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Thursday, 24 January 2013

learn to knit a headband with me! - update

*Date and time change!*
On February 9th from 1-3 18th from 6:30-8:30 I'll be teaching a beginner's knitting course in Toronto! It's part of Etsy's Craftathon week, I'll be teaching the basics and hopefully everyone will complete a headband! It's a really easy project and I think it will be great. It's $25 and that includes a beginner's knitting kit!!! I've looked at what other places charge and this is a really good deal considering the kit is included in the price. To sign up click here for more details

I hope to see you there!!!!!
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Sunday, 20 January 2013

Winner!

The winner of the awesome fingerless gloves knitting kit is Sapphirepill from instagram! Thank you to everyone who entered both on Instagram and through my blog!!! You guys are the best! Hosting my first giveaway was a lot of fun and hopefully I'll be able to do it again sometime!

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Two Toned T

Once again I received a really great response from instagram about this top! Thank you all so much for your awesome comments and positivity :) It makes me excited to create more! I used to just knit without even taking photos and would just slowly show my friends. Having a great knitting community on my phone is awesome for inspiration as I love to see what people are making and it makes me want to share what I'm doing too! Ravelry and Kollabora are great as well obviously. Ok SO! Here is the pattern for my Two-Toned T! I'm really happy about how it turned out and the fit! It's probably my best fitted knit top. This pattern is fairly easy, you only need to know how to knit and purl, but it can be tricky when going from knitting on the round to knitting back to straight needles. You can do it!! 

materials:
size 8 circular needles (5 mm)
size 15 circular needles (10 mm)
1 skein of Kollabora's Chunky Hunk Yarn in Silver Fox
1 skein of Manos Del Uruguay Maxima in Yellow
1 tapestry needle

I wear a size small and it's a bit stretchy so this would probably fit s/m. It actually would also fit a Large because of the stretchy material but if you're worried just add a few stitches when casting on and it should be fine. 

- With size 8 needles cast on 70 stitches and attach in the round (be careful not to twist stitches!! I did this my first time casting this project on and had to take it all out after 5 rows when I noticed).
Work in a rib of Knit 1, Purl 1 for the row. Keep ribbing in this manner for 5 rows. 
- Change to size 15 needles, decrease 1 stitch every 10 stitches by knitting two together.
- you should now have 63 stitches at the end of this row (if you have more just decrease on next row until you have 63 stitches, if you have less that's probably fine, it's stretchy!)
- You will now just knit until your piece measures 7 inches (this should look like stockinette stitch since you're knitting on the round)
- Switch to neon yellow yarn and knit 1 row
- divide the piece in half (put 30 stitches on another needle - your size 8 circular needles will be fine or anything else you have lying around) and forget about it for a while, you'll be knitting each side separately from this point on
- cast on 10 more stitches at the beginning of the row (this will be a sleeve), purl across this row until you get to the end. For the next row, cast on 10 stitches at the beginning (This is your other sleeve) now knit those stitches and continue to knit the rest of the row
- You should have something that resembles a T shape 
- keep knitting in stockinette stitches (knit one row, purl the next, etc) for about 18 rows. You can eye it and see it it looks long enough to fit your arms or not, if not knit a few more rows
- move your work to smaller needles (size 8 from before is fine or anything else you have) and bind off: this will give it a nice smaller bind off rather than a messier look you would get with the larger needles - make sure that you're binding off on a row that you are supposed to 'knit' and not purl, this will give the outside of your shirt a really nice edge for the collar and the sleeves will look cool when sewn together
- Do the same thing for the other half of the shirt
this is how your shirt should look after you're done one side! Notice how I added the 10 stitches to either side to make the T shaped Sleeves. 

PUT IT TOGETHER!
- sew the underneath of the 'T' part of your shirt on both sides with a tapestry needle
- sew the tops (the shoulders) together for about 3 inches (or if you want it to be wider or less wide that's fine too)

Now go out and show off your awesome new top!!! 
From the back!
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knock out gloves with studs!

Earlier this week Kollabora sent me an awesome fingerless gloves kit (to win your own enter here!) They were SO EASY and really quick too! Perfect for knitters of all levels, here is the pattern. Since they were so easy I thought I would spruce them up with some ~*bLiNg*~ ok not really bling just a few studs that I got at Arton Beads on Queen near Spadina in Toronto. I bought $40 worth of studs!!! Not just for this project but for projects in the future. It's $3.50 for a pack and you get probably over 50 studs in there!! Anyway they're really easy to use, if you don't have pliers just use the back of a pair of scissors to hammer down the sides. Here is what I did!

Materials:
1 ball of Lion's Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (I used cobalt)
1 pair of size 13 needles
1 tapestry needle
1 pack of gold studs 

Follow the pattern posted from the link above. Now you have a pair of fingerless gloves!  

Add the studs one at a time, spacing them out evenly along the way.

You should now have something that looks like this! 

yay! I'm wearing neon pink nail polish but you can't really tell in this photo, it looks cool I swear! 

woot! Now go outside and show off your sweet new gloves! 
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Thursday, 17 January 2013

GIVEAWAY!

