Sunday, November 8, 2009

I'm hoping to be back to knitting soon!

We have some sort of diagnosis for the little one. He has Dyspraxia, Hypotonia, Global Developmental Delays, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Speech Apraxia and a host of other really long terms. Basically the Dyspraxia covers most of it all. He receives 4 therapies a week and goes to many specialists. He soon will be wearing special ankle/foot braces to help him stand more. He also is a former self starver and still Failure to Thrive so it's an every day battle to get him to eat. Doesn't help that he also is allergic to Milk, Soy and Citric Acid and will be having formal allergy testing done soon to see what else. Dealing with him has been a 24/7 job. I have sooooo many projects and patterns swirling in my head, I just need to get back into them. I thought I'd be knitting at the Dr.'s office and during therapy but all of the things he is dealing with require hands on attention. I've gotten over my Google obsession trying to diagnose him myself, but replaced that with a Chick Lit book obsession. I am hoping the knitting obsession can come back so i can finish the sweater I've been making him since MAY!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Getting back in the swing of things...

My youngest has had such a rough go of things in the whole "normal development" for babies. He's almost 18 months and yet to walk, in fact he's far from it still. We have yet to get a diagnosis for whatever is going on, but not for lack of trying. I will hopefully get back to knitting now that we are getting into a routine of the various dr. appts and therapies and getting the older boys to and from school and their activities.

Just wanted ya'll to know, I'm still here! I'm still working on some new free patterns to add to ravelry, just dealing with a few of life's curve balls first.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Pattern coming... "Don't Call Me Victoria" Scarf

My mom's name is Vicki, people almost always assume its short for another name. Nope, just Vicki. She especially hates it when people call her Victoria. I wanted to knit her a scarf in her favorite greens and blues. Found the perfect yarn, FiberNatura - Heaven, a Merino/Silk mix that's "heaven" to knit up! Searched Ravelry for hours, consulted my trusty The Harmony Guide, Lace & Eyelets and poured through the lacy patterns. I wanted something somewhat light, LOVE the snowflake stitches, but fall themed. Settled on the Fern Lace stitch and wrote up a super quick and easy pattern for the perfect sized scarf! I'm knitting it up now and will publish it on here as soon as it's finished!

Here is a teaser, bad picture, but you'll get the idea. ;)

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Sweater that Killed Me...

My obituary shall read, "cause of death, self inflicted knitting needle stabbing to the eyeballs and brain" My final project?? Chewy's fall sweater.

I cast on in May, got bored, set it aside, and now that its getting closer to fall, I really want to finish it. It's adorable, but man, it's made with some tiny-arse needles and a pattern that makes me want to stab my eyeballs. It's cute as hell, but boringggggg.

So motivate me to finish this thing! I have the back panel complete and working on the front. Below is a pic of when I first cast on and the pic of the pattern itself. Soooo cute, but may kill me in the process.

Ocean Waves Baby Blanket

The finished product... :) I'll write the pattern later, but the stitch came from The Harmony Guide - Basic Crochet Stitches - Wavy Shells II

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Crocheted baby blanket!

I'll be posting a pattern and pics as soon as I get this finished! using the wavy shell stitch II from the Interweave Basic Crochet Stitches book, I'm making a super super cute blanket for my soon-to-be new niece! The nursery is all ocean and painted in a soft turquoise/aqua and sand. My SIL is amazingly crafty and handpainted bits and pieces on the wall, trees, sand castles, all sorts of cute things! This blanket falls in line with that. I chose Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in Macadamia (Sand) and Almond (foam) and Cascade Luna in Seafoam (ocean) and threw in some LBNCOC (wow! long acronym!) in strawberry and wove the ends around every once in a while as seashells in the sand. I'm very proud of this blanket and cannot wait to finish and show it off! And to share the pattern of course! :D So watch for that!!!

I have a whole line of the StarWars guys I want to get the patterns written for and them completed too. It's been hard since my youngest child has been going through some feeding issues and delays, so hopefully I'll find more time to knit and crochet to help keep my mind off all of his issues. At least I'll have projects to work on in the dr.'s office right?!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sweaters in the summer?!

