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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Summer Twirl Headband Pattern on: July 08, 2015 08:54:16 PM
I started making one of these for my Etsy shop and I loved it so much that I made the pattern so I could make more. Yeah, a bunch of people are getting these for Christmas this year. This pattern is available in PDF form on my blog in case you want to save it or print it, plus additional yarn notes and stuff in case you need clarification. http://fanofstuff.com/summer-twirl-headband-with-i-cord-ties-free-knitting-pattern/

It's also on Ravelry, so if you make one I'd love to see! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-twirl-headband-with-i-cord-ties

Otherwise, here's the headband and pattern.

And a little more on how it looks.

And some crappy ones on a model. Trust me, the ones I modeled were worse because you could never see the headband. Photographer I ain't.

Summer Twirl Headband with I-cord Ties

2 size 10.5 double pointed needles
1 pair size 11 needles
Cable Needle
30 yards of Diva Sequin in Istanbul, or another worsted weight yarn*
15 yards of Patons Metallic in Gold, or another worsted weight yarn*
Darning needle

*Note on yarn on blog*

Stitch Legend
M1 make one, increase
C2F cable two forward, slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work, knit 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches from cable needle
P2tog purl 2 together, decrease
K2tog knit 2 together, decrease

1st I-cord Tie
Cast on 4 stitches using one strand of Diva Sequin onto one 10.5 double pointed needle.
Knit a 4 stitch i-cord until your cord measures 8 inches long.

Band Increase
Knitting flat on size 11 needles
R1: K2, M1, K2
R2: K2, P1, K2
R3: K2, M1, K1, M1, K2
R4: K2, P3, K2
R5: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K2
R6: K2, P7, K2
R7: K5, M1, K6

Pattern Body (Cable Repeat)

Join both yarns and continue knitting flat on size 11s
R1 (RS): K2, P2, K4, P2, K2
R2: K4, P4, K4
R3: K2, P2, K4, P2, K2
Row 4: K4, P4, K4
R5: K2, P2, C2F, P2, K2
R6: K4, P4, K4
Repeat rows 1-6 until piece measures 15 inches from i-cord tail (8 inches of i-cord plus 7 inches band), end on row 4.

Band Decrease
Drop the metallic yarn, leaving a tail long enough to weave in. Knit the rest of the decrease section only with the sequin yarn.
R1: K2, K2tog (4x), K2
R2: K2, purl to last two sts, k2
R3: K2, K2tog (2x), K2
R4: K2, purl to last two sts, k2
R5: K2, K2tog, K2
R6: P2, P2tog, P1

2nd I-cord Tie
Take the four remaining stitches and slip onto a 10.5 double pointed needle.
Knit the four stitch i-cord until it measures 8 inches and bind off end.

Weave in all ends and block if you prefer.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 5 Minute Bobby Pin Case on: July 04, 2015 12:17:11 PM
I couldn't figure out where to post this, but I wanted to get it on the boards because I just love it so much!

I've fallen into this rut lately where I have to justify things I want to make and I'm not having as much fun crafting because of it. However, I saw a picture on Instagram for a bobby pin case out of a Tic-Tac container and new I needed to make something for my large bobby pins right away!

This project is so easy that you don't even need instructions. If you really want them, or you want to read about what I used, you can visit my blog here: http://fanofstuff.com/5-minute-bobby-pin-case

But I think you can figure it out with these pictures.

You can use any kind of inexpensive, decorative tape so this is great for washi tape fiends. Plus, depending on what you want to store, you can use any size or shape container you have on hand. I used an empty bay leaf spice container.

I almost exclusively use the large sized bobby pins so this was the perfect size and now I don't have the pins all over my vanity. Plus, I got to use my fancy tape and finally made a craft without a huge internal conversation. Yay crafting!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beige Bubble Top to Pink Lace Blouse on: June 03, 2015 08:37:15 AM
Okay, I want to preface this by saying that this is not the most extensive reconstruction ever. It's barely even a redo. BUT! It's the first actual time I've done all the things I said I would do to something cute I bought at a thrift store and I'm thrilled. So instead of letting it collect dust until I eventually redonated it, here's what I brought home.

