New to the Queue: Keeping warm and giving thanks

Sunlit Shawl

Sunlit Shawl

Photo courtesy of sweetfiber on Ravelry

This shawl caught my eye immediately. It’s one of those designs I love because it’s fairly simple, yet striking. I like the way the shawl plays with yarn weights to create the striping effect, it works very well.

Price: $6 CAD

Craft: knitting

Designer: Melissa Thomson



Photo courtesy of minimi on Ravelry

I love this hat. The contrasting stripes are dramatic, and the chevron pattern makes otherwise simple stripes interesting. It looks like a cute accessory to brighten any winter day.

Price: €3.75 EUR

Craft: knitting

Designer: Cristina Ghirlanda

First Snow Mittens

First Snow Mittens

Photo courtesy of Asti on Ravelry

Can you tell winter’s coming soon? These mittens are so adorable, and the colorwork is so detailed. There are at least 9 different snowflake patterns, including the big one.

Price: $3.50 USD

Craft: knitting

Designer: Aet Terasmaa

Colleen Hooded Coat

Colleen Hooded Coat

Photo courtesy of Susieacedo on Ravelry

I am in awe of this coat. The cabling is so gorgeous, and it looks like something that would be so comfy to snuggle into in front of the fire with a good book.

Price: €5.00 EUR

Craft: knitting

Designer: Susie Acedo

Thanksgiving Turkey Amigurumi

Thanksgiving Turkey Amigurumi

Photo courtesy of petalstopicots on Ravelry

Of course I couldn’t let Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. go by without a turkey pattern! This little guy is adorable, and I love his granny square tail feathers. He’d make the perfect Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

Price: free!

Craft: crochet

Designer: Kara Gunza


New to the Queue: Cute crochet this week

Owl Basket

Owl Basket

Photo courtesy of Deja Jetmir.

As soon as I saw this pattern, I not only added it to my queue but also purchased it. My sister loves owls, and I think this will be an adorable addition to her room. I like that the basket itself is a basic shape and the eyes are added on, so this could be customizable to be many other animals or designs. I have a lot of kitchen cotton around, I’m going to try doubling it up to make this.

Price: $2.99 USD

Craft: crochet

Designer: Deja Jetmir

Monty Moose

Monty Moose

Photo courtesy of Southern Gal’s Crochet

I just want to pick this moose up and give him a hug! His arms are even held out at the ready. I actually have a stuffed moose that my fiance gave me, and I may have to make Monty so my moose can have a friend.

Price: $4.60 USD

Craft: crochet

Designer: Southern Gal’s Crochet

Kawaii bee amigurumi

Kawaii bee amigurumi

Photo courtesy of mohu mohu.

I love this little bee. Apparently I was in the mood for adorable animal-themed items this week because this is the second of four on the list today. This little guy reminds me of the adorable Teeny-Tiny Mochimochis, and I think the size is part of the appeal. I’m not a fan of bees in real life, but I just want to cuddle this one.

Price: free

Craft: crochet

Designer: mohu mohu

Tiny Turtle

Tiny Turtle

Photo courtesy of Anna Hrachovec.

Speaking of mochimochis, Anna Hrachovec released four new tiny animal patterns, this little guy, a dog, a cat, and a parrot. You can buy the set of patterns here. I love her little patterns, and this little guy stands out from the other little pets. I don’t know if it’s his adorable little head or the lovely pattern on his shell, but I just fell in love with him.

Price: $6 USD for the pattern set

Craft: knitting

Designer: Anna Hrachovec

Tina-ease Cowl

Tina-ease Cowl

Photo courtesy of Tina Turner.

Last but not least, the only non-animal-related item I’m featuring this week: the Tina-ease Cowl. I queued this cowl for a few reasons. It looks simple but interesting, and it looks like a great pattern to knit in some of my madelinetosh tosh merino light. In fact, I think I may bring this with me as a vacation project this summer.

Price: free

Craft: knitting

Designer: Tina Turner

New to the Queue: A little bit of everything

Sidenote: This is the second of three new weekly features I’m introducing. New to the Queue will appear each Monday and will feature patterns added to Ravelry during the previous week that I love enough to add to my queue. The third feature, Yarn of the Week, will appear Wednesday.

Mini Lovey Blankie Menagerie

Mini Lovey Blankie Menageri

Photo courtesy of Rainebo on Ravelry.

I cannot get over how adorable these little lovies are. I may still only be in the planning stages for my wedding, but I will definitely be making a few of these for my own kids when I have them in a few years. My fiance’s nephews have similar lovies and they love them, so that combined the handknit (and extreme cuteness) factor of this pattern makes it an instant queue for me.

