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Mini Monday: How to Make A Baby Box

February 27, 2017
Mini Monday: How to Make a Baby Box

One of the weird things about getting older is that at some point, all the people around you start having babies. My sister in law is pregnant. The best man in our wedding is expecting. That one girl I went to high school who is living in, like, Missouri is pregnant. Babies everywhere!

Don’t get me started on the baby comments now that we’re married, either. A lady at church told me I had “a glow.” She seemed alarmed by my “hopefully not that kind of a glow” response. Another man joked that he would pray for fertility. I’m don’t remember how I responded, but I’m pretty sure I freaked him out too. My father even prayed during our wedding reception that The Hubs and I would be blessed with “brilliant twin girls.” Thanks, Dad.

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My own pregnancy anxieties aside, I do get excited about babies among my friends. It gives me an opportunity to make cute baby things. There are so many adorable options that fit the new parent’s personalities. Plus, baby projects are so quick and easy! I love it, though it makes me a horrible procrastinator…

One of The Hub’s close friends in Arizona is expecting a baby literally any day now. Like, it might be late at this point. The father is a musician, and used to be in a band with The Hubs, and so when I saw a little baby hat with headphone on Pinterest, I had to knit it. I just made up the pattern as I went, but the closest pattern on Ravelry is The Baby Headphone Hat.

Isn’t it the cutest? I showed it to The Hubs and he made the same noise that he makes when he sees a golden retriever, so I think he liked it. That, and he demanded one for our firstborn…It’s made out of acrylic yarn, which I am conflicted about. I know I should use wool or cotton, but I also know that this is going to get thrown into the washing machine at some point, so acrylic it was. (Okay, so I should really have used superwash wool, but see above about the procrastination.)

Since the new baby is in Arizona, I knew I was going to have to mail the hat. It just so happened that we had a nice box from a recent online purchase, that had juuuust a little room for more. I couldn’t resist it. I made a mini baby care package.

Holy Crap, that’s cute. We bought little shoes and some organic magic balm to put in the box, along with a little card with a nice note written by The Hubs. I could have probably fit more in there, but for my sanity I had to stop.  I also realized something while working on this box: I cannot knit baby booties. They are my knitting kryptonite! I must have started 4 or 5 different patterns, only to rip them out in anger. I have decided to leave little baby shoes to the professionals. Besides, those shoes go with that hat perfectly…

Want to make your own Baby Box? Here are some ideas:

Baby Box Ideas

For Baby
  • Onesies
  • Baby Socks
  • Burp cloths
  • Small stuffed animals (bonus points for handmade!)
  • Baby accessories (more bonus points for handmade!)
  • Baby toiletries like balms and creams that won’t spill or leak
For Mom and Dad
  • Healthy snacks
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Gift Cards
  • Slippers
  • Heartfelt note
Finished Object Knitting Lifestyle

Morning Walk Hat : Pattern Review and FO

February 23, 2017
Patter Review: Morning Walk Hat

I am excited to show you another finished knit: The Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson knit in Woolfolk’s TYND and SNO. This hat and yarn have a special place in my heart because The Hubs and I picked out this yarn when we were on our honeymoon in Austin.  The Hubs put it in his vows that he would find new yarn stores for me to visit and he delivered!

Patter Review: Morning Walk Hat

How could I resist that face?

I’ve wanted to go to Hill Country Weavers in Austen since I moved to Texas. This is mainly because they are the only yarn store in Texas to stock Brooklyn Tweed yarns. Oh my is their stock beautiful! I believe I circled the store about 5 or 6 times, cooing at the yarn and debating what to buy. The Hubs was the one who found the Woolfolk yarn. (He has good taste in women and in yarn.) He like the marled effect on the SNO yarn, and REALLY liked the softness. The Hubs asked if I could make him something with it. How could I say no?

The Pattern: Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson

At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with Woolfolk SNO. Then I saw the Morning Walk Hat on Woolfolk’s Instagram and it was perfect! When I showed it to The Hubs, he confirmed, “Yes, I want one of those.” Thus began my first knit of the new year.

The Morning Walk Hat is a ribbed beanie with a foldable brim knit by holding together one strand of Woolfolk TYND and Woolfolk SNO.
Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat
I cast on for this project while waiting in the DPS to change my last name (a joyful place if there ever was one). I didn’t cast on using smaller needles the way the pattern instructed because 1. There weren’t any in my knitting bag and 2. I sure as heck was not going to wait for 2 1/2 hours at the DPS without something to knit. I used a tubular cast on like a freaking professional, so the hat has a nice stretchy brim.

A lot this hat was knit during our yearly pilgrimage to Tulsa for what The Hubs refers to as “family Christmas.”(This is when his side of the family gathers around New Years to exchange all the gifts they got for each other when the Christmas stuff went on clearance.) I got a good chunk of road trip knitting done on this hat, but I also came to an important realization.

1×1 ribbing is hard on your hands!

This hat is literally all 1×1 ribbing. That’s all there is to it. It’s great for mindless road knitting, but the constant back and forth between knit and purl really made my hands sore. My knitting fingers must be out of shape, because I had to take a lot of breaks. Overall, it’s a simple pattern and it creates a classic, timeless finished product. The Morning Walk Hat is also totally unisex, which means I can steal it from The Hubs!

Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat

Hat: Stolen

The Yarn: Woolfolk TYND and SNO:

This hat is knit with one strand of TYND, a solid yarn, and one strand of SNO, which is marled, held together. I expect you could get pretty adventurous with your color combos here, but I played it pretty safe. Plus, I’m a sucker for burgundy.

