12.30.2009

Another easy knitted hat

We seem to be on a rented movie marathon at my house. I think it has something to do with the post holiday decompression.

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Mostly rainy and cloudy here during the winter, it’s perfect to cuddle up on the sofa and knit or spin.

I found some yarn in my stash and I’m off.

Easy Ribbed Hat (made with bulky yarn)

yarn Bernant Felting Natural Wool, color way 94420

Needles size 8 US, circular needles

I used the magic loop method, see here for help

Cast on 64 stitches, being careful not to twist stitches

Pattern is K1, P1 all around every row

Continue until approx 6 inches or around the top of your head

Start your decreasing

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Row 1: Knit pattern (k1, p1) 6 stitches, ktog , place stitch marker

Row 2: Knit all around

Row 3: Knit pattern until last two stitches before marker, then ktog

Row 4: knit all around

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 8 stitches left on the needle.

Cut a long tail and draw through all of the loops.

Stitch back and forth through the top of the hat to secure and cut.

Done!!

This quick hat is perfect for just about anyone.

May your knitting needles fly as fast as dragonflies

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12.27.2009

Easy knitted cap pattern

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I have been knitting over the holidays. A little, some light knitting that I don’t have to think to hard about. Looks like I’ve got a red theme going…

Some house slippers…006 Easy pattern here

Going to knit another pair for a girlfriend in the hospital.

It has been cloudy and cold here, a little snow falling. So we have been watching some movies. I knitted an easy cap while watching Star Trek, (picked out by Steve) and Julie & Julia.  (for me).  This allows for a lot of knitting and spinning.

Here is the pattern (see hat above)

Easy Knitted Cap

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I used approx. 200 yds of worsted wt 100% wool Galway in dark red

US 4 circular knitting needles or size to gauge(i use the magic loop method, see here)

Gauge = 17 sts and 24 rows, 4 x 4 swatch

Cast on 76 stitches, be careful not to twist when joining the circle.

Knit 2, purl 2 every row for 2 1/2 inches.

Now starting knitting all around until 7-9 inches, about to the top of your head.

Decrease using:

Mark beginning of round

row 1  knit 2, ktog, around (you should be able to have 19 decreases per row)

row 2  knit all around,

row 3 knit 1, ktog around

row 4 knit all around

row 5 ktog all around, (8 stitches left)

take the 8 remaining stitches and cut yarn leaving a long tail, draw these up with a needle, stitch through several times and cut.

Now your ready to go out and enjoy the winter

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12.25.2009

Happy Holidays!

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Winter Knitty is out, Check it out! 

Hope you get everything you want!

12.19.2009

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12.13.2009

Imagine learning knitting from You Tube



When learning to knit or spin, You Tube has been a great resource for me, especially when I’m in the middle of a pattern, and have to figure out something, with no knitter to ask. Here are some recent videos that may help you.
The KnitWitch has a number of great knitting tutorials available. Here are some of her new ones.
Wet Blocking a Knitted Piece
Weaving in Ends on Stockinette Stitch
Weaving in ends on ribbing
How to work in ribbing
How to tell the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch
Binding off in Pattern
How to do stockinette stitch
How to perform a knitted bind-off on the right side of your work
How to recognize a backwards knitting stitch
How to Purl through the backloop
Knitted Cast On
Knit Witch Yarn Bowl Demonstration
How to fix a dropped stitch in knitting
How to perfom a Cable Cast-on
I knit with cat fur, is great, don’t let the title kid you, she has a wealth of videos on all sorts of stitches.
Abby Franquemont, love to spin? Check out the queen of the drop spindle and the wheel
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Have fun with your knitting!

12.12.2009

Wouldn’t you like to be knitting here…

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With a mug of tea or glass of wine and a knitting project.

Get your knitting out and enjoy, I can hear the fire crackling!

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I’m done with my hair towel wraps (see here, on how to make), they are all wrapped up and I’m ready to settle down with a cup of tea and my new mag.

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12.10.2009

Knitting and podcasts….

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Podcasts are great to listen to while knitting or spinning.  I really enjoy it.

