Oct 26, 2014

Missing Socks

Sockeaters
In the past few weeks we started to have big issues with missing socks. Somehow after every single load of laundry at least one or more socks are missing. In reality I do not know the culprit, where the socks are, but just for fun, the Sockeaters resurfaced again.
Yes I have a pattern for them:
 Sockeaters
But I also have a gift away on my FB page:
here
All you have to do is visit the page, like the post with Sockeaters or leave a comment there and this Wednesday October 29th 2014 the winner will receive their own Sockeater, in the photo bellow he is the Suspect number 6.

There is nothing better than a Random Act of Kindness, though secretly I hope that my problem with missing socks will go away as well.

Happy October and Thank you for visiting.

Oct 15, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Eyeballs

Eyeballs
Just in time for Halloween, the knitting pattern for Eyeballs was released on Knitpicks website.
The pattern is for free and here is the link:
Eyeballs

I love the photographs they took, especially this one, it is our favorite.

Knitpicks

Now the question is where will you display your jar filled with eyeballs?
Mine is displayed on our kitchen table or the mantel above the fireplace, depending on my mood.

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Oct 2, 2014

Mystery KAL

 

I have a group on Ravelry. Ravelry is a great website evolving around knitting, crocheting and anything fiber. Couple of years ago a friend of mine told me about Ravelry. I have joined the site, but haven't done anything for several months. Things have changed. I have created a store where I offer my patterns Stana's critters etc and this week I have created my own group. Truly I did not expected that too many people would be interested. After all there are so many different groups available. But to my surprise people are joining and sending me nice messages and notes. It feel awesome.

Starting next Saturday I will have a Mystery KAL in my group. Mystery KAL is kind of a mysterious and exciting thing. Those people that sign up receive a clue each week and they follow the instructions and at the end they will have a knitted thing.

Many mystery KAL involves shawls, and other wearable garments, some offer other things and few  offer  toys.

Since I love to design and create toys I have the Toy Mystery KAL (Knit a long). In my group on Ravelry is a thread where you can sign up, and  in my store is a pattern named Harriette - Mystery KAL. At the moment if you download the PDF file you will see that basic information. But, starting October 11th each week the PDF file will contain new clue and at the end of this month you will hold finished toy in your hands. After the Mystery KAL is done and finished I will update the PDF file and it will have the pattern including the pictures of the toy named Harriette.

So, come and join us it is free and it is fun, because you will be following directions without knowing what the finished object suppose to look like.

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Oct 1, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Gracious Cowl

Gracious Cowl
Every once in a while I like to do something different and interesting. This Gracious Cowl is an example.
The pattern offers two sizes small size 25” (64cm) long and 6.5” (17cm) wide and large 30” (77cm) long and 6.5” (17cm) wide.
This cowl is knitted in the round in stranded color work. It is knitted in one piece. The cowl is folded in half and finished by using the bind off I-cord technique thus joining the two layers together creating the reversible look.
It works perfectly for the Dream in color yarn Classy (it feels just right).

You may purchase the pattern by clicking on this button or on Ravelry.



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Sep 26, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Petunia, the Zipper Monster


Petunia, the zipper monster
Petunia, the zipper monster came to existence because of a random act of kindness.
One of the groups I belong on Ravelry is named Random Act of Monsters. Last year, while the group was still active, people would post requests for a small knitted act of kindness (the reasons were various: a hard times, sickness in family, difficult period in life, someone they knew needed "a cheer me up" surprise gift, etc.) and others would response and fulfill the requests by knitting a monster that would help the recipient. I have shipped few of my knitted monsters to various people all over the world, just to make them smile. One of the recipients asked for a happy monster in happy colors.
Harvey, one of the monsters from my e-book Knitted Monsters in the Closet, went onto his adventurous journey and stayed for a while in his new home. Then, this summer I was informed that Harvey needed to travel again and help someone else who needed him more. I thought that it was very generous of the person to give up Harvey so he can help someone else. I wanted to reach out and Petunia, the zipper monster is the result. Petunia, travelled to her new home and at the moment is exploring her new place.



During the process of turning my little creations into the coherent knitting pattern which others can read and understand I rely on knitting testers during the process. Of course there is also technical editing involved, but that is something entirely different. The test knitters receive the draft of knitting pattern and recreate the same knitted toy. I always enjoy how they interpret the dry words of K, P, K2tog, KFB, SSK, etc. which is what most of knitting patterns consist off.
Franken Zipper is a great example what the test knitters can do. I am very grateful for their help, and I cannot wait for our next adventure in the world of creating knitting patterns.

