Month: September 2016

KnitPicks Palette Yarn

Where to buy: KnitPicks Palette* When you have a winner, you have a winner. I’ve been collecting Palette for a couple years now, ordering when a certain color combo grabs my fancy, and adding the 50g candies to my special Palette Tupperware bin. I just love this yarn. It comes in 150 colors! And it’s a dainty fingering weight with a recommended hook size of teensy, but I use an F hook and sometimes even a G! The yarn has a fuzziness since it’s wool, so you can get away with going up in hook size and not worry about losing stitch structure. Peep some of my Palette lounging in a candid action shot. Honestly you can’t go wrong with your color combo here. And certain shades are delightfully heathered, which I truly love for the added depth it gives the finished piece. Here is some of my Palette stash on the second row down, hanging out with a group of coral and sea junkies. And another pretty group of sweets – my kiddoes at …

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Hexagon Burst: Free Pattern 

I am so excited to finally offer my Hexagon Burst free pattern to you all! This hexie was made with the classic Sunburst square in mind (hey-hey Priscilla Hewitt – my crochet idol!) but I made 2DC clusters in place of the puff stitches, and I added an oversized outer petal round. Oh yeah, and I jammed a zillion petals on it.. 🙂 Find Pattern Pattern is available on Ravelry in PDF format. Also on Craftsy! Blanket info Scheepjes ColourCrafter Velvet* – DK weight – One ball each, colors: 860-Fonda, 855-Chaplin, 850-Crawford, 844-Hepburn, 841-Kelly, 851-Gardner, 852-Garland, 848-Rogers, 856-Grant, 858-Martin, 859-Burton, 854-Turner, 853-Leigh Size H hook for body and G hook for final Border round. Size: 50×64″ Here’s a general outline of how the blanket is constructed. First, make the pretty motifs! Once you make all the motifs, join them with your favorite method! I’ve been crushing hard on the Flat Zipper Join by Dedri Uys. Any join will work, so use your fave! If I’m honest, I used my freebie SC PLT join on the blanket …

My Planner: Moleskine

Warning! If you’re not interested in how I juggle a huge workload and 4 kids + hubby without losing my noodle, just skip this post 😁😁❤️ I’ve always been a meticulous planner, but never stuck with any one method of organizing it all. Previously I’d go through spiral notebooks haphazardly, and half the time I’d chunk them when filled, and lose all notes and potentially valuable info.  First I tried to get jiggy with the young’ns and take it hi-tech with a few different apps. HomeRoutines Cozi Family Organizer AwesomeNote But something about good old pen and paper is so charming and natural and creative to me, that I deleted them all off my phone the very same day.  I poked around online for planners and found some cute stuff: Quilter’s Planner Crochet/knitting project planning templates Then I headed to the office supply store and after looking around, I bought a boring, plain Jane, ready-made day planner. Woe was me, indeed. I used that planner for about 6 months before I realized I was still …

Vibrant Vintage Blanket Border! 

Find this border pattern in PDF format as a Ravelry download. (Side note: if you are interested in the Vibrant Vintage CAL, I created a 45-page PDF including condensed versions of all 33 square patterns, plus two popular border options, and the lace border.  I’ve added a Ravelry ebook page for this blanket, but it will direct you to download the PDF from an outside source (URL at left hand side). Just in case Ravelry gives me trouble with it, here is the direct link to download the PDF via hosting service DocDroid.net. Ravelry will not let me add it to the library because it would be considered a duplicate upload. And of course, check out full patterns, charts, and more joining options on the main VVCAL page.) You can add this border on ANY blanket, so if you have a blanket that needs edging, get it out and let’s do it! I am using Stylecraft Special DK (affiliate link) Round 1: Begin in any corner and SC evenly around, putting 3 SC in each corner. Join with sl …

Sweet Treat is sweet as candy! 

Introducing a new yarn by Scheepjes*! I’m welcoming Sweet Treat* laceweight thread to my Scheepjes stash ❤️❤️ There are 87 shades of this 25gr teensy yarn – each little ball is about 2.25″ tall, and recommended hook size is 1.25mm. It’s truly the cutest thing! Check out this color range – wowzers! Colors match back to Catona* too – so neat.  And you just know I had to organize all the yarn in some kind of rainbow… Goodness this was fun, and challenging. There are just so many colors! So what’s the yarn like? Well it’s a mercerized cotton, so you can think “small hook”, but I actually chose to hold it double on my prototype project and use a size G hook. That worked really well! Especially if you’re like me and you get scared by a 1.25mm hook 😝😝 Info drill-down: 100% mercerised cotton, high twist, Lace weight (2ply) yarn 25g = 140m Available in 87 colours Perfect for smaller projects, or larger projects where you’d like to use a lot of colours. Ideal for …

This blanket is made for a rock star.

Peep this rockin’ blanket. I’m in love with it and so pleased to share the pattern with you all – look for “Hexagon Burst: Free Pattern” next week! (Needs to go through my updated pattern template checklist!) I’m still going around for portions of the border, but I’m still calling this an FO because I can finish the pattern at this point. Can you just imagine draping this blanket around your shoulders for an instant rock star energy boost? Make it in the original Scheepjes* Velvet* for maximum energy potential, or pick your own yarns and have a blast mixing up the color palette.  Here I started one in a little 17-color mix of Catona Denim* and Sunkissed*.  Isn’t it darling in this yarn? Complete change of personality! And so lacy in the thinner weight too. In this sample, I used the same color for the first three rounds instead of just two, because I wanted to have more variety of colors among the motifs.. Lowering the amount of colors per hexie to four helped, and …

Peach & Blueberry Upside Down Cake

I meant to publish this in November, but that’s okay! I’ll let you have it now 🙂 This is an upside down cake made with this recipe from allrecipes.com. It’s a super simple cake and I used frozen pre-sliced peaches and frozen blueberries – thawed mostly but not all the way. I made the “caramel” in the oven as directed and then just threw the fruit in the bottom of the pan. Gorgeous already!! I used a 10″ pan, even though it called for 9-9.5″ because I like a larger, thinner cake. It took about 45 min to cook I think because the fruit was frozen and recipe calls for fresh. But everything came out moist and delicious! It was perfectly cooked! I tried so hard to wait until the cake was fully cooked to turn it out… I’d leave the kitchen… Stall a bit.. Then go back in for a touch.. Yep still warm.. Finally I just went for it! I cut around the edges with a knife, put a plate over the whole …