Knitty Keen

Knitting, knitting, and some more knitting

I’ve finally done it! December 6, 2016

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It’s been 8 years, but I’ve finally published my snowman ornament pattern, available both in my Ravelry store and my Etsy shop.


I’ll do a proper blog post after the holidays, but I just wanted to get this out there. TTFN!


Radio Silence November 27, 2013

I’ve been working on school and house stuff so I haven’t been making the time to knit.  Here’s what’s in the works.  For those following me on Facebook some of this is old news but there’s something new at the end.

Rainbow Sock Yarn Baby Blanket of DOOM action shot


It took me a while to muster up the courage to try and patch the blanket again, but I finally did it and it doesn’t look too bad.  The back is going to be messy after it’s washed because of the way I wove in the ends but it shouldn’t be too bad.

Rainbow Baby Surprise Jacket


I did the pattern as written and didn’t extend the arms although in hindsight I wish I had (truth be told I forgot how I did it with the last BSJ I mad e for my now five year-old).  I did an I-cord bind off and I should have gone up a needle size so the fit is a bit better.  I’ll remember for next time.


Snowmen!  I’ve been sitting on this pattern for five years now and it’s finally going to go public next week.  Here’s an in progress shot.


School is almost over and I’ll be plugging away this weekend so I can get good pictures and put up some finished ornaments in my Etsy shop.  I’m also planning on selling this as a kit to make two snowmen including fiber fill so keep a look out for that as well.

That’s all that’s doing at the moment.  I’ll be posting more as Christmas knitting kicks into high gear.


Drumroll please… April 26, 2007

Filed under: Etsy Store — knittykeen @ 5:39 am

The Knitty Keen Etsy Shop is now open for business!


Dyeing to See it! April 18, 2007

Filed under: Etsy Store,Yarn — knittykeen @ 3:04 pm

Yes, I’m going to work that pun for all it’s worth. I finally got around to taking decent pics of the yarns I dyed last week. I’m planning on doing a few more this afternoon so I can get the store stocked this weekend. Here’s what’s come out of the dye pot…

100% Merino Wool, DK Weight
Kettle Dyed
I really like the way this one came out. It was supposed to be a Morning Glory colorway, but I had way too much water in the pot so everything blended so nicely. The yarn is so soft and it’s hard not to stop petting it.

Morning Glory
100% Merino Wool, DK Weight
Kettle Dyed
This was my first attempt at recreating a color way. I like it, but not as much as my first morning glory skein so I’ll be messing a bit more with this.

Rouge et Blanc
100% Peruvian Wool, Worsted Weight
Hand Painted
When in doubt for a color name, go with a different language. This was a, “Let’s see what happens,” skein. I painted 75% of it with a dark, rusty red and at the ends it eases into pink tones before the cream. I’m looking forward to doing variations of this with different colors to see how it turns out.

Tropical Garden
100% Peruvian Wool, Worsted Weight
Hand Painted
I love the way the colors move on this skein – from a bright green to orange, yellow, medium green, dark blue-green and back again. I haven’t looked at any pictures, but in my mind’s eye it reminds me of a Bird of Paradise flower, or at least what it should look like. This one’s a keeper.

Wood Sorrel
100% Peruvian Wool, Worsted Weight
Hand Painted
This is my first attempt at mixing to make a specific colorway and I am very pleased with the results. I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show a while back and saw some purple wood sorrel and instantly fell in love with the colors. I’m planning on doing this colorway on some Merino/Silk fingering and some Peace Fleece tonight.


Patterns and Yarn Galore! April 2, 2007

Filed under: Etsy Store,Free Patterns — knittykeen @ 8:59 am

The Etsy shop stocking has been pushed back – with a bit of luck I’ll have everything ready to go by next Monday. In the mean time, I leave you with the following pictures of two new patterns that will be going live this week as free downloads…

Handy Dandy Towel

I just finished making these up for a friend of mine to use as burp cloths and I plan to make myself some to use as hand towels in my kitchen. It uses the ever popular “Ball Band” dishcloth pattern with a garter stitch border at the top and bottom and an applied I-cord at the top ending in a loop with a button closure. The models were knit with Sugar & Cream Cotton on US Size 6 Needles. As shown the towels measure 9.5″ wide and 13.5″ long. Truly a handy-dandy item to have around in your kitchen or nursery!

To Drool For – Infant Bib

Again, I knit these up for my friend’s baby. I got the inspiration from the Super Simple Bib pattern by Brandi Spray. I used increases rather than yarn-overs and incorporated a simple striping pattern. The bibs measure 7.75″ wide and 5.5″ long with a 10″ long strap with several button holes for custom sizing. The models are knit from Bernatt Cotton Mill Ends and Sugar & Cream Cotton on US Size 6 Needles. This is such a fast project and a great way to use up your odds and ends of yarn from dishcloth projects – give a bunch to a baby you love today!

That’s all folks – check back later for the patterns!


Well, you asked for it…. March 17, 2007

Filed under: Etsy Store,Patterns,Yarn — knittykeen @ 10:28 pm

Here’s the link to my Etsy storefront. I have a lot of personal knitting to burn through this week, but I’m hoping to get some work done on my patterns and yarn before the end of the month. I’m doing up some kettle-dyed variegateds on Sunday, so I’ll have some pictures up by tomorrow night.


Just a little update… March 11, 2007

Filed under: Etsy Store,Free Patterns,Yarn — knittykeen @ 5:30 pm

My kitchen scale arrived on Friday and my yarn came on Saturday. I’m hoping to mix some dyes and get a few skeins of hand-painted done this week. I’m planning on putting things up in the Knitty Keen Etsy Shop by the end of the month.

I will also have a few new patterns available as free downloads by the end of the month as well, but you’ll have to wait until they are posted.