Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hat Pattern: Sherri

Ok, this is going to be short and sweet today guys. No rambling on and on about life crap.

My friend Sherri will be turning 29 Saturday and she's been wanting me to make her a hat so I did just that in her favorite color, purple. I looked and looked for the "perfect" hat and simply couldn't find what I was looking for. I don't know, I kind of have an obsession with trying to figure out how to make things on my own anyway. Last night I sat down with some yarn and come up with this pattern. It is so super easy, and I think it turned out really cute so I just had to share it with you! And now the pattern....


©Anita Elmore, a Knitting Junkie!
I am offering this pattern to you for free.
DO: Make as many as you want and give as gifts or sell locally to you.
DO NOT: Claim this pattern as your own, nor sell online.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.
Please enjoy!

Yarn: Worsted Weight
Needles: US size 6 circular or dpns
Gauge: 5 sts & 8 rows = 1"
MC = main color
CC = contrasting color

With MC, Cast on 96, with long-tail cast on.
Join and work in the round.
MC-Rounds 1-4: Knit around
CC-Rounds 5-12: Knit around
MC-Rounds 13-14: Knit around
CC-Round 15: Knit around
Round 16: *YO, K2tog*around
Round 17: Knit around
MC-Rounds 18-19: Knit around
CC-Round 20: Knit around
MC-Continue knitting until piece measures 5-5 1/2"
Begin Decrease Rounds:
Dec. Round 1: *K10, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 2 and remaining even decrease rounds: Knit around
Dec. Round 3: *K9, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 5: *K8, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 7: *K7, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 9: *K6, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 11: *K5, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 13: *K4, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 15: *K3, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 17: *K2, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 19: *K1, K2tog*around
Dec. Round 21: *K2tog*around
Finish: Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts.
Weave in ends.

and the friend...

Let me know what you think!
Love and hugs...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Roller Coaster Ride

That's what I've been on. It was really hard for me to come in and write, but I have learned that some of you really look forward to my posts (more than I would have ever imagined and that warms my heart to no end!) so I felt I should visit with you for a while and let you know how I've been. Ups and downs like you wouldn't believe! Oh my goodness, where do I begin?

We got our income tax refund!

The IRS took out $2000 that they said we owed in back taxes.
I got a truck like I have always wanted!!
It is a '94 Chevy Z-71. We only buy vehicles when we can pay cash for them and I have always been a truck girl; it's the redneck in me. I am in love with my new-to-me truck!

Wayne has been drinking more and more and is really getting to be hateful when he does.
I have been meditating with God every morning. I have also started working on memorizing scripture and have been doing quite well at it.
Jo-Lynne from Musings of a Housewife and Chic Critique asked me to be a contributing writer at Chic Critique! I am so very excited! Chic Critique is an awesome blog and I have been following it for quite a while. If you haven't ever checked it out, you really should. I am sure you'll want to follow too! You can click on the link above, or on the button I have posted in my sidebar.

Wayne got drunk two nights ago and decided it was time to go on a rampage.
Apparently I have a huge, unprovoked (according to him) chip on my shoulder and it was something that had to be "hashed out" right then and there. No it could not wait until the next day when he was sober, no matter how much I begged, it had to be done right then.

We did sit down and talk things out (again, but rationally) the next day and for the time being, things are peaceful around here.

When he was yelling at me during his rampage, I slammed my laptop down beside me on the couch and I royally screwed it up. It took almost two days to get it up and running. We had to recover it, which meant that I lost all of my files and pics that I hadn't been in a hurry to store online (I mean really, the computer is only a year old...surely nothing will happen to it!)...freaking brilliant, I am! Now, part of the time I can only run it in safe mode, and the rest of the time it takes hours (yes, hours) for it to load up after restart.

At least I can get online now, I am loving my truck, my cupboards are full of food and I have plenty of yarn to knit...overall I am very blessed!

Thanks for listening to me carry on.
I needed that.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Five Fabulous Blogs

First of all, I want to thank Marianne of The New Frugal Mom again for this award.
I am truly honored.


I had such a hard time just choosing five blogs, but these are the ones that really stuck out this week. I truly do not endorse anything that I don't enjoy or find useful myself and these five are all, well, Fabulous!
If you haven't checked them out yet, please do. I'm sure you will think they are just as fabulous as I do!
And now...

5 Fabulous Blogs

Little Birdie Secrets

We Heart Yarn

Tip Junkie

Rachel's Knitting Corner

Friday, February 6, 2009

Just In Time For Some Valentine's Knitting...

I had planned on posting it days ago, but I hope that you find that it was worth the wait.
This pattern is super easy, super quick and super cute!
So, without further ado:


©Anita Elmore, a Knitting Junkie!
I am offering this pattern to you for free.
DO: Make as many as you want and give as gifts or sell locally to you.
DO NOT: Claim this pattern as your own, nor sell online.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.
Please enjoy!

Yarn: Worsted Weight Cotton
Needles: US size 6
Optional: size F crochet hook
Gauge: Not really important

Rows 26, 28 & BO was originally typed up 'as row 25'. They should have said 'as row 24'. This error has been corrected.
Thank you Kristi!

  • wyif = with yarn in front
  • s1pw = slip one purl-wise
  • pm = place marker
  • kfb = knit in front and back of stitch
  • ssk = slip 1st st knit-wise, slip 2nd st knit-wise and knit them together
  • k2tog = knit two stitches together
  • I knit mine using scraps just knotted together, making 'whiskers' as in Mary Anne's Whiskers Cloth, only I left mine longer. I think it makes the cloths look more country/rustic and that just really tickles my fancy. Feel free to knit your without the whiskers. ;o)
  • I love the crochet edge on these, but they are cute without it so don't let an inability or dislike for crochet keep you from knitting some of these up! If you would like to, but just don't know how, I highly recommend this site which has great videos that are very helpful.
  • Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions or run into any errors. Also, I would LOVE to see your results!

CO 50
Row 1-wyif, s1pw, k24, pm, k25
Row 2-wyif, s1pw, kfb, k to 2 sts before marker, ssk, k2tog, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1
Row 3-wyif, s1pw, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1
Row 4-as row 2
Row 5-as row 3
Row 6-as row 2
Row 7-wyif, s1pw, k across
Row 8- wyif, s1pw, k to 2 sts before marker, ssk, k2tog, k across
Row 9-as row 7
Row 10-as row 8
Row 11-as row 3
Row 12-as row 8
Row 13-as row 3
Row 14-as row 8
Row 15-as row 7
Row 16-as row 8
Row 17-wyif, s1pw, k2tog, kto last 3 sts, ssk, k1
Row 18-as row 8
Row 19-as row 17
Row 20-as row 8
Row 21-as row 7
Row 22-as row 8
Row 23-as row 17
Row 24-wyif, s1pw, k2tog, k to 2 sts before marker, ssk, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1
Row 25-as row 17
Row 26-as row 24
Row 27-as row 17
Row 28-as row 24
BO while working as row 24

Optional Crochet Edging:


  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • dc = double chain
Shell: (dc, ch1)x3, dc

Starting at top center and work counter-clockwise around the heart.
Join yarn in center st and work one dc.
On top and bottom of heart you will work shell in every 3rd st. on ends (humps) you will work in every other slipped stitch. continue around heart until you get back to center st on top of heart (where you joined and worked your first dc) In that same st, (dc, ch1)x3, join with sl st to the first dc.

Weave in ends, enjoy the fruit of your labor and have a very happy Valentine's day!

This was my first one before I perfected the shaping of the "humps".
It is also my favorite! ;o)