Hello 2015, it’s nice to meet you!


Hello blog, I’m so terribly sorry. I’ve been awful at keeping up with this, trying to find a balance between my personal life and work as well as crafting. While I had a lot of fun in 2014, and I did a lot of fun things, I also had a hard time trying to find a voice for this blog. It’s one of my goals for 2015 to be better at updating this, and to try and take a more personal approach to this blog as well. So for starters, here are some of the things I would like to accomplish this year.

1. I just moved into a new apartment at the start of the new year with my boyfriend. It has been both exciting and scary! Right now our apartment is pretty bare. We have a lot of things just sitting in corners, and absolutely no pictures on the wall. It’s breaking my creative heart now, but it’s one of my goals to make my bedroom a more warm and inviting place to be. I hope to document this journey of decorating, especially since we are a little poor (ah, young love is fun, right?!), we plan to build a lot of the furniture we want.


2. I want to fill out my etsy shop even more, and I want to start selling some of the items I have made instead of just the patterns for them. I want to finish my Disney Princess Dress Hats project that I started and discussed here. I’ve got three down (but only two which have been added to my store), and a lot more to go, but I want to produce them on a more regular basis. I also want to try and make some matching cowls to go with them, and that way come fall I’ll have some sets that I can hopefully sell!


3. My older sister has been a huge help with patterns, and she has started a Disney Princess Amigurumi Doll set, which you can find here in my etsy store. Hopefully I’ll have another post soon, discussing this project a little more, but we want to continue with this into other pop culture references. I’ve already started on some Sailor Moon themed dolls which I will be releasing in February! Mars and Mercury are down, and I have three more inner scouts to do before the set will be complete. We also have some superhero ones in mind and Doctor Who! We’re such nerds.

4. Go to a craft fair, and possibly participate in one too! This has always been a dream of mine, but I honestly have no idea where to start. So this is gonna take a lot of research for me. Does anyone have any craft fair tips, or know of any great ones in Chicago?

5. This is definitely a more personal goal for me, but I have a traveller’s heart despite having not travelled to many places. So I want to take a trip this year that doesn’t involve visiting family. My hearts is pretty set on New Orleans right now, since I have always been wanting to visit. Has anyone ever been there before? What are some of the best places you’ve been to in the States?

6. This is probably the most important goal. I want to create more content. Whether it’s me talking about my personal journey, or updating with some free patterns, I want this blog to document my process for everything. I’m excited for all that I will accomplish this year, I hope you are too!

// Kayla

Anna’s Dress Knitted Hat


I haven’t been able to update in a while, the polar vortex is back in Chicago and so everything is well, frozen right now. Which is a very silly way for me to share with you an exciting new project I’m working on. Disney princess hats! The idea came to me after watching my new favorite Disney movie, Frozen, and I fell in love with all the dresses worn by Princess Anna and Queen Elsa. Their dresses especially reminded me of the fair isle style in knitting that I love to work on! So then I thought, well, why can’t I just make a hat that looks like the dress pattern? Because who doesn’t love a subtle Disney princess reference?

Here is a good reference of the image that I used to design the hat. I took the flower pattern that is on the bottom of the dress to make the body of the hat. The pink top of the hat is meant to represent her adorable cap seen through out the movie! It feels like now is the perfect time to release the pattern with the holidays and colder weather coming up. I’m hoping to expand the project to make as many hats inspired by Disney characters as I can! Next up is a fierce archer, and a really brave princess. I probably just gave it away, didn’t I? Oh well, can’t wait to share more with you soon!

You can find the pattern for the hat on my Etsy Shop here! Check out my other pattern as well!

Sunday Bunny Finds


The weather here in Chicago hasn’t been able to decide if it wants to be fall or summer. I also haven’t been able to stick to one project and see it all the way through. I can’t decide if I want to knit hats or make granny squares all day.


  • This Ripply Hat can make all my ombre dreams come true.
  • I love the stripes on this hat, and the pom pom on top.
  • This Bootliner pattern looks like an easy project for an afternoon off.


  • This necklace is lovely. This will definitely be going on my Christmas wish list.
  • I want this Fox Tote as a project bag.
  • I want these Skull Stickers for all the Halloween fun times.


  • I’ve been having a love affair with ampersands lately.
  • I love these photos, especially the ombre color scheme on the outside.
  • I want this whale print everywhere.

Sunday Bunny Finds


I’ve been doing some pattern writing, and I’m really excited about a Frozen themed hat that I’m hoping to share very soon! I still need to work on how the hat decreases at the top, but I’m otherwise very pleased with how it turned out. So until I can get the pattern up, here are some projects and pins that have caught my eye lately.


