Absolute Jeanius

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Happy Halloween! March 10, 2011

Filed under: design,family,friends,fun,holiday — jeanius80 @ 2:10 pm

Getting ready for this Halloween seemed never ending! Miss M decided to be a cupcake this year and with some searching through google, I found instructions for making a costume. I had to substitute some materials, since we are likely to get rain here on Halloween, and paper costume would fall apart after 5 minutes. First, she chose to be a chocolate cupcake, so off to Joanns we went to get chocolatey brown fleece.

I read the directions, felt good, and proceeded to cut, sew and stuff the ‘frosting’. Unfortunately, I failed to read about adding 6 inches to each piece, and had to start over. Back to Joanns, and this time she chose bright pink, to be a strawberry cupcake. Carefully measuring and cutting this time, I sewed and stuffed just the two larger pieces, as she is too small to have a stuffed piece around her neck, it would have just been too high for her to be comfortable!

With her help, we glued on 18mm flat backed gems to be the sprinkles, and she’ll be wearing a cute cherry hat I knit for her.

Since I had almost a full yard+ left over, I decided to make her a matching sweater to wear under the costume, to keep her arms warm. I used a well fitting sweater as a guide, and traced it and took some measurements from it. After sewing the pieces together, I then added a blanket stitch around the edges, and added a knitted cuff, hem, zipper band and collar. I used the only zipper I had on hand, a adjustable length (but not separating) one. Good thing she can pull it on with out undoing the zipper! I plan on changing it out later, and maybe adding some cutesy black embroidery to jazz it up a bit.

doesn’t she look thrilled?

 

She was invited to a Halloween party on Saturday as well, and decided she wanted to be a Fairy Princess Ballerina. It’s never really simple with her lol. So we cleaned up last years costume and she added a crown, a wand, and I dolled her up with some rosy pink cheeks and sparkly eyeshadow. She went with her cousins, E (a monkey) and K (a witch), and their friend M (Iron Man):

 

The Saturday Party Gang

 

The Trick or Treat Gang

The Mr. and I also dressed up. I was a chef (I did make a huge cupcake! ) and the Mr. was a back-ally Dr (I know…)-

 

After trick or treating with friends and cousins, me and the Mr. went to see Saw 7 in 3D with friends. Seeing these movies has become a yearly event with us, so now, since the series is over (?) we’ll have to see what comes out next year!  It was just as gory as the other ones, and the 3D effect was used well. Definitely some jumping and screaming! We did luck out by going to a late showing on Sunday, in that there was practically no one there.

 

Hope you all had a great weekend!

 

 

Help for Haiti January 17, 2010

Filed under: absolute jeanius,charity,design,hat,knitting,ravelry — jeanius80 @ 9:49 pm
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I am sure you’ve heard about the terrible situation in Haiti, after the recent earthquake. A lot of members of ravelry.com have decided to fund raise. Notably, a lot of designers have decided to donate a portion of the income from some patterns to aid the help in Haiti. I’ve decided to participate, and have put the Ravelling Lace Hat up as a “Help for Haiti” pattern. The price is $5.00, with 50% of all sales going to Red Cross International Response Fund. Thanks to the ravelry group, Lazy, Stupid, and Godless, who began a “LSG-a-Thon For Haiti“, the masterminds behind ravelry made it easy to find patterns that are donating to the cause. Currently, there are 962 patterns listed with some proceeds going towards Haiti (not all through the same charities).

So crafters, ravelers, go forth, buy up some patterns you know you want anyhow, and help those in need at the same time. I’ve decided that I will forever donate 50% of the proceeds from the sales of Ravelling Lace Hat to the Red Cross International Response Fund. It is the least I can do!

Ravelling Lace Hat

 

Ravelling Lace Hat September 18, 2009

Filed under: absolute jeanius,design,fashion,hat,pattern — jeanius80 @ 4:43 pm
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A new pattern, and thanks to my LSG tweasles, it’s ready for the whole world!

If you do find any mistakes, please feel free to PM me through ravelry, make a not here on the blog, or leave a note on the ravelry pattern page.

Ravelling Lace Hat

New pattern for a hat or tam. A pretty, two color lacy hat. You’ll need worsted weight yarn, in two colors. Approximately 60 grams of the main color, and 20 grams of the contrast. If making a tam, you will need about 100 grams of main, and 30 of CC. This pattern if fully charted.

Please note… when knitting the set up chart and chart A, you need to knit a round as the stitches appear (knit the knits and YOs, and purl the purls) after each row of the chart. The other charts are knit as is, no other rows.

 

SOCKS August 22, 2009

Filed under: design,knitting,learning,socks — jeanius80 @ 9:55 am

I finally took the plunge and got over my silly ‘fear’ of short row heels. See, I am the type of knitter who doesn’t like to rip/tink. SO if I make a mistake, I will fix it or leave it, so I was scared of screwing up a sock heel, since I would have to rip back to redo it. (whoa, that’s a crappy run-on sentence).

