December 31, 2009

Update on Men's Hat

Alright, so I finished another men's hat...this time I used Impeccable worsted yarn and a 4mm needle. This hat turned out much better than my first one, the quality is great and it turned out even more sleek and tidy. I recommend using a good yarn for this hat due to its simplicity it shows everything. With some patterns you are able to use a cheaper yarn and you don't really notice, well with this one it shows! Happy New Year! Wishing everybody a wonderful 2010 to come!

December 30, 2009

Free Pattern: Mens Sleek Toque



Here is a very sleek and simple men's hat for the guy in your life. Nothing fancy here, just a straight knit. What I like about this design is that it can be both dressy and casual depending on what you pair it off with. I used Bernat Super Value yarn but would spend the extra money next time for a better quality yarn maybe a blend.


5mm (US #8) circular needles (60cm)
1 set 5mm (US #8) DPNs


Pattern:


Cast on 80 sts using 5mm (US #8) circular needles.


Row 1: Knit in the round (Join work together into a round at this point. Take care not to twist stitches). Knit till end of round. Place marker at beginning of round.


Continue knitting every round until work measures 6 1/2 inches.


Shape Crown:


Next round: *k2tog, k18, rep from * to end of round.
Next round: *k2tog, k17, rep from * to end of round.
Next round: *k2tog, k16, rep from * to end of round.


Continue in this way reducing knit stitches between decreases by 1 stitch on each subsequent round until only 8 sts left. You will need to change to DPNs.


Next round: k2tog 4 times. (4 sts rem)


Draw yarn through all 4 stitches, pull tightly and sew in loose ends on wrong side.


That's it you're done!

December 28, 2009

Brainstorming

Hey everyone! Hope that everybody had a wonderful Christmas. My Christmas was fantastic, it was so joyful to see my son, niece and nephew get so excited about Santa and his reindeer...it really brings back the magic of the season!

This is the perfect time of year for knitting, the weather is cold and terrible and makes for a perfect excuse to curl up by the fire and knit to your hearts content. I love it!!!

One item that my dad was wanting for Christmas but I never got around to starting was a winter toque, something simple, yet attractive. So today I will take the time to sit down and figure out what the is going to look like. I'm thinking black or navy blue, probably black though because it is more versatile. Maybe a simple rib pattern for the cuff and then to finish it off a basic cable...hmmm, well we'll see. Better get to it! Enjoy the holiday's, and happy knitting!!!

December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I just want to take a moment and thank all of you for your interest in my blog. This is a place for us all to come, share ideas, be creative and take some time to do what we love most of all.


Wishing all of you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year to come, please take time to cherish every moment with your family and friends and remember what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. Peace, Joy and Happiness to all,


Thank You,
HipKnitIzed

December 21, 2009

Character Cake Transfer

Another way I try to safe money is by making my own birthday cakes! I started doing this for my son's second birthday, I had bought him a Toy Story cake that looked fantastic but tasted absolutely horrible. Luckily I had made a Buzz Lightyear cake also which was a big hit.


We had my nephew's birthday this past Sunday, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted me to make and he said Spiderman. I was pleased with having to make Spiderman due to his basic form.

You will all be amazed at how simple this is to do, and the kids just love it!!!

You will need:

Cake mix, store bought or homemade
Icing, store bought or homemade
Wilton's Black tube icing (this stuff is extra thick and great for the outline)
Colouring Book outline of your character or design
Wax paper
Food colouring
Tape
Cutting Board
Plastic Baggies
Scissors
Bake Pan
Mixing Bowls and spoons


To begin take your colouring page outline and tape it face up on a cutting board. Tear a sheet of wax paper and tape over top of the colouring page. Set aside.






Mix your icing, divide into amounts needed for each colour, them add food colouring to create desired colours. Place in seperate plastic baggies with the tips cut off. You have to remember to start with an outline then work in dimensions.


eg. For Spiderman I did the outline first, then the web on his face, then the red for his face.
Just remember you will be flipping and transferring!



Return to your prepped colour page and begin your outline, and any other lines needed. Then keep adding the colours in a reverse order. Like I said before for Spiderman's face I did the outline, his web then completely covered it in red icing.








When you have completed all the colours and detail, place in the freezer overnight to harden.

