Monday, April 15, 2013

Tri-knit-y Necklace Pattern


Trinity-
a. a group of three
b. the state of being threefold or triple





I'm in a few different groups on Ravelry and one of them is a design groups. Every month or couple of months there is a new challenge with techniques/skills/design attributes to choose from. Last month I decided to take part and my Tri-knit-y Necklace is the end result. I've been wanting to create a neck accessory similar to a cowl but less bulky since it's hot most of the time here. 

The pattern allows a lot of room for customization. There is a minimum length that should be followed closely otherwise it may be too small to fit over someone's head (it is seamed beginning to end with no buttons to open it). Other than that it is up to the knitter to decide how to design it. It begins with a tube knit in the round than has 3 cords that can either be braided, twisted, or kept straight before attaching back to the beginning. 


Stranded

Braided

Twisted


You can also wear the necklace with the cords in front, to the side, or behind (again, tying in the trinity theme). 





Check out the project gallery to find other projects that have been done in the other designs for a better idea of the variety. You can buy my pattern for $1.99 on Ravelry. I'd love to see your finished designs! Please link your project on Ravelry if you make it :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A little recognition is nice

I've been regularly busy lately. Nothing unusual; just the normal hustle and bustle of being a mommy with a busy toddler and still nursing, learning to crawl, 9 month old. I've put my blog on the back burner because honestly; it's not a priority. I'd love to be a mom-blogger with lots of followers and something inspirational once a day (or week even) but for now that's not going to happen.

A few things I've been working on in my free time are products for my teaching stores (see my blog Kawaii Classroom for more information on that), knitting for gifts (and for myself for once), and adding to my Zazzle shop. I got an e-mail yesterday that one of my products had been chosen for a "Today's Best" Award! I've had it happen once or twice before but it was still a nice little surprise.


If you want to see the product that won the award you can visit my shop here

I'm currently working on some hero themed graphics to add to teaching products and my Zazzle store. next I want to work on some robot themed graphics. Please check out all my stores and let me know if there is a certain product you would like me to make with any of my designs.

Thanks for reading!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

600 Monsters

I know it's been a while since I've posted lately. I've been trying my best to only be on the computer while my youngest is nursing and all of my other free time while the boys are sleeping has been used up knitting. I've had a lot of projects on my needles lately but this post is going to focus on 2.

In December when the news got to me about the school shooting in Newtown I was deeply saddened. Having 2 boys of my own now really makes news like this hurt even more. I can't help but think of how I would feel if that had happened to one of my boys. I can't stand the thought of losing them.

Shortly after I read about a group on Ravelry, 600 Monsters Strong, whose members were knitting up monsters to send to the students at the elementary. I decided to join to see if I could help out. Since joining I've learned that the moderators plan to send these monsters to children that have been affected by violence, not just the Newtown students. The community in Newtown has had such an outpouring that they have placed a hold on donated toys for now. Either way, these toys will be going to a child who will need extra comforting. It definitely won't heal all their physical and mental wounds but hopefully it will help comfort them as they heal.

Since joining I have knitted up 2 monsters: Jewel and Percy. You can see more pictures of them on my Ravelry project pages. I'm planning on getting them sent out this weekend.




If you'd like to help (and they do accept knitted, crochet, or sewn monsters) check out their Ravelry page linked above or their Facebook page to get details on the few requirements they ask you to follow.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gluten Free Dinner Roll Recipe




I'm back again after 2 Thanksgiving feasts to share another recipe! The first Thanksgiving meal this year was at our school. Every year they have a Thanksgiving lunch right before the break. The parents of the students bring a dish and it's a big potluck style lunch. I brought my Persi-nnomon Bread for that. On Thursday we ate dinner with our pastor's family as well as some others from our church. I brought gluten free rolls and according to my husband they are good enough to blog about!

This recipe is my first successful attempt at making a gluten free roll and I think they turned out pretty good. They have a yeasty flavor but are more dense than normal gluten-filled rolls. I want to try using this recipe for garlic knots also! I must apologize for the not so appealing stove and pan pictures. It’s an old stove and I’m sure the pans are just as old!

Ingredients

1 cup water (110 degrees F)
4.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
bowl of rice flour for covering hands while rolling dough balls
Flour mixture (mix well together)
1-1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 cup quinoa flour
4 teaspoons xanthan gum

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine water and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes.



2. Add melted butter, sugar, eggs, and salt; stir well with a wooden spoon.



3. Add flour mixture 1 cup at a time and mix well until dough forms.



4. Cover dough with plastic wrap and put in fridge for 2 hours or more.



5. When ready to bake line pan with parchment paper and rub rice flour on your hands to minimize sticking while rolling dough.

Grab enough dough to make rolls approximately 2" around. Lay on pan and flatten a little bit (rolls will look about the same way after cooking as they do now).



You can place rolls fairly close to each other. The worst that will happen is that they become pull-apart rolls.

Once all rolls are on the pan (or pans in my case) cover with a warm,damp towel and leave for 1 hour.



Be sure to pre-heat your oven to 375 F at an appropriate time. Mine is gas and small so it doesn’t take long to heat up. Bake rolls about 17 minutes (or until they start to brown a bit on top.





I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you tried these :)




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Knit Baby Dino Hat



As promised I am going to share the pattern for the dino hat I knit for my youngest son. I used the same materials but just made it smaller. My youngest was almost 5 months when I made it but he has a big head. This should fit him for a while longer. This pattern is very similar to the toddler hat.

*Sorry for the horrible pictures that follow...it was hard to take a decent picture while wearing him*




Materials You Will Need:
Green worsted weight yarn (again, no yardage info): I used Red Heart Super Saver-Light Sage
White worsted weight yarn: I used Red Heart Super Saver, White
Size 7 circular needle

Size 7 double pointed needles
1 stitch marker
1 tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used:
K- Knit
P- Purl
K2tog- Knit 2 stitches together to decrease
DPNs- Double pointed needles
sts- stitches
st- stitch

For main hat

With green yarn (or main color of choice) and size 7 circular needles cast on 70 stitches.

Place marker and join for knitting in the round. Start knitting ribbing by alternating knit and purl sts. Continue in 1x1 ribbing till work measures about 1-2 inches.

Switch to stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) and knit till work measures about 5 inches.

Work the following decrease rounds and switch to DPNs when needed
Row 1: [knit 8, k2tog] repeat around
Row 2 (and all even rows): knit all stitches
Row 3: [knit 7, k2tog] repeat around
Row 5: [knit 6, k2tog] repeat around
Row 7: [knit 5, k2tog] repeat around
Row 9: [knit 4, k2tog] repeat around
Row 11: [knit 3, k2tog] repeat around
Row 13: [knit 2, k2tog]repeat around
Row 15: [knit 1, k2tog] repeat around
Row 17: k2tog till end of row

Finish hat by k2tog until 3 stitches remain on the needle. Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail, weave through remaining stitches, pull through to inside of hat and weave in. Weave in beginning tail.

For spikes (make as many as you like):

With white yarn (or color of choice) and 2 DPNs (or size 7 straight needle) cast on 9 sts leaving a long tail.

Row 1: Knit 1 row
Row 2 (and every row till only 2 stitches remain): k2tog, k to end of row

Knit the last 2 stitches together, cut string leaving about 3 inches and pull through remaining stitch. Weave yarn through. Use the beginning tail to sew the spike to the hat.

Make as many spikes as you wish using the same technique and sew on hat in a row (or two rows if you want it to look more like a stegosaur). I used one less spike since it is a baby dino and still growing ;)