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Fall 2014 Projects

So it feels like it has been forever since I’ve blogged. Life has been super hectic this fall, but I’ve been able to get a bit of work done.

I saw a decorated canvas necklace holder on pinterest (see link here), and thought it would be pretty cool to paint one. It was super easy and didn’t take a whole lot of time to do. Then I screwed in hooks from Walmart. I found larger ones for the second one so I could use it for head bands.

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My sister-in-law had asked me to make the crocodile booties (found here) for my future nephew. The second set of booties were my first attempt, but I couldn’t figure out the stitch, so they became folded booties. A good crocodile stitch pattern is available here.

crocodile booties folded booties

My sister-in-law also requested some boot cuffs, so I got to be creative. The crocodile ones were made to totally match baby’s booties. The second pair were a v-stitch top, and ended up not being very stretchy. Here is the pattern I used to do the bottom, I then changed up the top part.

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I cleaned up my pinterest not too long ago, and seems like I got rid of the pin with the pattern for this hat. Isn’t it adorable? It is a pretty easy newsboy hat. The band on the front could be longer, but it is still adorable.

Newsboy cap

The volleyball snuggly is for nephew to be. His parents play beach volleyball all summer and he will likely be spending a lot of time at their games. I thought he needed a volleyball of his own. The pattern for the ball is here. The blanket is just a granny square, with a sc,hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc edging. Super easy and fun.

volleyball snuggly

This is another one I’ve lost the pattern for. It is also for nephew to be. My mom used to make us ninja turtle pizza when we were little. (It is a pb and jam pizza on a homemade crust, and I’m so glad my niece and nephew like it because it gives mom and excuse to make it and us an excuse to eat it). So I figured her grandson needed a ninja turtle diaper cover and hat. For the hat, this is the pattern I used for the ties, but the hat pattern looks pretty great too – I think I might try it next time.

ninja turtle diaper cover Ninja turtle hat

This is another diaper cover. I decided to make after going to a craft sale and seeing all the tutus. I made a simple crochet diaper cover then tied in sections of tulle to it.

tutu diaper cover

This buttoned hat started as a headband (pattern here), then I decided it wasn’t complete and continued the pattern all the way into a hat.

sparkly button hat

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Lipstick in Afghanistan

Lipstick-in-Afghanistan-thumbWhen I was in Boston area this summer, I found four books that looked amazing. One of them was this novel by Roberta Gately, a nurse who has worked in warzones, including Afghanistan after 9/11. 

Lipstick in Afghanistan is a beautiful story of how two women from different continents come together to try and change the world. It follows Elsa, a young girl from Boston as she finds her calling to become a nurse and works against the odds to achieve this goal, and it follows Parween, who is from Afghanistan and has a mind of her own. 

Giving the reader an insight on what daily life is/was like for daughters and women in Afghanistan, before and during the Taliban regimes, it showed how appreciative the locals were when the soldiers came in to free them from their oppressors. While the point of view is very American-centric (which makes sense, as it is an American author), I believe it gives the reader a realistic view on how the people in a war torn country react both positively and negatively to the help of foreigners. It also shows the difficulty in trying to blend into cultural norms, when standing out could be a deadly mistake.

This was a great book, that left me a little distraught with the last two chapters – I understand why the author had to do it, but it was hard to go back to work and focus for the afternoon. 

I will definitely be reading Roberta’s other book “The Bracelet” and I highly recommend you picking up her books.

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Banana Chocolate Cheesecake

Just in the ovenSo, first I would like to apologize for being MIA from blogging for a bit. LIfe got a wee bit stressful, busy, chaotic, and I lost my creative edge. I can happily say it came back today! (at least for today). This Friday is the Kinette end of year pot luck and I volunteered to bring something fattening and delish – AKA dessert! True to my procrastinating self, I didn’t think of what I would make until o, today. That is when I thought Banana Chocolate cheesecake would be to die for! After not finding any recipes online that looked like I was imagining, I decided to wing it.. after all, I’ve created cheesecakes before, it can’t be that hard. AND if the batter is ANY indication, this is freaking amazing!

Almost Done!Ingredients:
Graham crumbs
Butter
(or be like me and get one of the pie plates with a graham crust – so easy)

4 Bananas
3 blocks of Cream Cheese
1c white sugar
4 Eggs
4 tbsp Cocoa powder
2 tsp Vanilla
and grated dark chocolate to top the cheesecakes

This recipe made 2 cheesecakes, so half it or modify it if you need a different amount

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F
Slice 2 bananas and cover bottom of each pie plate
In mix master, mix cream cheese, sugar and eggs until smooth and starting to get fluffy
Add Cocoa powder and Vanilla
Mash remaining two bananas and add.
Pour batter onto crusts
Top with grated dark chocolate
Bake for 30-40 minutes and allow to cool before refrigerating overnight.

