Papillon/Butterfly

I love butterflies. They are colorful, graceful, almost ethereal. Because I like them, I have used them in my craft projects, such as:

Quilting:

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Butterfly Art Quilt
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Butterfly Pillow

Fabric Dyeing:

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Images from backing of Butterfly Art Quilt

and Fused Glass:

Butterfly Glass
Butterfly Wall Art
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Butterfly Garden Art

 

Butterfly Necklace
Butterfly Necklace

Recently, an email from a yarn store featured several new patterns. The Butterfly/Papillon shawl pattern by Marin Melchoir caught my eye. Later that same week, while shopping a a local yarn store (Three Kittens, Mendota Heights, MN), the owner was wearing the shawl.  Written for fingering weight yarn, this was the weight of yarn she had used for her shawl.  I really liked the pattern, so I purchased it.  However, I wanted the shawl to have more “movement”.  So, instead, I knit the shawl in lace weight yarn, using the indicated needle size.  This created a softer, lighter version of the shawl, but the same size as the pattern. 

I really like how the shawl turned out.  However, I’m not sure whether I will make another.  This shawl took about 40 hours to complete!

Hats/Scarf Sets and Reindeer Brookies

Again this year, my dental office participated in the collection for the Hats & Mittens Organization. The boxes of donated items were picked up on Thursday.  About 150 items were donated at our three offices.

Like last year, I knit several items to donate.  New this year, several of the scarves that I included in the sets were woven. The hats and scarves were combined with purchased gloves to make winter sets.  Hopefully these sets will keep the children and teens who receive them nice and warm this winter.

Linen Stitch Scarf and Swirl Knit HatIMG_3272

Ombre Teal to Brown Knit Scarf and HatIMG_3269

Dotty Stitch Hat and CowlIMG_3265

Woven Scarf with Cable KnitIMG_3264

Woven Scarf with Swirl Knit HatIMG_3261

Woven Scarf / Ribbed Knit HatIMG_3236

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Rib Knit Hat and Cashmere ScarfIMG_3228

Dotty Stitch Hat and Striped ScarfIMG_2971

Boa Yarn Knit Scarf and HatIMG_2944

As a special treat, I am including the recipe for the Reindeer Brookies I made today.  Kinda fun and very tasty!

Reindeer Brookies (makes 36, plus scraps from cutting triangles)
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1/2 cup  butter, room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granular sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup flour
1 cup  chocolate chips (I used Andes Candies chips)

Brownie Layer 
1/2 cup  butter, melted
1 cup granular sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup Triple Cocoa Blend
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour

Chocolate Frosting and Decorations
1/4 cup  butter, softened
1/4 cup Triple Cocoa Blend
2  Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Pretzels, broken
Mini M & Ms, red and brown
Sugar eyes

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.  Add vanilla and egg and mix until creamy.  Whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.  Gradually mix dry ingredients into batter. Stir in chips. Spread dough into bottom of the pan.

Beat together butter and sugar until creamy.  Add vanilla and egg and mix until creamy.  Whisk together flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder.  Gradually mix dry ingredients into batter. Spread batter evenly over the cookie dough.  Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely. Once cooled, cut into 3″ x 1 1/2″ triangles.

Beat together butter, cocoa, milk and vanilla until creamy.  Add powdered sugar slowly, beating slowly at first until incorporated, then beat at medium high speed until frosting is smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Spread over cooled brookies. Place pretzel pieces to look like antlers.  Add sugar eyes and noses to complete the decorating of the reindeer.

Black / Red Hat & Scarf Set

IMG_2944While organizing my craft room, I recently came across some left over yarn from one of the scarves I posted about last year.  Many of the scarves I have made were done to use up yarn that has been in my craft room for years.  Since I really don’t need any more scarves, this past year I have been putting together matching winter wear sets to donate.

