Leaves on this Family Tree

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Arm Knitting

I have FINALLY found a video that I could follow to learn to Arm Knit!

Since I am working SO HARD to get rid of all of the yarn I have lying around the living room, I made t his one out of Bernat's Blanket Yarn and two partial skeins of Vanna's Choice Tapestry yarn.

The colors look better in person. Plus, with all of the variegation the look changes with the colors that are showing

This is the video I used.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Campaign to knit mittens for injured koalas successful, adorable


2 hours ago
Just one day after a campaign asked volunteers to knit mittens for koalas burned in Australian bush fires, more than 500 pairs of paw protectors have been pledged.
Koala mittens
Koalas burned in South Australian and Victorian bush fires are receiving volunteer-made mittens to facilitate the healing process.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare, which rescues and protects animals worldwide, announced Wednesday they were taking action after a rash of recent bush fires threatened koalas in the southeastern Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. In New South Wales, fires destroyed a habitat that’s home to 35 of the region’s 143 koalas, according to the IFAW.
Although some koalas have been rescued from the fire zone, many of the slow-moving creatures endured paw burns while trying to flee burning trees and their surrounding areas.
“Everyone’s been asking how they can help,” Josey Sharrad, a native wildlife campaigner for IFAW’s Sydney, Australia branch, told “So, we thought it would be a great idea to ask people to make a supply of these mittens during bush fire season.”
Koala mittens
Josey Sharrad, a native wildlife campaigner for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, looks after an injured koala.
Supplying a diagram to aid in the construction process, the animal-welfare group has asked volunteers to use scraps of clean, 100-percent cotton fabric to knit the custom, paw-sized mittens. Sharrad emphasized that the mittens are easy to make, even for people who have never picked up a sewing needle.
The mittens not only protect koala paws from further injury, but also allow burn cream to work more effectively. The IFAW says koala mittens there’s a constant demand for new, clean pairs because of a need to keep treatment surfaces clean. And since it can take up to a year for koalas’ burned paws to heal, there’s a demand for hundreds of mittens per injured koala.
Koala mittens
A fire in the Australian state of New South Wales destroyed a prime habitat, where 35 of the area’s estimated 143 koalas live.

But within just one day of the IFAW’s press release about the koala mittens, more than 500 pairs have been pledged, according to Sharrad.
"Some people are making up to 100 mittens," she added. "It's fantastic. We didn't expect this response. We've been inundated, and it's been brilliant."
And while the vast majority of them are being knit by fellow Australians, there’s a mounting international coalition, too. Sharrad reported that makeshift mittens have arrived from as far away as England.
Koala mittens
This IFAW diagram aids volunteers in knitting their own mittens for the paws of burned koalas.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response,” she said. “It shows people’s concern for wildlife, and it’s really resonated with people, because it shows that people can do something to help.”
Mittens can be mailed to IFAW, 6 Belmore Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Stash Busting

It has been cold here since the New Years. Now, we have a wind chill of somewhere between - 13 (Buffalo) and -15 (Niagara Falls.) 

The last time the husband and I were out was Monday morning. I needed to mail some blankets home for the girl who cuts my hair. She was collecting blankets, food, collars, leashes, etc for the local Humane Society. Last year we had bought the softest, cutest blankets for dogs at one of the local stores, for about $5 each. This year we went back and they had two, each with a dog and Christmas decorations. So I sent her those two and a check to  help out.

Then, after Christmas I thought about the soft, fleece blankets that everyone sells . . you know, the ones that come rolled up and look like a small sleeping bag until you unroll them and they are the softest throws around?

We went to WalMart and found some for $2.88 . . . they weren't on sale for 50% off, but at that price I could afford them. So on Monday, I mailed 9 of these home for the Cass County Humane Society.

Then I had to do a yarn run. A friend from Indiana liked this braided cowl and wanted me to make her one in just red and black.

I bought one skein of red and one of black . . . should have bought two of each because each one makes one of the strips . . . so, today I am headed back, cold weather and all, so I can start on the third strip which will be variegated. Yes, you read it right, in two days I have used two skeins of yarn :(

PLUS, I have finished these cowls . . . 

This is what a "crap load full of cowls" looks like.
This may go to my oldest niece, once I get the hat finished.
Eye balls (buttons or circle) or sleepy, closed eyes.
Decisions, decisions :(
I do love the braided cowls . . .
this one is so soft it will look like a wreath around a neck.
This is the beginning of the "leftover" yarns.
Find two that are close in color and make something . . .
Do I hear the words STASH BUSTING out there?
For a "tie" to hold the loops together
I made a FSC chain with long tails on both ends.
Used the tails to attach the buttons
then loop the chain around the cowl and slip it over the button . . . VOILA
This cowl is between 5 and 6 feel long.
Sounds HUGE, but to wrap it twice around the neck
one needs some length.
This cowl is probably 36" around.
But, it is stretchy enough to wrap twice
pull it over your head for a scarf.
This looks like the cowl above but it is different.
It is made form the same brand/type of yarn
but it is another 5-6 footer.
I started with left overs from the blue skein.
So the bottom of the cowl is one color scheme
while the top is form a similar skein
only with some brighter colors in it.
And the best of all . . .
It is SO SOFT!
Again, one of the simple ties done with a FSC chain and 1" button.
Another combination of yarns form the family shown above.
This looks similar to the one three pictures above.
but there are more grays and gray blues
and the top has some awesome variegated combinations.
Last, but I know not the least,
this one is made from Blanket Yarn.

