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Striped Baby Beanie

I started the Prayer Collection for 2018 and this year it will be… Beanies! There’s a lot of newborns on the way so it just made sense since I didn’t have much time between baby showers to get them ready.

The first one I made was for Karis using We Are Knitter’s The Baby Wool which is 100% baby alpaca in Natural and Camomile. It was made using 5.00mm knitting needles. You can also make hats using double pointed needles or circular needles, but I decided to use what I had at the time to create this piece.

Pattern: Striped Baby Beanie (Newborn, Knitting)

  • Cast on 60 stitches with Color A.
  • Row 1: Knit 2, Purl 2.
  • Row 2: Purl 2, Knit 2.
  • Repeat 1-2 2x totaling 6 rows.
  • Row 7: Use color B to knit entire row.
  • Row 8: Continue B to purl entire row.
  • Row 9: Use color A to knit entire row.
  • Row 10: Continue A to purl entire row.
  • Repeat 7-10 until you the 11th stripe finished is color B or row 22.
  • Row 23: Use color A to knit entire row.
  • Row 24: Continue A to purl entire row.
  • Repeat 23-24 2x totaling 6 rows. (Bind off on the last row.)
  • Leave a long tail to sew through top edges to bunch top of hat.
    • It’s up to you if you want to bunch it right side in or right side out, but I flipped mine inside out to bunch it.
  • Sew in end tails and voila! Finito.

The hat will stretch to fit the baby’s head and it ends up being about 5″ tall.

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Aredhel / DROPS 172-46

I finished my first cardigan! This used 9 skeins of the DROPS Andes yarn. They recommended 1100 grams (11 balls) but it ended up being too much for a small. I think it was written into the pattern for mistakes, but if you’re pretty careful I wouldn’t get more than 10 balls for a small.

You can get the pattern for free from GarnStudio.com and they also have a section filled with videos to show you the different techniques you’ll need for the pattern. I found them super helpful. They do use a different technique when wrapping the yarn on the needle, but if you understand the process it shouldn’t mess you up too badly.

I did make my sleeves slightly shorter since I’m more petite, and I used huge buttons instead of the regular large. I bound three stitches for buttonholes instead of two so the button would fit through. And I also noticed at the end the arm holes did not perfectly fit into the 40 stitches of the sleeves. I sewed it to fit, but with more patterns I’ll learn if that’s normal or not…

To insure that I made each side exactly the same, I took row by row notes on a notepad so I made sure to purl in the same row number or knit. It was a helpful thing to do since measuring cm or in can be a little off since the material is stretchy. Can’t wait to wear it!

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Basket Weave Baby Blanket

Yarn finally arrived from We Are Knitters for me to finish the basket weave blanket! (Baby’s rattle pictured for size reference.)

This took 7 skeins of The Baby Wool in Grey, 100% baby alpaca. The blanket came out to be about 2′ x 2′ or 24″ x 24″.

I think as I begin to develop my own patterns and pieces, I’ll be able to write more coherent patterns for you all. If you’re interested in making this blanket also, please check out the video below for the tutorial I used on how to make this stitch. It’s essentially one giant square in that stitch.

Tools:

  • US Size H or 5.00mm crochet hook (Clover Soft Touch) per the yarn’s suggestion

Notes:

  • When making the basket weave design your item has to be made in multiples of 8 and then add 7, this blanket was 103 chain stitches across the bottom.
  • On her video she did 4 rows of each, making 2 chains across every other, but I opted for 5 rows to make 3 chains across every other. It looked more pleasing to me since the vertical ones were 4 across. It’s really up to you how you want your blanket to look.

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Video tutorial below from Bella Coco:

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#WIP – Aredhel / DROPS 172-46

Here’s my work in progress so far for the Aredhel cardigan.

I always have a hard time unraveling work I’ve done if there are mistakes because like any newb, dang we spent a lot of time on this! J always makes me unravel the mistake though, and in the end I appreciate it, because then it looks perfect. 😍 But it’s also kind of like life, I mean you’ll never get the time back, but to be able to fix your mistakes, make it right again, is something so human and beautiful. Can’t wait until this is done!

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DROPS Design

Scroll through the gallery to take a peek!

I’ve been kinda obsessed with alpaca of late, can you tell? ☺️ These lovely skeins of yarn come from Garn Studio’s DROPS Design (shipped by Nordic Mart based in San Luis Obispo, California). They were having a 30% off alpaca party during the holidays and I couldn’t resist. I picked up the Andes (size E yarn) and Nepal (size C yarn). Although the sizes are different the content is the same, 65% wool and 35% alpaca. These colors looked so beautiful online and getting them in person was even better. I guess you can say that about any yarn mail I get though… They were the perfect shades of off white/grey I was looking for, although, please keep in mind that computer monitors can vary in display color.

I really liked this company mostly for their vast array of free patterns! I was so surprised when they mailed me three books of patterns with my order. It was really nice to have the patterns in print and online available for me so I could take them with me without needing to open my phone or computer. Plus it definitely gets me excited to order more yarn and get cracking on some of these… Marketing is working on poor me. 😂

Of these three colors I’ll be making (or attempt to make) three sweaters. Two for me, one for J. It’s actually been a really long time since I’ve picked up knitting needles, the first pair I borrowed from my mother as a pre-teen. For the patterns to work with the yarn, I went ahead and picked up the recommended sizes along with the types so I could accomplish it without needing to convert (since I’m such an amateur). If you’re in my shoes, don’t fret. Be ambitious. Just like the WAK company, DROPS has videos on the pattern pages to help you get started. (SO HELPFUL these videos… Yay for 2017 and videos.)