The next day, usually the day of the party of day before prepare and bake your cake. Make sure it is completely cool before adding the transfer or all your icing will melt together!!!

Once your cake is made I it in whatever background colour you want. Remove the transfer from your freezer and remove the wax paper right away. Becareful when peeling because some icing may begin to flake. Once the wax paper is removed, untape the paper from the cutting board and flip your transfer to your cake! Voila! Your finished! Refrigerate until a couple hours before party and serve at room temp.












December 16, 2009

More Colours!

Here are some different colours of my "Slouch Hat"


The last couple of days have been really busy, Christmas shopping, Christmas baking, house cleaning, getting ready for my Nephews birthday and catching up on some new orders. That is the only downfall to knitting is how much time it consumes! Just think how many projects we could complete if it didn't take sooooo... long to just knit. I really think that people underestimate how much time and effort it takes to complete a simple project, just think is it the proper yarn with the proper weight, are the needles the right size, then does the gauge work out properly, and that is just the prep! Let alone if you find you have made a mistake and have to tear the whole thing out! Don't get me wrong I LOVE knitting I just wish there was a faster way to complete my projects, but don't we all!






December 10, 2009

10 Free Goodies for Mommies or Grand Mommies!

As you all know I am a thrifty mom, so when I came across these little freebies I thought must share them with you guys!!! Never hurts to save a buck or two :)



1. Go to www.huggiespureandnatural.com/freesample.aspx to get a free sample of 3, yes I said 3 free Pure and Natural diapers.



2. Go to fisherprice.com, printcardlanding to download free cards that your kids can colour and decorate.



3. Go to the Huggies website to get a free DVD to make potty training easier



4. Go to pampers.com to request a free potty training kit that includes, coupons, stickers, training pants, progress chart and a Dora or Diego trophy.



5. If you are looking for some cool holiday craft ideas go to crayola.com, you can also sign up for a free monthly newsletter that includes coupons and more!



6. Sign up to brandsampler.ca and receive free samples.



7. Go to evite.com to use electronic party invitations!



8. Free printable worksheets for your kids ti practise on at writingwizard.longcountdown.com



9. Join the Nestle Baby program and receive a backpack filled with free samples and a change pad.



10. Go to Underjams.com to request a free sample of nighttime training pants, they work great.



Hope you enjoy these little freebies as much as I will!

December 8, 2009

Handmade Christmas Card




I am a member of the Simcoe County Arts and Craft Association, we meet the first Monday of every month and create a craft together. Yesterday our instructor had us create and design our very own handmade Christmas card using an iris fold. It was amazing how simple and quick this was create, it was really enjoyable too!



All you need is craft paper, wrapping paper, tape, scissors, and stamps...the rest is up to you!!!

December 7, 2009

Shortbread Snow Balls Recipe


These yummy little snow balls just melt in your mouth. They are really easy to prepare and bake so even little fingers can help you!


Ingredients:


1 cup cold butter, cubed

2 cups flour

6 tbs icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla



Combine butter, flour, vanilla and sugar in a bowl. Mix together until all ingredients are combined evenly. Form into 2 inch balls and place onto a bake pan lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 300 degrees for 30 mins. Remove from oven and let balls cool slightly. Roll in icing sugar until completely covered. Pop in your mouth and enjoy!

December 5, 2009

Garlic Loaf Recipe

Mmmm how I love freshly baked homemade bread and this one is great to have with dinner, especially pasta dishes!



1 and 3/8 cups water

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

4 cups flour

3 tablespoons white sugar

2 tablespoons salt

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

2 and 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast



Combine all ingredients into bread machine and put on basic setting.

December 2, 2009

Top 20 Favourite Christmas Movies


I know that I usually only list the top ten of items that I post but with Christmas I thought I'd go all out and list the top twenty! These are in no order what so ever, two of my favourites though that you don't always get to see are: "A Child's Christmas In Wale's" and "One Magic Christmas" if any of you see that I am forgetting some favourite's of your own please leave a comment and let me know! Cheers!



1. Rudolph the Red -Nosed Reindeer

2. It's a Wonderful Life

3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

5. A Christmas Carol

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas

7. Miracle on 34th Street

8. A Christmas Story

9. A Child's Christmas In Wales

10. Scrooged

11. The Nightmare before Christmas

12. One Magic Christmas

13. Home Alone

14. Frosty The Snowman

15. The Muppet Christmas Carol

16. Mickey's Christmas Carol

17. The Polar Bear Express

18. White Christmas

19. Once Upon a Christmas

20. Four Christmases

November 30, 2009

Mmm...Morning Bread Recipe


I had an itch to make some homemade bread, it was morning so I wanted something that would serve as breakfast and keep me full till lunch time. I came up with this great recipe I call "Morning Bread" it would also be great to have in the afternoon with some tea or you could toast it in for a snack before bed!


Ingredients:


1 1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons butter

1 tsp salt

3 cups flour

1/2 chopped walnuts

1/2 sultana raisins

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast


Add all ingredients to your bread machine and put on "basic" setting. Enjoy!

November 26, 2009

Felting Your Projects By Hand




This is a bowl that I felted and added a flower design. The first photo is of the bowl un-felted and the second and third are of the felted bowl.


I was doing some felting the other day and thought that maybe I should post a "how to" for those of you who haven't felted before. Although most of you probably prefer machine felting, I like to see the transformation right before my eyes. Some elbow grease is required though!

To start your wool needs to be felting wool or 100% wool, otherwise you will not get a felted result. First fill your sink, bucket or bathtub with HOT water. Place your item in the water and begin agitated the wool. It helps to add some dish washing liquid to help open the fibers and speed the felting process up.

Rub you item against the bottom of the sink, bucket or tub rub the wool against itself using your knuckles, finger nails etc... there is no need to be gentle here! I also wear yellow rubber gloves, they have little bumps on the palm that help to agitate the fibers.

After about 5-8 minutes check your process, you should see that you stitches are beginning to disappear. Shock it with some cold water then place it in the HOT water again, you may need to add more HOT water to keep the temp up.

You are the boss and can make the decision when you want to stop. Different wools felt at different speeds so it will take different time frames for each. You also don't have to felt something completely if you don't want to.

You can still block you item after it is done felting, depending what shape you want. You can let your item air dry, I place mine on the air vent to dry. Also you can use different item to help shape your item in the drying process. If you decide to throw it in the dryer just remember you have no control on how you item will shape. Also it may shrink quite a bit more.

Please remember you item will shrink, so when you are knitting it you should probably felt a swatch to see how much you will lose in the felting process.

November 25, 2009

Cherished Hand Me Downs


I am so thankful to have thoughtful people in my life, at times it feels like I am surrounded by them. About a year and a half ago when I felt like my life was spiraling downward yet again, I decided to make a change.
I am very much an introvert and feel comfort in my home, I am the type of person that could easily become a recluse in a remote area and live off the land without ever looking back.
The change I decided to make was to join a workout class. Little did I know that I would be about 30-40 years younger than the other classmates. After walking into the gym and seeing everyone, I thought to myself "how is this going to benefit me?" The title of the class was "Gentle Strength and Stretch" and after having my son about 6 months earlier I thought this is what I needed to get back in shape but then second guessed it when I saw the people that surrounded me.
The first session was about an hour and a half in length and I will tell you by the end of that class I was sweating like a pig, partly because I was out of shape but mostly do to the fact that I had a wonderful instructor who treated us all as individuals and knew that I was more capable than the elderly others.
A year and a half later having never looked back I am probably in the best shape of my life, being surrounded by people that are generations older than me, comforts me and I know that I walked into that gym room for a reason!
Unfortunately for me and for the others in my class our instructor is moving on with her career, I am happy for her and wish her all the best.
Yesterday as I pulled into the parking lot she opened the trunk of her car and handed me a bag full of 17 hand knit sweaters that she had made for her children many years ago. She had been saving them for someone special and that someone is my son! I am so grateful and thankful that there are people like her in my life, she defines true kindness!

November 24, 2009

Snake Hat Pattern






I decided to design this snake hat after getting an order from a friend of mine asking what types of boys hats I could create. All this hat consists of is a basic knit cap with an I-cord snake attached to the top, really basic yet has lots of character!


SIZE: 3-6 mos, Child 5-6.




Cap
Cast on 72 (78)sts. Beginning with a knit row, work in St st until piece measures 6 (61/2)from beginning, end with a WS row.




