Saturday, June 28, 2008

Free Pattern: Ruddawg's Generic Watch Cap

My Mom's birthday is a week away. Like most Mom's, you ask her what she wants for her birthday and she responds, "Oh I don't want anything." PFFFFT. That does not help! Mom's a big Packer fan though, so inspiration struck:

I grabbed a skein of my Cheddarheads yarn, sold on and knitted this hat in 4 hours.
The hat will work on any worsted-weight yarn. The cheddarheads colorway gives it those cool stripes in the colors of the Packers.

Ruddawg's Generic Watch Cap

Materials needed:
Size 8 Circular Needles + DPNs of the same size
1 Skein of Cheddarheads Worsted Weight
5 stitch markers
crochet hook

5 stitches per inch - 7 rows per inch

The Pattern:
Cast on 80 stitches using knitted cast-on.
(For help with this technique go to:
and it's the technique 2/3 down the page called 'knitting-on')

Making sure that the stitches are not twisted, use K2-P2 Ribbing for 2 1/2"

Then knit in stockinette stitch for 5 1/2"
(Or use my method, flip up the ribbing and try on the head until it reaches the crown of your head.)K

Knit 16 stitches, place marker five times.

On next row, k2 together before the stitch marker, slip stitch marker and repeat until you have 10 stitches left. Switch to DPNs when it gets difficult to work the stitches on the circs.

Bind off 10 stitches, leaving a 3" tail.

Flip the hat inside out.

Take the crochet hook and pull the tail through the 10 bound off stitches and pull tight and make a knot to keep it from unravelling.

Weave in end at the bottom of the hat and TA DA! Done and ready to wear, or give.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

My neice Kate was here last week to get new Garb made for SCA. The bodice took the longest time and 4 different fittings before I was satisfied with it. The pleating of the skirt and attachment took an hour to do......stitching by hand! Kate's going to finish up the underskirt and the sleeves by herself.

Doesn't she look nice in it? It's crushed velvet with a silk chemise. If you're a SCA or Rennie, I'd recommend the silk chemise. It's worth the extra money and time. This is one I made some years ago out of silk from Buy the silk in 11 yard bolts and they are about 5 bucks a yard. That's cheap!

I've been working on getting rid of that huge stack of fabric. The goal is to move the sewing area to Tim's room once he moves back with his folks. Right now, he's still in Boot Camp. I've not heard from him but his Mom has. But back to the fabric. I had an idea and sewed some recycled drawstring bags out of fabric that was scavenged from old bags. If they didn't sell, I'd tear them apart and cannibalize what I could. So this is what I came up with:

Simple bags that are lined and washable. They've got plenty of uses and they're on etsy.

While waiting for my sock yarn to show up, I've been working with worsted weight superwash to make the Packer colors in yarn. The superwash dyes up so much better than the usual stuff.

There are 4 skeins made up from Cascade 220 superwash on my Etsy now:

Ok, shameless plug done. As you can see, I've been in a more creative mood than usual. And what is more unlike me than that I'm trying to get more organized.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tigger Says Hi

Originally uploaded by ruddawg
And how's your day going?

Me? I've been sewing lots of things, and will be doing more tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

I finished up the sweater I've been knitting for my honey and gave it to him for Father's Day. Now I know it's not sweater weather, but it will be!

It was a bit of a rush at the last week, and there was a panic that I had not bought enough yarn. But I quickly basted together a sleeve and the front to the back. I found it to be about an 1" too long in the body and 2" too long in the sleeve. That gave me enough extra yarn to finish it and get the turtleneck done.

Will I knit this one again? I lost the pattern! I even lost the copy of the pattern I scanned in case I lost the pattern! !! When my hard drive died, it went with it.

Lion Brand yarn has a sweater close to it, but I have my thoughts on a cabled sweater next time.

Sunday, June 8, 2008


My bloody hard drive bit the dust last week. I've been doing a lot of spinning and knitting since I can't surf. Dave's gonna fix it next week.

I'm suffering from internet withdrawl. I've got the DT's

"Hello, my name is Brenda, and I'm addicted to the internet."

I want my ravelry!