Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Husband Gets a Hat

My husband Shawn was happy to have me finally knit something for him. I used the "Turn a Square" pattern by Jared Flood. Instead of the pricey, hand-dyed Noro yarn that I'd love to try, I used Knitpicks Swish worsted in black, lemongrass heather, and squirrel heather. I used the jogless stripe method as recommended. I casted on only 88 stitches because my husband like his hats to fit snug.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Play Kitchen: Before and After



I've made some progress on the play kitchen. It is almost completed. After many coats of paint, and a few accessories, the boys can finally play with it. It still needs a knob for the faucet and a sink bowl, but I'm pretty happy with it. I love the wooden pizza set and the fruit and veggies I bought. Velcro holds the slices together, and they make a realistic cutting sound when you use the play knife. I made a utensil holder out of an old can and some scrapbook paper. The oven rack was cut to size by my husband. It came from one of my old cooking pans. I used duck tape to cover the edges to keep it safe for the kids. I sewed a little towel and potholder out of some scrap material. I am also working on some felt food that I will post later.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mitten Tethers

I love toddler coats that have built-in mitten tethers. I think all kid's coats should come with these. And all mittens should have little loops attached. With my first son, I didn't have to worry about him taking off his mittens and losing them. He was pretty good about keeping them on. My second son (the little stinker) loves to take his off when I'm not looking, and drop them who knows where. I don't have time to backtrack across Walmart to find them. So I made these tethers from cotton tape and sew-on snaps. I sewed little loops to the store-bought mittens, and I knitted I-cords to the handmade ones. Another way to make loops for the knitted mittens, would be the crochet a small chain and attach it. You can use ribbon, or any narrow strip of material to make the tether. I could have just bought some trusty elastic mitten clips, but I already had these supplies around my house, and I needed them in time for this recent snowfall.