Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Scratch Mitts for a Sweet Bundle

The little scratch mitts are finished! I really enjoyed making these, putting lots of love into each little stitch for the sweet bundle of joy, due any day now! The parents are wanting the sex of the baby to be a surprise...{in a whisper tone}: I think it's a girl. :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Currently on the Needles

On November 10, 2012, I became an instant aunt, to 8? nieces and nephews! AND there's more on the way, with a little one, expected for it's arrival any day now! So, I started a pair of bitty scratch mittens. I wanted the stitches to be small and tight, so I'm using some lovely Tosh sock yarn(dipping into my bee keeper quilt stash :S) on size 1's, using the magic loop method. I have to say, this is my first time working with such small gauged needles and yarn-I absolutely love it! I just have two more sets to make after these ones...Oh, did I forget to mention, one of my sister-in-laws is expecting twins in the fall! :D Ahhhh! So exciting! There are so many things I wish I could knit for all of the babes, but can't keep up, haha. 

I also have the Hooded Scarf still on the needles...I had to put it down for a couple days, stepping back from a slight modification I've made...I wasn't sure if I liked it. I think I've made a decision and will move forward with it today. 

Happy Monday everyone! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sweet Tea

There's nothing like a refreshing glass of sweet tea on a hot day! Mmmm. I make a batch about 2x's a week. For all you tea lovers out there here's the recipe I swear by. 

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. 
Add 1 cup of white sugar(when wanting a less sweet batch, I only add 3/4 cups). Give a little stir, allowing the sugar to dissolve completely. 
Remove from heat and add 4 tea bags(I use black tea). 
Let steep for a few minutes-the longer you steep, the stronger it will be. 
After steeping, remove tea bags. At this point I add a couple cups of water to dilute it a bit, while at the same time cooling it down quicker.
Pour over some ice with some lemon, sit back and enjoy!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Simple Knitted Dish Cloths

These little dish cloths are a perfect touch for the kitchen. They measure 4.5” x 4.5”, fitting just right in your hand for washing dishes with. Another plus, they air dry quickly…no more gross, mildewy cloths! 

A quick and easy knit up:

I used a 100% worsted weight cotton on size 3’s. These cloths are both knitted flat on dpn needles.

Cast on 32 stitches

For garter stitch cloth:
Knit flat, slipping the first stitch of every row. Knit until measures 4.5” from cast on edge.
Cast off all stitches. Weave in ends.

For seed stitch cloth:
Row 1:*K1P1, repeat from * to end of row. Turn your work. *If the stitch below is a knit stitch, you want to do the opposite, making a purl stitch, and so on.
Repeat Rows 1 until piece measures 4.5” from cast on edge
Cast off all stitches in stitch pattern. Weave in ends.
*Note: These cloths do stretch slightly, once they’re used.

Happy Knitting!...and scrubbing. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

We have a few jade plants around the house. They are one of my favorite succulents, and make such great house plants.  One of them has grown into a decent size over the past year. My plan is to nurture this guy to grow into a tree, like this one! Super excited about it. This means I have some reading to catch up on!