I also like to listen to my favorite podcasts, music or books, while cleaning or commuting to and from work.

Some of my favorite are:

Cast On by Brenda Dayne In her description it says “A podcast about Knitting”, but this is so much more. Brenda’s beautiful voice lulls me into a dreamy knitting mode, while I learn about, well you never know. Historical, interesting, musical, essays read by the writers, oh and knitting. She is charming to listen to and never fails to bring  a smile to my face and heart. This is my number 1 podcast.

It’s a PurlMan, a guy in Boston with Knitting issues. Funny and good knitting info. The host, Guido, was introduced to knitting by his fiancé and has been completely obsessed ever since.

The Knitmore Girls A mother and daughter team, who knit. I recently was introduced to this and am enjoying it. I like this duo, and the way they work together to produce a informative and entertaining podcast. I can’t help thinking the whole time, “my Mom would never do this”, makes me want to steal her away.

Lime N Violet a couple of wacky girls, who love yarn, spinning, and always ready to talk us into buying more.

Non knitting podcasts

Wormwood-This is my new favorite. It is a serialized mystery. It is described as arcane mystery, weird romance, and strange horror. I’m enjoying it. It reminds me of weekly radio episodes that use to be produced, way before our time. It is done quite well.

Lipgloss and Laptops, This is produced by a Canadian woman, it usually gets me into trouble, I always find a makeup product to buy after listening. But I always tell myself I save so much money by not buying some products that she reviews that are duds.

Any Jane Austen book, there are quite a few free downloads of classic books here. Of course, who is reading it makes or breaks the listening experience.17

Knitting podcasts come and go. Some of my favorite don’t seem to be producing anymore. (KnittersUnscensored, Pixie purls)

If you have a favorite knitting, or other podcast, please let me know. I would love to find some more.

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Get your IPod and your yarn out and get knitting!

12.07.2009

Southern holiday recipes

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Upon moving south, I learned that the Holidays include a different variety of foods. I love corn bread stuffing, and cranberry fluff, but my favorite is sweet potato pie. I’m a long time pumpkin pie lover, I’ve always requested pumpkin pie for my birthday instead of cake. So pumpkin is near and dear to my heart.

But when I first tasted a sweet potato pie, I’ll have to say it is a close second.

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SWEET POTATO PIE

Ingredients

1 (1 pound) sweet potato

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust (of course it would be an absolute SIN to use store bought!)

Directions
  1. Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
  2. Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a soufflé, and then will sink down as it cools.

 

CRANBERRY FLUFF

2 c. fresh cranberries
3 c. miniature marshmallows
3/4 c. sugar
2 c. apples, unpared
1/2 c. seedless grapes, red or green
1/2 c. walnuts
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (12 oz.) Cool Whip Grind cranberries and combine with marshmallows and sugar; cover and chill overnight. cf

Core and dice apples; add apples, grapes, walnuts, and salt. Fold in Cool Whip and chill at least 3 hours before serving. Can be made 1-2 days ahead. Serves 8-10.+

Now my husbands family has a fondness for fruit cake, I’m going to make Claudia’s recipe from Mr.. Puffy’s knitting blog. Now she calls it a Christmas cake, but I’m going to say it’s a fruit cake, can’t wait to try it out.

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Oh, and my husband bought me a new set of bathroom scales. How kind of him, our old one broke. I’m sure it’s just to watch his weight with, right?

So while we are eating our goodies, I’m sure some knitting would burn lots of calories, right?

12.06.2009

This and That….recycle it..

