Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Go Pack! Green Bay Packers Dishcloth

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  We sure did and as an extra little present on Christmas Day, the Packers were victorious over the Bears which gave us Packer fans a little extra something to celebrate!  =)  So continue to cheer on the reigning Superbowl Champs and knit up this dishcloth to show off at your next Packer party!






Go Pack! Green Bay Packers Dishcloth








Supplies:
1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn
US #3/3.25mm needles
Yarn needle







(Finished size approximately 9-1/2" x 9")


Instructions:


Cast on 49 sts


Rows 1-6: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1


Row 7 (and all odd rows): (K1, P1) x2, P to last 4 sts, (P1, K1) x2
Row 8: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2
Row 10: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P3, K2, P2, K1, P2, K4, P2, K5, P3, K3, P3, K2, (P1, K1) x2

Row 12: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K4, P2, K4, P2, K1, P2, K1, P1, K2, P2, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 14: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P4, K4, P2, K1, P5, K2, P4, K4, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 16: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P1, K2, P2, K4, P2, K1, P2, K4, P2, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 18: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P3, K3, P3, K3, P4, K5, P3, K3, P3, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 20: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2


Row 22: (K1, P1) x2, K12, P18, K11, (P1, K1) x2
Row 24: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P22, K9, (P1, K1) x2
Row 26: (K1, P1) x2, K9, P24, K8, (P1, K1) x2
Row 28: (K1, P1) x2, K8, P26, K7, (P1, K1) x2
Row 30: (K1, P1) x2, K7, P11, K8, P9, K6, (P1, K1) x2

Row 32: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P10, K12, P8, K5, (P1, K1) x2
Row 34: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P10, K14, P8, K4, (P1, K1) x2
Row 36: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P9, K16, P8, K3, (P1, K1) x2
Row 38: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P9, K18, P8, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 40: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P18, K10, P7, K2, (P1, K1) x2


Row 42: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P19, K10, P7, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 44: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P20, K10, P7, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 46: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P20, K10, P7, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 48: (K1, P1) x2, K32, P7, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 50: (K1, P1) x2, K32, P7, K2, (P1, K1) x2


Row 52: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P8, K19, P8, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 54: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P9, K17, P9, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 56: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P10, K15, P9, K3, (P1, K1) x2
Row 58: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P10, K13, P9, K4, (P1, K1) x2
Row 60: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P11, K9, P10, K5, (P1, K1) x2


Row 62: (K1, P1) x2, K7, P28, K6, (P1, K1) x2
Row 64: (K1, P1) x2, K9, P24, K8, (P1, K1) x2
Row 66: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P20, K10, (P1, K1) x2
Row 68: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P16, K12, (P1, K1) x2
Row 70: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2

Rows 71-75: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1


Bind off in (K1, P1) pattern.


Weave in ends and block, pushing down on stockinette stitches and leaving the purl stitches (so they "pop"). Lay flat to dry.

Friday, December 16, 2011

2012 Dishcloth

Here's another last-minute gift!  Perfect for use all year long!



*** Update 12/9/12 -- If you are looking for the 2013 cloth, click here to be re-directed to the blog post from October.  Thanks and Happy Holidays everyone!  ~Kelly ***
2012 Dishcloth

Supplies:

1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn
US #3/3.25mm needles
Yarn needle

(Finished size approximately 8" x 6")



Instructions:

Cast on 43 sts


Row 1 (and all odd rows): K

Row 2: K

Row 4: K

Row 6: K

Row 8: K9, P25, K9


Row 10: K8, P27, K8

Row 12: K7, P29, K7

Row 14: K6, P31, K6

Row 16: K5, P33, K5

Row 18: K4, P3, K7, P3, K3, P3, K6, P1, K7, P2, K4


Row 20: K3, P4, K7, P2, K5, P2, K6, P1, K7, P3, K3

Row 22: K3, P4, K3, P5, K3, P1, K3, P3, K2, P3, K3, P7, K3

Row 24: K3, P6, K2, P4, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P5, K2, P6, K3

Row 26: K3, P7, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P6, K2, P5, K3

Row 28: K3, P8, K2, P2, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P7, K2, P4, K3


Row 30: K3, P9, K2, P1, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P8, K2, P3, K3

Row 32: K3, P4, K2, P3, K2, P1, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K3

Row 34: K3, P4, K2, P3, K2, P1, K2, P3, K2, P1, K4, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K3

Row 36: K3, P4, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K4, P3, K3, P1, K3, P3, K3