Shape Crown
Row 1:
*K4 (4) k2tog (decrease made); rep from * – 60 (65) sts.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: *K3 (3), k2tog; rep from * – 48 (52) sts.
Row 5: *K2 (2), k2tog; rep from * – 36 (39)sts.
Row 7: *K1 (1), k2tog; rep from * – 24 (26) sts.
Continue in this manner, working 1 st less between decreases, until 12 (13) sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, and pull tightly to secure.




FINISHING
Sew seam. Weave in ends.







For Snake:
2 dpns size US 6. Work around (I-cord).

Cast on 4 sts. (After each round, do not turn work, slide sts to right end of needle, pull yarn to tighten.)

Round 1: k4
Round 2: k1, m1, k2, m1, k1
Round 3: knit 6
Round 4: k1, m1, k4, m1, k1
Round 5: knit 8
Round 6: ssk, k4, k2tog
Round 7: knit 6
Round 8: ssk, k2, k2tog
Round 9: knit 4

Continue to knit till snake reaches desired length for hat.
k2tog, k2
k2tog, k1
k2tog
cut end and pull through. Knot yarn for eyes and attach red tongue.




To attach snake to cap pin in desired location, then take a different colour to add stripes or use the same colour as snake and sew around the body wrapping about an inch or so apart to firmly attach snake to cap, sew in loose ends.



Copyright 2009.








November 23, 2009

Productive Weekend







Well I got a lot done this weekend, had a great time at the museum and booked my booth for next year! Just walking around viewing all the talented artists gave me some new ideas. Have any of you played around with recycled sweaters and things like that??? I think I am going to give it a go. The weather was almost too nice Sunday and we didn't have as much traffic as we did on Saturday, but none the less had a wonderful time.


After the show on Saturday it was time to take my little guy to the Santa Clause Parade, we had a great time and he was in so much awe of all the floats going by. It was great that the parade was at dusk, all the lights were glowing and the street was full of ambiance!

November 19, 2009

Waiting Room Knitting Club!

My dad had his surgery today, everything went according to plan and he is recovering well. As I was waiting for him to have his surgery I had to wait in the busy waiting room for a few hours. I was actually surprised at how many people were knitting and crocheting including myself. I counted over the course of about seven hours, eight or so women quietly knitting/crocheting away. It was amazing to see the beautiful works of art that were being created almost effortlessly. The women were drawn to each other, there were two in particular that were sitting beside each other sharing tips and flipping through each others knitting magazine's, then parted ways as their names were called. It just seems so natural and comforting to be surrounding by people that have the same interests as myself and others. Note to self for next time, "bring more knitting!!!" I had under estimated the amount of time I would be waiting for my father and finished my knitting within the first couple of hours, I don't want to see another celeb magazine for a long, long, time!

November 18, 2009

Snake Hat


I was trying to think up some new ideas. It seems like a lot of the knits I have designed are directed more so towards girls rather than boys. So I decided to create something that I knew little boys and maybe even some bigger boys would adore!!! I am really pleased how this turned out and is actually made to fit a 3-6 month old.


Time for yet another busy weekend. My dad has yet another show, this time at the Simcoe County Museum. Unfortunately he will not be able to attend due to the fact that he is under going surgery tomorrow morning. So I am on my own...my father is a very talented artist among other things and has created a beautiful Christmas C.D. plus a few other C.D.'s that I will be selling for him. Needless to say I will probably be doing a lot of knitting at this show, just like many craft shows you have a lot of time to "catch up" on a few projects. I have a couple of orders I will complete for Monday then I will start some new projects, I still have to get those leg warmers under way...hmmm what else can I come up with?


November 15, 2009

Ten Healthy Foods For Your Kids!


I try to be as health conscious as possible not only for myself but especially for my son. So here is a list of 10 of my fave healthy choices from my little mans menu!


1. Baby Carrots-This has been my sons all time favourite since he started eating solids. Carrots are full of beta-carotene and are super handy to grab as a quick snack.


2. Broccoli-Broccoli is full of calcium, vitamin C and A. If your tot is not a fan you can hide it in pasta, on pizza or mix it in mash potatoes. Try it steamed too!


3. Eggs-Probably second to baby carrots on my sons fave list, eggs are full of protein and vitamin D. I hard boil a bunch at a time so they are just ready to grab when hungry strikes!


