Handmade Baby Hats and Plaid Pumpkins

Can you believe October is almost over? Even with this pandemic and our usual everyday challenges, life goes on. I am just hoping that everybody is doing well and staying safe during these crazy times.

Staying busy and occupied helps a lot to distract us from today’s limitations. For me, knitting saves me from going insane of boredom. Since winter is here, at least here in Alaska, I created my Christmas handmade line for hats and knitted goods. These are all listed at my ETSY shop. Most of these are kids sizes from newborn to toddler sizes. Feel free to message me if you have any custom size that is not on the listings. Get a head start with your holiday shopping for your loved ones, these are all unique handmade gifts.

Happy making!

County Fair 2019

Wow! After months of market preparation, the County Fair that I was participating in finally wrapped this year. Dozens of vendors with their crafts, trade and expertise, our ever-loving community that never ceases to support our local dreamers, and of course, the dedication and commitment of the organizers all helped make this event a successful one for the books.

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My handmade shop Shelah Knits featured trendy and fun hats, headbands and scarves.  Check out some of my photos from the fair.

I had some knitted pumpkins, my Fireweed cozies, fun kids’ hats, and trendy headbands and fingerless gloves.

Some of these items will be on my Etsy Shop so stop by and check them out!

Thank you to all who came out and dropped by. We hope to see you next year!

Market Prep 2019

It’s been a week since fall started but here in Alaska, it seems like we are closely approaching the end of it. Check out the mountains around us and they are all screaming winter! That brings me to point out another exciting thing…. hat season!

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Knitting wise, I am having a blast.  I am currently doing a market prep for the end of October.  So for you makers out there, you know what this means.  I have been knitting away hats in different sizes for months now, and I am loving it.

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New discovery: Lion Brand Yarn’s Wool Ease Thick and Quick has released newer colors.  I am not entirely sure when these colors came out.  However, among what I have used so far, these are my favorites: Coney Island which has gorgeous shades of fall colors and Astropolis which has pinks and purples.  These color ways definitely made my all-time fave list like the Hudson Bay.  Look how those colors play out!

How about you? Do you have a market or bazaar you are prepping for? Share with us what you’re working on.

Happy knitting!

 

Seed Stitch Headbands

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When I was starting to learn how to knit, I looked for pretty stitches with my limited capability of just knit and purl stitches.  The seed stitch immediately caught my attention.  Using just knit and purl stitches, it creates a beautiful texture regardless of the yarn weight being used.

These headbands are quick to work on. They are perfect! Think fall colors and simple pleasures!

Here is a free pattern of the Seed Stitch Headbands that I made in two sizes.

Materials:

  • US 13 double pointed needles
  • Super Bulky (6) yarn

Measurements:

  • Baby-Toddler size: 13.5 inches circumference, 2.5 inches width
  • Regular adult size: 17 inches circumference, 3.25 inches width

Pattern:

This pattern can be used for 2 sizes: baby-toddler size and regular adult size which is the measurements in parenthesis.

Headband Pattern:

  • Cast on 7 (9) sts
  • K1, p1 until end of row.
  • Repeat for 60 (82) rows
  • Bind off and sew both ends together.

For the headband tie:

  • Cast on 5 sts
  • Right side (RS): knit all sts.
  • Wrong side (WS): purl all sts.
  • Do 9 (10) rows total ending with the RS (WS)
  • Bind off.
  • Pinching the headband strip where the seams are, sew the tie together.

I hope you enjoy this pattern as you enjoy the change in seasons! Happy fall everyone!

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Labor Day Weekend Sale | ShelahKnits

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

One may ask, why do we observe Labor Day?  To put it simply, every first Monday in September of each year,  we pay tribute and celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers, hence, Labor Day.  It is only appropriate that we honor and pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of our people.

Beginning September 1 through September 7, my Etsy Shop | Shelah Knits will be having a Labor Day Weekend Sale. A 10% off your entire purchase will be applied at checkout.  Be sure to visit!

We are gearing towards the end of summer and this is a good time to start browsing and shopping for some neat, handmade holiday gifts for your loved ones.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, folks!

 

Fireweed Chunky Hats

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This photo was taken by my good friend, Jess. You can find her work at jlcrispphotography.com

 

Did I mention I live in Alaska?  This summer has given us some of our warmest months!  The record of Summer 2013 saw 42 days of 70 degrees or warmer.  Today, we broke that record as Summer 2019 moved past that mark with 43 days of 70 degrees or warmer, and it is not over yet.

We had a full exhibit of our beautiful fireweed this summer.  As a tribute and in honor of this gorgeous wildflower, I made some knitted hats using simple and solid colors to feature this lovely fireweed.

I debated on whether to use the satin stitch to make the flowers but decided to go with french knots instead.  I used Woolease Tonal yarn in Raspberry for the flowers and DMC thread 906 for the leaves.  To secure the flower stitching. I patched the inside of the hat with some Waverly Cotton Fabric.

Visit my Etsy Shop for these lovelies! They are available in 3 colors: Charcoal, Taupe and Slate.  These are regular adult sized.  The brim measures 14 inches in circumference but can stretch and fit 22 circumference.  They are shipped out 3-5 business days upon receipt of payment.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. Happy knitting!