Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Glow in the dark yarn

I was trick-or-treating with a friend and her kid this Halloween, and it was rather chilly.  I really wished I had worn a hat, which is silly for a hat maker to not wear one.  But then I thought that it would be really cool if I could make a glow in the dark hat.  Is it possible?  Was there such a thing as glow in the dark yarn?  So I did what I always do, research.

It turns out that there used to be. Bernat made some a while back, but you can't get it anymore.  I really wish they would bring it back, because it's rather cool.  I found suggestions for fishing wire or a parachute rope, or a plastic yarn, but that wasn't what I was looking for.  I wanted a yarn, cotton, acrylic, whatever.  But a yarn.
Then I found this blog post about making your own. Hodgepodge Crochet
It was exactly what I needed.  And it worked.  The theory is to buy at your local craft store a glow in the dark fabric paint (it doesn't matter what brand), soak your skein of yarn in water, dump the paint over it, and mix it in.  Let it dry, and rinse out.

I used this brand, it has a little yellow tinge to it
I used gloves, and I'm glad because you really need to squish it around.  It does dry stiff, and then I rinsed it out with mild detergent and let it dry again.  It was still a little crunchy, after all I just dumped paint on it, but it softens up over time.  And it really does glow!  You have to charge it with light, so it is hanging in my window right now to dry and charge, but I think I will have a cool new yarn to play with.  I'm excited.

And this is craft paint, it is non-toxic, which is what everyone asks if my yarn is now dangerous.  Nope, it's fabric paint, so it is completely safe, just follow the bottle's instructions.

Since the cost of cotton yarn has skyrocketed, this craft can get pricy, but totally worth it.
It glows much brighter than this.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Upcoming Events


Boston Beanies will be selling at the following events:

11/9/2014   Needham Farmer's Market  12-4

11/23/2014 Needham Farmers Market   12-4


Hope to see you there!





Monday, January 13, 2014

My cousin is running in the 2014 Boston Marathon for the Horizons for Homeless Children team. 

Until April 21, 2014 all proceeds from Boston Beanies pattern sales will go to my cousin's charity team.

You can shop for my Etsy patterns here


You can donate to Erin's Charity Run here



Sunday, April 15, 2012

Patterns for Sale!

I have been asked for my patterns for a few years, well now I have finally typed a few of them up and they are for sale on Etsy and Ravelry.

I will be making more of my patterns available as I can.



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet Treats

Two new designs, just in time for the season...
I bought the cutest little crocheted hearts on Etsy (since I can't crochet, what DO you do with just one needle/hook anyway) but I am so grateful that there are sellers who do crochet and sell their appliques.

ruffle brim beanie with four valentine hearts

ruffle brim beanie with knit flower and valentine heart center
Both hats are available in size SMALL (3-6 mo) and for immediate shipping.  I can make more when I order more hearts.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

All Patched Up


I've been mentioned in the Newton Patch for their Holiday shopping! And they showed a picture of my Red Velvet Cupcake hat.

I am still accepting online orders but holiday shipping is no longer guaranteed, however if you order a hat that I have in stock and ready to ship, there is a good chance it will make it to your destination and ready to put under the tree.

This is what I have available for immediate shipping, no waiting, these will ship the next business day after payment has been received:

Brown Bear (Small 3-6 months) book also available
Spring Flower Fairy (Small 3-6 months) book also available
Winter Frost (Small 3-6 months)
Winter Frost Sweater (Small 3-6 months)

Purple Crayon (Medium 6-18 months) book also available
Pumpkin (Medium 6-18 months)
Lavender Sweet Pea (Medium 6-18 months) organic cotton
Pink Sweet Pea (Medium 6-18 months) organic cotton
Wimsy Citrus Bug (Large/Child)
Cranberry (Large/Child)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I am Thankful for...

Such wonderful customers this year! It has been an excellent year at Boston Beanies, and I am back open after a little hiatus to play catch-up on all the fall orders.

And now my annual list of what I have in stock to help out my online shoppers. This is what I have available for immediate shipping, no waiting, these will ship the next business day after payment has been received:

Brown Bear (Small 3-6 months) book also available
Spring Flower Fairy (Small 3-6 months) book also available
Winter Frost (Small 3-6 months)
Winter Frost Sweater (Small 3-6 months)

Purple Crayon (Medium 6-18 months) book also available
Pumpkin (Medium 6-18 months)
Lavender Sweet Pea (Medium 6-18 months) organic cotton
Pink Sweet Pea (Medium 6-18 months) organic cotton
Wimsy Citrus Bug (Large/Child)
Cranberry (Large/Child)




Glow in the dark yarn

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I was trick-or-treating with a friend and her kid this Halloween, and it was rather chilly.  I really wished I had worn a hat, which is silly for a hat maker to not wear one.  But then I thought that it would be really cool if I could make a glow in the dark hat.  Is it possible?  Was there such a thing as glow in the dark yarn?  So I did what I always do, research.

