Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

So here I am once more in beautiful Arva, Ontario. My sister is visiting from Saskatoon, so I came down for the weekend to see her and help my poor broken-ankled mother out.

While I was here she asked me to knit her something to go over the toes of the foot that’s in a cast, because they’re getting cold. So as a public service, I hereby present the world with a knitting pattern for:

The Toe Toque

– Much less than a ball of worsted weight yarn, any colour
– 5 mm knitting needles (US size 8 )
– Yarn needle

Gauge: 5 sts and 6 rows = 1″

Cast on 44 sts. Knit approximately 12 rows in 4×4 rib (knit 4, purl 4 until the end of the row; next row purl 4, knit 4; alternate rows) or until the work measures 2″ or however long you want the body to be. Then begin decreases:

Row 13 (or whatever): *Knit 2 together, knit 2, purl 4*, repeat to end of row.
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: *Knit 2 together, knit 1, purl 4*, repeat to end of row.
Row 16: Purl.
Row 17: *Knit 2 together, purl 4*, repeat to end of row.
Row 18: *Knit 2 together, knit 3*, repeat to end of row.
Row 19: *Purl 2 together, purl t2o*, repeat to last 5 sts, purl 2 together, purl 1, purl 2 together.
Row 20: *Knit 2 together, knit 1*, repeat to end of row.

Cast off. For some reason I began the decreases on the knits, so this knits up wrong side out. Fold together and sew the cast off sts together with the yarn end. Then sew up the side seam, weaving in ends.


ETA: My mother requested that I add a pompom (to make it more toque-like) and a drawstring along the bottom (to stop it falling off). If you want to do that:

– make a pompom (easy instructions here)
– sew the pompom to the top of the toe toque
– cut a piece of yarn about 5 inches longer than the circumference of the toque. Using a running stich, sew around the bottom, leaving a 2-inch tail on the right side of either end. Adjust as desired and tie a cute little bow.

New and improved!


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Earlier this month I completely cleaned out a Fabricland that was closing down, figuring I would make a bunch of baby clothes to save some money/exercise my sewing skills a little better than I did by making diapers/give myself something else to guilt-trip my future child about.

And so far I have completed exactly one (1) completely adorable little outfit complete with little feet.

The object on the left is called a "bunting".

It seems that most baby patterns are for things that you would give as gifts, like the set above. So they include cute little appliques:

and feet pants that you embroider lion faces on:

Look at the little feet!

Also I think there must be very strict regulations surrounding the manufacture of baby sleepwear, because all baby patterns include the phrase “NOT INTENDED TO BE USED FOR SLEEPWEAR”, even when they clearly are for pyjamas. Seriously, the more modern word for “bunting” (a sort of sack thing you put a baby in instead of using blankets, because the little bastards are prone to accidentally choking themselves) is “sleeping sack”. What is the bunting for if not for swaddling your sleeping baby in?

Anyway, who knows? I had a curling iron for a while that had a label on it warning you not to use it to curl your eyelashes.

If you want to make this yourself, this is New Look Baby pattern #6015. I used about 1.5 metres blue fleece (the outfit and lining for the bunting) and a 60 cm remnant of flannel for the outside of the bunting.  (The bunting isn’t supposed to have a lining, but the fleece was also a remnant and had some flaws in the dye, so I thought I’d make it warmer by using the flawed fleece to line it, since I couldn’t use it for anything else.)  It took about 7 hours including hand-appliqueing the lion.

Considering how long this took me – and how much fabric it used, considering the size of the creature it’s intended for – I think I can make two more little outfits like this one and maybe three little cotton outfits for summer, hardly a complete layette. Fortunately I live quite close to two thrift stores with extensive baby sections.

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Another incentive to come to the show on Friday: Among the merchandise for sale will be squid hats with built-in tentacle-scarves, or tentascarves. Available in Medium (my head), Large, (Ben’s head), and Bigfoot – OK, Extra-Large (the head of a dear friend of mine who plays the viola).

Custom squid hat orders will be taken – just send the circumference of your head just above your eyebrows and $20 to my Paypal account. Testimonials will follow.

I believe there may be some kind of “Haikus for Cthulhu” contest announced soon – I will announce details as they arise.

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Why you’ll never make a living knitting sweaters, and how some Canadian government entities do. not. get. the. internet.

Apologies for the sound quality – I had to record with the Imac’s internal microphone.


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Am I scraping the bottom of the podcast barrel?  Decide for yourself.  In this episode: what is wrong with sewing pattern manufacturers, WHERE HAS EVERYTHING I OWN GONE, and why tights are NOT pants.

Direct link.

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I have been busy.  Not just with my usual round of exciting and glamourous activities, but with making socks and hats and things for Streetknit.  Here is the men’s sock pattern I created from this excellent pattern.  I have used it to make many socks, including the pair pictured here.  If you don’t like using DPNs but still feel like knitting socks, here you go.  If you don’t like to knit, or if knitting gives you a rash, please do not click.


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