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Pattern: Phoenix Pouch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA perfect pouch to put things in, decorated with Professor Dumbledore’s familiar, Fawkes the phoenix. This little drawstring pouch is of a size to house a deck of cards, a small camera, or a handful of Bernie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Originally designed for a Harry Potter-themed gift exchange, the Phoenix Pouch would be well received by Potterheads, or anyone else who loves a good fiery bird.

Knit from the top down, the construction of the Phoenix Pouch is very simple. A row of eyelets allow the addition of a drawstring. The suggested I-cord drawstring may be substituted for a ribbon, if you so choose. The Phoenix is created through Fair Isle knitting following the included chart.

Get the pattern here for free!

Phoenix Pouch

Inspiration: Ponies!!

I don’t know how I missed these adorable little guys when they made the rounds last winter, but I just found them again.  How adorable are they?  Teeny tiny Shetland ponies wearing teeny tiny Shetland wool sweaters (or I suppose “jumpers,” since they’re in the UK).  They totally made my day.  Here’s more information about them, if you’re interested. (And, who am I kidding?  Of course you’re interested.)

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Want sweaters to match the ponies?  Try one of these gorgeous fair isle creations:

Lissuin, by Ann Kingstone

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Dogwood Blossoms Sweater, by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence

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Bea Fair Isle Pullover, by Sharon Slarke

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Inspiration: Bob’s Burgers

So, Netflix pretty much thinks I’m a family consisting of:

1. A 60 year old woman (documentaries-Jiro Dreams of Sushi is fantastic)

2. A guy in his 20s (sci-fi movies-anything Star Trekrelated is great)

3. A 17 year old girl (romantic period dramas-Um, Pride and Prejudice?  Obviously.)

4. A middle-aged man (procedural cop dramas-Any show that has “Law and Order” in the title is good by me.  Also, I just discovered there is a “Law and Order: UK.” I think I know what I’m doing this weekend.)

5. A 12 year old boy (cartoons-It’s kind of embarrassing, but Adventure Time is actually really good.)

My “Recommended” queue is always a little multiple-personality-ish.

One show that appeals to the most of my personalities is a really hilarious cartoon called “Bob’s Burgers.”  I think it airs on Fox, but I’m not sure.  Anyway, the second season just showed up on Netflix about a month ago, and I couldn’t recommend it more.  It’s a family-sitcom-type cartoon (like the Simpsons when they were good), about a family that runs a burger joint.  They get into shenanigans, and are generally hilarious.  It’s a really smart show, with really great writing.

But the most important part about “Bob’s Burgers” is the character of Mr. Frond (the kids’ guidance councilor) is a knitter!  Here he’s making a pink scarf.  (He even has a yarn bowl!)

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He runs into Linda (the kids’ mom) at the art store, buying yarn:

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And best of all, he has this fantastic sweater:

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Be like Mr. Frond and make yourself an awesome sweater.  You could use this pattern, a really simple stockinet turtleneck sweater.  You could then add on the words with a duplicate stitch or a really careful fair isle.

Knittaz 4 Life!

 

 

Inspiration: McDonald’s Fish Commercial

This is possibly the worst commercial ever made:

But, I’ve seen it about a thousand times, since they have been playing it over and over again on Hulu.  It might be a terrible commercial, it has a pretty great sweater in it.  It’s a fairly standard fair isle sweater in cream and grays, but it’s knit extra-long and a little bit fitted, which makes it much more modern than the fair isle sweaters you’ve probably seen in the back of your parent’s closets.

Want to make something similar?  Try these:

North Shore by tincanknitsIMG_0213

Guirnalda by Varian Brandon2013L-1_medium2

116-43 Jumper with raglan sleeves and multi coloured pattern in ”Karisma Superwash” by DROPS design43-1