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