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Knitting, Crochet, Craft and DIY parenting blog, by author, designer and TV personality, Vickie Howell.



Updated: 2017-09-10T14:10:58.474-05:00

 



Free Pattern: My Little Guys Hat!

2013-10-17T14:48:02.629-05:00

Main Colors (MC) L-R: Citrus(ish), Punk(ish), Night(ish)My Little Guys HatA couple of years ago, I designed a slouchy beanie for my husband for Valentine's Day. Since then, the My Guy Hat has become a staple around our household (I wore a version to Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle last year, and Dave's actually wearing his beanie right this very moment!) The hat was originally designed using two-round stripes -- that however, is SO laborious! (kidding) Now that my new,  self-striping line is out though, it's easy to let the yarn to the work so you don't (barely) have to!My Little Guys Hat is the same great beanie designed for the mister, this one has just been sized-down for the sister! In addition to the added sizing option, the directions have been simplified to account for change in yarn. Simple lines with a pop of color are always a safe bet for knitwear that'll keep you warm, but still look cool. This season, make this beanie for all of the guys (and gals) in your life -- enjoy! --VickieMaterials1 ball Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes by Vickie Howell (MC)1 ball Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell (CC)Size US 8 (5mm), 16”/41cm circular needlesSize US 8 (5mm) dpnsTapestry NeedleSizesS(M, L) --Shown in S & M(Note: M Fits from pre-teen to standard Women's, L fits standard Men's)Finished MeasurementsStretches to fit up to: 22(23, 24)”/56 (58, 6) cmGauge17 sts x 22 rows = 4”/10cm in Stockinette stitchDirectionsHat Body:With MC, CO 76(80, 84) sts. Join, taking care not to twist.Rnds 1-8: *K2, p2; rep from * around.Rnd 9: Knit.Note: When working in-the-round, stockinette stitch is achieved by knitting every rnd.Repeat Rnd 9 until piece measures 6(6 1/2, 7)”/(15.25, 16, 18)cm from edge.Note: for less slouchy version, work body 1/2”-1”/1-2.5cm shorter.Join CC.S size only: Knit around while dec 6 sts (using k2tog) evenly. (70)M size only: Knit.L size only:Next Rnd: With CC, knit around while dec 4 sts (using k2tog) evenly. (80)Contrasting Color (CC): Teal(ish)Spiral Decrease for CrownAll Sizes:Change to dpns when necessary.Dec. Round 1: *K8, k2tog* (rep. to end)Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, & 16: K all sts.Dec. rnd 3: *K7, k2tog; rep from * to end.Dec. rnd 5: *K6, k2tog; rep from * to end.Dec. rnd 7: *K5, k2tog; rep from * to end.Dec. rnd 9: *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end.Dec. rnd 11: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end.Dec. rnd 13: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end.Dec. rnd 15: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end.Dec. rnd 17: *K2tog; rep from * to end.  FinishingCut yarn leaving a tail. Using tapestry needle, feed yarn through remaining live sts while removing needles; pull snuggly.Weave in ends.Psst! Sheep(ish) Stripes is available at select Jo-ann Stores, A.C. Moore, and online at Yarnspirations.com![...]



I Love Yarn Day: Global Reach of Making

2013-10-11T16:05:33.788-05:00

Clearly, there's no doubt that I love yarn so I'm all too happy to participate in a national day celebrating it! For the past couple of years I've shared free patterns in support of the Craft Yarn Council event. This year however, I thought I'd simply share a photo. This beautiful little girl in blue is an Ethiopian villager. She's wearing the Sheep(ish) jacket I contributed to the January 2011 issue of, Creative Knitting Magazine.Our family's knit coat and tiger print jacket found new homes in the Ambaras village in the Simian Mountains of Ethiopia in 2013.As both a yarn and knitwear designer, there aren't many things as satisfying as seeing one of my pieces published in print. As a mother, having my daughter model that piece (even when she refuses to wear it again off camera) is extra special. As a global citizen though, seeing that same garment -- one that was knitted by my own hands -- make it's way across the world and finding the shoulders of a another child...well, that's extraordinary.Moments like looking at the picture above serve as a lovely reminder: yarn isn't always just some string called for in a materials list. Sometimes, it's also the thread leading us towards unique, human experiences. My daughter wearing the same coat in Austin, TX, 2010.Happy I Love Yarn Day, everyone!Stitch.Rock.Love,Vickie[...]



