The Whole Knit & Caboodle

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

Cute Crocheted Necklace

Apparently Mother Nature didn’t get the memo that it’s Spring, because it’s snowing here in British Columbia.  Yes, I’m terribly sorry to be using a 4-letter word here on my blog (especially such an offensive one, given the fact that it’s March), but if I have to deal with it, I’m not going to do it quietly!

Yesterday it was pretty nice outside.  I bought some really cute clothes for my daughter (and shoes that make her “FAB-u-wous”, as she said) and while I was picking up some supplies I came across some chain I thought would make the foundation of a really cute necklace.  I couldn’t wait to get it home to work on it!  It worked up REALLY quickly and looks awesome!  SO awesome in fact, that I think I’m going to brave the weather today to run out to get some more chain.  What do you think?



A great, inexpensive way to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe!  Is there any interest in a tutorial?  I might be persuaded to post one!

Happy Spring everyone!  I hope the weather is kinder where you are 😉



Design Wars 6 Final Reveal!

Is it just me or has this round of Design Wars gone by in a flash?  It’s probably because I was a challenger, but wow!

Yesterday all of the final designs were revealed and though I had seen most of them before the reveal, but it really hit me that the breadth of talent in this round is really amazing!  There really is something for everyone in this round.

My daughter was the inspiration for my design; I have a really cute photo of her from a couple of Christmases ago, dressed up like she was making cookies.  I swapped the cookies out for cupcakes but the rest of the design is pretty close.  Here are the shots I took for the reveal:


Cupcake, anyone?

Cupcake, anyone?


Patty Cake, the Baker Girl

Patty Cake, the Baker Girl


Now that the designs have been revealed, voting is open!  Head on over to the Design Wars Blog to see the rest of the amazing designs and vote for your favourites in a number of categories.  While you’re there, make sure you enter to win a fabulous prize pack from Red Heart Yarns!  You can vote every day, so make sure you stop back again and again!

If you’re interested in any of the patterns from this round, they will all go on sale on Ravelry starting March 12th.  Check out the newlsetter for coupon codes!

I would really like to thank Red Heart Yarns for sponsoring this round.  With Love is a wonderfully soft yarn to work with;  I’ll buy it again for sure!  Big thanks to Salena Baca from Baca Creations for hosting another amazing round and thank-you to all of the amazing challengers I shared this round with.  Even though we were up against each other, the respect and support everyone had for everyone else was really amazing.  Maybe you’d like to stop by their fan pages say hello and congratulate them on an amazing round!

Sincerely Pam

Crazysocks Designs

A Crocheted Simplicity

Rohn Strong 

Luz Patterns

One and Two Company


Frayed Knot



Design Wars and FREE Pattern Release!

Hello friends!  I’m sorry it has been so long since my last post, things have been hectic around here because of the holidays (Christmas is my busiest time for orders and this year was no different) I’ve had little time for anything but crocheting and sleeping.  OK.  That’s a lie.  I got some very nice time in with my family- my daughter turned 3 at the end of November so I can easily say that this was the most magical Christmas of my adult life so far.

I received some amazing news around the same time- The application I submitted to be a challenger in the Design Wars Challenge was accepted!  I’m SO excited!  I’ll be going head to head with some of my crochet idols in this challenge, I hope I can keep up!  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the challenge, it was founded by Salena Baca of Baca Creations and is sponsored by Red Heart Yarns.  A yarn is chosen for the challengers to work with and they each come up with a new, original design.  Once the designs are completed and revealed, the public gets to vote on their favourites in a number of different categories.  There is a lot of fun to be had and there are even prizes to be won!  There is SO much amazing talent in this round, I hope you’ll check it all out!  For more information about this elite crochet challenge, please visit

While I’m waiting for my Design Wars yarn to arrive, I decided to get the ol’ pattern-writer primed up.  What I came up with is possibly the fastest, easiest, one skein cowl you’ll ever make.  I made mine with a skein of Loops & Threads Charisma and it took me less than an hour.  Available for FREE on Craftsy and Ravelry for, I hope you’ll rush over and download a copy!  If you make one up, let me know what you think!

Thank-you to my beautiful friend Jenelle for modelling! :)

Thank-you to my beautiful friend Jenelle for modelling! 🙂



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!