Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Gifts



For Aunt J & Uncle T:


For Cousin Joe:



For Grandma:




For Little Brother & Girlfriend:





For Aunt J & Uncle A:






For Momma:


These are the lapghans I made for my family for Christmas, they were made on my knitting machine. The top 2 pictures are sweaters for my Cousins pomeranians.
Hope you all enjoyed your holidays!!!





Thursday, December 4, 2008

Look what they did to my boy!!


Poor, poor puppy dog. Ronin tore his ACL chasing a squirrel. He underwent surgery to repair the ligament and now has a bionic knee. They shaved his whole leg and up on his back. And each leg has a bit shaven for attaching IV's and pain patches. I call it the demented poodle cut.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Preemie Daygown or Burial Gown

Preemie Daygown or Burial Gown  
This gown is for a 2 lb. preemie. It can be used with the opening in the front for a daygown. Or open down the back for a burial garment. It is a simple pattern. I used Patons Beehive Baby Sport yarn. It is very soft and perfect for this sort of garment.  Please check with the hospital you donate to, to see if they dress the preemies. Most do not. One of the ones I donate to only uses the daygowns for the holidays to dress the babies up for their parents. Done with the opening in the back this would make a nice burial gown for boys since it is just simple double-crochet, not at all frilly.  Size F hook Baby or sport weight yarn. Chain 31 Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook and next 2 chs, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 4 chs, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 8 chs,3 dc in next ch, dc in next 4 chs, 3 dc in next ch, dc in last 4 chs. ch 2, turn.  rows 2-5: dc in each dc across putting 3dc in center dc of 3dc group below. Ch 2, turn.  row 6: dc across to center of first 3dc group, ch 4, skip across to next 3dc, dc in center st and each st across to center st of 3rd dc group, ch4, skip to last 3dc put dc in center of 3dc group and across to end. ch 2, turn.  row 7: dc in each dc and chain across. ch 2, turn.  rows 8: dc in each dc across. Ch 2, turn.  repeat row 8 until gown measures about 10" long. work one row of sc on last row.  Add sleeves if you like.  You can use ribbons or ties to close it.  You can also do buttons, just finish off like you would a sweater adding buttonholes where desired.  2008 Kelly Kearney If you make one as a gift please consider making one for charity. Do not sell pattern Do not post pattern on another site, please post just the link.  

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Its Official.....

I am a Registered Democrat and will be voting in my first Presidential Election*. I'm so excited!!!!
*If my candidate does not win I will be packing up and moving to Canada

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sweaters

These sweaters were made by Alice using my patterns and her imagination. They are just adorable.









Thursday, September 25, 2008

Too Cool

How cool is this?! I got it from my secret pal at the Punk Rock Gift Exchange. There were other goodies but I just had to share this. It is an acrylic wool blend. That's all it tells you, I have no idea who makes it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Teddy Bear Sweater


I got an email from a woman (Judy) who used my pullover pattern with some changes to make this adorable sweater for her teddy bear. Since my Dad and Brother are huge Dallas Cowboy fans I thought this was the greatest. I will be making some for Christmas.
Of course you could change the colors to make your favorite teams jersey.
Thanks Judy!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wedding Dress for American Girl dolls


I finally did it, I wrote the pattern for the wedding dress. Sorry it took so long. Its a very simple dress. But you can add ribbon or sew beads on to dress it up. Use your imagination.
I used sport weight yarn, it was red heart baby econo in white. Not the best for a wedding dress but it was all I had. You could use something silkier to get a fancier effect. Just make sure it is sport or lighter worsted.

G6 hook

V-stitch: dc, ch 1, dc in same stitch

Chain 32
row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook and in next 2 chains, work V-stitch in next chain, dc in next 5 chains, V-stitch in next chain, dc in next 8 chains, V-stitch in next chain,
dc in next 5 chains, V-stitch in next chain, dc in last 4 chains. (chain 2, turn)

row 2-4: dc in each dc of previous row, work V-stitch in each V-stitch. (chain 2, turn) at end of row 4 chain 1, turn.

row 5: sc in each dc and put 3 sc in each V-stitch. (chain 1, turn).