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From CraftIdeasInfo here is a way to recycle a old cereal box into a good looking tote or gift bag.
Planet Green has an idea on how to  repurpose those wool sweaters into nice looking mittens. Also check out FeltsoGood on flickr for more images.
Recycle those plastic bags into “plarn” (plastic yarn) and make a nice sturdy grocery bag. Thanks to myrecycledbags.com. She also uses cassette tape to crochet Barbie dresses and other things (evening bags!) Her list of patterns here
Neauveau Fiber Arts has a tutorial on how to unravel a wool sweater and prepare for repurposing.
We all have these to toss, you have to take a look at pwka on flickr, she has a nifty idea to carry your bagel to work in. Perfect!
Sports bra from mens underwear, I’ve seen this before, but it is worth repeating, thanks GiannyL. Look at her video and her website where "Do It Yourself has never been so Sexy" she has some great ideas!
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12.03.2009

Hair towel wrap stocking stuffer

holly-leaves-sl-522714-l I have been looking for stocking stuffers, and ran across this tutorial from Skip to my Lou, her blog has so much great info, and is fun to read.

I followed her tutorial. I purchased a bath towel from Wal-Mart that was $2.50, by folding this in two, I was able to make one from each towel, with a little leftover to make a small face towel.

I just bought one towel as a trial run, now I’m off to buy 20 towels and more elastic.

Mini microfiber hair wrap

I have short hair, and the regular size hair wrap is a little larger than I need, so I experimented with a smaller towel. I wouldn’t go any smaller than the size below and if you measure a standard hand towel it is approx. 16 inches x 27 inches. This would be the perfect size.

I purchased two microfiber, (which absorbs water wonderfully), tea towels (size is approx. 25 inches x 12 inches) from the Dollar Tree, price 1.00 a piece, they come in several bright colors. I picked green.

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I roughly traced what I thought would be a good shape for the size of my towel, and cut it out.

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This a good size if you have short hair, the towel is quick to dry and easy to use.

The only change I would make in the instructions is, I would move the elastic band up to 5 or 6 inches from the edge, because the “tail” is not as long to catch in it, (I think this would work well for a standard size hand towel as well.

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Then, in just a few moments, a great stocking stuffer for any gal in the family.

Hope this gives you some ideas for the holidays.

12.01.2009

Henna II, the sequel..Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

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Some sequels are just plain better than the original, Die Hard 2, the 1989 Christmas Vacation, Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan, After the Thin Man, The Bourn Supremacy, Toy Story 2, and my last one Dawn of the Dead. Sometimes it takes some tweaking to get it just right. Knitters live by this lesson..

So fearlessly my henna saga continues. I decided to re-henna my hair with the hopes that I would be able to get that rich color I was seeking.

With henna you can add several other plants, that are dried and ground, to adjust the color. Indigo, which we all are familiar with, can be added to darken it from a little all the way to black. (the indigo when combined with henna produces a deep rich black). If you desire a strawberry blonde look you may add some cassia obovata, this adds a golden color. To tone down the brilliance of the red, people add buxus dioica (also known as Katam, has been used for obtaining light brown, ash browns and brunette colors),which cools the colors. Amla (also known as the Indian Gooseberry), also is reported to tone down the color of the red, so not as vibrant.

It is fun to mix yourself, like in knitting and the gauge rule, in hair coloring it is “test strand”.

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So after the first day of applying a 2/3 henna (75 gms) and 1/3 cassia mix (25 gms), after 4 hours my hair ended up to be this color.

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The darkening of henna from orange to reddish brown (commonly referred to as oxidation).

 I still decided I would like to see if I could get the super bleached out front to match the back a little more.

Day 5, I mixed henna (100 gms) with approx. (9 gms) of amla. Waited for the dye to release overnight, and got to applying.

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I will post photos after this application has oxidized and see how much that changes the color.

So I’m a red head for now.Betty_Boop_wink2

Now I need to get out my knitting needles and start knitting!!

Below are the best links to check this method of hair coloring out, they have all of the info you need to get started.

http://www.mehandi.com/shop/ everything you need here, a free downloadable e book that covers everything, forums, shops, photos and stories of henna users and what they used. As well as info on commercial hair dye.

http://www.ancientsunrise.com/ A more fool proof way of getting what you need, packaged into a box for you.

http://www.hennacaravan.com/how/hennayourhair.html more how to’s and recipes for the colors you want.

http://ilovehenna.tripod.com/id1.html I love this woman's hair, her two years journey with her henna use, also includes info on other colors.

http://www.tapdancinglizard.com/ Check this out if you are curious about henna body art.