Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Facebook Giveaways, and a new Pattern......Oh MY!

The holiday season is upon us.  As well as the crazy shopping season.

I decided to go with the flow and have been busy working up deals and giveaways galore.

First off, if you are thinking about a custom order for this Christmas time is running out.

I stop taking orders that must be shipped in the USA on December 1st.  My local customers have until December 15th. Any orders after these dates will be scheduled for 2016 delivery.

So to encourage you to make your orders in a timely manner I have decided to offer a Black Friday- Cyber Monday 2015 deal for you.  All orders placed before midnight Monday, November 30, 2015 will receive a 10% discount.

Second, I am also doing a giveaway on my Facebook page. Since I have recently come back full force, it’s time to beef up the Facebook!  When my Facebook page reaches 100 likes I will do a giveaway! If you haven’t done it yet, go to the AmamammaDesigns page linked at the top of the blog.  Once there click like and you will be entered into the drawing for a $25 gift certificate from AmamammaDesigns.  I will even pay shipping to the contiguous United States.

And finally, the big release!  

A new beanie pattern.

The Basketball Beanie!

My middle daughter pictured here has decided that she must have all things basketball!  This special beanie was inspired by her love for basketball and her school colors (orange and black)!

And the best thing is until midnight Monday, November 20, 2015 you can download this pattern for just $1.00.  There is no coupon needed just go to my Ravelry store and click Buy it Now.  The price will automatically be discounted for you!

Now back to leftover turkey and pumpkin pie!  Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Rooster Beanie Pattern Released

Over the last month or so I have spent countless hours knitting and designing beanies.  Most of these have been for members and parents of our local high school marching band.

I also designed a rooster beanie without musical motifs in honor of our schools mascot, The Fighting Cocks.

When I shared pictures with my knitting group on Facebook there was a clamor for a pattern.

So I then spent some time knitting a couple samples in different colors.

And today I have released the pattern both on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

In honor of the marching band that inspired my design and to celebrate the release of a new pattern I am offering a 50% off discount on this pattern when you use the coupon code Red Regiment on checkout.

(Side note the code has a space on Ravelry but not on Etsy.  Sorry for the confusion.)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Not Your Everyday Princess

Warning!!!! Today’s post is heavy with cuteness overload in the form of pictures.  Proceed at your own risk!

When I was a little girl I was a lot like other little girls.  I loved to play dress up and I pretended to be a princess.  But my friends would always tell me that I had to be the prince instead because I acted more like a boy.

Okay, I guess I may have been a bit of tomboy when it came to playtime.  But I still loved to dress up!

Growing up in the 80s I don’t remember princesses being so pink and glittery. Maybe they were but I don’t remember it.  I remember princesses like Leia in Star Wars who fought alongside the boys. She will always have a special place in my heart.

When I saw this tutorial from Stuff Susie Made for a Princess Leia Blankie, I knew I had to make it.

I have 3 girls of my own and I hope that I have always taught them that if they want to be princesses then that is fine.  But be a princess who is try to yourself.

The youngest is a little old for a blankie but she has claimed this project as her own.  She says its her new dolly.

She loves to hijack my photo shoots.

And it does my crafter’s heart good to see my work loved and appreciated.

Check out the tutorial for that special Princess lover in your life if you’d like.

Most of all keep on crafting!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Me Too Mommy!

If you haven’t noticed I have been on a knitting spree lately.  I am busy filling orders and designing new patterns.  My almost 4 year old has been asking with every finished project, “Is that for me?”  And I have to tell her, “No, baby.  I’ll do yours soon.”  And she goes on to play with her toys.

Last weekend we had the first cold snap of autumn and I felt so bad that my little one was huddling under the hood of her jacket while everyone else had access to a new hat or beanie. So what’s a momma to do?  Knit her a hat of course!

I found this free pattern and thought, “Oh how cute!” so I resized it.  I simply used a light worsted yarn and US size 7 needles for the band, and US size 6 DPNs for the hat body.  This made the perfect snug fit for my preschooler.

I also had this adorable monkey button sitting around and thought it was the perfect fit for my little miss.

But once the hat was completed I wasn’t done pleasing baby girl.  She had to have her own “pishers” done just like her sisters.

And then the 12 year old decided she needed to be a photographer.

Such is the life of a crafter and a crafter’s family.....have a great day and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Beginnings

Some of you have read my blog off and on for the last few years.  Some of you are new readers.  I want to let you know that I appreciate all of you.  Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings.  And thank you for allowing me to share my crafting adventures with you.

I have in the past month fully reentered the blogging world and I am so grateful for each reader who has visited this blog.

I’ve also reopened my Etsy shop and I am now sharing my original patterns for purchase there as well as some of my handcrafted works.

