Odds, Ends and Greens

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We have had some unseasonably warm weather this winter. We have not been below freezing for a few weeks and it is not forecasted to be too cold again for the next few weeks so I took a gamble and planted my greens. I worked up the garden where I put my herbs last year because it is in the nook of our house and is protected and allows for me to protect the plants if we do get a cold snap.

I planted kale in two rows closest to the house and then planted spinach next to the kale. I mixed three packets of lettuce seed and then just sprinkled it in the middle section.

I have been working on some larger projects lately that are still in progress and I am behind blogging about some smaller ones. This post will act as a preview of some awesome things to come as well as a look back at somethings that I overlooked.

I am working on a smaller lap blanket. You might recognize the “LOVE Blocks” from a couple of posts ago. I made myself a set of the blocks and I am adding some paper pieced heart blocks. I am really happy with how this is turning out and I will update you as I make more progress.

I am using up scraps of fabric from the apron what was not after I messed up the cutting for my friend Sarah. I made her a set of the “Love Blocks” that she is using as a table runner, she loved them. I had a bunch of fabric left over and I really like the color combination and how it is coming together. I love this fabric and I can make myself feel better about my crafting when I do not have to go buy a bunch of supplies for a project.

I used this same fabric to make a gift for some friends at Christmas.


They wanted to learn to knit so put together a kit with some yarn (from my stash), some knitting needles and I made these carrying cases to keep all their goodies in. You can see that the top pockets have a closure. The middle pockets are for knitting needles and other straight longer supplies like a ruler, etc. The bottom pockets can hold circular needles or really anything else. The kit all folds up into an easy to store and carry bundle.





Super Sunday

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Today was a huge day. I got so many things completed or close to complete. I am pretty proud of myself.

I started out the morning with trying a recipe that I saw on Pinterest.  If you are not on this site, you should be. It is more addicting than StumbleUpon so consider yourself warned. I saw this recipe and, of course, I didn’t actually pin it so I improvised this recipe.

I placed one can of flaky biscuits in a bundt pan with plenty of brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon on top. I poured melted butter over the sugared biscuits and then baked them. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. I had to hide the last one to take to work for breakfast in the morning. I served the biscuits with apple sauce, yum!

I jumped right into working on a “Love” quilt that I am making. This was really just a procrastination of doing what I needed to do, which was finishing the “Love” wall hangings that I have been working on.

I finally got myself motivated to finish these up after wasting some time graphing out this “Love” quilt on graph paper . These projects were another Pinterest find. It was a great find too because I found this great blog and started subscribing to it in my google reader. Sew Mama Sew has a great site with tons of freebies and helpful information, be sure to check her out.

She teamed up with Kelly from Kelbysews to offer a tutorial and a few free letters for a True Love ~Love Mini-Quilt. The mini- quilt uses paper piecing. I am new to this skill but it keeps cropping up in my projects recently so I thought it would be fun to make a couple of gifts using the free pattern.

I made the first block using up the decorator fabric samples that I have been trying to work through and some green cotton that is probably older than I am from my Grandma’s stash.

This turned out so cute and I felt so good about actually being frugal that I made a second one out of some fabric that I purchased to make my roommate at the time, an apron. The apron got procrastinated and then I didn’t have a sewing machine. When I finally sat down to make the apron. I cut it out wrong and ruined the pieces to finish.  The fabric was still fine, it was just too small to make an apron without a seam in the middle. The whole project was shoved into a Rubbermaid container just waiting to become something lovely. I thought that it was only appropriate to use the fabric that I purchased for my roommate to make something else for her. I made her this love block using the non-traditional valentines colors. This is labeled as a “Mini-Quilt” but I thing that it would make a really nice wall hanging to put up in February.

I am not sure why the block looks so mis-shaped, It is actually a nice rectangle but I think that the ground  under the pic made it look lumpy. Sorry about that.

I liked this colors in these blocks so much, I made a second set for myself. I am currently working on turning it into a quilt, along with some other heart blocks. That is another post.

After finishing these and eating lunch, I set out to taking a shawl off the blocking board. I started this shawl, seriously, two years ago. I recently set out to rid myself of knitting UFOs (unfinished objects). This was on the list. I started it two years ago to give as a gift and luckily enough, that person’s birthday has not happened yet this year so I can still give it to them.

For the shawl, I used Citron which was published in Knitty in 2009. This is my second time using this pattern. It is a lot of fun to knit until you get to the end and then it takes forever.  I did like how the yarn pooled on this pattern. The stripes get smaller as the shawl gets bigger which makes for a pretty fun effect. I am happy with the result.

Continuing in the battle against UFOs I found a lone sock in project bag with some yarn. I finished the second stock today. These are a two year old birthday gift for a friend from work.

This evening, I was feeling pretty accomplished but still motivated. I started on quilting the baby quilt that I am making for baby Lawson. I will have a whole post on that when I complete it. This will be my first quilt doing the quilting as well as the piecing. I will let you know how it goes.

