Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Nook Tablet, New Quilted Nook Case...yippee

What do you do when you get a Nook Tablet for Christmas but you don't have a case to put it in?  If you're like me, you order one then turn around and make one until that one arrives!  Please excuse the crappy cell phone pictures but I couldn't wait to post about this!

Front of cover
 I made this cover from two mug rugs that I made and hadn't yet given away.  So glad I put them to great use!  I just love the Japanese prints!

The mug rugs were already quilted and bound before being sewn together.  That means that each side has three layers of batting to protect the Nook.  I am so very pleased with how this project came out!   My neighbor saw it and wants me to make one for her daughter's new Kindle.  I hope I can recreate it!
Inside of cover with two extra layers of quilt batting under the micro fleece liner

So glad I added a zipper to keep my Nook safe!
Back of cover with elastic to hold the Nook in place while I read.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Another knit slouch hat - not so slouchy version

Not a pattern, just my personal notes so I can make another one just like it.

Lion Brand Tweed Stripes - Caribbean 3 oz., 144 yds
US sz 7 16" circular needles for ribbing
US sz 10 16" circular needles for body
Stitch markers
Row marker or safety pin
Yarn or tapestry needle

CO 96 sts with smaller needles
Work K2 P2 ribbing for 2"

Increase 16 sts evenly by *K5, M1, K1* 16 times = 112 sts
Change to larger needles and knit in stockinette until entire piece, including ribbing, measures 7 inches.
Place stitch marker every 14 stitches
Decrease row: K1, K2tog, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog tbl, K1
Knit 1 row even
Continue decreasing until there are 2 sts between markers
On last row, remove markers as you K2tog between markers.
Cut yarn leaving enough for sewing up top.  Thread needle and run through all remaining stitches twice, run through all stitches in the opposite direction and cut yarn.  Weave in starting tail.  This hat uses almost all of the whole skein.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Basic knitted slouchy hat notes...non-pattern

Good basic (very) slouchy hat knit with Lion Brand Tweed Stripes yarn
1 Skein, 3 oz., 144 yds
Size US7 and US10 16" circular needles

CO 96, PM before 1st stitch to mark beginning of round
Work K2 P2 ribbing for 2 inches
Increase 16 sts all around by: *K5, M1, K1* 16 times = 112 sts
Change to larger needles and knit every row until piece measures 8" including ribbing
PM every 14 sts to mark decreases
Dec round: *K to last 2 sts before marker, k2tog* around
Knit one round even between decrease rounds
Decrease in this manner until 1 stitch remains between markers
Knit remaining stitches while removing markers.  8 sts remaining
With tapestry needle, cinch up remaining stitches, draw yarn through opposite direction and cut.  Weave in ends.