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21  COOKING / Dessert / Candy Corn and Peanut Cookies on: October 27, 2009 01:08:32 PM
Just came up with this recipe! After having a peanut and candy corn mix that tasted fantastic I decided to make a cookie version! Candy corns melt in the middle creating a nougat like center. Its a great salty/sweet combo!

Recipe here: http://www.pieknits.com/blog/2009/10/recipe_candy_corn_and_pea.html
22  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate-Stuffed Peanut Butter Brownies on: October 19, 2009 08:18:53 AM
YUM. This recipe combined pretty much all my favorite things. Chocolate, peanut butter (& Reeses PB cups) cookies (bar style) and brownies. What's not to love?

Amazingly this wasn't overly rich/sweet in my opinion. Brought it to work to avoid eating the pan solo and it was gobbled down fast!

Recipe here: http://www.pieknits.com/blog/2009/10/recipe_chocolate-stuffed.html
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Victorian Mini Top Hat on: October 07, 2009 10:14:05 AM

I've been on a mini hat craze lately and this latest top hat I just love!

I had originally started with the Miniature Top Hat pattern by darktwist.com as a jumping off point but I wanted a different shape and size. This hat is the result of many modifications and a bit of trial and error but it was so worth it.

It was knit in Patons Wool Merino and felted in my washing machine. I like to give my felted fabric a shave! It smooths out the fuzziness nicely.

For the feathers I tried out something I picked up in reading. I wrapped the feather cluster base in wire (millinery tie wire is what's professionally used, you could also use thread) to hold them together. Then I sewed a small metal jump ring behind the lace band and inserted the feather base through this to help it stay in place better. The burn flower I made following this nice tutorial. I had some lining I had cut out of a thrifted skirt I'm converting into an apron bustle that worked perfect for the petal material. Vintage lace and a button finish it off.

For added structure I cut a circle of plastic mesh canvas and popped it into place at the top of the hat. I also sprayed in the inside with fabric stiffener.

I adore the look of birdcage veils but couldn't decide if I'd want one all the time. I then came up with the idea for a detachable veil, perfect! I used hook & eye closures, the hook being sewn to the gathers in the veil and the eye portion being attached under the lace band. I love both looks!

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Topi hat gone bulky! on: August 10, 2009 03:25:14 PM
I decided to put my "gauge-flexible" pattern Topi, that I designed for Knitty.com awhile back, to the test. A friend requested a version in a true bulky yarn along with "a skull".

So I got to it, and it works!
While the pattern does need to be modified from casting on 5 sts to 4 sts to create one less increase wedge section to accommodate the larger row gague, that is essentially the only change. From there however you work the pattern pretty much as written. The pattern instructs how to determine your own diameter measurement for the finished size you need and you work to that point.

I have the exact pattern modifications written out for this size along with a few more details in my blog post here: http://www.pieknits.com.

For the embroidery I used this tutorial where you pin a paper sketch to the hat and embroider directly over it. A neat trick!

Pattern: My design, Topi from knitty.com
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, #127 Walnut
Needles: US 10 (6.5 mm), US 10 (6.0 mm)
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mini Victorian Top Hat on: March 06, 2009 10:02:42 AM
I adore the look of these wee hats of the Victorian era!

This is a modified version of the Miniature Top Hat pattern by Lara Breese of DarkTwist.com and worked in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.

The embellishments are half the fun!

I needle felted the black scrollwork based on some victorian drawings. Then wrapped two ribbons around the base and made a ribbon bow with the sheer ribbon. Then I took some tulle netting, folded it accordion style then folded it in half to create a fan and secured it by sewing two buttons on top. To finish it off I stuck in some feathers and viola!

This version is modified to be smaller than the original pattern. The top is also reinforced with plastic mesh canvas. More details on my blog: http://www.pieknits.com/blog/2009/03/mini_top_hat_love.html
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 1940's style hat on: February 20, 2009 08:01:35 AM
This hat came about kinda by accident! I was wanting to play with needle felting and started searching about for some scrap felt to practice on when I came upon this hat. It is actually a failed prototype I made a while back of my 1920's style cloche design Stella.

After playing around with it I suddenly realized if I turned it around and tilted it just so, suddenly it had a wonderful 1940's silhouette. It was like finding an unknown $5 bill in your pocket and it feeling like free money!

The needle felting is a ton of fun too. I unspun some Lamb's Pride Bulky to felt with and just had at it freestyle.

If you're interested in modifying the pattern for this I have details on my blog.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Subtle twist cabled hat- w/ pattern link on: January 09, 2009 09:41:39 AM

My husband found this yarn he really liked (Schulana Cashmere Millefiori) so I was determined to come up with a hat that was both simpler looking (what he likes- typical guy) but still had something interesting to it, both for me knitting and him wearing!

So most of the hat is knit in ribbing but then there's some "surprise" cables worked into the top decreases.  I'm happy to report he loves it!   Cheesy

Of course getting a chance to actually photograph him is another issue, so I modeled. It fits both of us nicely.

More info on yarn and substitutions and link to pattern on my blog:
You can download the PDF pattern directly here.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cannot stop making slouchy hats on: December 14, 2008 06:04:02 PM
I was so pleased with my most recent hat design for a friend that I decided I needed a slouchy version for me as well!

Here's the slouchy version with my new favorite brim. No short-rows, super easy! The cables don't quite photograph as well in the charcoal color. You can see them a bit better in the original fitted one I did.

More info is on my blog.
rav links here and here
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mini pirate hat on: October 01, 2008 09:00:51 AM
Inspired by the miniature Victorian hats I decided to attempt making this tricorn in a mini version.

I almost didn't felt it and while I'd make alterations if I did it again I'm still really pleased with it. Super fun to wear! I sewed a black wire hair comb to the inside to secure it to the head.

I stuck a yo-yo broach on the side for the cockade and added a couple feathers and viola!

I plan to wear it with some pirate garb I'm working on as well.

Pattern: Tricorn Hat Pattern by knitlikeapirate.com
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino, single strand
Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mm)
Mods: Miniature version of course! Worked in single strand, cast-on 60% of sts, extensive mods to the decrease rates. More info on my blog: www.pieknits.com
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cropped Jacket from Adorn Magazine on: September 24, 2008 10:00:30 AM

This went really quick (once I stopped making stupid errors)! heh
I'm really happy with the fit and that at the last minute I decided to make the size Small instead of my usual Medium.

Pattern: From the now defunct Adorn Magazine, available via the Way Back Machine. (Ravelry link)
Yarn: TLC Cotton Plus Solid, #3303 Tan (Pattern called for 3 skeins, I squeezed
it out of 2)
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm)
Mods: Not much, I didn't bind-off the back neck to avoid having to pick up sts
for the collar.
More info on my blog: http://www.pieknits.com/blog/
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