Yank Security Blanket

My first pattern of 2014, here it is:

Yank is a little security blanket, so named because “yank” was the word my little brother used for his “blanky” when we were kids. Although his was a roughed up quilt, I wanted to create a soft, squishy crocheted version for my incoming baby girl.

I used Caron Simply Soft Light because I had some around and it’s suitably soft, but I recommend any soft/silky (and durable/washable) sport or DK weight yarn that will make a nice cuddly companion for your beloved recipient. forex

This pattern is written to create a little 17” X 18.5” blanket (8 X 10 squares) but notes are given to create any size you prefer.

You can buy the pattern for only $2.50 here or on Ravelry.

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Baby Elf Hat

Available now, my first knit hat for my first baby :)

elf hat

This simple knit hat is worked in a spiral pattern. I’ve attached a pom pom to the end but you can do a braid or a flower or anything else you like. It knits up quickly with worsted weight yarn. I used one skein of Red Heart Bamboo Wool because it’s nice and soft and sturdy but any worsted yarn will do. It’s very easy, mostly stockinette with a few purls thrown in to form a spiral. You’ll need size 7 DPNs (most circular needles are too big in diameter for a baby hat.)

You can buy the pattern for only $2.00 here or on Ravelry.

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Big News!

Or rather, tiny news. Strand Over Fist will soon be welcoming a new addition!

bootiesAnd, no, the blue does not mean it’s a boy. Though, it might be. We just don’t know yet. The pattern for them is not my own. I found it on this blog (via Ravelry). However, I will be publishing some of my own patterns soon. I know it’s been a long time but they should start coming more regularly again. At least until I have a newborn on my hands, then, who knows :)

Coming up very soon will be my little elf hat pattern. This one is knit but I foresee most of my new patterns being crochet. It is in the final stages of publication and I hope to have it up for sale by next week. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a model for it so you’ll have to use your imagination.

elf hat


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Working from Home

So I took the leap and I’m now working from home full time. This has given me time to catch up on all the housework that I’ve been avoiding for … a year or so. The first thing I needed to do was clear out a room to call my office (for the time being) and that includes getting rid of this giant armoire that has been housing my yarn stash, amongst many other things. That meant finding a new place for all the yarn and FOs I’ve been hoarding. The yarn has found a new home in plastic bins that roll under my bed. The rest, however, is here:


holding down the treadmill (which also needs a new location.)


What do I do with all of this stuff? This is mostly stuff I’ve made that is either listed for sale, needs alteration/repair, or is just not up to my standards and so I have no use for it. Obviously I need to keep it safe from moisture, moths, dog hair, etc. Some of it I should frog or donate or something. I guess another plastic bin or 2 is in order.


But I guess the most important thing is taken care of: a sleeping spot for Meiby.


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