Having found a small bit of the black boa yarn, I looked on-line to see if I could find the red that I had used when making the scarf last February.  I was fortunate to find some on eBay.  With shipping, it was less than $5 for the skein that I needed.  So, I ordered the yarn and made a hat to match the scarf.  I will be adding a pair of black waterproof gloves to the set before I donate them.

IMG_2943Since the yarn had lots of texture, these were easy to make – simply just knit stitches. If you want to make a set for your self, I would suggest knitting the hat first.  This will minimize the amount of yarn left over. Because the yarn is very slippery, I would recommend plastic needles rather than metal.  In my experience, the metal needles allow the stitches to slip off the needle too easily.

Materials
1 skein black boa yarn
3 skeins red yarn
Size 9 circular knitting needles (24” length)
Blunt-end Tapestry needle

Gauge:  14 sts and 17 rows = 4”

Hat:

Using black yarn, cast on 76 stitches and knit 17 rows. Switch to red yarn and knit one row. At the end of the row, making sure that the black section is not twisted, continue knitting in a circular fashion. Knit a total of 45 rows with the red yarn. Cast off, leaving a long tail of yarn. Using the tapestry needle, thread the yarn through each of the cast off stitches.  Gather up the knitting to form the crown of the hat and tie off. Using the black yarn tail at the beginning of the knitting, join the edges of the black band.

Scarf (approximately 72″):

Using a full skein of the red yarn, cast on 250 stitches. Working in circular fashion, knit until the entire skein is used. Switch to the black yarn left over from knitting the hat and knit until that skein is used up. Switch to the other full skein of red yarn and knit until about 250 inches of yarn remains. Cast off.  Weave in all ends of the yarn.

If you do make a hat and/or scarf with the pattern, please post a picture of your results in the comments – I would love to see what you make.

Hat and Scarf Sets

Each year, my dental office works with a local charity to collect and donate items to children in need.  Whether it be “Toys for Tots” or “Hats and Mittens”, our doctors, staff and patient families actively participate.

This year, I decided to combine my love for crafts with this donation opportunity.  Having knit and crocheted several scarves earlier in the year, I decided to make some hats to go with the scarves. I have tried making mittens and gloves but without much success.  So, I purchased a pair of waterproof gloves to go with each set.

Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf, Crochet hat

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Variegated Yarn Infinity Scarf and Headband

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Lace Knit Infinity Scarf and Hat

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Islet Crochet Scarf and Rib Knit Hat

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Swirl Knit Scarf and Crocheted Hat

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Ripple Crochet Scarf and Wavy Knit Hat

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I hope these are enjoyed by the person who receives them.

 

Swirl Scarf and Flowered Shells Hat

Several years ago, my mother made a lovely swirl scarf for me.  The scarf was one that she made without using a written pattern.  At the time, I asked her to describe the pattern.  It’s  fairly simple, just remember to relax to keep your yarn tension very loose.

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Materials:
Color A: Tan Worsted Weight Yarn, 100 yards
Color B: Variegated Worsted Weight Yarn, 50 yards
Color C: Fur style Yarn, 50 yards
US Size 9 circular knitting needle
US Size H crochet hook
Pattern:
Using color A, cast on 100 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across, keeping tension very loose.
Row 2: Knit two in each stitch, keeping tension very loose (200 stitches).
Row 3: Knit two in each stitch, keeping tension very loose (400 stitches).
Row 4: Knit two in each stitch, keeping tension very loose (800 stitches).
Row 5: Knit two in each stitch, keeping tension very loose (1600 stitches).
Row 6: Attach color B and knit across (1600 stitches). Cast off all stitches.
Edging: Attach color C with slip stitch.  Sc in each stitch along edges of the scarf. Weave in all yarn ends.

Yesterday, I decided to make a hat to match the scarf.  The pattern I used was one I have had in my pattern collection for a while. However, I revised the pattern by removing two of the 5Shell rows in the white section of the pattern and completing the the final SC row with fur style yarn.Shell Hat

Pattern: Flowered Shells Hat

Designer: Melissa Frank

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flowered-shells-hat

Together with the scarf, it makes a nice set.

