Friday, October 25

Parenting isn't easy



If you're a mother and you can't help but laugh at these images, I'm guessing we can relate!  Parenting isn't easy.



Friday, July 29

Chunky Wool Blanket

It isn't always necessary to search for the most intricate and complicated stitches or pattern in order to make beautiful knit items.

Simple stitches like knit and purl can be used for anything and still be awe inspiring.  I chose these two basic stitches after looking online for inspiration for a blanket pattern.  I spotted this video on Youtube and I fell in love right away.  I had to do it!

Of course, my needles are smaller and I didn't use multple strands of yarn held together.  What I did have at hand, though, worked out pretty well and I'm happy with it.

Material:
15mm circular knitting needles
10 balls of Himalaya Combo

Cast on 60 stitches.

Row 1.  Knit 4, purl 4.  Repeat for every single row until the work measures the length specified or the length you desire.

Measurements:
43.3 in / 110 cms width
57.1 in / 145 cms length



Find the finished product here.

Sunday, June 12


I had this scarf in the works during Winter.  I worked on it on and off throughout because it was a busy season.  Everyone wanted a scarf twice the size of this for themselves or for friends.  Not complaining really.  I was thrilled!

So now, it's complete and waiting to be photographed and posted online.  It will be availble in my shop and as a pattern for Craftsy, Ravelry and Loveknitting.


It has to wait a little longer though because I'm working on a new custom order. A new design that I will offer in my shop.

God, I love what I do!

Wednesday, November 18

I'm still fumbling my way around the Ravelry site.  I posted a free pattern on there tonight but I can't see where I can upload the file.  I can add Craftsy's link but I'm not sure if that's a big no no, so, to play it safe, I've added my Blogger link instead and from here, you can be taken to Craftsy to download the file directly.

I truly hope you enjoy the pattern.  Let me know your thoughts on it.  Though, I must warn you, it hasn't been tested by another knitter other than myself.  I have gone through the pattern a number of times and it looked good.  Still, if I've missed anything, I'll correct it.

Anyhow, a little about this pattern.  It was designed exclusively for Craftsy for their launch of a new yarn line called Cloudborn Fibers.

Cloudborn Fibers has launched and the yarn looks amazing.  Take a look, if you will, and you'll see what I mean. 




Friday, September 19

a skirt or a cowl?

How would you wear this piece?  As a skirt or as a cowl?
The original idea was for a versatile crochet cowl and hood but it works well as a skirt over a pair of jeans.
It's lovely either way.



 
 

Fine photgraphy by Patty McGuire
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Wednesday, September 17

perfect for fall



I found a yarn that I could make the pattern with once again.  It's acrylic but I like that it's multicolored.  It has nice Fall colors.

My local shop carries this yarn in another 3 more color variations and  I will make them all!  I want to build stock a.s.a.p and offer them as available to ship instead of made to order.

I'm not sure how many people are turned away if they have to wait days for their order to be shipped out.

So, this is my goal and I will try to stick to it to see how it goes.

Sunday, September 14

crochet lacy scarf

Lionbrand.com is a great source of inspiration for a new project.  They have so many patterns available and they're free.

A pattern that I found and tried was the crochet lacy scarf pattern.  I created it with a soft chunky yarn (image below) and it worked out beautifully.  I only wish I had the same yarn so I can crochet it again.  It has gorgeous Fall colors.

I am, however,  planning to use a different yarn to see how it will turn out.

The pattern is below if you want to try it.  Let me know how it goes for you.

Or...if you don't crochet but would love the scarf for yourself, you've come to the right place!.







Gauge:
1 pattern rep = about 3 in. (7.5 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Scarf
Ch 19.
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook (first 4 skipped chs make turning ch-sp), dc in next ch, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch, skip next ch, dc in next 2 ch; rep from * across to last ch, dc in last ch - 3 pattern reps at the end of this row.
Row 2: Ch 4 (for turning ch-sp), turn, *(3 dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * across to turning ch-sp, 3 dc in turning ch-sp.
Rep last row until nearly all yarn has been used. Fasten off.

Finishing
Weave in ends. 

Visit my store on Bluprint for a few patterns of my very own.


Friday, September 12

Ariadne

Well, I'm finally getting back into the swing of things now that Summer is over.  I've published my newest pattern on both Craftsy and Ravelry!  I named it the Ariadne Fluted Cowl.

It's the first pattern I've actually given a name to and I really like the concept of naming all my patterns after greek mythological figures.  (I find it very fitting considering what my name is and where I come from).  

It's perfect.

So, who was Ariadne?  Very briefly, Ariadne was a goddess.  Daughter of  Minos and  Pasiphae. She was mostly associated with mazes and labyrinths, and was said to be the savior of would-be sacrificial victims.




I hope you enjoy this pattern if you choose to try it!

Fine photgraphy by Patty McGuire
Website & contact info:

Friday, August 29

so so warm

This pattern is easy and anyone who chooses to try it will breeze through it smoothly.  It is a written patten and it has images for direction when it's time to fold the piece in place and sew the buttons on.

I'm sure you will enjoy knitting this piece with ease.



Pattern

Friday, June 20

I love Bouyatsa.  It's such a delicious sweet.  Creamy with filo pastry sprinkle with icing sugar and cinnamon.  Found the recipe by chance just now.  I was hoping to find one.

Sharing it here so I can give it a try a.s.a.p.

BOUGATSA RECIPE - ENJOY!

ingredients:
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup white sugar
2/3 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
4 egg yolks
1 lemon, rind finely grated
14 sheets filo pastry
150g unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

Method:
Step 1
Combine 3 cups milk and white sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat.

Step 2
Combine plain flour, cornflour, vanilla sugar, vanilla essence, egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup milk in a bowl. Whisk to form a paste. Slowly add hot milk mixture, whisking constantly, until smooth. Return custard to saucepan. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, over low heat for 10 minutes or until thickened. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add lemon rind. Pour custard into a heatproof bowl. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or until cold.

Step 3
Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease 2 large, flat baking trays. Place 1 pastry sheet on a work surface. Brush with melted butter. Fold in half crossways to form a rectangle. Spoon 1/4 cup custard onto pastry centre. Brush edges with butter. Fold long edges over to cover custard. Fold in sides to form a 7cm x 11cm rectangle. Place, seam side down, on prepared tray. Brush top with butter. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar.

Step 4
Repeat with remaining pastry, butter, custard and sugar. Bake for 15 minutes. Swap trays over in oven and bake for a further 5 to 8 minutes or until golden and crisp. Stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.