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Just add yarn…

Just add yarn…

2 new patterns are out now: She’s Like a Rainbow is a top-down baby sweater, sized 0-24 months, knit in beautiful yarn in my favorite colorway, Mercy, from Olann Gra. This Must Be The Place is a fingering-weight hat, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, in 

Pepere

Pepere

My dad turned 70 in a time when were not able to properly celebrate, so I thought he should at least get a special new hat as one of his presents. My dad is a woods-loving, wood-chopping kind of guy, so my daughters thought Pepe 

Spoonful of Sugar

Spoonful of Sugar

A pink and green knitted hat with a big pom pom lies flat next to balls of leftover yarn.

Spoonful of Sugar is my newest hat pattern, using 3 different hand-dyed dk weight yarns from my talented friend Laura at Olann GrĂ£. It has rippled stranded stripes and is finished with a big pom pom, thanks to my trusty helper.

My patterns are also available as etsy downloads!

Is this thing on?

Is this thing on?

Just updating my post to clarify because folks are asking. The code Is good until the end of August on your total purchase. Just enter the code UPDATE at checkout for any patterns listed in my shop here. Just click that link on the bottom 

New: Sprig hat! Plus, 2 more patterns previously available only in books.

New: Sprig hat! Plus, 2 more patterns previously available only in books.

I just added 3 new pdf patterns to my Ravelry store. If you enter the code NEW at checkout, you can take 35% any pattern here.

New Pattern: Greenway Hat

New Pattern: Greenway Hat

My newest pattern, the Greenway Hat, is a great use of the pretty sock yarn you’ve been hoarding (shown in Dragonfly Fibers Pixie). You can use the code NEW at checkout to save 35% off of all the patterns listed here, in my Ravelry store.

Handmade Holidays: Soy Candles

Handmade Holidays: Soy Candles

My family is doing a handmade gift swap this year, and while you’d assume I’d be knitting something, the lure of trying a new thing was too strong (I may throw in a handknit hat, if I have time). This summer I tried out cold-process soapmaking, which I now love, and I quickly stockpiled a year’s worth of soap in a few weeks. I was left with lots of partial bottles of essential oils, which made jumping into candle making much cheaper than it normally would be. Also, because I didn’t do as much canning this year, I had a lot of empty jam jars that I could use as candle containers.

I used instructions found online and I had $35 in credit from a Amazon return, so I tried to stay within that amount when ordering these supplies. Remember, you’ll also need essential oils if you don’t have them. I have tons of wax and wicks leftover for several rounds of candle-making in the future.

(full disclosure: I use affiliate links to try to help pay for hosting this blog. I made around $1 this year).

5 lb bag of soy wax

wicks, with centering device and adhesive dots

melting/pouring pot (I placed it in a pan with boiling water, used as a double boiler)

After I made my first set of candles, I realized that these wick centering tools made things much easier, and I regretted buying only one, so I ordered more since I’ll usually be making several candles at a time.

set of centering devices

I didn’t love cleaning up wax or smelling like patchouli all day, but the process was easy. The wicks can be a little tricky; those adhesive dots do not keep them in place, so I may try a dot of super glue next, but the centering devices really helped make it easier.

In the end, I have these, and I’m pretty happy!


New pattern: Little Hiker’s Pullover

New pattern: Little Hiker’s Pullover

A while back, I accidentally felted my 4-year-old daughter’s favorite sweater, her Little Hiker’s Cardigan. I know, I know, I should definitely know better. It had gotten balled up in a pile of muddy clothes, and being a distracted mom, I tossed them all in the