Monday, November 30, 2009

Kate Cozy Crochet Cap

Why say hello to lovely Kate in her lovely new TeaBeans hat! Kate is an old friend of mine from many many moons ago, and she requested a grey TeaBeans hat to wear to Sonic (or wherever I guess hehe):
How cute is she!!! Adorable in the cozy cap don't you think?! Can't you totally feel the wintery vibe in these pics?
She had requested the Amazing Cable Hat, but for some reason I just can't make it work any more! It was a once (or twice) in a lifetime hat. But I came close to the original with this cozy cap. It doesn't flip up in the front, but it does have a nice ribbing. I really like the yarn which is a grey sweatshirt style.

View pattern detail here.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

TeaBeans at the Macy's Parade

Wellity wellity, this is a little bit late, but TeaBeans wares did make it to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We have never been in NYC for Thanksgiving, and I had wanted to go to the parade. We slept in late so I didn't think it would happen, but at the last minute we decided to go. Yay! The parade ends just blocks from the crooked nook so we got there in time to see a few balloons and floats. I may have been overly excited to see Santa.

Forgive the hideousness of my face. Late night + no make up = harsh looking Katiebeans. Maybe I will make a TeaBeans ski mask to wear over my face!

Friday, November 27, 2009

By the Chimney with Care

'Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through the house, um something about a mouse, and Katiebeans finished a stocking for Iron Martin! I will crochet him into the Christmas spirit! He seems to really like it, and maybe he will get a nice crochet hat inside!

I was looking all around the interwebs for a cool crochet stocking, but all I could find were SO cheesey and mostly shaped like perfect Ls. Lo and behold the holiday yarn I bought actually had a free freaking pattern on the label. You can check it out here. I actually made my stocking with hdch instead of sc (oops!), and I inserted a snowflake pattern I found here. Also, instead of the cuff shown on the pattern, I did a ribbing stitch (3 fpdc - 1 bpdc). I think it looked more masculine for my boy. I also added a red over stitch on the heel to make it look more country-home.

I hope you are getting into the spirit!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Have a Holly, Jelly Christmas!

I had to make this jellyfish Christmas ornament for Iron Martin!
I got my inspiration from (read: totally ripped off) Anthropologie's ocean-themed ornaments, pictured below!
Using Red Heart holiday yarn in Red/Silver, I used hdch to make a button, and strings of chs as tentacles.

I am WAY into the holiday spirit, and I am trying to get Iron Martin to be festive too. fraqqqqqq (note: Mr. Kitten just stepped on my keyboard and wrote that.) Anyways, ornaments keep speaking to me, but Marty has little holiday spirit. Enter: jellyfish ornament. Not only is this super cute and festive, but it also has significance. This year at the beach, as we were sitting at the dock waiting to go on a boat ride, I watched as Iron Martin sloooooooowly pointed a finger toward a jellyfish. I exclaimed, "what are you doing!" To which he replied, "I was going to poke it!" Um, durr. It was adorable and hilarious. Much like this jellyfish crochet ornament.

I am going to take more pics once it is on our tree!
Do you have any awesome DIY holiday ornaments??

Katiebeans-Eye View

Well this is a familiar scene around the crooked nook.

Although an equally familiar scene involves me crocheting 4 feet above my lap to accomdate that Mr. Kitten as he lies on his side mushing my gut.

Many more projects to post, stay tuned...........

Monday, November 23, 2009

Chunk·y, Chunk·i·er, Chunk·i·est

Chunky munky cable hat! This super warm hat is a bit slouchy, but can be a very tight, warm beanie too.

Many of you may not know that lil miss Katiebeans was a member of Outing Club in college. This cable crochet number makes her feel like goin for a hike in Western PA.

Where would you wear it?! Pls refrain from comments like, "as I sleep on a pile of cardboard boxes at the Port Authority."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Braidy Bunch

Thanks for all of you who took my poll, which was really practically no one! But those of you who voted, voted for slouchy beanies. Katiebeans delivered. Enjoy!
My pathetic poll results below. To provide some context: you were allowed multiple votes, and I voted once, so these sad sad results are actually inflated.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Special Announcement

Due to the mega-large amount of personal requests I have received, I cannot at this time take any further special project requests. I love love love that people are requesting -- it makes me feel AMAZING that you like my sterf enough to want something TeaBeans of your own. Unfortunately I have a HUGE backlog of things to make, and I am trying to get sterf up on my Etsy shop too.

Again, THANK YOU THANK YOU for requesting TeaBeans wares. I am so sorry I cannot accommodate at this time.


Photo source.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mega Mini Mini Minies

TeaBeans mini-updates/week in review...

Uno: Made a hat to sell on Etsy! Need some time to take pics and get it up there.

Dos: Started another hat to sell on Etsy. Kicked cat off my lap FOUR times, and FOUR times he came back to snuggle aka interfere with my crocheting.

Tres: Sent a couple hats to an old friend. Piggytails crossed that she likes them!

Quatro: Ordered some holiday yarn for a holiday project for another old friend. Excited to try something totally new!!!

Cinco: New Iron Martin beanie proving difficult. Loving the yarn color, hating the yarn. Half-finished project currently on mantle.

Seis: Foot injury hurt hurt hurts. Foresee more depression/hat making in the nearest future. Current Katiebeans is angry at Past Katiebeans for her decision to run 3 miles as fast as possible one day + 3 mile run on outdoor track another day. (For the record, did 3.5 in 8 min/mi pace... not bad for 6 months off!)

Siete: Next week imma try to post some sterf. But it's birfday week so I can't make any promises!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Yarn Bombs Droppin Down, Overhead, Underground

Have ye heard of this? According to the all knowing Wikipedia: Yarn bombing or yarnbombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk.

My West Coast TeaBeans rep dropped this knowledge bomb on me the other day (pun INTENDED!).

Yarn bombing is almost exclusively about beautification and creativity. (Wikipedia)

I can totally get on board with that. Substitute "yarn bombing" with "Katiebeans" in that sentence, and I fell like... same thing?!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Inspiration: It's Me, Mariobeans.

Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa this is mega bangin. Crochet Mario blanket? Key. I am putting this in the same league as the Pacman hat. Am I too old/profesh for video game themes?!

Thanks to Rachel who sent this to me. Source here. Sadly this would take me 4,000 years to make so I couldn't make it for her & her awesome hubs. Maybe one day I can make a mini one for a baby or something?

Monday, November 2, 2009


Looks like some people had an ADORABLE Halloween in Teabeans! Warning: these pics might make you die...because they are so frackin adorable!!!

Original posts here and here.

I mean, isn't that to-die-for?!?

What did everyone else do for Halloween??