I was thrilled when my Aunt told me she was bringing me some yarn but I had no idea how much. I’m excited to start thinking about things to knit or crochet. Any ideas? Comment and tell me what you think I should make!
With a few weddings approaching quickly I headed to the store in search of a thick yarn. Lion Brand’s Homespun Thick & Quick was may choice, super bulky (6) weight and oh so soft. I did had a dilemma however as I stood in the store staring at the pile of yarn skeins . I didn’t know how much to buy. So knowing I hate running short I bought eight skeins. Yes, I bought too much because it only took three skeins to complete the blanket. And the best news, it only took about 6 hours to knit.
My inspiration for this project was Lion Brand’s pattern “6 Hour Afghan.” Instead of using 4 strands lighter weight Homespun yarn I used the super bulky weight and saved a boat load of money. Love it! Their pattern was also knitted in stockinette but I really like the way the garter stitch I used gives texture. Click here for your FREE copy of my Easy Knit Blanket Pattern.
What do you do for a quick and easy gift for wedding, graduation or birthday?
As my husband and I continue to settle into our apartment, I keep finding more small projects to do. For today, I finally finished my dry ingredient canisters. You can find the “cracker jars” at Walmart. I think they are very functional and look great! For now, I only needed them for my baking needs but you could always use them for other things like homemade mixes (brownie or pancake) or cookies and crackers. I chose to stencil labels onto them, knowing it would be temporary and easy to fix if I messed up. I was actually able to find everything I needed to complete the project in the apartment. No extra trip to the store!
There are many other ways you could label the jars, I chose the cheapest for me because I had the supplies I needed. I printed off a font that was easy to read and sized it accordingly. Using an x acto knife, I cut the letters out and then taped the words to the jar. I would suggest that if you want to be closer to perfection use a heavier paper than general printer paper. (I wasn’t worried because I knew I could fix it by taking my fingernail or x acto knife to any blemishes.) To paint onto the jar, I used what I had on hand which was black acrylic paint. Sponge it on and you are almost done!
It is best to take the stencil off while the paint is still wet, or you will have to redo the painting. I made the mistake of waiting too long on the smaller jars and ended up taking all the paint off when the paper was removed. However, wait until it is dry to fix any blemishes.
I am excited to have NICE looking jars for my ingredients (with large enough openings for my measuring cups)! If I get tired of what the label looks like, I can just rub it off with a flat edge!
As the end of the semester approaches, my Wednesday night Bible study has come to an end. We’ve been digging into Ephesians, and I’ve loved learning from each girl’s varying perspectives. We’ve learned a lot, laughed a lot, and loved a lot! Let’s just say that we named our group “God’s Little Bunny Trails” because we are known for taking the scenic route when discussing our study. However, in our defense we added the subtitle “All of our trails lead back to Him” because 90% of our tangents were still related to studying the Bible and growing in our relationships with God… they just weren’t always pertinent to Ephesians.
Last Wednesday was our final meeting, and although it was bittersweet to come to the end, it was incredibly encouraging to hear what God has been teaching everyone! Because I am student teaching in the fall, I will not be able to lead a Bible study next year, nor will I be able to be near as involved with The Navigators or these girls’ lives. I really did feel like this was a final farewell of sorts, so I chose to send each of my girls away with a little note and a gift.
I was actually inspired to make these by Josie Clark, who was making some for her college friends while I was visiting with her mom, Machelle. If I remember correctly, Josie’s packs were a little more elaborate than mine, with stickers and such, but I was running short on time and chose the simple route.
What you need:
A spiral bound pack of index cards
Scissors or paper cutter
What you do:
Cut the scrapbook book paper to the appropriate size. I measured my index card pack using my paper cutter, but you could use a ruler.
Glue the paper to the front of the pack.
Cut a strip of paper large enough to write a name on it. In my case, I cut the strip to fit the length of the pack and then whatever width looked nice against the background paper.
Glue the name strip to the background paper.
Use a sharpie or fun marker to write the name on your new verse pack.
Start writing scripture memory inside!
I left my girls with the following parting scripture passage for them to memorize and wrote it in each of their packs to start them off:
Ephesian 6:19-20 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Thank you for an amazing senior year, ladies! I will still be praying for you all!
It is amazing how procrastination finds its way into all parts of my life. Not only do I procrastinate with my school work, but also with my household plans. I put off doing dishes (like this very moment) and I tell myself I will finish my project later. Recently I have been working on an afghan. I could have been done before the wedding but I decided to push it off until now.
I have actually made this afghan once before and gave it as a gift. When I started it, I thought “This is so easy! I already know what I am doing. Should go by fast!” Several months have passed. So much for getting it done right away. I am so excited to be able to use it!
As a child I loved cuddling up in the blanket that was always draped over the back of the couch. I don’t remember any of them having much significance to me. Now Nathan and I have a significant blanket: our first family afghan. Neither of us owned it before our marriage and it never belonged to someone else. Best part is that I made it! What could be better?
If you would like to make your own I found the pattern on Lion Brand.
So this is a bit of a belated post. I actually completed this scarf back in January when I was too busy to post about it, but here’s the finished product!
Using the left over yarn from my other scarf (Lion Brand – Hometown USA, Los Angeles Tan), I whipped up this beautiful cowl. For this one, I experimented with the seed stitch to make this sweet texture. The seed stitch is when you knit 1 then purl 1 for an entire row and then to the opposite on the reverse side so that everywhere there was a purl stitch there is now a knit stitch and so on.
