Knitting

Sparkling knitted short row ruffle scarf

 

What girl doesn’t like anything sparkly.  This short row ruffle scarf is fast and easy to make.  All you need to know is how to knit every row.  It’s done is garter stitch with short rows without wrapping just turning the work.  To purchase go to Etsy

Supplies:

  • 70g of a lace weight yarn (I used Patons Lace with Sequins)
  • Size 13 or larger knitting needles
  • Darning needle

CO 24 sts. Knit one row

*Knit 8, turn, K8. K4, turn, K4. Knit across all 24 sts*

Repeat from * to * until desired length. Bind off.

Abbreviations:

CO= cast on

K= knit

Sts= stitch

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Knitting

Hand Knitted Ear Flap Hat/Beanie

hand knitted ear flap beanies
hand knitted ear flap beanies

This is my favorite knitting pattern of all time. I love knitting hats because they are quick projects that don’t require a lot of yarn and they can be personalized in so many ways. I love ear flaps because my ears get cold in my office!

Sizes XS, S, M, L

Supplies:
Size 9 or 10 circular and doublepoint needles
1 skein bulky yarn (for this hat, I used Baby Alpaca)
Tapestry Needle

Ear Flap (Make 2):
With two double point needles cast on 2 stitches. Purl 1 row. Work back and forth in stockinette stitch. Every time you do the knitting side, increase the first and last stitch. This will create the triangle shape. Use whatever increase method you prefer. I use M1FB. Keep going until there are 16 stitches for the XS, 18-S, 20-M, or 22-L. Place these stitches on a holder or leave them on one of the double points for later.

Hat:
With the circular needle, cast on 12-XS, 14-S, 16-M, or 18-L stitches for the back of hat; knit across stitches of the first ear flap with the stockinette side (right side) facing out. Cast on 20-22-24-or26 stitches for the front; knit across second ear flap. There will be 64-72-80-or 88 stitches in all. Join stitches carefully without twisting. Knit 2 purl 2 on the front and back part of the hat (regular knit the ear flaps) for 6 rounds. This will make the nice ribbing and will prevent the hat from curling up.

Continue knitting until the hat is about 5.5 inches tall. I usually knit about 32 rounds from the bottom edge of the ribbing.

Decrease as follows:
Round 1: Knit two together, knit 6. Repeat for one round.
Round 2 (and all even rounds): Knit
Round 3: K 2 together, K 5 for one round
Round 5: K 2 together, K 4 for one round (this is where you should probably switch to the double points).
Round 7: K 2 together, K 3
Round 9: K 2 together, K 2
Round 11: K 2 together, K 1
Round 13: K 2 together
Gather remaining stitches with a darning needle and fasten off. Weave in all tails.

I crocheted a single chain with 6 strands of yarn to make the ties for the flaps.

My Awesome Craft Room

My Awesome Craft Room

When we bought our house in 2012, it came with a 7’X11’ ft. playhouse in the backyard.  The previous owners used it as her craft room.  It was the ideal setting for my craft room.  This playroom is bright with 3 large windows and 2 smaller windows which makes it ideal for crafting.  Featured below are a few pictures of the original look.  I painted the inside of the playhouse teal and decorated it with hot pink and white furniture.

After two years, it was time for a more space.  The spare bedroom which was converted to a gym and is now my craft room.  My husband and I painted the room a warm gray with a white trim. Though not a bright, it is very functional.

Below are pictures from the before, during and after.

playhouse before
playhouse before

 

 

teal/pink playhouse/craft room
teal/pink playhouse/craft room

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painted new craftroom
painted new craftroom

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newly decorated craftroom
newly decorated craftroom
newly decorated craft room
newly decorated craft room
Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking With Cricut

Another passion of mine is scrapbooking.  Many years ago my co-workers invited me to take a scrapbooking class and that got me hooked.  The first two-page layouts came out great in class with the instructor’s direction.  It took me a while to get the hang of it, but with the Cricut die cut electronic machine its super easy now.

When I started scrapbooking I didn’t have a Cricut.  I used the Sissix which was heavy and the die cut templates are one size only and take up a lot of room to store it.  I love the Cricut because it uses cartridges and one design can be cut in many sizes.  The cartridges are small and easy to store.

I use my Cricut to make cards, photo corners, page layouts and banners.  Here are some of the projects I’ve done using my Cricut.

made with cricut
Cupcake Birthday Card made with cricut
made with cricut
Valentine’s Day Card made with cricut
made with cricut
Tea Party Banner made with cricut
made with cricut
Baby Reveal Banner made with cricut
Knitting

Knitted Beanies

Another passion of mine is knitting. It’s been about 15 years since I started this hobby. A self-taught knitter with a crochet background. It wasn’t easy but the ends justified the means. My first stitches were simple garter and stockinette stitches.  I have knitted many hats and scarfs. Christmas is very busy time for me.

With time I’ve learned more advanced stitches and eventually learned how to knit in the round.  I love knitting beanies especially for babies.  I’ve knitted baby sweaters and booties and love to give them away as presents.

Here are some of my knitted items.

Toddler Knitted Hat
Toddler Knitted Hat With Flower
Knitted Beanie and Booties
Matching Knitted Beanie and Booties
Knitted Ear Flap Beanie
Knitted Ear Flap Beanie and Black Neck Cowl
Knitted Baby Beanie with Cable Band
Knitted Baby Beanie with Cable Band and Pearl Beads
Deco Mesh Wreaths

Fall Deco Mesh Wreath

Fall Deco Mesh Wreath
Fall Deco Mesh Wreath

I made this wreath two years ago.  I used metallic fabric along with deco mesh for this wreath.  As you can see I used my rule of threes.  Three sun flowers and three fall leaves with raffia and acorns.  The sun flowers and fall leaves are hot glued down and the metallic fabric and fall ribbon are just wrapped around the wreath.  This is the third year that I have hung this wreath outside on my door and it has stood the weather.

I hope you like this fall deco mesh wreath and leave a comment if you have any questions.

Deco Mesh Wreaths

My Amazing Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath

Two years ago my sister, Tina introduced me to deco mesh.  She made a wreath out of it and showed it to me and I fell in love with.  Tina is very sophisticated and her wreaths are out of this world.  I’m more country and old fashioned.  Between the two of us we come up with one of a kind wreaths that you won’t find in any stores.

I’ll be showing you how to create your own deco mesh wreath from the start:

Supplies:

  • Deco mesh
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Wire wreath
necessary supplies to make the deco mesh wreath
All the supplies to make the wreath, minus the cat!!!

I like to start adding the deco mesh in the inner row and then the outer row.  Most of my wreaths have three rows so I added red to the middle.  When it comes to embellishments I use the rule of threes.  I visually divide the wreath into two sections of threes and alternate my embellishments.

Almost done
Almost done

Here is the finished wreath, hope you have as much fun making it as I did.  Enjoy

My Amazing Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath
My Amazing Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath