03 April 2014

The Winner is...

Sorry I am late in posting this, time got away from me! But I have a winner! Using the awesome website random.org, I chose the winning comment, which belongs to...Carla Shiver! Congrats Carla, I will be messaging you soon!
Be sure to check back for other giveaways, I think there may be a Spring themed one in the works.

25 March 2014

Yarn Grab Bag Giveaway!

I have recently decided I have far too much yarn. So what better way to get rid of some of it then with a giveaway?! (Other than selling some of it here.)
This giveaway is for a grab bag of five (5) full skeins of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes yarn. I will pick five skeins out of the very many that I have, some examples viewed above! (Details: They are worsted weight, 110 yards and 100% Peruvian Highland wool. Hand wash/dry flat.)
As always, entering is simple, and you can have up to four entries (leaving a separate comment for each entry):
- One, just leave a comment!
- Two, follow my Blog and leave a comment saying you've done so.
- Like Nantucket Knitter on Facebook and leave a comment saying you've done so. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nantucketknit
- Share this giveaway in some way (Facebook, forum, Ravelry, pinterest, etc), and leave a comment (with a link to where you've shared it) saying you've done so.

I will leave the contest open until April first, 'round about 6:00 PM EST. Please leave some way to contact you in at least one of your comments. E-mail, Ravelry name, whatever. If there isn't a way to contact you I will wait 48 hours after a winner is chosen for you to contact me, at which point a new winner will be chosen. Winner much respond within 48 hours otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be chosen via the awesome folks at random.org. Contest is open internationally.

Good luck!
You can also purchase a grab bag here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/183788701/grab-bag-five-skein-knitpicks-wool-of

02 February 2014

Ingress Resistance Key Knitting Chart

Just designed this chart for us in fingerless mittens or knuckle gloves which I have yet to design. Wanted to share this as I haven't posted in a while. Nothing much of note has been happening around here to post about!
Anyways, enjoy:

18 December 2013

Karla's Christmas Tree Lights

Just popping in to show off some lovely lights Karla knit up using my Knitted Tree Lights Pattern.
Ravelled here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/karla/christmas-tree-lights
I know I haven't been around much, and in fact have entirely ignored the schedule I intended to keep. One day, I will figure it out!
Merry Christmas one and all!

22 November 2013

Homeschooling Saturday Week Six - Homemade Advent Calenders

Welcome to Homeschooling Saturday, week six! Homeschooling Saturday is a recap of our favorite craft(s) or activity we've done in the past couple of weeks.
This week, we've been busy making advent calenders. Why buy when you can make ones that are beautiful and meaningful with things you've already got around the home?
We made this beautiful Mary and baby Jesus:
I took the template provided, and instead of using that to trace, deleted the labels on everything and printed those out to color. Then I copied and pasted the stars into one document and I used those for my calender, the kids are just using star stickers.
Here is the star template I created. Keep in mind I in no way am taking credit for it, in fact it has the original link on it. It just took me a while to save the format provided (had to screen shot it eventually) so I thought this might save a step or two for some people: http://nantucketknitter.com/pdf/stars1.pdf.
Everyone painted whatever background they wanted onto poster-board:
And we colored in everything...
...and then glitter glue and metallic colored pencils got involved:
After the year and a half everything took to dry, I started to cut it all out and lay them out onto the poster board to number where the stars and baby Jesus would go as the days of December pass. (Days one - 23 are small stars, 24 is the North Star, and 25 is baby Jesus.)
I totally ignored where the stars go about halfway through, and just numbered where I thought they should go from some picture in my head. Which was a mistake, if you look closely at the finished product up above, you can see my attempts at erasing them. At least I did that on my own, not the kids'! This idea is from: http://www.thatartistwoman.org
We're also working on a funky tree calender:
Each tree will have a little trinket or confection in it. I was supposed to use Washi tape, but I have no idea where to even find that on Nantucket, so we stuck with regular old translucent. Not as polished looking, but when you've got rainbow trees, who cares?!
I am mostly using super inexpensive (cheap) things like mini candy canes, plastic ornaments and small chocolate bears, but for a few of them I did little things of princess chap-stick (Little M gets super chapped lips in the winter, so we always have a bunch of them) and bangles. On the 24th, I put in Cinderella nail polish.
I have no idea where this feminine little girl came from, she certainly didn't get it from me!
The idea for this one came from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2010/make-a-geometric-tree-advent-calendar/.

That was what we did this week. What did you all do for homeschool this week?

