The Whole Knit & Caboodle

Barely coherent ramblings of a yarn-obsessed stay at home mom

A Katherine Hat for Lil’ Miss

The weather here is FINALLY starting to cool down.  It’s nice when the summer heat dissipates and you finally feel like you can breathe a little bit.  Things are getting busier on the crochet front now that “Crochet Season” is upon us but it’s nice that I’m getting more orders for wearables now and not just amis.

Speaking of wearables, I recently had the chance to work with Salena Baca- the creative mind behind Design Wars and Baca Creations.  Not only is she a super sweet, real person, her designs are beautiful and SO wearable.

I got my hands on a copy of her Katherine hat and decided to make one for my daughter (who is always thrilled when mommy makes something for her).  We just picked up a new winter coat for lil’ miss so I wanted to make a hat that would easily go with it.

In the pattern, she offers instructions to give you hat a square or a round top so I opted for the square top and added pom poms (side note- the Clover pompom makers are quite possibly the best invention ever).

The pattern worked up quickly- like a dream.  We had a little photo session in the back yard so I could show it off properly!

A rare "sitting still moment"

A rare “sitting still moment”

Silly girl!

Silly girl!

Saying "Cheese"

Saying “Cheese”

I love this picture with the hat half-cocked :)

I love this picture with the hat half-cocked 🙂

I was so happy to be able to do this and get to now Salena a little bit better.  Do check out the rest of her work, visit her on Facebook, on Ravelry or on Etsy– just do it!  You’ll be happy you did!

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Farmyard Friends Pattern Release!

About a month ago the pink yarn in my yarn stash was calling my name.  I decided that I needed to make a pig ami that looked like a piggy bank.  Later that evening a pig was born!

Because the patterns I write are often customer requests, my allllllmost 3 year-old daughter doesn’t usually get the first finished item from any specific pattern.  I tucked the pig away and decided I would give it to her the net morning.

Well.  She was in LOVE!  The very first thing she did when I gave it to her was turn it around so he was facing her and rub his nose on her nose.  Then she turned him over on his back and tickled his tummy.  “Oh mommy!  I wuv um!!” she kept saying.  It was seriously one of the cutest things I’ve ever been witness to.

I decided that the pig (who I named Hamlet– blame the English Lit nerd in me) needed some friends.  Before too long I had added a sheep (Lanolin), a horse (Charlie), a cow (Havarti), a chicken (Scratch) and a duck (Quackers).  They’re all soft, fat little animals, perfect for little hands.

Yesterday saw their debut on Ravelry and Craftsy and they’ve received quite a warm welcome!  I’m so proud to see these little guys going of into the crochet world!  What do you think of them?

Farmyard Friends patterns, available on Ravelry and Craftsy now!

Farmyard Friends patterns, available on Ravelry and Craftsy now!

The patterns are available individually for $3.50 each or all 6 patterns for $15.00.  That’s only $2.50 a pattern!  You can grab your copy/copies in my Craftsy Store or my Ravelry Store!

Aside from the pattern release, I’ve got more awesomely amazing news to share!  I’ve got a tutorial in the Fall Issue of Too Yarn Cute eMagazine!  They were looking for someone to do a tut last minute so I expanded on my mattress stitch tutorial- you can now learn how to quickly and easily join clothing panels and afghan blocks- and it’s exclusively available in the fall issue of the eMag.

Along with my tutorial, there are *23* different crochet patterns from some of the most talented designers out there!  There are great articles, a featured designer- all for $4.99!  When is the last time you got 23 patterns for less than $5?

I got my copy, you can grab yours here:

http://transactions.sendowl.com/products/29736/DAB4E762/purchase?r=3659
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