  • This hat pattern looks so cool.
  • I want to make this shawl immediately.
  • I’m planning on making all the blankets for Christmas, so this helpful post about joining granny squares is exactly what I need.


  • The next time I go thrift shopping, I’m making all of these shirt dresses.
  • I have all the materials to make a bunch of these wire headbands. So excited!
  • I can’t wait until I’m more comfortable with my sewing skills and I can make this skirt.



Doctor Who Mood Blankets!


My sister and I have a pretty unhealthy obsession with Doctor Who. But that’s what makes any fandom fun, right? Anyway, we decided to combine our love of handmade goods and silly sci-fi TV altogether. The result has turned into Doctor Who Mood Blankets! The idea behind it is that we watch as many Doctor Who episodes (of the Matt Smith/Eleventh Doctor variety) as we can, changing colors depending on the pace of the show until we have an entire twin-size blanket.

We found several different Doctor Who drinking games online that we either combined or edited until we came up with a list of our own. I don’t actually recommend drinking and crocheting, we totally tried. It doesn’t work. You just end up with knotted fingers! After all that though we sorted the “drinks/sips” into five categories for the five different colors of yarn we are using. The five categories we decided on were Happy, Sad, Danger, Classic Who, and Love. I had some Cascade Yarn in my huge stockpile that I’ve been meaning to do something with, so that’s the yarn we decided to go with our blankets.


Happy: Lemon Yellow // Sad: Celery // Danger: Shire // Classic: White // Love: Citron


Happy: Liberty Frost Heather // Sad: Jet // Danger: Navy // Classic: Indigo Frost Heather // Love: Plum

This is how we decided to attack this project. First, we found a quick easy hexagon pattern so that we could crochet them quickly. Each hexagon is about 2 inches from point to point. We also wrote down all the rules that way we didn’t forget. If you want to play by the same rules that we did, here’s how we did it!


  • The Doctor uses a catchphrase. (Bowties are cool &  Geranimo!)
  • River Song says, “Spoilers!”
  • The Doctor flirts with the Tardis or calls her sexy.
  • The Doctor and Amy Pond hug.
  • Someone is being brilliant or magnificent, and the Doctor says so.
  • Amy flirts with someone.
  • The Doctor and Rory compare themselves to each other.


  • Someone dies.
  • Someone talks about how the Doctor is really, really old.
  • Rory gets hurts.
  • Someone mentions that the Doctor is “the last of the Time Lords.”
  • Someone mentions that River and the Doctor keep meeting out of order.


  • The Daleks say, “Exterminate!”
  • The Doctor explains how dangerous the monster/creature/alien is.
  • Someone makes a reference to the Silence, or whenever you see the crack from Amy’s wall.
  • Anytime someone says, “Run!”


  • Someone talks about the Tardis being bigger on the inside.
  • Anytime someone actually says the phrase, “Doctor Who?”
  • Anytime the Doctor uses the Sonic Screwdriver or Psychic Paper.


  • Amy has to choose between the Doctor and Rory.
  • River says, “Hello Sweetie.”
  • Anytime anyone kisses.
  • Amy calls the Doctor her “Raggedy Man/Doctor.”
  • Amy’s theme plays in the background.
  • Anytime Rory fights for Amy.

You can edit or change or make up any rule you want for your own blanket! My sister and I keep coming up with new ones to add as we go along. That’s part of the fun! To make the correct size blanket that we want, we have to make 936 hexagons. Wow. Sounds like a lot, right? It’s not too bad, since the hexagons are really easy to make. In fact, we’ve already make over 100 hexagons, and we’ve only gotten halfway through Series Five!


Free Download for the Hexagon Chart!

Sometimes it’s not easy to keep up with the hexagons as you’re going along. Crocheting is not my forte, which is why I prefer to knit. So if you find yourself falling behind during the episodes, don’t worry. I do too! My sister created a chart to help us keep track of our progress that way we don’t lose track! We’ve been going vertically down (starting at the top left and then going down, moving left to right), filling in the rows for the width of the blanket first. The idea is that there will at least be one row per episode, but you’ll notice as you go along that some episodes produce more hexagons than others, and that’s okay!

We’ve only just started on the project. So far we’ve completed about 6 and a half rows, if you’re moving in a zig zag pattern. My sister has actually started attaching the hexagons together, and I absolutely love the way that it is turning out!