Armhole shaping:
row 6: sc across to 3sc group,* put a sc in the middle stitch, chain 6, skip all stitches until next 3sc group, sc in middle stitch and each stitch across to third 3sc group*, repeat from * to * working sc until the end of the row.
Skirt of Dress:

row 7: sc across row, ch 2, turn.

row 8: *2dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next* around. ch 1 turn.

row 9: sc in each st across row, join.

Rest of skirt is worked in rounds.

Row 10-15: ch 2, dc in Back loop only. (working in BLO is not neccessary, just a nice touch). join to ch 2.

Row 16: chain 2, dc in same space, (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st around). join to ch 2.

Rows 17-29:ch2, dc in each st around. (I worked these rows thru both loops).

Row 30: ch 1, sc in each st around. join. Finish off.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Wedding....

Well my cousins wedding has come and gone. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the wedding....
The happy couple.

The bridal party (i'm on the right)


Mother of the Bride, the bride and our little cousin.



Me and Nicholas dancing the night away....




Sunday, August 31, 2008

PRGE Quesitonairre

1. Why did you join PRGE? I did the last one and it was a ton of fun.
1.a. Have you done other swaps? Just the last PRGE
Are you doing other swaps right now?No
2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)My dog, NASCAR, yarn
2.a. Do these things allow any hints into your personality for your punk pal?Maybe a little
3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet? My Sahara, We Call them Pirates hats,
3.a. What do you tend to make with knit/crochet?Baby things
3.b. What do you hope to make (or complete that you have started) someday?
4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday? Why?
4.a. What do you hope to never see in a swap box again (or ever)?
5. What are your three favorite yarns? Merino, alpaca,
What are your three least favorite yarns?furry yarns, thick and thin yarns, really any kind of novelty yarn.
5.a. Do you like solid, self-striping, or multi-colored yarns? Yes!
5.b. What are your favorite colors? Purples, Pinks, browns, greens
What are your favorite colors to knit with? I like to knit with all colors
6. What are your five favorite delicacies? Cannoli, good dark chocolate, coffee, italian cookies,
6.a. What yarn do you hope to one day try and why? Koigu, so many knitters seem to love it.
7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures? listening to old 80' s hair bands, watching movies or mini-series about war, watching General Hospital.
7.a. What are your favorite tv or movie charactors? All characters from Lord of the Rings trilogy.
8. What are the five things you look forward to every week?
8.a. What do you do during your week (ie - work, take care of three kids, race walk)? I go to school for bookkeeping.
9. What do you collect? Precious moments, barbies, yarn.
9.a. What collects you? I have no idea what this means.
10. When is your birthday? December 28
10.a. What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas, so festive.
11. Do you have any wishlists? Yes, at amazon
11.a. Do you have a "favorites" collection anywhere that your pal should know about? no
12. Do you have any allergies or health related conditions that your pal should know about? allergic to cats
12.a. What drives you nuts? people who talk on cell phones while driving, GRRRR!
13. What do you do for work and what do you do for fun? I don't work yet, I knit for fun.
13.a. What would you do if you knew you could not fail? not sure
14. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?
14.a. Are you excited for the contests or will you just pretend that they do not exist? I LOVE the contests!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Busy, Busy Summer


Hello everyone!! I can't believe how long its been since my last post. I've been meaning to but I have so much to share I was overwhelmed. So instead of one big post I'm going to share a little everyday.

Where to begin? How 'bout why I've been so busy...


I've gone back to school. Pretty scary since its been 20 years since I last went to school. I am going to learn bookkeeping. I've decided that its time for me to go back to work. In the past I have only worked retail and definitely do not want to do that anymore. It is a state run program for people with disabilities and other problems. I go 4 days a week from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Its a 6 month program, I should be done around the beginning of next year. I have been so tired at night that I have not got that much knitting or crocheting done.


My cousins wedding is at the end of the month, I am the maid of honor. There has been a lot of wedding stuff to do. The shower was last weekend. It was a great success. I made the 2 ringbearer pillows because I wanted them to match the dresses. Her colors are chocolate brown and light green. The dresses are brown. I made the pillows cream with a brown trimmed with green band. Same with the photo album. They are very simple which is my cousins style.