If you want to read all the details of this shirt, why I wouldn't wear it as is, and the nitty gritty of what I did, you can read the whole shebang on my blog: http://fanofstuff.com/lace-shirt-redux-thrift-store-refashion

However, for the pretty pictures, just scroll. I started with snipping out all the elastic at the waist and opening up the arms. I sewed new seams with cotton yarn (which was a terrible choice but all I had). Then I attempted to dye fabric that I knew would barely take color. I used a deep purple and ended up with this.

And you know what? I'll take it! I still laugh at the seams though because look at this dye contrast.

Hoo boy. I'm calling it designer stitching and will swear that it's original and meant to be like that to anyone that asks. I trust you'll keep my secret as well. I'm going to wear this bad boy today and enjoy my first real attempt at repurposing clothes!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: bee sweater!! on: January 30, 2015 09:01:02 AM
AH! This IS a dream sweater! I love how cute and retro it looks, especially with your matching glasses. It's fun but subtle too which is always fun because I can see a lot of double takes with it. Awesome work!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer - Free Pattern on: January 30, 2015 08:59:11 AM
I love cables! They're actually the reason I started knitting in the first place because they were the first "cool" think I realized knitting could do. They're way easier than they look as well, so don't be afraid! If you can't figure it out from a picture, there are a ton of really helpful Youtube videos that got me through it. If I can do it, anyone can.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: REDRUM! The Shining hat, with pattern. on: January 30, 2015 08:57:40 AM
Oh wow, this is so cool! I just clicked because I loved the color selection and pattern, but I love when pieces have a story behind them. I think this would look great at the bottom hem of a sweater too.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer - Free Pattern on: January 20, 2015 01:54:34 PM
I don't know about you guys, but the weather is crazy here. We need coats one day and not the next. I wear my hair up every day, so I can't wear hats either. Enter ear warmers.

I created a little pattern for a braided cable ear warmer that also keeps my crazy Winter flyaway hair out of my face. It's based off of the simple braided cable stitch right next to each other for a really fluid design. It's super simple too. Most knitters can whip one up in less than an hour, unless you're me and the slowest knitter in the world so it might take 2 hours or a good movie - whichever lets me concentrate more.

If you want to do the pattern, you can find it written on my website with suggestions for yarn. http://fanofstuff.com/braided-cable-headband-ear-warmer-free-knitting-pattern/

I think I'm going to try another one in a bulky or super bulky for one to keep in the car too! The picture below is just for a reference on how large it is.

Aside from the Calorimetry, does anyone else have suggestions on good headband/ear warmer combos for those of us with updos?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Recycled Plastic Bottle Cable Knit Bracelet on: May 12, 2014 12:53:02 AM
My mom drinks everything out of single serving plastic bottles and doesn't recycle. It drives me nuts, so I've taken to saving them all but my closet is only so big! I had to find something to do with them.

I used the plastic to create a solid curved base for cable knit bracelets. I love that I can use my scrap yarn and recycle bottles into one giant recycling/destashing project. This would be really easy to customize as well. I've got the free tutorial up on my website (below) and on Ravelry, but I've been wearing my prototypes nonstop. I love big cuff bracelets, but I hate the noise of bangles and don't like anything cold on my skin when it's cool outside. Bingo.

Tutorial: http://fanofstuff.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-knit-bracelet/
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Happypotamus! on: May 01, 2014 02:52:42 PM
This is so fantastic! What a great way to use scraps and I can't believe how well he turned out. I want one now!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Poor Man's Dress Form... on: May 01, 2014 02:50:30 PM
That is an awesome story...I'm sure you shared some laughs!

I actually kept the dress form for years. I would lug around my mom's torso in my car and put her on shelves and things. It always got strange looks from people, but it provided a great story!
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