I had to do two double-takes when I first spied DrFrankKnits creations. Are those knitted? Why yes - yes they are! These little 3D gizmo's are phenomenal! I was both tickled and inspired when I happened upon the creative inventions found on her blog - From the Needles of DrFrankKnits. The Free Pattern Friday feature will keep me coming back for ...read more
Here's those socks I promised to match the Vintage Pique Rib Hat pattern I last posted! These are designed to fit a newborn but are stretchy enough that they'll grow with baby for awhile. Knit toe up, you can use every last bit of sock weight leftovers by making a taller or shorter cuff. Knit using your favorite method.
size: newborn gauge: 9 ...read more
You may have read my Top 12 Tools for the Beginner Quilter post from earlier this year. Since then, I have really thought about other tools that I use that make sewing so much easier. Some of these tools I have used for several years, and others I have just recently discovered. There are so many rulers and notions available now, so determining which ...read more
There are neighborhood book clubs and neighborhood play groups, but in my neighborhood we have a fun food group which we call Iron Chef Bountiful. Carli described our iron chef adventures in her Iron Chef the home game post! When the ingredient for July was announced it got my head spinning with what I could do with "blueberries". Being summertime ...read more
As many of our long time readers know, my 12 year old, Jaci has type 1 diabetes. She started using an insulin pump about 5 months ago. An insulin pump is fantastic because instead of giving herself 6 injections a day, she only has to get one injection every 3 days.
Because she doesn't make her own insulin, this pump gives her a constant drip of insulin. ...read more
This is the first pattern of a matching hat and sock set for newborns in a classic design. Pique' rib creates a texture that adds interest to solid yarns. The intersecting purl bumps also break up variegated yarns into interesting little dashes of color. Happily, the nubby outside texture gives way to a smooth rib inside the hat to ...read more
My husband and I bought some pricey sunglasses before we left for our honeymoon two years ago. I was hoping that a higher price would equal quality and I've found that to be true. However, since my over-sized sunglasses do not fit into the protective sunglass cases sold in stores, mine are often tossed into my purse without protection, resulting in ...read more
Did you know July 10th is National Piña Colada day in Puerto Rico? If I had my vote I would have a Piña Colada day every week in my household! Piña colada literally means "strained pineapple". There are several recipes for this famous cocktail and I happen to think this one tops all the rest.
You will need: a blender, ice, rum, pineapple ...read more
Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess. I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne - a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap.
Nostepinne's can be as ...read more
Have you ever heard of a vegetable spiralizer? Me either, until today when Mom introduced us. I'm normally not a huge fan of kitchen gadgets. They pile up so easily, falling into disuse and crowding my cabinets. But the Spirooli, (the brand I got to play with today), has now made my list of must have's. This tool slices effortlessly ...read more