The Funky Collection

A special treat for you stitchers today! We’re showing off Helena’s very brightly, unique, and wonderful collection of the few things she has knitted. She calls this one her Funky Collection

Before I get into explaining her collection of these 3 items you see above, I’d like to say how proud I am of Helena and I think Grandma would agree. Helena just learned to knit this past year in August and hasn’t stopped knitting since! She has created several blankets/throws, scarves, and a number of hats. Helena is probably one of the more patient knitters I know who can easily crank out a blanket in 2 days without getting bored or tired of the project – as long as she has something to do with her hands she is happy. That being said, she’s not a fan of shorter projects like hats. But with Grandma helping her get started and both of us encouraging her success and her own motivation and desire to continue to learn new stitches and patterns, Helena is a wonderful knitter and I am dedicating this blog post to her.

The Funky Collection consists of a twin-sized blanket, a multi-colored hat, and a very interesting scarf.

It began with a blanket. Helena is known to knit and knit until she has barely any yarn left to work with. When she put the bright green fringes on the ends, she announced to me that this was going to be the first item in her Funky Collection. Even though I liked it without the red stripes before (mostly because it kept me warm while watching movies) she decided to add the red stripes onto the one side. It still is awesome and very warm and she is very proud of it. Although, it took her longer than she anticipated which made her a little annoyed at the project (mostly the stripes).

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Helena’s Funky Blanket

Next up, Helena created this very unique looking scarf. She bought this weird looking white yarn that had a German tag on it and had no idea what to do with it. She ripped out a few projects before finally figuring out what to do with it. The joke was that we called this yarn the tampon yarn because of what it looked like. But in the end, the scarf came out fairly well and Helena was so happy to be done with that yarn.

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Kitty modeling Helena’s Funky Scarf

Lastly, Helena finished off her collection by quickly (and when I say quickly I mean she probably finished this also in a matter of hours) this cool multi-colored hat. Keeping up with the incredibly bright color scheme, she knitted a hat using purple, lime green, and a bright sunshine yellow. And it wouldn’t be a hat Helena made if it didn’t have a pom-pom on top. Personally, those types of hats remind me of hats that our friend Murray wears every single day in the winter. Hmm… that reminds me, Grandma we still need to make him a new hat to replace that one! Speaking of Grandma, she has volunteered to model off this adorable hat – although it is a little too bright for her.

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Grandma wearing Helena’s Funky Hat

And that’s the Funky Collection! Hope you all enjoyed!

DIY Mermaid ‘Lola’

The Craft Mummy is at it again with crocheting the most adorable projects! And since Grandma and I are busy studying for finals, I decided to share this cute mermaid with everyone!

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She is half-human half-fish and she is half-crochet half-felt😆 and she gave me so much fun while crafting!

DIY Mermaid

Here isVIDEO tutorialpart 1 andVIDEO tutorialpart 2 I followed to make the amigurumi body (ex. legs obviously😆)



For the curls I followed: chain, and for second row 2 half double crochet in each stitch


Hope you like Lola as much as I do❤️
xxx

Kasia

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5 Fun Facts about Knitting

“Why do you have a small ball of yarn in the bottom of your bag?” asked Potato to Grandma.
Grandma responds, “You never throw out yarn. Ever.”
And somehow that conversation got be thinking about a random fact that I learned about a certain type of fiber. I then thought of all of the other facts about yarn and knitting that I know about – stored up there in that mind of mine. It was then that I decided, “Hey, that would make a cool blog post!” So here I am, typing up a handful of facts about knitting that some of you stitchers might find cool. Or for those of you who have never knitted before might find interesting. So I introduce to you now: 5 Fun Facts about Knitting

  1. No one knows how old knitting actually is!
    It seems like knitting has been around for forever! And funny thing is, no one really does know how old knitting is. It’s a trade that has been practiced for centuries, used for making socks, sweaters, hats, etc. Knitting is considered to have originated in the the middle eastern part of the world; yet the time period of when is still a mystery!

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    Picture credit given to http://www.julietcapulets.com

  2. Knitting used to be dominated by men
    That’s right! Back in the day, knitting was a men-only sport and women were not allowed to knit. Weird how we rarely see men knitting in a public setting now or even associate them with the term “knitting”. Actually, Alan Turing, a famous mathematician back in WWII who is credited with having built the first computer, was known to knit in public.