Row 38: K3, P5, K5, P3, K5, P3, K3, P4, K5, P4, K3



Row 40: K4, P5, K3, P5, K3, P5, K2, P5, K3, P4, K4

Row 42: K5, P33, K5

Row 44: K6, P31, K6

Row 46: K7, P29, K7

Row 48: K8, P27, K8


Row 50: K9, P25, K9

Row 52: K

Row 54: K

Row 56: K

Row 58: Bind off



Weave in ends and block.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hot Pad Tutorial

If you're looking for a last minute gift, give these hot pads a try!  I love to decorate for each holiday, including my kitchen.  I buy holiday kitchen towels and usually try to make a set of pot holders too.  They are easy-peasy and are completed within a couple hours.



Here's what you'll need:

  • Cotton Batting
  • Insul-Brite
  • Cotton Fabric (main color and contrast color)
  • Cutting Board / Cutting Mat
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Safety Pin
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

Start by cutting your cotton batting, Insul-Brite, main and contrast fabric into 9" x 9" squares (two of each).  Out of the contrast fabric, cut out two 4" x 4" squares.

Fold the 4" x 4" squares in half diagonally and press with iron.  Stitch 1/2" from folded seam.


Trim the excess fabric back to 1/4".  Using a safety pin, turn the fabric right side out and press, centering the seam in the middle of one side.  This will be your hanging loop.

Now, take your 9" x 9" squares and layer them as follows:  Insul-Brite on the bottom, contrast fabric right side up, main fabric right side down, cotton batting on the top.
Take your hanging loop and fold it in half, one end over the other. 
Pin the hanging loop in the middle of the pot holder, right side of the loop facing the right side of the main fabric.  Pin all the way around the pot holder, leaving a 2" or 3" gap in the bottom of the potholder.

Starting at the bottom, stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance all the way around the pot holder, through all the thickness, pivoting at corners and removing pins as you get to them.  ***Remember to back track at each end of the opening at the bottom.***  When you get to the top, where the hanging loop is pinned, back track to reinforce this area.
Trim the excess fabric back to 1/4", clipping the corners of the fabric.
Turn the pot holder right side out, using a scissors to press gently into each of the four corners.  Turn the raw edges of the bottom opening to the inside so they are even with the sewn seam and press.  Hand stitch the opening closed.  Voila!  A cute, handmade stocking stuffer!  =)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Holly & Berries Dishcloth

Last night, Loreli & I made some cookies to take over to my aunt's house.  We always have a blast when we bake, and last night was no exception.  Because she's 2, we usually make quite a mess, but I wouldn't have it any other way!


We're almost all done with our Christmas preparations, just a few more things to get in order and wrap before our first get-together this weekend.  We're also headed to visit Santa tomorrow -- for the first time ever!  Loreli actually knows who Santa is this year, so we feel like it's her first Christmas.  Everything is so new to her and its so exciting for both Shane & I to watch.

Anyway, here's another Christmas cloth to add to your collection...Holly & Berries.



This pattern is available to purchase as a PDF file for $1.25.  This pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry, but please note that you do not need an account to purchase it.  Just click on the link below and it will take you directly to PayPal.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Monday, December 5, 2011

O Holy Night Dishcloth

This dishcloth is one of my favorites!  Its a beautiful, quiet scene of snow falling around church as the Christmas star shines down.  Happy knitting!






O Holy Night Dishcloth




Supplies:

1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn

US #3/3.25mm needles

Yarn needle




(Finished size approximately 9-1/2" x 8-1/2")


Instructions:



Cast on 49 sts



Rows 1-6: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1


Row 7 (and all odd rows): (K1, P1) x2, P to last 4 sts, (P1, K1) x2

Row 8: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2

Row 10: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P39, K1, (P1, K1) x2



Row 12: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P37, K2, (P1, K1) x2

Row 14: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P3, K3, P2, K3, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K3, P2, K3, P3, K6, (P1, K1) x2

Row 16: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P9, K1, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K1, P9, K3, (P1, K1) x2

Row 18: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P7, K2, P1, K3, P1, K1, P3, K1, P1, K3, P1, K2, P7, K2, P1, K1, (P1, K1) x2

Row 20: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P9, K1, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K1, P9, K3, (P1, K1) x2



Row 22: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P7, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P7, K4, (P1, K1) x2

Row 24: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P5, K3, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K3, P5, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 26: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P7, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P7, K4, (P1, K1) x2