It turns out that there used to be. Bernat made some a while back, but you can't get it anymore.  I really wish they would bring it back, because it's rather cool.  I found suggestions for fishing wire or a parachute rope, or a plastic yarn, but that wasn't what I was looking for.  I wanted a yarn, cotton, acrylic, whatever.  But a yarn.
Then I found this blog post about making your own. Hodgepodge Crochet
It was exactly what I needed.  And it worked.  The theory is to buy at your local craft store a glow in the dark fabric paint (it doesn't matter what brand), soak your skein of yarn in water, dump the paint over it, and mix it in.  Let it dry, and rinse out.

I used this brand, it has a little yellow tinge to it
I used gloves, and I'm glad because you really need to squish it around.  It does dry stiff, and then I rinsed it out with mild detergent and let it dry again.  It was still a little crunchy, after all I just dumped paint on it, but it softens up over time.  And it really does glow!  You have to charge it with light, so it is hanging in my window right now to dry and charge, but I think I will have a cool new yarn to play with.  I'm excited.

And this is craft paint, it is non-toxic, which is what everyone asks if my yarn is now dangerous.  Nope, it's fabric paint, so it is completely safe, just follow the bottle's instructions.

Since the cost of cotton yarn has skyrocketed, this craft can get pricy, but totally worth it.
It glows much brighter than this.



Upcoming Events

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Boston Beanies will be selling at the following events:

11/9/2014   Needham Farmer's Market  12-4

11/23/2014 Needham Farmers Market   12-4


Hope to see you there!





0 comments

My cousin is running in the 2014 Boston Marathon for the Horizons for Homeless Children team. 

Until April 21, 2014 all proceeds from Boston Beanies pattern sales will go to my cousin's charity team.

You can shop for my Etsy patterns here


You can donate to Erin's Charity Run here



Patterns for Sale!

0 comments
I have been asked for my patterns for a few years, well now I have finally typed a few of them up and they are for sale on Etsy and Ravelry.

I will be making more of my patterns available as I can.



Sweet Treats

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Two new designs, just in time for the season...
I bought the cutest little crocheted hearts on Etsy (since I can't crochet, what DO you do with just one needle/hook anyway) but I am so grateful that there are sellers who do crochet and sell their appliques.

ruffle brim beanie with four valentine hearts

ruffle brim beanie with knit flower and valentine heart center
Both hats are available in size SMALL (3-6 mo) and for immediate shipping.  I can make more when I order more hearts.

All Patched Up

0 comments

I've been mentioned in the Newton Patch for their Holiday shopping! And they showed a picture of my Red Velvet Cupcake hat.

I am still accepting online orders but holiday shipping is no longer guaranteed, however if you order a hat that I have in stock and ready to ship, there is a good chance it will make it to your destination and ready to put under the tree.

This is what I have available for immediate shipping, no waiting, these will ship the next business day after payment has been received:

Brown Bear (Small 3-6 months) book also available
Spring Flower Fairy (Small 3-6 months) book also available
Winter Frost (Small 3-6 months)
Winter Frost Sweater (Small 3-6 months)

Purple Crayon (Medium 6-18 months) book also available
Pumpkin (Medium 6-18 months)
Lavender Sweet Pea (Medium 6-18 months) organic cotton
Pink Sweet Pea (Medium 6-18 months) organic cotton
Wimsy Citrus Bug (Large/Child)
Cranberry (Large/Child)

I am Thankful for...

0 comments
Such wonderful customers this year! It has been an excellent year at Boston Beanies, and I am back open after a little hiatus to play catch-up on all the fall orders.

And now my annual list of what I have in stock to help out my online shoppers. This is what I have available for immediate shipping, no waiting, these will ship the next business day after payment has been received:

Brown Bear (Small 3-6 months) book also available
Spring Flower Fairy (Small 3-6 months) book also available
Winter Frost (Small 3-6 months)
Winter Frost Sweater (Small 3-6 months)

Purple Crayon (Medium 6-18 months) book also available
Pumpkin (Medium 6-18 months)
Lavender Sweet Pea (Medium 6-18 months) organic cotton
Pink Sweet Pea (Medium 6-18 months) organic cotton
Wimsy Citrus Bug (Large/Child)
Cranberry (Large/Child)