Weekend Knitting

 

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 Friday was an early start to the weekend at my house and I was able to finish up the doll dress I had been working on, as well as a first go-round of a quick-knit, super warm hat pattern. Adjustments to the pattern are is in order. 

The Flower Knitted Dress pattern was easy to follow and knit up fairly quickly. I used three colors of Louisa Harding Kashmir DK I had bought on sale years ago and have enough leftover for a second doll dress with a different color configuration. I still need to add buttons and weave in ends … and cast on the second dress.

Happy weekend knitting!
Best stitches~

KJ

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Five Happy Things

 

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  1.  I cast on another birthday gift. This dress, for an 18″ doll, will hopefully make for a happy birthday girl, as well as expand the wardrobe of her American Girl doll. Bonus: I had the yarn in my stash!
  2. Working on a new hat pattern. It is thick and warm and covers my ears. Definitely the warmest hat I’ve ever had on my head. I had to set it down while I waited to get the right sized needles for finishing and now I can’t wait to get back to it. It will be a great gift hat for anyone living in cold climate, as well as a perfect charity knit.
  3. Alphabet soup from Bob’s Red Mill. It makes a quick and entertaining dinner that everyone likes.
  4. Playdough. There has been a lot of playdough play around here lately. I like spending time creating something only to squash it back into an unrecognizable lump. It is rather cathartic!
  5. Little Free Libraries. There are a couple of these tiny libraries in my neighborhood now and I love peaking in to see what books they offer. This week we took two books and left four. Check out this map to find a Little Free Library in your neighborhood.

The Ribband

  
Some time ago I bought a Ribband kit from the talented designer Laurie Nelkin. I worked on it for a while but had a hard time getting in the groove (I was going through a period of parental sleep deprivation that made the beads and tiny needles a little hard to focus on!). Recently I picked it back up and it flew off the needles. I loved working with the beads and it made the perfect birthday gift. The kit came with plenty of yarn and beads, a bead threader, the clasp, and a small bag to organize it all (and re-use as a gift bag). The directions are well-written and easy to follow. Wear it as a necklace or bracelet, it is definitely versatile. I look forward to knitting up more of Laurie Nelkin’s designs!

Best stitches~

KJ

Five Happy Things

1. Rain

After such a dry summer I am finding myself extra grateful for our rainy winter. Bonus: cozy knitting time in front of the fireplace with a mug of peppermint tea!

2. Origami

Santa brought me a large packet of origami paper and I love flipping through the colorful pages imagining what they will become. The amazing author, Grace Lin, wrote Lissy’s Friends, a beautiful book for all but especially if you love origami.

3. One hour bread

This recipe is so simple and easy to make, not to mention tasty! This recipe saved me several times over the holidays making sure I had bread for sandwiches or to go with a simple dinner of homemade soup and salad. (I use spelt flour instead of the white/whole wheat, and I skip the butter).

 

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4. My birthday mug filled with the aforementioned tea.

Kudos to Tim Horton’s for their “knit” mug.

 

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5. Super cushy yarn and a quick-knit hat.

I like to switch up projects and use thicker yarn and bigger needles after a smaller gauge project; I find it does wonders to prevent sore hands and fingers.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Best stitches~

KJ

Five Happy Things

1. I found this super easy pattern for slippers to knit for 400 by 40. I have been knitting up the child size in an unlabeled brown yarn kicking around my stash. Bonus: stash busting! 

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2. Snowshoeing! So much fun! We took a day trip to find snow and it was such an amazing day.  I can’t wait to go back!

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3. This zippered bag (perfect for holding some knitting notions) that looks like a library date due card. I worked in a library through a good chunk of high school. Check out their website for other great literary-based gifts. Bonus: they donate a bit to charity for each purchase.  

photo by Bowside Knits

  

4. This hat used up the ends of two skeins and it was super quick and easy. Another hat to donate for 400 by 40. 


5.  Music. Thanks to my awesome husband I now have music (a radio) in the kitchen and it brightens up every day. 

Hope you are having a lovely week!

Best stitches~

KJ