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2011 March 13
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Day 12(ish): Warm Heads + Warm Bellies…

2011 January 12

I got so close to finishing up the 12 Days of Christmas {crafting} with a bang….and now here it is a week later when I’m posting the final day.  Best laid plans, right?
Baked Potato Soup

We’ve got more snow today, though my boys were quite disappointed that the 6″ or so only rated a delay for school, instead of a day off. I’ve been absolutely freezing all day, so undertook to warm myself with help from the oven. What better way to warm up than with some potato soup?

Smashed Potato Soup

adapted from Cooking Light;  Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 8  baking potatoes (about 5 pounds)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T butter
  • 6 slices bacon (I prefer applewood smoked thick cut)
  • 3/4  cup  all-purpose flour, plus 2 T cornstarch
  • 5  cups  milk (whole or 2%, or any combination of both)
  • 3 cup chicken stock
  • 1  cup shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese
  • 2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2  cup  sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese (or neufachtel cheese)
  • 3/4  cup  chopped green onions, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°. Pierce potatoes with a fork; rub with olive oil and bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until tender. Cool. Coarsly mash half the potatoes, and dice the remaining. (Alternately, if you’re in a rush you can wrap the potatoes in plastic wrap and microwave approximately 10-12 minutes or until tender)

While the potatoes are cooking, cook bacon in a large dutch oven.  Remove bacon once browned and crisy, add chopped onions and butter to pot and sauteed 5-6 minutes until onions are translucent and fragrant.  Add flour to pot, stir to mix well.  Gradually add milk, then stock, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, cream cheese, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese, keeping 1/4 cup aside for garnish.

Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup green onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). . Sprinkle each serving with cheese and a tablespoon of sour cream. Garnish with cracked pepper, if desired.

(frugal note: I use dry powdered milk mixed with water and a can of evaporated milk instead of fresh milk)

Serve with iceberg salad and cornbread and you’ll have the same dinner we are :)

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The final pattern for our Christmas {Crafting} adventures is a new one, Katie Jayne. I’ve been wearing mine pretty much every day, none stop since Christmas. It’s a comfy, perfectly slouchy toque that covers even the worst bad-hair-from-dry-air days.
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With a tubular cast on for a nice stretchy edge, this hat works up jiffy quick with worsted weight on oversized (US 10.5) needles. The texture pattern is embarrasingly simple, but looks complex.  Clever shaping maintains the stitch pattern look as you decrease for the crown.

Sample is knit with Berroco Jasper, which I adore for it’s subtle color shifts that make fabulous stripes with no effort on my part!  Katie Jayne is only $3.00 until Friday, January 14th.  Don’t miss it!

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Day 11: Crafty Chat with Brandy!

2011 January 4
by ltkmama

Brandy - www.pixiepurls.com

Yesterday we had a chat with Allegra, and today I’m happy to talk with her partner-in-crafty-crime, Brandy Fortune.  As you can see, Brandy is another gorgeous mama, but she’s also tons of fun to hang out with, an amazing photographer, and crazy enough about crafting to stay awake the first night of TNNA to do some in-room screenprinting. That’s my kind of girl!

Brandy began knitting in 2003 when she took what she thought was a crochet class at a local yarn store. In 2007 Brandy gave birth to her first daughter, and knit throughout her pregnancy. Thus began her adventures in designing knitwear for wee ones. She knits and designs for her two daughters, when she’s not working as co-editor at PetitePurls.com. You can read Brandy’s blog, and see her other designs by visiting her website. She is working on her first book, to be published by Potter Craft in 2011.

Here’s my Crafty Chat with Brandy!

How long and in what areas have you been crafting?
I enjoy most needle arts, I remember creating rugs with the latch hook when I was younger, and I always had a fascination for those crochet granny squares as a young kid. I have not been sewing or knitting very long. My husband gave me my first sewing machine in 2006.

What is the first thing you remember crafting?
I always enjoyed art classes in elementary school and have a very particular memory of a very elaborate paper hat that I constructed, and I have a lovely memory of tearing up old white t-shirts and then dipping them into tea and covering up a barbie doll in them to create an old looking mummy for a history assignment. I am just the crafty sort!