Puppy Hats

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My cousin Ashley requested that I make her a couple of hats for here wee girl that look like her dogs. She has a sweet little pug named Tanner and a great dane named Gracie. They are great dogs and good friends of my own pups. She requested this about 4 months ago. I just finished these last night. I procrastinated.

Ashley had her daughter on February 2, 2012 and named her Rilynn Leigh. Rilynn weighed 5lbs 2oz and was 18 inches long. She is the more perfect beautiful baby if ever there was one. Rilynn is a lot like her momma, and every other woman in our family, in that she does things her own way and she could not wait to get into the world. This totally foiled my plans of having her puppy hats done in time for her to wear them when she got here, that is fine though, we are glad to have her.

I was really excited to knit this beautiful baby a couple of hats that look like her puppy friends but I was a little taken aback by the task. It is hard to make a hat look like an individual dog let alone two dogs that are so different in looks, size and shape. I took a stroll around Ravelry to find a hat that I could modify into being the perfect pug or dane hat.

The dane was the first one that I did and the actual knitting was the easy part on this one. Finding a yarn that matches the coloring of Gracie was a different story. Etsy came to my rescue, again, and I found this beautiful yarn by TheKnittedLoop.

This turned out to be the perfect yarn to match Gracie. I used a pattern by Keri McKiernan called Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat. I heavily modified this by adding ears and a nose as well as stitching on eyes and I ended up with a very cute “Gracie Hat”.

I was pretty happy with how this one turned out so I jumped right into the pug hat. I used some Misti Alpaca yarn that I had stashed that was pretty close to a Tanner color as well as some silk blend sock yarn I had stashed as well. I started with a pattern for a little turban that I found on Ravelry.  Lazy Daisy Dress-up kit by Anna & Heidi Pickles is the pattern that I used, the kit is a pattern for a really cute little dress but they also have a pattern for a little turban to go with it.

This is the original pattern with credit for the image going to Anna & Heidi Pickles. I knitted the hat as directed in the pattern and then added a little nose and eyes and ears. I think that it turned out really cute and the Alpaca made the hat so soft and snuggly. I cannot wait to see it on little Rilynn!

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Baby Blanket for Kelly

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My cousin, Kelly, and her husband, Chris, are expecting a little boy in August. I thought it would be fun to make them a baby blanket. I used a pattern by Trish Mitberg called Chasing Rainbows. That pattern is available free online and can be found here. Here is the link to Trish’s blog.

For my version of this blanket, I used cotton. I had quite the stash on hand so I only needed to buy a couple of skeins to finish the blanket.

The pattern was easy and really fun to do. It is knitted from the center out and the way that she planned the increases gave it a pretty cool swirly/ skewed stripes effect. I got a little tired of knitting toward the outside of the blanket but that is just because the sides to so long.

I will probably knit this pattern again, it offers a ton of flexibility with the colors and is pretty mindless.If I do one for a little girl, I will probably do yarn overs for the increases instead of the invisible to give it a little flare and maybe a picot or lace edging.


Cross Stitch Neckwarmer

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I finished this a while ago but just now got around to putting up the pictures.

Neck and Ear warmer


I got through 12″ of this pattern, which is about half of a neck warmer so I am going to have to go buy more yarn…oh shucks another trip to the yarn store 😉


So I made these great mittens and I wanted to make a neck warmer to go along with them. The yarn that I had left over was perfect and should be the right amount.

I found this great stitch a long time ago call the cross stitch. A lady had made some beautiful wash cloths out of it. I had forgotten all about it until I got my “101 Designer One-skein Wonders” book. They have a lovely pattern for a cross stitch scarf. I decided to combine what I had learned from all these patterns and decided to make my own for a lovely neck warmer.

The cross stitch pattern turned out to be quite confusing so I decided to make a video sharing what I learned with you all.


Alex's Zip Hoodie

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Zip Hoodie is still going well. I have been mostly working on the Cross Stitch Neckwarmer but now I am out of yarn for it so I will refocus my attention to the zip hoodie. I measured today and I have about 12″, I have used four skeins of yarn so far (~500 yds) and I still have another skein and a half before I even start shaping for the arms. This project is turning out to be alot bigger than I originally planned. It makes a big difference when I knit on size five needles versus size 8 and 10.5 that I used on Taylor’s Wedding Afghan and on the Santeney Vest.


I have been working on this project for about a week and a half. I have gotten about 10″ into the basic pattern starting at the bottom. The jacket is knitted as one piece until I reach the arm pit so I work the bottom section for 16″, I figure that I will get to the arm pits by this weekend. This will be my first experience in working sleeves and setting them, so that will be interesting. I will update you all on how that goes.


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I have become addicted to knitting big projects.  This is the fourth in a line of larger projects. I guess that means that I am become a more comfortable knitter.

