As the weather gets colder and the holidays get closer, I wanted to write a pattern for a quick but impressive-looking accessory for quick gift giving. Since it is made from super thick Cascade Lana Grande, the November Cabled hat knits up in a jiff, but the wide cables make it look elegant and involved. One size is super stretchy and fits nearly everyone in my house from my husband to my 6-year-old. If you want it longer, simply put in a few extra rows of the 2x2 ribbing.
Friday, July 26, 2013
A couple years ago, the Disney Store came out with their "Animators' Collection" of princess dolls, and my little girl was in love. She's since acquired 5 of them, and they are probably her favorite toys. I have held onto hope since the dolls came out that eventually they would release extra outfits and accessories, but the collection was discontinued this year, so I figured it was time to come up with my own solution. I sewed some quick cotton pajamas for Princess Aurora yesterday, and today I wrote a pattern to make her some thick little socks to sleep in.
Here are my directions for quick doll socks, to fit a 16" doll.
Worsted weight yarn
1 set of 4 size US3 double pointed needles
Row 1: [K1, p1] to end, join to work in the round.
Rounds 2-5: [K1, p1] to end of round
Rounds 6-10: K
Work the heel of the sock back and forth using "wrap and turn" stitches.
Return to working in the round. I will pick back up my round count with round 11 for simplicity's sake. Now that your heel is shaped, it should be obvious that the first 6 stitches form the bottom of the foot, and the next 12 stitches go across the top of the foot.
Round 11: Knit all stitches
Round 12: K6, k2tog, k8, k2tog
Round 13: K
Round 14: K6, k2tog, k6, k2tog
Rounds 15-17: K
Round 18: K6, k2tog, k4, k2tog
Rounds 19-22: K
Round 23: K2tog, k2, [k2tog] 2 times, k2, k2tog
Round 24: K2tog 4 times
4 stitches remain at the toe of the sock. I like to do a 3 needle bind off, and bind off the stitches at the top of the foot together with the stitches of the bottom foot. However, if you don't know how to do a three needle bind off already and don't want to learn just for binding off 4 stitches, just bind them off normally and use a couple small stitches to close the hole at the tip of the toe and round it out.
Monday, July 8, 2013
I love plums, but I am the only person in my house who seems to. When I saw the super-on-sale 2 lb bag of plums, I thought I could finish it before they got squishy, no problem.
Of course, I was wrong because two pounds of plums is more than it seems. Instead of waiting until they got completely inedible and throwing them out, I decided to bake with them. I found a recipe for a fresh plum coffee cake, made some changes, and whipped one up.
Recipe after the break.
|Fresh plums, getting squishy.|
Recipe after the break.
For years, my favorite pair of jeans has been this one pair that are trouser-style and super soft. I can wear them when I feel fat or when I feel skinny and they always look great. I got up today and put them only to find that the worn-out knees had turned to torn-out knees in the wash. At first I was going to wear them anyway, but I really didn't think torn knees and the trouser-style went together.
I wasn't going to let this great pair of jeans go to waste, so I googled and found some great inspiration looks AND a tutorial on refinery29.
|1. The Glitter Guide 2. Hudson Jeans Hampton cuffed shorts 3. Free People 5 pocket denim cut off shorts 4. Refinery29|
After some measuring, cutting, and cuffing, I had a great new pair of shorts!
I think I may do some adjustments to the cuffs and then stitch them down a little later on in the day.