Clearly this project is going to take a while. I promise to keep everyone updated on the progress that we make! And please, please join in on the fun we are having! You don’t have to limit yourself to the Doctor Who fandom either. I know my sister and I are already making plans for a Game of Thrones themed blanket as well. Any show could work, so long as you love it enough to watch it over again! If you post the photos anywhere, hashtag #ebcmoodblanket so I can see all the awesome colors and blankets! Have fun!

// Kayla

It’s time for socks!

It’s been a very busy few weeks for me in real life and with work, and unfortunately all of my creative ventures have been put on the back burner for a while. Now that things have started to slow down, I can actually sit down and concentrate on new projects. Something I’ve been wanting to knit for the longest time has been socks! And clearly I was just waiting for the right time of year because summer is obviously sock wearing season. Or maybe not.

I had to stop at Knit Nirvana on my way home from work the other day to finally pick up some yarn because it has been way too long since I have been to a knitting boutique. This one in Forest Park is the cutest, and they carry some awesome yarn. The owner is always really helpful and interested in the projects that are going along with the yarn I buy. It also doesn’t hurt that it is right next to where I live.


The yarn I’m using is “Mini Mochi” by Crystal Palace in Seafoam. It does feel a bit silly to be knitting an article of clothing like this in the summer, but this yarn in particular is so light that it doesn’t make me feel all hot and itchy when I’m using it. And with summer right upon us, this is a super big factor for me when picking out yarn.


I am having a love affair with the color too. When it comes to the color palette of the socks in my wardrobe, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that isn’t a neutral color, but I just had to get my hands on this. The transition of the different shades of color is so subtle and simple. It feels like the perfect ombre effect.


The pattern I’ve been using can be found here, and it’s pretty simple to follow. As for knitting the socks itself, I can’t say that I’ve been having an easy go at it so far. I probably should have done a little bit more research before jumping into it, especially before trying to knit two at a time and toe-up at that, but half the fun for me is learning along the way. Already I know I need to work on my tension because it seems to me that on the insides of the socks there is a wide gap where it turns. I’m sure I need to adjust the way I’m turning the work, so I’ll be spending the next few hours going through youtube videos and all my favorite yarn blogs.

I’m on the heel part of the sock right now, and I feel like this will probably be the trickiest part, but hopefully everything else is up hill from there. I hope I can finish it soon, that way I can take a bunch of photos of the finished product now that I have a real camera to take pictures with instead of my trusty phone. I’m also really excited to move on to other projects. I’ve already pinned so many shawls that I want to knit immediately!

// Kayla


Updates from the Daily Life

Belmont & Hoyne

Moving out is hard to do. It’s saying goodbye to those things that we grew accustomed to, and saying hello to new things which can sometimes be daunting and overwhelming. I had to turn in the keys to my apartment on the northside of Chicago in Roscoe Village. It was just a little bit too out of my budget for the time being. So I’ve temporary moved into my sister and brother-in-law’s house for the summer, until I can save up and move out on my own again. My commute has been a little bit easier since then! I’m forced to walk everyday, and I could definitely use the exercise. And the CTA blue line is a lot easier to deal with since the red line is packed to the brim with its pushing and shoving commuters. But most importantly, I get to snuggle with my little niece Zoe every day. She’s only 3 months old! They’ve also got a lot of summer projects planned, like fixing up their backyard and basement. I’m really excited for all the DIY messes we’re going to get ourselves into!


This past weekend I had a blast checking out C2E2 for the very first time! It was also my first comic convention, EVER. It seems a little hard to believe, considering I’m such a huge nerd, but luckily I’m dating a comic junkie now who’s just as excited to check out these geeky things as I am. We were both overwhelmed by the massiveness of it all, which has already got us planning for next year. For example, must wear comfortable shoes! We only stayed for 4 hours on Saturday, and yet we were both dying for a chair by the end of it all. There was so much walking to be had. And next year, I have every intention of dressing up. The possibilities are endless for me, so I’m glad I have enough time to narrow down my options. I’m also hoping by then, I will have honed in on my sewing skills to make a costume myself. Perhaps I’ll test it out this Halloween! I didn’t spend that much money, thankfully, and I only walked out there with a Wonder Woman Pop Bobblehead and a Batgirl print. Plus, as you can already see from the picture, I got to go inside the Tardis!! I’d call C2E2 a definite success and a new tradition.


// Kayla

Works in Progress Wednesday

Wednesdays are officially “Works in Progress” days. Because as it turns out, I have more projects in progress than I do completed projects. Here are the projects that have my attention lately.