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    Our friends Josh and Ian crocheting

     

  3. The process of knitting and computer programming are surprisingly similar!
    As a computer programmer, this interests me. If we allow the knitter to act as an interpreter or compiler, and the computer programmer to be the person who creates the patterns, the two are indeed very alike. We can also compare the different data structures to different needle types as well as Big-O values of codes to the time length of a pattern it would take a knitter to create and finish it. If interested more, please see Knitting and Computer Programming.

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    Code for finding a Euler circuit

     

  4. The softest fiber in the world is… Possum?!?
    When visiting an alpaca farm last semester, my knitting group and I were surprised when to hear the answer of “What is the softest fiber in the world?” The owner of the alpaca farm then told us that it’s actually possum. It’s soft, silky fur can actually make great yarn. Check out fellow blogger, Kiwiyarns’ posts about Possum yarn here:
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  5. The fastest knitter in the world, Miriam Tegels, can knit 118 stitches in one minute.
    Oh my goodness – if I could knit this fast I would be able to knit a sweater in no time! I’d be able to finish that blanket that I’ve been working on since January in a day! But yes, Tegels has been given the title of fastest knitter in the world according to Guinness Book of World Records. Check out this YouTube video of her if you don’t believe me! Miriam Tegels Knitting

After seeing Tegels knit so fast, Grandma, Helena, and I decided – hey let’s time ourselves!
A bitter Grandma and I ended up tying – each with 25 stitches in one minute. (she is arguing that she had 26 stitches, but it was not yet on the other needle) Helena beat us both with 29 stitches in one minute. Go Helena! None of us know continental knitting, so I’d say that’s pretty good for English knitters!

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Kitty’s attempt at speed knitting using the English style knitting technique

Baby Hats and Scarf WIP

Hello stitchers!

I hope everyone is doing well today! Since I was too busy to knit this weekend, Helena and Grandma have been working on some projects so I’d like to show off their work in progresses (and as for Helena – her finished projects).

I really enjoy giving back to the community and it’s always a great joy when I find ways that I can and the time to do so. I try to make room for service in my schedule and have been volunteering at a variety of places since middle school. Since I became the president of the knitting/crocheting club at my school, I have been moving the club in the service direction too. Each fundraiser now that we have has at least 20% of our profit going towards some kind of charity or we just donate knitted items to charities and places in need. The hospital in the local community asks for knitted baby hats. It’s a special, handmade gift that keeps the newborns and infants heads warm while in the hospital and the parents truly appreciate it. I have only made one baby hat so far (the fluffy one at the top) but the rest (as in all of the hats with the pom-poms attached) have been made by Helena. All of these hats are to be donated to the local hospital here by next semester.

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baby hats in a variety of colors, sizes, and yarn! (credit given to Helena and Kitty)

Meanwhile, Grandma has been putting this scarf off for a while (she doesn’t like longer projects) but this scarf looks great! She’s still working on it slowly but surely. She is knitting on straight needles and implementing the herringbone stitch.

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Wrong Side: Herringbone Stitch Scarf (credit given to Grandma)

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Right Side: Herringbone Stitch (credit given to Grandma)

I apologize for the blurriness in the one picture of the right side of the scarf above. I need to practice my photography skills is pretty obvious.

-Kitty

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern – Barry the Teddy Bear

This adorable bear pattern was created by fellow blogger, Lizzie In Stitches. He was crocheted and Lizzie has graciously put up a free pattern for all of us stitchers on her blog. I highly recommend checking it out! I have re-blogged here for you all

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Sorry that the blog has been a little quiet but I have been poorly and have been focusing on a range of Amigurumi patterns. I will share my favourites in a seperate post but after a while I wanted to have a go and designing my own. This is how Barry the Bear got created.

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This tiny fella is a quick and easy project. I made it with some left over cotton yarn I had hanging around but I’m pretty sure you can make him using most double knit yarns.

Shopping List

  • Double Knit cotton yarn in two colours. One for the bear colour and one for the tshirt colour. At least 30g of each
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • 2 x 6mm safety eyes
  • DMC Standard Cotton in 310 (Black)
  • Fibrefill of your choice
  • Needle for sewing parts together

Essential Pattern Notes

  • Bear is worked in continuous rounds unless stated
  • Pattern…

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