle and pull tight. Weave in all ends. For knotted top, knit 2 inches of I-cord with the remaining 5 stitches, cut yarn, weave tail through 5 st and pull tight, weave in all ends.
Newborn hat - continue with decreases as follows
*K2, k2tog* around
K one round even
*K1, k2tog* around
K one round even
*k2tog* around, for 2 rounds
For flat top, cut yarn (leaving end long enough to weave) take tapestry needle and thread through remaining 5 stitches on needle and pull tight. Weave in all ends. For knotted top, knit 2 inches of I-cord with the remaining 5 stitches, cut yarn, weave tail through 5 st and pull tight, weave in all ends.


Monday, December 28, 2009

We have a new addition at our house! A 40lb English Bulldog named Angus. We are in love!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Socks by ME!!

I took the challenge issued by the SKA group on Ravelry to design my own socks. I designed socks around a DIAMOND theme - and named them Cut, Color & Clarity.

 Here is the pattern: (The charts got messed up and I am working on getting them redone, but until then, here is the written out pattern:\) This is my first design attempt, so if you find any errors or have any questions, please contact me at or on Ravelry as EAnnRN. Also, I would LOVE to know if you knit these, and see pictures!! Thanks!

 Supplies: Yarn: Knit Picks Essentials Kettle Dyed - Bordeaux, or any fingering weight yarn of your choice Needles: Sample was knit on US size 1.5 40" circular for magic loop, Two at a time; for a Wm's 10 foot. For a smaller circumference, use a smaller needle (US 1 or US 0). locking st holder/marker or coiless safety pins for borrowing st between needles on diamond purl chart tapestry needle, for weaving in ends

 Using Judy Becker's Magic Cast On, co 24 st - 12 on each needle Knit one row even. Round 1: K1, M1, K to last st, M1, K1 on both needles Round 2: Knit even Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 30 st on both needles for a total of 60

Begin Diamond Eyelet Pattern on instep (needle 1) and continue with st st on sole (needle 2).
 Diamond Eyelet Pattern
Rounds 1&2: K even
3: K3, * yo, ssk, K5* repeat from *
4: K even (and all even rounds unless otherwise noted)
5: K 2, *yo, double dec, yo, K4*
7: K3, * yo, ssk, K5* repeat from *
8, 9 &10: K even
11: K6, * yo, ssk, K5* repeat from *
13: K5, *yo, double dec, yo, K4*
15: K6, * yo, ssk, K5* repeat from *
16: K even repeat until foot reaches where leg and top of foot meet
Work short row heel as follows - (one heel at a time if working TAAT)
 Row 1: (RS) K to last st on needle, wrap next st & turn (W&T),
Row 2: (WS) P to last st on needle, W&T
Row 3: K to 1 st before wrapped st (do not knit across any wrapped sts), W&T next st
Row 4: P to 1 st before wrapped st (do not purl across any wrapped sts), W&T
Repeat rows 3 &4 until you have 10 unwrapped center st second half:
Row 1 (RS): K to 1st wrapped st, lift wrap from RS onto needle and ktog tbl with wrappeds st, turn.
Row 2: sl 1, P to 1st wrapped st, lift wrap from RS onto needle and ptog with wrapped st, turn.
Row 3: sl 1, K to 1st wrapped st, lift wrap from RS onto needle and ktog tbl with wrappeds st, turn.
Row 4: sl 1, P to 1st wrapped st, lift wrap from RS onto needle and ptog with wrapped st, turn.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until all wraps have been worked.
K across heel st to get yarn at working end prepared to K across instep.
Pick up one st on each side of heel to close gap/hole at edge of heel. - this gives you 32 st on sole of sock needle.
 K2tog at beginning and end of sole needle next round to decrease back to 30 st on both needles.
K 12 rounds even.

Work Diamond Purl Pattern as follows once.
 K 5 rounds even.
Begin Diamond Leg Pattern. (Work on front and back of leg.)
K 6, work Pattern, K 7 - repeat for second needle.
**The pattern makes up 17 st of the total of 30 on the needle - therefore I split up the remaining 13 st in this way to give a stockinette border to the diamond.**
1: Knit
2:K6, K5, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, ssk, K5, K7 **reminder - K6 before and K 7 after pattern...implied on rest of pattern rounds**
3:Knit and all Odd rows of pattern
4: K4, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K1,yo, ssk, yo, ssk , K4
6: K3,  k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, K3
8: K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, K2
10: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, K1
12: k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K5, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk
14: K1, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, K3, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K1
16: K2, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K2
18: K3, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, sl 2 as if k2tog, K1, pas slipped stitches over (double decrease), yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K3
20: K4, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, K1,k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K4
22: K5, yo, ssk, yo, double decrease, yo, k2tog, yo, K5
24: K6, yo ssk, K1, k2tog, yo, K6
26: K7, yo, double decrease, yo, K7

Work 6 rounds even once chart is completed.
P 3 rounds
K 2 rounds
next round 1: *K2tog, yo* repeat to end
K 1 round
round 2: *yo, k2tog* repeat to end
K 1 round
next round: *k2tog, yo* repeat to end
K 2 rounds
P 3 rounds.

