New Shop Feature

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There is some very exciting news that I wanted to share with all of you. For the past few months, I have been developing my website and blog. I probably went through hundreds of themes before I was satisfied with the one I am currently using.

The newest addition is the Shop feature. You can now purchase some Alaska inspired handmade and gift items directly from the website using PayPal. The Shop page also offers another payment option, which is through Etsy, and you can find the link on the page as well. Please feel free to send me feedback and if it works well for you or not.

I will be adding more items to the shop by next month. I also have some knitting patterns in the works for the blog and for publishing. I am so excited. Stay tuned!

Happy making!

So You Want to Publish Your Pattern?

This year, I am finally doing it! I have been wanting to publish my own knitting patterns for a while and I think I am now ready to dive in. Having said that, it is only appropriate that it be one of the very first patterns I have written back in 2014. I called it the Ridges Button Hat.

Starting it out, I experimented with a couple kinds of yarn and discovered how different the finished garments can be:

  • Lion Brand’s Heartland – 100% acrylic in colors Great Smoky Mountains and Black Canyon – Hats came out with a nice drape to them, not that they will hang since they were not slouchy hats.
  • Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice – 100% acrylic in colors Kelly Green, Rust and Eggplant – Hats turned out to be a bit sturdier than the first ones and they felt thicker as well.

Now that I am trying to publish the pattern to share with everyone, I made some improvements on the pattern that I think helped define the design especially the crown of the hat.

The New Name

With an improved pattern, I have also changed its name to Alaska Ridges Beanie, inspired by Alaska’s gorgeous mountain ridges and beautiful terrain. This hat uses the basic knit and purl stitches and a few decrease stitches. With this revised pattern, I knitted a couple using Malabrigo Yarns’ Washted in color Sunset and Rios in color Azules, which are both 100% Superwash Merino Wool. I think these yarns best complement the design and texture of the pattern.

When I first started knitting, it never dawned on me that one day, I will write my own patterns, design my own knits and publish them. My own written patterns are scribbles on several notebooks and hard to decipher, most of them still are. So what changed? It takes a lot of work to be organized and it is quite a challenge for some of us. But I will admit that being organized is key. I go through my patterns one at a time and try to retest them, tweak and finalize them with appropriate measurements. Definitely the first step.

So stand by for future announcements. I am hoping to get through the final steps of this process and will be calling for knitters who are willing to test this hat pattern soon! I am so excited! Thanks for dropping by!

Happy making!

Thanksgiving Sale 2020

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! There is always something to be thankful for.. and this year is no different. Sure, we have been dealing with a pandemic and restrictions on a global scale, but indeed, there are still things that we can all be thankful for.

I would like all of you to know that I am thankful for all your love and your support to local and small businesses. For that, I am running a 10% sale on all of my listed items on ETSY plus free US shipping on all items too! No codes needed, it will automatically apply at checkout. Thank you for helping us, small business owners, reach our dreams.

You can visit my online store here.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones. God has been faithful. Give thanks.

Mini Trees in Crochet Planters | A Photo Tutorial

So it is officially 41 days before Christmas and I know some of you will agree that it is simply not the same this year. We all know that everyone is coping differently with regards to the pandemic and some are doing better than others. It is a fact though that a lot of people have turned to crafting or DIY projects since we have more time in our hands. I certainly think that this is a good time to explore our creative side.

If you know how to crochet, this is a perfect project for you. If you don’t, you can still make yourself one using a ready made pot or planter, whichever your preference is. The options are endless!

CROCHET PLANTER

To crochet the planter, here are the materials that you need:

  1. Crochet hook, M, 9.00 mm
  2. Super Bulky Yarn 6, 2 colors of your choice
  3. Yarn needle for sewing in the ends
  4. Tape measure

NOTE: It is helpful to measure your work after every round. It is preferred for your planter to have an extra 1/2″ – 3/4″ margin in circumference compared to the styrofoam ball you are using, to also accommodate for the felt that will be used to wrap the foam in.

  1. Round 1: Working with 2 strands of the super bulky yarn, chain 4. Join with a slip stitch on the first chain. Chain 2, yarn over in the chain loop, do 1 hdc (half double crochet) in the loop, chain 1. Do 2 hdc, chain 1. Repeat this 2 more times, join with a slip stitch. Round 1 done. Total: 1 2-ch, 7 hdc
  2. Round 2: To begin round 2, chain 2 and 2 hdc in first chain. Chain1, 2 hdc in each chain after. Round 2 done. Total: 1 2-ch, 14 hdc
  3. Round 3: Round 3 is turning it up to form the planter. This round should have a total of 1 2-ch and 20 hdc. The technique that I found was to do 1 hdc in every hdc and throw an extra hdc after every 3 or 4 hdc’s. A good trick is to gauge and make sure that the planter sides are going straight up. So if the stitches are getting tighter to manage, throw an extra hdc. But keep in mind that this round should have a total of 1 2-ch and 20 hdc.
  4. Round 4: Round 4 will have the similar pattern as round 3, only since you already are at 21 stitches, there is no need to add extra ones. Do 1 hdc on every hdc. Total: 1 2-ch and 20 hdc
  5. Rounds 5-6: For rounds 5 and 6, repeat Round 4. At the end of the round, tuck in with a slip stitch. Cut off yarn.
  6. Round 7-8: For rounds 7 and 8, switch to second color. Repeat Round 4. Slip stitch and fasten off. Weave in ends.
What your planter should look like. Of course, you can modify the color(s) if you want it to be a solid color or two-toned.