Alex loves his zip hoodies, he has been collecting them for a few years now. I had been trying to decide what to get him for our four year dateaversery, I found this pattern on ravelry and couldn’t help myself from buying the yarn from knitpicks and casting on. The pattern is Hooded Alpaca Parka by Michael del Vecchi from a cute book titled “Knitting with Balls”. Thomas giggled when I let him open the package from amazon.

Needle and yarn


US 5 / 3.75 mm

Knit Picks Swish DK
How much: 16 skeins = 1968.0 yards (1799.5m)
Colorway: Mist
Purchased at: Knit Picks
Purchase date : June 11, 2009

Santeney Vest

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Yet another ongoing project to share. I have been wanting to make a garment for a while,  I thought that a vest would be a good place to start. I found the Santeney Vest pattern on Knitty. I really loved this pattern and it looks straight forward so I bought some awesome Ecological Wool by  Cascadefrom my LYS (local yarn store, in this case Uniquely Yours in Rolla).

I have just begun this vest and am excited to get it finished up. I am sad that I can’t spend more time with this project than I am (silly wedding afghan). I have done the bottom edge and begun the pattern on the back of the vest.

I will keep you all updated on progress that I make on this project as well.

afghan 003

Update 6/22/09

This weekend was a fairly productive one for my knitting. I finished what I could on the wedding afghan until my new knitpicks order comes in. So that left me time to work on my vest. I worked about three inches while watching a disaster movie on abc.  The vest is coming along nicely and I am ready to begin decreasing for the waist.

I did decide that I would like for my vest to be shorter than the one in the picture of the pattern. Instead of knitting for 8″ and then decreasing for the waist I am going to knit 6″ and then begin my decrease. This will give the vest a total length of 27″ instead of 29″ . My goal is that it will hit just a couple of inches below my belt line versus just at the base of the legs.  We will see how it goes.

Update 6/25/2009

My camera finally got in a better mood so I wanted to show you all some pictures of the pretty detail that my vest has.

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After finishing the wedding afghan I was really excited to come back to this project on the ride back to Rolla. Wedding’s are always full of down time. You wait for the photographer and for the wedding to start, etc. Well I took advantage of that time this weekend and got straight to work on my vest. As you can see, I am about 40% done at this point with the whole project and about 90% with the back. I still need to start the arm holes and knit the neck but hopefully I can accomplish that tonight.

I was in the process of frogging a few rows so I thougt that I would take apicture while I had it all layed flat.

Vest Back 90%


Vest is almost complete. I have a bit of strap left to do and then of course, I need to block and piece together. I am glad with how this project has turned out. I will be sure to do some before and after pics of blocking in my next post along with pictures of the finished project.

Almost done

Hybrid Mittens

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This is a very simple mitten pattern knitted flat and seamed up the side. It is also available in the round.

Using a worsted wt. yarn and a size 8 needle.

CO 28 st. Work desired cuff length (I did 1 ½ in) in 1x ribbing (k1,p1)

Work mitten body:

  1. K
  2. P
  3. K11,Knit in front of stitch and in back of stitch (KFB),K4,KFB,K11 (30st)
  4. P
  5. K12,KFB,K4,KFB,K12 (32st)
  6. P
  7. K
  8. P
  9. K13,KFB,K4,KFB,K13 (34st)
  10. P
  11. K14,KFB,K4,KFB,K14 (36st)
  12. P
  13. K
  14. P
  15. K
  16. Purl 21, place 6 purled st on holder (the ones that were just purled), purl rest of row
  17. K15,CO2,K15 (32st)

Continue in Stockinette st until stockinette section measures 4in.

Work Opening:

  1. BO 16 st using a purl BO, P 16 (remaining 16 st)
  2. K 16, CO16
  3. P (all 32 st)

Continue to work in Stockinette st  until desired length minus ½ in.

Decrease for Shaping:

  1. K2tog,K12,K2tog,K2tog,K12,K2tog (28st)
  2. P
  3. K2tog,K10,K2tog,K2tog,K10,K2tog (24st)
  4. P
  5. K2tog,K8,K2tog,K2tog,K8,K2tog (20 st)
  6. P
  7. K2tog,K6,K2tog,K2tog,K6, K2tog (16 st)
  8. P2tog,P4,P2tog,P2tog,P4,P2tog
  9. Bind Off

Finish Opening:

  1. Pick up 16 of the bottom st.
  2. Work in 1x ribbing for 16 st.

Work in pattern for ½ in, BO in pattern

Work top portion in the same manner.

This will create an opening that will have a slight overlap.


  1. from inside center of thumb, PU 3, K6,PU3
  2. P
  3. K

Work in Stockinette St for 2 in

Decrease for Thumb

  1. K2tog,K2tog,K to last 4 st, K2tog,K2tog
  2. P
  3. K2tog x4

Break yarn with ample enough to draw through the remaining st, sew down side of thumb, weave in ends

Finish mitten by seaming edges and by grafting the tip of the mitten.

Please remember to knit the second mitten for the opposite hand.

I forgot that detail the first time I knit these 🙂