4. Pizza-This single item covers three food groups, grain, dairy and veggies. The options are endless with all the different pizza types you can create. Kids can even help prepare by topping their own mini pizzas with there favorite individual items.


5. Yogurt-Full of calcium, try to stick to plain flavours to avoid all the sugars. Look for brands that have live or active cultures that provide more health benefits.


6. Whole Wheat Bread-So fiber rich! Key is to introduce whole wheat breads, pastas, rice etc at a young age so children get use to it and you don't have to transition them.


7. Cheese-Once again full of calcium, you can use cheese as a topping to disguise foods that your children may not usually eat, like Brussels sprouts.


8. Potatoes-Potatoes are full of fiber and potassium. Slice and bake them as an option instead of unhealthy french fries.


9. Whole Grain Cereal-Fortified cereals include numerous healthy vitamins. Cereal is great first thing in the morning topped with fresh fruit. Breakfast is super important for the body and is needed to function properly throughout the day.


10. Mixed Veggies (frozen)-choose frozen instead of canned to avoid preservatives. They are easy to add as a side or to toss in a soup or rice dish.

November 7, 2009

Busy Weekend


Another busy weekend under way!!! I have been at the Barrie Molson Center all weekend so far... helping my dad with the annual Christmas Craft Show. Needless to say I have gotten a lot of knitting done. I have completed two hats, and a never ending scarf that is absolutely beautiful and will hopefully be finished tomorrow...I have had so much fun at this show and love chatting to the friendly folks that pass on through. There are so many talented people in this world! I try to get as much of my Christmas shopping done there as possible, as I always try to support local people and their abilities. Looking forward to another beautiful day tomorrow and more knitting!!!

November 4, 2009

Top Ten Children's Books

I have been reading to my son since he was in my womb. We read everyday especially at bedtime. He is a lover of all books and loves looking at them on his own. We frequent our public Library about once a week or more. Remember, it is never too late to begin reading to your child.
#1 Where the Wild Things Are by author Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are is a story about a young boy named Max. Max has been sent to bed without dinner and chooses to wear a wolf costume to bed. Max's adventures are ones you will want to share with your children. Where the Wild Things Are is a winner of the Caldecott medal and is listed as one of the best illustrated children's books of all time. This is my sons favourite book at the moment. Out right now is the feature film.
#2 The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This is a great story about love. Teaching our children to give and to love others can sometimes be a challenge. Read this story to your child. It is sure to be a favorite.
#3 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This famous bedtime story will rhyme your child to sleep for sure. Considered one of the most loved picture books this one is popular with all ages. Margaret Wise Brown, a former teacher, wrote this book about a little bunny who wishes goodnight to all his surroundings.

#4 Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
This easy to read book by Dr. Seuss is so easy to read that you will find yourself memorizing the words. This one has great rhythm and humor. If you love Dr. Seuss books you are certain to love this one.
#5 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judy and Ron Barrett
Hilarious is an understatement for this book. It is definitely a must read. This book is fun to read and even more fun to talk to your child about once you have read it. A stormy day begins this fantasy about raining food. Your imagination will run wild with this one.
#6 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar has eaten its way into the hearts of millions of children and adults around the world. This is the story about a very hungry caterpillar that eats way too much.
#7 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Waking up with gum in his hair is a sign of the kind of day Alexander will have. He finds his day getting worse and worse as the day goes on. This story helps us teach our children to find humor even in the worst situations.
#8 Guess How Much I Love You by author Sam McBratney
This book teaches children how to express their feelings in more ways than one. With great content as well as artwork, this award winning story will bring your children begging to hear it over and over again.
#9 Pat The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Published in 1940 this story about Paul and Judy has been classified as timeless. Whether babies are learning to play peek a boo or older children are learning about their senses, this interactive book will thrill them all.
#10 Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
This humorous, sentimental story hardly ever leaves a reader with a dry eye. This is a simple story that will touch your heart. Love You Forever is not only a must read, but a must have for any library.

