Archive for October, 2012

Knitted Aviatrix Baby Hat

To make this knitted Aviatrix baby hat, I used blue, DK Weight yarn (Weight 3) that my brother brought me from Peru.  I believe that it is baby alpaca.

I used the pattern here.  It was a very good pattern, with pattern variations based on the yarn weight you planned to use, as well as different sizes for hats.  It also had a glossary with some explanations of techniques.  I did need to watch some YouTube videos, but the pattern recommended doing that.

This hat was knit on straight needles, and not in the round.  I think it turned out really well.

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I made the Rib-Eye Stir-Fry, Dan Dan Noodles, and Greens from Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes Cookbook.  This meal was delicious.

I omitted the Szechuan pepper, Chinese five-spice powder, baby bok choy, bean sprouts, cilantro, and scallions.

I used green beans instead of sugar snap peas, EVOO with chili powder instead of the chili oil, gluten free pasta instead of the egg noodles, gluten free soy sauce, and agave nectar instead of honey.

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Lots of Knitted Baby Hats

I know a lot of ladies who are expecting fall babies.  I had some fun knitting baby hats for them!

I used Super Bulky (Weight 6) yarn.  The girl (pink) hats are made with Patons Melody Quick & Cozy Yarn in Happy Daze or High Energy.  The boy (blue/lavender) hats are made with Red Heart Baby Clouds Yarn in Lavender.

I cast on 24 stitches for each hat.

Both girl hats

Close-up of one of the boy hats


Lots of hats!

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Have you ever wondered how to organize and store moving and shipping boxes that you know you’ll need again?  I recently went through our stash, purged quite a bit, and organized the rest so that things would be easy to find.

I organized boxes by size and stored them in a large box.

Foam/cardboard and packing paper

Mailing envelopes and bubble wrap

Air-filled bags were put in a large garbage bag.

Packing peanuts were put in a box as well.

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Breakfast Lately

My breakfast on the left (eggs and gluten free toast) and my husband’s on the right (eggs, bacon, and wheat toast)

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I recently knitted Hermione’s Deathly Hallow’s Graveyard Beret.

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in Dusty Purple.

Click here for the pattern.  The instructions up to when you start decreasing are great.  Once you get to the decreasing, the instructions are not as clear.  Below, I listed what I ended up using for the decreasing section, based on what I read in the comments section of the website.  Please note that these are my personal corrections.  With the particular yarn I was using and the rewritten directions, the hat will be more of a slouch hat than a fitted one like you see in the movie.

My rewritten directions for top shaping (decreasing):

  1. (S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2) repeat until 2 st. left, then P2
  2. (K2, P2) around
  3. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2, K2, P2) – repeat until 2 st. left, then K2
  4. (P2, K2) around
  5. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2, K2) repeat until 2 st. left, then P2
  6. (K2, P2) around
  7. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2) repeat until 2 st. left, then K2
  8. (P2, K2 around)
  9. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2, K2) repeat until 2 st. left, then P2
  10. (K2, P2 around)
  11. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2) repeat until 2 st. left, then K2
  12. (P2, K2 around)
  13. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1) repeat until 2 st. left, then P2
  14. (K2, P2) around
  15. Weave tail through leftover sts and pull shut.

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