A quick square hat for toddlers

My little cousin just had his first birthday.  Since he lives in a city that is sometimes foggy and cool, I decided to whip up a quick square hat for him.

Square hat

Square hat

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Stepping up from hoodies with a hooded scarf

My sister lives in sweatshirts because she loves the hood, but of course, she has way more clothes that don’t have hoods.  She needed a way to hood-ify any outfit.  Enter hooded scarf.

This is a super easy pattern and a fairly quick knit.  In fact, I knit it almost in entirety while my family waited at the hospital for my niece to be born (only took her about 6 hours to decide she was ready to make her entrance).  I used the DROPS hooded scarf  in garter pattern with Studio Tricot Cedrone yarn in Taupe.  I highly recommend it.  And I think she would too since she wears it almost every day.

Hooded Baby Blanket

My niece was born on October 3rd.  She is officially 3 weeks old.

And she is in fact the entire reason I decided to learn to knit.  There are just so many cute knit things out there for little ones, I could resist trying my hand at them.

One of her first gifts is a hooded baby blanket made from Misti Alpaca chunky yarn.  I found a pattern on Stitch Me Softly which wasn’t only pretty, it looked like a reasonable project for someone who had just barely learned to knit.

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Knit Topper for a Tea Towel

Crocheted towel holder from Little Birdie Secrets

I will admit, I love me some Pinterest.  The DIY section is pretty much the only area I’ve ever ventured into but all those pictures are a fun way to get inspired for the craftiness. I recently came across a pin for this crocheted towel holder (pictured left). It caught my eye because our oven handle is so close to the oven door that you can barely get a tea towel to hang there.  But!  With a tea towel holder ring, I knew that problem would be solved.  Not to mention, it’s pretty darn cute.  Unfortunately, I have no idea how to crochet.  So I decided to make up my own knit pattern to look similar and function identically. Continue reading

K & A’s wedding, turned ornament

Earlier this month, Boy’s sister tied the knot.  It was a beautiful wedding.  It took place in Portland, right along the river.  Boy’s sister was a gorgeous bride and her fiancé was a dashing groom.  Their wedding colors were white and teal.  There were white ribbons draping the backs of the chairs…and I stole one.  That’s right.  I stole one.  It was after the ceremony and I had gifting in mind.

As Boy was in the wedding party, he was gifted a monogrammed pocket square which was tied up with a teal ribbon.  Once he had opened his gift, he didn’t need that ribbon any more.  So I stole that one too.

After I got home and ordered some clear glass ornaments, I had everything I needed. Two ribbons, a glass ornament, and a wedding program.

I started with the program…

  1. Using a ruler and a utility knife, I (carefully) cut out strips of the program for each of the main lines of text: the bride’s name, the groom’s name, the location and the date.
  2. I then gently wrapped each strip around a pencil to curl it.
  3. Once the curls were set, I slipped them all, plus a piece of the white ribbon into the glass ornament and shook them around until they were just so.
  4. Then I popped the silver top of the ornament back on, affixed the teal and white ribbons on the top, and there you have it.  A Christmas ornament filled with mementos from a beautiful, joyous day.

And now I have 5 more glass ornaments, so more of these to come after more weddings!

Bottle Cap Magnets

I love bottle caps.  I admit that I collect cool ones – ones with owls on them, ones with funny sayings on them (like the glorious ones from Magic Hat Brewing featured in our pictures), ones which are pretty colors.  Until now, however, the caps have been sitting in a bag in my closet.  Waiting.  Waiting…

I also love magnets.  Because they’re neat.  And they hold photos on the fridge.  So we put those two together – and kablam – bottle cap magnets.

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Etching Glass

Last Thanksgiving, Boy and I celebrated at the home of my brother’s in-laws.  Each side of the dinner table had a few glass bottles filled with water.  On every bottle was etched a word – Gratitude, Peace, Inspire, Love.  After dinner, we each got to take one home.  Since then, the bottle has been sitting on my desk at work, serving as both my go to drinking vessel and a reminder to practice gratitude throughout the year.

And while my bottle says “Gratitude”, it has indeed inspired me as well.  It inspired me to learn how to etch glass at home.  Now, not everyone has access to a sandblaster but if you have a craft store near by, you’ll likely be able to find everything you need to turn out a variety of etched glass projects.

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