BeachComber-Project Yarnway March 2010

Yeah, I finished it! And with two whole days before the deadline!  This was the hardest knitting project I have ever taken on.  The challenge was to create a knitted or crocheted piece using nontraditional materials.  It is march here, and still has been very cold most days, so I keep dreaming about summertime out on the boat.   For this challenge, I purchased seagrass that is supposed to be used for basket or furniture weaving. 

I soak the seagrass in water since it was not very flexible,  I also  found that it was very stiff and wider than I expected, so I took it apart into the individual strands  of seagrass.

Here is a quick swatch I made to see how the grass would look knitted.  The swatch was very messy and uneven, so I decided to go with a beach bum look.

I came up with this sketch. 

This whole hat was knit wet, to loosen up the sea grass!  My cast on looked pretty good…

I also purchased some conch shell beads and semi-precious stones to give th hat a little more character.

The completed piece came out better than I expected!  It fits and I think  it is pretty cute!

Wish me luck, I am entering it into Project Yarnway now!

Vacation Booked!

Yeah, we are going to Florida!  Tom is doing a training session in Florida at the end of May, so he has a free flight out threre.  I found I had enough miles on my card to get my flight for free as  well!  So we are booked and getting 4 days in the sun.   Mmmm, beach, here I come!!

My Mac is destroyed!

I have a no leak coffee cup, that apparently leaked!!  There was so much coffee in my bag and now the screen on my mac is destroyed.  I called apple and fixing it would cost so much, it is worth just buying another!  😦

Poor Mr. Macky!  I already miss him!

Spock Star Trek original series Beer Koozie

I could not wait to start on more of these customized koozies! Some one on ravelry said my Capt. Kirk was the most adorkable thing she had ever seen!  The only yarn I found with a light blue color that seemed to be right was much wider than the yarn I found for Capt. Kirk, so I had to adjust the pattern.

I also found when I used my Capt. Kirk on the train ride home, that he was pint size, not regular beer size! Spock fits a regular beer and the emblem is bigger, so I could fit the science insignia in it. I wish I was better at embroidering, but I still think it looks great!

I finished my star trek original series Mr. Spock Beer Cozy and listed it for sales on Etsy!

Captian Kirk Season One

I have been making so many beer cozies lately and they are getting more and more creative!  I came up with the idea of making beer koozies that look like the uniforms from Star Trek original series.  I found a website with so much information on the insignias and rankings and seasons from Star Trek.

I designed the uniform for season one and made one like Captain Kirk’s.  He had a mustard yellow color and three bands on his sleeve.  I think it came out great!  I can’t wait to make more characters,  I may even sell these on Etsy!  So here my Star Trek Beer Koozie!

Like all of my customized koozies, it has the contact grip sewn inside to give it the kung fu grip.  No slipping off the beer!  To see more of my koozies, go to

Project Yarnway Mar 2010 Challenge

This month the challenge was to knit/crochet any type of item you want, but 80% or more of the materials used must be something that is traditionally not used for knitting. 

I decided that I wanted to design a hat of sea grass (I was dreaming of summertime out on the boat).  I ordered some sea grass that is supposed to be used for weaving baskets or furniture.  The description said it was only 3.5 mm wide, so I thought it could work.

unfortunately, when it came, I saw it is quite fat and stiff.  When I tried knitting with it as it was, the results were not good!

So I started taking the stuff apart and found that it had several strand of seagrass weaving through it.  Each piece was a reasonable size and had one fat end and on slender end.

I then started using individual strands of grass to create a swatch to see how it would look knitted.

It was messy, but I kind of like it.  I think that making sure the hat has an intentional messy shape and look to it may just work. I like staying with the whole natural concept I have going for the hat, so I got some tiny shells, sea glass and flowers carved from conch shells to give that hat a little more character.  Here is my sketch for the design, BeachComber


The sea grass is stiff unless it is wet, so I found I am having to knit over the kitchen sink! Here is my cast on…

I have not got far yet, but so far, the hat looks like this…..

Holy Stripes!

I wanted all of the beer cozies to be different, so I started some with stripes.  I first tried to just cut the yarn after added a new color, but I found I kept losing stitches at the end.  I  have no idea how that was happening, but I came up with my solution.  My pattern had two rows of a color, so I started the row with the  new color, knit one whole row,


 then most of the second row.  Then I turned the work and used the end dangling yarn I started the first row with to complete the row using another needle. 


Then I slid the stitches to the other needle, cut the long yarn and tie the two pieces together!  No more lost stitches!


I sold two hats.  My co-worker Joann saw my hat, asked if I made it and then offered to buy it!  She wanted me to make the same hat in the natural color as well as one in gray.  I can’t believe how fast I was able to make these.  Each one was done in about two days!  Cool!

Anti-Slip Beer Koozies

When I had some left over yarn, I came up with a pattern for a beer Koozie that I think are SO cute!

When The train gang from work saw them ,they all wanted them.  We had been talking about getting some custom koozies for our group, a bunch of co-workers that all take the Metra train and enjoy beer on the way home on Fridays.  Imaking these about  started two weeks ago, and I keep running into problems.,  I had almost finished three, but I had not checked my gauge.  Duh!  I was using a different brand of yarn that was also in the bulky size.  But these end up much to large!  Let the frogging begin!  (You know rip it, rip it, rip it). 

I did the math, found the right number of rows and stitches and started over.  For this yarn (Bernat softee chunky), I started  the pattern with 16 sts, otherwise I followed the pattern exactly.  I finished the first one and remember a comment Chris said.  When he first saw my koozie , he wanted one, but wanted to know if the beer could just slip out of the sweater.  Good point.  So I had Tom test out this first guy, and sure enough…..slippery!  It was very hard to drink a beer with that koozie.  Now I have to come up with a solution for that.  Then I remembered that there is anti-slip stuff they make to put on shelves.  I went to Target and found just what i was looking for.

So I cut it and sewed it into this first koozie that was already done.  Presto!  IT works.  It made the grip so good I could hold the beer by the koozie’s sleeve.  No Slipping! 



Now, I just have to make a whole lot more of them.  I want to add different colors, some stripes, maybe some different cable patterns.  That way everyone will get a unique koozie!  I hope everyone likes them as much as I do.  They are so CUTE!

Farmer’s Market

I saw on Facebook that the farmer’s market in Logan square was going to have goat cheese and hand-spun wool yarn!  So we went over this weekend.  It was in the lobby of a small old beautiful theater.  But there was not much there.  The goat cheese people canceled.  😦  But we did find a booth with a bunch of spices, some tasty baguettes and some herb plants!  🙂  I love trying new spices! 

I used on of the spices to make some  super tasty garlic bread. 

My recipe is

4 tbs butter
2 tbs finely grated parmesan cheese
1 tbs pesto spice
1/2 teas garlic powder
1/2 teas sea salt
1/4 teas ground pepper


Melt the butter and add all ingredients. 

Refrigerate until the butter solidifies.  cut the baguette length wise and spread the garlic butter.  Place in the oven at 375 for about 15 minutes until crispy.