Row 28: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P1, K3, P5, K3, P1, K4, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K4, P1, K3, P5, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 30: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P3, K4, P1, K5, P3, K5, P1, K4, P3, K6, (P1, K1) x2



Row 32: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P5, K3, P1, K13, P1, K3, P5, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 34: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P3, K4, P1, K13, P1, K4, P3, K3, P1, K2, (P1, K1) x2

Row 36: (K1, P1) x2, K7, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K13, P1, K1, P1, K3, P1, K7, (P1, K1) x2

Row 38: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P1, K3, P7, K3, P1, K13, (P1, K1) x2

Row 40: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K7, P1, K3, P7, K3, P1, K13, (P1, K1) x2



Row 42: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P2, K3, P5, K3, P2, K13, (P1, K1) x2

Row 44: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K4, P1, K8, (P1, K1) x2

Row 46: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P4, K3, P1, K3, P4, K9, P1, K3, (P1, K1) x2

Row 48: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P1, K5, P1, K5, P4, K5, P4, K14, (P1, K1) x2

Row 50: (K1, P1) x2, K12, P1, K2, P4, K3, P4, K15, (P1, K1) x2



Row 52: (K1, P1) x2, K16, P4, K1, P4, K5, P1, K4, P1, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 54: (K1, P1) x2, K17, P7, K17, (P1, K1) x2

Row 56: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P1, K11, P5, K2, P1, K6, P1, K8, (P1, K1) x2

Row 58: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P1, K8, P3, K10, P1, K6, P1, K1, (P1, K1) x2

Row 60: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P1, K14, P1, K3, P1, K10, P3, K7, (P1, K1) x2



Row 62: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K6, P1, K2, P5, K6 (P1, K1) x2

Row 64: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P1, K14, P3, K9, P3, K7, (P1, K1) x2

Row 66: (K1, P1) x2, K14, P1, K5, P1, K11, P1, K8, (P1, K1) x2

Row 68: (K1, P1) x2, K9, P1, K10, P1, K3, P1, K7, P1, K3, P1, K4, (P1, K1) x2

Row 70: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2

Rows 71-75: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1



Bind off in (K1, P1) pattern.



Weave in ends and block, pushing down on stockinette stitches and leaving the purl stitches (so they "pop"). Lay flat to dry.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SNOW Dishcloth

Some people (including my husband) say I'm crazy, but I think snow is romantic.  Obviously, when you're driving through a blizzard with sleet and snow, you're probably thinking "not so much", but when the big, fluffy flakes are coming down and you're sitting inside cuddled up with a blanket and a hot drink, it sure can be!  When you walk outside during one of those snows, the whole world is quiet and peaceful.  To me, it's beautiful.  That was my inspiration for a few dishcloth patterns, one of which is this SNOW.  Light blue, turquoise, light violet, white....any of those colors would be perfect for this dishcloth!


A quick note about the blocking on this one before the pattern...

Because the snowflake is fairly intricate, I suggest using a crochet hook to reach the stockinette stitches within the flake.  This should help make the purled stitches more prominent.

Here's the pattern!  Enjoy!  =)







SNOW Dishcloth


Supplies:

1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn

US #3/3.25mm needles

Yarn needle




(Finished size approximately 8" x 6")




Instructions:

Cast on 43 sts

Row 1 (and all odd rows): K
Row 2: K
Row 4: K
Row 6: K
Row 8: K9, P25, K9
Row 10: K8, P27, K8

Row 12: K7, P29, K7
Row 14: K6, P31, K6
Row 16: K5, P33, K5
Row 18: K4, P35, K4
Row 20: K3, P37, K3

Row 22: K3, P2, K5, P2, K2, P3, K2, P5, K1, P6, K3, P1, K3, P2, K3
Row 24: K3, P2, K6, P1, K2, P3, K2, P2, K1, P1, K3, P1, K1, P2, K4, P1, K4, P1, K3
Row 26: K3, P6, K2, P1, K2, P3, K2, P3, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P3, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K3
Row 28: K3, P2, K6, P1, K2, P2, K3, P2, K1, P1, K3, P1, K1, P2, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K3
Row 30: K3, P1, K6, P2, K2, P1, K4, P1, K9, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K3


Row 32: K3, P1, K2, P6, K4, P1, K2, P2, K1, P1, K3, P1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K2, P1, K3
Row 34: K3, P2, K5, P2, K3, P2, K2, P3, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P3, K2, P5, K2, P1, K3
Row 36: K3, P3, K4, P2, K2, P3, K2, P2, K1, P1, K3, P1, K1, P2, K2, P5, K2, P1, K3
Row 38: K3, P21, K1, P15, K3

Row 40: K4, P35, K4



Row 42: K5, P33, K5

Row 44: K6, P31, K6

Row 46: K7, P29, K7

Row 48: K8, P27, K8

Row 50: K9, P25, K9



Row 52: K

Row 54: K

Row 56: K



Bind off.

