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2017 Summer Knitting List

May 25, 2017
2017 Summer Knitting List

I don’t know about you, but summer seems to have an expectant sort of feel to it. Those longer days really make a difference. They make me feel like I can get more accomplished. I’ve been inspired by everyone’s summer reading lists (and have made one of my own), but it also made me think about my summer knitting list. I’m planning to participate in two great knitalongs; one in June and the other in July. These will be my first KALs, so I’m pretty darn excited. I’ve also got a few other projects in the works (you know, because people keep making babies). I’ve got high hopes for this summer, so lets hope I can hang on to my productivity. Without further ado, here is my modestly compiled 2017 Summer Knitting List! 

2017 Summer Knitting List - Elijah

Elijah

Isn’t this the cutest pattern? Ysolda Teague is one of my favorite designers and Elijah is one of my favorite patterns of hers. I’ve knit Elijah a few times before; always as a baby gift. I think it’s perfect. Cute, sturdy, and choking hazard free. Plus, I just love elephants. The only bummer is that it requires the use of double pointed needles. Like really, you can’t use circs. I’ve tried. (I do, however, switch to circular needles whenever possible.) This time, instead of going with the regular greyish-blue that I always use, I’m using a speckled pink! I’m really excited with how it’s turning out. And yes, I do keep singing Pink Elephants of Parade from Dumbo while I’m knitting…

2017 Summer Knitting List - Tegna

Tegna

Doesn’t this sweater just make you want to go take a long walk in nature? The sweater is Tegna, by Caitlin Hunter.  It’s going to be my very first knit along! I’m thinking of a slightly cropped version (not too cropped, I don’t have any high waisted pants..) knit in Quince and Co. Finch in Honey. I’ve always loved that colorway and I have just enough yarn to make it work. It looks like such a cute and versatile top, and I haven’t worked on a sweater in ages, so I’m eager to get started. 

2017 Summer Knitting List - Gully

Gully

I posted about Gully once already, but I am super excited to knit this in July. Brooklyn Tweed is hosting a KAL in July for their new yarn, Vale. I just got mine in the mail and it is scrumptious. Even The Hubs was like, “oooh, soft!”. The yarn seems sturdy and bouncy, but light, so I’m looking forward to working with it. If you’re familiar with Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft or Shelter, Vale seems much more uniform and consistent and not quite as rustic. I think it will produce a beautiful fabric. I chose Gully for this KAL because, as much as I love knitting shawls, I rarely wear them. I’m hoping Gully can get a little bit more use.

2017 Summer Knitting List - Yoda HatBaby Yoda Knit Hat

Alright, this one falls squarely into the “all my friends are having babies” box. I should really just keep a stash of baby knits ready. The Hubs has a friend who just found out he and his wife were expecting and he fully intends to raise a nerd baby. Star Wars, Harry Potter, the works! I thought that this hat would be a cute nod to the interests of the parents, and plus, its just fun! Can you picture a little Yoda baby wearing one of these? You can bet I’ll me making one if The Hubs and I ever have kids.

2017 Summer Knitting List - Del Sol

Del Sol

I’m mentally calling Del Sol my August knit. Let’s be real, June and July are already booked by KALs. That leaves August for this sexy little tank. Del Sol can be made in either a cropped tank or a longer tunic and I cannot for the life of me decide which one I want to do! The tunic looks so chill and laid back, and I can see myself wearing it, but that tank is calling to me! I love the cropped look and could see myself layering it over dresses… I’m torn. What do you think? Which one should I pick?

Wishful Thinking Knit:

2017 Summer Knitting List - Muna Jumper

Muna Jumper

I am in love with this sweater, but I don’t know that I will be able to finish it during the summer. It looks so casual and comfy. It actually looks way cooler than me, so I’ll have to step up my game if I want to wear this one. I actually really love knitting with bulky yarn, so I can see this knit being right up my alley. The only think I don’t love is the ribbing…Not for the appearance, but for my hands. I’m willing to tough it out anyways for a sweater this cool. If this doesn’t get knit during the summer, it may have to be number one of my Fall knitting list. 

So there you have it, my 2017 Summer Knitting List! I’d love to hear what plans you have in the works for the summer. What projects are you itching to start? Anyone else doing any of the knitalongs with me? Let me know and we can be KAL buddies!

 

Holidays Mini Monday Seasonal Tutorial

DIY Mom-osa Mother’s Day Gift

May 16, 2017
DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

Happy Monday Ya’ll! I hope you were good to your mothers this weekend. The Hubs and I got up early Sunday morning to drop these little mom-osas(get it?? Mom-osa?) on our momma’s porches. We dropped them off ding-dong ditch style, which worked great at my moms house. The Hubs parents, however, possess one of those ring doorbell things (also known as The All Seeing Eye of Sauron). Much harder to ding-dong ditch there… Luckily our mommas live a mile apart and 5 minutes from church(which was great when we were both living at home and dating) so we could blaze through and still make it to church in time for rehearsal. Don’t worry, we went back and spent the rest of the day with out mother’s too!

DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

I got the idea for these mom-osa kits from a card that The Hubs picked out for his mom. It said “You’re mimosa favorite mom!” With a card like that, there no way that I could not put together these little mimosa kits. They’re just the perfect size (especially since we’re on Whole 30 and can’t share them with our moms). Both our mothers had about a quarter of their mini wine bottle and declared themselves done for the day. Lightweights. 

Mom-osa Kit

Supplies:

-Mini Sparkling wine bottle (or can!)

-Single-serve orange juice bottle

-Cute twine, string or ribbon

-A personal note

DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

The concept of the mom-osa kit is simple. Take a mini bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, pair it with a single serve bottle or orange juice and tie together! Ta-da! Anyone could do it. No only do these may great Mother’s Day gifts, they also make great bridesmaid’s gifts and shower favors. Plus they’re just super cute. They’re an easy way to show someone that you’re thinking of them. They pair great with flowers, jewelry or brunch.

Did you give or get a creative Mother’s day gift this year? I’d love to hear about it!

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DIY Gift Card Frame Tutorial

April 13, 2017
DIY Gift Card Frame

This week I’ll be sharing my tutorial for a DIY Gift Card Frame. Hold on tight, ya’ll, because I’ve decided to make DIY surprise gifts my thing, and you are along for the ride. It’s great, because I get to be a little craft and creative, but I’m not just filling my home with my DIY projects. (Now I’m just filling other people’s homes with my DIY projects.) Plus it makes me look like what a Jane Austen character would call “accomplished.”

Recently, I had the change to stretch my crafty muscles and create a DIY Gift Card Frame for a member of my church. The recipient is going away to school and our goal was to stock her up with gift cards. There are lots of cute ways to package a gift card, but not a ton of ways to package a lot of gift cards. My earlier joking aside, I don’t want to give a young woman who is going to be sharing an apartment something that’s going to clutter up her space. That’s why I loved this DIY Gift Card Frame. It can easily be reused to hold pictures, movie or concert tickets(unless you’re The Hubs, and you need a whole scrapbook.) or little notes. It’s functional now in the gift giving process, and functional later. Win win!

Did I mention that this DIY Gift Card Frame ridiculously easy to make? Seriously, I made this is one evening while my husband cooked dinner. It took, like, zero time. Here’s how it’s made:

DIY Gift Card Frame

Supplies:

-Large picture frame

-O hooks

-Jute or twine

-Small clothespins

-Embellishments (optional)

DIY Gift Card Frame Step 1

Step 1: Remove glass and back from frame, push flat metal backing tabs with a butter knife if needed.

DIY Gift Card Frame Step 2DIY Gift Card Frame Step 2

 

Step 2: Screw 3 pairs of O hooks into the inner sides of the frame at even intervals. I just eyeballed this, but feel free to measure if you are picky. Also, I had a hard time keeping a hold of these little hooks, so I used a pair of tweezers to help until they grabbed into the wood.

DIY Gift Card Frame Step 3

Step 3: Beginning on one side, tie a length of string around the O hook. Stretch the string across and tie on the opposite ring. It’s okay if there is a little bit of slack in the string, because you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to get it perfectly tight, just make sure it doesn’t look saggy. Repeat on the next pairs of hooks. Trim string. Dab a little bit of superglue on the knots if you are worried about them coming loose.

DIY Gift Card Frame Step 3

Step 4: Add clothespins and embellish. Now, you can stop at this point and just leave the frame as is. If you would prefer, however, you can add a little embellishment. I found these flowers on clearance at Michael’s and honestly, how could I not? The wooden letter was something I dyed to match the flowers (look for a tutorial on this soon!), and isn’t it the cutest?? Personalize however you like at this point, and by that, I mean used your cutest clearance finds. I used a hot glue gun to attach my embellishment, but a super glue would work as well.

Set it up, add your clothespins and gift cards and admire how dang cute this is.

DIY Gift Card Frame

There you have it! I told you it was easy. It’s cute, versatile and quick to put together. So literally everything you’d want in a DIY craft. Think this is something you’d end up making? Let me know if you do and how you choose to use it!

Cost breakdown:

-Clearance Frame -$6.00

-Hooks – $1.99

-String – $1.99

-Embellishments – Approx. $3

Clothespins: $3

Total – $16.48 – Less than $20!