Price:$6 USD

Craft: knitting

DesignerLorraine Pistorio

Flight Home Shawl

Flight Home Shawl

Photo courtesy of YuliaAV on Ravelry.

I love the way the lace patterns in this shawl work together. The diamonds bend with the semicircle shape of the shawl so nicely, and wherever the shaping is it blends in well enough that I can’t actually see it. I also love that the shape of this shawl wraps around, so it would have no trouble staying on my shoulders.

Price: $5 CAD

Craft: knitting

Designer: Yulia Vysochina

Country Cottage Pillow Cover

Country Cottage Pillow Cover

Photo courtesy of BibbityBobble on Ravelry.

As soon as I saw this pattern, I had to queue it. I’m currently in cool-things-for-the-house mode, having recently completed setting up wedding registries with my fiance. These pillow covers will be perfect for our future house, and I can make our pillows the exact colors we want!

Price: free

Craft: knitting

Designer: Beth Richardson

Stray Cat

Stray Cat Shawl

Photo courtesy of AnimaKnits on Ravelry.

This shawl caught my eye after I saw a finished project of it on the Ravelry forum radar. I love the use of stripes to keep the solid interior section interesting, and the transition to a lacy border for a bit of flair at the end.

Price: $6 USD

Craft: knitting

Designer: Kristina Vilimaite



Photo courtesy of SFAlpacas on Ravelry.

I have a thing for stripes this week, apparently. This sweater jumped out at me from the pattern search this weekend. I love that the stripes begin around the bust and end before the waist. There’s enough striping to make the sweater interesting, but they don’t overwhelm the design. I have a feeling this cardigan will find its way into my wardrobe soon.

Price: $5 USD

Craft: knitting

Designer: Maria Olson

A new month, a new plan!

Happy Independence Day weekend to my fellow US people! And Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends! And happy weekend to everyone else! And happy any other holiday that I’m not aware of! (If you are celebrating another holiday this weekend/week, let me know in the comments, I love learning new things!)

With the new month come new HPKCHC classes, and new plans.

First, let me recap my June progress, which unfortunately wasn’t near what I’d hoped thanks to a combination of startitis, carpal tunnel, and overambitious goals, lol.

I did get my little CMYK made for my sister, which I think turned out cute, even if she didn’t get the joke immediately.

My favorite project I finished (not that there was a lot of choice, I only finished two!) was my Cotyledon Hat, which I did as a test knit. I was happy about it because it finally gave me a great project to use my madelinetosh tosh dk that I bought on an HPKCHC WEBS trip in March. I’d been looking for the perfect project, but I only had one skein. Let me just say, this yarn was awesome to work with, it was very soft and had great stitch definition, which worked well for the hat.

I was worried at first that my hat was going to be too big, but it turned out perfect for use as a spring/fall hat. It’s not tight, so it won’t be windproof, but it looks cute and will work for those cool-not-cold days.

As far as plans for July go, I’m keeping it pretty simple: I’m planning to work exclusively on my Aeolian in an attempt to finish it before my vacation later in the month. I figure I can do some smaller projects for classes on vacation, but I can’t really finish and block a huge shawl in a motel room!

A joke for graphic designers?

My sister just aced her graphic design class, and as a congratulatory joke, I made her this cute little guy:

She didn’t get the joke until I explained it, which makes me wonder if I’m not as clever as I thought.

So, those of you out there who know about graphic design, or computers and images in general, do you get the joke?

The month of the gloves (and hat and cowl and monster)

Remember how I was all about the scarves a few months ago? Well, apparently this month it was gloves that were all the rage.

Let's all say it together now: Awwwwwwww!

If you count pairs I’d started before the month began, I finished a total of 7 pairs of gloves this month, along with a buttoned cowl, a striped scarf, a test knit hat, a cute little monster toy, half a pair of socks, and the baby hats I’m currently crocheting for charity (4 done so far, I’ll update later with my final total).

Of those 7 pairs, 4 of them were Broken Spiral Mitts (each word links to a separate pair), a fingerless glove pattern I test knit for fellow Raveler and HP House Cupper benningsm back in February.

Part of what motivated me to do so much crafting this month was the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup group on Ravelry, which splits participants up into the four Harry Potter Houses and pitts the four groups against one another in 3-month terms. The group with the most points (gained through crafting for monthly “classes,” term-long “OWLs,” Quidditch, and other bonus point-gathering methods) at the end of the three months wins the House Cup.

Let me tell you, while it may be an internet game of sorts, it’s very competitive, and great for motivation. I definitely wouldn’t have done so much crafting over the past year-plus if it weren’t for the House Cup.

I was particularly motivated to craft this month, because I’d completed a full roster of classes in January and February, and wanted to finish out the term strong.

