diy tea glass cozy

You see these glass cozies in hip boutiques along Dundas West, but you can make them yourself for half the price (and they're your own creation). I made up my own pattern to fit our tea glasses so if you have the same size (see photo above) you can try it out.

You'll need:

  • Yarn (if you live in TO check out the bargain basement at Romni)
  • Needles size US 5
  • Darning needle

Then you:

  1. Cast on 40 stitches
  2. Garter stitch (knit every row) until it's long enough to fit around the glass
  3. Sew ends together...and you're done!

Happy knitting!

May 13, 2011 — Alanna Banks

black cream cozy knitted cowl

I've been wanting to knit this cowl for months and finally got around to it this week! The pattern is super easy (straight garter stitch) and can be knit in a few sittings in front of the TV.

I used three skeins of the Misti Chunky Baby Alpaca yarn in Black Cream (so amazing to work with and so soft!) and knit with two strands on US #10 needles until I was out. Three skeins is enough to wrap it around your neck twice when it's finished.

Now I just want to knit one in every colour! What are you making these days?

something cute

Now that I've had a little break from sewing and knitting post Christmas I am back with a couple of projects and both of them happen to be for me (quel suprise!) well actually our little babe. I received this adorable book for Christmas called Baby Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo and it's full to the brim with all kinds of little projects for baby. The first one I've decided to tackle is this sweet little Mary Lambs Merry Mobile (pic above). I was going to buy a mobile but when I saw this I couldn't resist. I decided to go with all white sheep rather than mixing and matching and will show off my efforts as soon as it's finished.

But FIRST I'm getting started on this little afghan for our winter babe. I've got knitting fever now that it has turned cold and snowy so I should have it finished in no time or at least in time for its arrival (4 weeks!)

Isn't this the most adorable newborn hat and mitten set?!

what i made

Now that all of my homemade Christmas gifts have been unwrapped I can share all of my creations with you (my blood, sweat and tears actually).

As you know I had my very popular lavender eye pillows for sale on Etsy and sold several (even to complete strangers!). They're still on sale if your interested (double eyebrow) just send me an email or you can check them out on the fridaysoff Facebook page.

My nephew was the proud recipient of his very own LEGO sac (sorry forgot to take a photo). I followed this super easy tutorial .

My three nieces each received these (pic below) adorable Elodie the Elephants. So cute and cuddly, but not the easiest to make (I have no patience for handstitching!) Put it this way it was a skill building exercise (smiley face). The pattern was from one my fave books One Yard Wonders.

I also made several produce bags (I love a good free online patern) with gorge fabrics from the workroom as well as everyday tote bags from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.

Now I'm craving new projects! Any suggestions?


baby toque

Project #17 Dylan's Baby Blanket and Hat.

Our little babe received its first gift! A little homemade baby toque for it's chilly February arrival (thanks Kiva!)

If you're a knitter you'll love browsing through the beaut of a book this little hat came from. It's called AlterKNITS by Leigh Radford and includes gorgeous photography of all the projects.

Happy knitting!

October 14, 2010 — Alanna Banks

cozy knitted cowl

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the warm weather is just a distant memory I've suddenly got the urge to start knitting again. I found a pattern for this cozy cowl on the Pickles blog and it sounds like a quick project. Now do I use my old yarn (snore) or buy new? I love this bright colour for dark winter days.

Happy knitting!


October 12, 2010 — Alanna Banks