Schnapps

Schnapps
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Raffles & Fundraisers!

Hi Everyone!  Operation Bottle Beanies kicks off this Saturday, September 26 and we could not be more excited about it.  We will have a table at Fifer Orchard's Fall Fest and we will be selling bottle beanies, knit scarves, hair clips and candy jars - all to benefit homeless shelters in the area.  


Schnapps and I have begun two separate fundraisers for DEHH and KKforK as well.

We are raffling off two of Schnapps hand made items and we are selling T-shirts.

Superwash merino yarn.  Hand wash/dry flat

Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn - machine wash/dry

Schnapps is so excited to be on a shirt!



Payment will be accepted through PayPal.  If you must send a check, it must be made out to Robin Agar.  Email me for the correct address.

All orders should be emailed first to robin@delawareheadhuggers.org .  Payment can be made once I confirm that I have received your order.  
The T-shirts come in a few different styles (see photos below for details).  Pricing includes Priority Shipping to anywhere in the USA.  If you are outside the US, please contact me for shipping charges.  T-shirt orders should be in by September 30 so I can place the order.
Short Sleeve White Shirts:       $25.95

Short Sleeve Black or Gray Shirts or Long Sleeve White Shirts:  $30.95

Long Sleeve Black Shirts:  $35.95

Raffle tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.  Once I receive payment, I will email you the ticket numbers that are for you.  The drawing will be on October 10, 2015.






Join us in making a difference....one hat at a time!
 If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Introducing Crossroads!

Two new patterns today!  Schnapps has been busy....it's been so hot here that he's been hiding in the cool house playing with yarn.  Here is his original plan and this time he made sure to double check his math!  :)  Made with Lion Brand Hometown USA, this hat knits up super fast and is just a one row pattern!  I really like the way the crown decrease looks.  Other yarn weight instructions are included also.


It starts out like this:
and with just a few steps is finished!

Balance Beam utilizes a similar design for the brim and is also posted on this blog with info about all yarn weights.


All costs are paid for out of our pocket and shipping costs have sky rocketed lately.  We want to keep posting patterns for free to help the most amount of people possible, but some patterns will be purchase only to help defray our costs.  There is a donate now button on the right hand side of this page.  All pattern sales are also really donations, since 100% of pattern prices go directly back into the charities.  Purchasing from our Etsy store is another way to help us cover shipping and supply costs.  Whether you donate hats or blankets, send us good thoughts, tell people about us or donate financially, you are greatly appreciated!!
And don't forget about Operation Bottle Beanies!  We are collecting tiny hats that will be placed on jars and bottles at Fifer's Farm Store in the Fall. From olive oil bottles up to quart size mason jars and all sizes in between! These hats will be sold and 100% of that money will be donated to keep people in Delaware warm this winter.  Yes, it is just for Delaware right now, but Schnapps and I are dreaming big.......we hope that someday it reaches well beyond our tiny state.  

We need LOTS of tiny hats!  We need themed hats for Fall and Winter such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.  We need farm themed hats like bee hives, pumpkins, apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.  We need adorable hats of any theme or type!  Sizes vary since there are many different items sold in the store; apple butter, local honey,  jams, oils, pickles and so many other yummy things.  Please help us with this special project that is very important to Schnapps and me.

Hats can be sent directly to:
DEHH
202 Acorn Forest Drive
Felton, DE 19943
 
It's STILL hot!
 
 Crossroads
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.
  
Abbreviations:

ktbl:  knit through the back loop
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
k2togtbl:  knit 2 stitches together as one through the back loop

Cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.


Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *p3, k2tbl*, repeat around

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7.5 to 8.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *p1, p2tog, k2tbl*; repeat around
Row 2:   *p2tog, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2togtbl*; repeat around


Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and give it to someone special!

Cinching:  Cut an 8 inch piece of yarn, either matching or contrasting for a different look and thread it through a yarn needle.  At about halfway up the length of the hat, bring the yarn needle up on the outer side of one knit section and then down on the outer side of the next knit section.  Wrap the yarn three times around, cinching the 2 knit sections together.  Take care not to cinch too tightly since that could distort the fit of the hat.  Tie off the yarn on the inside of the hat and weave in end.  Repeat for every 2 knit sections around the hat.
 
 
If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 110. 

If making a child’s hat, use 4 weight yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 70 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10.

The pattern is worked over 10 stitches.

Introducing Balance Beam!

It's finally September!  Hats are shipping out every week so patients are supplied when the weather turns colder.  We are in the midst of a heat wave right now, but Schnapps is planning ahead and working on warm, toasty hats.  He had a plan in mind when he started this hat and then realized that he miscalculated..........so he changed it up and ended with this.  It's made with Lion Brand Hometown USA, well less than one skein.  Info for other yarn weights is included also.



And don't forget about Operation Bottle Beanies!  We are collecting tiny hats that will be placed on jars and bottles at Fifer's Farm Store in the Fall. From olive oil bottles up to quart size mason jars and all sizes in between! These hats will be sold and 100% of that money will be donated to keep people in Delaware warm this winter.  Yes, it is just for Delaware right now, but Schnapps and I are dreaming big.......we hope that someday it reaches well beyond our tiny state.  

We need LOTS of tiny hats!  We need themed hats for Fall and Winter such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.  We need farm themed hats like bee hives, pumpkins, apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.  We need adorable hats of any theme or type!  Sizes vary since there are many different items sold in the store; apple butter, local honey,  jams, oils, pickles and so many other yummy things.  Please help us with this special project that is very important to Schnapps and me.
 

Hats can be sent directly to:
DEHH
202 Acorn Forest Drive
Felton, DE 19943
 
 If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!
 
Balance Beam
 You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
ktbl:  knit through the back loop
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Using Color A:  Cast on 49 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Color A
Row 1:  *p5, k2tbl*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 for  4.5 to 5 inches

Work Crown:  Color B
Row 1:  knit all stitches

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 6.5 to 7.5 inches in length.


Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and give it to someone special who may find themselves performing a balancing act these days and could use some love!




If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 70. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 91. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 105 stitches. 

For a child’s hat, use 4 weight yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 70 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 7.

The pattern is worked over 7 stitches.