Rooster Egg Cozy

I love little vintage treasures!  I enjoy sifting and hunting through old things; and the rush of adrenaline I get when I find that perfect item.    Last week, I was out thrifting in hopes of finding some unique things to add to my children’s Easter baskets when I came across an old hand-knit egg cozy in the shape of a rooster.   I found myself smitten with the quick little knit, and wanted to write a pattern for making more.

Materials

I used some of my stash yarn to create this egg cozy, and have long lost the yarn band to it.

Fingering weight yarn in white & red

One pair of strait knitting needles size US 5 (3.75 mm)

Gauge

6sts x 5 rows = 1″

Pattern

CO 40

2×2 rib pattern for 4 rows

Switch to St st and work 12 rows

BO 13 st, K to the end of the row (27 total st)

BO 13 st, P to the end of the row (27 total st)

K 8 rows

BO

Finishing

Fold in half lengthwise, and using your favorite method,  stitch the sides together.

Using the red yarn, single crochet stitch across the top of the head, and down the outer edge (the roosters face).

Tail

Loop yarn around your hand several times.  Tie at the center to secure the loops, and attach the tail to the rooster.

The cozy will fit any XL sized egg or a plastic Easter egg.

You are my dream come true . . .

dream catcher copyThe past 16 months have been a struggle in our home, & even though our relationships with each other have remained strong, it hasn’t always been easy to appreciate each other.  It is hard to express your love to others when you are unhappy & it’s easy to take your family for granted.

As I thought about what I wanted to give to my valentines this year, I thought about how fortunate I am to have a loving, supportive husband.  I thought about how lucky we are to have 2 beautiful, healthy children who challenge us & cause us to grow, becoming better people in the end.  I thought about when I was younger, how I would dream about my future family & wonder what it would be like to have a husband & children of my own.  Now that I am here, I find myself extremely grateful for the ones in my life that I call my family, and even though our life together is by no means perfect, they are my dream come true.

I wanted to find a creative way to express this to my family, so I made each one a dream catcher.  This is the one that I made for my husband. It is for both of us really. I made it with our wedding & our life together in mind.

The hoop is made from Wisteria vines. Our Wisteria is one of the first trees we planted in our yard after purchasing our home.

IMG_0207I tied the webbing with hemp & added some “Indian beads” that I found on the beach of Lake Michigan.  I also added a piece of drift wood and some sea gull feathers that I had gathered from up there.  The lake has always been a significant place to us.  We had some of our first dates up on the lake & we had our wedding ceremony there on the beach as well.

I had a few pieces of broken stalks from the bouquet of orchids that I carried down the isle. Those were tied together & added to the dream catcher.IMG_0204

The strips of fabric are a sheer white fabric that I cut from my wedding dress & a smokey silk from a bridesmaid dress.

The orchids too, were taken off of my wedding dress.  These things were just getting dusty  hanging in my closet for years.  I find this to be a much better way to honor these sacred textiles.

Hawks are one of my husband’s favorite birds.  It is symbolic to him.  A close friend to him noticed that our family collects feathers, & gave us some hawk feathers that he had found. This was a meaningful gift to my husband so I added one of these feathers to the dream catcher as well.

All said & done, it took me 2 days to create this dream catcher. I loved the hours I spent making it, the quiet time I spent reflecting on our marriage & the memories that came to mind.  I love all the symbols with their  significance only known by my love & I.

I’m not usually one to get hyped up over Valentine’s Day, but this year it was a meaningful day. I was excited to give everyone their gifts & they all seemed to enjoy the dream catchers.IMG_0209

Valentine Truffles xoxo

IMG_0099These valentine truffles are the PERFECT gift for a fiber artist/scrapbooker/art journalist.  They are crocheted chocolate (or white chocolate) on the outside, & in center, there is a fiber surprise! There might be a few yards of silk ribbon, some antique buttons, novelty yarn. . .

On the bottom of each truffle, there is a little “tag”.  Pull on this tag until the crochet stitches begin to unravel (you may need to help it along bit to get it started). As the truffle unravels the filing is  revealed.

You can find a pattern for making these truffles here.  They would make a great party favor for a knitting circle’s valentine’s day party!

I will be offering one lucky follower this valentine’s day gift of 6 assorted truffles to say “Thanks for being apart of my knitting circle!”  For your chance to win, just click on the “follow The Fiber Nest” button on the sidebar.  The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day!

xoxo

Valentine Truffles xoxo

IMG_0099These valentine truffles are the PERFECT gift for a fiber artist/scrapbooker/art journalist.  They are crocheted chocolate (or white chocolate) on the outside, & in center, there is a fiber surprise! There might be a few yards of silk ribbon, some antique buttons, novelty yarn. . .

