Saturday, November 15, 2014

Triathlon Knit Hat

I recently designed this triathlon knit hat for a friend in the St. Louis Triathlon Club. I really like how this hat turned out and I added the lettering especially to commemorate the awesome St. Louis Triathletes.

Please contact me on Etsy for custom requests for this item. 

The pattern for this hat can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or purchased directly here. The pattern is written in two sizes, the smaller one (pictured here in red) and a slightly larger size (pictured in black). I have included the lettering "STL TRI" but you can easily adjust the lettering to spell any 5-7 letter word (as long as you have graph paper handy to work out the letters). Feel free to contact me if you need help adjusting the lettering.

As always, thanks to Pablo Tsukayama for the pictures!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jeans to Aprons Upcycle

A while ago, I upcycled a pair of purple pants and denim jeans into some awesome aprons that I can wear when I paint, or much more rarely, when I cook. This project was fun and easy and they would make great gifts (friends and family - holler if you want one for Christmas)! I followed the awesome tutorial here. Then I went and convinced Pablo Tsukayama to take some great pictures of me. :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Warm Bulky Hipster Hat

I designed this hat for my friend and photographer, Pablo Tsukayama. Like me, Pablo is also a scientist with a serious hobby - he is a very talented photographer! He has been nice enough to take pictures of me and my knitting projects for this blog and my etsy shop. Thanks to him, you are not stuck looking at my selfies (but if you want more selfies, follow me on instagram). Check out his website for more of his photos. 

To thank Pablo for being my photographer, I designed this Hipster Hat that is warmer than his current hipster hat. This pattern uses two strands of worsted weight yarn worked as one to make the hat even warmer (but could easily be made with any bulky yarn). The fit is very loose and it can be worn slouchy as shown or could even be folded over like a stocking hat (making it much less hipster).

The pattern for the hat can be found here. It is a very simple pattern and depending on your gauge, can be easily adjusted to make it larger or smaller.

Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama

Thursday, October 9, 2014

T-shirt Lining for Knit Hats Tutorial

 I love knitting hats. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment and joy I have when finishing a hat and wearing it with pride. However, on the super cold and windy days, I often opt for a store bought hat, simply because it has a fleece lining and keeps my ears warm.

I solved this problem last year by designing a lining for my bulky hat with earflaps. Best of all, this lining is made out of stretchy knit T-shirt material, so it should fit most hats and heads (and provide yet another way to reuse old T-shirts - other T-shirt projects seen here, here, and here).


  1. Cut your T-shirt under the sleeves as shown. Then cut up the side so that you have one long rectangle of material.
  2. Lay your hat along the bottom of the shirt material. Begin cutting, using the hat as a pattern as shown.
  3. Flip your hat over onto the material and continue cutting. 
  4. Fold the cut portion of the T-shirt material in half. Using the hat as a pattern, trim the top so that the material forms a semi-circle.
  5. Line the material up, you should have two layers of material.
  6. Sew a seam along the material, allowing ~1.5 inches for the seam.
  7. Try on the lining to make sure it fits your head. If necessary, trim it a bit from the base.
  8. Sew the lining to the hat interior  ~1 inch from the brim of the hat. Also secure the top of the knit hat to the top of the lining at this point.
  9. Cut two triangle shapes and sew them to the inside of the flaps as shown.
Enjoy your warm homemade hat!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Go Cardinals Knit Hat

I moved to St. Louis in 2008 and over the years, I have developed from a bandwagon Cardinals fan to an actual fan. Last year, I was inspired by the Cardinals' post-season run and I designed this hat to show my support. I used cabling to give the hat a woven illusion. I can't wait to wear it during the 2014 post season and all future playoff runs.

The pattern can be purchased on ravelry here (information here) or here on craftsy. I used Hometown USA yarn, but any bulky yarn can work.

Thanks to Pablo Tsukayama for the awesome photos!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Monsters in Thrift Store Paintings

A while back, I stumbled upon this website that features monsters in thrift store paintings. I thought this concept was hilarious and immediately wanted to try it myself! I even google image searched "Monsters in thrift store paintings" for more inspiration.

I enlisted my artsy friend Erin in this venture and we lucked out and went to Salvation Army during their customer appreciation sale when everything in the store was 50% off! So Erin and I purchased our paintings and then spent the afternoon monster-fying them. 

"Autumn Picnic" - Monster by Heidi Arjes

"Untitled" - Monster by Erin Reinl

"I'm Hungry Too!" - Monster by Heidi Arjes

Friday, September 5, 2014

Police Box Arm Warmers

Check out these Doctor Who inspired Police Box fingerless mitts. Also pictured above are Police Box Legwarmers

I wanted to make a pair of Police Box Fingerless Mittens but I had a dilemma. I could not find any patterns I liked well enough. So I decided to design my own. I went through three versions of this pattern before settling on this one to write up and publish. The first version was actually my favorite but was more difficult as the colorwork began before the thumb gusset was complete and the finished product from that can be purchased at my Etsy site.

The pattern for these mitts can be purchased directly here on Ravelry (information page here). I will list the pattern on Craftsy very soon as well. 

As always, a big thanks goes out to Pablo Tsukayama my favorite friend-tographer for the awesome photos of me modeling the mittens! If you are in the St. Louis area and need a photographer with mad skills, check him out!