I've had a lot of requests for more American doll patterns. I am working on a wedding dress, it just has to be written down. It is a very simple dress, easy for a beginner. While making it I got some ideas for fancier ones. I will work on them over the summer. The problem is while I like creating new patterns, I hate writing them down.


So that is a quick summary of whats been going on here. I will be sharing pictures from the shower, the gifts I made and my charity things. I hope to try and post one topic each day this week. Stay tuned and thanks for hanging around.


Ciao for now...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Kelly's Sweater for AG dolls

Here is the sweater pattern like my baby pattern. I don't have a picture right now. Dad has the camera. But it looks just like the Kelly sweater for babies. I'll add a picture when I get one. I just wanted to share the pattern and not make you wait anymore ( you know who you are). So here it is and don't forget to check out the armhole tutorial if you don't know how to make armholes.






Kelly's Sweater for American Girl Dolls



WW yarn Size G-7 Hook



V-st.: (dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch



Chain 35



Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, V-st. in next ch, dc in next 5 chs, V-st. in next ch, dc in next 8 chs,
V-st. in next ch, dc in next 5 chs, V-st in next ch, dc to end. (Ch 2, turn)



Rows 2-4: dc in each dc, V-st in each ch 1 sp. (Ch 2, turn) at end of row 4 ch 1 and turn.



Row 5: sc in each dc, work (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch1 sp.(Ch 1, turn)



Armholes: (to see armhole tutorial click here)



Row 6: sc across to ch 1 sp, sc in ch 1, ch 4 and skip all sc to next ch 1 space, sc in sp and each st across to next ch 1 sp., sc in sp, ch 4, skip all sts until last ch 1 sp
sc in last sp and each sc to end. (ch 2, turn)



Row 7: dc in each sc and chain across row. (ch 2, turn).



Rows 8-15: dc in each dc across row. (ch 2, turn).



Edging: At end of row 15, ch 1. Work sc up the front side of sweater forming buttonholes* where desired. Put 3 sc in corner, work sc around neckline, 3 sc in next corner, sc evenly down last side of sweater, ch 3 in last corner, sc across bottom, 2sc in last st and join to first sc of edging. Finish off.



*buttonholes: sc, ch 3, sc in next st. You can chain whatever # you need to fit the buttons you are using. I used one large button for the sample and I had to ch 5.*



Sleeves: join to middle of under arm, ch 2 and dc in each ch and sc around armhole. join. Ch2 and dc around for a total of 8 dc rows. Finish with one sc row. ( 9 rows total).

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

American Girl doll patterns

Some of you have asked me for more patterns for American Girl dolls. I am currently working on a version of my Kelly's Sweater for Dolls. Until I get that done here are some offsite patterns I found at Ravelry. Her stuff is really pretty.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Plant a tree...or 3

We were going to plant a new tree on our front lawn but ended up with 3. The other 2 are in the backyard.


"Red Spire" Bradford Pear
Coral Bark Japanese Maple
Purple Flowering Plum "Thundercloud"

Thursday, May 15, 2008

What I've been working on...

I cant' believe how long its been since my last post!! I 've got some f.o's to share. First these preemie tube socks. Aren't they cute. I used Bernat Baby Softee.


And made my first pair of mittens. I don't remember what pattern I used though. They are made with Red Heart.


This is one of my favorites, The Nordstrom Bag. I used Bernat Alpaca. It is lined too.




And last but not least my Teddies. They are for Alzheimer patients so they have something to hold and cuddle. My Grandfather had alzheimers to this project is close to my heart. If you are interested in making bears for dementia patients check out the Love's Many Cloths link in my sidebar (under Charities).



Monday, April 28, 2008

PRGE contest #2 part 2


I started with Sammy Hagar "I Can't Drive 55" and Angela, my spoilee, came back with Sheryl Crow "Everyday is a Winding Road" and my last pick is the Beatles "Drive my Car". Ok Angela that gives you an "R" to work with. Have fun!!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sweaters and prge

These sweaters were made by Alana in Australia. She used my pattern but as you can see she fancied them up a bit. They are just beautiful. If you want to share pictures of anything you've made from my patterns I would love to see and share them with everyone. Just email them to me.

