free knitting patterns from craftsy

Sorry for the lack of posts here lately. I've been in the process of moving and all my cooking and knitting supplies have been packed away for the last few weeks. I've been living on green smoothies and quesadillas with mango and avocado. And while those are two things I really love, I'm really excited to start cooking in my new kitchen now that everything is unpacked. But in the meantime, I have something really exciting to share with you! I know that many of you love finding new sources for free patterns. (Who doesn't?) So I wanted to let you know about a cool site I discovered a few months ago.

Craftsy is an online community with free and paid patterns. They also offer online classes and sell supplies. You can find all sorts of patterns and classes for knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, photography, cooking and more. I made my patterns (free and paid) available through Craftsy a few months ago and have seen quite a few downloads so it's a great place for those of you who also design patterns.

You know what else is cool about Craftsy? They're based in Denver. (Obviously I'm not biased at all as a Denver native.)

If you haven't checked Craftsy out, create a free account and see what's available. Here are a few of the free knitting patterns that I'm excited to try...

Free Knitting Patterns

1. Zig Zag Mittens

ZigZag Mittens

2. Woodland Cowl

Woodland Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

3. Woven Cowl

 

Woven Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

4. Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan

Baby Afghan Free Knitting Pattern

belated birthday post

Saturday was my birthday! If you've been reading for a while, you might know that last year was my Golden Birthday. I turned 28 on the 28th. I celebrated by doing 28 things. Compared to last year, this year wasn't quite as exciting. My main plans were to go for a bike ride, but after a big bike wipeout on Friday, I had to take it easy and nurse my cuts and bruises on Saturday. I did receive a few new "toys".

1. A pasta maker

pasta-makerMaking pasta seems complicated, but it's quite easy. I'm not sure why it took me so long to try it. You simply mix flour and eggs together (2 eggs for every cup of flour) and then knead it.

It is admittedly much easier to make it with a pasta maker. The dough is very stiff and can be hard to knead by hand, but little Italian women have been making pasta by hand without a pasta maker...

The great think about the pasta maker is that you just have to mix the dough and then flatten it enough to send it through the machine a few times until it comes elastic and easy to work with.

Once you get it to the desired thickness, you put it through the side that cuts the pasta. And just like that, homemade pasta.

I let mine dry for about an  hour before cooking it, but you can make it and store it to use later.

I want to experiment with different thicknesses. The pasta I made this week was a little too thick. But practices makes perfect and I intend to use this for all my pasta dishes going forward.

2. Zoku popsicle maker

zoku

I'm a little obsessed with popsicles in the summer. I eat them everyday. I'm really excited that I can make them on my own now.

My biggest frustration with homemade popsicles in the past was that you had to wait hours for them to freeze before you could enjoy them. When I crave a popsicle, I want it now...not in 24 hours.

Enter Zoku.

You keep your Zoku in the freezer and the liquid core stays cold and frozen. So when you want a popsicle, all you have to do is take it out, pour in some juice and in only 7 minutes, you have a delicious frozen popsicle...or two or three. You can make up to 6 at once with my little Zoku.

I'm really excited to try some of the recipes on the Zoku blog like Cucumber Mint Margarita, Apple Pear & Orange and Berry Mojito. Adult, happy hour popsicles? Sounds like an excellent summer time treat.

3. Electric kitska

My last birthday treat was an electric kitska for making Ukrainian Eggs. I can't wait to try this out next Easter and see if the electric kitska helps make smoother lines!

4. One last thing

Those of you who are on my email list might have received an email from me on Saturday. I had great intentions of holding a birthday sale on my knitting patterns. But then I made a mistake and forgot to change the subject line of my email. So it probably looked like I was sending a duplicate email inviting you to join me on Pinterest, when really I was trying to offer you a special discount on my patterns.

Originally, I had the sale ending on Sunday, April 29th at midnight, but I'm extending it until Sunday, May 6th.

The 3 knitting patterns I have for sale in my store are:

During the sale, you can have all three for only $5! 

As an added bonus, if you purchase this special birthday bundle, you'll get my next pattern for free. It's a crochet blanket made using the Afghan/Tunisian stitch and should be ready in a week or two.

All four patterns would typically cost $16, but you can have them at 70% off!

Buy Now! 

