The week in poufs

I just finished knitting my fifth pouf in a week. I’m still not sure what caused the spike in sales. There was a link to my shop in an Apartment Therapy post, but that was after all the sales, so it’s still a mystery.

I’ve also been refining my method a little bit. It’s one thing to make a lumpy pouf for yourself. It’s another thing to ship an extra large to Australia. A lot of people have asked if they could stuff the pouf themselves, so I’ve been trying to make bags to hold the stuffing that don’t look like a six-year-old made them.

Lots of work. Lots of fails. Eventual success.

Oh, and I finally decided to keep one for myself. Orange, of course.

Poufs of all sizes

I just added two new pouf sizes to my Etsy shop, so they now come in small (12 inch),

medium (14 inch),

large (16 inch) (I’m in love with the green stripe!)

and extra large (18 inch).

As they go up in diameter, they also go up in height. The bigger two sizes also have double thicknesses of yarn, so they are extra soft and squeezable. Because what else are you going to do with a giant round pillow?

Just convo me on Etsy if you have any custom requests. I’m more than happy to knit you up the pouf of your dreams. 🙂

Le pouf

I am so excited about this guy. It’s my first pouf!

As you can see, the dogs are less excited.

Technically it’s my second pouf. I started by making a giant one so big you could use it as a footstool or sit on it. They look funny together.

But I am much happier with the second one, which is slightly less lumpy and has no seam on the side. It took a while to figure out the pattern based on the yarn I have and the size I wanted. But now I want to make millions of them.

If you are interested in the little one, it’s now in my Etsy shop.

Tiny sweaters are here!

Of all my knitted creations, the tiniest might be my favorite.

The first batch of tiny sweater ornaments are done and have been delivered to my friends’ lovely store, Ephemera. If you live in the Des Moines area and would like to purchase one, get on over to their amazing new digs, just a few blocks from their old store in the East Village.

They are also offering several artsy crafty classes this winter, and I had the pleasure of trying one out last night. We created another miniature project, these trading card size pieces of art, made with photos and scraps of vintage books.

So much fun. If you’re interested in taking a class, you can download a full schedule from their Web site.

As for me, I must get back to knitting bitty sweaters for Etsy and upcoming craft fairs…

Getting ready for Market Day

My fingers are knitting as fast as they can go for my first craft fair of the season, Market Day. Here’s the info:

Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Market Street Media Foundry, 118 SE 4th St. in Des Moines
handmade crafts, artwork, vintage and more

I will have knit and crochet items, magnets, thumb tacks, hair clips, recycled wax candles and vintage housewares. There will be some amazing vendors there, so please stop by if you get a chance!

You wouldn’t want to miss my first pom-pom hats…

And the big announcement is…

My knits have a new home!

I’ve thought for a while that all the items I knit or crochet don’t really fit into the “recycled and rescued” philosophy of my Etsy shop, so I decided to give them their own shop, Mary Marie Knits.

As Mike can tell you, I have a real passion for knitting, and I love experimenting with new designs that are both stylish and useful.

So please check it out when you get a chance. I have so many goodies just in time for fall and winter, and lots more to come.

Fingerless gloves

Knitting has gone by the wayside lately, but I got determined to finish these arm warmers/fingerless gloves/gauntlets or whatever you want to call them.

I first made this pattern (from Knitty) back in 2005, and I like it as much now as I did then. It’s super simple. You just make a 2 x 2 rib in the round, stick in a buttonhole for the thumb, and finish it up.

The tight stitches allow it to stay form fitting around the curve of your arm.

I think these might benefit from some embellishment, though. Any ideas?

Introducing: hand knit scarves and hats

As the weather reminds us lately, there is still plenty of winter left. I shudder to think about the fact that February is usually our most cold and snowy month. So, it was an easy decision to try carrying some hand knit items in my Etsy store.

These chunky wool blend hats have probably been my most popular item overall. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t look cute in this hat, guys included.

I also discovered a fabulous scarf pattern that makes a big, soft, stretchy scarf that is guaranteed to keep you cozy.

If these do well, I will keep adding more colors and styles.

Dad scarf

I made this scarf for my dad for Christmas, and he loved it. I loved it as well, and thought I would share the pattern with you here. I was actually able to use a number of partial skeins in what I would call guy colors to create the colorway. But you can use whatever colors you like. I think two were Wool-Ease yarn and two were Berocco cashmere blend. All worsted weight.

Dad Scarf

US size 10.5 needles
4 skeins worsted weight yarn (light gray, dark gray, cream and brown)
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Tape measure

Cast on 35 stitches with brown yarn.

K2 P2 to the last three stitches, K2 P1. This is called mistake rib.
Repeat for all rows, changing colors every four inches (brown, cream, light gray, dark gray) until scarf measures 60 inches (or desired length).

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Chunky knit striped hat

I’ve been making a lot of hats lately because I found a pattern that I consider just about perfect (at least for places where winter gets really cold). But I wanted to see what it would look like stripey, so I made this.

I think it turned out pretty cute. The only thing is that when I was weaving in the ends from the color changes, I forgot that the inside would become the outside when the bottom flipped up. So I’m not sure how to handle that. But I would say it’s barely noticeable. I hate weaving in ends. It’s the bane of my existence.

p.s. Only my mom would happen to have an extra styrofoam head in her house when I needed one.