1. I once came across a cute picture that said, “If I’m sitting, I’m knitting.” Nothing could be truer when it comes to me. I always have to have a project casted on my needles. Hats right now are my favorite thing to make, as you can probably tell from my Etsy Shop. This hat I started because I want to try some geometric color knitting, BUT I ended up dropping a stitch while I was knitting the brim. I’m debating now whether or not I want to go through the trouble of picking it back up (because the whole thing has started to unravel and it has turned into a mess), or if I want to scrape the whole thing and reconsider my hat making options. I will have hopefully come to a decision by the end of the night!

2. One of the advantages of living in a city, especially in Chicago, is that I have some amazing thrift store options. I found this awesome coat at a Village Discount for a grand total of $3. Yes, you read that correctly. THREE DOLLARS. I had to snatch it up immediately, and it has been my go to coat since then. It is a little too big for me, but I like that I can layer up with sweaters underneath. The buttons of the coat are starting to fall off, and so I’m debating whether I should mend the buttons that are on there OR if I should find some fancy, new, colorful buttons to put on instead. My heart is clearly leaning towards the latter, but I just haven’t been able to come across the right buttons yet. I may have to dive into a serious Etsy search for that.

3. Hey look! It’s my coat again. I just happen to have a lot of projects for this coat because I love the way it fits me. The collar has that awesome stitching, but I wish it was a different, vibrant color. I’m considering ripping out those stitches and using a different color instead! There are also some very unwanted shoulder pads inside of the coat. This is a much bigger problem, because I’ll actually have to take out the lining of the coat in order to take the pads out. It could be more trouble then it’s worth, but a small part of me really wants to do it more so I can use the lining to help figure out the pattern for the coat for much bigger sewing projects. I may be getting in a little over head with that one, but I’m always up for a good challenge.

4. I bought one of those goofy $3 flower planters at a five and below store. This one is a daisy. Hopefully I can get something to grow out of it. Keep your fingers crossed!

// Kayla

Free Pattern – Little Hearts Hat

Hello there! So it’s about time that I kick this thing off. Officially. I’ve been wondering for weeks now how to go about starting this blog. Do I make an introduction post? Do I talk about myself at length? Do I list all of my intentions or hopes for this blog? Maybe. Maybe I should do all of those things, but right now I’m not. Because free things are better, and what better way to kick off a blog than to give something for free?

I’ve been obsessively knitting hats these past few weeks. With the polar vortex making repeat visits in Chicago, can anyone really blame me? I’ve even been experimenting with creating my own patterns! (A trickier thing than it would seem!) I finally feel satisfied with a little hearts hat that I’ve now made in several colors. So without further ado, here’s the very simple free pattern!


I used a sport weight yarn with a size 8 US (5 mm) circular needles (16″), and then I switched to size 8 US (5 mm) double pointed needles for the crown.

  1. Cast on 88 stitches with Color A (yellow).
  2. Rib pattern for 8 rounds (knit 1, purl 1).
  3. Knit 2 rounds.
  4. Knit 1 with Color A (yellow), knit 1 with Color B (white). Repeat until the end of the round.
  5. Knit 2 rounds.
  6. Knit 1 with Color B (white), knit 1 with Color A (yellow). Repeat until the end of the round.
  7. Knit 2 rounds.

I repeated steps 4-7 five more times, but you can repeat the steps for as long as you like. You want the body of the hat to be about 6 1/2 inches long. I switched to double pointed needles to start the crown.

  1. Knit 6, knit two together (k2tog). Repeat until the end of the round. (77 sts)
  2. Knit the whole round.
  3. Knit 5, k2tog. Repeat until the end. (66 sts)
  4. Knit the whole round.
  5. Knit 4, k2tog. Repeat until the end. (55 sts)
  6. Knit the whole round.
  7. Knit 3, k2tog. Repeat until the end. (44 sts)
  8. Knit the whole round.
  9. Knit 2, k2tog. Repeat until the end. (33 sts)
  10. Knit 1, k2tog. Repeat until the end. (22 sts)
  11. K2tog. Repeat until the end. (11 sts)
  12. K2tog until the end, knit 1. (6 sts)

Cut off the tail and weave it through the remaining stitches. Weave in the ends, and you’re finished!

That’s all there is to it! Hope you find making this hat as easy and fun as I did! Post your pictures on instagram with the hashtag “littleheartshat” or “electricbunnycrafts” so I can see all the cool color combinations! You can also find it available in my Etsy Shop!

// Kayla