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Lisa Gentry

  • Fun Stripes


    I have been knitting and crocheting baby hats for Arkansas Children’s Hospital of several years now. I have one pattern that I know by heart and it gets boring so to shake things up every once in a while I pick a new pattern. I fell in love with this little slouchy beanie baby hat called Fun Stripes. I found it in the knit version of the Leisure Arts' book, Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family by Lisa Gentry. I know that the pattern calls for different colored stripes, but I chose variegated yarn.

    The instructions are very easy to follow. It only took a few hours to knit up. Be careful that you don’t grab the tail to start knitting like I did today -  I was totally not paying attention to what I was doing! I also did an extra row of decrease and knit row. I just felt I still had too many stitches on my needles. The pattern called for two different sizes of knitting needles. Since I was doing a hat, I used my 16 inch circular clover needles. After I got to the decrease row 9, for row 10 I knitted off the circular and onto the same size of double-pointed knitting needles. I used Bernat Softee Baby for this project. I have never knitted with this yarn before, but I plan on using it again. It is very soft!

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  • Cowl Crocheting Update…

    Happy Saturday All! The Cat and I’ve been crocheting this morning. Well, to be more precise, I’ve been crocheting, and he’s been drooling on my yarn. Yuck…

    Anyway, remember the other day when I babbled about picking my next crochet project, the Quick & Easy Button-Up from Lisa Gentry’s Crochet Cowls? The whole thing really just started out as an excuse for me to play with my vintage button stash, but you’d be proud of me! I’ve actually started that crocheted cowl project!
    Here’s the yarn I decided to use, green, of course, and the buttons I finally settled on.
    And look, see, after crocheting all morning, I’m more than half way through the project! It’s going really quickly. It is, in fact, a great TV watching, talking to The Cat, and listening to the birds sing kinda project because once I got the pattern in my head it just flew through my hands. Gotta love patterns like that!
    Hopefully, I might even finish it today! Wish me luck. I’ll show a finished photo next week if it all comes together…
  • Vintage Buttons & Crocheted Cowls

    I’ve picked my next crochet project in my quest to get ready for the cold weather months—the Quick & Easy Button-Up from Lisa Gentry’s Crocheted Cowls!
    Normally, my next step would be yarn selection, but instead, I’m using this cowl project as an excuse to dig into my vintage button collection to find the perfect accents for my new cowl…
    First, I get to spread all my buttons out on the dining table (The Cat and The Love-Of-My-Life are amused)…
    Then I start picking out the buttons I like (difficult decision!)…

    Here are some of my favorite button pairs! Which ones do you like best?
    Oops! Found some more. Loving the big white buttons on the card…
    Decisions, decisions…And now I also need some inspiration on what to do with the cool blingy buttons I’ve found. Got suggestions?
  • Fashions for Fall & Winter — August 29 Leisure Arts Newsletter!

    With Labor Day approaching, it’s time for us to start thinking about creative additions to our fall and winter wardrobes! If you’re searching for new hat, mitten, cowl, poncho, and cardi knit and crochet patterns—You’ve opened the right newsletter!

    Plus, you asked for it! We’re working on adding new downloadable eBooks to the Leisure Arts site, and there are more to come. Check out a few of our just released titles:
    Having trouble keeping up with your digital downloads? To make it easier for you to view all of your eBooks and ePatterns in one place, we've added a new feature to the top of the home page — My eBooks & ePatterns!
    And Deals…All of us at Leisure Arts would like to wish you and yours a safe and creative long Labor Day weekend! To help you celebrate, here’s a little perk from us to you—45% off on everything on! Good August 31st through September 4th. Enjoy!
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    Editor's Corner:
    Just Released—Snow Day Sets to Knit
    Bundle up the family in these toasty hats and matching mittens to knit by Lila Sargent! Our Snow Day Sets to Knit eBook is also available to download digitally! Read more…
    New Releases In the Spotlight:
    We’re putting the spotlight on a Fall & Winter Fashions in this issue with a double feature from two of our favorite designers—Lisa Gentry and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby:
    Knit Cowls by Lisa Gentry
    Add color and texture to your wardrobe with these 10 cowl patterns to knit by Lisa Gentry. Our Knit Cowls eBook is also available to download digitally! Read more…
    Crochet Cowls by Lisa Gentry
    Crocheted cowls are beautiful, easy-to-wear accessories. You'll find 10 stylish cowls in this warm collection by Lisa Gentry. Our Crochet Cowls eBook is also available to download digitally! Read more…
    Crochet Ponchos by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
    Take a peek at 6 stylish poncho patterns to crochet by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby! Our Crochet Ponchos eBook is also available to download digitally! Read more…
    Cool Weather Fashions by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
    These five fashionable patterns to crochet from Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby will take your wardrobe from fall to winter and back again. Our Cool Weather Fashions eBook is also available to download digitally! Read more…

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  • Win It Wednesday: Cowls to Knit & Crochet Part 2

    Drum Roll, Please!!! Our Winner is Magpie's Mumblings!