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Superwide Headband

I think I’m like most girls who somedays feel the need to have the hair on the top of my head and not deal with it. Unfortunately, since I cut my hair, it doesn’t like to be pulled up on the top of my head as much. I decided to utilize my knitting skills and create a mix between a head band and head sleeve. Using a larger needle – I think an 8.0mm, I cast on 30 stitches. Row 1, I purled 2 and then did a herringbone stitch (see here). I had to adapt the instructions, as I wasn’t working in a circle. I did the herringbone stitch to the last two and purled to end. Row 2 was knit 2, herringbone across, knit last 2. I repeated these two rows 6 times, then did 12 rows of knitting. I repeated this 2x and finished with a couple rows of the herringbone stitch. I stitched the ends together and am good to go..

I would make a couple changes to it, including making it more narrow near the end, but it does its job and i can hide my mess of hair when I’m too lazy to style it or haven’t washed it in a few days. 🙂

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Puff Stitch Cowl & Headband

In my post on the crochet turband, I mentioned that I LOVE the patterns from the site All About Ami, and this is another pattern I’ve based off of her work. Seriously, if you haven’t checked it out, you NEED to go to her site.

IMG_00000953This is my Puff Stitched Cowl and headband. The Puff stitch is from the Puff stitch Scarf pattern on All About Ami, and is created by YO, inserting into indicated stitch, YO, pull through stitch, Repeat process in same stitch until you

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have 7 or 9 stitches (9 for scarf, 7 for headband), YO, pull through all but last loop,

YO, pull through remaining loops on hook.

The pattern is super simple, and I think is a great learning step for beginners. Here is what I did.

Using a 6.5mm hook, I chained 30 stitches. In third stitch from hook, puff stitch, Ch1, repeat to end. CH2. Repeat the Puff St CH1 row 16 times, the 4 rows of SC. The pattern is repeated 2 more times, then the ends are sewn together. It is a super thick

cowl and a little loose, so I would consider decreasing the puff rows to 13 or 14 and the initial chain to 24 or 26.

I LOVE the cowl and wear it frequently. It has gotten a lot of attention from friends. It is warm, but the holes stop it from getting too hot.

IMG_00000951For the Puff stitch headband, it is a little more complicated. Using the same sized hook, Chain 125 stitches. SC around the entire chain with 3 in each end. CH2, Puff Stitch CH1 down both sides, and HDC on ends, with 2 HDC in corner stitches. Ch1, SC around with 2 SC in corner pieces. Cut a long tail.
To get the head band to loop like the picture, fold in half so ends are together, wrap ends so they cross and meet back at the folded part,ensure that there is no twisting and it lays flat. Sew ends together and sew up slits between the two sections of the headband.

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Dabbling in arm knitting

arm knit blanketOn pinterest, I saw a few pins showing arm knitting. This intrigued me, so I thought I would give it a try.

I made a nice throw blanket. It is a little holey, but cute. Plus it only took 3balls of yarn and less then an hour to make.

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Striped Slouchy Baby Hat

IMG_00000832  Hook: 5mm/H
SC – Single Chain
HDC – Half Double Chain
HDCFP – Half Double Chain In Front of Post
HDCBP – Half Double Chain Behind Post
SLST – Slip Stitch

Round 1: Create a magic ring and SC 10 into middle. SLST into first stitch. (10)IMG_00000834
Round 2: Ch2. 2HDC in each stitch. Switch Colours. SLST into first stitch. (20)
Round 3: Ch1. Alternate 2SC in first St, 1SC in second St all the way around. SLST into first stitch. (30)
Round 4: Ch2. 2HDC in first St, 1 HDC in next 2 St, repeated all the way around. Switch Colours. SLST into first stitch. (40)
Round 5: Ch1. 2SC in first St, 1SC in next 3 St, repeated all the way around. SLST into first stitch. (50)
IMG_00000833Round 6: Ch2. 2HDC in first St, 1HDC in next 4 St, repeated all the way around. Switch Colours. SLST into first stitch. (60)
Rounds 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21: Ch1. SC in each St all the way around. SLST into first stitch.
Rounds 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22: Ch2. HDC in each St all the way around. Switch Colours. SLST into first stitch.
Round 23-24: Ch2. Alternate HDCFP and HDCBP all the way around. SLST into first stitch.