Cuff: work K1P1 ribbing for at least 10 rounds - until ribbing is desired length
Bind off very loosely.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Older pics of me

These are some pics of me from when I was younger for The High Fiber Diet Podcast
The top L pic is my junior school pic - BIG hair, the one beside that is my Senior pic; then on the bottom row is a pic from when I was 6 (1979) when I had my orphan Annie hair thanks to my mother, and a side view of me - LOOK AT THOSE BANGS!! (my Mom and Aunt are in the pic too) WOW

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Productive Knitting month

So March has been a productive knitting month for me. Not only have I finished 4 pairs of socks (3 of which were started in March), I have taught my BFF, Jaimie, how to knit socks too! I have brought her to the dark side and she will never go back, mwhahahahahaha! *insert evil grin to go with laugh*

I have also gotten some spinning finished. I finished spinning up the wool that I dyed, and made my first 3 ply (that wasnt navajo plied) sock yarn. I am currently knitting, what else but socks with it.

In other news, my back is hurting again - UGH. Kaitlyn went to the dermatologist and got diagnosed with psoriasis (at least now we know what it is). Jacob got his braces off! YAY! He has been chewing gum almost constantly since he got them off - except for school hours.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


It is called Steeking, and it is scary! Meghan from the Stitch It! Podcast is hosting a steeking contest, so I decided to try it. I had a swatch from my Green Susie sweater just laying around, and it is wool, so I decided to go for it! So I followed the crocheted steek instructions from Euny Jang here that Meghan shared with us, and did it!! I got Kaitlyn to help me take pictures of the actual cutting process. And it worked!! Here is the photo progression!

Monday, November 24, 2008

More spinning

I have been spinning and knitting like crazy! I have 10 holiday gifts COMPLETED!! The Holiday KAL-CAL, hosted by Sydney and Marley (see sidebar button), has really gotten me motivated! I have 3 more projects I want to make for holiday gifts for sure... But anyway, spinning! I have gotten my very own wheel - an Ashford Traditional. I have done quite a bit lately so here is some eye candy for you....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


My MILs friend let me borrow her spinning wheel for a couple of weeks, and some fiber to practice with. I have had so much fun with this wheel. I made a 280yd skein of yarn, 2-ply worsted weight

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I just wanted to post a picture of some spindles that I have made. These have all be made with suppies from the craft store / hardware store, and they work PERFECTLY well. No more than $5.00 in any of them and probably more like 2 or 3. I *heart* spinning!

The one on the left is made from a wooden decoration that you could add to molding to make it more decorative that Kevin helped me drill a hole through and then insert the dowel rod with cup hook in it. I stained it with some honey stain that I found in the garage, and Voila! The middle one is a craft wooden circle found at Michaels for 25 cents painted green and a wooden daisy, also from Michaels for 25 cents, painted by me. Both were drilled with a hole in the "center" (by me) and a dowel with cup hook inserted. The one on the right, is another craft circle, but this one is by itself and I painted one of my favorite things on it - a dragonfly.
All were easy to make and are EASY to spin with!

Finished Ravelympics

When Ravelympics came up, I decided that I would sign up and that it would be a good chance to get the kids' school sweaters done for this year. I also thought, "I can do some socks too," so I signed up for 2 pairs of socks knit from hand-dyed sock blanks. THEN I thought, "I should spin too." And so the overcommited 17 days began... BUT I FINISHED IT ALL!!!! WOO HOO. YEAH ME! Not only did I knit 2 sweaters and 4 socks (aka 2 pairs), but I spun, on a drop spindle, 345 yards of yarn (that's a 2-ply yarn - so I reall spun almost 700 yards of fiber that I plyed together to make the 345 yards of yarn) It is a lovely merino wool and bamboo blend that I got from Butterfly Girl Designs Etsy shop, called Blueberry-Lime Surprise. YUM! So, I am quite pleased with my accomplishments during the Olympics/Ravelympics.