I finished a pair of traveling ribbed socks with Dream In Color Classy, in the color Some Summer Sky. No photos, as my camera is MIA. The socks were too tight for my feet, so I knit the foot short enough for Makenna to wear as house socks. I might re-visit the pattern (it was one I made up), and eventually write it up to share. The left overs might be enough for Cable Footies or may just end up as a hat for Makenna.

I am also in the planning stages of another pair of worsted socks; they will be knit with a cable panel/gusset up the back, and be (hopefully) knee high. Sort of a bastardization of kilt hose. I won’t be able to really offer the pattern, as the cable chart is not my own. I will however, share the how-to, though you’ll need the book with the chart in order to actually knit the socks.
Up next, I will be finishing my moms bee strip socks (Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Bee Stripe), then knitting Jasons plain grey socks. His will be toe up, with 1×1 ribbing on the arch, a few random stripes using left over Seahawks sock yarn, and then 2×2 ribbing on the leg/cuff. He originally asked for short socks, and now decides he wants them as tall as I can get from two balls of Fortissima (100 grams for his size 10.5-11 feet).

Eventually I’ll get to some socks for me 😉 Probably the Embossed Leaves using some Koigu KPM in a nice dark green semi-solid. Or Monkeys using some other KPPM I have stashed.

For those of you who like sales.. Jimmy Beans Wool has Colinette Jitterbug on sale (I scored two of the Salty Dog colorway) Pretty colors!) for just $12.30 for 100 gram skein. Those will probably become Reims Stockings 🙂

(Pattern links are ravelry.com pattern page links)

 

Market Survey August 11, 2009

Filed under: absolute jeanius,design,dyeing,goals,help — jeanius80 @ 5:27 pm

I have been thinking about branching out and (hopefully!) opening up a shop in my local area. The branching out part will happen this spring, and the physical shop is a future goal 😉

To help focus my plan, I created a market survey, and would appreciate it if you would take the time to answer the questions. Just a quick note, it is about dyeing and fiber, so proceed with caution 😉

Survey Link

 

A simple Scarf October 15, 2008

Filed under: design,homespun,knitting,pattern,ruffle,scarf — jeanius80 @ 5:20 am

Ruffles, ruffles every where! Perfect for the girly-girl in your life! Or you 😉

I knit this for my niece and she loves it…

Ruffle Scarf
by Jeanie Stave

Scarf is worked Length wise. You can substitute any bulky yarn, or knit with two strands of worsted at the same time. You want your stitches to be more loose than normal, to give your scarf a nice drape! If you are normally a tight knitter, go up a size, and if you are a loose kitter, you should be ok.

Skills needed: Knit, Purl, Yarn-overs (yo), casting on and binding off

materials:
Homespun Yarn (or other bulky weight yearn)
10.5 circular needle, 40″ (cm)

Directions:

Adult Size
Cast on 131 using Long Tail method.
Row 1- Purl
Row 2- Knit
Row 3- Purl
Row 4- Knit 1, *(yo, Knit 1)*
Row 5- Purl
Row 6- Knit
Row 7- Purl
Row 8- Knit 1, *(yo, Knit 1)*
Row 9- Purl
Row 10- Knit
Row 11- Purl
Row 12- Bind off loosely

Child Size
Cast on 101 using Long Tail method.
Row 1- Purl
Row 2- Knit
Row 3- Purl
Row 4- Knit 1, *(yo, Knit 1)*
Row 5- Purl
Row 6- Knit
Row 7- Purl
Row 8- Knit 1, *(yo, Knit 1)*
Row 9- Purl
Row 10- Knit
Row 11- Purl
Row 12- Bind off loosely

(c) 2008, Jeanie Stave.
Permission to knit as many as you like, but please do not sell any scarves made from this pattern. Making copies is ok!

 

I do still knit! August 31, 2008

Filed under: design,knitting,LYS,manos,peanut,vest,wool — jeanius80 @ 10:01 pm

Ha. So I knit a vest for Peanut. But not just any vest…

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I designed it all by myself! It was made for a design contest held by my LYS (Lambs Ear Yarns in Tacoma). I used Manos del Uruguay 100% wool (now called “wool clasica”) in the color #29 (which looks like a nice blueish pine, but is called ‘steel’). I love knitting with this yarn! I made it in two sizes, but it’s pretty easy to upsize by adding stitches in multiples of 4. Apparently nobody else entered the contest (as of this morning) so it looks like I am winner by default, LOL.

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Winner wins an instore gift certificate and thier pattern will be sold in the shop. Peanut had fun playing red light green light as I took pictures. I’ll be bringing in the vest on Friday (I origionally brought it in yesterday, Aug. 30, but Roxi asked if I would mind taking it home to get some nice pictures, I obliged!) I am so excited that knit group is starting back up! I miss that group!

Green Light!

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