Sunday, August 24, 2014

Year of the Blankets

Gone Fishing?
Well it seems this is becoming the 'year of the blanket' for me. I've never knit so many blankets ever!

My 25 year old son had casually mentioned he'd like a blanket made for him after he saw the one I made for our bedroom, how can I resist that.

So after I finished my last one for my nephew I tried to come up with one that would suit him. I couldn't find the right yarn. I really wanted a blues theme that would be masculine enough and  I also wanted a quick knit as I also have another blanket planned with a Christmas deadline.  After searching all the bulky yarn and the colour selections I decided to knit worsted weight held double stranded to get the same effect. So based on colour selection only I went with Red Heart Super Saver. My DH suggested that it looks good when some of the yarn is variegated and I quite agree. I couldn't really find a pattern I liked so I started creating in my mind how it what I wanted it to  look like,  I not only wanted different colours but also textures. I CO 222 stitches to give me a 4 stitch edge border on each side and I started with 12 rows of the blue variegated and I am alternating the colours of white/medium blue/variegated/grey up the blanket and I love how it looks. I am constantly measuring to see how big each colour section needs to be to get the desired size.

It's a really rainy weekend here perfect for knitting on a blanket :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Image borrowed from the Bernat website
I've always loved the look of Intarsia knitting but I've always been too scared to give it a go. I found this cute little Owl dishcloth pattern and I'm thinking it may be a good place to give it a try. It's a smaller project and only has three colours for the picture.

Have you done Intarsia, if so how did you find it?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Another Christmas gift off the needles :D

Racing Stripes Afghan
I finished another of my Christmas gifts last night, this one took longer than I thought I started it in April but when the weather warmed up and it grew, it became more of a knitting in bed project or a cool day project. This was the Basic Stripes Afghan by Bernat.

I'm definitely happy with it, the yarn is a little difficult when joins are made in that it's very slippery and doesn't want to weave in or knit in well, but I managed and there was a LOT of weaving in, my least favorite part but the end result was worth it. If I knit this pattern again I will use the Bernat as I have used it before and it's a good yarn.

This is for my 10 year old nephew who loves bright bold colours and specifically loves these. His sister Jenah is also getting a hand knit blanket this year. I hope they stay nice and cozy this winter.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Seeding The Fields Dishcloth Pattern

Seeding the Fields Dishcloth

This pattern reminds me of seeding, I designed it in the Spring when the crops were being planted.

Seeding the Fields

-For the pattern, it list repeat the rows 1 - 6 eight times. This is the total amount of times to work the pattern rows. Work rows 1 - 6 for eight times. Or work it until the cloth is almost square. Then work a final repeat of rows 1 - 4 and the k3 rows for the border.
-This cloth can be completed with any regular size ball of dishcloth cotton. If you make the larger size cloth you may need two balls if they are ombre or variegated(If you use Bernat Handicrafter ombre or variegated) - disregard this if you are using Peaches and Cream, they’re balls have more yardage in both solid and ombres and should be just fine). A full size small ball of a solid cotton is enough no matter what brand you choose.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

J-Cloth Striped Knit Dishcloth Pattern

Striped Cloth

I wanted a cloth that reminded me of the blue/white J-Cloths my mom used to purchase. This is what I came up with. You start with white and carry it up the color not in use along the side. To end the pattern make sure to do another 4 rows of CC and finish with 4 rows of MC.

I had fun knitting these cloths they look great in lot's of colour combos but I prefer them in white and blue or white and any pastel color.

Striped J-Cloth Pattern

This is my first time adding a pdf in this manner. I'm using DropBox with a shared folder, please let me know if it lets you download. :)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Partying My way to better health

For anyone who's done Zumba you know how much fun it really is. Before you know it your workout is done and you just had a ton of fun but you know you worked hard, you have buckets of sweat pouring off of you and you need a ton of water, but damn it feels good.

The other day I had my first wake up call to get fit. It's been and off and on battle but now it's real. My DH is near to a type 2 diabetic, my DD is type 2 diabetic and I got some not so great news about cholesterol, and blood sugars. I also have low iron so I have to take an iron supplement which may help with my low energy and I have some other tests to make sure it's not because of anything else besides low iron in my diet.

Since she was diagnosed a month ago we've already begun making more changes. We've always been a family of whole grain breads and pastas but now we have to get even more serious. I personally had to make changes, mo more sugary pops if I want a pop it has to be diet and no more chips and chocolate.

I had done this workout before but had stopped because no matter how good I thought I was doing the game didn't seem to acknowledge I was doing it right so I felt like I was failing at it. One day I was doing it again, yes it's so much fun that I still wanted to do it. Well my remote fell out and I had to put it back in and this time I was getting 'zumba's and 'hot's' all the time. It turned out I had mistakenly put the remote in the belt incorrectly, the sensor has to be facing up at the top.

Well I didn't keep going I let myself get lazy and then our empty nest was full again and then more than full and I had almost no privacy. It's still a full nest but I can make time for me and do it. I did it this morning for about 45 minutes, sweat tons had a blast and got 67% on accuracy and I felt awesome!

My goal this month is to do this each day I'm at home during my holidays and when we are away I'll do some other form of fitness. This will be in addition to our daily walk with our dogs. I hope and pray that if I do this along with our healthy eating that I will actually shed some weight, change my levels and be more healthy and fit.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake

Reese's Ice Cream Cake
For my son's 25th birthday he requested a ice cream cake with reese's peanut butter cups.

Reese's Ice Cream Cake

1 1/4 cup Oreo Crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter

2l vanilla ice cream
hot fudge sauce
Mini Reeses cups
2 l chocolate ice cream
Reeses pieces

Melt butter and mix with crumbs, press into spring form pan.

Let vanilla ice cream sit out for about 1/2 hour to soften. Pour into bowl and stir until smooth. Pour ice cream over base. Freeze for at least an hour or until very firm.

Spread hot fudge on top of vanilla ice cream, freeze for 30 minutes. Take out and cover the fudge layer with mini reese cups and freeze for another 30 minutes or until very firm.

Set out chocolate ice cream 30 minutes to soften. Pour into bowl and stir until smooth. Pour over reese layer and spread with an offset spatula until smooth. Top with reeses pieces and more mini reese cups if you like and cover in plastic wrap and freeze until very firm at least 3 hours.

Take out 15 minutes before to slowly warm up, place on a serving plate and remove spring form ring, cut and server.

Note: Freezing in a deep freeze may shorten time. Times for freezing will vary depending on your freezer. Do not do subsequent layers until the first one is frozen solid.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Summer is for...

 Summer is for dishcloth knitting, the perfect summer knit. I love this Spa Day Facecloth it makes a wonderful washcloth and I specifically use these in the bath, the textured pattern is so squishy and soft for the bath. This one is in lime green.
Summer is also for visiting. This is how tired Oliver is after my sister and her hubby visited with us for a few days with their two kids. I know people think he can be grumpy but he's a sweet boy who generally loves attention and snuggles. After he warmed up to everyone he gave each of them their own snuggle time. He gives the best snuggles.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

More of that Christmas Knitting

Basic Stipes Afghan - Titled Racing Stripes
Getting more of my gift knitting done so the I don't feel pressure to knit like a maniac come November. I'm about 70% done this afghan for my nephew. It's a nice pattern and the yarn is very soft I think he'll enjoy snuggling under it while he watches a movie or reads when the temps dip low. Where they live the winters are quite harsh.

Using Knit picks Brava in basic primary colours.