My first finished project of the month was a redo on a pair of gloves that I’d made for my boyfriend’s sister-in-law. The first pair was too big in the hands and too small in the fingers, so I started over (with measurements this time!) and they fit perfectly, which made both of us happy. 🙂

My second and third finished projects, both part of my OWL, were particularly special to me. One was a pair of London Eye Glittens (convertible fingerless gloves/full mittens) that I made for my sister using Patons Classic Wool, and the other was a pair of Celtic Moonrise Mittens I made for myself out of Knit Picks Capra yarn (one of my favorite yarns ever!).

I loved the glittens for several reasons:

1) They were SO my sister. Purple and green, mismatched-bur-not, bright colors, the whole nine yards.
2) They were fun to knit. They used some techniques I hadn’t used before, like picking up stitches in the middle of the piece for the mitten flap, and cabling without using a cable needle.
3) My sister was super excited to get them, and she wears them all the time (honestly, she’s one of the most knitworthy people I know).

The Celtic Moonrise Mittens were great for a list of reasons of their own:

1) The cable pattern is just gorgeous. I’ve always loved Celtic knot patterns, and had been looking for a good mitten pattern incorporating the knots.

2) The yarn is soooo comfortable. It is nice and soft, but still has great stitch definition, so it really shows off the cables.

3) I was able to modify the pattern very easily in order to continue the cables to the end of the mittens instead of the cutoff the pattern called for.

My other favorite project of the month: my Happy Monstie. I think his photo speaks for itself.


It’s the little fainting orange texting monster!

If you’ve seen the commercials for the AT&T Windows 7 phones that involve cute, colorful little monsters (each of those links to a different commercial), then you’ll recognize one of my latest projects: my Orange Texting Guy.

Descriptive name, isn’t it? After seeing this phone commercial, I knew I had to make one of these guys for my sisters for 3 reasons: 1) he’s adorable, 2) he texts, and 3) he’s bright orange.

Orange Texting Guy

Look! He’s reaching to text!

Luckily, I actually found a pattern on Ravelry (Ravelry link) that was almost perfect: The Monsties – Amigurumi Mini Monsters (blog link). All I did was add a couple of arms, and voila! A little orange texting guy!

For the arms, I made a 10-stitch crochet chain, joined it, crocheted a tube until it was as long as the guy was tall, then make the fingers. I crocheted in 3 stitches, then broke the yarn and joined and closed the top for one finger; for the second finger I made 3 sc in each of the stitches right next to the first finger, joined and did another round, then broke the yarn and closed off; for the third finger I did the same as for the first finger.

I used regular, feltable wool (Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Full o’ Sheep) with the intent of felting him. However, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get the arms on right if I felted before stuffing, and I didn’t know if I could guess the right amount of stuffing if I stuffed first then felted.

What I did instead, and I think it worked pretty well, was take a wire pet brush like this one (never used on an animal, only yarn) and vigorously brushed out the yarn to make him fuzzy. On a side note, a little PSA: be very careful when vigorously brushing out yarn with a wire brush, especially when the hand holding the object has very dry skin, as this can result in several painful little cuts that burn when you put on lotion.

Tim the Tiny Elephant


This tiny elephant was created to use up scraps of yarn that I had left over after knitting a hat. I used Wool-Ease, but any sturdy yarn would work. Just make sure to crochet tight enough that stuffing won’t come out.

Head (make 1):

Round 1: sc 8 into magic loop ring, join with sl st, ch 1 (8)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Rounds 4-9: sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 10: *1 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 11: sc dec around (8)

Fasten off and stuff

Body (make 1):

Round 1: sc 8 into magic loop ring, join with sl st, ch 1 (8)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 4: *2 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (32)

Rounds 5-15: sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (32)

Round 16: *2 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 17: *1 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 18: sc dec around (8)

Fasten off and stuff

Ears (make 2):

Ch 4

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2, ch 1, turn (3)

Row 2: 2 sc in each across, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 3: sc, 2 sc in each of next 4 sts, sc, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 4: sc in each across, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 5: Sc in each, 2 sc in last st, 3 sc along top edge (14)

Fasten off

Trunk (make 1):

sc 6 into magic loop ring

sc around until trunk measures about 2 inches.

2 sc in each of next 3 stitches, ch1, turn

sc in each across for two rows

Fasten off

Legs (make 4):

sc 8 into magic loop ring

sc around until leg measures about a half inch, join with sl st

Fasten off and stuff

Tail (make 1):

Ch 8

sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each across

Fasten off

Tie small amount of fringe to fasten off edge

Sew ears and trunk to head, then sew head and tail to body, then sew legs to body. Place the legs so that elephant can stand.

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