Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
We have already started collecting items for the Warm Up Nashville campaign. Please let me know if you need yarn!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Several organizations have chosen hats (from our over 3000 made!) to distribute to those who need them. Last week, Adonis Phillips from the support-service organization Parent's Reaching Out, Inc chose several infant hats that will be given to Vanderbilt University NICU, Centennial Medical Center, Baptist Hospital and Maury Regional Hospital.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Whew! Still catching my breath from Saturday. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came (and battled the Flea Market traffic), everyone who donated hats (2448 and counting -- hats have been given to me all week from those who couldn't make it through the traffic on Saturday!) donated door prizes, goody bag items and helped to coordinate the day! We still need hats to meet our goal! Please contact me when you have some to add to the count.
Check out these great pics of my daughter Bethany pouring hats into the tower!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
9. DOOR PRIZE: Tote Bag and 10 skeins of yarn donated by Haus of Yarn!
8. $1 yarn and .25 cent pattern boutique!
7. GOODY BAGS! Filled with coupons, patterns and, of course, GOODIES!
6. COUPON from Imagiknit Yarns & More for 2 FREE balls of Katia Marathon.
• Understanding Patterns (Knitting and Crochet)
• Crochet - Ribbing (front/back post stitch, front/back loops stitching)
• Knitting - Purling and Ribbing (developing ribbing with knitting and purling)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Uses Hometown USA yarn.
Here is a pattern using Hometown USA.
Cute, cute hat with a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn. If you are not a member, consider signing up! Here is the link: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90040AD.html?noImages=0&utm_source=&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=305
And here is the pattern:
Lion Brand® Alpine Wool
13 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
K2, p2, Rib (worked in the rnd)
*With A work 4 rnds, with B work 2 rnds, with A work 1 rnd, with C work 4 rnds, with A work 1 rnd, with B work 4 rnds, with C work 2 rnds; rep from * for Stripe Sequence.
With circular needle and A, cast on 60 sts. Join, being careful not to twist. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Work in K2, p2 Rib, following Stripe Sequence, until piece measures about 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) from beg.
Next Rnd: Change to St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) until piece measures about 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm) from beg.
Note: Change to double pointed needles when sts have been sufficiently decreased.
Next Rnd: *K8, place marker, k2tog, rep from * around – 54 sts rem at end of rnd.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnd: *K to marker, k2tog, rep from * around – 48 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnds: Rep last 2 rnds, 6 times – 12 sts.
Next Rnd: (K2tog) around – 6 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem sts and gather tightly together. Fasten off.
With A and following package directions, make a pompom. Tie pompom to Hat. Weave in ends.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thanks to some recent donations, we are now up to 823 hats! Thank you to Gail Camplair from the Brentwood Library Chicks with Sticks group, Marilyn at Knit Happy and the H.A.N.D.S. group from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for adding to our total. Additionally, the ladies of Trinity Lutheran Church Knit and Crochet for Jesus group donated 64! Keep ‘em coming so we can reach our goal of 3033!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
A hat pattern written by one of the Happi-Hookers!
Here is the ball cap pattern that you saw at the July 17th Big Stitch. I made this with Bernat "Baby Jacquards" yarn (which is a light weight yarn; weight 3) and a G hook (size 6:4.25MM). I have since made a hat with a cotton yarn and an H hook. I did make some changes to the pattern...you know how I am =).
Here is the link to find the original pattern:
The original pattern has been moved, and brings me to this link:
*I’m not sure which of the above links you would need to use as I now have it bookmarked*
Here are the changes I made:
Beginning chain: I only chain 3, it makes the whole at the top smaller. Or you can use a "magic ring" if you know how.
Rows 1 thru 33: As is. **You can repeat row 33 for desired length if needed**
Row 34: I ended row 33 with 84 sts and had to increase the number of sts before and after the Back Loops Only. Changes: Sc in both loops of the next 24, sc in the Back Loops Only of the next 37 sc, sc in both loop of the last 23 sc, ch 1.
Row 35: As is.
Brim: the only thing I changed is: SC in the first sc of every row. Then skip 1sc and continue the pattern as is. Just don’t forget to add one sc in the very first sc of every row for both layers of the brim.
**When I got finished with my second hat I realized I did row 11 of the brims as "Repeat row 8" instead of repeating row 9. I never noticed a difference. So, you can put your own twist on this pattern and it still looks rockin!
Also, I didn’t use the plastic canvas. This part is entirely up to you.
As always, let us know if you have any questions and we will do our best to answer them. Keep on hookin! =) =)
Thanks ~ LiL HooKeR
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Yarns to Use:
Caron Simply Soft
Lion Cotton Ease
Naturally Caron Spa
Moon & Stars Red Heart
TLC Baby Amore
TLC Cotton Plus
Carefree Cotton Red Heart
Ideas for Chemo Caps:
Thinner, seamless, non-lumpy caps are good for sleeping and increased comfort.
Hats made with thinner yarn would be better for summer weather use.
Cotton blend yarns are great for summer hats and warmer climates as it is coooler than other types of yarn.
Seamless caps are more comfortable and better for sleeping in.
Thank you to everyone who has been donating hats for the October 24th Big Stitch.
Chicks with Sticks from the Brentwood Library donated 79 more and the Ladies at Hillsboro Church of Christ donated 67.
Our new total is TA DA - 712 !!!!!
If anyone needs any yarn to continue making hats, please let me know.
I have had some recent donations!