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Baby Girl Booties w/ Strap

IMG_00000849  Stitches used:
HDC – Half Double Chain
HDCdec – Half Double Chain decrease (Yo, through st, yo, pull through, Yo, through next st, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 5 loops)
DCdec – Double Chain decrease (Yo, through st, yo, pull through, yo, pull through first 2 loops, yo, through next st, yo, pull through, yo, pull through first 2 loops, yo, pull through remaining loops)
SC – Single Chain
SLST – Slip stitch into next stitch

Using a G crochet, chain 10.
Row 1: HDC into second chain from hook. HDC in next 7 ch. 3 HDC in last ch. HDC in next 8 ch. 2 HDC in last ch. SLST into first HDC.
Row 2: Ch2. HDC in same stitch. 2 HDC in next st. HDC in next 8 HDC. 2 HDC in next 3 st. HDC in next 8 st. 2HDC inn last two st. SLST together.
IMG_00000851Row 3: Ch2. HDC in same st. 2HDC in next st. 1 HDC in next 9 st. 2 HDC in next 6 st. 1 HDC in next 9 st.  2 HDC in last 2 st. Change second colour, SLST to first st
Row 4: Ch2. HDC in same st. 2HDC in next st. 1 HDC in 11 st. Alternate 2HDC 1HDC in next 10 st, 2 HDC in last two st. SL ST Tog
Row 5: Ch2. HDC in back of each st
Row 6: Ch2. HDC in 11 st. Alternate HDCdec HDC for 18 st. HDC in next remaining 9 st. SLST
Row 7: Ch2. HDC in 11 st. HDCdec. 7 DCdec. HDCdec. HDC in 10 st. SLST
Row 8: Ch2. HDC in 12 st. 4 DCdec. HDC in 10 st. SLST
Row 9a: Ch2. HDC in 9 st.
Row 10a: Ch2. HDC back to first st. Cut yarn, but don’t pull loop to finish.

Fold bootie flat, slip hook through the matching spot on the other side of the bootie where row 9 ends.
Row 9b: Ch2. HDC towards back of bootie and SLST into ch2 from 9a.IMG_00000850
Row 10b: Ch2. Slip remaining loop from 10a onto hook. HDC into all st to end.
Row 11: Ch2. HDC into all st from row 10b and 10a. Cut yarn

Strap:
In original colour, slip stitch and chain one at some location on Row 11. SC to the end of the back Chain 20.
SC all the way back to the slip stitch.
Repeat going in the opposite direction.

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Maple Pumpkin Cupcakes

First off, pumpkin and maple syrup sounds delicious. Second, this recipe was intended to be caramel pumpkin cupcakes, but I couldn’t find the caramel and didn’t want to search for it.

Last week, a friend posted one of those picture recipes on facebook and Yumit was a really easy pumpkin muffin recipe. AND it sounded amazing. That was the original original intent when I bought the ingredients. While chilling out today, the idea of caramel pumpkin cupcakes popped into my head – I blame the bath & body works candle in the kitchen.

So, how do you make the worlds easiest Maple Pumpkin Cupcakes?

Preheat oven to 350F.
Take 1 Box White Cake mix and combine with 1-15oz can oz pumpkin pie filling.
Mix the cake mix and pumpkin until it is well mixed.
Pour in 1/4c pure maple syrup.
Stir.
Put mix into muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes. Mine took 22 minutes.

I didn’t make icing to go with this, but a nice cream cheese icing would be a great addition to this.

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Crochet Turband

turbandSo I have a crochet crush on Stephanie fromChain All About Ami. Her patterns are great and easy to follow. She gives great ideas on how to adjust patterns and make them your own.

 

 

Her pattern the knotted headband, is my inspiration for this. She did hers in back and forth rows, I wanted to do mine in a round.

Chain into back of chain row to create the same edging as the top

Here is my version of the pattern.

Using a size H/5.00mm hook, chain 75 stitches.

Row 1: Complete a DC into the back of the 4th stitch from the hook. DC into each stitch until the end. At the end, slst into first stitch. Careful not to twist the work.IMG_00000768

Row 2 – 8: Chain 3. DC around. SLST into first chain. (You can make the head band as thick as you would like. The original blog only had 6 rows.

 

The first and last stitch of the first row need to be joined together.

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I then created a ruching by stitching through every other row from top to bottom, and went over five stitches. I then created the band.

IMG_00000770Band: Chain 7

Row 1: SC into back of 2nd stitch from hook. SC across.

Row 2-16: Ch1 SC into each stitch.

I then wrapped the band around the ruched area and secured it at the back so that it wouldn’t slide.

 

It was a super quick, easy, cute, warm pattern. I’m stoked to wear mine this winter.

 

 

 

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