I’ll post up my WIPs and which patterns I’m working on, as well as the finished projects soon!

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#WIP – Basket Weave Baby Blanket (Crochet)

I don’t think I’ve ever estimated how many balls I need for a blanket properly… This is 2′ or 24″ wide. But that’s the last of my four balls of grey The Baby Wool (100% baby alpaca). J let me finish my project instead of making me unravel it, so I got to order 3 more in the mail based on WAK’s Skein Converter. In order to make the $60USD for free shipping deal, I added another color skein of baby alpaca and 3 balls of The Pima Cotton. 😍 And now we wait for my happy yarn mail from WAK…

Oh, P.S. I ordered a bunch of skeins from DROP Yarns also via Nordic Mart… SO MUCH YARN. ☺️ So happy. Will post pictures of the haul when it arrives…


If you want to learn this technique,  please check out Bella Coco on YouTube! I added a third row to make it more even to my eyes, but after you learn it, super easy to design how you want it! I used a Clover soft touch crochet hook in 5.00mm or US size H to make this pattern on The Baby Wool from We Are Knitters.

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We Are Knitters

Scroll through the gallery to see the beautiful skeins! 

Christmas Sale at We Are Knitters meant a mini yarn haul!

I purchased a gift card for 20% off, then turned around and used it for 10 balls of the meriwool (100% superwash merino wool) and 5 of the baby wool (100% alpaca). Ahh, so soft and beautiful! This is the stuff yarn dreams are made of. Well, mine anyway. I have projects lined up for these babies and will post up my WIP (work in progress) soon…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

This Christmas season I made most of my close families custom Christmas ornaments.

Ribbon, snow, and acrylic craft ornament obtained at Michael’s. Snow inside can be found at the train and small figurines section. (They also carry glass craft ornaments but usually the glass ones go quick. If you can stand to wait, you want to go about early December for the best deals/coupons.) The red glossy vinyl sticker was custom printed/cut from a Cricut with Magnolia Sky font (free). Lastly, I used Contact Paper as transfer paper. Easy peasy!

The first few ornaments I made were a little bit crooked because the ornament has a round surface, so don’t forget it when you make one of your own. 👍

Enjoy!

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Thank You, Mailman!

I can actually use that politically incorrect term since my mail person is in fact, a man. Booyah!

I come from an old-timey neighborhood in the Mid-West, where someone walks up to your mailbox at your house and delivers your mail through some slot or box. In these neighborhoods, it’s customary to leave something small for your mail person who trudges through the sleet and snow to deliver your mail during the holidays.

Being in sunny Southern California now, I guess that custom has not really developed since it hardly snows here, but now that we’ve moved to a place where mail is hand delivered again, I’m super stoked to prepare a holiday surprise for my mail person. …The dog treats are for his dog. Obviously. 🙄

As much as some people feel that it’s their job as a mail person, it’s never too much to thank someone for doing a good job. I mean, he or she picks up your mail as well as delivers it to you. So don’t forget to thank all the people in your life this season who keep things going for you!

Anyone remember that one commercial about what would happen if the mailman didn’t deliver mail? Spoiler: THE WORLD FALLS APART.

(And just for reference, I know this isn’t completely weird because the USPS posts their gift restrictions on their website.)

Employee Tipping and Gift-Receiving Policy

All postal employees, including carriers, must comply with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Exec­utive Branch. Under these federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period.

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Home Renovation Project: Average Joe’s Gym

Scroll through the gallery to see all the pictures! Shot on a Sony α6000. (Yes, still a newb.)

Ever since moving to our new place in October, we have been picking out different projects to complete. This wasn’t a total fixer upper, but it was a good place to start and tweak things to be how we wanted.

I had originally wanted a guest bedroom, but after further thought, we decided it was probably better if people didn’t stay over so much. Not only that, the room would have been mostly unused. That would have been a waste for us, considering we don’t get many guests anyway.

We ultimately decided to convert one of the bedrooms into a home gym!

  • Paint: Behr Premium Plus in Moth Grey (Home Depot)
  • Crown Moulding: R531 Painted MDF (Reel Lumber Service)
  • Flooring: Traffic Master High Impact Rubber Tiles, Blue Specks
  • Windows: Artscape Etched Glass Window Film

Equipment:

  • Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells
  • push-up bars
  • ETHOS Power Rack 1.0
  • Fitness Gear 300# Olympic Weight Set
  • Powerline Olympic Weight Tree
  • Valor Fitness Bench (Adjustable Incline)
  • CAP 150# Rubber Hex Dumbbell Weight Set (5-25#)
  • Manduka Yoga Mat Pro Lite (cork blocks, belt, cushion)
  • Champion Sports Stability Ball (55 cm)
  • Everlast Leather Jump Rope
  • Ultimate Ears BOOM Bluetooth Speakers (Pair)
  • Double Window Fan for sweaty workouts…