    Win! There I go throwing around that word again—Win! For this Win It Wednesday, I’ve got two new pattern books to give away— Lisa Gentry’s Knit Cowls & Crochet Cowls! You could win them in my Lisa Gentry Cowls Giveaway! It's easy to win.
    Yesterday on the blog, I babbled about and showed you all the pretty projects in Knit Cowls—check it out if you missed it! Today in Part 2, we’re looking at some of my favorite projects in Crochet Cowls!
    Crochet Cowls
    Crocheted cowls are beautiful, easy-to-wear accessories. You'll find 10 stylish cowls in this warm collection by Lisa Gentry. They use a wide variety of yarns, ranging from light weight to super bulky weight. While scarves have loose ends that must be rewrapped or retied, cowls are buttoned, seamed, or crocheted into one continuous piece. This makes them a practical choice for your wardrobe and perfect for thoughtful gifts! Designs include Quick and Easy Button-up, Lace Scrunch, Shells with a Twist, Short but Sweet, Ruffles and Buttons, Casual Clusters, Diamond Twist, Quick and Easy Twist, Fringed Collar, and Buttons and Blooms.
    Quick and Easy Button-up

    Lace Scrunch

    Shells with a Twist

    Short but Sweet

    Ruffles and Buttons

    Casual Clusters

    Diamond Twist

    Quick and Easy Twist

    Fringed Collar

    Buttons and Blooms

    Meet The Designer: Lisa Gentry!
    Lisa Gentry, a Louisiana resident who grew up in Germany, is a knit and crochet designer and teacher whose work has appeared in books and magazines nationwide. She was awarded the title of "Fastest Crocheter" by Guinness World Records in 2005. Lisa was also once named America's fastest knitter by the Craft Yarn Council of America. You can see all of our Leisure Arts publications from Lisa Gentry on our site.
    So, how’d you like Lisa Gentry’s Knit Cowls and Crochet Cowls? Just leave a comment at the end of this post before next Wednesday, August 29, and you might just win the giveaway of my copies of Knit Cowls and Crochet Cowls! Be sure to tell me if you knit, crochet, or both, just in case I decide to pick two winners! If you can’t wait to win, order your copies of Knit Cowls and Crochet Cowls now!
  • Cowls to Knit & Crochet—Part 1

    I think handmade knit cowls and crochet cowls are really going to be popular during the cool/cold weather months this year! (If those months ever arrive!) Have you tried your hand at cowl knitting or crocheting yet? (I'm really liking the versatility of a twist cowl!)
    Let me encourage you! Leisure Arts has just released two new pattern books from Lisa Gentry (the Celebrity Slouchy Beanies designer!) – Knit Cowls and Crochet Cowls. (Yes, each skill has its own great set of patterns, so nobody’s left out!) Today, I thought I’d share some pretty pictures from Knit Cowls to inspire you!

    Knit Cowls
    Add more color and texture to your wardrobe with easy-wearing knit cowls! These 10 patterns to knit were created by Lisa Gentry, and they use a wide variety of yarns ranging from light weight to super bulky weight. Besides being warm and attractive, cowls are a practical choice. They are seamed or knit into one continuous piece, or buttoned together for wearing. So while a scarf or muffler has loose ends that must be rewrapped or retied--once you put on a cowl, it stays put beautifully! Designs include Garter Ridge Cowl, Shoulder Fringed Cowl, Buttoned Lace Cowl, Squiggles and a Flower Cowl, Button as You Please Cowl, Tempting Texture Cowl, Rose Neck Wrap Cowl, Diamonds with a Twist Cowl, Lace with a Twist Cowl, and Sideways Made Cowl.
    Garter Ridge Cowl
    Shoulder Fringed Cowl
    Buttoned Lace Cowl
    Squiggles and a Flower Cowl
    Button as You Please Cowl
    Tempting Texture Cowl
    Rose Neck Wrap Cowl
    Diamonds with a Twist Cowl
    Lace with a Twist Cowl
    Sideways Made Cowl
    Meet The Designer: Lisa Gentry!
    Lisa Gentry, a Louisiana resident who grew up in Germany, is a knit and crochet designer and teacher whose work has appeared in books and magazines nationwide. She was awarded the title of "Fastest Crocheter" by Guinness World Records in 2005. Lisa was also once named America's fastest knitter by the Craft Yarn Council of America. Check out all of Lisa's Leisure Arts designs on our site!
    If you like Lisa Gentry’s Knit Cowls, tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, August 29, for Cowls to Knit & Crochet—Part 2. I’m going to be showing off Lisa’s Crochet Cowls book and offering up a great Win It Wednesday Giveaway!
  • Crocheted Hats for Charity

