Next on the Needles- T-shirt Yarn!

TshirtyarnA pile of unwanted t-shirts has recently become a basket of t-shirt yarn.Β  I have grand visions of a beautiful oval t-shirt rug flying off my needles sometime soon.

There’s a particularly sweet teenager in my life who enjoys making videos that put together a video tutorial for me on how to turn an old t-shirt into yarn!Β  It’s linked below.Β  I’m pretty sure my KitKat (the kitty) steals the show, though.Β  πŸ™‚

Frog Feet- Fantastic and Crazy Stitch Pattern

frogfeetbeginning2This is the most excited I’ve been about a knitting pattern since I first started knitting.Β  It’s called Fox Paws by Xandy Peters and can be found on for $6.Β  No color stranding required!!Β  But, a lot of concentration and constant counting are definitely needed to avoid some huge mistakes.

I’ve only completed a couple of pattern repeats so I’ve got a looooong way to go, but I LOVE it so far!Β  πŸ™‚

It has some new-to-me stitches like KYOK and SB2 and K5tog.Β  Here’s a brief video demonstration:

And, here’s an explanation in pictures:

The KYOK (Knit Yarn Over Knit): All done into one stitch.

knit into stitch (keep old stitch on needle)
Now yarn over (keep old stitch on needle)
Knit again into old stitch
Pull the old stitch off.

Seems kinda easy, right?Β  Now, you get to SB2 which isn’t hard but I haven’t encountered before. You just slip two of your new stitches back onto the left needle.Β  But, then you have to KYOK into one of the slipped-back stitches.Β  Sometimes you get to KYOK, SB2 four times in a row.Β  A massive amount of new stitches are created in certain spots to form the “toes” on the pattern.

Slip 2 of your new stitches back on to the left needle
Perform the KYOK again into the next stitch (which you just slipped back.

There’s also a K5tog followed by a SB2 followed by a K3tog.

Knit 5 stitches together as if one stitch
Slip 2 stitches back onto left needle
Knit 3 stitches together as if one stitch
It’s always fun to learn something new. This pattern has definitely done that for me! I can wait to see this finished. πŸ™‚

Baby Bad Ass

Baby Bad Ass
Baby Bad Ass

It’s been well over a year since my last post.Β  Lots of things have happened – we moved (twice), I have a new nephew, and I’ve battled some anxiety and depression.Β  And, yes, some knitting also happened that was not recorded here or on ravelry.Β  I apologize for any unanswered questions or messages.Β  But, I’m ready to rejoin the world.Β  πŸ™‚

My latest project is for my teeny little nephew that resides over a thousand miles away.Β  His momma is a rebel and a sweetheart.Β  I couldn’t just give her a sweet baby bear sweater for her new bundle of joy.Β  Nope.Β  Skulls and cross bones are in order.

I’m aiming for a size 12 months.Β  If you’d like to follow along, I cast on 176 stitches in a contrasting yarn (fingering weight) using a size 1 circular needle.Β  Rib in K2, P2 for an 1 1/2 inches or so.Β  K around while decreasing (k2tog) every 10 stitches to reduce to 160 sts total.Β  Begin chart using black and white yarn.

Update:Β  And just for fun, a video of my color stranded knitting technique which was kindly edited by my wonderful daughter.Β  (Thanks babe!)