Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Bunny Wall Art

Hey y'all!  I love the color pallet of Spring- the pastels and creams, and I thought that I would incorporate these colors into my Easter themed project: Easter Bunny Wall Art.

Supplies:

  • Patterned Scrapbooking paper (Michael's frequently has this paper on sale for 4 for $1)
  • Felt in a coordinating color
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
Here's a closer look at the paper:


Step one: Draw your bunny.  The best way to do this is to fold a piece of paper in half.  Draw half of your bunny with his center on the fold.  Flip the paper over and trace the outline on the other half of the paper.  This will ensure that your bunny is symmetrical.  Cut him out and trace onto the back of your felt paper.



Step two: Cut out your bunny and glue onto the center of your scrapbook paper.  


Step three: Make a pom pom with your yarn and glue onto your bunny.




Happy Easter!!





  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Candy Corn Hat

The weather here is getting cool which inspired me to make my most recent project: Candy Corn Hat.  It's made of cotton so it will keep little heads warm but it's still breathable, perfect for cool fall nights!



Supplies:
White, yellow, and orange cotton yarn
Size 8 knitting circular or dpn needles
Yarn needle

Begin by casting on 64 stitches with yellow.  Join and knit in the round for 2 in.  Switch to orange and knit in the round for 2 in.  Switch to white and knit in the round for 2 rounds then begin decrease as follows:

Knit 6, k2tog, repeat
Knit
Knit 5, k2tog, repeat
Knit
Knit 2, k2tog, repeat
Knit
Knit1, k2tog, repeat
Knit
K2tog, repeat
Knit

Weave in ends.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Free Pattern: African Flower Hexagon

Hey y'all!  I always thought that there were two types of people: knitters and crocheters. Well, I have become both!  While browsing Pinterest I came across this wonderful pattern: Heidi Bear's African Flower Hexagon.  The only problem was that I didn't know how to crochet...Well, last Wednesday I decided that I would go from 0 to crocheter in order to try my hand at these beautiful hexagons.  The first hexagon I made took me 3 hours.  Seriously!  But now they only take about 45 minutes from start to finish.  This youtube tutorial really helped me out.  It is slightly different from Heidi Bear's tutorial so I think I have ended up with a sort of hybrid between the two.


For the project I used Sugar'n Cream 100% cotton yarn in:
Hot Pink
Hot Orange
Hot Blue
Hot Green
Hot Purple

I decided to make a bunch of these then put them together to make a blanket.  It will be a big project but since each hexagon is a quick project in itself hopefully it won't feel too tedious.  Using four colors per hexagon out of five color total there are 120 different color combinations so no two hexagons will be exactly alike.  Making 120 hexagons and attaching them 10 * 12 will make an approximately 50 inch * 60 inch blanket by my calculations.  Making one hexagon each day will take me about 4 months to complete and since one each day isn't a realistic expectation (I'm due in one month for baby boy #2!) I just hope to have it done by the end of the year!






Monday, April 16, 2012

Free Knitting Pattern: Preemie/Newborn Booties

Only 9 more weeks until my little one is due to arrive!  I knitted up these little booties for him and I plan on making him more in various colors.


The pattern can be found here.  They can be worn folded like this:


but I prefer them left up like boots.


Too cute!


Monday, December 19, 2011

"Marble" Paint Ornaments

Hey y'all!  Making Christmas ornaments has been a fun tradition between my son and myself.  Last year we made Glittered Snowball Ornaments and this year we made "Marble" Paint Ornaments.

Supplies:

  • Clear plastic or glass ornaments
  • 3 bottles of acrylic paint
  • Ribbon
  • 1 kindergartner who likes to be in every picture that you take (optional)
Step 1:
Use one color of paint and squeeze into the empty ornament, letting it drip color down the sides.  Do three drips with this color.

Step 2:
Repeat step 1 with your other two colors.  The paint will have dripped down and there will be a pool of paint at the bottom of the ornament. 
Replace the top of the ornament and shake.  Shake it until the colors swirl together (just a few seconds) and make a marbling or tie-dye effect.

Step 4:
You can personalize the ornaments with your family name or year with puff paint.  Then cut 8 inches of ribbon and tie onto the ornament.  We kept one special one for our tree and gave the rest away for presents!



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Free Simple Hat Knitting Pattern

I have received many compliments on this hat (and just as many requests to make them).  But it is really so simple that even a novice could have success.  You will need size 7 circular and double pointed needles and a yarn needle.  The key to knitting up this hat so quickly is using Lion Brand Baby's First which is a bulky cotton-blend yarn.



Cast on 72
K2P2 for 12 rounds
P 2 rounds
K 10 rounds
Begin decrease:
K7, K2tog (repeat to end)
K
K6, K2tog (repeat to end)
K
K5, K2tog (repeat to end)
K
K4, K2tog (repeat to end)
K
K3, K2tog (repeat to end)
K2, K2tog (repeat to end)
K1, K2tog (repeat to end)
K2tog (repeat to end)
Using a yarn needle, run end of yarn through the last remaining stitches, pulling into the inside of the hat.  Secure the end of the yarn and cut the tail.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crazy Apple Salad



Ingredients:

  • One small apple; diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup banana chips
  • 1 cup Spring Mix lettuce
  • 1 Tablespoons Raspberry Vinaigrette
Add the greens into a medium bowl.  Cut into small, bite-sized pieces.  Add the diced apples, cranberries, and banana chips.  Toss with dressing.  Transfer into small bowl and enjoy!  Yum!