November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween


I had a great time last night trick or treating with my little man and his cousins. My son was a monkey, my Nephew was Buzz light year and my little Niece was a beautiful ladybug. I am amazed at how little fear my son shows towards the horror of Halloween. He seems intrigued by it all and is almost in awe. He loved going door to door last night but I don't think he fully understood the concept 100%. Some houses he would walk up to the front door and just stand behind his cousins, then would walk away before receiving one ounce of candy.
At one house the lady had taken his bag to put a few candies inside and he just walked away saying thank you even though she was still holding his pumpkin bag. It is so sweet to see the innocence of these children and the pure joy that they endure. Now I guess it is time to start putting away all the ghosts and goblins and in a couple of weeks we will begin digging out the Christmas items to display. I can't wait until this holiday season and to see his little face when all the festive activities begin, I just love it!
Here is another project that I completed over the weekend, I am very pleased with the colour on this hat I think that it turned out well!

October 29, 2009

Top Ten Horror Movies


After doing my romance movies I thought since Hallowe'en is on Saturday that I should post some scary films. So here we go, once again these are not in any order what so ever.

1.Psycho
2.The Shining
3.Carrie
4.The Changeling (I still can't watch this alone)
5.Silence of the Lambs
6.Cape Fear
7.Alien
8.Poltergeist
9.The Exorcist
10.Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Once again if you think of any others, post a comment!

Top Ten Romantic Movies


I am a sucker when it comes to sappy love stories so I thought I would post a top ten for all the ladies who love a tear jerker every once and a while. These are in no order what so ever.

1.Notebook
2.Sleepless In Seattle
3.Pretty Woman
4.Gone With The Wind
5.Dirty Dancing
6.When Harry Met Sally
7.Casablanca
8.Titanic
9.Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
10.A Walk To Remember

If anyone has any they would like to add, post a comment! I would love to see other titles and would find it great if there were a few titles I haven't seen yet!

October 28, 2009

Snowflake Hat






I had started this hat a few weeks ago and have just now finally finished it. The pattern I was following seemed to have a couple of mistakes in it so I had to alter the hat quite a bit to get the finished product. I find it really frustrating when you find a pattern that you like get about half way finished then run into mistakes in the pattern. Anyhow it is now complete, I think I will add an inner fleece lining to keep my little guy extra warm. This hat is too big for my son as you can see from the photos but will probably be a good fit next year. I felt badly taken the pictures of my little guy as he is not feeling that great today, but he didn't seen to mind too much.



I have also added a Halloween cake photo that I had made for a get together we had last weekend. It was really easy to make and lots of fun for the kids. They got a real kick of picking the little spiders off of the cake before they dug in!

October 27, 2009

Free Pattern: Baby Headband






Here is a new pattern for everybody! This is probably the easiest so far, it is so basic the only stitch that is needed is the knit stitch. I love this because it is easily altered to fit any head size and you can use numerous different items to add to the band itself.


Size 5mm needles
Yarn used was worsted acrylic in purple
Cast on 70 stitches

Row 1-knit
Row2-knit
Row3-knit
Row4-knit
Row5-knit

Bind off
Secure the two ends of the band together.
You can add anything you want to make the headband look pretty, all I did was sew on a few fake flowers but you could knit something like a bow and add that instead.

October 26, 2009

Homemade Play Dough


I found this recipe the other day and thought that I should share this with all the mommies out there. I find that with store bought Play Doh my little guy leaves the lid off so its hardens, mixes all the colours together, or feeds it to the dogs so in the end I feel like I am wasting money time and time again. Here is a recipe that you should all ready have in your pantry and is really simple to make .


You will need:

1cup flour

3/8 cup salt

1 tablespoon veggie oil

Natural Dye


In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Pour in the oil and pick what dye you would like to use, add the dye and stir together well. Knead the dough on a floured surface a few times. If you find that the dough is too soft add some more flour. When finished store the dough and air tight containers and keep in your fridge.


Here are some natural items you can use to add colour to your dough:

Brown-4 tablespoons cocoa powder and 3/8 cup hot water

Pink-3/8 cup hot beet juice

Orange-1 tablespoon paprika and 3/8 cup hot water

Yellow-3/8 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon turmeric

Knitting As An Outlet

Sometimes when I am not having a good day or when I am trying to get my mind off of something I try to put all my time and energy into a new project. Yesterday was one of those days, my day started to slip about half way through my day but once it did it seemed to stay on a downward slide. Needless to say I didn't sleep well last night and feel absolutely exhausted today. So today I am going to start a new project and try to forget about my worries. I have yet to decide what my new project is going to be but I think it needs to be something that occupies my mind. Hmmmm maybe something fun, and colourful? Yeah, sounds good to me.

