knitting

I wanted to make a hat to go with the chunky infinity scarf that I made a few weeks ago, so I knit up one of my favorite patterns, the Cordova knit hat by designer Jen LaCroix. I used one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Oatmeal (123) and followed the directions exactly. This is a quick knit that I was able to finish over two days during holiday break, so if you want instant gratification  with a project and need a hat for the Winter or a quick gift, I highly recommend this pattern.  

Here are some pictures of my finished piece. 

Finished hat with chunky infinity scarf

The slouchiness of this hat is just perfect.

Have you knit up any slouchy hats lately? If so, do you have any favorite patterns to share? If so, please comment below. I’d love to check out what others recommend.

-Dana

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Here are my top five favorite knit hat patterns that are not only adorable but super quick to knit up. Click on the hyperlinks below to be directed to the patterns for the hats shown in the images. 

1. Shroom

 

2. Speedy Cabled Beret

 

3. Cordova

 

4. Chunky Button Hat

 

5. Lemon Grass Slouchy Hat

These designers make some beautiful hats that are lovely to knit. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Make sure to check out their blogs and other patterns as well.

Do you have any patterns for favorite quick knit hats that you’d like to share? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to know what you recommend.

-Dana

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If you follow my Twitter account @danameyerdesign, you know that I had recently purchased 15 sets of carbonized patina bamboo DPNs (double pointed needles) in sizes 0 through 15 on eBay (shown below) to work on a recent project and desperately needed a nice organizer to store all of them.

That’s a lot of DPNs!

I’m a huge fan of Etsy, so I headed on over there to look for a DPN organizer. I browsed for awhile and couldn’t find anything that was big enough without breaking the bank (some were over $75) that was also pretty until I stumbled upon the most beautiful and affordable DPN organizers made by LunaStitch.  The one I fell in love with and purchased is shown here and in the images below.  

The colors and design are just so striking and vibrant- even nicer than the pictures show.

I really like how it can be used as both a wallet and a roll depending on how you like to store your needles in your project bag or elsewhere. The last two images above show examples of this.

What’s also great about this organizer is that there was enough room left over to store all of my other metal & bamboo DPNs and cable needles as well. (This baby has 28 pockets!) So, now all of my DPNs have a home all in one place and I couldn’t be happier!

I also wanted to share this with my readers as this was a great experience with this Etsy seller. I bought this on Sunday, which I might add was right before a big holiday (New Years)and received it promptly Wednesday morning.  I will certainly keep this seller on my list of favorites and recommend this seller to others. 

Thanks for reading!

Please note that I did not get paid/compensated by the Etsy artist mentioned with money or products to write this post. All view points and opinions expressed in this post are purely my own based off of my experiences. I enjoy writing and sharing these posts with my readers in hopes that this information is helpful to others out there. 

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This weekend was filled with many great finds. Not only did I score an awesome antique dress form, but I also was given some vintage/antique knitting, crochet and sewing supplies. Keep reading to find out the details!

I have been in need of a dress form to help me with creating and displaying the items that I make and wanted to get one second hand as I like reusing items as much as I can and enjoy the look of vintage/antique pieces. I didn’t have to search long for one as my parents were able to give me a dress form that fit all the criteria I needed and more. They had an antique Acme adjustable dress form stored away that was my grandmother’s from the 1950s to offer me. Not only was this a vintage piece that was in great shape, is adjustable, didn’t cost me a thing, but it has personal family history attached to it as my grandmother used to make all of her dresses with it. I couldn’t have found or bought anything better. The picture above and below shows my Acme dress form.

If you’d like to learn more about vintage dress forms and the Acme adjustable dress form that I use (as shown in the images above),   blogger Amy Meade has a wonderful post on her blog that goes into more detail and history about them. Click here to read her post  “True to Form.”  Two fun facts that I learned about this Acme adjustable dress form is that it is featured in the HBO documentary Schmatta and that older models made around the early 20th century were under the name L&M (or Ellanam) as they were all made by the Ellanam Adjustable Form Company in Brooklyn, NY.

I also got a Styrofoam head (shown above) from my mom that is a little stained and worn, so I am planning to decoupage it with some interesting fabric or paper.  She figured that I am crafty and could do something with it rather than having her just throw it away. Once I get it all fixed up with some interesting fabric or paper and Mod Podge magic, it’ll be as good as new and perfect for displaying all the hats that I knit and crochet. 

The next items I am really excited about getting from this weekend all came from my husband’s mom.  (Who I might add is amazing!) The items are all vintage/ antique as well and consist of crochet hooks, knitting needles and sewing supplies that were in her family  She wanted to pass these down to me since I enjoy these types of crafty items. The first items I will share are some antique crochet hooks made from bone:

I plan on getting these mounted in a shadow box to display in my computer room once I get it converted and decorated to be used as a craft room. They are just too delicate, old and precious for me to even think about trying to actually use them. I’d be terrified of breaking them and be heart broken if anything happened to them. So, I figured that displaying them in my craft room as decorations would be the next best thing to using them. Aren’t the details on the handles beautiful?

The next items are some vintage knitting needles. I especially like the huge size 50 knitting needles with the red tops on them. They look so pretty displayed in my red vase.  

 

Finally, the last items are some vintage, antique sewing supplies: a wood darning tool, a Prudential Girl pin holder (from the early 1900s),  a National Life and Accident Insurance sewing kit, and two sewing boxes (not pictured). I plan on using the sewing boxes for storage and display once I get my craft room together as they are perfect for holding small supplies. 

Hope you enjoyed my post!

 

 

 

 

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