Featured: Designer – DrFrankKnits

fighter jets

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 more! I couldn't resist contacting this inventive designer to get the scoop on her ingenuity: DrFrankKnits - We're so inspired by your playful sense of design! Where do you get your inspiration? "The inspiration for my designs comes from everywhere – literally! I consider myself a sort of sculptor, and like a sculptor, my … [Read more...]

Vintage Pique’ Rib Baby Socks Knitting Pattern

Free Knitting Pattern - Vintage Pique Rib Socks | Simplynotable.com

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 stitches and 13 rows/inch in stockinette materials: Superwash Fingering Weight Sock Yarn 2.5 mm needles or size needed to achieve gauge (double points or long circular for magic loop knitting) Abbreviations:  kfb = knit in the front and back of the same stitch k2tog = knit 2 stitches together p2tog = purl 2 stitches together ssk … [Read more...]

Vintage Pique’ Rib Hat

Baby Knitting Pattern - Pique Ribbed Hat and Socks | SimplyNotable.com

It seems I'm always looking for a new baby hat knitting pattern. 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 cradle the most tender little noggins. Note: The pique' rib stitch pattern is a 10 stitch repeat. You can adjust the circumference of the hat by adding or subtracting 10 stitches to your cast on. size: newborn gauge: 8 stitches per inch materials: approx 30 grams/130 yards … [Read more...]

Short Sleeves to Long!

DIY Convert Short Sleeves to Long Sleeves for Winter

Let's face it, Winter is raring and ready to go!  Here in northern Utah, we went from temperatures in the high 80s to low 50's (F), in a matter of days! Sadly, I just went school clothes shopping and stocked up on warmer weather clothing.  To solve this, I'm taking the frugal route - all of those brand new short sleeve t-shirts are going to be magically transformed into long sleeved ones. Okay, not magically but it's so easy to do, it might as well be magic! All that is needed is knit fabric. The amount varies depending on size but for each of Ivy's size 6 t-shirts, I used a piece of  20" x 16.5" knit for the sleeves and cuff. Start by measuring the sleeve … [Read more...]

Formal Tee’s? Yes Please!

Tie T-Shirt

Every year just before Easter it's easy to find little suits, dressy shirts, sweater vests and hats. But my guys never thank me for buttoning them into stiff collars and lacing them into dress shoes. So this year, my sister-in-law, Carli and I set out on a quest to make my boys Easter outfits that are dressy without the formal. My boys and I were thrilled with the comfy, cute results. Don't sew or don't have time? Not a worry! If you'd like to make your own, you'll need: plain tee-shirt 10 inches of cotton fabric that coordinates with shirt color 10 inches fusible interfacing Download Simply Notable Tie-Tee pattern here Wash and iron … [Read more...]

Noo-Noo Hair Bows

Painted Pasta Hair Bows

Leave it to my witty daughter, Jaydin to come up with the most unique ideas for handmade holiday gifts for her sisters. Last year you may remember the Holiday Crayons she made and gave to her younger sisters and cousins. This year it was pasta hair bows! Yep! She actually started with bow tie pasta, then used little squirt bottles of acrylic paint that you can find at any craft store to paint the front and back of each bow. Once they dried, she decorated the front of the bows with polka dots, hearts, stripes, and squiggles, then hot glued the bow ties onto alligator and snap clips. Jaydin's tip: Spring for the alligator clips - they work better. She even went … [Read more...]

A Princess Room Makeover

Remodeling Girls Room

When we moved last summer and our girls haggled for bedroom possession in our new, larger 5 bedroom house, our youngest girl Ivy came up with the short straw, ending up with the dungeon of a game room. It sported black-out window coverings, navy blue walls and didn't even have a closet. Oh, and I won't even mention the anti-static office carpeting - or maybe I will - it was awful! I never managed before pictures of the whole room - I was too busy ripping up carpeting and recruiting my brother's help. Uncle Art rebuilt the closet to a different location and hung new lighting. We had new carpet installed, removed the black out curtains and primed the walls. While all of that was being … [Read more...]

Colorful Silhouettes

DIY Silhouettes

Remember those profile silhouettes you made in black and white in grade school to give as a gift to your parents? Christina Williams transformed them into fabulous focal points for your home. She published an easy DIY tutorial on how to create these updated silhouettes on canvas in trendy colors! We had so much fun making these at our house. There was a lot of trial and error in the beginning, I didn't understand at first that I needed to take the profile picture of my kids from the same exact distance each time in order to keep the same scale. There is just no way my little 5 year old has a bigger head than her 15 year … [Read more...]

Featured: Retromama Softies

Bunny Softie Retromama Pattern

Kim - Retromama on Etsy - and I go way back. I don't think we've ever exchanged more than a few emails with one another, but we've been acquaintances in the cloth diapering community for many, many years. About 5 years ago she made me a great boho bag that I carried faithfully, first as a diaper bag, then a school satchel. I've always admired her eye for great coordinating fabrics. A few months ago I was pleasantly surprised when I found her again on etsy and better yet, she was selling her patterns! I was so excited I immediately purchased 3 of her patterns to make Christmas presents for my nephew, nephew-to-be and daughter. Once again she has wowed me with her eye for fabrics, but … [Read more...]

Showering Baby

Cindee at Baby Shower

A few days ago we surprised my sister-in-law Cindee with an afternoon baby shower. She looks as gorgeous as ever with 8 weeks left to go in her pregnancy. Can you imagine her poor tummy getting any bigger?! My girls and I made some mint green iced cupcakes and arranged them on a cupcake stand (Jaci described them as "Oooodles of Cupcakes" Where do they learn these expressions?) We were short on time but managed to assemble a few felt owls to top some of the cupcakes. We used this cute little Christmas ornament pattern from Juicy Bits. We thought it made an excellent cupcake topper. They were quick and easy to assemble and were quite forgiving - … [Read more...]