Hat & Scarf

 

Two weeks in three trips = four scarves

Living in Minnesota, the thought of hopping a plane on the weekend to go someplace warm is very inviting.  This year, I planned two trips to get away to warmer weather.  These trips, one to Clearwater Beach, Florida and one the San Francisco, were on two consecutive weekends.  Then a few days after the planned second trip, I had to make an unexpected trip to Houston.  So, that meant that in fifteen days I had three trips, including seven flights (totaling almost 2,000 miles) and numerous hours in airplanes and airports.

For me, this was a bit more travel than I would prefer.  To pass the time, I brought along some knitting and crocheting.  As a result, I was able to completed four scarves to donate.

Scarf One – Queen Anne’s Lace Crochet Scarf

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Trip One – Clearwater Beach, Florida

Scarf Two – Eyelash Yarn Knit Scarf

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Trip Two – San Francisco

Scarf Three – Cashmere Knit Scarf

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Trip Three – Houston

 

Houston

Scarf Four – Varigated Yarn Knit Scarf

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I am looking forward to a few weeks with no need to travel!

Knit Lace Infinity Scarf Pattern

A while ago, I had an idea for a knit infinity scarf. The lace pattern idea I thought would look nice. And, since I live in Minnesota, we have plenty of days when scarves are needed.

Close up of Scarf #1

Materials:
Paton Lace Yarn, color Porcelain (35129), 2 skeins
Needles: US Size 3 circular needle
Gauge: 24 stitches and 38 rows/4 inches in stockinette stitch
Cast on 560 stitches and knit 38 rows following the pattern below.

Since I was using my own pattern, I wasn’t sure how the scarf would turn out. As I was finishing, the completed scarf appeared that it would measure 5″ x 100″.  As I was binding off the stitches, I realized that this was too long for an infinity scarf.  So, before binding off the entire scarf, I dropped some stitches in two areas to allow me to unravel a few sections.  I then cut the unraveled sections into two pieces, 22″ and 72″.  The longer piece was made into a scarf by tying knots at the edge of the knitting at each end.  The ends of the shorter section were sewn together and lined with polar fleece to make a headband.

On a recent trip to New York City, I decided to try this pattern again with another skein of yarn, but using fewer stitches to be able to create a true infinity scarf.

Materials:
Yarn Bee Lace Yarn, color Meadows (100), 1 skeins
Needles: US Size 3 circular needle
Gauge: 24 stitches and 34 rows/4 inches in stockinette stitch

The completed scarf measured 5″ x 62″.

Directions:

Cast on 400 stitches and join for working in rounds.  Make sure that the stitches do not twist when joining the first row.
Rows 1-8. Work ribbing, K1, P1 across each row.
Odd Rows 9 to 33. Knit across.
Row 10. (K2, K2Tog, yo, K1, yo, SSK, K3, K2tog, yo, K4) repeat 25 times.
Row 12. (K1, K2Tog, yo, K3, yo, SSK, K1, K2tog, yo, K5) repeat 25 times.
Row 14. (K2Tog, yo, K5, yo, SSK, K1, K2tog, yo, K4) repeat 25 times.
Row 16. (K1, K2Tog, yo, K3, yo, SSK, K1, K2tog, yo, K5) repeat 25 times.
Row 18. (K2, K2Tog, yo, K1, yo, SSK, K3, K2tog, yo, K4) repeat 25 times.
Row 20. (K3, yo, slip 1, K2Tog, psso, yo, K3, K2tog, yo, K5) repeat 25 times.
Repeat Rows 9 -18, ending with an odd row (knit across).
Rows 34-41. Work ribbing, K1, P1 across each row.

 

It’s hard to see the lace pattern on this yarn.

 

But the infinity scarf is lovely!