Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Berry Bonnet

The first item of the spring/summer collection, the 'Berry Bonnet'! The bonnet displayed here is knitted for 0-3 mos. It's knitted with a cotton/modal fiber mix, which it very soft to the touch. The 'Berry Bonnet' will be available in sizes 0-3(3-6, 6-12) mos. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Little Joys

Little Joys of this Week>>>

*The belly laughs that come from reading an email from my sister.

*Checking things off my 'To-do' list. 

*Praying the Rosary.

*Getting my exercise on.

*Getting excited for next week! The hubby and I are heading out to Manitoba for a couple weeks. It's going to be an awesome time with the Schoonbaert Fam, and getting to witness my brother-in-law get married!

*Sorry guys...nothing much else to report-even though this week has been pretty un-eventful, I'm very grateful for it. :) 

Happy Friday! xo

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In the works: Berry Bonnet

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Summer has for sure made itself known, here in Ontario. Hot, very hot, so hot that I've been having trouble knitting, even with cotton! I have air conditioning in the as you can imagine, that's where I've been doing a lot of my knitting this week. 
I was working on a design for some summer shoes, but still need a bit more time to develop the ideas and such, so in the meantime I started on the next, a lovely spring/summer baby bonnet. In the picture above, I'm using a cotton/modal fiber mix. It's light and breathable, with a silky touch to it-it's my first time knitting with this kind of fiber mixture...I like it. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Little Joys

Little Joys of this Week>>>

*If I still lived near the ocean :(... I'd add, toes in the sand for one of the joys of the week. This little joy is one of my all time favourites.

*A cold shower on a sweat-dripping hot day.

*Getting my hair chopped off...about 8" of it! So refreshing! No...I don't miss my long hair...yet. 

*Praying the Rosary with my husband.

*Prepared lime-chicken tacos, that tasted so good.

*The humidity has gone down this past week, resulting in perfect summer weather.

*Master Chef! (need I say more?) 

*The laughter shared between my Jellybean and I. Oh, 'Jellybean' is the endearing nickname that my husband and I share. 

What are some joys of your week?! Happy Friday! xo

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Moving Onward!

Well, I'm finally moving onto the designing of the spring/summer collection! Currently, making some cotton swatches for some summer shoes, stay tuned!

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Little Joys

In every week, there are little joys spread throughout. You know, those little things that brighten up your day? Make your week that much better?
I'm going to start celebrating those joys more often, here, with all of you. In me acknowledging my joys more often, I think it will make me more of a thankful person. It truly is the little things in life that can make such an impact on I right? 

Little joys of this week>>>

*The little conversations I have with the care taker of our apartment building-really sweet lady. 

*Picking the fresh hot peppers from our window garden and getting to enjoy it in our entree(they were very hot indeed).

*Coffee, coffee, coffee. Never fails to makes my mornings great-two cups, that is. 

*Getting onto the bus, and it not being full...YAY!

*I now have a new nephew, who was born on Canada day weekend! (Ok. Maybe that's a big joy.)

*Taking strolls through nice neighborhoods with my favorite human(my husband), admiring the houses and landscaping, all while dreaming about having a home of our own one day. 

*Getting to talk to my sister on the phone...I miss her soooo much. 

*Exchanging emails with loved ones...thank God for email! 

*Finding out that I am 2 months away from hearing about my sponsorship, the beginning process of my immigration to close. 

*Ok, I know there's more that I can't think of right now. I'll get better at this. 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Newborn Scratch Mitts (Free pattern)

Hey guys! To my Canadian peeps, hope everyone enjoyed their Canada day weekend! To my American peeps, Happy 4th of July! 
I've decided to share the pattern for the, 'newborn scratch mitts'. I'm not super experienced with writing up patterns, so don't hesitate to make me aware of any errors! Enjoy! XO

Scratch Mitts for Newborns

*Note: These mitts are both knitted at the same time, in the round, using the magic loop. They just as easily can be knitted separately in the round on dpns-whatever you prefer.    

>Size 1 needles; for the magic loop, a 32” circular needle
>Sock yarn-fingering weight
>Tapestry needle for grafting stitches and weaving in ends
>A comfortable spot on the couch to cozy up on and knit away

CO 36 sts (for each mitt)-with casting on two at a time for the magic loop, here is a clear video.
Knit 10 rounds of K2P2 ribbing

Round 11: For each mitt-{*K8, KFB, knit to end, repeat from * for the back needle}, increasing 2 stitches
on each mitt, having 38sts.

Mitt: (for each mitt)
Begin knitting in garter stitch-because you’re knitting garter stitch in the round, you will be alternating a knit round and a purl round, beginning with a purl round (Round 12: Purl, Round 13: knit, and so on).
Work in garter stitch for 2”, ending with a knit round. *Be sure not to stretch your work while measuring*

Decreases: (for each mitt)
Round 1: {SSK, K to last 2 stitches, K2tog}, do the same for back needle.
Round 2: Purl
Repeat these 2 rounds 4x’s, ending with a knit round, being left with 22sts for each mitt.

Grafting: (for each mitt)
With 11 stitches on front needle and 11 on back needle, total 22 stst, graft stitches together, using the Kitchener stitch.

Weave in all ends