What’s a typical workday in your life like?
As I live with a 1 year old and a 3 year old, they tend to take up most of my time and are always my priority. I really love to create and have goals to work towards so in-between taking care of them I work on my various projects. I take on to many things but I just love to create and always be learning new things and facing a new creative challenge. Of course it helps that all the crafts I do, are directly inspired by a need or want to create something for THEM!

What’s coming up that you’re most looking forward to?
I have a pattern coming out in a book this spring, and I am working on my own first book, to be published by Potter Craft, which is my most immediate project. The Summer 2011 Petite Purls is going to be pretty insane so I am looking forward to working on that with my partner Allegra.

What is your favorite part of designing?
The exact moment it’s finished, and I get to see what I have imagined come to life.

What is your least favorite part of designing?
The exact moment it’s finished, because then I have to find something new to work on and start all over!

Any advice for the aspiring crafter?
Don’t ever listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t, or something is too hard.

Wrap-up Random: What’s your favorite book, tv show, and song?
I enjoyed Walking Dead this fall, and I have been mostly been reading photography books lately with a wonderful one on child photography by Tamara Lackey. My two little girls love to dance to the Black Eyed Peas “I gotta feeling” which is just a really happy and uplifting song, and it’s so cute to watch the girls dance together to it!

Brandy’s generously offered a fun deal today for our Christmas {Crafters}.  Buy any one of Brandy’s patterns and get a free Country Kiddie (her most popular pattern!) The choices can be viewed at brandy’s Pattern Page:http://www.pixiepurls.com/patterns/

BeTween from Spud and Chloe

Also included in this Buy One, Get country Kiddie free is Brandy’s newest pattern release, from the fabulous Spud and Chloe line: the Be-tween Cardigan: http://www.spudandchloe.com/patterns/between-cardigan-new/

If you’re purchasing patterns directly from Pixie Purls, include a note that you’ve come from LTK’s Christmas {Crafters} and she’ll email you the Country Kiddie.  If you’re getting the fabulous new Be-tween cardi from Spud and Chloe, just forward the receipt to Brandy and she’ll send you the Country Kiddie!

Country Kiddie - www.pixiepurls.com

Country Kiddie:http://www.pixiepurls.com/country-kiddie/

This offer from Pixie Purls is now closed.

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Today’s LTK pattern offering is 50% off any of our Sock Patterns! Use coupon code craftysocks and the discount will reflect in the cart.  Happy Knitting!

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Day 10: Crafty Chat with Allegra!

2011 January 3
Today we’re spending time with another of my favorite folks – Allegra Wermuth.  Not only is she a fabulous designer with her own line at Fiddlestix Knits, she is half the brains behind one of our favorite publications – Petite Purls. And if THAT weren’t enough, she’s also a professional violinist.  (and she’s gorgeous, as you can see. If I didn’t like her so much, I’d hate her.  Seriously)  Enjoy my Crafty Chat with Allegra, and don’t miss the great deal she’s got for you on her newest pattern, Peekaboo Hoodie.
Who are you?
I am Allegra Wermuth. I wear many hats. I am a violinist in the Colorado Symphony, co-editor of Petite Purls, teacher, mother, wife, and a somewhat new knitwear designer.
How long and in what areas have you been crafting?

I have always been crafty. My father taught me when I was very young to knit.  I remember a very wonky ever-growing garter stitch scarf. Sadly, the knitting didn’t stick until much later. I also remember making woven potholders, and latch hook rugs. The summer before I got married (2003), my father knit me a really pretty scarf using Eros yarn and I demanded that he re-teach me right then to knit, so that I could knit all the women involved in my upcoming wedding scarves. So my first real project was knitting 10 scarves in three months. I should’ve known then that I was an ambitious knitter. I didn’t pick the needles up again until the next summer (2004), and I have been obsessed since.

Allegra + Brandy

What’s a typical workday in your life like?
There is nothing remotely “typical” about my workday.  My symphony schedule tends to be different each week, depending on what we are performing that week. My Petite Purls work usually happens early in the morning and very late at night. Along with being co-editor of the magazine, I am also the Ad Manager and the Designer Liaison. I am pretty much the writer of the magazine and blog as well. It’s really a miracle when I actually get to knit, and even more of a miracle when I can sit down and actually try to bring one of my designs to fruition. I have more ideas than time, that’s for sure!

What’s coming up that you’re most looking forward to?

I am very happy that I have just released my newest pattern, Peek-a-Boo Hoodie this past weekend, and have a few submissions that I’m working on that I’m pretty excited about. When it comes to Petite Purls, I always love each issue we come out with, but I am particularly excited about our Summer 2011 issue that will be coming out in June! Cannot wait! Of course, the Spring 2011 issue that will come out in March will be pretty great too :)  I am also excited to return to TNNA in June to meet up with my dear friend and magazine partner, Brandy, and visit with many of our designers and newfound friends. (editors’ note: and me, too!)


What is your favorite part of designing?

I think my favorite part of designing is when I’m struck over the head with an idea. I get very excited. Then when a design comes together and I see it photographed for the first time. That’s pretty cool too.What is your least favorite part of designing?
One of my biggest flaws is that I am a major procrastinator. I tend to be very last minute about getting things in on time, which isn’t so good, and my work suffers.  It’s one of my goals for 2011 to work on. That, and to learn more technique and to become better educated, knit-wise. But hands down, my least favorite part of designing, is not having enough time to do it!
Any advice for the aspiring crafter?
To just do it. We all thrive on what we are passionate about, and usually most of our best work comes from that passion. Also, it’s great to be inspired by what else you see out there, but stay true to your vision and believe in yourself.
Wrap-up Random: What’s your favorite book, tv show, and song?
Wow, these are the hardest questions! My favorite book would probably have to be The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. I only watch two shows on television: Project Runway and Glee, and I am diehard fans of both. It would be way too hard for me to choose a favorite song so instead I’ll tell you what I’ve been listening to recently: anything by Pink Martini and The Seasons by Astor Piazzolla, an Argentinian Tango composer who based his four seasons on those by Antonio Vivaldi.

Allegra’s offering a great chance to get her brand-new pattern – for any of readers that buy the Peek-a-Boo Hoodie pattern, they will receive 50% off of either Boheme and Boheme*Mama (which are also being re-released this weekend) until January 31, 2011. Use code turtle for this fabulous discount.

photo by www.pixiepearls.com

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Day 9: Crafty Chat with Kate!

2011 January 2
Today we’ve got a visit from one of my favorite people, Kate Oates from Tot Toppers.  I was fortunate enough to get to spend my first TNNA with Kate this summer, and we had tons of fun walking the floor and giggling.  not only is she a fun chick to hang out with, she’s an amazingly talented designer.  Her Tot Toppers kids’ line is complimented by a grown up line, aptly named When I Grow Up. (I am determined to find the time in 2011 to make myself a Dixie Lace)
Here’s our Crafty Chat, and Kate’s got a special offer below for you Christmas {Crafters}.

Who are you?
I am Kate aka Tot Toppers.  I have 2 kids (boys!) and a lawyer-husband that I love more than life itself and they rock my socks off. Also I have a PhD in Political Science.  Though I have no immediate plans to utilize this accomplishment, I am quite proud of it :)

How long and in what areas have you been crafting?
I do a little scrapbooking here and there, I take pictures though they are nothing compared to what my photographer does.  I sew when I want to, but only easy things. So, looks like the only area where I successfully craft is knitting!
What is the first thing you remember crafting?
Friendship bracelets. Distinctly remember buying embroidery floss and selling my bracelets to my classmates in 4th and 5th grade.

What’s a typical workday in your life like?

Kate's Boys Making Cookies!

Kids wake 6:30 am. Insist they stay in their room until its light out. Feed kids breakfast. Hang out for a bit. Convince them to play in playroom for a few minutes. Run to computer and check e-mails. Change dirty diaper and quite possibly sheets on older son’s bed if he’s not made it to the potty in the early morning hours. Back to computer, try to reply to a few e-mails. Break up fight between toddlers. Swatch OR write up a few notes for new pattern. Break up another fight, and consider bribing kids with snacks (maybe its been about an hour since breakfast?) Resort to playing with kids or taking them to park.  Give up on working until naptime.  2pm-NAPS! Head back to computer to see what dramatics I have missed.  2:15 pm-Go back into kids room to lecture them on how desperately they need naps and how they will feel so much better if they would take a rest. (Here’s where maybe I get an hour of actual work done, should they fall asleep!)  3:30 pm=Kids up!  Back to being mommy…4:30 pm-dinner prep.   6pm-Dinner  7:30-bedtime and/or Daddy takes over with kidlets.
8-10:knitting or pattern writing/editing-most consistent “work”time of the week.
Realistically-my work happens at most random times and quite often in the wee hours of the morning when normal people are asleep in their beds!

What’s coming up that you’re most looking forward to?
I worked on a collection of kid’s garments that I’m ridiculously excited about. They will be released at TNNA Jan 7! Also-a sweater for women that is just SO neat. Same release.

What is your favorite part of designing?
When I actually get to knit.

What is your least favorite part of designing?
Layout/editing
Any advice for the aspiring crafter?
Being a perfectionist can actually be really helpful.  So if you’re not, consider hiring someone who is!  Editing CAN NOT be over rated.
Wrap-up Random: What’s your favorite book, tv show, and song?
I love the Amelia Peabody book series by Elizabeth Peters.
TV: Desperate Housewives or the Bachelor
Song: Anything by Mariah Carey
Kate’s offering a special discount – 12% off for the 12 Days of Christmas {Crafting} – her brand-new knitting kits! Any of Kate’s worsted-weight patterns can be put together in a kit, so if there’s one you’d like that isn’t listed in Make Tot Toppers, please be sure to ask Kate directly and she’ll hook you up. This offer is good only today and tomorrow (expiring at midnight on 1/4/11) so hurry to use code littleturtle to take advantage of this great offer at Tot Toppers etsy’s shop.  Don’t miss the kit for my very favorite Top Toppers pattern, Salute.

Salute at Make Tot Toppers

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Day 8: Surrender

2011 January 1

Each year, Ali Edwards does a wonderful project called One Little Word. You choose a word for the year, to signify your intentions, your  goals, your thoughts + dreams, and then along the year you reflect and focus on your word.  I started this in 2009, and my word that year was nurture.  In 2010, it was gratitude.  This year, it’s Surrender.  There’s so many changes that are swirling around in my life right now, and I’m often finding myself unable to just let go and let god, so I am starting this year with intentional thoughts on loosening my (illusory) control and surrendering to what life will bring.  I’m along for the ride.

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Have you choosen a word for this year? If so, leave a comment- I’d love to know what it is!

For today’s pattern, I’m giving up control to you, dear friends!  Instead of my selecting an offering, I’m giving you the choice. Use code surrender in the site’s cart for 50% off any pattern!

And, as a New Year’s gift to you, I’m also offering a free download – Trelford the Turtle. (This giveaway is now closed)
Turtle Dude

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Day 7: Cocktails + Moonlit Nights…

2010 December 31

(bonus points if you’ve now got that song stuck in your head. I’m sorry)
Cocktails
When I was a kid, New Year’s Eve always meant going with my Aunt + Uncle to their annual party with lots of friends, cousins, and food.  My parents got an evening out alone, and I got to enjoy a night with kids I saw only that one night a year.  I remember one particular party, I must have been around 8 or 9, where the grown ups were all drinking these muppet blue drinks in tall glasses that I thought looked so sophisticated and grown up.  I made a promise to myself that when I was grown up, I’d have sophisticated drinks like that on New Years Eve at a big party just like my Aunt + Uncle’s.

Fast forward many ahem, several years, and now my idea of New Year’s Eve perfect is a quiet night playing board games with my family, and my head hitting the pillow long beore my neighbors start hitting the pots and pans at the stroke of 12.  (what is the deal with that?!)  OF course, I never did quite let go of the idea that New Year’s + cocktails go together like Peanut Butter + Jelly.  So today, I present my favorite cocktail concoctions.

Lavender Tonic

1.5 oz gin (Tanqueray Rangpur is my favorite) (or vodka, if you prefer)

4 oz tonic water

2 T lavender simple syrup

Mix gin and simple syrup in a rocks glass.  Fill with ice, and finish with club soda.  Garnish with lemon wedge and rosemary stalk.

