Posts Tagged "knit"

Like Father, Like Son: Viking Hats

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Blog, Feature | 1 comment

My husband and I have been together for five years now, and in all that time, I’ve only knitted him one thing- a scarf. It’s not that I didn’t want to knit anything else for him. He’s just not a knit-wearing kind of guy. That is, until I stumbled across this wonderful, free pattern for a Viking hat on Chile con Yarne. A friend of ours commissioned me to knit one for her nephew for Christmas, and since I had plenty of leftover yarn, I jumped at the chance to make something for both my husband and my son. Aren’t they the cutest manliest father-son duo you’ve ever seen!?

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Lex truly seems to love his hat. He kept taking it from me and indicating that he wanted to put it on. He especially likes the horns (of course!). I, for one, am very excited to be able to cross a project off of my list!

Vinnie’s hat was done about a month ago. He has worn it proudly and received many compliments. :) Now I just need one, and we’ll be quite the Viking family!

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Thanks for reading! Far vel and goodbye!

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Belle Ruffle Gloves

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Blog, Feature | 0 comments

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I saw these gloves on Pinterest and simply had to make them. I went to my stash, found some Caron Simply Soft, and started knitting. They’re the first things I’ve knitted for myself in a long time, and I love them! They make me feel pretty, girly and cool all at the same time.  The author of the pattern, Victoria from VO Knits, calls them Neo-Victorian, and I agree. I’d even call them a bit Steampunk. :)

I also got to use some of the vintage buttons I bought while antiquing with my Memaw. I lucked out and got a nice sized box full of all sorts for only $5. Yes, I actually found six matching ones. :) Unfortunately the box of buttons was quite dirty. For all the plastic buttons I just soaked them in soapy water overnight.  However, the ones I used for these gloves are made of mother of pearl and were also pretty cruddy. I used this tutorial to learn how to clean them, but let me recap it for you here.

How to clean mother of pearl buttons

  • First, try removing any dirt with a soft cloth; if any is left, continue with the following steps
  • Add a small amount of mild soap (I used dish soap) to some warm water
  • Using a soft bristled toothbrush, apply the soapy water to the buttons, gently brushing the dirt away. Don’t leave the soapy water on very long (less than a minute) or you’ll see a white film develop.
  • Dry/polish with a soft cloth

It’s really simple, but you can’t soak them like the plastic ones because they’ll lose their shine. I don’t know if you can tell, but mine are also a bit discolored. I just found this tutorial on how to bleach them, but I like the patina. I think it gives them a little more character.

I got these done just in time– the weather is finally starting to cool down. Whenever I show them off, my husband says that I’m ridiculous. To which I reply “Ridiculously awesome!” Don’t you agree?

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