Monday, April 15, 2013

Tri-knit-y Necklace Pattern

a. a group of three
b. the state of being threefold or triple

I'm in a few different groups on Ravelry and one of them is a design groups. Every month or couple of months there is a new challenge with techniques/skills/design attributes to choose from. Last month I decided to take part and my Tri-knit-y Necklace is the end result. I've been wanting to create a neck accessory similar to a cowl but less bulky since it's hot most of the time here. 

The pattern allows a lot of room for customization. There is a minimum length that should be followed closely otherwise it may be too small to fit over someone's head (it is seamed beginning to end with no buttons to open it). Other than that it is up to the knitter to decide how to design it. It begins with a tube knit in the round than has 3 cords that can either be braided, twisted, or kept straight before attaching back to the beginning. 




You can also wear the necklace with the cords in front, to the side, or behind (again, tying in the trinity theme). 

Check out the project gallery to find other projects that have been done in the other designs for a better idea of the variety. You can buy my pattern for $1.99 on Ravelry. I'd love to see your finished designs! Please link your project on Ravelry if you make it :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A little recognition is nice

I've been regularly busy lately. Nothing unusual; just the normal hustle and bustle of being a mommy with a busy toddler and still nursing, learning to crawl, 9 month old. I've put my blog on the back burner because honestly; it's not a priority. I'd love to be a mom-blogger with lots of followers and something inspirational once a day (or week even) but for now that's not going to happen.

A few things I've been working on in my free time are products for my teaching stores (see my blog Kawaii Classroom for more information on that), knitting for gifts (and for myself for once), and adding to my Zazzle shop. I got an e-mail yesterday that one of my products had been chosen for a "Today's Best" Award! I've had it happen once or twice before but it was still a nice little surprise.

If you want to see the product that won the award you can visit my shop here

I'm currently working on some hero themed graphics to add to teaching products and my Zazzle store. next I want to work on some robot themed graphics. Please check out all my stores and let me know if there is a certain product you would like me to make with any of my designs.

Thanks for reading!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

600 Monsters

I know it's been a while since I've posted lately. I've been trying my best to only be on the computer while my youngest is nursing and all of my other free time while the boys are sleeping has been used up knitting. I've had a lot of projects on my needles lately but this post is going to focus on 2.

In December when the news got to me about the school shooting in Newtown I was deeply saddened. Having 2 boys of my own now really makes news like this hurt even more. I can't help but think of how I would feel if that had happened to one of my boys. I can't stand the thought of losing them.

Shortly after I read about a group on Ravelry, 600 Monsters Strong, whose members were knitting up monsters to send to the students at the elementary. I decided to join to see if I could help out. Since joining I've learned that the moderators plan to send these monsters to children that have been affected by violence, not just the Newtown students. The community in Newtown has had such an outpouring that they have placed a hold on donated toys for now. Either way, these toys will be going to a child who will need extra comforting. It definitely won't heal all their physical and mental wounds but hopefully it will help comfort them as they heal.

Since joining I have knitted up 2 monsters: Jewel and Percy. You can see more pictures of them on my Ravelry project pages. I'm planning on getting them sent out this weekend.

If you'd like to help (and they do accept knitted, crochet, or sewn monsters) check out their Ravelry page linked above or their Facebook page to get details on the few requirements they ask you to follow.