Sunday, September 13, 2015

Music Note Knit Hat (with optional guitar)

My friend Drew challenged me to design a music-themed hat for him that included a guitar similar to his (photo below). 
Challenge: Represent this guitar on a knit hat :)
After several iterations, I came up with a design with a guitar and music notes. I think it turned out rather well and I hope he enjoys wearing it! Unfortunately, I didn't get any great pictures of just the guitar

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, and purchased directly here. The pattern includes a chart for the guitar with music notes and a separate chart just for the music notes. As always, feel free to comment below with questions or shoot me a message! Enjoy!

Posing in the Grove in St. Louis, MO
Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Drosophila Knit Hat

I designed this hat for Jim Skeath, an awesome researcher and professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Jim studies developmental biology using Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) as a model organism. To thank Jim for all the support and advice he gave me through my graduate career, I knit him this hat featuring drosophila (note the red eyes). I designed several iterations of the pattern (several had legs and some had the wings straight out) before I settled on this pattern.

You can find the pattern here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or buy directly here. Enjoy!

photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hawaiian Amakihi Fingerless Mitts

Loren Cassin Sackett with Hawaiian Amakihi
My latest #knityourPhD project features these adorable Hawaiian Honeycreeper (Amakihi) birds on fingerless mittens. I made these fingerless mitts for Craftimism's #1 fan, Loren Cassin Sackett. Loren was the recipient of one of the original #knityourPhD hats (the prairie dog hat seen here). Since then, I have knit her a Bicycle Knit Hat and a Straight against Hate (STR8 anti H8) hat (pattern forthcoming). Loren studied the plague in prairie dog colonies for her PhD (more information here). After earning her PhD from the University of Colorado, Loren moved to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. 

Loren's project at the Smithsonian involves studying the Hawaiian Amakihi (honeycreeper). Loren and her colleagues are working to find out why the Hawaiian Amakihi is resistant to avian malaria (more details here). She recently asked if I could create fingerless mittens featuring the Amakihi. I designed a pattern featuring 2-colored stranded color work, and I embroidered the beak, wing, eye and leg after finishing the mitten.

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or purchased directly here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Yoga Knit Hat

With this hat, I combined two of my favorite things, knitting and yoga. Looking for a something to get me through the winter doldrums in St. Louis in January, I decided to try out yoga. I quickly saw the benefits in my strength, stress levels, and mood just by adding a few yoga classes to my week. One day during the class, my mind started wandering and began to design a yoga-themed hat.

This is the result! The pattern can be found on Ravelry here, on Craftsy here, or purchased directly here.

Also, if you are looking for an amazing yoga studio in St. Louis, check out Urban Breath! They are simply awesome! 

Thanks to Pablo Tsukayama for the awesome pictures!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Acoustic Guitar Hat

I recently designed this acoustic guitar patterned hat. A friend suggested the pattern and sent me a picture of his friend's guitar and I took it from there, paying special attention to the colors and details so that the finished work would most resemble that specific guitar.

I really wanted to have a guitar while posing for the pictures, but unfortunately the music store we went to was closed, so the closest I could get was the guitar on Chuck Berry's statue on the Delmar Loop (in St. Louis).

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or purchased directly here.

Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama

Friday, May 15, 2015

Knit ottoman cover

My awesome friends Kyle and Diana asked me to make a knit pouf for their baby's nursery. I first designed the base out of cardboard and foam (ottoman tutorial here).

I knit this ottoman cover for the cardboard ottoman base. Because there was so much space to cover and I wanted to be economical, I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn and used two strands worked as one to create a bulky yarn. To speed up the process, I only used the knit stitch in the pattern. The pattern can be found here.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the construction of the base or the cover! 
Isn't this nursery awesome!
I knit this matching pillow just for fun. :)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DIY - Cardboard ottoman base tutorial

Hi everyone! A while back, I received a request from my friends for a pouf ottoman for their baby's room. I always love a challenge and was honored to help make something for their new arrival. I spent many a daydream thinking on how to best (and cheaply) construct a sturdy base for the ottoman. 

Luckily, I had a lightbulb moment and decided to roll up corrugated cardboard boxes to make the base. This proved to be an extremely sturdy and strong base. Click here to see a step-by-step tutorial of the process.

Then, I scored some half price foam at Joann for the cushioning. If desired, you could easily use an old blanket for the cushioning. Since I was knitting a cover for the ottoman and I did not want the foam to show through, I bought a dollar tree tablecloth to wrap around the ottoman. To see my knitting pattern, click here. Other finishing options include sewing a cover for this ottoman.

All ready for the baby!