As for the PRGE, here is my final song back at Tiane.
Too Young to Fall in Love by Motley Crue.

Ciao!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

PRGE contest #2

Sorry I'm a little late with this, for our next contest we are supposed to send a song to our spoilee and they are supposed to send a song back. The trick is that they have to use the last letter of your song as the first letter of theirs.
So to Angela, I send "I Can't drive 55" by Sammy Hagar since we are both big NASCAR fans.

And as reply to Tianne who sent "Youth Gone Wild" by Skid Row I send back to you, "Dirty Deeds" by AC/DC. In keeping with the 80's rock thing.


On the knitting front I am still plugging away on the Socks for Mom. It seems like it take so long doing 2 at a time but when I am done I will have a pair of socks not just one. I have about 3/4 of an inch to go and then I can do the toe.

I went to AC Moore last night and bought 30 skeins of Red Heart to make baby blankets on my knitting machine. 2 skeins gets me a blanket. It was on sale otherwise I wouldn't have bought so much. Plus I asked Dad for a donation and he ended up giving me double what I asked for.
Well I guess I should go get that machine humming, I have a month to turn all of that yarn into blankets.

Ciao!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Where does the time go...

I've got lots of pics to share with you today. I finally got caught up on my picture taking.

Lets start with my prize from the PRGE. My secret pal won the contest where we had to pick projects to go with your pals fave songs. Well she won with my songs so I got a prize too.





There is a skein of Tofutsies yarn that I have been wanting to try. Handmade cards and some little skull and crossbones stitch markers. I LOVE my prize!!!!



Now here is the baby stuff I have been working on...














And finally some sock knitting. The first picture is of my first pair of socks knit at the same time on 2 circulars. The second picture is of the socks I'm working on for mom to make up for the first pair that was mismatched and too small. Don't worry Mom they will both be the same size this time!!! and hopefully the right size too. I have made more progress than the picture shows, I've done both heels and am well on my way on the foot. I hope to have them done by tomorrow night.



Monday, March 31, 2008

Baby Measurements

I found these great sites that give measurements for babies. It'll help you figure out what size
your finished items are.



This one has baby up to adult.

This one has preemie on up, it is mostly head and foot sizes.








Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cardigan for Babies

Cardigan for Babies  
 
  
 G 6 hook   Bernat Baby softee yarn  Size: newborn   Chain 36  Row 1:  dc in 4th ch from hook and next 3 chs,  3 dc in next ch,  dc in next 5 chs,  3 dc in next ch,  dc in next 10 chs,  3 dc in next ch,  dc in next 5 chs,  3 dc in next ch,  dc in last 5 chs.  ch 2, turn.    rows 2-5: dc in each dc across putting 3dc in center dc of 3dc group below. Ch 2, turn.    row 6: dc across to center of first 3dc group, ch 4, skip across to next 3dc, dc in center st and each st across to center st of 3rd dc group, ch4, skip to last 3dc put dc in center of 3dc group and across to end. ch 2, turn. *Armhole construction tutorial*    row 7: dc in each dc and chain across. ch 2, turn.    rows 8-15: dc in each dc across. Ch 2, turn.    At end of row 15, ch 1, work 2 sc in each end stitch up front side of sweater placing buttonholes where you like. (buttonhole- sc, ch 3, sc in next st)    Work 3 sc in last stitch, sc around neckline, put 3 sc in last st of neck, work 2 sc in each end stitch down side of sweater, work 3 sc in last stitch and sc across bottom of sweater, put 2 sc in last st and join to first sc. finish off.    Sleeves: join yarn to center stitch at bottom on armhole, DC around. Work 8 rows total for sleeves.Row 9, sc around sleeve.    2008 Kelly Kearney    If you make one of these for a gift please consider making one for charity.  Do not sell pattern   Do not post pattern to another site, please post just the link. 

Kelly's Quick Newborn Hat

Easy Print Link This pattern uses worsted weight yarn instead of baby weight yarn.   I used two different hooks to get two dif...