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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Yarn Chicken


Hey Guys and Gals Thank You for taking some time to check out my latest post, FO's and other happenings.

FO Show:

Don't Be Caught Brickless
pattern:
Brickless by Martina Behm paid for pattern at about $4.20
yarn:
Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom color way.

~ 560 yards of color, squishy fun. Played yarn chicken and lost, had to add in about 8 yards of Berroco Vintage in the Charcoal color, blocks out crazy big and awesome. Used US 6 of Knitters Pride Marblz needles

Vanilla Beans and Double Gusset Dreams
patterns:
Double Gusset by Christi H Payne
Vanilla Bean by Emily O Grady
yarn: 
Must Stash Yarns in the 10 Days of Fiesta Perfect Sock Base ~ Thank you Krystal :)
reinforcement thread from jimmy Beans Wool

~343.2 yards (313.8 meters), 78 grams of color stripey goodness. Knit on us 2 Knit picks. Part of the School Of Stash in the Must Stash Yarn Group. #Socksed2015

Wips:

Golden Slouch
pattern: 
Marigold Slouch by Devin Lynch
Yarn:
Romney Ridge Farm Yarn Co in the Old Gold Colorway

~ So far this yarn is some rough stuff but I am hoping it blocks out softer

Spin Me Right Round

On the Wheel: Alpaca from a local farm and some brown Alpaca with silk from Harmony Wools
https://www.facebook.com/BlackberryHillAlpacas?fref=ts

On the Spindle : Green Dragon Yarns 100% Corridale 
Spindle Irish Rose Woodcraft  www.etsy.com/shop/tinasangoras

Cross Stitch 
Pattern: Alice in Wonderland by Cloudsfactory and Star Wars 

And Because Kitty's are Funny:




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cats in Hats 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty


Do you really enjoy knitting certain things? Me I love shawls, socks, hats and now hats for my cat. I mean really who wouldn't enjoy making a hat for your cat and using up some yarn scraps. Well that is what this awesome book lets you do. This book is so awesome I actually pre-ordered it back in the Fall when I saw it on Amazon! Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by Running Press asking if I wanted to review it and be part of the Blog tour. Lets dive in and take a closer look of Cats in Hats 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty.
Sara Thomas is such a brilliant designer. She has a passion for our fluffy friends and created a whole book packed with 30 patterns to knit and crochet for your kitty. The book is also one of those "pretty" books that you can leave out and pick up for a smile during the day. The book is laid out so well with clear written instructions and even maps in the crochet section. there are 20 knit patterns and 10 crochet patterns. They range from super easy to a little intermediate. The patterns cover all the hats a Cat could ever dream of. There are hats for every holiday such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and even Valentines Day! There are fun hats like Top hat, shark hats, cupcake hats and even a Spring Chic Hat.

 ***That is .56 cents per pattern *** 

The book is made with nice weight pages and a thicker than normal paperback cover. There are 112 pages in the book and it is full of cute kitty's in adorable hats. Looking at the book pages 6-7 is a little intro from Sara and some info about her furry felines. Pages 8-9 host a snap shot photo of the patterns in the book along with the pages to find the pattern. They are separated into two sets knit and crochet. The pattern page layouts are my favorite. There is a picture that shows the hat really well, the size and supplies needed for that hat. There is a lot of white back ground behind the pattern making them easy to read and allows the Finish Object Photo Pop. The Crochet patterns are the only patterns that have type of chart. Pages 102-107 have clear and easy to understand knitting and crochet techniques found in the patterns. There is even additional techniques such as how to stuff, making pom poms and joining pieces. Page 108 goes of the abbreviations and hot to read charts. I find her abbreviations are very clear and universal in the knitting and crochet world. Sara even list all the yarns she used in the book and the colors she used on page 109. I Love this because these are yarns that can be found at your big box stores so you can create the exact item she created or use scraps you may already have. 110-111 is the index putting all the patterns in alphabetical order and then the last page 112 Sara takes the time to list each kitty and the page they were featured on making them mini Furry Fashion Models. 

Now you maybe asking yourself why would I want to make my cat a hat.... what you should be asking yourself is WHY NOT! they are super easy, work up lightening fast (most of mine I made sitting in my son's pick up line at school). The patterns use scraps you probably already have or if not yarn you can easily get your hands on. They put a smile on your face. They are great to use to take fun photos for cards, social media pages, use in baskets of kitty things for a friend who may just have gotten a new cat and even to give children to use on their stuffed cats and most importantly donation! That's right donation... Do you live close to an animal shelter or rescue group? You can wip up some of these hats and drop them off during holidays or whenever and let the take photos of the kitty's for their page. No one could resist a kitty in a hat! Just think you could help save kitty lives! 

Now are you ready for the exciting news?? You can win your very OWN copy of Cats in Hats 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty by Sara Thomas and the awesome folks at Running Press. The folks at running press are actually giving away a few things. #GIVEAWAY

~~ONE prize pack that includes a copy of the book, an EXCLUSIVE hat pattern from Sara Thomas, and the yarn necessary to complete the pattern.

~~FIVE runners up will receive a copy of the book. 

**Please Note :Winners will be contacted by email and must notify us within 48 hours of the notification email with address and acceptance. Please note that winners can be from the US only. ** This contest will run from 3/16 to 3/30 @ 12 AM EST.  

The picture Bellow is the EXCLUSIVE pattern you can win in the prize pack! It is the cutest Easter Egg Hat ever! 

My Blog is not the only Blog talking of this wonderful book and you should check out the blog schedule for other awesome deals they may have going on. Not to mention you may see their furry children modeling off the hats in the book.  The links for the giveaway will be at the end of this post.