If you haven't seen Bernat Blanket yarn
get ready for some fun.
It is a Super Bulky (#6) yarn
calling for an L/8MM hook.

I am using a K hook
since the L hook was being used in the variegated cowls
directly above. 
I was going to make a round of the brown tweed,

then go to a brown variegated Blanket Yarn
but I didn't gave enough of the plain brown tweed.

So I may do 3 rounds of the brown variegated
then add the tweed,
back to 3 rounds of brown variegated
 and finish with 3 rounds of the green variegated.

More to come when the last one gets finished. And the patterns will be posted also

Oh, by the way . . . we didn't get to the yarn shop today. Only made it to the grocery store . . 20 degrees outside. I ignored the wind chill since we were basically in the car.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Braided Cowls

I know, I know . . this is too early to be thinking of Christmas 2015, but having taught school for 34 years (and having gone to school for kindergarten, elementary, junior high and  high school for 13 more years and add in college for 4 more years) and regular schooling for 17 years for a total of 51 years. I don't think i will ever get  over the fact that I have more time than just evenings and vacations to work on Christmas projects.

For Y*E*A*R*S I would start my presents for the following year over Christmas vacation and normally have two or three finished before Christmas break was over. So, basically, I am on the same schedule as I have been for 38 years . . . before I went to college, I wasn't too crafty :(

I have noticed braided cowls have been popular this last year. "Please, Oh Please stay popular until Christmas 2015" I am thinking. Here is a photo of why.

I made the one on the left for my nephews' wife who teaches high school English. Their school colors are red and black. 

The one on the right is for my youngest niece. She likes greens and browns.

The COOLEST thing about them is not only are they buttoned together BUT they can be unbuttoned and two can be buttoned end to end to make a longer cowl! I love the fact that they will get more than one present in these cowls.

The pattern is available in my Ravelry Store for $2.00
Just click on the link below.

All proceeds from this pattern will be donated 
to a no-kill dog and cat maternity  shelter in Western New York 
or a no kill dog shelter in my home state of Indiana. 

The Fur~Babies and I thank you for your purchase

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Last Present Completed

I am almost ready for the New Year. As a matter of fact, I am so proud of myself this year. I actually have all of the presents made that I planned on making for Christmas.

Back Row: Mouse
Middle Row: Cat and Elephant
Front Row: Lion (don't laugh), Duckling and Dog
This is a picture of my last project. I am SO PROUD of it, or should I say "them."

I know, now you are asking "Just what are they?"

They are animal bowling pins for my 3 and 6 year old great niece and great nephew. Oh, there are 4 "bowling balls" that go with them.

Yes, I still need to work on the Lion . . . I knew what I wanted to do with the mane, but, as you can tell, the mane came out to look more like a semi-curly wig.

The patterns will be ready for the new year . . . and I will keep working on the mane until I get it right, then I will update the pattern.

They will be sold separately, or in an e-book with all 6 patterns available. Next, work on more animals so I can have a set of 10 pins.

All proceeds from this pattern will be donated 
to a no-kill animal shelter in Western New York 
or one my home state of Indiana. 
The Fur~Babies and I thank you for your purchase

Saturday, November 22, 2014

3 Frozen Inspired Hats

Here they are . . . 
I have finally finished my 
Anna Braids hat 
to go along with the 
Elsa and Olaf hats I designed.

To be perfectly honest, 
I couldn't find the color I wanted 
for the hat that Anna wears, 
so I decided to make her hair and braids instead.

I finally found some "auburn hair" colored yarn
and away I went.

Available in my Ravelry Store for $1.00.

I'm happy with the outcome
of Anna's hair and braids.

Elsa Hat
Available in my Ravelry Store for $1.99

Olaf Hat
Available in my Ravelry Store for $1.99

If you would like to buy the hats individually,
click the link below each hat.

All 3 patterns are available in my Ravelry Store for $3.00
Just click on the link below.
All proceeds from this pattern will be donated 
to a no-kill animal shelter in Western New York 
or one my home state of Indiana. 
The Fur~Babies and I thank you for your purchase

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Elsa-lke Hat

Elsa is finished and the pattern is written.

I am just SO HAPPY with the end result.

As you can tell, I made a VERY LONG braid.
I wasn't sure how long of a braid to make
so I figured
Momma could trim the braid to size for Miss E.

If you need any help on this pattern,
my email is written in the footer of each page.

This pattern is available in my Ravelry Store for 1.99
Just click on the link below.
All proceeds from this pattern will be donated 
to a no-kill animal shelter in Western New York 
or one my home state of Indiana. 
The Fur~Babies and I thank you for your purchase