Mrs. Hudson’s Wall

Sherlock hero

Oh, poor Mrs. Hudson. She tries so hard to keep things nice, but what does her mad tenant do when he’s bored? He tears the place apart.

Bored

Show your love for the world’s greatest consulting detective, declare yourself on the side of the angels, bored perhaps but never boring, by making this homage to the great man himself. Poor Mrs. Hudson. It really is nice wallpaper.

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What do you think? Not bad, eh? I found this fuzzy yellow yarn that perfectly matches the look of spray paint on the wall, It’s amazing, better than I ever thought possible. The pattern includes step by step instructions for how to get that third color inserted into double knitting. It actually went well. It got a little ridiculous with all those little yellow yarn ends dangling, but it worked out just right and the pain didn’t last too long before returning to the ‘simple’ black and white wallpaper pattern. And that wallpaper – mmm – I didn’t really appreciate it in all its glory until I knit up the pattern. It’s just gorgeous. Which makes the cheery face all the more inappropriate, which makes it funnier.

I love this one! If you do too, you can find the pattern on my Ravelry page, here.

Introducing… Double Knit Purses!

K-9 Purse Hero

Want to learn how to double knit, but this lady’s crazy long scarves in lace weight yarn too terrifying to contemplate? No worries! Here’s a simple, fast, easy project that will make you a cute and useful item: little purses!

And I have not one but two designs for you today.

K-9 Purse back    K-9 Purse open

The K-9 purse has a Gallifreyan’s best friend on the front, cool bowties inside, and dalek dots on the back. It will fit a paperback book for those long lines at the big conventions, or a fine selection of everyday essentials at any time.

Each pattern includes detailed written instructions on how to double knit as well as how to make the I-cord straps. This project should take you between 8 and 14 hours, depending on your skill level.

 Hobbit heroHobbit cute   Hobbit open   Hobbit back

The There and Back Again purse has a lovely round hobbit door on the front, a treasure chest on the inside and Rivendell on the back.

These were done in sport weight yarn for 6 by 8 inch dimensions, but you can easily make these purses in worsted weight for a 7 by 11 inch purse. And you could felt it for greater sturdiness, too!

You can get the patterns here. Make one for yourself, one for your friend, one for a sweet kid you know and one for fun. Or just make one. That’d be all right. You don’t have to go nuts unless you roll that way.

In other fab news, I just learned that a wonderful Raveler entered her There and Back Again Story Scarf in the Oregon State Fair and won the first place ribbon! I’m so proud; I feel like a grandma. I’m not surprised, mind you. But proud, yes, very proud.

So many more new designs coming, folks. This is just the beginning.

DFTBA Scarf

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So I’ve designed several scarves in the last couple of months. This one is in honor of the VlogBrothers, Hank and John Green (or John and Hank Green? Which name should go first? Am I making some sort of declaration by putting one name in front of the other?). One writes books and one writes songs and does science and they have a lot of irons in a lot of fires but their stated basic aim is to decrease world suck. I approve.

I’ve been watching their YouTube videos for a while, even though I am way too old for their basic demographic. Actually, I think even my kids are a little too old for their basic demographic. I hope it’s OK that I still like them and watch their stuff. I have a niece in college who is also a fan, at least I’m assuming so, since she keeps posting Facebook pictures using their special Nerdfighter salute. These guys and their posse (the Nerdfighters) have this saying: Don’t Forget To Be Awesome. For short, DFTBA. Thus, the scarf. It’s double knit, so it doesn’t have a back. Either side could serve as the front, depending if you want gray with black letters or black with gray letters. And I put a ruffle on it so it would be Super Awesome. Ruffles have that power.

I made it for her for Christmas. I hope she likes it. I really hope she likes it. How embarrassing, if she just likes to pose like that and it’s a coincidence and she doesn’t know what the scarf even means. I just might hyperventilate for a few minutes, picturing that.

I’m going to figure out how to put the pattern up for sale, too. Give me a minute to figure that one out. Actually, give me a few hours. We’re going to see Ender’s Game right now, because it came out this weekend. I’m excited – I love the book so I hope the movie captures the essence of the story.

I’ll show you my other scarves, too. You can see my husband, there, with one of them.

Give me a minute…

This is the End

Being the first post, this is the end if you have been following my little rabbit trail. You’ll have to find something else to do with yourself for a while, at least until I post some more. Why not leave me a comment? I’d like that.