weekend love

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This morning my niece, long time friends Betsy and Derek, and I headed to the park to enjoy some of this Indian Summer. It was a blast and I can’t believe how fancy parks have gotten since I was a kid! Have you been to a park lately? What are you up to this weekend? Well if you need anything to do there are a lot of great recipes and diys below.

 

My Tumblr, less diy more tech, fashion and beliefs.

 

Try out Vizify to create your social media inforgraphic.

 

Pretzel potstickers, I’ll probably be adding cheese and some veg as the filling.

 

My patterns are now on Kollabora.

 

Make use of those browning bananas and on sale canned pumpkin with this Pumpkin Banana Bread recipe.

 

Great gift idea.

 

Check out this Giant Pom Pom from London-based artist Eleanor Davies.

 

knitting for animals

cat in the scarf

 

 

I’ve taught a lot of people to knit and every once and awhile I get a picture from a friend with their animal sporting a cowl (photo below) or funny hat, but on Sunday my friend Meggie shared the photo above of her cat Squirt wearing his new scarf. I was pretty impressed by Squirt’s modeling face and was wondering if you all have ever knitted for your animals? If you have, share some pictures and patterns!

 

 

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october love

 

I am not sure where September went but October is here and I’ve already gone through 6 cans of pumpkin! I don’t plan to make anything pumpkin related this weekend because I think I’ll be spending most of my time knitting but what about you? Maybe you’re not into pumpkin, well I’ve got a few more recipes and things to do and read to share with you while you snuggle up to enjoy your lovely Autumn weekend.

 

A friend made a pizza with figs a few months ago and I’ve been looking for a simple baked good fig recipe since then and I think I found it in this Fig Almond Breakfast Cake.

 

I haven’t used the Bamboo Paper app yet but my colleague shared a document with me the other day using it and I think I might be in love.

 

A treeline stripped cardigan pattern from PurlBee looks like a great Fall sweater to wear and to knit.

 

You know I love to-do lists, so you know I’ll love the Brief History of the To-Do List.

 

Celebrate the change of seasons with 30 Ideas to Set the Autumn Mood.

 

This recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing may make me change my position on using dressing on salads.

 

A print that should be in everyone’s home, office, wherever.

 

Carefree Caramel Cake has Fall birthday cake written all over it.

 

 

 

pumpkin and blankets

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My cousin’s baby shower is this weekend and I wanted to make a baby blanket but I have been so busy designing new patterns that I really don’t have the brain power to take on a non-knit pattern, so I making the Purlbee blanket I made a few years ago for a friend’s little boy.  This time I will be using the Martha Stewart Crafts extra soft wool blend in grey and white.

 

I also whipped up a new crust and pumpkin pie crust this weekend but because I don’t think the photographs turned out that well, I’m just going to give you the pie crust recipe.

 

1 1/2 rolls of Oreos

4 graham crackers

4 tbsp butter, melted

 

Using a food processor crumble the crackers and Oreos. Add butter and blend.

 

Using your hands press the crumb mixture in to the pie pan.

 

Freeze for 10 minutes or refrigerate for 20 minutes.

 

Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes or till set.

 

Have you started to bake with pumpkin?

 

have a fab fall weekend

 

I’m going to be doing a lot of knitting this weekend to fill a cowl order and I plan on watching a lot of The Good Wife on Hulu and sipping on hot coffee since the weather started acting like it was September.  What are you all doing? Staying inside because it is Friday 13th?! If you are catch up on a few good posts below.

How to read a recipe

 

13 Different ways to make hummus

 

Color tipped scarf pattern

 

Keep your books warm

 

Leslie Knope girl code

 

Just ordered this awesome tank top and this one tank top

 

knit list

 

It may be a bit hot outside but I am already putting together my to knit list for the Fall and Winter. I know, I’m a planner but a lot of knitting will be happening this September. I’ve got a cowl on my needles,  The Local Store just placed an order for more Wisconsin Cowls, and I’ve got a few new designs coming early Fall for GUYS and girls. I’m also going to try to create a pattern for this adorable kid’s poncho (pictured above) but for adults. What are your knitting plans?

Edgar the elephant

When I make stuffed animals for kids I imagine what they might name them, like Edgar or maybe Eleanor. It is a fun way to pass the time while stuffing or sewing the toy together. A little more about the pattern I used to create this squishy little elephant.

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I used the FREE Elefante pattern from Susan B. Anderson’s blog and Debbie Bliss’ Cashmerino yarn.

 

elephant

 

The pattern was easy to follow, but it is one that you need to either print off or copy and paste into a word document so you can read it on your tablet. Throughout the pattern we see pictures of the elephant, but none that really show the individual pieces so I thought I’d show you all a few.

 

elephant nose

 

Like the elephant’s nose. You need to really make sure that you stitch up the flat front part of his nose because the cast on hole is a bit larger than normal.  Also, it felt like that would be the part of the elephant getting the most abuse, perhaps it would get picked up by the nose, a lot.

 

elephant head

stuffed animal head

 

 

The top of the head was a bit of a challenge because you are stuffing and decreasing at the same time, but sitting at a table made the construction a lot easier because needles, stuffing, and pattern could be spread out all over.

 

crochet

 

You have to crochet the ears for this little guy and even though Susan does go over how to crochet, it took me about a week to figure out how to decently crochet and make two circles. I wish I had a few great video tutorials on how to crochet but there weren’t any out there. Most videos were badly lit and just “did” instead of explained.

 

Overall, I’m not sure if I would make this stuffed animal again or if I would recommend knitting it. I do know lots of other knitters who love this piece and have made it multiple times, so as Levar Burton says, “you don’t have to take my word for it.”

christmas in july

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Thanks to the cold front this weekend, I finished the log cabin blanket wedding gift that I started over two years ago this Saturday! I do need to sew-in all the loose ends but I have no more knitting to do on it, so I think can consider the project finished. And while I love the people I made the blanket for, it was the biggest pain in the butt and I don’t think I will ever take on such a large project again. Well, unless I get to keep the blanket. Selfish I know but a knitters gotta do what a knitters gotta do.

start of sweater

Finishing the blanket started an avalanche of projects to be pulled out and started, like the Big Herringbone Cowl, a Pullover Sweater for a new babe and started sewing Edgar the Elephant together (he gets his own post next week). I felt like it was the week before Christmas the way I was pumping out projects but now I feel like I have a little something to knit this weekend when I hit the UP of Michigan for a friend’s cabin and long overdue promised gifts will finally be given to friends and family.

 

blanket photo by my friend Cassandra Dudzik

finger knitting

finger knitting

 

 

Yesterday, I taught my first learn to knit class at The Lily Pad Lab here in Eau Claire and it was a blast. The one hour class goes for five weeks and the kids will learn how to finger knit, cast on and off, knit and purl.  In yesterday’s class we covered finger knitting and the different size and textures of yarn.  I was amazed at how much the kids knew about wool and the kids were quick to notice that “bulky yarn hides mistakes.”

 

If you’ve got a few minutes you can teach yourself or a friend how to finger knit using flax & twine’s  How-To guide. Finger knitting is a great low-cost hobby and a great way to see if you or someone you know are really interested in getting into knitting.  Also, it is a pretty awesome hobby that can provide you with unique bracelets and necklaces!