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Other Making: Garlic, Kale and Ricotta Pie

If something that I cook gets eaten by 3 out of 4 of us, I instantly declare it a winner, and it gets added to our regular rotation. With 2 children under 4, this is the best we can hope for sometimes. This is one […]

Wool, baby.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day, so that I can share one of the many things that has kept me busy this year. Meet Wool Baby, my 4 piece baby collection, for Quince and Co. I love it so much, and had so much fun […]

other making: the apple edition


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Last weekend, we went to an event on a property with an old apple orchard. My daughter was picking an apple off a low branch when someone came over and told us that we could come back and pick as many as we wanted for free, because they were totally overwhelmed. Bonus, they were organic. Be still this frugal mama’s heart.

We came back a few days later and I packed 2 reusable grocery bags with as many as I could carry. Macs. Loads of them. I picked 1 bag of really small ones for my 1 and 3 year old to snack on, and lots of bigger ones to make apple sauce from and dehydrate.

We waited until my youngest went down for her 2 hour nap and then Stella and I, in her words, “made the biggest mess ever”. Lots of hand-over-hand peeling and cutting, and about 5 hours at 130f  later, we had one huge bag of dried apples. Not the prettiest looking things, but pretty delicious, anyway.

I’ve been planning to use my dehydrator a lot more this year. I just started a dehydrating board on Pinterest here, if you’d like to see what I’ll be making soon.

Oh, and because someone always asks, I use this dehydrator: L’equip  (I actually bought it 2 years ago, when another designer recommended it).

 

Lu Leaf Hat (sized baby-adult)

My oldest daughter is starting preschool very soon, and she’s been asking me to knit her some new things. The program has a big outdoor component, so I let that be the inspiration for my design. 3-year-olds can have some very strong opinions about clothing, […]

summer pattern giveaway!

Welcome to my new digs! It’s been a busy summer with lots of new designs in the works. Cecily and I also have a 3rd book coming out in 2016! These days, my girls, now ages 15 months and 3 years, are always keeping me […]

We’re back!

We’re back!

The blog has moved back here to knittingschooldropout.com!

The look will be changing over the next month or so, but I’m back! In the meantime, you can use the code BLOG at checkout to save 30% off the self-published patterns in my store.

 

 

3 New Patterns (and a special code for you!)

3 New Patterns (and a special code for you!)

I’ve neglected to mention my newest patterns here! I’m trying to be better about that, but if you really want to hear about anything new right away, definitely head on over and “like” the facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaLaBarreKnitting Last week, I released the Little Sprout […]

40!

40!

This weekend, I’ll happily turn 40. Life is good. I’ve given birth to 2 lovely little girls in the last 3 years. I’m married to an amazing guy. I write patterns. People buy them, allowing me to pay for things like electricity, heat, and sometimes, […]

The Everybaby Cardigan

The Everybaby Cardigan

I just wrote up a pattern for this simple little top-down cardigan that I made for my daughter V. It takes just 2-3 skeins of madelinetosh tosh vintage (pictured in the color “hosta” *swoon*). It’s sized from 0-6m, all the way up to 4t.

This pattern went through a last-minute name change because the original name (named after her) triggered a review of every paypal transaction for some bizarre reason. Anyway, problem solved! Because of the difficulties, I’m offering 30% this and additional patterns, just use the code OOPS at checkout in my Ravelry store.

Here’s a Link to the Everybaby Cardigan

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New Pattern: Greenfield Baby Cardigan!

New Pattern: Greenfield Baby Cardigan!

I released 3 new patterns this week and all are discounted 30% for the rest of January (no code required. the 30% will come off when you check out through ravelry) First up, the Greenfield Baby Cardigan! (I’ll talk about my Instant Infinity Cowl and […]