The most noticeable thing about these yarns is how soft they are. As mentioned, I walked around a yarn store and pet all the yarn before buying these and I can confirm. They really are some of the softest yarns out there. That being said, they were a pleasure to knit with. The finished fabric has a lovely little halo to it. However, I wonder if it might have problems with pilling as the hat gets more use. The jury is still out on the durability because it’s currently 75 degrees in the middle of winter here in Texas. Maybe next week…

I still have one unused skein of Woolfolk SNO that I bought before I knew what I was making. I would love to try this yarn in another application, but haven’t seen a pattern that looks worthy yet. I’m thinking a nice cowl or scarf so I can keep that soft squishyness close to my neck. No matter the project, I would wholeheartedly recommend this yarn. I think both TYND and SNO are beautiful and luxuriously soft.

Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat

Food Lifestyle Mini Monday

Mini Monday: Rimmel London Provocalips vs. The Hot Mess

February 20, 2017
Mini Monday: Rimmel London Provocalips vs. The Hot Mess

Hello all! It’s Mini Monday and I hope your week is getting off to a good start.

Today’s Mini Monday post is a tale of two needs. The need to look cute and the need to stuff my face. My most basic needs, generally…This weekend, I pitted Rimmel Provocalips 16hr Kissproof Lipstick against the greatest of Texas barbecue offerings; The Hot Mess.

The Hubs and I finally engaged in some post-Whole 30 celebratory eating this weekend in the form of barbecue. Now I know that you are not supposed to celebrate eating right with eating wrong, but we figured most of what we get at barbecue places wasn’t actually horrible. The main components, meat, sweet potatoes, okra, weren’t the worst we could do. Plus, The Hubs had been craving it since about week two of Whole 30 and I couldn’t bear to see him suffer any longer.

Mini Monday: Rimmel London Provocalips vs. The Hot Mess

We went to Pecan Lodge, which is my absolute favorite place to get barbecue in the Dallas area (The Hubs prefers Hard Eight. They catered our wedding!). The cool thing about Pecan Lodge (besides the fact that is has the best pork sausage EVER) is that it’s in a super cool part of town. Deep Ellum is full of artwork and cool looking places to eat and see live music.

Since it’s such a cool area, I wanted to get some shots of a new (upcoming) FO for you all. This meant that I had to look decent. Pecan Lodge requires about an hour long wait in line before ordering (Unless you are buying over 5 lbs of meat, then you can use the express lane. The wait it totally worth it though.). We had a few stops to make before lunch. This meant that pictures were going to have to wait until after eating. Herein was my delimma:

One of Pecan Lodge’s signature offerings is a dish called the Hot Mess. It’s amazing. The Hot Mess is the world’s biggest sweet potato topped with cheese, barbacoa style brisket, bacon and spicy sour cream. It’s beautiful. It’s delicious. I highly recommend it.

Mini Monday: Rimmel London Provocalips vs. The Hot Mess

The Hot Mess

Now, the Hot Mess is not lipstick friendly. This is where I decided to try a personal experiment. First, the background. I am what The Hubs calls a Porcelain Princess. If I do not put color on my face, I look like a ghost, or a 7th grader (No offense! Ya’ll are awesome!). I also happen to be pretty horrible about touching up my makeup throughout the day. My holy grail of lipsticks would be a lipstick that doesn’t horribly dry out my lips, that stays on through multiple beverages (without gunking up my can/cup/straw. ew..), and doesn’t get on The Hubs when I kiss him.

Enter Rimmel London’s Provocalips. I swear, the long lasting lipstick technology has gotten better since I was in high school. I know because I tried it back then and it was horrible. Rimmel London’s Provocalips line claims to have “kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof high impact endless colour.” So this past weekend, I decided to pit my lipstick against Pecan Lodge’s Hot Mess.

Mini Monday: Rimmel London Provocalips vs. The Hot Mess

Application at 8:00 AM

Provocalips comes in about 14 different shades, though the CVS by where I live is stocked for about 3. The shade I wore was Play with Fire, a nice, blue toned red. It’s a 2 step liquid lipstick where you apply the color with a doe foot applicator, wait a minute or two and then apply the gloss. I have found that the lipstick is fairly forgiving to mistakes if you catch it quick, and stands up to decent layering without getting funky. The gloss side is  more of the texture of Vaseline than gloss. I wasn’t a huge fan of the flavor of the gloss, but it dissipates quickly. I applied the lipstick at around 8:00 AM before leaving the house.

Mini Monday: Rimmel London Provocalips vs. The Hot Mess

Lipstick at 11:30 AM

By lunchtime, the lipstick was still going strong. The Hubs was still afraid to kiss me, despite me kissing my hand several times and showing him that it wasn’t going to get on him. He said he was afraid of it feeling like “crayon lips”. It’s actually a thinner formula that other liquid lipsticks I had tried. It’s definitely not as comfortable as, say, chapstick. However, it doesn’t dry your lips like NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream.

Then came the moment of truth. The Hot Mess in all it’s glory. It was as good as I remembered. I only ate like 3/4 of it because it is massive. Biggest sweet potato I’ve ever seen, and I buy a lot of sweet potatoes. We immediately went from eating to taking pictures, because there was no way that we were going to lose our parking spot. With no touch ups, here’s how my lipstick fared:

Mini Monday: Rimmel London Provocalips vs. The Hot Mess

Post Hot Mess Lipstick. No touch ups.

Overall, I was thrilled with the was Provocalips performed. I continued to wear it for the rest of the afternoon, though I did add more gloss. A nice lady at the local yarn store even complimented me. It was still going strong by dinner time! As for removal, I find that a little scrubbing with a wet wipe does the trick.

So there you have it. This weekend, I effectively paired two loves: wearing nice makeup and grubbin. Stay tuned Thursday for more pictures of my latest FO, the Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson!