Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Etsy Shop is open!

I've been working on writing patterns and sewing up a storm to get ready for opening my Windy Prairie Designs Etsy Shop. Here's what I have to offer:

Large padded zippered notions pouches:
I have been knitting a long time and always had a hard time keeping track of the needles required for sweaters or blankets. I've tried zip top bags but got tired of the needle tips popping through the plastic. Adding them into my regular notions bag didn't work because for some sweaters I need two long circulars, two short circulars, and a set or two of double point needles. There are needle organizers out there that tie or button close, but I wanted the security of a zipper. These large pouches can hold many circular needles and double points, and yet they lay flat and don't take up a lot of room.
large pouch

Small zippered notions pouches:
I've also made a small pouch that is great for your regular notions. It amazes me how much it can hold.
small pouch

Composition notebook covers:
Composition notebooks are always a favorite for keeping track of your ideas. From knitting and crochet notes to your everyday writing, they are great. My fabric covers fit your standard composition notebook, available at department and office supply stores. They are reversible as well, if you'd like another look.

Lots of fun fabrics to choose from, so take a look!

Friday, February 1, 2013

New Pattern--Wingra Mittens

I wanted a pair of mittens to go with my new Bulky Roni hat. I knew I wanted cables, but couldn't really find something that fit the bill to go with the yarn I had in mind. I'm usually a "classic" style sort of person and wanted something elegantly simple, because detailed cables don't always work with heavy-weight yarns. It couldn't be too cabled because I had one skein to work with. 

Here's what I came up with: Wingra Mittens

These were inspired by and knit out of The Plucky Knitter "Plucky Bulky" yarn, in the Peep Toes colorway. Red is one of my favorite colors and this one just is the best. 

The pattern is in one size, average women's. My hand has a 7.5" circumference, measured above my thumb. If you wanted to make them bigger, you could go up a needle size and plan to use more yardage. You might want to have a second skein if you upsize. 

Pattern available on Ravelry here

I have made another sample in worsted weight yarn on smaller needles and it fits great on your average preschooler-kindergartener size hand.