Weave in ends and block, pushing down on stockinette stitches and leaving the purl stitches so they "pop".

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Gathered Scarf



This is the year of scarves -- at least for Christmas presents!  I'll be knitting as fast as I can to get all these gifts done in time, but I think it will be well worth it in the end. 



This was knit using Knit Picks Palette in Blue Note Heather.  (The photos do not show the true color -- it's really a deep sapphire with purples and turquoise mixed in.)  I've never ordered from Knit Picks before and was pleasantly surprised with it.  I love all the colors they offer and it is so soft!  I found this free pattern on Ravelry.




As it turns out, this scarf turned out so well, I've decided to make this same pattern for another family member.  It is the perfect width, length and texture for both of my recipients!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Breaking Dawn! ...and Rosalie's Scarf



Today is the day that Breaking Dawn Part 1 premieres and I am so excited!  Yes, yes...I am a Twilight fan and cannot wait to see this movie - headed to theaters this afternoon in fact! 



Anyway, my sister is a fellow Twilight geek and I wanted to knit her something for Christmas that was Twilight themed.  Behold Rosalie's school scarf!  This lovely item was first seen in the original Twilight flick.  The free pattern can be found here, thanks to Nancy Fry.






This scarf was made with Caron Simply Soft in White.  I used a whole skein and just a smidgen of the second skein.  The pattern says to hold the yarn double, but I thought it would be too bulky for this pretty lace design.  I hope she loves it!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rudolph the Cutest Reindeer Dishcloth



It may be a little early, but is it really ever too early to start your holiday knitting??  I think this little reindeer is so adorable!  Knit it in red to resemble Rudolph or use a tan or brown for any of Santa's reindeer!

This pattern is available to purchase as a PDF file for $1.25.  This pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry, but please note that you do not need an account to purchase it.  Just click on the link below and it will take you directly to Paypal.


Happy Knitting!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Oven Baked Chex Mix

My mom used to make this for football games, sleepovers, as a Thanksgiving Day snack, and any other time we asked for it!  Its really yummy, crunchy and, to me, comforting on a fall day.  Instead of using all the different Chex cereals, I used 9 cup of Crispix cereal (about 1 box).


Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup cheesy fishy crackers

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.  In an ungreased large roasting pan, combine butter, worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder & onion powder; mix well.  Stir in cereals, nuts, pretzels & crackers until coated.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool on paper towels.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Turkey Day Dishcloth

Gobble gobble!  Let's pick up our needles and get a jump on our Thanksgiving kitchen decor!





Happy Turkey Day Dishcloth
Supplies:
1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn

US #3/3.25mm needles
Yarn needle

(Finished size approximately 9" x 8-1/2")



Instructions:
Cast on 49 sts
Rows 1-6: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1




Row 7 (and all odd rows): (K1, P1) x2, P41, (P1, K1) x2
Row 8: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2
Row 10: (K1, P1) x2, K18, P2, K1, P2, K18, (P1, K1) x2




Row 12: (K1, P1) x2, K19, P1, K1, P1, K19, (P1, K1) x2
Row 14: (K1, P1) x2, K19, P1, K1, P1, K19, (P1, K1) x2
Row 16: (K1, P1) x2, K18, P5, K18, (P1, K1) x2
Row 18: (K1, P1) x2, K17, P7, K17, (P1, K1) x2
Row 20: (K1, P1) x2, K16, P2, K5, P2, K16, (P1, K1) x2




Row 22: (K1, P1) x2, K15, P2, K7, P2, K15, (P1, K1) x2
Row 24: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P12, K9, P12, K4, (P1, K1) x2
Row 26: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P13, K9, P13, K3, (P1, K1) x2
Row 28: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P14, K9, P14, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 30: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P12, K1, P2, K9, P2, K1, P12, K1, (P1, K1) x2




