Bachelor Farmer’s Afghan Room

Last night I went to a fabulous beer pairing dinner at one of our favorite Minneapolis restaurants, The Bachelor Farmer. I’ve eaten there many times, but had never been upstairs in their private party spaces. I had heard there was a lot of crochet and knitting in the decor, but the room we were in only have a pole covered in knitting. Of course, I took it upon myself to go peek in the other rooms. Look at what I found!


The chef was having a meeting with someone in the room, but they were happy to show me around and let me take some photos. Every space of wall and bulkhead was covered in knit and crocheted afghans. I asked who knit them for them and was told their designer had sourced all the blankets at different places around the area. They all definitely look handmade.

I love how mainly using blue and white afghans, with a few colorful ones thrown in here and there, turns what could look like a hodge podge into a really coordinated look.What a cozy space for a party during a Minneapolis winter. Plus you have to think it helps with soundproofing!

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Kat’s 2016 in Crafts

At this time of year, just like everyone else, I like to look back at what I did throughout the year. For me that is a lot of crafts, especially knitting! Let’s take a look at my 2016 in crafts.
Crafts 2016
Starting from the top left…
1. Wooden Ball Candleholder – I love how this one turned out!
2. Birdwatching Mittens – For a friend in the UK.
3. Winter Snows Mittens – – Such a fun KAL!
4. Too Hot Coffee Sleeve
5. Little Sweater Girls – My tiny version of the Icelandic sweater.
6. Hang Dishtowel – No the most exciting project, but one we use everyday.
7. Cornwall Spring Mittens – Bunting!
8. Teeny Tiny Bunny Couple – One of my favorite projects of the year. I love making tiny things.
9. Tiny Knit Pig – An adaptation of the bunnies
10. Sharpie Painted Dishes
11. Yarn Ends Mittens – Using up all that leftover Palette for a Minnesota Knitters’ Guild Challenge.
12. Doctor Who Toile – Adding to the toile was so fun (and then I turned it into a project bag.)
13. More Drawstring Project Bags – These are in constant use.
14. Sarubobo – These make great pincushions.
15. Mini Mittens – I made about 40 of these this year to give everyone at my Project 365 house party in the UK.
16. Tiny,Knit Retro Swimsuit – A test for a bigger project you may see this spring.
17. Souvenir Hat – Using a pompom I bought on a trip to Germany and the handspun I bought in England.
18. Plaid Christmas Tree Skir
19. Arigurumi – My first attempt at crochet arigurumi
20. Go Blue Bear – My second attempt
21. Papercut Halloween Candle Covers
22. Pride and Prejudice Mittens – One of this year’s fair entries.
23. 12 Days of Christmas Mitten Garland – This KAL took half the year, but it was such fun.
24. MN Nice Mittens – A patten I design for a Minnesota Knitters’ Guild KAL next month.

I also took two ribbons at the MN State Fair this year, hosted two knit alongs and a design along, and had a project publish in the French book, Réinventer Lego.

In 2017, I want to continue to design more knitting patterns and I have at least two more knit alongs ready to go. I hope to have a pattern in at least one book and plan to try getting accepted to more things. I want to go back and clean up some of my older patterns to get them to a better standard. I also really want to knit myself a sweater, I say this every year, but this year I am really going to try! What are your craft goals for 2017?

 

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Go Blue Bear

You may remember for the last Iron Craft challenge, I decided to learn how to do crochet amigurumi. Before that challenge, I’d really only crocheted granny squares and edging on a knit project. I was so happy with my success that I went ahead and tried a slightly harder project. This time I picked on that had color changes in it.
Go Blue Bear
The pattern I used was Base by Ina Rho. I thought the pattern was cute and didn’t look too hard for a beginner. I will have to say on the whole, it was fine, but there are some typos in the pattern which took some figuring out. For example, the pictured bear has two more sets of stripes on the arm then the pattern calls for.
Go Blue Bear
Also I could not for the life of me figure out what she wanted you to do for the ears. She talks about doing something each side of the ch on row 18, but there is no ch on row 18. I looked at what other people said on Ravelry and it seems like many people couldn’t figure it out. So instead, I just did 6sc in a magic ring. Then I did a sc into the first 4 stitches on the ring and fastened off leaving a tail. I wove in the tail at the center and used the tail from fastening off to sew on the ear.
Go Blue Bear
I followed the link in the pattern to this tutorial on getting jogless crocheted stripes. It was pretty easy to follow and my striped look like her’s. So that was good.