PLANTING YOUR MINI TREE

Okay, so now that you have your planter, you are ready for your mini tree. These are the materials that you will need:

MATERIALS:

  1. Crochet Planter or any desired pot/planter, preferably 3 1/2″ bottom circumference, 4″ height
  2. Cardboard rounds, 3″ circumference
  3. Faux greenery of your choice
  4. Glue gun, glue sticks
  5. Basic felt 9″x12″, preferably green
  6. Spanish moss to cover the felt
  7. Styrofoam ball, 2.8 in” circumference (not shown on picture)

PREPARING THE PLANTER AND THE STYROFOAM

[1] Using the glue gun, position your planter by putting glue on the center for the cardboard round.
[2] Once the cardboard is in place, add glue to the center where the foam ball will be.
[3] Position the greenery of your choice on the foam ball by poking a small hole to the center, about 2 inches deep.
[4] On the center of the felt, cut a small opening slightly bigger than the hole on the foam, and then run a slit on one side of the felt.
[5] Apply glue around the hole on the foam ball down to the sides, about 1 – 1 1/2 inches.
[6] Cover the top of foam with the felt, overlapping the slits a couple inches to control the excess felt when inserting the foam into the planter.

PUTTING IN THE STYROFOAM

[1] To put the foam in, you might need to wiggle it’s way inside the planter.
[2] The planter should be snug but a bit stretchy.
[3] This is how it looks like after the foam is in, before tucking in the excess felt.
[4] With felt tucked in on one side.
[5] The planter will look like this while you are tucking in the felt. Adjust and tuck the excess to the bottom corners to make it even.
[6] This is how it should look like with the felt on all sides tucked in.

And this is how the planter should look like with the felt tucked in all sides.
  1. To place your mini tree, apply a generous amount of glue in the prepared hole, and insert the mini tree into position.
  2. Apply more glue on the sides as necessary to secure the mini tree into the foam.
  3. After a few minutes, apply glue all over the exposed felt, including the sides by the inner planter wall.
  4. Gather enough moss to cover the exposed felt, add glue as necessary. Press moss onto the felt surface and onto the sides, tucking some of them in to make the planter full.

And that is it! Voila! You now have your own Mini Tree in Crochet Planter. This is perfect for gifting this Christmas and holiday season, or to decorate your living space. For finished Mini Trees in Crochet Planters, you can visit my Etsy shop and purchase from there.

You are most welcome to give any feedback and please contact me if you have any questions regarding the tutorial and I would be more than happy to assist you.

Happy making!

Alaska Wildflowers Collection

Alaska has wonderful summers. It is in fact a much awaited time of the year where the outdoors become Alaskans’ playground. People go out to hike, camp, fish and just enjoy nature.

This summer, I am introducing my Alaska Wildflowers Collection. It is a tribute to Alaska’s gorgeous wildflowers: fireweed, lupine, forget-me-not and daisy. The Fireweed Chunky Hats actually came out last fall, receiving a really good response from our community.

Here are a few details regarding the stitches that I have used for each wildflower.

FIREWEED

The Fireweed Chunky Hats are simply crafted to highlight this gorgeous wildflower. The pink flowers are created using french knots and the leaves were stitched using long stitches.

LUPINE

The Lupine Chunky Hats use a variety of purple shade yarns to create a gradient effect. This gorgeous wildflower is stitched using french knots and lazy daisy stitches for the leaves.

FORGET ME NOT

The Forget Me Not Chunky Hats are stitched with the lovely bullion knot as the center and long stitches for the petals.

DAISIES

The Daisies Chunky Hats feature the lovely and friendly Shasta Daisies. The flowers petals are stitched using long stitches with the center stitch in french knots.

These hats are now available on Shelah Knits Etsy Shop. It would be a unique gift for your lady friends. Visit my shop or drop me a message.

Enjoy your summer!

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!

Knitted Pumpkins

It is only a week and a half to go before the market day I am going to be in and there are lots to do!

This week, I have been enjoying working on some knitted pumpkins.  The pattern is from FitFoodArtShop and I love it because it uses up some of my stash yarn.

The possibilities are just endless! You can combine any colors you want or any color stash you have for that matter.

See you next time and happy knitting!

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!

© 2021 Shelah Knits, LLC

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!

Current projects, anyone?

My favorite season is fall and living in Alaska, fall lasts a few weeks if not shorter. So, I actually start craving for autumn and winter knits before the summer ends. This is also when I start ramping up my inventory for festivals and bazaars to sell my creations.

Currently, I am working on some baby hats and playing with some autumn colors. Ask me what my favorite yarn is and without batting an eye, my answer would be Lion Brand’s Wool Ease, particularly Wool Ease Thick and Quick. Aren’t these colors adorable?

What’s keeping you busy these days? Is your creative energy inspiring you to explore a new hobby? Perhaps master a skill that you already have? I would love to hear all about it. ❤

Blessings!