Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Santa Baby/Toddler Hat

Yes, it's true.  While sitting at the craft fair last weekend, I knitted up two hats to be felted (they are drying as I type).  I also came up with a baby Santa Hat.  Started and finished the first one in one day and then started the second one the next day.  If you find a mistake, be kind and let me know.  I just jotted this down as I did it.  So, here's the pic

You can get at least 2, possibly three hats from these two skeins.

Santa Baby/Toddler Hat

Here's the pattern:

You will need

one skein each of I Love This Cotton Red and I Love this Cotten Shiny White (Christmas white - it has a sparkle strand thru it).

Size 5 or Size 7 dpn or 12" circular (depending on which size you want to make)

One stitch marker

One 7/8" black button

Small had uses size 5 needles.
The additional larger sized hat directions will be in ( ).  - Use the size 7 needles for the larger sized hat.

Cast on 76 stitches (82) with the white yarn - DO NOT JOIN.  Leave a long enough tail to sew the tab down at the end of knitting.

Knit 12 rows to create a garter stitch brim

Bind off 10 stitches so you will have 66 (72) stitches on the needle.  Join in a circle.  Change to the red yarn.

Knit in the round for 3 (3.5)" from the top of the band.

Decrease as follows:

(K10, k2tog), repeat around - (THIS ROUND AND THE NEXT IS ONLY FOR THE BIGGER HAT)
(K9, k2tog), repeat around - This round and the rest are the same for both hats.
(K8, k2tog), repeat around
(K7, k2tog), repeat around
(K6, k2tog), repeat around
(K5, k2tog), repeat around
(K4, k2tog), repeat around
(K3, k2tog), repeat around
(K2, k2tog), repeat around
(K1, k2tog), repeat around
(k2tog), repeat around

Run tapestry needle thru stitches, pull tight and tie off.

Make Pompom and add to top of hat.

For tab on brim:  Take your extra tail from the cast on and stitch the tab down.  Add button.

Merry Christmas!

Dyeing Yarn and Felting Hats

Happy Thanksgiving!

Time seems to have flown by.  I can't believe I haven't been keeping my blog up lately.  It seems like I have been so busy.

Since February 2012, I started a yarn dyeing business with a friend.  We specialize in hand painted and hand dyed yarns.  Here is a link if you're are interested.  I am in the process of building our web page, so right now we are on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/BellaDulce-Yarns/112353575557405

Below are some pictures of some of our yarn:

So, there you go - I've been playing with wool and dye!

The other thing I have been doing lately is getting ready for a craft fair.  Here are a few pics of my felted hats.  Can I say I think I'm addicted to felting???

And before you say anything, yes the shower curtain is upside down - that's what your father gets when he goes to a dollar store.

So there you have it.  Dyeing and felting.   Opening a business and trying a new knitting technique - what a way to spend a year!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Memories...

It dawned on me a few days ago that I can no longer remember my mom's voice.  As I type this I am trying not to cry.  I loved my mom so much and no matter what anyone says, you will always miss your mom.  On August 21 of this year, she will have been gone for 5 years.  It seems like only yesterday.  I lay in bed at night straining to remember what her voice sounded like.  I can see her in my mind, but I can't hear her anymore.  I never thought that would happen.

So, I realized this when I was a thinking about her oatmeal raisin cookies.  They were one of my favorite as a child and as 20something.  For years I thought I had her recipe.  I tried it a couple of times and it just didn't seem the same.  Well, I went searching the recipe box my mom made me when I moved out of my parents home 30 years ago and low and behold the recipe I thought was my mom's was written in my handwriting.  My mom hand typed all the recipes on 3x5 cards and put who she got the recipe from.  (Moms - this is such an awesome gift for your kids - I love this box.  It holds the history of what my family used to cook - both sides of the family, and my mom).   She put all my favorite recipes in there along with family recipes and ones that she liked.  I treasure this box.

Anyway, back to the cookies.  So, last night as I laid in bed trying to remember her voice, I realized I did have a couple of her cookbooks.  So, first thing this morning, I got up and went in search of the books.  I really didn't think I'd have much luck finding the recipe.  As a child, I don't remember seeing my mom use any book to make her cookies, so what are the odds???  The first book I pulled out was one I had never seen her even open. In fact, I didn't know she even had it.  I didn't go thru the index, but I went to the cookie section.  Going page by page, I looked at each recipe.  On one page was a recipe.  I stared at it and wondered.  I went thru the rest of the cookie section and then went back to that one recipe.  It was so simple, just a little reminder for herself.  A simple "x" by the title of recipe in pencil.  The recipe wasn't called Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  It was called Spiced Oat Drops.  So, I have made the cookies up and can I say, the memories are wonderful!

Here's to you Mom.  I love you and miss you, but you left me a surprise in a book.  Thank you.

Mom's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies or Spiced Oat Drops

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp soda***
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
2/3 c. sour milk***
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1 c. raisins or chopped dates
1 c. chopped nuts

Cream shortening and sugar together.  Add beaten eggs and mix well.  Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with milk to the creamed mixture.  Add oats, frut and nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 min.

**Omit if you want to use "sweet milk" (regular milk)

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