Anyway, I am pretty thrilled with the results and think the finished bear is super cute. Plus, I get more and more confident to try other projects like this. I think next time I’ll try something with a little more shaping.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 20 – Amigurumi

For this last Iron Craft challenge we were asked to challenge ourselves to try something we had never done before. I while back I taught myself to crochet, but I’d never gotten beyond a simple granny square or single crochet edge on my knitting. I really wanted to learn how to do crocheted amigurumi, especially after seeing the amazing stuff Iron Crafter Tawny B whips up. I found a great series from Canucksgirl on Instructables that taught the basics of amigurumi and then had a voodoo doll pattern to try.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 20 - Amigurumi
As I went through the tutorials, I realized I already knew how to do all the basic stitches. This made it easy to dive into the pattern. I used fingering weight yarn and an E/4 3.5mm hook. It was probably I a little smaller than I should have started out with, but after doing the legs I had the hang of it. Stuffing the small limbs was the trickiest part.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 20 - Amigurumi
For my photoshoot, I had a little fun and put wires in the arms so I could pose my little guy.

Now I feel confident enough to try other patterns. Maybe I’ll even get to the point that I can figure out how to do the amigurumi patterns I bought that are in Dutch!

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Most Popular Project of All-Time

Yesterday, we looked back at the most popular projects from 2015. Now let’s look at the most popular projects of all-time (based on page views).

1. Owl Granny Square
Iron Craft Challenge #16 - Owl Blanket for a Baby Bird
2. Circle Scarf
Vicki modeling
3. Shark Hoodie Towel
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4. Little Black Owl
Iron Craft Challenge #38 - Little Black Owl
5. Mary Jane Slippers
Mary Jane Slippers
6. Lego Soap
Lego Soap
7. Knit Minion
#195 - The minions are always mixing something up in the lab
8. Easter Peeps
i've got all my ducks in a row....
9. Knit Star Ornaments
Iron Craft Challenge #24 - Knit Star Ornaments
10. Grumpasaurus
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Have a wonderful and safe New Year!

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74 Christmas Ornament Tutorials

Wednesday we shared a wrap-up of our latest twenty-four ornament tutorials, but we know you want more. Here are seventy-four more tutorials to cover your tree with handmade goodness.74ChristmasOrnaments
Row 1: Felt Gnome, Salt Dough Snowflakes, Wreath Photo Ornaments, Tiny Toques
Row 2: More Tiny Toques, Wooden Star, Knit Christmas Balls, Felt Rocking Horse
Row 3: Mini Mittens, Gnomes, Snow-Covered Initial, Santa Peg Doll
Row 4: Knit Snowman, Little Snow People, Tiny Sweater, Pom Pom Santa
Row 5: Patterned Reindeer, Felt Owls, Little Wooden Angel, Knit Stars
Row 6: Snowball, Button Initial, Knit Candy Cane, Glittered Cardinal
Row 7: Burlap and Button Heart, Glitter Owl
Row 8: Knit Teddy Bear, Felt Gingerbread House, Mid Century Modern Starburst, Wooden Tree
Row 9: Shooting Star, Peg Doll Elves, Acorn Star, Glitter Initial Ball
Row 10: Rustic Angel, Knit Snow Owl, 3D Crocheted Snowflake, Knit Tree
Row 11: Wooden Slat Star, Skiing Santa, Penguin Peg Doll, Burlap and Berries Christmas Ball
Row 12: Snowflake Button Wreath, Glitter Lightbulb, Needlefelted Deer, Octopus Topped Christmas Ball
Row 13: Recycled Sweater Santa, “Antique Silver” Icicles, Pinecone Elf, Snow Bird
Row 14: Tin Bird, Paper Lantern, Victorian Cone, Laufabrauð
Row 15: Papercut 3D Angel, Spiderweb, Dove Wreath, Cut Felt Star
Row 16: Felt Apple, Santa Lucia and Star Boy, Glittered Shell, Burlap Rose
Row 17: Holly Wreath, “Faberge” Egg , Straw Star, Felt Fish
Row 18: Cut Heart, Pooping Log, Golden Pig, Jeżyk
Row 19: Krampus, Paper Paról, Origami Swan, Knit Elf