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If you do decide to link up, please just link back from your post to this post! You can use this picture if you want:


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18 November 2013

Make Something Monday week six

Hi there, and welcome to Make Something Monday, week six. A recap of any and everything I deem worthy of posting, that I've made in the last week.
Last week, for Make Something Monday, I posted these tree lights. I love them and they are fast becoming the single most popular post on my Blog. Simple Mitts, beware! It'll be interesting to see if they're popularity keeps up after the holidays. I just can't wait to see what people are going to make with that pattern!
The past couple of weeks I have been knitting, knitting, knitting. I have completely finished four stuffed animal sets, which include the animal, clothing, and a mini stocking:
Not sure who all of them are going for yet, but some little ones are going to be very lucky! I made all four stockings this week and the reindeer and mouse girl. (She's in the pink dress.)
I have at least one more stuffed animal set planned, and she's going to be raffled to benefit a cause very close to my heart. She's probably going to be a bunny, as they're my favorite, in a sparkly blue reindeer dress, as I've wanted to make one for a while. I am planning on using some very special yarn that's been shorn and spun on Nantucket, it's so pretty. I just have to decide if it's going to be white or grey, opinions please!
They're jointly ravelled here: http://ravel.me/NataliesKnits/sr2
By the way, I have two skeins of this yarn, I am planning a giveaway with one soon! Check back!
Also made recently is this awesome dragon, knight and princess set:
I love knitting this set up. I am planning on making a couple of the dragons for Christmas gifts, and making a few knights and princesses to tuck into mini stockings. Easy, peasy! Ravelled here: http://ravel.me/NataliesKnits/1v1ap
Also finished were a set of Simple Mitts:
Sorely tempted to keep these for myself! But they've already been pretty much claimed, I don't think they'll last too long at the fair. I am going to chug through at least two more pairs, although I have the yarn for probably four pairs, so we will see! These mitts are really perfect for anyone new to working in the round, as they're simple (hence the name) and ideal for a first pair of fingerless mitts!
Then I finished a Santa Polar Bear Beanbag Animal. Why the caps, I have no idea.
He has yet to be ravelled, but he's made out of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes and polyester fiberfill. I accidentally used the wrong size needles (my number one mistake, I am always doing it) and he's huge...but hey, someone is going to get a deal!
Those are my finishes for the past while. What have you made?
Off to knit my little one a pair of bright pink mittens!

11 November 2013

Christmas Tree Lights

Don't have time to make them? Buy them ready-made here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NantucketKnitter?section_id=11173365

11/20/13 An error in the pattern has been pointed out to me and corrected.

I don’t know why, but I have been all about knitting flat lately. And, these are my favorite thing to knit recently. I finally sat down and wrote out a pattern; here it is, enjoy! This is the perfect time to start knitting something like this. They only take me about 20 minutes per light.

You will need:
• Oddments of worsted weight yarn, in desired colors
• Size one needles
• Fiberfill
• Tapestry needle

Instructions:
• Cast on four stitches with light color, leaving a long tail for sewing up.
• Row one: purl
• Row two: *k1, m1; rep from * to last st, K1. 7 sts.
• Row three: purl
• Row four: *k1, m1; rep from* to last st, K1. 13 sts.
• Rows five through seven: Alternate one row purl with one row knit.
• Row eight: *k2, m1; rep from * to last st, k1. 19 st.
• Rows nine through 11: Alternate one row purl with one row knit.
• Row 12: *k3, m1; rep from * to last st, k1. 25 sts.
• Rows 13 through 20: Alternate one row purl with one row knit.
• Row 21: *p2, p2tog; rep from * to last st, p1. 19 sts.
• Row 22: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1. 13 st.
• Switch to green color.
• Rows 23 – 26: Alternate one row purl with one row knit.
• Row 27: *p2tog; rep from * to last st, p1. 7 st.
• Bind off.

Finishing:
• Using cast on string and mattress stitch, sew up side seams, stuffing firmly as you go.
• Weave in all ends.
• Cut a length of green yarn and tie on end in a pretty bow as shown in picture.
• Enjoy!

Pattern is for private, non-commercial use. Thanks!
Comments, questions? Please email me at natalie@nantucketknitter.com

Italian (translated by skaraanna on ravelry):
Lucine di natale:
mettere sul ferro 4 maglie
1 . rovescio
2 . “1 dir, 1 aumento intercalare” ripetere, poi 1 dir =7m
3 . e tutti i ferri dispari a rovescio fino al ferro 21
4 . “1 dir, 1 aumento intercalare” ripetere, poi 1 dir =13m
6 . dir
8 . “2 dir, 1 aumento intercalare” ripetere, poi 1 dir =19m
10 . dir
12 . “3 dir, 1 aumento intercalare” ripetere, poi 1 dir =25m
14 . 16 . 18 . 20 . dir

21 . “2 rovescio, 2 maglie insieme a rovescio” ripetere, poi 1 rov = 19m
22 . “2 diritto, 2 maglie insieme a diritto” ripetere, poi 1 dir = 13m
23 . passare al verde e proseguire a maglia rasata fino al ferro 25
27 . “2 maglie insieme a rovescio” ripetere, poi 1 rov = 7m
Infilare il filo nelle maglie rimaste, cucire ai lati e fare un fiocchetto per appendere.

(Last image from the Ravalry project: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/karla/christmas-tree-lights)
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