Also, I technically could have signed up for one more event, because I finished another project before closing ceremonies. Kaitlyn's rainbow socks didn't use up all of the sock blank, and with the yellow polka-dotted end, she wanted fingerless gloves. So once I finished the last stiches on the last pair of socks, I immediately cast on for her gloves. And I finished them the next day - which was the last day of the olympics (Sunday).

All in all it has been a VERY productive knitting 2 weeks. Not much else has gotten done, but I can't do too much else because of my injured back. So who needs a better excuse to knit than that? NOT ME!! :-)

Rainbow Socks 3

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Finished Kaitlyn's sweater!!

YES! I did it! I finished Kaitlyn's sweater. I started it on Aug 17th, after finishing Jacob's, and finished weaving in the ends this morning! Acutally finished knitting last night!! It is soft and nice! She loves it. Here are some pics - I am off to try to finish spinning my batt -- almost done!! WOO HOO!

Here's a pic of Jacob in his sweater!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sweater DONE!!

I signed up for the Sweater Sprint in Ravelympics for 2 sweaters. One for Jacob and one for Kaitlyn - school sweaters. I finished Jacob's yesterday around 12:30pm, and shortly after, cast-on for Kaitlyn's. I got almost 2 balls knit up for hers; which worked out to almost 10 inches -- IN ONE AFTERNOON!! I might finish hers after all!!

Here are some pics:

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Ravelympics is an event on Ravelry where you knit items in "sporting" events that correlate with the Olympics. The catch is that you have to cast on during the opening ceremony or after and finish BEFORE the closing ceremonies. For Ravelympics, I have signed up in several events. One item is already finished. Kaitlyn and I dyed sock blanks and I made her socks from this dyed blank. The first pic is the blank that we dyed, and the next pics are the socks. The yellow dotted end is not knit up yet - she wants fingerless gloves from that part, but that will have to wait until after Ravelympics

I started these on Friday 8/8/08 (opening ceremony day) and finished them on Monday morning (8/11/08). On Sunday night, as I was getting towards the end of Kaitlyn's socks, I went ahead and cast on for my second project - a school sweater for Jacob. So I cast on 8/10/08, and as I am typing, I am on the last 3 rows - so I will finish TODAY; 8/17/08 - one week for a sweater - Not too bad! HOWEVER, I have also signed up to do a sweater for Kaitlyn too -- not sure if that will get done or not. Also, another pair of socks (for me) are signed up for - these probably will NOT get done.

I am spinning too for Ravelympics. I am spinning a merino wool/bamboo/angelina blend batt and it is GORGEOUS. Here is a picture of this WIP.

The batt was titled Blueberry-Lime surprise. And it is divine. The angelina are little sparkly fibers thrown in for some SHINE!!

When I get a pic of the sweater I have done for Jacob, I will post it. And I will let you know how the other projects come out!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Some finished knitting

I have been finishing up several projects as of late...first I finally finished the socks that I had started before father's day for Kevin - whoo hoo - boy were they tedious. Dark navy on size 0 needles - TINY stitches take FOREVER!! But they are done, he has worn them, and approves.
yarn 025 here they are in all of their boredom! ;-)
Next, I finished Jacob's toe socks that had been hibernating for MONTHS. I had done the first one of the pair around christmas/new year's and just couldnt get motivated to cast on for the second one. Then the Knaked Knits Podcast was having a Stocking/sock KAL (knit-a-long) so I thought that this would be a good project to cast on for this KAL. So, I cast the sock on and in only THREE DAYS, I finished the sucker. The toes were a little tedious, but now I am SO glad to have them done; and Jacob LOVES them. Even with it being 100 degrees out, he is wearing them around the house. (too cute)
finished socks
Sydney, of Knaked Knits, also hosted a preemie hat knit up contest where if you send her 2 preemie hats, you are entered into a drawing for a skein of Lorna's Laces yarn. Of course, I sent her 2 hats
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I also finished a sweater for me!! This is called Drawstring Raglan from Interweave Knits Summer 2008. I used Knit picks lace yarn and used the lace sampler I had already ordered without knowing for sure what I would use the yarn for - Win WIN!! I love how it turned out, and have already worn it to a class at work!
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I have cast on a pair of socks for me too using a new Knit Picks yarn called Imagination. It is a superwash wool/alpaca/nylon blend and is just DIVINE! I am using the colorway "Frog Prince" and am about 2/3 of the way finished with them. This is a pic just after I started them
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So I have been a busy knitter. With my back being hurt, that is about all I can do....which you dont hear me complaining! ;-)