. Out and About


Out and About

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So within the last week my exercise routine has been flipped completely upside-down, from meandering around the store as needed and sitting around at home to intense, hour+long excursions around Rockland every morning and night. Maybe you know someone else who has gotten into the Pokémon Go craze, or you yourself are playing– or maybe you have no idea what it is at all. Regardless of your awareness of the game, the thought it has put in my brain is for all!  With all of the server crashes and game-freezing glitches ( who doesn’t have to shake out a few bugs at the beginning?) my thoughts have turned to knitting on the go– portable project bags in particular.

Before I share these amazing bags that I’ve found (several of which I am already determined to make) I’d just like to remind everyone that whether you’re walking around while playing this augmented reality game on your mobile device or knitting/crocheting/etc., be sure to keep alert and be aware of your surroundings. Safety first! 

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© Koppa (? Google Translate is not always so helpful)

This bag is the only one on my list that isn’t knit or crochet, but goodness do I have bag-envy! 









© Tanis Gray

I really  love the Eastern Market Tote, and I’ve had it on my to-knit list for a little while now. We even have it as a sample in the store for the yarn Cairns!









© Patons

I’m particularly fond of the clasp on the Felted Flannel Backpack, though I’m not sure that I would keep it closed if the goal were to be simultaneous knitting and walking.  Still, pretty!









© Brigitte Read

The Little Acorn Project Bag might only be able to hold smaller projects, but I was so intrigued by the idea that I had to include it.  It seems like there have been plenty of people able to modify it so it’s larger, too.








© Adrian Bizilia



Nobody should be surprised that I found this and now possess the pattern. Nobody. 








© Erssie

I was originally going to end the post with that felted bag, but a little bit more browsing through Ravelry gave me this gem and I just had to share the Silvanus pattern with you all! Another project on my to-do list.

For The Gamers Out There

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— And for those of you who have gamers in your lives.

So E3 is over for another year, and we’ve been shown some pretty amazing things. Are you or someone you know excited? Man, so am I (don’t even get me started on Pokémon Go. I will dominate all the gyms in Rockland, mark my words) ! The only thing that’s so awful is the long, long wait for so many of these games.

But don’t despair, lovelies! We fiber artists have a secret weapon against time– projects! In this post I would like to show some of the video game related projects that I’ve been sitting on for quite some time, and hopefully inspire some of you to make some for yourselves or for people you know who would love them!

Legends of Zelda:

There’s so many things you can find that are knit and crochet from this series it can be a little overwhelming, but from the pile I’ve got two patterns I’m very eager to finish.

First is Link’s Gauntlets  . Now that I know how to use double-pointed needles, I’m sure I’ll be getting around to this one soon…once the mass of started projects has been slimmed down a bit.


Link’s Gauntlets © Emily Hastings

This next one I’ve already started, and I’m sure some of you will roll your eyes. Yes, it’s another double knit chart for this super amazing scarf.  It’ll be done. One day.

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LoZ scarf © to Yodaman921 (Scott ) on dA



I love pretty much everything Pokémon related that you can find on Ravelry, but the patterns I’m most eager to get my crochet hook into are the precious plushies by Evelyn Pham. 

Charmander plush © Evelyn Pham

Charmander plush © Evelyn Pham

I mean, seriously. Look how freakishly adorable this little guy is!



Or as I like to call it, ” Danger Legos ™ “. Why is it dangerous? Well, because it’s full of Creepers


Creeper Blanket © to Katherine Youngs

and just when you think you’re safe after you’ve run and hid in a man-made path down your diamond mine, there’s more Creepers.  (Especially with this new spawn update, you know? Goodness gracious they’re everywhere.)


Minecraft Cowl is © to Arum Dust



If you haven’t heard of Journey before, oh my goodness please try and play it if you can get the chance (Or at the very least, check out the soundtrack). Even if you don’t like to play video games, this one is beyond amazing. It’s simple, short, the art is drop-dead gorgeous, the music is so beautiful it gives me shivers and I cry. Yes, this game makes me cry. It’s a great game. 

You know what else is great? The patterns you can find people making from it. Check out these fingerless gloves, for instance!


Journey Gloves are © to Leili Mander

Let’s be honest though, we all know that I’ll be trying to start the glyphs as a double knit scarf at some point… And probably the rest of the outfit, too.