P.S. How come when everything seems to be going just right in your life something has to happen to throw everything off kilter? I guess all things must pass.

October 23, 2009

Free Pattern: Big Fat Cowl










Big Fat Cowl Pattern



I was wanting to make one of these for a while and am glad I finally did. This pattern is really easy but I did find it a little time consuming none the less the outcome it beautiful! I also really loved working with this Lion Brand's Wool Ease Wool, I love the texture and the colour. Hope you enjoy!Size US 15 circular needle
Darning Needle
Cast on 80 stitches, join with the circular needles and begin knitting in the round.
Rows 1-12 Knit all stitches.

Row 13 *Knit 3, Knit 2 together. *Repeat pattern until row is complete.


Rows 14-25 Knit all stitches.

Row 26 *Knit 4, Knit 2 together. *Repeat pattern until row is complete.

Rows 27-60 Knit all stitches. You can keep knitting to make the cowl as long as you desire.

Cast off loosely and sew in ends of yarn, I don't recommend blocking this as it will take away from the natural shape and roll at the bottom so block with caution.


1 ball of Lion Brand's Wool Ease thick and quick, colour I used is Snapdragon.


Oh and yes this is an adult sized cowl my little guy wanted to try it on so I snapped a photo of him wearing it!

October 19, 2009

Froggy Sweater






Here is a froggy sweater that I had made for my little guy about 6 months ago, I am so glad that it finally fits him, he loves it too! I took him to Chappel Farms for him to pick out a pumpkin and be involved in the festive activities. We couldn't have asked for better weather it was probably the nicest day of the month so far, I even got a bit of colour on my face!!! With a bit of a chill in the air I thought that it would be the perfect day for his froggy sweater and it was. It hid all the dirt well too!

October 16, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

My son and I just got home from watching "Where The Wild Things Are" and I have to say, what a absolutely fabulous movie. It is not too often that you see a movie with such emotion. The puppeteer work was amazing and extremely realistic. My son as you know just turned two yesterday and watched the whole movie from start to finish without even stirring. Don't get me wrong I would not exactly say this is a children's film, but if you have a child that enjoys films with a bit of a darker edge then this one is for you. I have been reading my son the classic book since he was in the womb and so maybe that is why he keyed in on it so profoundly. At any rate this is a must see for anyone who has an imagination they are willing to expand.

October 13, 2009

Thankful Thanksgiving!

I am so glad that our Thanksgiving went well. I love it when the whole family gets together, it's really a great feeling. My little guy had a great birthday and was wiped by the end of it all. I have gotten a lot of knitting done for an upcoming show in Elmvale on the 24th of October. I am now working on my next free pattern that will be posted in a couple of days. Thanks for checking in!!!

October 10, 2009

Ghostly Cupcakes


Here is a cute idea for Halloween, I went to the dollar store the other day and saw these little ghost shaped tins. This is a fast and easy recipe for kids and adults. All you have to do is mix up a two layer cake mix and divide it into the tins, follow the baking directions on the box. As the little ghosts are cooling whip up some homemade icing:

1 cup cream cheese

1/4 butter

4 cups icing sugar

blend evenly on low setting.

Or buy pre-made icing. Spread evenly over the cooled ghosts. Add chocolate chips for eyes and one for the mouth and you have yourself a haunting dessert! Enjoy!!!

October 7, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Pinata











So I am having my son's second birthday this weekend and was trying to think of some fun things to do at his party. I haven't done Paper Mache in a long time so figured I'd make a Jack-O-Lantern Pinata for him. He really loves pumpkins, ghost and all the ghoulish things that go along with Halloween so I know he'll get a bang out of this and and so will his cousins.




This is really easy and if you have older kids they can help or do it themselves. Here are the instructions:

Things You'll Need:

Big balloon
Several newspapers torn into 2" strips
Marker
Flour
Water
Paint brushes
Orange paint
Black paint
Brown or green paint
Straight pin
Wire
Candy for inside


Making a Pumpkin Pinata
  1. Step 1 Cover your work area with newspapers. This can get pretty messy. Blow up your balloon till it is as large as you think it will go.