Free Crochet Pattern: Candy Corn Poncho

2013-10-10T10:01:31.633-05:00

Project reprinted courtesy of Crafts 'n' Things MagazineIt's that time again to crochet something sweet for your favorite little trickster! In case you missed out on nabbing the pattern for my crocheted Candy Corn poncho last Fall when it was printed in Crafts n' Things Magazine, thanks to their editor I'm able to publish it again here on my blog just in time for this Halloween!MATERIALS  1 ball each Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) for Bernat (70% acrylic/30% wool; 167 yds/153 m) in colors: (A) Yellow(ish) #0012, (B) Coral(ish) #0014, and (C) White(ish) 0004Size US H-8 (5mm) Crochet Hook, or size needed to obtain gaugeSize US I-9 (5.5mm) Crochet Hook (optional) 2 Stitch Markers Tapestry NeedleSIZES 12-24 mos (2-4 years) Shown in larger size.FINISHED MEASUREMENTSNeck circumference: 19”/48 cm (20”/51 cm) Length: 9 1/2”/24 cm (11”/28 cm)GAUGE  12 sts x 6 rows = 4”/10 cm in dcABBREVIATIONSch = chaindc = double crochethdc = half-double crochetpm = place markerrnd(s) = round(s)sl st = slip stitch st(s) = stitch(es)DIRECTIONS With Color A, ch 70(74). Join into rnd with a sl st, taking care not to twist.Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc in the next ch and each ch around. Join rnd with sl st. (70/74 sts)Rnds 2-3: Ch 3, dc in next st and each st around. Join rnd with sl st in top of ch-3.Rnd 4: Ch 3, pm, dc in next 34 (36) sts, pm, dc in each st around. Join rnd with sl st in top of ch-3.Rnd 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in marked st, move marker to last dc made, dc in each st to 2nd marker, 2 dc in marked st, move marker to last dc made, dc in each st around. Join rnd with sl st in top of ch-3. (72/76 sts)Large Size only:Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 5. (78 sts)Both Sizes: Join Color B. Cut Color A.Next 5 Rnds: With B, rep Rnd 5. Join Color C. Cut Color B. Next 4 Rnds: With C, rep Rnd 5.Edging Rnd: Ch 3, [dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in same st as ch, ch 1, sk 1 st, *[2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st; rep from * around. Join rnd with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.FINISHINGWeave in ends.Make Tie With larger hook, 1 strand each of Color A & C held together, and leaving a 6”/15 cm tail, ch 170 (or amount to create desired length). Fasten off, leaving 6”/15 cm tail.Note: If not using a larger hook, then make a chain using only 1 strand of yarn. Ch as many stitches necessary to create desired length.Weave tie in and out of base of neckline (Rnd 2), beginning and ending at center front of poncho.  Pompoms (make 2) Using Color A & C held together, wrap yarn around three of your fingers about 30 times. Slip wraps off of fingers and tie a piece of yarn tightly around the center of the wraps. Cut both ends of wraps and fluff pompom. Trim.Using beginning and ending tails of tie, tie one pompom to each end. Snip tails to blend with pompom.This pattern is for non-commercial use only. All rights reserved.   [...]