Today to celebrate new beginnings I am announcing a discount for my Etsy shop as I rebuild inventory.  Until November 2, 2015 I am offering you a 40% discount off your entire purchase using coupon code: newbeginnings 

Check out my fledgling shop and again thank you for your support!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Swirly Leaves Beanie

Last night we had to turn the heat on.  This morning when I drove the kids to school I used my heated seats.  That can only mean one thing......It’s Fall!!!

Fall means many things to different people.  For some it’s football season, for my kids it’s marching band season.  For some it’s all things pumpkin, for others it’s all things apple.

One thing that we generally all agree on is leaves!

I live just miles away from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and every October we are overrun with people who come to see the leaves change colors.

I love to see the mountains alive with color but in my own yard I love to see swirling, dancing leaves as they perform their yearly ballet from the tree limbs to the ground.
(My husband says I love them because I’m not the one who rakes them, but whatever.)

It is inevitable that as much as I love the falling of the leaves that I would design a hat that could simulate the feeling.

The result is my Swirly Leaves Beanie.

After I finished all my Red Regiment orders I was still in the mood to do a few more beanies.  But I was definitely a little tired of working with red and black.  I needed some of those beautiful colors of nature.

I also wanted to give the design movement like the dancing of swirling leaves.

I love the effect of the color changes of the yarn and the swirls of the design together.

My samples were knit with Caron Simply Soft.  The black is in the Solids line, the oatmeal is in their Heathers?, and the orange is an Ombre.

I hope you love it as much I loved designing it.

If you are interested, the pattern is available for purchase in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry.

Now I’m off to reclaim a beanie from one of my girls and maybe, just maybe I’ll venture out to help my husband with those leaves.  Or maybe not (most of them are still on the trees right now). 

Maybe he’ll join me for a cup of hot apple cider on the back porch and watch the leaves dance for us.
I think that’s a much better idea.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Anchors Aweigh Hat and a Free Pattern

Once the creative juices start flowing I find that I can’t stop.  Working on my Red Regiment hats (see post here) started the hat making process. And now the hat making process has progressed to a hat designing process. 

For this hat I utilized charts by Jacqui’s designs found here on Ravelry.

I’m just so excited about this new hat that I had to share it!  And I’m sharing it as a free pattern to you!

This pattern assumes a knowledge of working Fair Isle or stranded knitting as well as the ability to read charts.

Materials Needed:
US sz 7 16” circular
US sz 7 DPNs
125 yds worsted weight yarn in MC (royal blue)
50 yards worsted weight yarn in CC1 (turquoise)
50 yards worsted weight yarn in CC2 (white)
30 yards worsted weight yarn in CC3 (pink)
stitch marker
yarn needle to weave in ends

CO: Cast on
PM: place marker
K: Knit
P: Purl
Kf&b: Knit in the front and back of the next stitch
K2tog: Knit the next two stitches together

CO 100 sts with circular needle and MC using your favorite cast on for ribbing (I used the Old Norwegian Cast On because I wanted it to have some stretch with the ribbing.)

PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Work in K2,P2 ribbing for 2.5”

On next round increase 20 stitches as follows: *K5, Kf&b* repeat * * around

Knit 4 rounds in MC

Next work wave chart using MC and CC1

Knit 1 round in MC

Then work Anchor chart using MC, CC2, and CC3 (I used 4 stitches of MC between each anchor chart.  This allows for 6 anchors to be evenly spaced around the circumference of the hat. Also I added the pink anchor as an accent.  This requires some finagling of the pink floats but I think the overall look is worth it.)

Knit 1 round MC

Knit wave chart using MC and  CC1

Knit with MC until hat measures 8.5” from cast on edge.

(switch to DPNs as necessary)
 Rnd 1: *K10, K2tog* repeat  * * around
Rnd 2: Knit all
Rnd 3: *K9, K2tog* repeat * * around
Rnd 4: Knit
Rnd 5: *K8, K2tog* repeat * * around
Rnd 6: Knit
Rnd 7: *K7, K2tog* repeat * * around
Rnd 8: Knit
Rnd 9: *K6, Ktog* repeat * * around
Rnd 10: Knit
Rnd 11: *K5, K2tog* repeat * * around
Rnd 12:  Knit
Rnd 13: *K4, K2tog* repeat * * around
Rnd 14: Knit
Rnd 15: *K3, K2tog* repeat * * around
Rnd 16: Knit
Rnd 17: *K2, K2tog* repeat * * around
Rnd 18: Knit
Rnd 19: *K1, K2tog* repeat * * around
Rnd 20: Knit
Rnd 21: K2tog around

Break yarn and pull through the remaining stitches.  Pull tight and pull yarn to wrong side of the hat.  Weave in ends. Block as desired and enjoy.