I'm happy to announce that I'm running a GIVEAWAY! You can enter on here or on instagram. To enter just comment below! (or repost on instagram and tag me) Winner will be chosen on January 20th! Up for grabs is a fingerless gloves kit; awesome lions brand yarn, size 13 needles, and some great 'we are what we make' pins and stickers. Good luck everyone!!
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Sunday, 13 January 2013

infinity scarf!

I received a really great positive response to my army green/neon pink scarf on instagram! I really love it! As I said, it's a perfect spring scarf, I wouldn't wear it on the coldest days though because it's not thick enough and I get cold VERY easily. But it's really cool looking and I love the mix of the grungy army green with the feminin and crazy neon pink. Right now I'm making a grey/neon yellow tshirt, with the same chunky hunk and merino yarns! I'm excited to see how it turns out. 
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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Freestyle Knitting: Skank Flank Tank edition!


My favourite way to knit is by freestyle knitting; knitting without any 'real' plan or pattern in mind. It's how I turned a scarf into my beloved highlighter halter top. As I've said before, I really don't like following patterns because there are so many things that you have to do (make a swatch, have the proper needle and yarn sizes, etc). I used to look at patterns for reference and now I use other items that I've knit for reference. Also I usually don't write down exactly what I've done and then people ask me how I made it and I have no clue! WELL this time I wrote everything down and I'm here to share that information with you!!! If you want to follow a pattern use this, or use it as a reference for creating your own masterpiece. 

Materials:
1 skein of Best In Show Superfine Alpaca Yarn by Kollabora (I made mine into two balls of yarn)
1 set of size 5 (3.75mm) needles
1 set of size 13 (9mm) needles
1 set of size 17 (12.5mm) needles
1 tapestry needle

Yes I know it's a lot of different needle sizes! You probably could get away with using just 2 sizes of needles, it's important to have the bottom be a smaller sized needle so that bottom stays down and tight to your body (I learned this from freestyle knitting with all one size needle!)


I wear a size small so if you're bigger you might want to add stitches at the beginning. The front and back are essentially knit the same but the back has less stitches than the front (to stay flat on your back and the front has some extra room for lady-parts). 

Back:
With your size 5 needles, holding 2 pieces of yarn together, cast on 32 stitches 
Work in ribbing (knit 2, purl 2) for 4 rows
Row 5 - use size 13 needles to knit this row (and continue with size 13 needles), now you're going to use stockinette stitch
Row 6 - purl
(Odd rows knit, even rows purl) 
Row 15 - use size 17 needles to knit this row (and continue with size 17 needles)
Row 18 - knit this row (instead of purl) to give a nice line effect
Row 19 - knit
Row 20 - purl
(continue with odd rows knit, even rows purl) 
Row 24 - again knit this row instead of purl to give the line effect
Row 25 - knit
Row 26 - purl
Continue this until Row 33
Row 33 - switch back to size 13 needles and knit this row
Row 34 - purl
Row 35 - bind off

Front:
Same pattern but cast on 40 stitches

Putting it all together: 
Start with attaching the top - sew left and right shoulders together for front and back pieces using your tapestry needle; Sew about 1-1.5 inches for this part. Sew the sides together starting at the bottom about 2.5 inches on each side. Now go out and wear it while it's still cold outside! No just kidding wear some layers on top or underneath! I'll be wearing mine through till it's 30 degrees (celsius) out :). 


 back
side - showing off my skank flank
REALLY excited about the end product
If you make this top (or a variation) please share with me I would LOVE to see it!!!

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Neckies for Skiing!

A few years ago before I started Scarffaces, I made my dad a special neckwarmer that was knit on the outside and had a neon leopard print fleece lining. This took me a REALLY long time to make because the hand sewing was very tedious but I loved how it looked and felt. Earlier this year I thought about making some more neckwarmers but I wanted to cut down on my time, so I found a really quick and easy solution! What I've been doing is I wear the fleece neckwarmer that I already have had for years, and overtop I put my knit neckie! The result is a really really really warm face and neck :) and it looks cool. I love it so much! Plus it gives a nice versatility to the scarf - when I'm not skiing I can wear it without the extra fleece lining in the city for a regular warm scarf. The fleece lining is great for the wind while going up the chairlift, but wouldn't be ideal for a walk in the city. I'll try to take some better photos this weekend. 
Left - Adam in his charcoal/neon neckie, My dad in his custom neckwarmer with fleece lining, and my in my chevron oat/neon neckie (the lighting does not do it justice!) 

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

I hope that everyone had a great holiday and happy new year!!! 





From Top: Ben in his Charcoal neckie, Dave in his Ma$e with secret pocket on the inside, and Meowold in his Meowold neckie and knit cat ears. I love seeing people in my knits so if you have a photo please send it my way!!! 

Right before christmas I developed tennis elbow! So I'm taking it easy with my knitting. I have lots of ideas though of things I want to work on! Just have to prioritize and decide what to do next! I've been getting a lot of requests for patterns of things that are all still kept in my head so it may take a while for me to re-make items and then write them down and put them up!! I'll get around to all of it eventually :)

For new years I had such a nice time with all of my friendlies it was so great and I know that 2013 will be an amazing year! 



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