AUTHOR KICKOFF: 3/16 Scooter Knits
3/21 FaveCrafts
I made a total of 9 hats. I made the Strawberry, Bunny, Dinosaur, Extraterrestrial, I Heart You, Elf and 3 Bobble Hats .  I still plan on making many more. My Kitty model is my Dexter. Dexter will be one in a few months. Dexter was a rescue we got from our local animal shelter. He was found thrown in a dumpster and brought in a about 5 weeks old and weighing in less than half a pond. He was bones and scared. I just so happened to visit the shelter 30 mins after he was brought in. He was not weaned yet. I actually had another kitten in my hand and was walking out when this small baby climbed on the side of the cage and started meowing. I did not even see him in the cage when I walked by before hand. The lady told me his story but said they could not adopt him out because he just got in the door and not checked out yet. My hubby and I assured them we would get hi to a vet and teach him to eat. He was sent home with us to foster. He is now 15 lbs of pure snuggle fun. He comes as soon as you call his name and thinks he is a child or dog. He spend his time playing with our boys, his bouncy balls, hand knit fish, furry rats, watching TV, sleeping everywhere and starring out the window at the birds. He is completely indoor kitty and loves every minute of it. We are truly Blessed to have him come in out lives.



You can find more info on my projects by visiting my Ravelry page which can be found here. You can find Sara's Etsy Store here.   Sara's Ravelry page here.   I would love to see you finished cat hats! Use the #catsinhats #Scooterknits  on Instagram and all social media.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't want to wait to win? Maybe you also want to pick up a copy for a gift?? Click the Amazon link now to be taken to Amazon and get this book at an awesome price.

 

I want to Thank Running Press and Sara Thomas for creating such Beautiful things to make our lives and the lives of our furry friends even more fun!
Happy Yarning ~ Kim

(I am now way being paid by Sara Thomas or Running Press for this review. I am however an Amazon affiliate and will make a very small amount if you buy the book though the Amazon link I have provided)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I actually have a sweater FO

Guess what I finished :) My Harvest sweater.. Actually its been done since Feb 15,2015 but we have had so many viruses, flu, ear infections and sinus infections that it is not even funny. Also I have been trying to get hings together and tagged for a local consignment sale. So far I have 130 tags going in and hoping to add a few more when the boys go down for a nap.


So lets look at the FO's

Harvest: by TinCanKnits
Pattern : Wonderfully written, easy to follow and lots of previous projects to read through others notes.
Needle: Us 8 for the main body and Us 7 for all the Garter areas.
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in the 5192 Chana Dal colorway. I used about 6.87 skeins and around 1490.08 yards and 687 grams.
Mods: I did not do the last 8 increases around the chest area. I started off making the XXL but quickly realized I was more XL the arm holes are bigger than I would like due to the fact they are the size of the XXL. I love this combo of pattern and yarn. It is super soft and super wearable.

#Harvest #tincanknits




The next thing I worked on was on of my #Stashdown2015 projects and also from #BookishStitcherPodcast KAL #15oldestskeinsin2015

Crinkle in the Storm : Crinkle Beret by  Sarah Wilson
Pattern: for some strange reason me and this pattern was at war during the lace area. It is a fun pattern and does work up fast but I could not remember the pattern and had to look at my notes.
Needle: US 7 4.5m
Yarn: YarnBee Rainbow Wool in the Seastorm color way. I used about 131 yards and 73 grams. The yarn feels awful to me at first... however after its soak it magically softens up. The yarn has a slight Halo and does not show the pattern as much as I would wish for it to but not bad. I do love the color change in my skein. I know I read on Ravelry how others hated their color change. This hat is for sale at my local Yarn shop if you are interested in buy it :)

Socks on the Rising ~ Rock and Roll Style
Pattern Barn Raising by Shelly Mackie & Larissa Brown
Needle US 2
Yarn: Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock in the 100 SY Rock N Roll colorway. My square was about 43 yards and 10 grams. I did a crochet magic loop cast on with a crochet hook then slide the stitches to my needles and followed the pattern. the Yarn again felt awful to me at first. However like before the magic of a good soak came into play and it is super soft. The colors are super bright and will brighten your day.

This square is a long term project and is part of the #BookishStitcherPodcast Blanket KAL
#Stashdown2015  and the #MinervaTurkeyPodcast  #BRQ2015




I have also have been hard at work on some Hats from the Cats in Hats book by Sara Thomas. If you follow me on instagram you have seen pictures. I will be doing a post about that book only towards the end of the month.

Like always you can find me by clicking the Media buttons on the right of the page and on Ravelry as  Yarning4aSmile 

Happy Yarning!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stitches South 2015



I will update this page as soon as I find info to share.. 


Class Info. If you get set up your class by March 5, 2015 you can save some money !
http://www.knittinguniverse.com/expos/75/0/class_list/

Use this promo code: SN15 to get $2 off regular priced tickets.

Bhttp://www.ravelry.com/groups/stitches-southefore to Follow the Stitches South Ravelry Group for additional info and discounts




Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Happy Valentines Day. As I am sitting here try to get warm and getting ready to celebrate my youngest sons 4th Birthday I thought I would share some Valentines Day crafts and cute vintage cards with you all... #Valentine #Valentineday

Pinterest Crafts: Just click the picture and you will be carried to the page. You can also see my Pinterest Valentines Day board. https://www.pinterest.com/kimberlydawson/valentine-day-crafts-food/



Ravelry Links: You can see more projects here : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=valentines%20day&sort=recently-popular&view=captioned_thumbs



Happy Yarning and Valentines Day!