Halloween Project: Haunt Sweet Haunt

2013-10-08T09:51:10.796-05:00

 I've been digging the kitsch of the embroidered cross-stitch lately. Whether it's used in the traditional manner, sewn onto a knit or crocheted piece as embellishment, or stitched ironically onto an unintended for fabric -- it's easy for a hand-stitched "X" to mark the crafty spot!My favorite haunt these days is at home with my family, which lends itself perfectly to a play on words worthy of the Halloween decor season. Here's a simple project that whips up wickedly quick making it an easy ode to your Haunt Sweet Haunt. Here's how:Grey, sport-weight yarn (I used Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell in color, Grey T-Shirt)Netted web fabric piece (at least 18"/46 cm x 22"/56 cm) Tapestry needleLarge embroidery hoopScissorsFrame (16"/41 cm x 20"/51. cm -- or desired size)Hot glue gunHot Glue Gun Helper (optional)Iron (optional)Place fabric in hoop. Using chart below as a guide, cross-stitch letters onto fabric. If you're using web fabric as shown, keep in mind that grid lines won't be perfectly symmetrical -- no worries, just fudge it as necessary!  Press if fabric bunches at all from stitching. (Click to enlarge)Cut fabric down so it's about a 1"/2.5 cm or so larger than the inside of your frame. Using glue gun and either a Hot Glue Gun Helper or other spatula to press down fabric securely (without burning your fingers), adhere fabric to inside lip of frame taking care to stretch piece as you go.Hang on wall or add to a spooky vignette on your mantel!Stitch.Rock.Haunt,Vickie[...]



Photo Recap: Rhode Island School of Design Workshops

2013-10-07T11:29:15.310-05:00

My students from the Step It Up Knits II: Finishing Techniques workshop.Last month I had the pleasure of teaching a couple of workshops through the continued education program at the prestigious, Rhode Island School of Design. I spend most of my teaching time in a virtual classroom, so getting to interact personally with passionate knitters was an absolute treat!  Thanks to all of the students, RISD CE staff, and Rhonda Fargnoli for inviting me to their beautiful campus!Here are just a few shots from the classes, and my subsequent New England jaunt with my husband and youngest child.Enjoy!xx,VickieTreats awaiting students.Students in Step It Up Knits I: Intermediate Techniques.(I have to admit, it was pretty fun using my book as a text book!)Signage. Hallway of the Library building/dorms at RISD.Glue guns and duct tape? Now this is my idea of a college school supplies store!Post class / pre shopping cuddle with Clover.Providence thrift store score!We made the pilgrimage to Salem, MA--a long time wish of mine.Unfortunately, the yarn stores were closed the day we were there -- so no, "Stitch & Witch" for me. Alas.Historic house where one of the Salem "witches" was unjustly hung.Pit stop in Scarborough, ME to visit my childhood buddy and his beautiful family.[...]



Project from Halloween Past: Knit Spider Web Leg Warmers

2013-10-02T11:03:27.808-05:00


Your kid's kicks with be a little bit creepier this Halloween while donning these Webbed warmers. Get the free pattern here and the Sheep(ish) yarn at your local Jo-Ann or A.C. Moore stores, or online at Yarnspirations.com. Make 'em today; sport them spookily tomorrow!

Stitch.Rock.Boo!,
Vickie






Knitting Daily TV Next Season Shoot: Photo Recap!