Lavender Simple Syrup

1 cup water

2 cups sugar

4-5 T lavender buds

Bring water + lavender to a boil, add the sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain lavender from liquid.  Keeps in fridge for up to 1 month.
rosemary gin fizz

Rosemary Gin Fiz

2 oz gin

4 oz club soda

2 T rosemary simple syrup

1 T lemon juice

lemon sliver and rosemary, for garnish

Mix gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in tall collins glass. Fill with ice, and finish with club soda.  Garnish with lemon wedge and rosemary stalk.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

1 cup water

2 cups sugar

4-5 T fresh rosemary (leaves on stalks)

Bring water + rosemary to a boil, add the sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain rosemary from liquid.  Keeps in fridge for up to 1 month.

Remember, drink responsibly!

today’s pattern is of the non-cocktail variety, though the Hubster thinks it makes a fabulous name for a drink.  The Fuzzy Elf pattern is a fun felted project for warm slippers.  Go the silly, pointy toe elf version:
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or the more practical, traditional sock slipper version:
blue_elf

The Fuzzy Elf comes in 5 sizes, from infant to adult mens.  It is a simple sock, knit on large needles with some ingenious design elements to make it the perfect house elf socks.

Construction
Oversized sock is knit from the toe up, with either a pointed elf toe or traditional rounded toe
Foot features a garter st sole + short row heel for durability
cuff is worked in either a garter foldover with button closure or add-on ribbing after the sock is felted to size

The Fuzzy Elf pattern is just $3.00 – so go grab it now!

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Day 6: Something New

2010 December 31

(So imagine my surprise logging in to post Day 7 a few moments ago, and realizing that Day 6 never posted yesterday.  Wish that I could blame it on the vagaries of wordpress, but apparently I’m to blame – already looking ahead to the new year, I set the autopost to Dec 30, 2011!!!  oops.  So today you get yesterday’s delightful new pattern, and the original intended for today.  Enjoy!)

There’s an entirely new phenomenon happening in my house.  My boys are becomes skaters.  We’ve done roller skating, ice skating, and rollerblading before.  That is not which I speak of.  This is Sk8,of the board variety.  Along with it comes a whole new language, clothing, and…truth be told, a feeling of utter panic in my mama heart.  (will they break an arm?  Will they crack a skull?  YIKES!) I am enjoying, however, how their little skate culture seems to embrace the knitteds.  Today’s pattern is for a hat you’ve seen pictured on my eldest recently, and is called Bricked (apparently a new term that means to fall down, a lot?)

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it’s an incredibly fun and clever design (completely dictated by the aformentioned child) with a perfectly proportioned brim.  The knitting begins with a sideways band, then joins at the edge to knit in the round up to the crown.  The brim is picked up from the bottom band, and worked like a sock toe.  Three sizes to fit any of your skaters!  The sample above is worked in Malabrigo (Paris Nights), and pattern will work well with any worsted weight yarn.  With today’s discount, you can have Bricked for only $3.00!

As for today’s Christmas {Craft}, I’m ashamed to admit that the only crafting I’m doing today is scheming how to get another blanket on top of my cold self, and reading.  So, instead I present my 2010 list of favorite books (If you’re keen on keeping up with my voracious reading, please friend me on goodreads!)

theresa’s top tomes of two thousand ten

  1. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  2. the Gift of an ordinary Day
  3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  4. Pillars of the Earth
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and Played with Fire, and Hornet’s Nest)
  6. The Wednesday Sisters
  7. Shelter Me
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  9. Samuel Adams, A Life
  10. Mansfield Park (again!)
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Day 5: When Under Attack…

2010 December 29

The Caboose (that’s our youngest) and I are under attack by some rather insipid and invasive little buggers, and both feel like our heads might explode at any moment. Whenever I feel icky, I remember my grandma gently spreading Vapo-Rub on my chest as a child, and that soothing touch (and smell) always made me feel better. So, naturally now whenever my boys are under the weather, I reach for the same soothing comfort (making sure to save some for myself, too!) I’m not comfortable with the petroleum base of the traditional Vapo-Rub my grandma used, so I’ve experimented (a lot!) with homemade remedies. Here’s the current favorite (used liberally today, and now in need of replenishing – as soon as I feel better!)
finished lavender salve
Bee Better Balm
1/4 cup beeswax
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sweet almond, jojoba, or grapeseed oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10-15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil
20 drops lavender essential oil