On the bottom of each truffle, there is a little “tag”.  Pull on this tag until the crochet stitches begin to unravel (you may need to help it along bit to get it started). As the truffle unravels the filing is  revealed.

You can find a pattern for making these truffles here.  They would make a great party favor for a knitting circle’s valentine’s day party!

I will be offering one lucky follower this valentine’s day gift of 6 assorted truffles to say “Thanks for being apart of my knitting circle!”  For your chance to win, just click on the “follow The Fiber Nest” button on the sidebar.  The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day!

xoxo

knitted tissue cozy

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mka101536_wi08_tissue_lAs I was looking for some handmade stocking stuffer ideas on Pintrest, I came across these felt hankie holders made by Martha Stewart.

It gave me the idea to create some knitted ones.  Here is a pattern I came up with while making some.

Materials:

worsted weight stash yarn in 2 (or more) colors (or any yarn that you prefer for the project)

a pair of straight needles US9 ( or an appropriate size for your preferred yarn)

a yarn needle

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i-cord co front

Using an i-cord cast on, cast on 20 stitches in the contrasting color (cc).

IMG_0028Switch to the main color (mc) yarn and knit in stockinette stitch for 6.5″ ending with a knit row.

With the cc yarn purl on row.

icord BO frontBind off using an i-cord bind off.

Turn the knitting wrong side out and fold so that the two i-cords overlap slightly in the center and sew the top & bottom shut with a mattress stitch.

Weave in all the loose ends.

Embellish with a crocheted edging, or embroidered designs.  You could also add some ribbon or buttons.

boys tissue cozy

Santa baby . . .

. . . slip some needles under the tree, for me
I’ve been an awful good girl
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

This year for the holidays I am introducing these fabulous Santa Knitting Needles to the shop. They are fantastic.  Each set has been masterfully crafted using Blood wood & Maple to create a striped effect. Each set includes 1 needle with a Blood Wood cap & 1 needle with a Maple cap.

There are only 8 of these special edition knitting needle left. So place your orders now!

Also, on Monday, Honey over at Mondorfment is hosting a give away for one of my portable weaving looms.  If you would like to have a chance at winning one of these, make sure to remember to hop on over & sign up!

great gifts for knitters

1. Circular Needle Holder by Sevenannine

2. Row/Stitch Markers by Scarletfoxfibers

3. Silver Knit Ring by Aimeepawluk

4. Yarn Sewing Needles by Lesliewind

5. Vintage Figurine by Northwestnesters

6. Large Knitting Bag by Simplesmiles

7. Knit Notes by Papersheep

8. Knit Mug by Finnish Design Shop

9. Handspun Yak Yarn by The Rocking Yak

10. Knitting Needles by Joe’s Fiber Tools

11. Knitting Needle Bracelet by Sewnewthings

12. “Because I Love You” Tags by Lonelytreedesign

a handmade holiday

Today I was inspired by the words of Elizabeth over at The Sitting Tree as she shared with her readers the reasons why she has chosen to live a handmade life. She wrote:

“I know we each have our own individual, deep seeded reasons why we buy handmade gifts each year, but I wanted to share what has inspired us to live a handmade life….

*I live a handmade life, because… I have to create.  Like I have to breathe.  Or eat.  To survive.  When you purchase handmade from us or someone else, you’re allowing an artist to carry on.  To nourish the soul.  To find joy.  Achieve dreams.  

*I live a handmade life, because… I know exactly where my money is going.  No middle men.  No giant corporations.  Just people trying to make a difference in the world.  To real families, like us, who are paying the bills, putting food on the table, and reaching goals.  

* I live a handmade life, because… I believe in quality over quantity.  Purchasing high quality, well made items, means they will last for years, sometimes even a lifetime.  Attention, detail, and a lot of love is infused into each item that passes through our hands.  

* I live a handmade life, because… I want art to be unique and original.  I love that when I wear one of my husband’s Tree Branch Necklaces, I know I’m never going to see anyone else wearing it.

*  I live a handmade life, because… I care about the environmental impact of mass produced goods on our earth.  From manufacturing, transporting, and disposal; the destruction is astronomical.  All our items are either made of recycled materials or are organic material and can be composted back into the earth.

* I live a handmade life, because… I value connection.  Through this blog and our shop we’ve met folks from all over the world.  Becoming a part of each other’s lives, in some small, significant way is one of my favorite parts of living handmade. “

My husband & I chose to have handmade holidays when our children were born. We love the traditions that we have made with our kids involving them in making gifts for others. This year will be our first year having an entirely handmade Christmas.  I have already enjoyed the challenge of finding gift ideas big & small that I can make to give away. I’ll be sharing some of these ideas over the upcoming weeks.

How have your holidays been handmade?