2013-09-26T15:27:20.752-05:00

Earlier this month I flew to Cleveland, OH to shoot my first season as the host and co-executive producer of Knitting Daily TV. It's been 6 years since the last season of Knitty Gritty was shot, but walking onto a craft-show set again felt like coming home. I had a blast spending on-camera time with several of the industry's smartest and most talented people, and am so excited for viewers to watch and learn from them! Here's a quick, photo recap of the 4 days we spent shooting 13 episodes!The set!We wanted to give the new season and format a fresh look by giving the set a mini-makeover. We opted for mid-century modern-inspired, coral walls, clean white furniture for a loft-look, vintage knitting posters, and a Yarnspirations.com, shades-of-teal yarn wall. Mugging for the CameraI had a great time with every single one of my guests (seriously), but here are just a few of them posing with me after their respective segment shoots (clockwise: Kelbourne Woolens' Courtney Kelley & Kate Gagnon Osbourne; Designer, Rebecca Danger; Designer, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark; Spinrite's Julia Madill.)Tanis GrayAmazing designer and former Yarn Editor for Vogue Knitting, Tanis Gray also joined the show this year as the product review correspondent for her regular segment, Tools of the Trade.Behind the ScenesClockwise: Last minute blocking on the studio office floor; producer and guest pizza-party in my room; Tanis going over swatches for her segments; audio-guy, Kevin mic-ing sock designer, Andi Smith.New Web Segment Feature!This season of KDTV I'm thrilled to bring you 13 web-cam guests from around the world! From my home studio to theirs, we talk space-to-space about knitting, crochet, design and inspiration. Look for Stolen Stitches' Carol Feller on the first episode!Make-do MomentLiving in a hotel, albeit briefly, has it's challenges. One of which was discovered during an after-shoot hangout: there was a serious lack of wine bottle opener. Thankfully we had a cable needle, some elbow grease and the will to drink. The result was messy, but fruitful!So there's a peek. See more photos on Flickr, or by searching #kdtv on instagram!Stay tuned for more scoop on guest line-ups, pattern links and of course, full episodes of the show which begins airing in January on your local PBS station!xx,Vickie[...]



Hexapop Blanket in Interweave Crochet!

2013-09-19T09:08:37.129-05:00


The Fall issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine is out which includes my regular column, Parenthook. As always, I talk about my own efforts of juggling life with creativity, but this time the focus is on the blessing/curse of back to school time. The project included is a cool, hexagon motif throw that's perfect for sending your kids of to college, or cuddling with them when they get home from elementary. Hexapop is made with Bernat Softee Chunky which means it's also washable, affordable and quick to make!


xx,
Vickie



New Self-Striping Yarn: Sheep(ish) Stripes!

2013-09-17T10:46:45.885-05:00

I've been talking about it for months, but now it's time to officially announce the extension of my original line: Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes by Vickie Howell! "Stripes" is a super-soft, self-striping yarn in rich, saturated colors.To learn how the striping works, checkout this video! allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wFKY3kOOlZA" width="420">See Stripes in action!Kids' Slouchy Beanie, Pullover & Wristwarmers fromCreative Knitting, Fall '131 Ball Project: Spyro Gyro Cowl!Here are the six colorways of Sheep(ish) StripesClockwise: Earth(ish), Night(ish), Punk(ish), Homme(ish), Femme(ish) & Citrus(ish)Sheep(ish) Stripes is available online, and at select JoAnn and A.C. Moore Stores. Stay tuned for more pattern inspiration -- coming soon!Enjoy!xx,Vickie[...]



Video How-To: Attach Crochet edgings to Fabric Items!

2013-08-30T09:35:40.934-05:00

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Looking for a quick project this weekend? How about simply adding sweet, crochet edgings -- like the ones on my Kitschy Coo set or Little Skirt -- to existing fabric items? My latest video for JoAnn.com shows you how!

Have a great, holiday weekend!

xx,
Vickie



Quick Gifts Class at Jo-Ann Stores!

2013-08-26T12:12:56.129-05:00



This morning I dropped off my two eldest kiddos for the first day of school (I officially have TWO middle schoolers now! *gulp*), so it seems like an appropriate time for me to encourage you readers to get back to class, too! Starting in September, I'm kicking off "crafting season" by launching a new class offered nationwide! I'm excited to have teamed up with Bernat and Jo-ann to create a class based on my designs, tips and instructions, and taught by talented teachers in Jo-ann Stores across the U.S. 



Vickie Howell for Bernat: Quick Crochet Gifts will teach you how to crochet a puff stitch, then incorporate it into a scarf, cowl or headband in any of three different weights and textures of yarns. This will mean that once you learn the skill, you'll be able to churn out those holiday gifts quickly and easily, but without any two of them looking the same (unless of course, you want them too!) Here's a quick video in which I explain a little more:


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Just because we're all extraordinarily busy, doesn't mean we have to opt out of handmade gift giving. The trick to success (without insanity) is being smart about the projects you choose.

