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Chocolate Hand & Body Scrubs

4 Apr

Chocolate Hand & Body Scrubs

Craft it, quick! I just had an itch to make these Chocolate Hand & Body Scrubs today. Perhaps I shouldn’t have because my living room looks worse than if a storm had blown through it. Believe me, I’d know. We’ve had several thunderstorms in the past couple of days and it seriously looks neater outside of my house than inside it. I guess that’s what happens when you have toddlers. Ha!

I obviously re-used a few baby food jars, so please excuse the not-so-cute caps. Ideally, I would like to paint them or cover them with a cute cloth, but I will have to settle for leaving the lids as is. Otherwise, I will never finish this project.

Well, I’d better try to be a productive citizen of my home now. I just felt like I had to get these done before the weekend comes so I can gift them to some friends.

~ Maria

Not a Cobbler

23 Oct

I am not a Cobbler; therefore, my children have shoes. I am a knitter (crafter, whatever…) and the old adage just doesn’t apply in my situation. In fact, the opposite is true in my household. Take my baby girl for example. She has a multitude of those flower headbands I sell.

Here’s one:

G with her purple and pink flower headband

Here’s another one:

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She has a couple more headbands, and a couple of pink flower clips. Unfortunately, she doesn’t share the same excitement as I do about having hair accessories on her head. She doesn’t like to be fussed with. These pictures? It might have just taken as much talent to take these as it did to make them.

At least my little guy is more willing to wear my creations. He will even put on his hat himself.

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Even Mr. Snowman likes to keep warm in one of my scarves.

That blue and brown scarf is actually Mr. KnitStitchery’s aka my hubby’s. It has fringe at the end, but he decided he’d like to braid them instead. Funny guy. I love that scarf, it’s so long and knitted in a beautiful basket weave. Little S’s scarf is pretty long as well (short enough for a little guy, long enough to grow into), and made in seed stitch. His hat has cables throughout and has a pom-pom on top.

I was thinking that this upcoming year, I can make things with me and my family in mind. Perhaps I would be more inspired and more productive that way. Except, I think that if I did that, I might even be more tempted than now to keep my wares instead of selling them. Which is what happened to this flower dishcloth.

KnitStitchery flower dish cloth

KnitStitchery flower dish cloth

I just had to have it in my kitchen. Anyway, I have to test it, right?

~ Maria

Not-so-brown paper package tied-up with string

29 Mar
All tied up with string

This not-so-brown paper package tied-up with string was sent to font author James T. Edmondson.

The James T. Edmondson project is finally done. Woo! Success. I received feedback from James and he said he loves his hat and wears it all the time in the cool of San Francisco. Yep, San Francisco can be a little cool–I visited there once and I can remember a bit of a chill in the Bay air. I’ve probably mentioned it a bajillion times on social media now, but if you haven’t heard; James is the creator of the font, Lavanderia. Lavanderia is the cool-looking script font you see on the KnitStitchery logo.

The honeycomb pattern eventually won my internal debate. It was either that or a horseshoe cable pattern. My husband wasn’t too thrilled about the honeycomb, but it wasn’t his hat. I thought the pattern would be perfect with the gray yarn. When the hat isn’t stretched out, the stitches look deep and grooved; but when it is worn, it makes a subtle trellis-like pattern. I thought the hat’s overall look was classic and masculine.

When worn, the Honeycomb cables stretch out to a trellis-like pattern.

When worn, the Honeycomb cables stretch out to a trellis-like pattern. I have a smaller head, so the top stitches don’t look as stretched out.

I was adamant about doing the honeycomb pattern, and thankfully so. My tenacity kept me going during the many times I had to back-track on this hat. Finally, I found the offending extra stitch and that made my knitting smooth sailing from there. Unfortunately, when I was done and putting the finishing touches on this hat, I accidentally snipped a stitch at the bottom. Ack! Anyone who knits knows what a pain it is to have to re-do the ribbing at the bottom. But I suppose it was for the best, as I had started out with a 1×1 rib at the bottom, but decided to make it into a 2×2 rib instead. I think it turned out nicely, don’t you?

A close-up picture of the Honeycomb Hat for James T. Edmondson

A close-up picture of the Honeycomb Hat with the 2×2 ribbing.

So, lesson learned. If you keep having to re-do your rows, there just might be a wrong stitch somewhere.

The finished productHoneycomb Hat for James T. Edmondson

The finished product
Honeycomb Hat for James T. Edmondson

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