March 30, 2010
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I just placed my order of seeds for this years vegetable garden. This is always a hard decision, I always want to order anything and everything. I have probably gone overboard again this year and will have plenty to give away to family and friends. I have decided to completely start fresh this year, preparing to dig a larger area for my crops.
This years crop will consist of:
Large and Cherry Tomatoes
and whatever else I can squeeze in the ground that will produce a sprout!
I am patiently waiting for my seeds to come so we can get a head start indoors. My son will probably get a big kick this year by participating, he will love to get his little fingers in the dirt...help water the crops and pick off the fresh produce. We will grow organic as always, trying to keep those nasty chemicals out of our bodies and our earth.
What will you be growing this year?
March 24, 2010
March 22, 2010
Old is new again
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- A pair of needles UK size 3.75mm / 9 / US 5
- Small amount of stuffing for the head
- Small piece of felt for the beak
- Chocolate egg, plastic or hard boiled!
- Row 1: K1, increase 1, K to the end.
- Repeat first row until you have 36 stitches on the needle (10 rows)
- Knit four rows. (14 rows)
- Row 1: K3, bring yfwd, slip next stitch, ybk, move slip stitch back to left needle. Turn
- Row 2: K3 to end
- Row 3: K2, bring yfwd, slip next stitch, ybk, move slip stitch back to left needle. Turn
- Row 4: K2 to end
- Row 5: Cast off 10 stitches, K to end
- Repeat last five row for the other side to shape tail.
- You will have 16 stitches left in the centre of your knitting.
- Rows 1-4: Knit
- Row 5: K1, K2tog, K to last three stitches, K2tog, K1.
- Rows 6-8: Same as row 5
- Rows 9-10: Knit
This will leave you with 8 stitches. Cut the yarn leaving a length 30cm (12") long.Thread a needle with the 30cm length and run it through the 8 remaining stitches, pull them tight. Continue with the yarn to sew up the head, back and side leaving a hole big enough to insert an egg. Stuff the head lightly. Insert the egg, this will give you the body shape making it easy to see where the neck should be. With a needle threaded with the yarn, do a running stitch to cinch the neck (not too tight) fasten off securely. The eyes are french knots made from black yarn. Sew on a beak made from red felt and your done!!!
March 17, 2010
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Elizabeth Zimmermann (1910-1999) was a knitter known for revolutionizing the modern practice of knitting through her books and instructional series.
Elizabeth advocated knitting in the round using flexible circular needles to produce seamless garments and to make it easier to knit intricate patterns versus using straight needles (thank goodness!)
She also advocated the Continental method, claiming that it is the most efficient and quickest way to knit ( the only way I know how). Most English books on knitting today are in the English or American style. Elizabeth Zimmermann helped to re-introduce continental style knitting to the United States
Always knitting she developed the ability to knit while on the back of her husbands motorcycle! I'm sure that would have been a site to see!!!
Zimmermann was the first knitter to be honored with a full obituary and article in the New York Times. Her motto was "Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises." She is a true inspiration to me and many others, who knows where we would be today with our knits if it wasn`t for her!
March 14, 2010
Toddler Longies Knitting Pattern
These are the cutest little pants, they can be used as a diaper cover or for cozy warmth on a chilly winter day. These will fit a child about 2 years old but can be easily altered.
Yarn used: 100% Acrylic yarn
Needle Size: Circular and double pointed needles US size 8
Gauge: 17s = 4”
Cast on 80 stitches to circular needles
Knit one inch
On the next round you will be creating the holes for the drawstring:
K36, K2 tog, YO, K4, K2 tog, YO, K36
Knit till length is 8” long or until desired length is reached.
Cast off 5 stitches in the front middle and back middle.
Knit each leg 7” with your double pointed needles or desired length.
You can change to an alternative colour for the leg cuffs if you would like and knit about 1 ½” to 2” more.
Knit an I-cord for the drawstring and you are done!
Sew in between the legs together and sew in all loose ends.
Note: You will need to fold the waistband inside about 2” and sew inside to hide the drawstring. This is easily done if you place your drawstring inside first then fold waistband inside to sew, be careful not to sew drawstring too! J
Please do not copy this pattern in any form. This pattern is for personal use only.
Designed by Jen Gontier
March 12, 2010
Go green , Plants
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Last night I was playing around with my sewing machine and created a couple of infant baby bibs they were pretty easy to make and fun. I made then double sided so they are be worn either way. I have decided to go with snaps versus Velcro, I just think that snaps are more durable. I am hoping to have some photos to post soon, my camera seems to only be working when it feels like it...probably time to invest in another. I have always taken my camera for granted, now being without it I don't know what to do. As a blogger it seems that I need to be taking pictures pretty much daily to keep up with my posts. I will post some pics as soon as my camera lets me!