Next time you're at Jo-ann, just ask for a class catalogue. Dates and times will vary based on location.

Oh, and as always, don't forget to tag @vickiehowell on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram if you post pictures of your finished projects from this class or any of my patterns and projects.

Enjoy!

xx,
Vickie








The Mothercraft: Back-to-School Cloth Napkins!

2013-08-22T12:13:07.793-05:00

For a while now I've been otherwise distracted by the knitting and crochet portion of my job, so it's been a long time since posting The Mothercraft feature. Recently however, my youngest started pre-k which required a little crafty prep that I thought I'd share with you. The school she's attending follows the Montessori program which requests that lunches be packed in a manner that creates little to no waste -- this means the replacement of (our usual) paper towels with small, reusable cloth napkins. I'm all for this rule but, unfortunately most of the cloths available in stores are too large for a wee lunch box. No worries though, napkins are super simple to make, and are a great way to use up some of those fabric scraps. Here's how!SuppliesApprox. 1/3 yd of cotton or cotton blend fabric12"/30.5 cm quilter's square & rotary cutter OR 12"/30.5 cm square paper bag pattern & scissorsStraight pinsNeedle & threadSewing machineFinished Measurements:11 1/2"/29 cm squareHow-to:Cut out two, 12"/30.5 cm pieces of fabric.OPTIONAL: Machine or hand embroider child's name on one piece of fabric, taking care to leave room for seam allowances.With right-sides together and using a 1/4"/6.25 mm seam allowance, sew pieces together; leave an opening for turning.Snip corners with scissors.Turn right-sides out.Press seams, turning raw edges of opening under to match line.Using a 1/4"/6.25 mm seam allowance, top stitch to close opening and around the entire perimeter of the napkin.Press again if necessary.That's all there is to it -- easy as the organic, whole grain and locally sourced fruit pie your kiddos may need to wipe from their mouths! ;-)xx,VickieFacebook.com/vickiehowellBernat.com/vickiehowellCraftsy.com/vickiePinterest.com/iamvickiehowellInstagram.com/vickiehowellTwitter.com/vickiehowell[...]



New Video: How to Make a Triangle Scarf Using Center-Out Method

2013-08-20T13:20:11.205-05:00

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Over the past year or so, I've been thinking/talking a bit about the Top-Center Out method of knitting a triangle shawl. It's the technique I used when designing the Shawl We wrap for Knit Simple Magazine, the  Tri-light scarf for Bernat, and the Raindrop Wrap for my book, Step It Up Knits.




The Top-Center Out approach uses a series of increases at the center and sides of the piece to create two small triangles which ultimately open out into a larger triangle. Recently, the folks at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts invited me to their studios to shoot a video demo-ing this, which is now live on their YouTube Channel. Give it a watch and let me know what you think -- do you have a preferred triangle shawl method?

Enjoy!

xx,
Vickie
@vickiehowell



New Cotton-ish Pattern: Pretty In Pink Girl's Dress!

2013-08-13T17:08:21.225-05:00

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Pretty In Pink Dress


Some of you may remember me posting WIP shots on Facebook of a dress I knit for my daughter for Easter.  I promised to write up the pattern to share, and although it took a few months it's finally available for download! The Pretty In Pink dress is knit in one piece from the top down (I'm all about minimal seaming for us busy mamas), so you can try it on your little wiggle worm as you work!





I'd originally planned on knitting just the bodice, then using a printed fabric for the skirt. That plan however, didn't meet Miss Clover's "all-pink" demand nor did my suggestion to stripe the knitted skirt with another color. Thankfully though, Cotton-ish shade, "Cotton Candy" met her approval!


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Shown in Size 4
Yarn: Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell
Needles: Size US 5 & 7 (3.75 & 4.5mm) circs & dpns


The result was a sweet, lightweight, easy-to-wear frock that could be worn as-is, or as a tunic with some leggings. I love my little gal in her drape-y dress! Get the pattern here.

xx,
Vickie

P.S. I love seeing pictures of your finished projects. If you make this dress, please tag @vickiehowell on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Thanks!