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Minnesota State Fair 2015

Labor Day Weekend is over and the Minnesota State Fair is done for another year. It was a great year for entries in Creative Activities and I took lots of pictures to share with you. (For things I could find on Ravelry, I link back to the project page so you can get more information.)

First, for those of you who don’t follow us on Facebook or Instagram, my Hearts and Dalas Mittens took home their share of ribbons.
Minnesota State Fair Winnings 2015
I won First Premium in Mittens, Color Pattern, the 3 Kittens NeedleArts Award for Best Use of Color and Texture in Mittens and the Minnesota Knitters Guild Award for Best Mittens. Talk about a thrill!
Minnesota State Fair 2015
I did not win the Sweepstakes for Best Knit Item in the fair, this beautiful shawl by Flanknits took that honor.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
I was blown away by this amazing sweater by Twinsetellen, such gorgeous fine work! People looking at it around me insisted there was no way it was hand knit! She also won for this incredibly detailed baby sweater.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
Here’s some of the winners in socks and hats.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
There seemed to be so many entries this year they had a hard time displaying them all. In the lightweight shawl category there were forty-two entries and in my color work mitten category there were twenty-five!
I had to pull myself away from the knitting because there were so many other things to look at. In crochet there was this amazing set of Lord of the Rings characters.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
This garden made me think I should enter my knit fantasy garden next year.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
This cute crocheted baking set by Threadbare Bakery that was in line behind me on entry drop-off day, took home three ribbons.
MN State Fair Creative Activities Entry Day
I absolutely loved these little animal dolls. I can’t believe they only took second place. They really show me I need to up my game if I want to enter my elf dolls next year.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
This was first place in the doll category. Lots of work, though I find clowns a bit scary sometimes.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
On to quilts. This one just blew me away! The quilting was actually “simple,” just little squares, but oh-so-precise. Then look at that embroidery! It has the crisp, modern look I love.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
And how fun is this quilt?! A giant game of Risk.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
The theme for this year’s Quilt on a Stick was Grandstand performers. The winner paid homage to Kiss. Love the chains and hair. The entries in this category are always fun.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
Doctor Who was a popular theme, here in glass art and seed art.
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I’m always so impressed by the projects by school age kids in the Education and 4-H buildings, some of them put the adult entries to shame. This ornate, detailed dollhouse was made by and 8th grader.
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How about this felt food sewn up by a 4th grader?!
Minnesota State Fair 2015
Over in the Agricultural Building, people got really creative with their seed art and scarecrows. It’s a nice call-back to the origins of the Fair.
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Finally, over in Fine Arts, there was this amazing sculpture of dresses knit from wire.
Minnesota State Fair 2015
Look at the detail on this right down to a little collar!
Minnesota State Fair 2015
Every year I’m so impressed by the skill and creativity of my fellow Minnesotans. It’s also got me thinking about my entries for next year!

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Iron Craft ’15 Challenge #15 – Crochet Embellished Tee

For this Iron Craft challenge we were asked to make something tiny. Is this tiny enough?
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 15 - Crochet Flower Embellished Tee
Crochet flowers not even as big as a penny. I’d never done crochet with thread, just worsted weight yarn, so this was a new challenge for me. Plus, I had to relearn some of the basics do crochet, it’s been awhile. It took a little getting used to and the tiny hook kept splitting the thread, but once I got the hang of it these were quick work.

I was making them with a plan in mind. Recently, I went out to dinner with a friend and she had on a shirt embellished with little crocheted flowers. I really thought it was cute and that it would be easy to do my own version.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 15 - Crochet Flower Embellished Tee
I picked up a t-shirt at Target that is a little nicer than your average tee, it has a scooped neck and a soft drape, to work with. I think the flowers just give it a little some extra without being over the top.