Step 2

  1. Mix flour with water until you have a pasty consistency. You want the mixture smooth enough to run paper through, but not runny. Run strips through the mixture and begin covering your balloon with the strips running from top to the bottom. You can cut a circle out of an empty cereal carton to use as a work station to hold balloon upright. Make three or four layers on the balloon, alternating directions. Cut a toilet paper roll in half and place on the tied part of the balloon as stem, add paper around this to secure it.


    Step 3
  2. Let the covered balloon to dry for at least 48 hours.


    Decorating the Pinata

    Step 1
  3. When the strips are dry pop the balloon inside with a pin in the stem (toilet paper roll opening) and remove it. First paint white to help cover the newsprint. Once the white paint dries, do two coats of Orange paint you can also paint the stem green at this point. When that dries design your face with marker. Paint eyes, nose, and mouth black to look like they are cut out of pinata. Then do a last coat of orange around pumpkin and paint stem green or brown. You can highlight eyes, nose and mouth in yellow to make them stand out. Outline everything in black to finish. You can add the candy inside by pouring it in the toilet paper roll stem.

    Step 2
  4. Use a pin to pierce a few holes in the top on the pinata then fish wire through hole to hang.


    Step 3 Fill the pumpkin with candy and let the kids loose! In a way it will be somewhat painful watching the kids bash in my pumpkin after all the work I've done but in the end it will be all worth it! Enjoy!!!

October 5, 2009

Top Ten Halloween Costumes For Kids 2009


Top Ten Halloween Costumes for Kids this year are:


1. Micheal Jackson

2. Transformers

3. Woody or Buzz Lightyear

4. Spiderman

5. Harry Potter Characters

6. Star Wars Characters

7. Hannah Montana

8. Barbie

9. Princess

10. Sharpey: High School Musical

October 4, 2009

Top Ten Toddler Toys


Here are ten toddler toys from my home that are simple and affordable, these toys also encourage imaginative play:

1. Corn push popper

2. Plan old wooden blocks

3. Wooden puzzles (I like Melissa and Doug brand)

4. Chatter telephone ( I remember these when I was young)

5. Manual musical instruments, little tykes piano or drum.

6. The farmer says, when the handle is pulled it stops on a photo and make the animal sound for the photo it lands on.

7. Wooden train set

8. Board Books

9. Little people, easy for their chubby little hands to hold

10. Pretend kitchen with accessories and shopping cart.

October 2, 2009

Mommy Must Have's - Fall Fashion




I like to "try" to stay in fashion with the season so I decided to share my fall fashion,
``Mommy Must Have`s`` For this 2009 season it look`s like belt`s are in either skinny of fat a belt`s where it`s at! Don`t forget you can not only wear belt`s with your favourite jean`s but wrap them around the waist of your fav chunky sweater! Another ``in`` thing seems to be high boots, these make your legs seem extra long, and they are great from dressy to casual. For colour it is ``muted metallic`s`` muted tones of iron, copper and pewter have been seen all over the runway this season. Another item is the infamous ``fitted jacket or coat`` I am in definite need of one of these, I`m thinking pea coat style ending at about mid thigh, black of course! For make-up it is bold lips in deep rich red tones, oh so sexy. Last but definitely least, hair. Four top cuts of the season are: The Bob, Cropped Bob, Pixie Crop and of course my fav Long Hair. Hope these little bits of fashion tips will help you feel a little bit more sexy and stylish this season, as moms we all need that extra flare to keep us feeling like ``Yummy Mummy`s!``

October 1, 2009

Free Pattern: Gypsy Scarf




This is 100% my own design. I was getting board with your everyday basic scarf patterns, even simple strips can be somewhat boring. So I decided to funk it up a bit with this chunky mismatched striped design. I tried to use what I already had for yarns so it would keep my cost down. I rummaged through my yarn drawers and grabbed all my thick yarns that had some texture and character. I did not do a gauge for this pattern ( as if i ever do! ) it is not needed.




Using size 9mm or 10mm sized needles cast on 30 stitches. You can cast on as many or as little stitches as you desire this pattern is fool proof. Knit in stockinette stitch ( or whatever you choose ) for about 10 0r 15 rows of your first color of choice, then all you do it change colours! Knit desired width of stripe then change again. I choose to do a thick stripe then skinny etc... try to keep it funky and fun, the sky is the limit with this pattern. Knit till scarf measures about 40"-50" or whatever length suits you best. Bind off. Voila! One of a kind.