Happy 70th Anniversary, Jo-Ann Stores!

2013-08-09T10:07:58.125-05:00

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Jo-ann Fabric & Craft Stores turn 70 this year. To celebrate, they've asked crafters to share a personal Jo-ann memory. Here's mine. Happy anniversary, Jo-ann!

xx, Vickie



New Free Cotton-ish Patterns: Knit & Crochet Baby Blankets!

2013-08-08T13:41:55.527-05:00

It's hot outside, but sometimes it's still nice for a baby to have a lovie to cuddle up with. The Bernat Design team put together these knit & crochet blankets that are made with Cotton-ish yarn, so they're both cuddly and cool...well, and adorable. 


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Shown in Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell, in color: Coffee Filter



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Shown in Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell, in color: Spinning Jenny

Get the free patterns on Bernat.com and for a limited time, buy Cotton-ish for 25% off using promo code: COTTONISH13.


Enjoy!








3 Days Only: 25% off of Cotton-ish!

2013-08-07T21:12:46.793-05:00


This just in! 3 days. Big discount. Grab yarn now!



New Free Pattern: Easy Crochet Skirt Edging

2013-07-31T16:06:28.354-05:00

Using an abbreviated version of the same edging from my Kitschy Coo towel set, you can easily add a personalized touch on your favorite gal's fabric skirt!  xx, VickieMATERIALS:Bernat® Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell (55% Cotton/45% Acrylic; 282 yds): 1 ball Cotton CandySize US G/6 hook or size needed to obtain gauge.Tapestry needleFine tip hole punchMeasuring tapePen or pencilWee Skirt HOW-TO:Using measuring tape, pen and fine-tip hole punch, mark and make an even number of holes approx 1/2" apart and 1/4" up from skirt hem edge.With tapestry needle and yarn, Blanket Stitch through holes across. Row 1: Join yarn by pulling loop through top of 1st blanket stitch. Ch 3, sc in next to, *ch 2, sc; rep from * to end. Join rnd with a sl st.Row 2: Ch 3, *dc in ch-2 sp, 3 dc around post of dc just made (makes 3 dc group), sc in next ch-2 sp; rep from * ending with sc around post of beg ch-3. Fasten off.Weave in ends.[...]



Step It Up Knits Workshops at RISD!

2013-07-30T08:30:39.485-05:00


I'm honored to be teaching two workshops in September at the renown, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)! As part of their Continuing Education program in Hand Knitting Design, they've invited me to teach next level techniques from my book, Step It Up Knits. See above for full description of the classes.

If you're interested in signing up for Step It Up Knits I, click here. For Step It Up Knits II, click here.
You do not need to one to take the other, so pick the skill set you'd like to learn and choose from there -- or even better, spend the whole day with me and take both!

Hope to see you there!

xx,
Vickie



New Free Project: Kitschy Coo Set!

2013-07-26T10:54:16.036-05:00


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Yarn: Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell in color: Lemon Twill


Looking for a quick hostess gift for that Labor Day BBQ or a teacher gift for the upcoming school year? Well crocheters, I've got you covered! Check out my Kitschy Coo kitchen set pattern on Joann.com -- grab it for free now for the perfect, weekend project. Enjoy!




