A New Home for My Earrings

A couple of years ago I made an earring holder from a grease strainer. I got the idea from a friend’s blog: http://www.kristenmcashan.com.  Ooh!  I also got the fabulous idea to get Walmart baskets and hot glue yarn words on to organize my stuff!  Take a gander below.

Grease Strainer Earring Holder with a little paint, yarn, ribbon, and jewels.

Baskets with yarn wording to organize my bathroom closet.

I made this basket for my bathroom counter with all the stuff I use daily.

I loved it! But soon my earrings outgrew the grease strainer. It was messing up the Feng Shui of my bedroom. I needed a new idea, and in swooped Pinterest. I was planning on creating my new fabric headboard this weekend, but being sick (again!) got in the way. The Pinterest link took me to http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/ where I found the idea to buy a decorative sheet metal piece. I put my own twist on it. I didn’t cut it at all. Instead, I had the hubby cut two pieces of 1 by 2s to go across the top and bottom to hold it away from the wall. I spray painted the wood with left over paint from my Ikea kitchen shelves. I hot glued the metal to the wood, and then I hot glued it all to the wall! I hung my earrings and found that this particular pattern is great to hook post back earrings through too! I just slide the back part through the larger scrolly part and slide down until it is secure into a narrower section!

Metal Sheet from Home Depot hot glued onto painted wood supports.

So much more space now!

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Size Doesn’t Matter

UPDATE January 2013:  I used my own pattern (below) to knit a hat for my wonderful friend and hair dresser, Minna.  She’s half of Love and Grace Photographs, who take beautiful pictures and have enlisted me to knit a prop hat in the past.  The hat turned out so much better this time using Jogless Stripes than last time!  I did 6 rounds of white for every 3 rounds of color, following the pattern written below.  Instead of braiding, I just knit a really long icord and attached an extra large pom pom.  I also made a large pom pom by wrapping yarn around my fingers a BUNCH.  I pulled yarn through the loop (sliding along my fingers), tied it, and cut.  Need a visual on how to make a pom pom?  Go here.  Martha also has great directions using cardboard (which I didn’t have, so I used my fingers!).   Here’s the hat I knit for Baby Amelia!  

Amelia's rainbow hat

There will be pictures of an adorable baby wearing this hat coming soon!

The rainbow and white yarn had little sequins attached. Darling!

The rainbow and white yarn had little sequins attached. Darling!

I’ve been trying to knit a baby hat for a couple of months now. I’d found a free pattern through Ravelry.com for a new born long tail hat. It was perfect! Except the person is better at knitting than I am, so the directions were not exactly made for a noob like me. I frogged it once (A knitting joke: What does a frog say? Rip it! Rip it! Meaning I pulled the whole thing apart and started from scratch) and started and stopped several times, but the time finally came for that baby to be induced, and I had to finish it. I would not let some tiny little hat conquer my fat fingers. Plus, I always keep my word, or at least try my damnedest to. My friends over at Love and Grace Photographs were counting on me to get this hat done for their photo shoot! Side note: they’re fab, check them out! This minuscule maternity prop would not best me! How could something so small be so hard?

Here is what it looks like:

It is pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

Here is what went wrong:
1. I used a smaller gauge yarn (but it was so soft and pretty). Tiny yarn is hard to knit with!
2. I did not use “jogless stripes”, which caused my hat to have stripes that slanted and created a look of a seam, even though I knitted in the round. See pic below!
3. I didn’t pull the stitches tight enough between my double pointed needles, creating two columns of looser stitches.

This is the ‘backside’ of the hat, where the stripes don’t meet up.

I now know how to make it better for the next time! Here’s my pattern adapted from the pattern at Ravelry:

Audrey’s Long Tail Tiny Baby Hat

Ingredients:
Size 7 and 8 double pointed needles
sport weight yarn in three colors. (I used brown, green, and blue- mine was baby yarn, I think it is sport weight, but I threw away the packaging.  Use worsted weight to make)

Here is the pattern; corrections are in bold.

Band:
Cast on 66 stitches on size 7 DPNs (This makes a tighter band around the head).
K1 P1 all the way around for 6 rows to create a rib. On my hat this part is brown.

Color change (stripe):
Switch to size 8 needles and k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is green.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

You are going to repeat the color change stripe directions 3 times for a total of 9 more knitted rows. I’m putting the exact directions below (for noobs like me!). If you’re a pro skip to the decreasing.

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is blue.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is brown.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is green.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

Now to start the decreasing!

  1. *K9 K2together* repeat that all the way around! On my hat this starts the blue stripe.
  2. K the next row (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  3. *K8 K2together* repeat that all the way around!
  4. K the next row (should be a new color. On my hat it is brown.)
  5. *K7 K2together* repeat that all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  6. K the next row
  7. *K6 K2together* repeat that all the way around! (On my hat this starts the green stripe).
  8. K the next row (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  9. *K5 K2together* repeat that all the way around!
  10. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  11. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  12. K
  13. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  14. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  15. K
  16. *K4 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (On my hat this starts the green stripe).
  17. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  18. K
  19. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  20. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  21. K
  22. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  23. *K3 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  24. K
  25. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  26. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  27. K
  28. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  29. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  30. K
  31. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  32. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  33. K
  34. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  35. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  36. *K2 K2together* Repeat all the way around!
  37. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  38. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  39. K
  40. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  41. *K1 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  42. K
  43. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  44. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  45. K
  46. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  47. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  48. K
  49. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  50. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  51. K
  52. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  53. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  54. *K2together* Repeat this all the way around!

There should now be 3 stitches left!
Put all your stitches on one DPN. You will K this as an Icord. Repeat the three steps below to make the tail as long as you like!
K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
Slide the stitches to the other end of the DPN and DO NOT TURN! You will pull the yarn from the other end and it will seem weird, but it will be okay!
K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
K

When you’ve made it as long as you want, pull the yarn through the 3 stitches to hold them and end the hat. Braid the end. I tied on several more strands and grouped the colors to make the braid thicker!

Ta Da!

If you knit one, would you put pics and tips in the comments on my blog? Thanks! You’re the best!