Its been awhile…

Oh boy lots has happened since my last update. To be honest I had completely forgotten I even had a blog to share things on because I have been just so busy.

So, lets start with the least new and least interesting and work our way up.

Christmas was awesome!! Hubby did good and got me the most adorable cat stitch markers from FireFly Notes on Etsy, they are perfect for chunky knitting and who doesn’t like cat ears?

Other things that happened was I knitted the My Beginner Raglan sweater by Knitatude, which is so comfy and cozy during the colder days!https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Knitatude?ref=pr2018_faveshops

I also started some pattern tests for AbbyeKnits and Payneless Ideas but Christmas knitting and special orders got put infront so I am still working through them as well.

I did a couple of larger shop updates that you can see here. It was fun getting a lot of these done. I am finishing up my selfish knits this week, fingers crossed, but the goal is to finish them as soon as possible so I can start working on other things.

I have some hat and mitten patterns ready for testing (so if you’re interested please let me know) and I have a collaboration planning for launch with Kelly from Spindle and Co for this February!

Anyway, this was your quick update, here’s do a brand new year and although I am 16 days into things, I am hoping all of you are having a wonderful start to it!

Keep Stitching!

Rachel

The Simply Easy Mittens | Knit with Me Tutorial

It is been so long since I have done a tutorial, let alone design a pattern of my own. 
I fell in love with the pointy style mittens long ago and decided it was high time I made a pattern for myself that used bulkier yarn. Not only does it knit faster, it is super cute too. 

So, these cozy mittens will be a fast, easy and simple addition to any Christmas gift this year. I also took the time to knit one up for a video tutorial. So sit down with a cup of tea and knit with me!

The Simply Easy Mittens

What you will need:
1 Skein of Bulky Weight Yarn
6.5mm Double Point Needles (Or circulars for Magic Loop)
Stitch markers
Tape Measure
Scissors
Waste yarn
Darning Needle

Abbreviations:
K – Knit
P – Purl
K2tog – Knit two together
M1 – Make one
M1L – Make one left
M1R – Make one right
PM – Place marker
SM – Slip marker
RM – Remove marker

Instructions:

Cuff
Cast on 24 stitches
1. K2, P2 for 14 rows or for however long you would like the cuff to be.
15. K12, M1, K12

Thumb Gusset
16. K14, PM, M1R, K2, M1L, PM, K to end of row
17. Knit
* Repeat rows 16 and 17 until there are 8 stitches between the markers
Using darning needle and waste yarn, slip the yarn into the stitches between the markers before removing them
Next row, K to first marker, RM, then slip 8 stitches on the waste yarn off the needle, RM, K to end of row

Hand
K round each row for approx 5 inches, or 1 inche shorter than desired length

Hand Decreases
The top of this mitten is knitted on two needles. 
K 12 stitches onto first needle, then K12 onto the second
Next row: K2tog in the back loop, K to 2 stitches from the end of needle 1, K2tog in the front loop. Repeat on needle 2. 
Next row: Knit
Repeat these two rows until there are 8 stitches (4 on each needle) left.  
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail, pull through remaining stitches and weave in ends. 

Thumb
Slip stitches from waste yarn on to 2 needles and pick up 2 stitches on either side. 
Knit in the round for 2 1/2 inches 
K2tog around, cut yarn, weave in ends, closing up any holes from the thumb. 


I hope you enjoyed this small tutorial. I hope I can create more videos, maybe a bit shorter next time!

Until then, 

Keep Stitching!

Rachel



Christmas Countdown | Week 6, 5 & 4!!

Sorry things have been so quiet here this past few weeks! We’ve all been either sick or running around like crazy! Who knew some snow on the ground and colder weather would cause us to become so busy-busy!

But its raining today, the snow is gone and I realized I have been neglecting my blog and the countdown!!

Since Christmas is less than a month away (EEK!) here are some excellent last minute gifts that you can make yourself and are suitable for all budgets!!

Last Minute Hat Free Knitting Pattern
How to turn your old sweaters into new mittens
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Garter Stitch Hat Free Knitting Pattern #knittingpatternsquick
Skip the plastic and make your own beeswax-free food wraps with a special vegan alternative to beeswax. These wraps preserve foods for weeks and are reusable for months! Easy, free food wrap “baggie” pattern download for half-eaten avocados, sandwiches and more. #beeswaxfoodwrap #beeswaxwraps #veganfoodwraps
One Skein Hat Knitting Pattern : Daring by Brome Fields
From stockings, to pillows, to ornaments and decorations. More than 25 cute things to sew for Christmas!
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Christmas Countdown | Week 8 & 7!!

I am sitting here sipping some tea while nursing a headache and enjoying a bit of the sunshine between the gloomy clouds and rain today. This passed weekend was the time change, so we have lost lots of sleep. Being a parent sometimes has its pitfalls, sleeping is one of them. I miss sleep. 

This post is combining the last two weeks because, well, Mom brain and Mom duties sometimes blogging challenging. 

In honor of that, I am going to share some fun gift ideas that you can make for your kiddos this year!

Here we go!


Cat Scarf Crochet Pattern
DIY Knit Hedgehog Mittens @tracywhitney
Gorgeous Dakota Baby Boots crochet baby slipper pattern! Love this gorgeous design! A Nordic-inspired baby booties pattern! #crochet #pattern #babyboots #slippers #winter
Crochet Bunny Floor Pillow Free Pattern -Fun #Crochet Kids #Pillows Free Patterns
27+ Adorable Free Sewing Patterns for Stuffies, Plushies, Stuffed Animals and Other Felt and Fabric Toys- Stuffed Fox Sewing Pattern from Stitched By Crystal
Make some adorable felt monsters with this free sewing pattern and tutorial. Great beginner sewing project for kids and fun summer activity! Get the felt monsters tutorial and the templates here. Get a weekly summary of new patterns sent to your inbox every Saturday:

DIY Lego Tray - this is so perfect for the Lego lover in your home!!
DIY Christmas Gifts for Kids - Homemade Christmas Presents for Children and Christmas Crafts for Kids | Toys, Dress Up Clothes, Dolls and Fun Games | Step by Step tutorials and instructions for cool (Cool Crafts For Boys)