December 31, 2009
December 30, 2009
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
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.
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
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
December 21, 2009
December 16, 2009
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
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
December 7, 2009
December 5, 2009
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.