Monday, February 3, 2014

Oh! Baby, Button Ballet Shoes on Ravelry
Cute as a Button Ballet Shoes for little Fashionistas!
Oh! Baby, Button Ballet Shoes PDF Pattern. This is an easy to crochet pattern for baby shoes using just 1 ball of dk yarn, so you can go crazy and knit a pair to match all their little outfits.
I’ve crocheted these to be like ‘big girl ballet flats’ in shades of golden camel and silvery grey but these are equally adorable in traditional baby shades and adorned with coordinating buttons.
Fast and easy Baby Ballet Shoes, crochet quickly using DK Yarn in size newborn, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Grain Scale
beautiful example with the scale and it's cover intact

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Flannel Rag Lap Quilt

Large flannel rag quilt is finished
Very warm and cozy!
instructions for baby size, just make more squares!
Approx 57 x 76"
This was so much fun to make!
I used 8" flannel printed squares in 6 different patterns, 6" white flannel squares are sandwiched in between, then an X is sewn across each square and then an inner 6" square is sewn in scalloped stitch.  I sewed 1/2" seams, and when all the strips of squares were sewn together I clipped 1/4" into the seam allowances about every 1/2" and this gave it a good fray.

The quilt was washed on a 12 minute cycle in the washer, in cold water then took it outside and shook loose threads free, then popped it into the dryer and took it outside every 10 minutes to shake out loose threads again and also cleaned out the lint trap.
Took about 40 minutes to dry thoroughly then outside for one last good shake to remove threads.

I will be making more of these quilts!  Fast, Easy, Warm, Cozy and just gorgeous when finished.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent
Homemade Laundry Detergent
2 bars of Sunlight Laundry Soap or Fels-Naptha
4 cups Arm and Hammer super washing soda
4 cups Borax
2 cups Oxy Clean

Grate the 2 bars of soap and mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.    I like the smell of the sunlight laundry soap but you can add 5-10 drops of essentials oils to scent your laundry detergent if desired, eg: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil all work well.
Use 1 heaping 2 tablespoon scoop per laundry load.  Add to washer as water is filling before adding clothes.
I found an old apothecary jar with a lid at the flea market and made a label for the front on the computer.  
Any container with a lid will work but a pretty jar looks nice in the laundry room.

Less chemicals, better for the environment AND saves money!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fall Decor

Fall is such a pretty time of year in Ontario.  Purple fountain grasses in the urns, white mums, pumpkins and corn stalks.  This year I forgot to remove the corn from the corn stalks and I had squirrels fighting over it on the porch!  Corn kernels were everywhere and the stalks were bent and knocked over.  So remember to remove the corn cobs from the stalks before decorating if squirrels (or worse, raccoons) frequent your area!  Large hanging Fern baskets from the summer still work with the fall decor and the Sedum in the garden have turned a great shade of deep burgundy that compliments the front door color.

Friday, November 30, 2012

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Oh! Baby, Booties

' Oh! Baby ' Crochet Baby Booties

The popular baby bootie pattern is now
available for crocheters!
a portion of sales will be donated to
the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
' Oh! Baby ' Baby Bootie Pattern, knit

I designed the ' Oh! Baby ' Baby booties way back in 1998 and these were first shared on the knit giftlist.  I wanted to make a bootie suitable for boys or girls that would stay on little feet.  Oh! Baby has been extremely popular.   
The easy garter stitch pattern looks equally nice in solid or variegated yarn.

Bonnie Baby Cloche Hat

Bonnie Baby Cloche Hat
crochet pattern
I wanted to design a pattern for a baby hat that could be crocheted quickly for last minute gifts and also that was simple enough to add different embellishments.  This could have a couple of stripes added, flowers, buttons, bows, or a ribbon band.  Would like great in variegated yarns and leftovers too.

Bonnie Baby is an easy to crochet baby hat with flower and button embellishment
pattern is available in my shop

Bonnie Baby Brimmed Hat

Bonnie Baby Brimmed Hat 
crochet hat pattern
a baby cloche hat with brim and button trimmed hatband
available in my shop

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rag Quilt

 Rag Quilt for a baby girl
Many thanks to a friend who showed me how to make a rag quilt.  I finished this little 30 x 30 inch stroller quilt last night. I am hooked on rag quilting. It is so easy and the finished quilt is SO soft, warm and cuddly.
I'm starting a throw size for the family room next!
I straight stitched each square sandwich (flannel, batting, flannel) from corner to corner then using a 4" quilters square marked a center square and used an embroidery stitch of tiny leaves and vines.

Instructions for Baby Rag Quilt:
For a baby rag quilt you will need a total of 2 yards of fabric 
(for this project I used 1/2 yard of each color).
quilting mat, quilting ruler, 4 or 5" quilting square, scissors, thread ( matching or contrasting).
If you want to use quilt batting you will need one yard.  Do not pre-wash the fabrics.

Fold the fabric in half, holding selvedge ends to the top, then fold again. Square the side then cut every 8" and then cut again into 8" squares.  I cut a total of 32 squares- 8 of each colour.

If you choose to use batting, you can use quilt batting or white flannel  Cut your batting into 6" squares.  Place the batting in the center of an 8" square, with right side of flannel square being face down.  Place another 8" square on top of the batting, like a sandwich.  Tip*  If you want a lighter weight quilt then do not to use batting.

Using a ruler and an erasable marker, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

Draw another line in the opposite corners to make an X.

With the quilters square ruler, mark a square in the centre of each block.
Sew a straight line on each of your marks to make an X.
Sew a decorative stitch around the centre square.
I used a leaf and vine stitch but you can use one of your choice or a different one on each block.  It is totally up to you.   When your blocks are sewn your quilting is done!  Now lay out your squares and see how you want to put them together.  I used a diagonal layout.
Sew your first 2 squares together using a straight stitch and 1/2" seam allowance.  Make sure your seams are facing up towards you, unlike most sewing.  Do not press your blocks.
Complete the row of 4 blocks then sew all your strips of blocks together using a 1/2" seam allowance.  When all the squares are together, sew around the quilt 1/2" from the edge.

With scissors, clip 3/4 of the way down on all of the seams and around the outside of the quilt.  Make the clips about 1/4" apart to achieve a nice 'fray'.  Be careful not to clip into the seam, if you do you will need to repair it.

When all of your seams are clipped, run the quilt through the washer on the rinse cycle, (I then take it outside and give it a good shake to remove some of the loose threads)
Put it in the dryer.  Check your dryer lint trap often and clean out the threads.  
When I do a larger size quilt I think I'll take it to the laundromat to wash and dry it.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Winter Warmers

Jules Mock Cable Hat

super easy, looks like cables but no
cable needle needed!
sock yarn makes it light and very stretchy
so no hat hair.

Other Warm Winter Gear I'm knitting for me!
I love Wrist Warmers! I constantly take gloves on and off
and then I lose one or both.
With wrist warmers I can drive, text, shop, pick things up
without ever taking them off !

Handknit Socks


This is the pattern I'm going to use for this yarn.
I've used this pattern several times - it's one I designed back in 2001.  I love the lacy leg!
The Socks I'm knitting just for me.  Berroco Sox yarn 1427 (on the left).  I think these will look fabulous with jeans and my new olive green ralph lauren sweater!  I knit so many socks for the family that I definitely need some warm new socks for me!   I love Berroco Sox yarn!     Great colors and patterns