Melt the beeswax, olive oil and 1/2 cup of your other oil choice together (I do this in a pyrex in the microwave, start with 1:30, stir and then work in 15 second increments till it’s all melted). Add the remaining oils, and stir gently to mix, then pour into your container of choice (I use half pint mason jars, they’re easiest to dig fingers into. Rub on liberally when you or your littles are feeling under the weather, and breathe a little easier!

Today there’s two patterns with a “comfort” theme – the Babywearer, and the Stripey Slippers.

The Babywearer is the ultimate comfort for a winter sling baby! Keeps you both covered and cozy, without the fuss of a coat and fitting it over you both. There’s a bunch of lovely projects on Ravelry, including this beauty:

The Babywearer is only $5.oo today, so grab it while the gettin’s good!

Second, is there anything more comforting than a cozy pair of slippers on a cold winter night?  Everyone in my family teases me that I’ve got frigid feet, so I’m rarely without a pair of slippers in winter.  The Stripey Slippers are fun and quick to knit, and feature a clever construction that will keep the knitting engaging.

Check out all the inspiring projects on Ravelry, and then go grab your very own pattern (just $4.00 today!) and warm up all the soles {souls} in your home.

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Day 4: Honey Do

2010 December 28

Today was a sledding day.  For the first time in recent memory, I was able to go on a sledding day and not end up sitting in the car with a crying wee lad after 10 minutes of snow fun.  Oh, no.  Today, all four of my guys were sledding fools, and we spent over 2 hours on the slope outside our local library.  They enjoyed dashing down the hill on their snow saucers, and I enjoyed sitting on the sideline, burrowed under a blanket and reading on my Kindle.  (gracious, I’ve only had the thing for 4 days and already can’t imagine life without it. I’m in luv!) We traipsed home, the boys utterly spent, and the littles crawled into bed for marathon naps (yay!) while the bigs and I settled in to feed our feathered friends.
The original
I adore watching the various birds that visit our property’s bushes and trees, and I always feel a bit sorry for them after the first snowfall when their search for food gets a bit more difficult.  It’s become a bit of a tradition here to make some birdfeeders to hang in our tree right outside the front window, as a treat for our friends (and so I can still enjoy watching them with my morning coffee)  Because my camera card is still missing (sob), you’ll have to pretend that these pictures are really our doing.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Feathered Friends Feede

Base: pinecone, toilet paper roll, paper towel roll, bagel, english muffin

Glue: peanut butter, honey, molasses

Feed: birdseed mix, sunflower seeds, oatmeal

Hanger: yarn, naturally!

First, spread an old sheet or some newspaper over the work surface, cause this will inevitably be messy.  Choose your base, and tie a length of yarn around it (through the hole in the bagel or the rolls; around the top of the pinecone and around the entire muffin) so that there’s at least 10″ of tail to hang with.

Second, spread your chosen base generously with your glue.  We use honey in a squeeze bottle so it’s least messy.  You want to coat it very well, so that the feed will adhere.

Third, pour your feed into a deep bowl, put your glued base in the bowl and shake gently to coat well.

Lastly, go find a tree (preferrably in view of a window so you can watch!) and hang it.

Now speaking of honey….
honeydo

Today’s crafting pattern is a brand new one!  Honey Do is a versatile cap, suitable for either guy or gal, and works up quickly in worsted weight yarn.  With a generous ribbed brim to keep ears warm (when birdwatching, perhaps?) and a fun slip-and-tuck pattern to keep it interesting enough for you to zoom to the finish, but easy enough that you’re not going to be constantly glancing at the pattern.  Use my Circular Tubular Cast On if you’re up for learning something new, or stick to tried-and-true long tail cast on; either way, you’ll have a great hat.  Four sizes from infant to large adult will cover all the heads in your family.

Add Honey Do on Ravelry, and get knitting on your own Honey Do today, at 50% off – that’s just 3.00 for this fabulous new design!

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