Franken Zipper. Photo by Waipahu

Now,  you can create your version of  Petunia, the zipper monster. Because she started as a random act of kindness I offer the pattern for free. You can download the PDF file by clicking on this button:

download now

or from my Ravelry store:

Stana's critters etc


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Sep 20, 2014

The Book Project

The Book Project is probably somewhere in the middle of the whole process. I still have few samples to finish, a whole lot of photographs to take, and of course the patterns to finish, polish, and have them test knit.

During this whole process I have learned few things.

I need to put it down and work on something with more instantaneous results. The side projects tend to take away the stress from this overwhelming feeling  I have when I think of how much work still needs to be done.

It is strange to think of this as stress inducing project, but I feel responsible for finishing the whole Book Project in a timely manner. After all Cascade Yarn company believed in my capability as a designer and provided the yarn support for the entire collection of the patterns.

So after I finished the work on two of the samples for The Book Project, I am taking a weekend off to knit a few Bears in PJ , because many of my friends, and colleagues at work had or are going to have new babies.

To make sure that I don't feel guilty of completely abandoning The Book Project, even if for a few days, I have looked through the photographs I took for the title page and narrowed it down to two pictures. Now, I have to decide which one to use. I like them both.

Title picture 1

Title picture 2
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Sep 2, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Bunny Pencil Box


Bunny Pencil Box

Bunny Pencil Box:by Stana D.S. 
Finished size: Pencil box is 8” (21cm) wide and 4 ½” (12cm) tall.
 
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in # 873 (Extra Crème Caffe)
Total yardage is about 70 yards, and remnants of white fluffy yarn, dark brown, white,  and black colored yarn. 


Recommended Needles size: US # 5/3.75mm, and DPN US # 5/3.75mm.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, stitch holder, fabric 2 rectangles about 9" x 6" (23cm x 16cm), light brown zipper 9"(23cm) long.

Abbreviations:
KFB = Knit in front and back of the same st, it creates 2sts from 1st.
SSK = Slip st, slip st and knit the 2sts together. This decreases 2sts to 1st.


Gauge: 21sts& 27 rows = 4” in stockinette stitches.

Instructions:

This pencil box is knitted flat in stockinette (knit and purl rows).
Cast on 50sts.
Row 1, and every odd row until row 55: Purl (50sts total)
Row 2, and every even row until row 54: Knit (50sts total).
Row 56: Knit and bind off.
Fold the knitted piece in half and sew together the sides.
 
Ears (make 2):
With the yarn and two DPN cast on 10sts (5sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Round 1: Knit around (10sts total)
Round 2: KFB, Knit 4, KFB, Knit 4 (12sts total)
Round 3: Knit around (12sts total)
Round 4: KFB, Knit 5, KFB, Knit 5 (14sts total)
Round 5 - 9: Knit around 5rows (14sts total)
Round 10: SSK, Knit 5, SSK, Knit 5 (12sts total)
Round 11 - 15: Knit around 5 rows (12sts total)
Round 16: SSK, Knit 4, SSK, Knit 4 (10sts total)
Round 17: Knit around (10sts total)
Round 18:  SSK, Knit 3, SSK, Knit 3 (8sts total). Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure. Repeat for the second ear. Sew the ears to the top side of the pencil box using the picture as a guide.
 
Paws (make 2):
With the dark brown yarn and three DPN cast on 15sts (5sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Round 1 - 2: Knit around 3 rows (15sts total)
Round 3:  *SSK, Knit 3; repeat from * around, 4sts per needle (12sts total)
Round 4: *S
SK, Knit 2; repeat from * around, 3sts per needle (9sts total). Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure. Repeat for the second paw. Sew the paws to the front side of the pencil box using the picture as a guide.
 
Tail:
With the white fluffy yarn and three DPN cast on 15sts (5sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Round 1 - 2: Knit around 3 rows (15sts total)
Round 3:  *SSK, Knit 3; repeat from * around, 4sts per needle (12sts total)
Round 4: *S
SK, Knit 2; repeat from * around, 3sts per needle (9sts total). Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure.  Sew the tail to the back side of the pencil box using the picture as a guide.
 
 
Finishing:  With the black and white yarn embroider the eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers on the face using the picture as a guide. Weave in all ends.
Use the two rectangles of fabric. Sew the three sides together. Insert the fabric inside the knitted piece. Attach the zipper to the opening and sew the zipper to the knitted and fabric layer. Before sewing on the sewing machine tuck the ends of the zipper between the layer of fabric and knitting for a neat finish.  
 
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