Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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|
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 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
Friday, November 9, 2012
|' 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|
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 Ravelry.com shop
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
|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 !