Crochet Flower Embellished Tee

This really doesn’t need much of a tutorial, but I know someone will want to know what the pattern is or size thread or hook size, so here it is.
Supplies:

  • crochet thread, I used Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread in size 3
  • crochet hook, I used a No. 0/1.75mm
  • t-shirt
  • straight pins (optional)
  • thread to match crochet thread
  • hand sewing needle
  • scissors

1. Wash and dry your t-shirt

2. Crochet flowers. I used this pattern from Todolwen.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 15 - Crochet Flower Embellished Tee
You could do flowers of different sizes or colors. I may still go back and add in a few flowers in black. I made twelve, but only ended up using nine. Block the flowers if you wish, I didn’t bother.

3. Put the t-shirt on and play with the layout of your flowers until you find one you like. Pin the flowers in place if you wish. (I would have liked to, but I can’t get to my straight pins and the new wood floor in my craft room is being varnished!)

4. Using the matching thread, hand sew on the flowers. I didn’t want the flowers to me really stuck down, I wanted them to have movement away from the shirt. I did a few small stitches around the center to hold the flower in place and then one larger stitch between each of the petals.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 15 - Crochet Flower Embellished Tee
A bigger flower might require more stitches to keep it from sagging.

I am considering sewing a little bead in the center hole of each flower, but since I can’t get to my bead stash right now that decision will have to wait.

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17 Projects for Summer

This weekend is the unofficial first weekend of Summer here in the States, so we thought it was a perfect time to remind you of some of the great summery projects in our archives.
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1. Leave the Sand at the Beach Bag (A net bottom lets the sand fall right through.)
2. Marimekko Inspired Sneakers (Bright flowers and white tennies are so summer!)
3. Stars and Striped Bunting
4. Polka Dot Paper Lanterns (Made from empty toilet paper rolls!)
5. Princess Towel Dress for Belle and Cinderella
6. Embroidered Woven Placemat (Dressed up dollar store finds.)
7. Shark Hooded Towel (Scare everyone else off the beach.)
8. Waterproof Picnic Blanket (No wet bums here!)
9. Embroidered Shoes (Give those plain slip-ons some personality.)
10. Crocheted Stone Tablecloth Weight (Keeps the cloth on the table even in the wind.)
11. Knit Starfish (For when you can’t be at the beach.)
12. Knit Fish (To keep the starfish company.)
13. Metal Flower Fairy Lights (Made from disposable baking sheets.)
14. Stars & Stripes Rope Wreath
15. Stegosaurus Hooded Towel
16. Knit Octopus (To join your starfish and fish.)
17. Stars and Stripes Table Runner

We hope you have a safe Memorial Day weekend that kicks off a fabulous summer!

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Advent Calendar Project ’14 Wrap Up

Well, this year’s Advent Calendar Projects is all done! And here they are, all of this year’s twenty-four DIY ornaments.
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1. Tiny Knit Bear Ornament 2. Felt Gingerbread House 3.  Mid Century Modern Starburst Ornament 4. Wooden Tree Ornament

5. Shooting Star Ornament 6. Peg Doll Elves (and a bonus Mr. Spock) 7. Acorn Star Ornament 8. Glitter Initial Ornament

9. Rustic Angel Peg Doll Ornament 10. Knit Snow Owl Ornament 11. 3D Crocheted Snowflake Ornament 12. Knit Scalloped Tree Ornament

13. Wooden Star Ornament 14. Skiing Santa Ornament 15. Peg Doll Penguin Ornament 16. Burlap and Berries Christmas Ball

17. Snowflake Button Wreath Ornament 18. Glitter Lightbulb Ornament 19. Tiny Felted Deer Ornament 20. Octopus Topped Christmas Ball

21. Recycled Sweater Santa Ornament, 22. “Antique Silver” Icicle Ornament, 23. Pinecone Elf Ornament, 24. Snow Bird Ornament

And just incase you missed them here are the ornaments from 2012 and 2013.
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You can find a link to all the 2012 ornaments here and all the 2013 ornaments here.

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