New Bag + New Shawl

2013-07-24T08:18:09.610-05:00

Cezanne Bag, by Jordana PaigeLast January Jordana Paige sent me the latest addition to her fantastic line of knitting bags, this one called: Cezanne. I was so enamored with the on-trend oxblood red, the plentiful pocket arrangement and the accessory pouches that I decided to honor Cezanne by filling it up with supplies for a non-work related project. Frivolous stitching is not something I see much of these days, but this bag deserved the honor of holding what to me is one of life's most precious things: the tools for free-time enjoyment.Cezanne filled to the brim with supplies to make the Tiamat Shawl, by Shannon Mullet-BowlsbyAs it goes with good intentions, I started of my homage with focused dedication. See below: my metallic yarn and hook had been put to work -- they even rested nicely next to coffee served in a 1950's cup and saucer from the set my dad sent back from the war. (Lacework of any kind equals fanciness and thusly deserves to be in the company of fine China. Duh.)Alas though, life happens. Work projects call and just-for-fun projects are set aside. So, for 6 months my new bag and shawl-to-be hung out together next to my office desk. Waiting.Until a couple of weeks ago.I'm happy to report that finally, I've actually finished a garment created for no other purpose than my own happiness! It's a small victory, but one I will wear with pride (as soon as the Texas heat subsides). Isnt' she purty? (Shannon did a great job with his design and the pattern was really well written, too!)In short, it may not epitomize "zen", but the right supplies, some time to yourself and a few stitches can really make a difference in a busy person's life. Well, at least it did in mine.You can nab a Cezanne bag here and the pattern for the Tiamat shawl here.xx,Vickie[...]



New Free Cotton-ish Pattern: Little Ladies Who Lunch Bib!

2013-07-22T08:18:07.030-05:00

Ladies Who Lunch bib, shown in Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell in colors:Cotton Fields and Cotton BallGod morning! It's breakfast time here in Austin, TX, and I'm already thinking about lunch -- Little Ladies Who Lunch, that is. My latest Cotton-ish, crochet pattern for Joann.com, a be-collared bib for baby, is available now.  Nab the pattern here, and the yarn here or here.Don't forget to follow our Cotton-ish board on Pinterest, too!Enjoy!xx,VickieFacebook.com/vickiehowellBernat.com/vickiehowellCraftsy.com/vickiePinterest.com/iamvickiehowellInstagram.com/vickiehowellTwitter.com/vickiehowell[...]



New Free Cotton-ish Pattern: Summer Vacay Scarf

2013-07-15T13:21:01.052-05:00

Shown in Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell in color: Seersucker


Scarves aren't just for sinter. Nope! Just like a great necklace, a light-weight scarf can be the perfect statement piece for a tank top or t-shirt. My Summer Vacay Scarf pattern is available now on Joann.com. Make this project while you're away on vacation, then wear it when you get back. It'll serve as a bright, lacy reminder of warm waves and cool breezes. Enjoy!

xx,
Vickie

P.S. Don't forget that Cotton-ish is on sale during the month of July on Bernat.com. Just enter code: BERNATSELECT13




New Free Cotton-ish Pattern: Red, White & Loop-d-Loop Skirt!

2013-07-12T15:08:01.266-05:00


 The nautical trend is one that seems to never really wane -- every summer there seems to be new pieces inspired by the classic colors ans sea-worthy shapes. My take on sailor-cute style is this Red, White & Loop-d-Loop skirt for baby, made with Cotton-ish and currently featured on Joann.com. Get the pattern here, and the yarn at your local Jo-ann Store!

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Shown in Cotton-ish colors: Royal Denim, Cotton Ball and Crimson Twine.



See some of the inspiration for this skirt on my Nautical by Nature board on Pinterest!



xx,
Vickie

P.S. Ordering Cotton-ish online? Get 25% during July using code: BERNATSELECT13 !



New Cotton-ish Free Pattern: Beanie There, Done (T)hat

2013-07-11T15:11:56.802-05:00



If your guy's like mine, beanies are just for cold weather! What hot-blooded male wants to wear wool though, in the middle of summer? Well sirs, I've got your covered! Check out my latest crochet design for dudes, a slouchy beanie made out of light and drapey, Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell yarn: Beanie There, Done (T)hat. (You know I'm never going to stop with the bad puns, right?)




Get the free pattern here! Oh, and if you're reading this post during July 2013, then you can get 25% off your Cotton-ish purchase on Bernat.com, using code: BERNATSELECT13.

Psst...pass it on!

xx,
Vickie