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Crafty Corner: Learning New Skills

I took a bit of a hiatus from this blog over the holidays. And then last week, I was taken down by the flu. With all the craziness of life over the holidays and being sick, I didn’t get much done anyway, so there really wasn’t much to report on this front. But, I did get some gift cards for Christmas to two different craft stores. I love people who get me. 🙂 For a little while I have been wanting to learn to crochet as well as knit. So, I took one of the gift cards and bought a teach yourself to crochet kit. So, I have spent some of my time learning that.


Last night I finished the woven cable cup cozy I started at the beginning of the month. It only took about 3 hours and 45 minutes total time from start to finish.

Woven Cable Cup Cozy

Woven Cable Cup Cozy

cup cozy - around cup

cup cozy – around cup









In Progress:

I’m working on a pair of crochet slippers right now that I started last Friday. Actually, I started them before that, but I had to start over because I got one finished and realized it wasn’t going to be quite long enough to fit my foot. So, I started over again on Friday. I’m a little more than halfway through the second slipper and have only spent about 4.5 hours on it(not counting the time I spent before I restarted). I should be able to have it finished soon.

slipper in progress

slipper in progress

finished slipper - laying flat

finished slipper – laying flat

finished slipper

finished slipper












Coming Up:

The next project I have planned is a pair of fingerless mitts from Lion Brand Yarn. I was going to start them before, but i didn’t have the right weight of yarn. The yarn I got isn’t the exact same the pattern calls for, but I’m pretty sure it should work. I’m planning on starting on these today. And once I finish the slippers, I’m planning on starting one of the patterns that was in the book that came with the crochet kit.

Knitting Tuesday: Empty Needles

Almost titled this post “Clean Needles” then thought that just didn’t sound quite right. 🙂

Finished: Everything! For now, anyways.

2×2 Folded Rib Beanie:

I finished this first back on Wednesday. Since I made it in the smallest size, it was pretty quick to knit up. Of course, that also means the only “model” I had was one of my daughter’s dolls. But, at least that is more cooperative than my other “models”(aka, my kids)

2×2 folded rib

A cooperative model

Mickey Mouse Hat:

I actually just finished this one this morning. I had all the knitting done yesterday, but still had to attach the ears and buttons. In total, the hat took me about seven hours to finish. I realize the buttons could be a choking hazard for a really little one, in which case I can always knit up a couple “buttons” instead of the other ones.

Mickey Mouse

my not so cooperative model

got a picture before he yanked it off or ran away from me

Cup Cozy:

I finished this last Wednesday as well. And then I realized I had sewn the buttons onto the wrong side which made buttoning it a bit awkward. So, this morning I took them off and resewed them onto the right side. This was a pretty quick project. Only took me about 4 hours total to finish it(not counting the extra time to redo the buttons).

cup cozy

around a cup

In Progress:

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I have nothing in progress at the moment. That will probably change this afternoon though. Or tonight.

Coming Up:

I am planning on casting on stitches for a new hat pattern I found a while ago on Ravelry.

Also planning to start a garter stitch bib design by Elaine Fitzpatrick. This is the same designer of the cow and monkey bibs, among others, that I’ve done before.

And I’ll be doing another cause hat of course. This one is going to be a rolled rim slouchy toque. The last time I attempted a slouchy toque, it didn’t turn out very slouchy. Hoping this one is better.

If you see anything you like or there is something you’d like me to try, you can send me a message at brownsnovelknits@gmail.com or visit my Facebook page. I also have some ready to ship items listed on my Etsy page. The cozy here is one of them.

Knitting Tuesday: Bibs, Cozies, Hats


Like I figured, I finished the bib last Tuesday. I only had the one shoulder and I-cord tie to finish, so I knew it wouldn’t take me long.

Cow bib

In Progress:

I started another cause hat. This one is a beanie with a 2×2 folded rib brim. Since the brim is folded, it is also about the longest section of the hat, and usually it’s the shortest. So, I have just started on the main part of the hat.

beanie with 2×2 folded rib brim

I also started another cup cozy. The pattern is pretty simple, but it’s turning out nice. I just have a few more rows to go until it’s finished and add on a couple of buttons.

Cup Cozy

And I had also started a scarf until I looked at the pattern againand realized how long it was. And was pretty sure I did not have enough yarn to finish it. Thankfully I was only six rows into the pattern. So, I ripped it out and decided to wait until I had the yarn it actually calls for. Instead, I decided to work on another of my original ideas, a Mickey Mouse hat. Making this one to fit my son, but I only have the brim done so far.

Mickey Mouse Hat

Coming Up:

Once I finish these projects, I’m planning on working on another baby hat, a bib, and another of my cause hats. Of course, that is always subject to change.
And, as always, if you see anything you like or if there is something you want me to try to make, you can send me a message at brownsnovelknits@gmail.com or visit my Facebook Page. I also have my Etsy page back up. Right now, I am just listing Ready to Ship items on there, but the more customizable items(mostly for color and size) are on my Facebook page.

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