What I’ve been up to

The past year has been uber whackadoodle!!!!  So here is a quick breakdown of what’s been going on.

1.  Got pregnant…..for the third time.

2.  We put our home on the market because it was too small for our growing family.  Our realtor told us it would take a few months to sell.  We had an accepted offer 3 days after listing the property.

3.  Found a home in a new town and were in contract with the sellers.  Everything goes peachy with the inspections but are asked to hold off on closing on the home for a couple months while the owner finds a new place to live.  Meanwhile, we are homeless, pregnant, living with my Mom and crabby.  Oh and our loan took an additional 2 more months on top of that so our closing was extended even further out.  About 2 months before my due date to be exact.  Yikes right?

4.  Move into our new-to-us home, unpacked, painted and are all cozy with time to kill before our son is to be born.  I did all of this in a couple of weeks pretty big and pregnant.  Then the kitchen remodel started…….YEP, 2 months before my due date.

5.  Our son Benjamin, “Banjo or Been Jammin or Bacon (whichever you prefer)” was born the day before my induction in a crazy, fast 2 1/2 hour labor.  That will be a post for another time because it is just too awesome to squeeze in here.  Yes, kitchen remodel is still happening at this point and our dining room had our refrigerator and a gas oven sitting in the middle of it.  It was a good time.

10346379_641080912653378_1765258218377756631_n  6.  Kitchen remodel is finally done….for the most part.  Life has calmed down and we are back to acting like a normal family.  Well, as normal as we can be anyway.

So I’m back getting my ‘for Vera’ Etsy shop back up and running and getting back to this website.  I’m trying a new project called A Year of Making.   I will be posting lots of fun things that I will be trying over the next year.   It’s awesome, life is awesome and it’s good to be back.

Knit Boot Cuffs……..the Dickies collar of footwear.

My sister asked me to knit her some boot cuffs to sport with her boots this fall/winter season.  I giggled as I searched for some ideas and potential pattern options for said cuffs.  And I figured this cuff would look pretty cool.  Silly concept but still fun.

Pattern:

Needles:  size US 8 16″ circular needles & US 8 cable needle or dpn (for 6 stitch cable)

Material:  I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease yarn.  I LOVE cotton yarn.

Cast on 48 (small), 56 (medium) or 64 (large) and join placing stitch marker.

Work (k2, p2) rib pattern for 4 rows.  Then work the following pattern.

Rows 1-5: (k6, p2)

Row 6: (C6F, p2) [See pattern for c6f below]

Rows 7-9: (k6, p2)

Repeat this pattern 3 times.  Then bind off & weave in ends.   Make 2.

C6F Pattern:  What is it?  A left twisting cable stitch using, you guessed it, 6 stitches.  Super duper easy and so so pretty.

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  • Begin by slipping 3 stitches to the cable needle and bring the cable needle with its 3 stitches towards you.
  • Move the needle to the front of the work for C6F (see image above). Let the needle just chill there, you don’t need to hold it.

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  • Knit the next 3 stitches from the left-hand needle.

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  • Slide your stitches on your circular needle over so you don’t lose them! Yikes!
  • Pick up the cable needle with your left hand, and without twisting it, knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle.

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  • Put down the cable needle, pick up the left-hand circular needle and knit remaining pattern.  Yup, that’s it!  Pretty sweet huh?

Your finished product should look like this!

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Hope you love them!  I know my sister will!!!!

The bag that sent me to the ER!

I love sewing and love bags even more so when I saw a class on Craftsy on how to make this adorable tote, I was hooked!  I feel in L.O.V.E. with this bag and had to learn how to make it!!!  Well big mistake because after I whipped up bag #3, I ended up in the ER with back spasms from being hunched over my sewing machine.  For 2 weeks straight!  Oh and running around taking care of my 2 little ones I am sure didn’t help any.  Oh well :)  Worth every stinking painful moment!

Bag #2, which is now my everyday bag! LOVE!!!!!

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Here is the bag I stopped working on before my ER randevu:

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Pretty awesome right?  Ugh I can’t wait to finish it!!!!

Here is the link to the class:  Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bags