Monday, February 27, 2012

A Little Reorganization Inspiration....

While acraftyhouse.com may have been quiet over the past couple days, I have been quite busy trying to get my life organized.  My mom is here for a week (yes, one entire week!) to help me with the kids while I play a little catch up and take care of things -- things that are just hard to do without the help of parents or in-laws around.  It's hard to raise kids without family in town but we are lucky to have parents just 6 hours away.  There is a lot on my To Do list for the week, and while a lot of those items have to do with doctor appointments for me and the kids, most of the items have to do with organization.  So far, I've organized the pantry and M's clothes, I still have my clothes to reorganize, and my biggest challenge: THE CRAFT ROOM.  I am all over the place with my crafts and with a small house, I've run into some trouble with having crafts all over the place.  And, I always get quick ideas, start them, and then don't finish, so I just need to come up with a good system for keeping everything straight.  I did end up taking over our office on the first floor (my husband just finally gave in and has come to terms with it not being a "library" -- books have been replaced by yarn) and need to really make the room speak crafts....  I wanted to share some of my craft organization inspiration..... Wish me luck!






Friday, February 24, 2012

Short Sleeve Quick Knitted Cardigan Pattern

It's here!  Come check out my new pattern, the Short Sleeve Quick Knitted Cardigan Pattern .... this sweater is so much fun to make because it knits up super quickly.  It's even more fun to wear.  This is a seamless top down raglan sweater that can be adjusted to fit you as you go. There is an increase row that creates a cute flare (and helps to flatter your figure!).  You can decide to make the sweater with or without buttonholes. If you decide to not make holes, you can just slip the button through the yarn on the other front band. This pattern can be easily adjusted -- make short sleeves or long sleeves, with or without the flare.












Materials
Size US 17 (12.75mm) 29” Circular Knitting Needles
Size US 15 (10mm) DPNs for the sleeves
4 (4, 4, 5, 5) Skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn
6 Stitch Markers
Scrap Yarn
3 Buttons (at least 1 1/2” diameter if making button holes; you can go smaller if you decide to not make holes and just slip the button through the yarn on the other front band)
Sizes
XS (S, M, L, XL) to fit chest sizes 28-30” (32-34”, 36-38”, 40-42”, 44-46” )
Gauge
2 STS and 6 rows = 2 inches 


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DIY Jewelry Ideas

For those of you who know me, you know that while I have loved knitting and crocheting for years, I have also had a love for making jewelry.... I've gotten out of the jewelry mode for a while now but always am searching for new inspiration and ideas.  I recently came across some neat jewelry DIY ideas that I found on Pinterest and wanted to share.  I hope I motivate some of you to try some of these out!  Embellished wrap bracelets are everywhere right now and stacking them all over your wrist seems to be all the rage.  Instead of spending tons, make your own!


















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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Sweater Sneak Peek....

It's done and I'm finalizing the pattern!  Take a look.... This is my next pattern that will be up for sale soon.  This short sleeve knit cardigan pattern is super fun to knit and comes together so quickly -- you'll be able to make it in a weekend.  The super bulky yarn and large needles make it the quickest sweater you'll make.  It flares out for some fun and has moss stitch edging.  Stay tuned and get ready to knit!




Monday, February 20, 2012

Crochet Ribbon Headband Pattern

I actually got both kids to sleep at the same time this afternoon (woo hoo!) and I was in the mood to make a quick project that I could finish within the short window of time that I had to myself this afternoon.  M has been in the mood to wear lots of hats, headbands, and gloves so I decided to make her a crocheted headband (or ear warmer).  I came up with a quick crochet pattern that has a ribbon tied through to make it adjustable so it can grow with her.  The sedge stitch used in the headband is open enough to allow you to tie the ribbon easily through wherever you need it to fit your little one.  It's so adorable -- I just love it (and so does M)!













Size
This is meant to fit a baby through child (it's adjustable!)


Materials
US Size I (5.5mm) Crochet Hook
1/3 Skein Aran or Worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice here)
Ribbon about 16" long (I used 5/8" thick but you could go thinner or thicker if you wanted)

Directions
CH 68
Row 1: SC in second CH from the hook and SC to end
Row 2: CH1, turn, in first SC space, *SC, 2DC, skip 2 SC spaces, repeat from * to last SC space, SC
Row 3: CH 1, turn, in first SC space, SC, 2DC, skip 2 DC spaces, *SC, 2DC in SC space, skip 2 DC spaces, repeat from * to last SC space, SC
Rows 4 - 7: Repeat row 3
Row 8: CH1, turn, SC in each space across
Tie off and weave in ends.
Bring your handband ends together, overlapping one end over the other, and weave your ribbon through both ends.  Enjoy!

Abbreviations
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Super Quick and Easy Knit Handwarmers Pattern

Here they are..... the easiest and quickest knit handwarmers ever!  I've seen so many fun handwarmers out there and wanted to come up with a free pattern that would be great for beginners (and fun for more experienced) knitters.  Seriously.... knit this up during nap time!  Handwarmers are perfect because you can still easily drive, push strollers, zip coats, buckle seat belts and carseats, tie shoelaces..... oh yes, and text of course (but not while driving).  

I knitted these up as part of luvinthemommyhood's Warm Up to Winter Knit Along (which ends this Sunday so hurry!).  Come check out this fun Knit Along....











Size
This size is for a female and I'd say would fit S/M/L - it's so stretchy.  To adjust a size up or down, just add or subtract 2 stitches from the 16 CO stitches and adjust the length as necessary as you go along

Gauge
4 STS and 6.5 rows = 2 inches

Materials
1/2 Skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Super Bulky Yarn
4 Size US 13 (9mm) DPNs 
Stitch Marker
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends

Directions
CO 16 STS with 3 DPNs and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Mark the beginning/end of the round with a stitch marker
Rows 1 - 8: K1, P1 to end
Rows 9 - 16: K to end

To create the thumbhole, you will be doing ST ST back and forth instead of in the round
Row 17: K to end
Row 18: Turn work around and P to end
Row 19: Turn work around and K to end
Row 21: Turn work around and P to end
Row 22: Turn work around and K to end (do not turn - you will now continue to K in the round)

Rows 23 - 26: K
Row 27 - 30: K1, P1 to end in the round
Bind off in K1, P1 and weave in ends.




Abbreviations
CO = Cast On
DPNs = Double Pointed Needles
P = Purl
ST(S) = Stitch(es)
ST ST = Stockinette Stitch






Thursday, February 16, 2012

Help Me Win American Crafter!

I've decided to enter my Mid-December Easy Knit Infinity Scarf in the American Crafter competition on a favorite blog of mine, Nap Time Crafters.  So please pop on over, check out this great blog, and click on my scarf to help me win!  The specific post where my scarf is entered can be found by clicking here.