Row 32: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P11, K3, P2, K7, P2, K3, P11, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 34: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P10, K5, P2, K5, P2, K5, P10, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 36: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P9, K7, P2, K3, P2, K7, P9, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 38: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P8, K9, P2, K1, P2, K9, P8, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 40: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P6, K9, P3, K1, P3, K9, P6, K2, (P1, K1) x2




Row 42: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P4, K9, P4, K1, P4, K9, P4, K3, (P1, K1) x2
Row 44: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P2, K9, P4, K3, P4, K9, P2, K4, (P1, K1) x2
Row 46: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K8, P4, K2, P1, K2, P4, K8, P1, K5, (P1, K1) x2
Row 48: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K7, P4, K2, P3, K2, P4, K7, P1, K5 (P1, K1) x2
Row 50: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K6, P5, K7, P5, K6, P1, K5, (P1, K1) x2




Row 52: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K5, P6, K2, P1, K1, P1, K2, P6, K5, P1, K5, (P1, K1) x2
Row 54: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P1, K3, P8, K5, P8, K3, P1, K6, (P1, K1) x2
Row 56: (K1, P1) x2, K7, P12, K3, P12, K7, (P1, K1) x2
Row 58: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P21, K10, (P1, K1) x2
Row 60: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P10, K1, P10, K10, (P1, K1) x2




Row 62: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P9, K3, P9, K10, (P1, K1) x2
Row 64: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P7, K5, P7, K11, (P1, K1) x2
Row 66: (K1, P1) x2, K12, P5, K7, P5, K12, (P1, K1) x2
Row 68: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2
Rows 70 - 74: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1


Bind off in (K1, P1) pattern

Weave in ends and block.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat!  We got all dressed up and ready for work and daycare yesterday, all wearing our costumes.  I found this great blue M&M tank dress online and immediately started thinking about how to make a similar one for my little Loreli.  All it took was some blue fleece, white and black felt and some ric-rac to replicate mine! 






Shane decided he wanted to be Agent P from Phineas & Ferb on the Disney Channel (a favorite Saturday morning cartoon channel at our house). Perfect for the man who really doesn't like to dress up on Halloween!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Witch's Shoe Dishcloth

Here's another Halloween dishcloth!  Enjoy!





Witch’s Shoe Dishcloth


Supplies:

1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn
US #3/3.25mm needles
Yarn needle




(Finished size approximately 8" x 8-1/2")




Instructions:


Cast on 41 sts

Rows 1-6: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1


Row 7 (and all odd rows): (K1, P1) x2, P to last 4 sts, (P1, K1) x2

Row 8: (K1, P1) x2, K33, (P1, K1) x2

Row 10: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P11, K3, P11, K2, (P1, K1) x2


Row 12: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P13, K2, P11, K2, (P1, K1) x2

Row 14: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P15, K2, P9, K3, (P1, K1) x2

Row 16: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P16, K2, P9, K3, (P1, K1) x2

Row 18: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P18, K1, P8, K4, (P1, K1) x2

Row 20: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P28, K4, (P1, K1) x2


Row 22: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P6, K4, P17, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 24: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P5, K6, P16, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 26: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P4, K8, P14, K6, (P1, K1) x2

Row 28: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K12, P12, K6, (P1, K1) x2

Row 30: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K1, P3, K9, P11, K6, (P1, K1) x2


Row 32: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K1, P6, K7, P10, K6, (P1, K1) x2

Row 34: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K1, P3, K1, P2, K8, P9, K6, (P1, K1) x2

Row 36: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K5, P2, K8, P9, K6, (P1, K1) x2

Row 38: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P2, K4, P2, K8, P9, K6, (P1, K1) x2

Row 40: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P6, K9, P9, K6, (P1, K1) x2


Row 42: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P4, K10, P10, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 44: (K1, P1) x2, K18, P10, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 46: (K1, P1) x2, K18, P10, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 48: (K1, P1) x2, K18, P10, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 50: (K1, P1) x2, K17, P11, K5, (P1, K1) x2


Row 52: (K1, P1) x2, K17, P11, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 54: (K1, P1) x2, K16, P12, K5, (P1, K1) x2

Row 56: (K1, P1) x2, K16, P13, K4, (P1, K1) x2

Row 58: (K1, P1) x2, K15, P15, K3, (P1, K1) x2

Row 60: (K1, P1) x2, K14, P17, K2, (P1, K1) x2


Row 62: (K1, P1) x2, K14, P17, K2, (P1, K1) x2

Row 64: (K1, P1) x2, K33, (P1, K1) x2

Row 66: (K1, P1) x2, K33, (P1, K1) x2

Rows 68 – 73: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1


Bind off in (K1, P1) pattern.



