Archive for October, 2006

Fun with leaves

On a recent trip to a local state park, my mother and my daughter collected leaves. Over the weekend, Leah and I made a few leaf rubbings. Simply place the leaves under a piece of paper and rub on top with different color crayons. Turns out to be an easy and inexpensive craft project.

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The red scarf project

Yesterday I started this hat for the really sweet Japanese exchange student currently living with us. Done in a simple stockinette stitch, I knitted the brim of the hat a fun red color, which really stands out as it rolls up the sides.

As I was thinking about what to do with all the extra red yarn I have left, I remembered reading a post on one of my favorite blogs about the Orphan Foundation of America’s Red Scarf Project. Each January the organization collects handmade scarves to deliver in a Valentine Care Package to college-bound foster youth.

Don’t you just love this idea? Guess I know what I’ll be doing will all that red yarn after all.

For more information and scarf guidelines, just click here.

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Beyond the scarf

As any new knitter will tell you, a scarf is a great first project to work on your knitting techniques. There isn’t any increasing or decreasing to worry about and you don’t even need a pattern. So, for the first few years I made many of them. Once in a while I will still make one, but for the most part I have become a bit bored. Now I am on a hat kick. Here is the hat I finished for Leah just this morning. Made with Lily brand Sugar ‘n Cream yarn and using a hat pattern from The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits (small size) this hat knitted up in no time.  

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Next on my to do list – one more hat for our exchange student and continue secret project on circular needles (nope, it’s not a hat)! Pictures to follow.

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Pretty in Pink


I wish that I could take credit for this beautiful quilt that’s sitting on my daughter’s bed, but I cannot. My mother is an extremely talented quilter and just finished this twin size quilt for Leah. Pink (with a purple backing) goes perfect with her room, don’t you think?


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Halloween Pumpkin Cake

 I just made this semi-homemade cake for my neighbors Halloween party. Even though it looks like you slaved over a hot stove all day, it really took very little time and effort to make. You can find the recipe from KraftFoods.com  here.


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Knitting Rules

picture-309.jpgWhat’s better than spending your free time knitting and reading (my two favorite hobbies)? Well, for me it would be reading ABOUT knitting. That’s why I recently picked up the oh-so-funny book Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (of Yarn Harlot fame).  Chock full of practical information and lots of humor, this would make a perfect gift for the knitter in your life.  

Speaking of knitting, here is my current project. Sometime soon it will be a cute little hat for my daughter. Right now though my cat Howard is  more interested in it (hmmm, must be all the little balls of yarn laying around).

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Pointy Kitty







Who doesn’t love Pointy Kitty? With a lot of help from my mom, we were able to sew this together in no time. I got the pattern (for free) off of Wee Wonderfuls. Now my daughter Leah wants one, so I better get cracking!


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