Knit Your Halloween Costume!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying this early October day. It’s currently 64 degrees and cloudy, which is lovely. It’s been SO HOT here lately (and will warm up to the 80s today), that I just love that it’s nice and cool. I’m about to take a walk and I’m going to need my ear warmers. 🙂

Since it’s October, that means Halloween is around the corner! In our house, we like to make our own costumes. Either we sew them (mostly my husband) or knit them (me) or piece them together from things we buy or make or have around the house. This is a tradition that goes way back to my childhood. My mom put together this fine costume for me ON Halloween. I never got more compliments as a kid trick-or-treating.

You may also note the homemade Steve Austin costume, and the handsewn clown costume - all made by my mom.

You may also note the homemade Steve Austin costume, and the handsewn clown costume – all made by my mom.

So, I have a few ideas for Halloween that you can knit! 🙂

Add a leotard and pair of wings to the Fairy Tutu for a cute little woodland sprite.

Add a leotard and pair of wings to the Fairy Tutu for a cute little woodland sprite.

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Who doesn’t love Little Red Riding Hood? Don’t forget the basket by Marilee Norris!

You could whip up 3 little pig hats and one wolf for a cute group costume!Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.09.45 AM Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.09.20 AM

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This hat by Trisha Paetsch is a perfect accessory to any princess!

All of the above can be found in Once Upon A Knit.

Feeling a little darker? Here’s one from Vampire Knits.

You can put a few gashes on your face and wear the Tourniquet Scarf to make it look like you're bleeding at the neck.

You can put a few gashes on your face and wear the Tourniquet Scarf to make it look like you’re bleeding at the neck.

Finally, here are some ideas taken from two fandoms you might be a part of, both found in Knits for Nerds by Joan of Dark.

Feeling geeky? Knit up the Space Princess Hat. There are 3 versions.

Feeling geeky? Knit up the Space Princess Hat. There are 3 versions.

And if your geekdom is more Trek than Wars, there's the Trek Dress by Joan of Dark.

And if your geekdom is more Trek than Wars, there’s the Trek Dress by Joan of Dark.

Whatever you decide, I hope everyone has as much fun planning for Halloween as we do at my house! And if you decide to make any of these projects, please feel free to post them in the comments!!

Happy Knitting!


Spotlight on Snow White and Rose Red

Today I’m going to share the Snow White shrug and Rose Red wrap.

There are two characters in fairy tale lore called Snow White. One is the girl whose step-mother (aka The Evil Queen) sends a huntsman after her to cut out her heart. Remember her? She ends up living with dwarfs (or knights in one version). The other Snow White has a sister named Rose Red.

In the story of Snow and Rose, they are two sisters who live with their poor widow mother in a small cottage.  I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t read it, but let’s say there’s a bear and a dwarf involved in this story. In this tale, Snow White is quiet and gentle. She spends a lot of time with her mother in the cottage. Rose Red, on the other hand, loves to run outside and chase butterflies and pick flowers.

The two designs modeled after these sister characters are reflective of their personalities. Joan of Dark designed two beautiful pieces – a delicate, ruffly piece for the gentle Snow White and a simply pretty wrap for the more active Rose Red. These are two gorgeous pieces that would be an asset to any woman’s wardrobe!

Rose Red Wrap

Rose Red Wrap


Snow White Shrug

Snow White Shrug


More Knits for Nerds

Hey All!

Sorry I’ve been so absent. I’ve been planning field trips, fundraising, and teaching the 3rd graders to knit, which is equal parts fun, frustrating, and rewarding.I’ve also been  working on new designs that I can hopefully tell you more about soon.

Until then, I have some reading material for you!


and here’s a Knitpicks Podcast interview she did.

The next thing I’m casting on that’s not a new design is a wonderfully soft warm baby blanket for someone. I don’t want to spoil it for her in case she reads the blog. She’s not on Ravelry. This I know… so if you ARE on Ravelry, you can go HERE to look at it.

I hope I finish it in time!!

Until next time- happy knitting!

Knits For Nerds Interview!

Hey everyone!

I’ve got an interview to share with you – check this out. It’s an interview with Knits for Nerds author, Toni Carr aka Joan of Dark on Indy Style tv.


You’ll see a familiar hat right away, plus some other fun and pretty knits from the book.


Also, I’ve got new projects in the works – things are changing a bit from what I was working on before. Such is the business. Sometimes you start out with one project and it morphs into something else. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more information with you soon. But right now, go check out this interview!!


Knits For Nerds!

Are you a nerd? A geek? Like sci fi? Fantasy? Comics?

Well, I’ve got the perfect knitting book for you!

Knits for Nerds!

My son, perusing the book at our local indie book store.

I may have more of a vested interest in this book than the usual knitting book, because I have a couple of patterns in it.

I know it's geeky, but I love seeing my name in print. 😛

My Space Princess Hat pattern has one basic hat pattern you can alter to make 3 different ways.

Top: Classic Buns (option one) and Snow Princess (Option 2)

Option 3 (I like to call this Cloud City)

The next pattern is the Book Wizard.

Ipad version

Both ipad & kindle (ereader) versions.

It is always so exciting to see your own name in print, and to see your own patterns on the printed page!

I have to say that Toni Carr (aka Joan  of Dark) put together an awesome book and the photographs of all the projects is fabulous!!

If you knit and are a nerd, or know and love a nerd or a geek, I HIGHLY recommend this book.

Some projects listed in the table of contents:

Hobbit Feet Slippers

Dragon Rider Gloves

Horrible Gloves

Trek Girl Dress

Manga Leg Warmers

Real Genius Sweater

So, what are you waiting for? Go! Go get your copy!!


Go on!

Really.  GO.  Bye!  See ya!  Go get it and report back on what you’re going to make! 🙂




Spotlight On Toni Carr (8.23.10)

How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

I started out crocheting as a way to spend time with my Grandmother.
From there we moved onto knitting. It’s been about 10 years now.

How did you start designing?

I started designing right away. Since I was learning to knit with my
Grandma, we were using a lot of vintage patterns and books. I wanted
to update a lot of the skirts and sweaters I was learning on. It was a
quick transition from altering vintage patterns to designing my own.

What was your first design?

My first design was a hat for my husband. Really basic and simple, but
I was very proud of it!

What did you design for Vampire Knits? What inspired you?

I designed the Men’s Love Bites Sweater. I wanted something
comfortable and simple, with a little bit of edge to it. I like
putting intentional “rips” in knitting. It feels so wrong to drop
stitches on purpose, but oddly satisfying as well!

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

I recently read the Robin McKinley book “Sunshine” which is a very,
very odd Vampire book. I loved it. I’m also a fan of the Vampire
Academy Series since it’s such a different take on the Vampire genre.
For a favorite vampire however, it’s Lestat all the way.

Toni’s blog can be found HERE.

A peek! (8.10)

I’ve got 3 big boxes of beautiful projects in my living room, ready to go back to their designers. My daughters were so excited to get THEIR projects. (I promised one of my own projects to the youngest, and the test knit I did for another designer is for my older daughter.) My son was excited to get my vampire doll back. Sadly he didn’t make it into the book. All of our toys were left out of the book, but we’ll most likely have the patterns available here on the blog.

Well, since we’re so close to the date, I’m going to give a peek.

Here’s a peek at “Love Bites” for men – something to make for the men in your life, immortal or otherwise. It’s designed by Toni Carr href=””><a href=””>, author of Knockdown Knits. Keep an eye out for the next blogpost, which will be a spotlight on Toni!