Project Blanket (A Knitting Story)

Ever since I first learned, my knitting urges come and go. Sometimes I worry about forgetting how, but it’s almost like riding a bike. It’s muscle memory. After casting on the first few stitches and a quick refresher of a knit versus purl, it’s like second nature.

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Back in high school, knitting was a thing. It wasn’t uncommon to see girls working on their knits and purls in the back of classrooms or in the hallways after school. Maybe it’s just the sort of craze that attending an all girls high school fostered.

I picked up the habit again recently, after falling off the bandwagon for a few years. This time, I knew I wanted to tackle a big project – something other than scarves and beanies. As a big fan of curling up on the sofa with my favorite cuddle buddy, it seemed like a blanket was the natural answer.

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I tried knitting a blanket before and it was a complete disaster. Primarily because I went about it the wrong way. Casting on over 200 stitches and cramming everything on a standard sized needle is NOT that way to go. It was too easy to lose track of my pattern and drop stitches. The project was abandoned after a few months of sporadic knitting.

This time around, I knew it was important to lay better groundwork. Thanks to the internet, there were a few options to choose from. I seriously considered purchasing a pair of giant knitting needles just to try it out, but better sense (and a tight wallet) got hold of me.

The current plan of attack is to knit long and semi-wide pieces then stitch them together to form a blanket. To make sure that all the pieces are the same length, I’ve dedicated a mini notebook to keep track of my progress and pattern. Breaking out the blanket into smaller, more manageable parts has made the project easier to handle.

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To prevent the monotony of a single color, I opted for alternating squares of color, separating the different colors with a stripe of navy blue. For a pattern, I’m going with a moss stitch, an alternating knit and purl, for a bumpy texture.

So far, I’m optimistic about this second go around. Having a plan in place definitely helps with staying on track. Here’s to hoping for a successful complete of Project Blanket this year!

 

 

Styling Your Home Bar Cart

Recently, the boyfriend and I attended a Cocktails 101 class at one of our favorite craft cocktail bars in San Diego- Polite Provisions. We made three cocktails and perhaps got a bit more tipsy than one should on a Monday.

One of the big takeaways from our class for novice drinkmakers, such as ourselves, was instead of becoming overwhelmed and buying bottles on bottles of different alcohols and trying to make every drink in the book, we should focus perfecting one drink and just buy one bottle at a time.

With that being said, the boyfriend and I decided with our newfound cocktail knowledge and skills, we had to start entertaining. And to start entertaining, we just HAD to have a bar cart. But we didn’t want to break the bank either. So off to Target we went!

Now for the young professional- I can’t recommend Target bar carts enough. They are supplying way cute stuff these days. (I would advise against impulse buying if you are driving your cute but inadequate cargo space of a Honda Civic Coupe. Otherwise you may be stuffing that in the front seat fully reclined as your partner sits in the back seat making sure it doesn’t fly out the window when you brake!)

Turns out getting your bar cart is only half the struggle. You have your bar cart, but now what do you put on it?! Pinterest is always the answer. I don’t know how people managed to live their lives before Pinterest. I found this link to be helpful as far “essentials,” which includes: display worthy glasses, a shaker, cocktail napkins, some flair, proper tool set, a muddler, fresh flowers, ice bucket, candle, coasters, bartender’s dictionary, beautiful wine, decanter, matches, and decorative bowl.

Voila! I didn’t put all those items because I prefer things to look more minimalist, but to each her own! Fresh flowers are too much to maintain all the time so I prefer an air plant and air plant holder (because anyone that knows me knows my obsession with air plants).

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Up close we’ve got: heavy bottomed glasses for whiskey/old fashioned drinks, ice bucket, paper straws, decanter (left), INNA shrubs (top right), and cute framed quote (bottom right).

No matter how you style your bar cart, as long as it reflects your personal style and you like it, you’ve done it right!

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Cheers and happy styling (and drinking!).

DIY 2016 Wall Calendar

This year’s calendar DIY came out of necessity. In need of a giant wall calendar for the kitchen, I scrapped together some cardstock from my craft stash and got right to work.

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Supplies

  • 12 sheets of 12 x 12  cardstock
  • Sharpie
  • Quilter’s ruler
  • Alphanumeric stamps
  • Stamp Ink
  • Clips
  • String

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Steps

  • Create 2 x 1 6/8 grid on each sheet of cardstock
  • Label each sheet for every month in the year, using your stamp set.
  • Add dates to each box, splitting boxes for any overlapping dates as necessary.
  • Add reminders for other important dates, such as holidays and anniversaries.
  • Tie a piece of string through the clips.
  • Clip the pieces of paper and hang on the wall.

 

 

Critter Easter Eggs

 

Easter eggs have a tendency of being drab on the outside, but fun on the inside. Sure, you can buy snazzy eggs for a price, but it’s always more when there’s a little D.I.Y involved.

Supplies:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Wiggly Eggs
  • Felt marker
  • Foam pieces
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Steps:

  • Cut out various ears, feet, and other shapes from the foam pieces.
  • Glue the cut out foam pieces and wiggly eyes to the plastic eggs. If you still want to place goodies inside the egg, make sure to not place anything over the opening.
  • If you want these critters to stand on their own, make sure to adhere some feet to the bottom.
  • Draw on eyeballs, monocles, and mustaches using the felt marker.

Notes:

  • Try and find self-adhesive wiggly eyes if possible. I had a hard time gluing those with plastic backing to the eggs. Either that or use a stronger glue than Elmer’s.
  • Speaking of glue, ears and other parts that aren’t glued flat onto the egg may be delicate so handle with care.  Last year, I shipped a few of these bad boys to friends and was told that some arrived dissembled.