My first knitting project and a little bit of baby-hat link-love

Categories: Crafts,Crafty Stuff,LinkLove
June 25, 2010

First knitting project, knit hat, Natural knits for babies and moms

Here is my first knitting project, a hat for my lovely new niece Quinn.  I knitted it up with Paton’s Baby Bamboo yarn in purple with a pattern from the book Natural Knits for Babies and Moms (that my dear mother in law so sneakily lent me.)

I added the pom-pom using Bella Dia’s pom-pom tutorial, and I was so happy with it!  It was so cute and soft!  Too bad the hat is way to small for Quinn.  Oh well, maybe one day one of her doll’s will enjoy it 😉

Newbie Knitter lesson 1: Always do a gauge test and always use the needles and yarn weight listed on the pattern.

Anyway, here are a couple of free baby hat patterns that I sourced online for your knitterly enjoyment.

1. From Magpie Patterns, this one is very similar to the one in Natural Knits, except she has added a pom-pom on top (and hers turned out so much nicer than mine.)

2. From SockPixie, this one must be hard because it’s toooo cute to be easy!

3. This one is pretty little thing is from Natural Nursery Knits (requires Adobe Acrobat reader)

4. And last but not least, how could you resist this free pumpkin hat pattern from Sonnentaler.  I think this would look similar to the number 2 pattern by Sockpixie, but would be more do-able for a beginner, although I’d have to confirm that with my knitting expert MIL Karen.

LinkLove Friday: Refashioning Pillowcases

Categories: Crafts,LinkLove
May 14, 2010
Pillowcase Apron Betz White

The 10 minute pillowcase apron by Betz White (Click photo to go to tutorial)

Did you know that there are actually 4 R’s to helping the environment? Yes, there is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and…Refashion!

Refashion is just a combination of Reuse and Recycle…tweaking an unwanted/unused item to create a wanted/useful item = less feed for the landfill = happy conscience.

There are so many Refashion gurus on the internet, it’s hard to name just a few. But, here are some great tutorials, specifically on making things out of old pillowcases, that you might like if you are crafterly inclined :)

Your finished look will vary greatly depending on the style of old pillowcases you have lying around.  For one thing, I don’t have many brightly flowered pillow cases in my linen closet, most of my old pillowcases are grey-white with drool stains (yes, I drool in my sleep, TMI).   Maybe I should check out the local thrift store or get out the dye or fabric paint.

LinkLove Fridays (aka: I heart teh interwebs):

Categories: Crafts,LinkLove
February 26, 2010
Tori Walker "Open Book" linkLove

Plasticine Heart by Jordifa at stock.xchng

I heart teh interwebs. Yep, I do.  I am geeky about it.

I can get lost for hours in this place, especially the ‘blogosphere’, where I tend to find the most authentic (to me) content and people.

There is so much freeee stuff, it’s amazing (if we actually tried to print it all out on paper, we would run out of trees!) And, because of the nature of search engines and sharing tools like Digg and StumbleUpon, quality content tends to rise to the top (Perez Hilton being the exception.)

So, on that note, every Friday I will be sharing some linkLove for your browsing enjoyment, starting with…

  • goodreads: How is it that I only just now came across this amazing service?
  • Who knew that everything at Pottery Barn would be so easy to make yourself? Apparantly Ana from Knock Off Wood did. My husband and I are going to take a stab at this amazing Queen size Stratton Bed for our pint-sized bedroom this spring.
  • I have a plan to make this little people mail-center for my nephew before he is too old to play postman (Jamie C. at Nothing Fancy)
  • The homemade cake that tastes like boxed cake and therefor without the trans fat, brought to you by Deb at Smitten Kitchen. Yum, this one is for my fellow guilty Betty-Crocker Marble Cake fan and sister Tara.

Happy Browsing!

Hi, I'm Tori, and welcome to my open book. I'm a freelance writer and web designer. This site is my scratch pad for thoughts and ideas, experiences and inspiration. Go ahead, eavesdrop on my life a little bit, you know you want to...