Cute, cute FREE earflap hat pattern shared with me by Pat Embree of Stichin' Post. Thanks Pat!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The next Big Stitch takes place on October 24, 2009, 31 days away. We chose this date to coincide with the National Make a Difference Day. That is also how we came up with the number of hats we wanted to make: 1024 + 2009 = 3033 (Oct 24, 2009). Here is some information about Make A Difference Day, and why it is so important for us to keep our needles and hooks flying to make our goal.
What is Make A Difference Day?
Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The next event is Saturday, October 24, 2009.
Millions have participated. In 2008, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns. For additional information visit USA Weekend.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We are known as the Happi Hookers; grandmother (Patty), mother (Janice), and daughter (Jessica). We’ve been crocheting for generations. Patty was taught by her mother-in-law Aili Mahn at about 18 years of age, and she’s been crocheting and knitting for over 50 years. Janice was taught by a good friend and neighbor Jocelyn Berry, when they both had babies about the same age. She’s been crocheting for about 25 years. Jessica can’t remember a time when she wasn’t crocheting, as her mother and grandmothers (Patty and Jeannie Chryn) were always crocheting and had a great influence in teaching her. All of the women folk in the families are very crafty. From sewing, macramé, needlepoint, knitting – there isn’t a trade with string that we haven’t tied a knot into.
We all started out just making things for family and friends. People started liking what they saw and wanting one just like it. “Craft-a creative community” is a group we’ve been involved with that has helped us expand in the Nashville area. We’ve now grown to selling our creations at a variety of places, including the Nashville Farmer’s Market, the Flea Market at the TN State Fairgrounds, a monthly show in East Nashville, local church events, and by word of mouth. We’ve heard great things about Etsy and E-Bay, and will be looking into putting our creations on those sites as well. Patty is retired, while Janice and Jessica still work full time jobs. This is simply a hobby for all of us.
Each of us has a preference of yarn type and hook sizes that allows us to create a diverse amount of products and styles. Patty prefers the smallest to middle size of the hooks, specializing in beautiful Barbie doll clothes, doilies, holiday ornaments, and other items made in the smaller threads. Jessica utilizes mid-range hooks. She is fabulous when it comes to making clothing, such as halter tops, swimsuit cover-ups pullovers, ponchos and purses. She has recently finished three sweaters she got special orders for when they saw her wearing hers. Janice uses more of the middle and larger size hooks and makes afghans and rugs, some from fabrics and some from plastic bags as well. We have all of the above items, plus hats, scarves, table runners, dish towels/scrubbies, bottle holders/covers, scrunchies, market bags, tissue covers, etc… the list goes on and on. Customers give us ideas, or we see something we want to do, and put it on a list. We have a large list. To see our completed works visit our MySpace. You can also contact us via email at Happi-Hookers@hotmail.com.
We are looking forward to the next Big Stitch on October 24th. It is a great opportunity for us to meet fellow crafters and create new patterns, all while providing warmth and comfort to people in our community.
We’re hooked, yarned, and dangerous!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
We have been asked to teach knitting and crochet at an after school program at the Nashville Downtown Library. The students come from Hume Fogg Magnet School as well as some others in the area. The schedule will be Thursday Oct. 1, 8, 5, 22 for knitting and Thursday Oct. 22, 29 and Nov 5, 12 for crochet. Time would be 4:00 – 5:30. There is a parking garage attached to the library and parking is free (the library will stamp your ticket). Please let me know if you can help and I will give you additional details.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Carolyn knitted a beautiful baby afghan and earned a 3rd place ribbon for her work! Here are some details: The yarn I used on the baby blanket was called Encore Colorspun. It is a knitting worsted weight, 75% acrylic and 25% wool. I used double strands throughout and a size 13 circular needle. I bought the yarn at Patternworks, a shop in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
Gwen crocheted an afghan, a christening set and a framed bouquet.
Free pattern from Lion Brand using Red Heart Super Saver and an H hook.
Open Crescent Set from Christening Sets for Crochet by Leisure Arts, Designer Kay Meadors. Used size 10 thread with Boye size 7 steel hook.
Spring Bouquet from MyPicot.com. Used size 10 thread with Boye size 8 steel hook.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
FREE KNITTING AND CROCHET LESSONS AT HOBBY LOBBY
Knit and Crochet TN is offering FREE knitting and crochet lessons at the Franklin Hobby Lobby on Saturday, September 19 from 10 – noon. For information on supplies, contact Deborah Stillwell at 615/579-1857 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hobby Lobby is located at 1113 Murfreesboro Road (Hwy 96) in the Williamson Square Shopping Center.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Railroad crossings. I moved from the Twin Cities to the quiet university town, Iowa City, Iowa. No long red lights or traffic jams to tempt this knitter. But like many Midwestern towns we do have railroad crossings. Here's the layout: my house and knitting store are on one side of the crossing, and the shopping mall and good coffee on the other. Railroad crossings are great knitting opportunities, just pay attention to the lights and bells and put your knitting away when the train crossing is over. You're not allowed to ask the conductor to wait until you finish your row.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Here is the information from the wrapper:
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
We are all very excited about the new project for the October 24th Big Stitch – The Hat Project. Details are on the site. Contact us if you have any questions!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Chunky Cotton and Acrylic Yarn:
... as well as some beautiful silk and cotton yarn:
Once again, yarn will be given to anyone at The Big Stitch who will use these yarns to make items for our next project!