Sorry, Keri can't come to the blog right now - she's too busy going zig-zag crazy on every spare piece of fabric she can find!
I'm currently working on a gift for my SIL's new house. The zig zags will be turned into a pillow cover and I even sewed some matching towels to go in the guest bathroom. The fabric is a vintage Kaffe that I've dragged around 5 states and finally decided to stop hoarding. =)
There are lots of unique and different methods to add a little zig to your zag. My current favorite can be found over here. There's a great little tutorial to get you started.
Knitting is always fascinating to me - you can take a combination of simple stitches knit flat and create amazing and unique 3 dimensional pieces.
Take this baby hat for example, I had some leftovers from my baby blanket project that I've been wanting to turn into a matching baby hat. I thought about using my pattern for the matching february baby hat pattern but then thought nah, wanted something a little different. Then I saw these cute little pixie baby hat's popping up all over the blog-o-sphere.There are a couple popular patterns that I really like and they're all free! This one uses sockyarn (STR mediumweight) in a smaller gauge (link to ravelry pattern) and after further searching I found one that is sized for worsted weight yarn too. So cute huh?
You start my casting on at the bottom in 2x2 rib and then slowly incorporate reverse stockinette rows that create the x's at each corner and the head shaping.
You keep going until you don't have any more ribbed stitches left and you only have knit stitches across and then bind off and sew the top together.
Add a neck edging and ties and weave in your ends and easy peasy you're done!
I made a few key changes to the pattern that made this work better for me. #1, I cast on 74 stitches to size this for a 6month old size (the existing pattern is for a newborn) you can upsize or downsize as much as you want as long as you do it in a 4 + 2 pattern.
Instead of binding off and then sewing the top together as the pattern wants you to do I rearranged the stitches so I could kitchener the top closed. Much easier and cleaner of a finish.
I also added a knitted on i-cord edging to finish it off, I love the simple styling and built-in ties that this technique creates. If you've never tried it before, the purl bee has an amazingly simple and clear tutorial that will have you going in no time.
Now that this is done, I just need to finish the actual blanket! That's next on my todo list!
Since I don't have a ton of free time lately but I miss blogging and taking photos I thought I'd give some shorter blog posts a try.
My current WIP that is keeping me sane is a variation on a plain vanilla sock (easy mindless knitting, little shaping and very portable) - perfect desk knitting, work knitting, stick it in a purse and pull it out knitting. The MCN (merino, cashmere and nylon) makes it uber luxurious and fun to knit with.
The pattern is sockhead hat (a free pattern!) and the yarn is Have you Any Wool luxe sock in the colorway Perfect Storm. And hey! Rachel even has this yarn on sale until tomorrow! The best of all worlds brought together at once. I can't wait to get this off my needles and onto my head!