    Hope you’re having a fabulous Sunday! It just dawned on me that I never shared the photo of all the hats I crocheted for charity in 2011! I may not have been as prolific as some of you master crocheters out here, but, for me, I think I did pretty good!
    Wanna take a little trip down crocheted memory lane with me?
    This Two Stitch Hat came from Bonnie Barker’s Noggins & Necks!
    These 3 little hats are from the Baby Hat pattern in The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s Hug It Out!
    Gotta love the Chinese Acrobat Hat from Shibaguyz Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Heady Affairs!
    And my autumn-colored Basket Weave hat from Bonnie Barker’s Noggins & Necks!
    I was very pleased with this Eco Green Hat from Lisa Gentry’s Celebrity Slouchy Beanies to Crochet!
    This little green hat with the crocheted flower…
    …and these 5 baby hats (plus the blue one in the big picture) all came from one of my favorite pattern books—Teach a Group of Kids to Crochet by Kay Meadors!
    Cute & Cozy Caps by Lori Adams was the source for my little purple Ruffled Pillbox hat.
    Drew Emborsky, yet again, is responsible for the pattern for this Cabled Tam. It’s from his In All Caps little book!
    Did you knit or crochet any hats for charity last year? What have you got on the hook for 2012?
  • Spring Fashions: Knit & Crochet Vests

    It usually doesn’t start feeling like spring in Arkansas until at least the middle of March, but…since the flowers and the trees, and the birds and the temperatures all seem to indicate that spring has decided to come early this year, I’m already behind on restocking my warmer weather wardrobe. Consequently, I’m shopping the Leisure Arts knit & crochet pattern books for vest patterns that I like. Wanna help me pick?

    I found a whole book of Fresh Vests to Knit by Edie Eckman:

    Really like this Casual Charm Vest…

    Or Edie’s Lighthearted Vest…

    Or her Something Special Vest (It’s green; of course, I like it!).

    The I came across this Casual Vest to knit from Melissa Leapman’s Cardigan’s with a Conscience. (The photo model was made with Bernat Cot’n Corn Solid yarn—67% cotton & 33% corn. I kind of like the idea of a vest made of corn!)

    But since I can’t actually knit, (and nobody at Leisure Arts seems to be picking up on my hints), I must turn to our huge selection of crochet fashion pattern books:

    One of my favs is this Scallop-Edge Vest from Lisa Gentry’s Unforgettable Crochet. (I meant to make this vest when the book was first released. I even bought the yarn, but I got side-tracked…maybe, it’s time to try again!)

    This A-Line Vest is from Curvy Crochet by Marlaina Bird & Jill Wright. (I like the button tabs and the lacy inset in the back!)

    Loving the simple lines of Shibaguyz Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Red Rock Vest from And That’s a Wrap!

    Lisa Gentry’s The Crochet Closet calls this design, a “Nice Striped Vest.” (And that’s the perfect description of it. The yarn colors really give it a great springy look, too!)

    The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s Investing vest design from Crochet It. Love It Wear It! gets my attention because of the its faux lapels that are created with diagonally slanted cables.

    Once more, the color green catches my eye with this Sweet Basil Vest from CrochetWear by Anne Regis. (The deep armholes make it great for layering which is vital while experiencing the changing Arkansas temperatures. Plus, I probably need a Humphrey Bogart fedora to wear with it!)

    And, then there’s Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s newest crochet pattern book—Urban Edge! This book is just filled with go-to designs:

    Amsterdam Vest (This design has great classic lines!)

    Buenos Aires Maxi Vest (Love the duster length of this vest! Course, now I want a cowboy hat!)

    Okay! So what do you think? Which one should I make first? Which ones would you add to your wardrobe?

  • Still Crocheting Hats…

    Happy Saturday Everybody! The Cat and I are communing over coffee, and I’m still working on the hats that I’m crocheting to donate to the Knitting for Noggins program at our local children’s hospital.

    I finished my Eco Green Hat from Lisa Gentry’s Celebrity Slouchy Beanies to Crochet! (My oldest daughter is coveting it...)

    And I finished this little pink infant hat from Kay Meador’s Teach A Group of Kids to Crochet. It’s another really simple pattern that I can work on anywhere…

    …which resulted in this!

    I made myself a bunch of little easy-to-tote hat kits. While I was home by myself the other day with no one to confuse my counting, I crocheted my way through the increase rounds on each one until a reached the round to start making the body of the hat. From there on, it’s smooth sailing! I’m just working single crochets in a circle, and I can do that wherever I end up waiting on whatever I end up waiting on…

  • Crocheting Hats—Update!

    Just thought I’d touch base with you on my charity hat crocheting progress. I finished the little green hat I was making from a pattern in Teach a Group of Kids to Crochet. Yes, it really was super easy! (Perfect for mindless crocheting wherever you get stuck with time on your hands.)

    Well, I was finished. Then, I felt compelled to crochet a flower to go on it…

    Now, I’m done! Think a little girl might get a kick out of it?

    I’ve also picked the yarn and pattern for my next crocheted hat. I pulled some unlabeled burgundyish medium weight yarn out of my stash and grabbed a copy of Lisa Gentry’s Celebrity Slouchy Beanies to Crochet.

    I’ve made it to Round 7 on Lisa’s Eco Green hat. (No, I don’t currently have any good green yarn in my stash. Must go shopping!) This design is a little more challenging, but, so far, all is going well. I think I like V-Sts!

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