Weave in ends and block.

Monday, October 10, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


At least in my craft room!  Holy moly, I've got so many projects going right now it's almost overwhelming.  It is going to be the year of scarves for Christmas this year and I almost have all the yarn I need.  I ordered a vast majority of it from Knit Picks this year, my first time ordering from them.


Knit Picks Aloft Mohair in Sky and Silver
So far, so good!  The colors are amazing!  I wish these pictures did the yarn more justice, but hopefully photos of the finished projects will be better.  I've chosen a lot of heathered yarns because I honestly couldn't decide on just one color per person. 


Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Seraphim
There will only be one gift that is not a scarf, and I'm pretty excited about it!  I will be making an open cardigan that is really chic and can be worn from fall to spring.  It's for my sister-in-law, but if it turns out as cute as I'm thinking, I'll be making another for myself! 



In addition to these gifts, I'm working on some other crafty items to share with you this holiday season.  I'm still trying out some dishcloth patterns, so stay tuned!  =)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Figs In Autumn





I've had a skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n Quick in my yarn stash for quite some time now.  I'm not even sure what I initially purchased it for!  But then I found this really cute pattern on Ravelry by Jane Richmond and I knew exactly what I was going to make!  I thought this pattern was really unique and economical, using just one skein for an adult hat and a toddler size hat.  I would have like a little more slouch for the toddler size, but its still really cute!

              

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Zucchini Bread

Mmmm....I can't even begin to tell you just how good this bread is!  I've never made zucchini bread until this year when we had an over-abundance of zucchini from the garden.  (I just picked the last one this past week!)  This recipe makes 2 loaves -- I usually leave one at home and bring one into work, where it's gobbled up within an hour or two.  I've tweaked the original recipe to our likings and now I'm sharing it with you!




Ingredients:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (I use cinnamon)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs & vanilla.  Add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the sugar mixture until just moistened.  Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • Transfer to two greased 8" x 4" bread loaf pans.  Bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Autumn Leaf Dishcloth



     Today is the first day of autumn so why not add a new dishcloth in your kitchen?! I test knit this pattern in Lily Sugar n Cream yarn in Wine...I think its a great shade to welcome the season of bold & beautiful colors!

    Anyway, here's the pattern.  Happy first day of fall!



    Autumn Leaf Dishcloth


    Supplies:

    1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn

    US #3/3.25mm needles

    Yarn needle




    (Finished size approximately 9-1/2" x 8")



    Instructions:



    Cast on 49 sts



    Rows 1-6: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1



    Row 7 (and all odd rows): (K1, P1) x2, P to last 4 sts, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 8: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 10: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20, (P1, K1) x2



    Row 12: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20 (P1, K1) x2

    Row 14: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 16: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 18: (K1, P1) x2, K14, P1, K5, P1, K5, P1, K14, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 20: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K13, (P1, K1) x2



    Row 22: (K1, P1) x2, K12, P17, K12, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 24: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P19, K11, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 26: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P19, K11, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 28: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P15, K13, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 30: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P21, K10, (P1, K1) x2



    Row 32: (K1, P1) x2, K9, P23, K9, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 34: (K1, P1) x2, K8, P25, K8, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 36: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P21, K10, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 38: (K1, P1) x2, K12, P17, K12, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 40: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P21, K10, (P1, K1) x2



    Row 42: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P2, K1, P2, K2, P5, K2, P2, K1, P2, K11, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 44: (K1, P1) x2, K17, P7, K17, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 46: (K1, P1) x2, K16, P9, K16, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 48: (K1, P1) x2, K19, P3, K19, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 50: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20, (P1, K1) x2



    Row 52: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 54: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 56: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K1, P5, K3, P2, K3, P5, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 58: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K1, P5, K3, P2, K3, P5, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 60: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P3, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P1, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, (P1, K1) x2



    Row 62: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P6, K1, P7, K1, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K1, P2, K1, P5, K1, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 64: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K1, P3, K1, P7, K1, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 66: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P6, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P5, K1, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 68: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P6, K1, P2, K1, P2, K2, P3, K2, (P1, K1) x2

    Row 70: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2



    Rows 72-76: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1



    Bind off in (K1, P1) pattern.



    Weave in ends and block, pushing down on stockingnette stitches and leaving the purl stitches (so they "pop"). Lay flat to dry.