Off to the Races – A Double Knit Scarf

My niece loves horses!  I stumbled across this pattern a few years back and had been putting it off because it was double knit.  Last year, I bit the bullet and tackled a new skill.  I am happy the holiday’s are over and I can now share the project with you.

The double knitting did take a little while to wrap my brain around, but once I got the hang of it, the scarf moved along.  I do admit that double knitting takes longer than knitting two separate scarves, but I love how it turned out. As you can see in the photo above, one side is teal green sparkly yarn with brown horses, the other is brown with teal horses.  Double knitting did create a super warm scarf that will be great in cold weather. The scarf became the foundation piece for an entire set.
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AHG Merit Badge Help – Pen & Paper #4 – Paper snowflakes

Last week I shared how to create silhouettes, a PiPa requirement for the Pen and Paper Merit Badge.  This week I thought I would share a Tenderheart level requirement.

With the recent flu outbreak, I had the privilege of leading the Tenderheart unit meeting.  Paper snowflakes paired perfectly with the troop devotional that night. God made each of us unique and with different spirits (based on 1 Corinthians 12).

I began the discussion by asking what the girls knew about snowflakes. And was able to move the conversation how each snowflake is different.

From there we created our own snowflakes.  I was surprised how much the girls enjoyed this activity.  Every one of the girls wanted to make multiple snowflakes.  Even the Patriots who stopped by my room after the meeting wanted to get in on the action.

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Entrelac Blanket

Do you remember my post last summer when I shared my first Entrelac project (here)? I hinted at a much larger project to come, and I can finally share it with you.

For my cousins recent wedding, I created this gorgeous, cream colored blanket. This was a massive project.  In the early stages, I was able to carry it with me when I went out, but in the end it was too big to take most places.

I did get the opportunity to “test” it on a drizzly Sunday afternoon, after working on it for several hours.  The soft texture of the slightly bulky yarn was a great plus.

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AHG Merit Badge Help – Pen & Paper #27 – Silhouettes

It has been a while since I have posted merit badge helps on a regular basis. I hope that with the new year, I can get back to posting them regularly. This month I plan to focus on the Pen and Paper Merit Badge found in the 2015 Supplemental Handbook. Requirement 27, wants the girls to learn about silhouettes.

Before the invention of cameras and photography in the 1800’s, individuals would commission an artist to paint their portraits.  However, these were very pricey and only available to the very wealthy. An economical alternative was to have a silhouette cut. Continue reading

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Wine Bottle Gift Sack

Now that Christmas is over, I can start sharing my holiday knitting.  For my aunt I made this wine bottle gift sack. This year I wanted to get her something a little different, so I found a nice bottle of wine from a local winery.  Then I made this wine sack to go with it.

It was a huge hit.  Everyone loved it, and one person (who will remain nameless) threatened to steal it, so I had to promise to make her one.

I began with a free pattern by Emily Stumpf found on Ravelry (here)  This pattern is knitted in the round and features cabled stripes to add a little bit of character.

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How to Survive Hospital Waiting Rooms

My life is always one full of adventure, some planned, but mostly not. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day, my family has supported the local doctors and hospitals. I have sat in the surgical waiting room 6 times, I have had 2 ER visits and slept in the hospital 5 nights. Mind you, none of this was for me.

Within a 12 hour span my husband had surgery for kidney stones, my dog died, and my father was admitted to the hospital for Flu complications. If I were to write a memoir, I would have to label it as fiction, cause no one would believe it to be true.

A friend told me I should write a book “How to Survive Hospital Waiting Rooms”, but I thought a blog post would be more fitting.

1) Prayer
2) Manners
3) Knitting project
4) Snacks
5) Hard candy

1) PRAYER. This one should be assumed but sometimes we forget that we need prayers as much as the patient does. Prayers for strength and stamina to endure the long sleepless nights. Prayers for our health (We all know how many germs are at the hospital). And prayers for wisdom and discernment – there is always a lot of information to take in and wisdom from the Holy Spirit to ask the right questions is a powerful tool. I don’t think I could of endured without the prayers of friends and family.

2). MANNERS. Like they say, you can catch more flies with honey! Remember the medical staff are human and they have issues in their personal life too. You have no idea what they are dealing with at home or with the patient next door. After a complete communications disaster at Walter Reed, the doctor commented to me how much he appreciated how we handled the situation. I am convinced that if I had gotten upset and lost my temper, he would have been less likely to go above and beyond the call of duty to help us resolve the issue. This does not mean that you are not to be the patients advocate and make sure they get the best care possible, but the words please and thank you can go a long way.

3) KNITTING. Of course I had my knitting. I was able to make progress on several projects sitting at hospitals. Knitting helped the time to pass quickly. It also started conversations with complete strangers. An easier pattern that can be stopped at any point is much better than a tedious one that requires a lot of focus.

4) SNACKS. I can almost guarantee there will be a time when you get hungry and the cafeteria is closed. Vending machines have limited healthy options. My favorite right now is almonds. Find a snack high in protein – this will sustain you and help your blood sugar not to crash. That is not messy – Cheeto fingers and knitting do not mix. The snack must be able to endure being tossed about and man handled – peanut butter crackers tend to crumble into a million pieces at the bottom of my bag.

5) HARD CANDY. This has been a life saver (pun intended). A piece of hard candy has enough sugar to give you a boost but not kill your diet. It can satisfy thirst in a pinch (please no one write how this does not work, creating saliva in your mouth means you can hold off drinking another bottle of water knowing you should be nearby and if you leave for the bathroom the doctor will show up). And, depending on the type of candy, fresh breathe us always a plus when talking to other people.

P.S. No, I did not kill the dog, even after she ate my knitting, but rather she had congestive heart failure.

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AHG Badge Help – Young Meteorologist #16

With today being the first full day of winter, I wanted to share a seasonal badge help.

Wilson Bentley became famous after he developed a method for photographing snowflakes in the late 1800’s.  During his lifetime he photographed over 5000 different snowflakes. The most startling realization was that no two snowflakes were alike, each one was unique. Continue reading

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