Warm Hat

Knitting a great hat is an essential skill for all knitters.  While knitting in the round can be a little intimidating at first, once you have mastered it you will never go back to knitting flat and sewing pieces together.

Bulky yarn makes great hats!  They knit up quickly and add a little extra warmth that worsted weight yarn lacks. The ribbing on this hat makes it look a little different than your ordinary hat.

I began with a free pattern created by Melissa LaBarre that I found on Ravelry (here).

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AHG Merit Badge Help – Our Feathered Friends #1

It’s Friday, so that means another badge help here at the Life of Momma B. Today I am looking at the Our Feathered Friends Merit Badge from the Science and Technology Frontier.

Spring is right around the corner, and all little girls love baby birds. Baby animals of any kind really.  Now is a great time to study Ornithology  (yes, that is my fifty cent word for the day).  The first requirement teaches the basic parts of a bird. 

To help you with this, I have drawn a basic diagram of a bird that can be labeled.  If you click on the picture below you can download a pdf worksheet for your Tenderheart to use.  And I did include an answer sheet.  The worksheet also includes basic definitions for all of the parts of the bird needed to complete requirement #1. 

If you are trying to complete this badge, I previously posted a printable for requirement #7

NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

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The Wise, Not-So-Old, Owl

When I think of owls, I associate them with wisdom.  What about you?  Archimedes, from the Sword and the Stone, guides young Merlin.  Winnie the Pooh always seeks the advice of his friend Owl. And lets not forget Woodsy Owl, the icon for the US Forest Service, that told us to “Give a hoot — don’t pollute!”

When given the opportunity to test knit this adorable owl by Stana Sortor, I jumped at the chance.  The pattern included a blanket, zippered bag and a stuffed owl.  I tested the stuffed owl.  Continue reading

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AHG Merit Badge Help – Dawn of Our Country #4

I am not sure which merit badge frontier I enjoy most. I learn so much from the Heritage Frontier.  But I do enjoy the creativity that goes with the Arts Frontier. And when the two overlap, I am delighted.

Today we are looking at the five-pointed star, also known as a pentagram, found on the American flag.  Can you imagine our flag with a six-pointed star instead of the five-pointed star? It just does not seem right.

According to legend, the original flag was designed with a 6 pointed star.  It was not until Betsy Ross, demonstrated how easily a 5 pointed star could be cut that it was even considered.

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A Pair of Fingerless Mitts

To complete the Racing Horse scarf and hat set, I also knitted a pair of fingerless mitts.  Unlike the first two projects, the mitts are not double knit. They are only one layer with a smaller version of the checker-board.

I used a free-pattern that I have used several other times.  If you would like the pattern, it can be found on Ravelry (here).  This is a fabulous pattern and can easily be altered to match any project.  I have used it to create a pair of speckled mitts, and a solid purple pair.

Happy Knitting!

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AHG Badge Help – Young Meteorologist #15

Since today is Groundhog Day, why not incorporate a little badge work into your day.  Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Will we have six more weeks of winter?

Long before computers, people used signs to predict the weather. Over time, they recognized a pattern between cloud patterns and animal behavior and the upcoming weather. This created a long list of weather folklore. Continue reading

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Double Knit Hat

After completing the horse scarf for my niece, I searched for a hat pattern that could be modified to match. The horse pattern from the scarf seemed to big too put on a hat.  While I searched for an option, I kept going back and forth about what color to make the hat.

One day I stumbled upon a hat that was a perfect match.  Rosemary Brock had designed a hat that matched the ends of my scarf. Her free pattern and instructions can be found here.

No surprise to my regular readers, I modified the pattern just a little.  Instead of following the instructions, I casted on 80 stitches of each color, and worked both sides of the hat simultaneously like I did with the scarf.  Continue reading

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