Posted on February 17, 2021
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!
Posted on January 28, 2021
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:
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.
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!
Posted on November 14, 2020
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!
To crochet the planter, here are the materials that you need:
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.
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:
PREPARING THE PLANTER AND THE STYROFOAM
 Using the glue gun, position your planter by putting glue on the center for the cardboard round.
 Once the cardboard is in place, add glue to the center where the foam ball will be.
 Position the greenery of your choice on the foam ball by poking a small hole to the center, about 2 inches deep.
 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.
 Apply glue around the hole on the foam ball down to the sides, about 1 – 1 1/2 inches.
 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
 To put the foam in, you might need to wiggle it’s way inside the planter.
 The planter should be snug but a bit stretchy.
 This is how it looks like after the foam is in, before tucking in the excess felt.
 With felt tucked in on one side.
 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.
 This is how it should look like with the felt on all sides tucked in.
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.
Hi there! My name is Shelah and I am the blogger behind Shelah Knits. I live in Alaska and I love to knit, hike and craft. I have an online shop on Etsy where I sell my handmade which I design myself. Some other lovely pieces are designed by other brilliant designers and makers. Thank you for visiting!