Because Chinese Food Night would be incomplete without them

Fortune Cookies!!!

For my first project of Nerd Wars, I have answered the Intellectual Challenge – “An adage a day.”  In this challenge, we need to take an adage or proverb and create a project inspired it.  In addition (and for more points), the project should somehow tie back to your chosen Nerdery…in my case, The Big Bang Theory (TBBT).

How can fortune cookies apply to a proverb challenge?  Easy!  Every Friday night is Chinese Food Night for the Big Bang Theory gang and what would Chinese Food Night be without fortune cookies?

For my proverb, I went with “Man does not live by bread alone.”

The pattern is Felted Fortune Cookies by Tanya Brooks.  It’s a free pattern I got from Ravelry and was published in several other places.  For yarn, I used  Patons Classic Wool in Natural.

The pattern was simple and quick to knit up (I made 3 cookies in a couple of days), although one area I found to be slightly less than helpful was the final assembly instructions for the pattern.  There weren’t too many pictures included in the pattern and the instructions were less than specific as far as how the project should look as you went through the different stages of finishing.  I had to guess a little more than I like to on how to make up the cookies and actually get them to look like fortune cookies.

In the end, however.  I think they came out quite well.

Here’s my step-by-step:

1. Knit a circle (instructions in the pattern)

2. Sew the center hole shut – it will look a little more oval now.

3. Felt the circles (ovals) in the washing machine according to the instructions in the pattern.  Then block them each into a circle.  Make sure you wait until they’re dry to take them off the blocking mat.

4.  Once the circles are dry and you’ve removed them from the blocking mat, it’s time to sew them up.  Fold the circle in half and use clear thread to stitch the folds together – only at one point though, no need to close the whole thing.

5. The trick to making it look like a cookie is to fold the semi-circle in half again and then fold the cookie lengthwise until the 2 points meet.  Where those points meet (on the underside) is where you want to sew with clear thread again to hold the shape together.

6.  When you’re all done, they’ll look like fortune cookies!

A bird in the hand

So, I’ve finished the first of the Chubby Chirps (pattern by Rebecca Danger) using a sock yarn that I had in my stash.  I’m calling this one the “prototype” and giving it to my little one since it’s actually pretty small and I don’t have rattle inserts yet.

It’s a super quick knit.  I only started it on Monday night and I’m already done.

Here’s how it went (all the steps are done according to the pattern):

First, I knitted the body and stuffed it with both poly-pellets (at the bottom to give it weight) and then fiber fill for the rest.

Then I did the wings…

And the beak.

Finally, I attached the wings and beak and then embroidered on the eyes.  (Honestly I prefer the look of the little plastic eyes but since little kids like to chew and these will be going to kiddos under the age of 3, embroidered eyes it is.)

Quick & easy.  I can’t wait to make more!

New baby…new project

Not a new baby for me. Let’s not get too crazy here.

My friend is having a baby. She’s due this summer. And not finding out what she’s having ahead of time.

Darn.

I have, as you may have already guessed, tons of baby hat patterns. And there are SO MANY cute things out there to knit for babies.  But it’s just so much easier when you know the gender of the little one you’re knitting for. What to do?

Well, I’ve decided on some toys. I found a fun pattern on Ravelry (of course) created by designer Rebecca Danger called Chubby Chirps. SO CUTE! (Side note – The pattern is also on her blog and I have to admit, I’m quite enjoying the blog. Bright & fun. Not just knitting stuff, other things too. Definitely worth a look.)

I figure a few little bird rattles could be an excellent compliment to whatever I wind up getting my friend for her shower gift. 

To start off, I’m using up some of my stash yarn – Patons Kroy Socks Jaquards. It’s a self-striping sock yarn and the colors are bright, fun and gender-neutral. It’ll make excellent birds, I think.

*Please excuse the darkness of the picture. That’s the best I have of that yarn for the moment. Once I knit up a bird or two I promise I’ll post better pics.

I kind of anticipate that I may go in a whole different direction yarn-wise, depending on how big the sock yarn birdies knit up. I’ll probably go and pick a few yarns in different weights, but a similar color family so that I have birds in multiple colors.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Baby’s First Easter Bunny

Right now I’m working on the Little One’s first Easter Bunny.  The pattern is from Susan B. Anderson’s book, Itty-Bitty Toys.  I’m using Bernat Organic Cotton in Muslin and Prairie Rose (although I’ve just discovered that this yarn is now discontinued…disappointing really, I like working with it).

This is my third project using patterns from this book and, like the two before it, the pattern is super easy to follow.  I have her two other books as well, Itty-Bitty Hats and Itty-Bitty Nursery, and I love them all.  All of the patterns I’ve done are clear and easy to follow and the results are adorable.  You would not believe the amount of compliments I get on the Little One’s hats.

I am 25% done this one and have an actual deadline, so I should probably be working on the bunny instead of writing about it.  At any rate, here are a couple pics of the yarn and the work in progress.