It's going to take me until winter to finish this most likely. LOL Chewy's fall sweater. Great pattern, just takes forever when you knit a few rows then hop on facebook. knit a few rows, go make dinner, knit a few rows, back to facebook. ;)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Crocheted toy pillows... Star Wars Fleet

I found this pattern for Rudy the Rectangle at Michaels.  Instantly fell in love.  Here is my first Rudy for Chewy. 


Then Cartman wanted an "orange jedi" one.  so this is what I came up with.  He calls him anakin, but he reminds me more of plo-koon (and he's obsessed with the movies, not me, took me 3 months to figure out what the hell a 'plo-koon' even was!  Google that shiz.) 

Now I am inspired.  I'm creating a whole jedi fleet.  Even a few from the Dark Side.  Watch for more guys either here or on Ravelry.  Here is Yoda...


May the Yarn be with you...

Monday, February 16, 2009

The life of a mom...

I haven't posted in a long time.  sorry about that!  Sick kids, went on a mini vacation, been knitting up a storm and just finished the book Friday Night Knitting Club.  I'm working on some new coffee cozy patterns and possibly an ipod case, so stay tuned.  :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Skater Baby photo instructions on Brim

Here are some photo instructions on making the brim of the Skater Baby hat

I cut a 6 inch strip of plastic canvas. I created a curve that made the entire piece 1 - 1.25 inches wide.
Next I wrapped it in duct-tape. This helps prevent snags while inserting, makes it harder to see through the stitches and also provides a bit more stability so you can bend it.
Fold the knit fabric so the Cast on edge (CO) is on top. Insert your needle through the first stitch on the CO round and the first stitch on the round on the needles.

Knit like you would a regular stitch
And pull through both stitches.

Eventually you will add the brim. the wrapped plastic canvas is bendable, use this to your advantage when trying to work around the stitches. Don't get too frustrated if it's tight and difficult. it will get easier and you can push the brim through more of the hat if needed. Push it out of your way, into the closed casing.

May the Felt be with you… Felted Lightsaber ~ baby size

Felted Lightsaber ~ baby size

May the Felt be with you

© Emily V (aka Coffeebra!)



Feltable wool.  I used Patons Classic Merino in gray and leaf green.


Size 11 DPNs


Cotton batting/stuffing


Gauge – to be honest I didn’t bother with it. 


Cast on 15 stitches in Gray wool and distribute evenly amongst 3 DPNs.  Using the 4th DPN, knit approx 20 rounds.  Switch to the Green.


Knit 15 rounds

Next round: *k2tog, k3, repeat * to end (12 stitches)

Knit 15 rounds

Next round: *k2tog, k2, repeat * to end (9 stitches)

Knit 9 rounds

Next round: knit 3, k2tog, knit 4 (8 stitches)

Knit 5 rounds

Next round: k2tog, knit 2, k2tog knit 2 (6 stitches)

Knit a couple more rounds

Next round: k2tog all stitches (3 remain) and leave a 6 inch tail.  Draw through remaining stitches and weave in the ends, leaving the bottom (cast on edge) open.  

Stuff with batting/cotton and seam the open edge closed.  Felt as you normally would.  (I have a front loader so I use 1 capful of Charlie’s detergent and put project in a pillow case.  I throw in a towel or pair of jeans and do a “speed wash” with an extra fast spin) 

Shape the felted project and lay to dry.  Felt a second time if needed. 

You may add decorations, sew on buttons and such for an older child.  My proect was for a 6 month old, so I left off all adornments. 

This projects, if knit in all brown with a red tip can also be made as a Harry Potter or sorcerers wand. 

Friday, January 16, 2009

Skater Baby!

I knit this super simple hat for Chewy, my youngest.  It's sooooo cute on him!!!  Below is the pattern.  For the brim, I actually dismantled a cheapie store bought hat and stole the brim from that one, but I've seen online that you can cut one from plastic canvas.  I do not have a template for that right now, but will make one up and post soon.

