Lately I’ve been into discovering cool new things on the internet. Ok, well not so much lately, but more like since I discovered the internet in ’94. It’s bad- I could spend all day online looking at neat things you guys. I’ve been crushing on a lot of shops that I’ve discovered, that I bet you never knew existed. So I decided to bring you a new series on the blog called Shop Crush.
I’ll be discovering new shops that I’ve never heard of before, and bringing you a curated list of all the fun things I find (if you don’t have all day to spend online looking at pretty things, this will be your go-to list of coolness!)
This week’s shop crush is Terrain. Oh-my-gosh you guys. I’ve never seen so much cool stuff come from one website, since maybe Anthropologie.
Here are some things from Terrain that I’ve been swooning over.
Left Petrified Wood Serving Trays / Top Right Twig Flatware / Bottom Right Wicker Bar Cart
Forest Glade Chandelier
Wildflower Series Rectangle Platter
Top Left Brass Molding Specimen Frame / Top Right Asparagus Condiment Spoons
Bottom Left Blackberry Absinthe Tumbler Candle / Bottom Right Ruffled Marble Bowl
The birthstone of February is Amethyst. A beautiful, deep purple gemstone that lends the inspiration for this month’s gift guide!
For the knitter in your life: How about some yarn to match her birthstone?!
ARTYARNS ENSEMBLE 4 YARN
For the jewel collector.
IAM BY ILEANA MAKRI RAINING BELLS AMETHYST, GREY DIAMOND & WHITE PEARL EARRINGS
DEVON LEIGH AMETHYST STALACTITE 18K VERMEIL NECKLACE
For the homebody. She loves adding new accents to her home, and she’ll love these amethyst themed looks!
LINON HOME DÉCOR CALLA CHAIR,DARK PURPLE/DARK ESPRESSO
VINTAGE LOST ART SALON PURPLE MOUNTAIN SCENE
RACHAEL RAY 2-PC. EVOO & VINEGAR BOTTLE SET
For the style queen. She’s always sporting the latest look, and won’t settle for anything last season.
BURBERRY FRINGED SUEDE & LEATHER BUCKET BAG
OPI NAIL LACQUER, LINCOLN PARK AFTER DARK
Well that white Christmas I was dreaming about finally came… Mid January. I have to say I think the snow is really pretty, and since I haven’t seen it in two years, I don’t mind it a bit. Today’s knitting pattern is a simple one with a lot of personality. And I rightly named it the “Flurries Hat” because the white stitches remind me of the flurries outside of my window right now. I want to see your FO’s so don’t forget to post your projects on Ravelry!
What You Need:
Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n’ Quick
Main Color: Approx. 50 yds.
Contrasting Color: Approx. 20 yds.
US 13 (9mm) 16” (40cm)circular knitting needles
US 13 DPN’s (double pointed needles)
12 sts. & 14 rows = 4” in stockinette st.
pm – place marker
MC – Main Color
CC- Contrasting Color
K – Knit
P – Purl
ssk – slip slip knit
When changing colors, do not cut yarn. Carry yarn along as you knit.
Co 48 sts, join in the round, pm
K2, P2 around
Repeat until brim measures 2.5”
1. *With MC, k3, with Cc, k1 rep. from * around
Rounds 2,3,5,6 With MC K around
4. *With MC, k1, with CC, k1, with MC, k2, rep. from * around
Repeat rounds 1-6, 1 more time
Repeat round 1-4, then begin decrease rounds. Switch to DPN’s when decreasing becomes difficult on circular needles.
- K 4, ssk around
- K around
- K3, ssk around
- K around
- K 2, ssk around
- K around
- K1, ssk around
- K around
- Ssk around
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.
Or in this case, alpaca! I knitted up this asymmetrical cowl in an evening of T.V. watching, and man do I love it. The free pattern is a really simple one, and I modified it a little bit by using K1 P1 ribbing instead of Garter stitch. Some nights making up an entire pattern on my own takes too much brain power, so I like to let another designer do the thinking for me.
I grabbed this awesome pattern by Susan Chang on Ravelry, and it only took a couple hours. I wasn’t watching the clock but I’m pretty sure by the end of 2 episodes of The Walking Dead I was done.
All you need to make this cowl is some super bulky yarn ( I used Yarn Bee Effortless Superbulky, which is a nice Alpaca Acrylic blend that you can find at Hobby Lobby), some size US13 (9.0mm) knitting needles, and a yarn needle for weaving ends and sewing the asymmetrical seam. This pattern didn’t even use up the entire skein. In fact I could probably get another one out of it!
Check out the pattern here on Ravelry, and to make my modified version simply work in K1, P1 ribbing and always slip the last 1st st. of the row. I also seamed it a bit differently, more in the middle as you can see in the last photo.
Sometimes the most spontaneous knitting projects are the best! I’ve had these colors stiting in my stash for a while and thought- wouldn’t it be cool if I made a pom pom out of these 3 colors? Then I realize that I needed something to put the pom pom on top of- so the striped pom pom beanie came to be!
To make your own striped pom pom beanie, you will need to know:
How to knit in the round on circular needles
How to knit in the round on double pointed needles
How to decrease (Knit 2 together)
How to Knit & Purl
How to change colors (instructions and tutorial link provided below)
Gauge: 16 sts. & 22 rows = 4″ in stockinette st.
sl1: Slip 1 (for this pattern we will always be slipping 1 purlwise)
K2tog: Knit 2 together
pm : place marker
MC: Main Color (My main color for this pattern is gray)
CC1: Contrasting Color 1(My CC1 is pink)
CC2: Contrasting Color 2 (My CC2 is yellow)
st : stitch
DPN: Double pointed needles
When changing colors, don’t cut yarn. Carry yarn up as you work. In order to create joggless stripes, we slip the first st. purlwise on the second row of the color change. Here’s a great tutorial on creating joggless stripes in the round!
With size 7 needles, cast on 96 sts. Join in the round and pm.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 4”
- Switch to size 8 needles. With MC K 6 rounds
- With CC1, K to end of round
- Sl 1st st. purlwise, K to end of round
- With MC k to end of round
- Sl 1st st purlwise, K to end of round
- With CC2 K to end of round
- Sl 1st st. as if to purl, K to end of round
- With MC, K to end of round
- Sl 1 st. purlwise, K to end of round
- K to end of round
Rep. round 10 6 more times
Rep. rounds 2-7 1 more time.
Switch to MC and begin dec. rounds. Switch to DPN’s when sts. become difficult to knit on circular needles.
- K6, K2tog, (84sts.)
- sl 1st st pulrlwise, K to end of round
- K5, K2tog (72 sts.)
- K4, K2tog (60 sts.)
- K3, K2tog (48 sts.)
- K2, K2tog (36 sts.)
- K1, K2tog (24 sts.)
- K2 tog (12 sts.)
Thread yarn through remaining sts, removing them from the DPN’s, and pull tight to secure top. Make pom pom, (I used this pom pom maker) and sew to top of beanie. Enjoy!
Thank you for knitting with me! I hope this pattern brought you hours of knitting fun. As always, with my patterns you are free to sell the finished product. Thanks for supporting an independent designer!