I think I cast on 22 stitches for this width and used size 15 needles. I made this scarf before I knew the kitchener stitch to make the seam invisible, so instead I just stitched the ends together with my needle and thread. You can definitely see where the ends come together, but I don’t mind.
Seeing as how it is officially spring, there will no longer be any need to make more scarves this season. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty more next year, I’m sure.
What spring projects are you beginning?
Once again, I’ve returned to one of my passions: knitting. This time I thought I’d try an infinity scarf, which means that it is connected as a continuous loop.
This was a fun one to make because it was just so simple! I just used a rib stitch (knit, purl) as the pattern. The one challenge it posed though was the connection, but the remedy was to try out a fancy new stitch: the kitchener stitch. This stitch is used to fasten the two ends together in a way that it continues the pattern and becomes invisible. After watching the following tutorial and reading her instructions, I was able to modify it to my 1 knit, 1 purl pattern.
For my scarf I used Lion Brand Yarn – Hometown USA, super bulky weight, in Lake Tahoe Blue and size 13 needles. For the width I desired, I cast-on 18 stitches using the provisional cast-on method. This cast-on gave me live stitches in order to connect both ends using the kitchener stitch. If you do not know how to do a provincial cast-on go to the knittinghelp.com website.
You could definitely make variations of this scarf to add your own twist. Try a different weight of yarn, size of needles, or number of stitches cast-on! Then post pictures so we can see how yours turn out!
Have you ever used the kitchener stitch before? Did it give you any troubles?
With it being a snow day, I thought I would do some projects! First thing I did was make laundry detergent. I have been wanting to try my own for a little while now. I have had the ingredients for a few weeks but haven’t taken the time until today.
After doing some research I decided to use a natural soap. Lucky for me a family friend makes goat’s milk products. I asked her which soap product she would suggest for detergent. She actually said she was planning to make a product for laundry, but since she didn’t have it ready yet she told me what she uses for her family’s laundry. Here was her suggestion:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 bar of oatmeal and honey goats milk soap
Shred the soap add the borax and washing soda and you’re done! So easy! 1 to 2 tablespoons per load depending on size. I originally wanted to keep it in a cute jar, but because I have to walk to the laundry room in my apartment complex I figured a glass container would be a bad idea. Good thing plastic was made!
Because I have never used homemade detergent, I asked what to do for fabric softener. Her suggestion was vinegar. It will rinse clean and won’t leave residue, about a half cup will do (depending on size). She also has felted dryer balls to use instead of dryer sheets. If you want to make your own detergent with goat’s milk soap or would like to try out the dryer balls, she has an Etsy shop. I can’t wait for laundry day to try my new detergent!
Well my snow day has been productive thus far. I am also crocheting today and of course… doing homework. So thankful for this day off!
I may have been a bit over ambitious when I agreed to make three different types of cards this Valentine’s Day (Follow these links to look at the hand stamped and scripture focused Valentine’s cards!). Now that V-Week has arrived, I am not finding myself very motivated to complete this final card.
Because of my lack of motivation, I kind of took the shortcut on this Confetti Heart Card. I was inspired to try this card after running across The Creative Place‘s blog post when searching for card ideas. If you want to know the correct, neat or professional way to make this card, I would suggest visiting her site. She does a beautiful job!
For my card, like I said, I took shortcuts and the quality of my project suffered a bit. As a perfectionist I am not satisfied with it, but it did turn out super cute!
I first cut a heart template from another piece of cardstock. Then I traced the heart on the inside of my card. I then very carefully used my scissors to cut the heart out. I would suggest an exacto-knife though, if you have one, because my method involved slightly bending the paper to start my cut. I hole-punched the scrapbook paper that I used for my last two Valentine’s Cards for the confetti. I used some cheap cellophane gift bags for the transparency pouch to put the confetti in. It was with this pouch that I began giving up on life and choosing the easy way out. I would suggest sewing together the edges of the pouch; however, I used a stapler to close the edges. Then I just used a glue stick to secure the pouch to the inside of my card.
Ta-da! A little lackluster, but still heartfelt, Confetti Valentine’s Card!
Happy Crafty Valentine’s Day Week!
Any suggestions on coming to a middle ground between perfectionism and quickness without losing quality? I’d love to hear them!
Wow! This week has flown by! I feel as though I am at full speed and yet have completed nothing. It is days like these that I would love to add a couple hours to the day. Of course that isn’t something I can change so I need to organize my time better.
So today I have an announcement! Wedding pictures are in the mail! That means I will be able to share some with you in the weeks to come. So exciting! However, today I have more about the kitchen. Because I have been spending my time on school like a good college student, I haven’t been able to do the things I want to do.
In my apartment complex the only windows on the front wall are small rectangles above the cabinets. Most people have boxes crowded on top of the cabinets. I personally didn’t want to do the same because then I would have to look at the mess daily. Instead I wanted to display things that showed my personality!
My window display consists of: a “Kiss the Cook” sign (bridal shower gift from Nathan’s mother), hydrangeas, mason jars, and cake stands. I love the sign! However, I love it even more surrounded by the hydrangeas. When I was unpacking the cake stands, I thought displaying them would be much better than trying to store them somewhere. I would say now they are easier to get to but… I won’t be doing much baking. I have a compact oven which burns edges before the inside is even near ready. Ugh!
Anyway, I also used wedding decorations for my table. I have a chalkboard stand from Hobby Lobby that I use to write the meals for the day or just a note to my husband. Originally it gave the instructions at the guest table. I also used more hydrangeas and mason jars. I have to admit the kitchen is my favorite part of the apartment (not including the oven). Probably because I have put the most work into it so far!
Remember to stop by next week! Wedding pictures to come!!!!!