Knitting it up…

I’m a compulsive knitter.  All you need to mention that your uterus might be occupied and I will start a blanket.  I can’t help it.  I’m going to be “That” aunt.  You know the one… she knits you sweaters for every Christmas and you live in Florida.  Yup.  That’s me.  So my Package Pal was not going to get off the hook that easily… knitted gifts were on the agenda.

 

First up, the coffee cozy.

My favorite part of knitting is when a project goes from this

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to this!  When the pattern emerges… well, giddy doesn’t cover it.  Cables are extra satisfying too because they look complicated but are actually pretty simple.

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The hardest part of this project?  Button selection.

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Not only which buttons but then whether to sew them on “face up” or “face down” (that is, if buttons have faces).

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and viola!  I whipped up this bad boy in a couple hours.  Talk about instant gratification.

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I particularly love this pattern because it’s adjustable to fit various mug sizes.  Bonus!

Get the Paper Sensei Coffee cozy pattern HERE

Next up, the cutest little bunny that I ever did see.

This whole pattern was knit in the round with double pointed needles.  Sorta makes you feel like you’re knitting with a sea urchin.

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Maybe I should have been a drummer… I think I could so some serious damage with drum sticks after the choreography with 4 needles that is small knits on DPNs.

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The icing on this little bunny cake has got to be his pom pom tail.  I’m a fan, fo sho.

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Stitch on a little innocent rabbit face and you’re dunzo.

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Perfect for all the little cuties in your life (including yourself!)

Get the Spud & Chloe Rabbit pattern HERE.

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Make your own stamp

Stamp making has been on my perpetual “To Do” list for far too long.  I can’t even tell you how long I’ve had THIS kit sitting on a shelf in my office.  When I saw my Package Pal’s fun logo, though, I new just what my first stamp should be.

 

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Equipped with a print out of the image, a sheet of stamp rubber, a speedball cutting tool, an exacto knife and a pencil I got to work.

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I used the tried-and-true-rub-a-pencil-on-the back-side-of-the-paper transfer method to get the glasses on the stamp.

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Ta da!  Next up, cutting off the portion of stamp I needed with the exacto.

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Then brought out the big guns…

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At this point, I just went to town, not really knowing what I was doing.  The trick seemed to be going slowly and taking small chunks at a time…

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I’ve got to be honest though, I took away too much from one side, so I started over… in the end I took the left lens from the first stamp and the right lens from the second stamp and glued them together.

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I think a design with less need for symmetry would have been a better option but it still turned out cute.

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I chose to glue the stamp to a piece of wood (photo evidence fail) before I wrapped it up and sent its way… not before some practice stamps though!!

 

Now I want to make a stamp of EVERYTHING!   Stay tuned!  I’m sure some fun DIY stamps are in my future.

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Package Pals: Sent & Received

Last month I stumbled upon the awesome opportunity to participate in Package Pals, hosted by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. and Julia over at Stars and Sunshine.

Let me tell you, it led to the craftiest month of the year!  You can find out more about Package Pals HERE but  the gist is, after signing up, you are paired up with a Pal.  You exchange a few “getting to know you” emails then get to work on a fun goodie box.

This is my Pal, Kelly, the No Drama Mama,

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and I couldn’t have been matched with a better lady!  After our fun Q&As and scouring her Pinterest boards, this is what I came up with. (She made my package look so much more awesome on her post HERE)

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I got the needles out and whipped up a bunny for her Little Man and a mint coffee cozy.

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I finally broke into my stamp making kit in an attempt to make a stamp of her logo and whipped up a magazine clutch based on this tutorial.

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Now for the fun part… what I got!!!

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Is the anticipation killing you yet?

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Well, it nearly killed me!

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SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

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First of all, I love a box within a box so when I opened the box full of popcorn only to dig around for a second box, I already had a huge smile on my face.  The first thing I noticed when I got the second box open was the hand lettering on the envelope… I think this needs a frame.  Then the goodies just kept coming!  A huge stack of letter stickers and chipboard that I can’t wait to get in to, a sweet polka dot notebook, a super cute coffee mug stuffed full of goodies I’m already planning on using in Project Life, two skeins of my favorite washcloth yarn (!!!!), magnets that have already brightened up my fridge, a scarf for my first attempt at fabric stamping and TWO M&M punches… these cover both my initials!  M and W!  [insert happy dance!]

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Thank you Kelly for absolutely MAKING MY MARCH!

Check out what other Pals sent and received at the link up HERE.

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Easiest Compost Bins Ever

I”ve been excited to start a vegetable garden since I bought my house back in 2011.  Naturally, I’m just now getting around to it.  Based on all the research Pinterest searching, composting is going to be a vital part of the process.  Pricing out composters quickly got overwhelming but then I found this:

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EASIEST COMPOST BINS EVER!!!

It took all of 10 minutes…

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I just drilled holes through the top, sides and bottoms…

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Two compost bins ready for the filling!  Just give them a rock back and forth each time you add to them and you’re done.  According to the source site, I should have good soil in 3-4 months!

Aren’t the simple options the BEST!?

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A Sweet and Simple Blanket

The best part of knitting for me is making something for someone special.  You can’t help but think about and pray for that person while you work.  One of my favorite people to knit for is my neice, Amelia (a.k.a. Sugar Bean).

 

 

 

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So when I decided to start a project to help dwindle down my stash, she was the first one to come to mind.  I grabbed these three skeins of yard, all the same brand and weight but in three different color ways.  I picked them up years ago on clearance but since they were discontinued, I was limited to a one skein project… until I decided to combine them into a blanket to get a bit of an ombre effect.

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I LOVE SELF STRIPING YARN!  No need to switch colors and sew in a million ends!

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Knitting… and knitting… and knitting

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then FINALLY done!!!!  With all the stripes, I decided to keep the pattern a simple stockinette with garter stitch borders.

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I’m happy with the finished project.  It’s super soft and big enough for her to use for quite a while.  Now on to her new brother’s blanket!

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Supplies:

US 6 circular needles
3 skeins sport weight yarn (404 yards/ 5.25 oz.)
needle for sewing in ends

Pattern:
CO 160 sts
K 10 rows
Front side: K across
Back side: K10, P to last 10 sts, k10
Continue pattern until blanket measures approx 46.5 inches with front side facing for next row.
K 10 rows
Bind off loosely and sew in ends.
{Finished dimensions 36” x 48”}

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