You have until Midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on Sunday, May 6th to order. I will email you the patterns within 2 days after your purchase (to the email you use on PayPal). If you prefer to receive the patterns at a different email address, please email me with your PayPal purchase ID and the email address you used to purchase the patterns.

a never ending project

work in progress

Do you ever start a project that you feel like you will never finish? That's how I feel about my current crochet project. I've been plodding away on this baby blanket since January. Why the delay? A few reasons:

  1. I don't like the yarn much. I forgot how much I dislike working with synthetic yarn.
  2. The colors didn't turn out like I had hoped (looks better in this picture than it does in real life)
  3. Tunisian crochet takes forever...
  4. I haven't had much time to sit down and work on it.

But I'm determined to finish it! Right now it's measuring about 20.5 inches by 32 inches, so I have at least 12 inches to make it square, perhaps a little more than that to use up the  yarn.

Maybe it will turn out better than I think...or maybe someone else will like it more than I do and I can give it away. Or maybe I'll just keep going because I hate quitting and want to use up all this yarn.

How do you force yourself to finish a project you've started when you don't have the ambition to keep going? Do you come back to it later? Or do you just quit the project entirely?

pinterest finds

Is anyone else loving Pinterest as much as I am? Maybe you're loving it a little too much? (If you still need an invite, email me and I'll send you one.)

Here are my favorite finds this week (Make sure you scroll to the end of this post for the funniest one.)

Print this

state printouts

Show off your state love by downloading your favorite state print out from The Vintage Lemon. You can find most states and place the heart where you want it. These 11x14 prints would make great gifts, too! I want to print out a picture of each state I've lived in over the past 10 years (Colorado, Massachusetts, Washington, New York and Pennsylvania) and frame them for a wall in my house. After all, you leave a piece of your heart in each of the cities you've lived.

Color this

pinterest finds

When was the last time you colored something? I can't remember the last time I colored, but when I saw this free print out it made me want to dig up some crayons or colored pencils and have some fun coloring. It sounds really therapeutic, right? Maybe I'll color while re-watching Downton Abbey and drinking wine. That sounds like a great way to spend a snowy and cold winter night. You can find more coloring print outs from Dover Publications.

Eat this

Pancake

I love the color in this photograph. Doesn't this fruity pancake look delicious, too? Find the recipe on Things We Make.

Don't do this

Crochet Pants

I saved the best for last...please, please, please do not do this. Don't make these. Don't wear these. Just...don't. But do laugh. Because it's hilarious. And do click on this link to The Ugly Sweater to see another funny thing you shouldn't crochet. Undergarments made from granny squares? Definitely a bad idea...

yarn craft roundup

Happy Friday! I haven't cooked anything interested in a while, so I don't have a new recipe to share (I'll fix this soon! I plan to spend some time baking this weekend...) My recent obsession with watching Downton Abbey has given me plenty of time to make progress on my Afghan crochet blanket, but I haven't taken any pictures of it yet to share here. (PS. Please watch Downton Abbey. I LOVE it.)

Instead of sharing my own projects with you this week, I'm going to showcase some awesome projects from other creative bloggers out there.

Make a Yarn Pot

 This project from A Creative Cookie will show you how to create a yarn pot with only yarn, elmer's glue and a piece of cardboard.  I think this would be a great little project to use up scrap yarn. I could use a few of these to hold odds and ends on my desk and maybe in the bathroom, too.

Wouldn't one of these look cute piled up with cotton balls? Or Q-tips? Or paper clips?

Puff Stitch Scarf

puffyscarf

I rarely crochet items to wear, but really like this pattern for a crocheted scarf from All About Ami. The pattern is simple and easy for beginners and it only uses 3 skeins of yarn! This looks like a fun and quick project. And as I sit here typing this on a cold February afternoon, I think I would like to be wearing this scarf right now.

Bottles Covered in Yarn

Here's another great scrap yarn project. Craft and Creativity shows us how to add color to old bottles with some yarn and modge podge / glue. I love the bright colors!

Camera Lens Cozy

Kitty from A Law Student's Journey shows us how to create a camera lens cover without any knitting involved. This will take you 2 minutes with some leftover thrift store sweaters. Great idea for protecting those extra lenses.

What crafty creations are you working on? Want to have one featured here? Email me your blog link or photos!