Skater Baby! ~ Brim Hat
© Emily V (aka Coffeebra!)

Size: Childrens – 6-12 months (You can adjust the size by
adding or decreasing the cast on stitches by multiples of 8)

Yarn – Aran/Worsted weight “4”, I used Mission Falls 1824

Needle – US size 7, 16” circular needles, Cable needle and US
size 7 DPNs

Also will need a stiff brim of sorts. You can make one out of

plastic canvas or thick cardboard. I used the brim from a cheapie hat I bought.  (if you are making your own brim, the measurements I used were 6inches across, 1.25 inches wide and a slight curve.  You can take a 2 inch thick piece of material (whichever you have chosen) and make sure when you draw a pattern that there is a slight curve but that the brim material doesn't exceed being 1.25 inches wide at the thickest part.   Also, if you wrap the plastic canvas in duct-tape, it provides a much easier glide and more stability.


Gauge – 20 stitches, 28 rows 4x4 inches


Cast on 72 stitches. Place marker and join in a round, being careful not to twist. Work in k2p2 ribbing for 16 rounds, or until piece measures 2 inches.

Fold brim to inside and prepare to join to current round to form casing. Insert left-hand needle into first st from the cast-on round, then k2tog with first st of current round. *Insert left-hand needle into next st from cast-on round, then k2tog with next st of current round; rep from * to approx halfway across round. At this point, insert your plastic brim so that half of it is inside your casing and half is out. Continue to form casing, pulling the knit brim up on top of the plastic brim and encasing the plastic brim as you work. The casing should fit snugly around the plastic brim.    

Once you have joined the entire brim around, knit all stitches for approx 5 inches. You can join a new color to make stripes. In the hat pictured I did 8 rounds of the main color (MC) and then 3 rounds of the contrasting color (CC), then 3 rounds of MC and 2 rounds of CC and finished the hat in MC.  (note: where the plastic brim is the widest, the stitches will be tight to maneuver for a couple of rounds.  Just try to knit a little looser in that area to help ease things fro the next roound.)


Begin decreasing the hat with the following pattern… 

Decreases (changed 1/17/08 for better shaping):

Row 1: K6, k2tog (63 stitches)

Row 2: K5, k2tog (54 stitches)

Row 3: K4, K2tog (45)

Row 4: Knit

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: K3, K2tog (36)

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: Knit

Row 9: K2, K2tog (27)

Row 10: Knit

Row 11: K1, K2tog (18)

Row 12: Knit

Row 13: K2tog (9)


Break yarn leaving a 6 in tail, thread through remaining stitches and draw up tightly. Fasten and weave in

Free for personal use, please do not make these to sell.  If you do I might have to hunt you down and hit you with one of my muppet fur thongs.  It's a free pattern, so no need to get all piratey.  ;)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Baby Brim Hat

This is turning out soooo cute!!!!  I can't wait to finish and post pictures.  I'll post my pattern too.  not too creative, just a basic hat but with a k2p2 brim that's folded over and knit up to avoid seams/sewing.  I put a piece of plastic (actually stole that from a cheapie store bought brim hat) in the brim while I was knitting it closed so it curves and is just too cute for words.  :) 

Pics are a coming! 

Monday, January 12, 2009

Knitting at the gym...

Anyone try it?!  A friend mentioned knitting while on the recumbant bike.  I soooooooo need to try this!  I'm way behind in the hat for my youngest, hell, winter will be over by the time I have it done at this rate!  Maybe I should take the needles to the gym.  ;)

Friday, January 9, 2009

So much to do!

Since the holidays I've been a busy gal!  Knit a couple hats you can see on Ravelry, been enjoying our new hot tub (YAY!) and I found a treasure!  My dad and grandma's recipes!  I've started a blog where I can share some of them.  check it out... 

Hopefully now that the kids are back in school, DH is back at work and we are all back in a routine, I can spend more time knitting and cooking and actually posting to these blogs once in a while!  ;)