Warm, but light, Herbaceous mitts are just the ticket for cool fall days. The branched leaves lace pattern grows out of the lower ribbing and twines up the front of these long lacey mitts. Knit in the round, they knit up surprisingly fast in a fingering weight yarn. The pattern shows up best in a solid or tonal color.
Materials: ...read more
My 3 year old is typically an eager helper when it comes to anything I'm doing around the house. Letting him jump in on the mopping or dish washing is not my idea of a good time and often makes an even larger mess. I did NOT however, want to pass up my opportunity to teach him task-oriented chores or discourage him from learning responsibility. ...read more
For my family, homemade chips are a healthier choice for sure! Sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index than regular potatoes so they won't spike my daughter's blood sugar as much, and I can control the amount and type of oil used in their production.
Start by cutting the sweet potatoes quite thin. As thin as you can without them ...read more
If you've ever made a big jar of sun tea, the concept of solar dyeing will make perfect sense to you. Simple ingredients: water, vinegar, fiber, your choice of dyes and a big tea jar along with a sunny summer day is pretty much all you need. I also used squeeze bottles to mix my dye in and a dedicated set of measuring spoons . If you aren't ...read more
There is nothing quite as nostalgic for me as handmade meatballs crowning a bed of spaghetti. The smell of fresh Italian aromas bring back some of the best memories of my childhood. I inhale and remember my Parents and all 7 of us kids gathered around the picnic table in our kitchen, eating spaghetti and meatballs, laughing, sharing, building ...read more
I just spent a fun morning sorting through my fabric stash and converting it into some cushy little throw pillows. They're easy peasy - stitched up in a flash. Want to give them a try? Here's what you'll need:
Pillow forms in the size of your choice
To determine how much fabric you need, add 1" to the height of the pillow form and multiply ...read more
I'm embarrassed to admit that I've not paid the proper attention to the error in my Vintage Hankie Washcloth pattern, originally published last summer. I thought I'd fixed it once, not long after it was published, but since I never completely re-knit it to be sure - the error persisted while I was off to new patterns and other projects.
The Vintage ...read more
The Mojito is a traditional Cuban mixed drink consisting of white rum, lime, mint, sugar and sparkling water. Sounds simple, right? Well, making a really excellent mojito has its challenges. Trying to dissolve sugar in an icy beverage never works out too well and all those crushed mint leaves get stuck in the straw, cramping your summer time mojito ...read more
After the process of dyeing, spinning and plying a selection of fiber, knitting with it is the absolute icing on the cake for me. This lovely lace shawl started life as a 4 oz length of natural BFL and silk roving that Carli dyed for me in her kitchen! I described my goals for the spin last year about this time in my Tour is On post, and showed ...read more
Inspired by mom's Make Your Own Buttons post, I decided to try my hand at making her some garden markers for Mother's Day. It was a success! They turned out great and now I must make myself a set. I used the same premo clay in ecru.
Just as mom did when she made her buttons, I used a cookie cutter and cake decorating tip to cut the hole ...read more