If you give a mouse some yarn…

If you give Marisol the Mouse some yarn, she will likely ask for a pair of double point knitting needles. After digging through your supply bin, you find a pair that are not being used for one of your countless incomplete projects.

If you give Marisol the Mouse knitting needles, she will need a pattern. So off to the internet you go, checking all of your favorite sources. After countless hours you settle on a free pattern you found on Ravelry (here). You graciously print the pattern and give it to Marisol the mouse with a smile.

And if you give Marisol the Mouse the free Ravelry pattern, she will insist on more yarn. In addition to the gray yarn you provided originally, she needs a delicate pink to accent her features.  So… into the yarn closet you go, digging through the drawers of yarn you have stashed away, until at last you find the tiniest bit of light pink.

Content to work on her project Marisol the Mouse, knits away happily only to realize that she needs stuffing.  So, you stop what you are doing and go on the hunt for stuffing.  Yet the bag of stuffing is nowhere to be found, and at last you give up and decide to go purchase more stuffing.  Armed with your craft store coupon, you head to the store.  Once you arrive at the store you quickly become distracted by the yarn they have on sale, so you come home with the stuffing and a few extra skeins of yarn.

If you give Marisol the Mouse the stuffing, be sure to open it for her. Or in her excitement she might rip the bag of stuffing only to leave a giant mess.  And we all know that mice are not known for their neatness, leaving you to clean up the mess. Once the stuffing is out of the original packaging, it will never be contained in a small bag again, but multiplies exponentially in volume.

If you give Marisol the Mouse gray yarn, knitting needles, a pattern, pink yarn and stuffing she will most certainly ask for a yarn needle.  For we all know that every knitter enjoys weaving in the ends of all of her little pieces.  So you find your stash of needles: plastic ones, metal ones, small ones and big ones.  Marisol finds the needle she wants for this project.

If you give Marisol the Mouse a yarn needle, it won’t be long until all of the pieces are assembled, but something is still off. EYES!!! Marisol the Mouse will need a pair of glass 6/0 beads for the eyes, for all mice have beady eyes, right? Predicting what will happen next along with the 2 black beads you also give her a spool of black thread and a sewing needle.

Now if you give Marisol the Mouse a pair of glass beads, in no time she will have created a most wonderful self-portrait of herself in knitted form.  Pleased with her project and her success she will ask for more yarn.


Just kidding, this was a great pattern. Hope you enjoy.  Happy knitting.  



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AHG Merit Badge Help – Living in the USA #5

Recently our troop lost our Tenderheart Unit leader due to her husband being relocated with his job.  So, I have been promoted to Tenderheart Unit Leader.  I must admit, working with 1st and 2nd graders after spending so much time with high school girls is a pretty drastic change.  But we are having fun!!!

Right now we are working on the Living in the USA merit badge.  That means we all get to wear our cowboy boots and hats while learning about Texas.  Who says it doesn’t match the official American Heritage Girls uniform?  Cowboy boots go with everything!

Optional requirement #5, has us looking at the weather for our state, and discussing what we wear.  To help our troop complete this requirement, I created a worksheet that allowed them to write a sentence or two about the weather and color clothes on a doll.  One of my Tenderhearts drew her doll with her favorite purple sweater and a hat. And yes, that is a pompom on the hat.

I have altered the wording to remove the reference to Texas so that troops around the country could use the same page.  To download a copy of the worksheet, click on the image below.


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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Leprechaun hats

Known for their impish ways, what’s not to love about leprechauns?  The thought of an old bearded Irish Fairy, hiding in the forest, destined to protect the pot of gold found at the end of the rainbow, is actually quite humorous.  How many old men to you know that can leap about that quickly.  Most of the ones I know suffer from arthritis and bad backs.

I thought that little leprechaun hats would be a great addition to my St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes.



  • Green fondant
  • Yellow fondant
  • Black fondant
  • Gum paste glue
  • Circle cutter – 1 inch
  • Fondant roller
  • Knife
  • Flower former – wave set

Step 1: Roll the green fondant to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut one, 1 inch, circle for each hat. Set aside.

Step 2:  Form the remaining green fondant into blocks and soften the edge.  These will be the center of the hat.

Step 3:  Roll a small piece of black fondant very thin.  Cut into thin strips and attach it to the hat block with a tiny amount of gum paste glue.

Step 4:  Roll a tiny piece of yellow fondant into a tiny snake-like piece.  Form the yellow snake into a rectangle and flatten.  Attach to the front of the hat block.

Step 5:  Attach the hat block to the circle from step 1.  Place on a wave flower former and allow to harden overnight.

Step 6:  Place onto iced cupcakes and ENJOY.

I hope that you have enjoyed this set of cupcakes.  If you would like to see instructions for the other toppers in the set, please use the links below.

Lucky Cupcakes (Horseshoes)
Shamrock Cupcakes






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Shamrock Cupcakes

What is St. Patrick’s Day without Shamrocks? In my younger days, I can remember spending countless hours looking for a four-leaf clover.  I say that, yet I suspect I tired after a few minutes and went on to some other more exciting tasks, like making necklaces from dandelions.  Continue reading

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Lucky Cupcakes

Last year I made a set of St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes.  Since I was not able to post them right away, I saved them for this year. 

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AHG Merit Badge Help – Cooking #26

I am currently working with a group of PiPa’s from my troop to help them complete the Cooking Merit Badge.  This badge covers an important life skill. I was surprised at how little these young ladies actually cook at home.  I am blessed with a teenage daughter who is an excellent cook and joyfully cooks dinner several nights each week.

Requirement #26 looks at common food allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has a great webpage (here), that explains what exactly a food allergy is, along with symptoms, and treatments.  Eight types of food cover 90% of all food allergies: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.

Fortunately, or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), our troop has several girls with food allergies.  My troop has done a great job of accommodating all of the different dietary needs at campouts making this requirement fairly easy for our girls to complete.

The easiest meals to accommodate allergies are the ones with the least number of ingredients – plain baked chicken, green beans, salad. The less processing the fewer number of allergens.

If your recipe box does not contain allergy friendly recipes, consider inviting someone with allergies to speak to the group and learn what they use as substitutions.

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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Basic Bulky Hat

Each year I knit a few hats to donate to a local AHG event. The hats are used as door prizes at a weekend retreat for Pioneers and Patriots.  Early in the fall when I found this bulky yarn in the clearance bin, I knew I needed it.  (Lion Brand Hometown USA Tweeds in Sioux City Tweed).

I found a super easy hat by Shaina Billow on Ravelry (here). It features a simple 1×1 rib border and a stockinette stitch body.  The pattern is written to be knit flat and seamed, or in the round (I choose to work in the round). It also features two sizes, I opted for the smaller one since teenage girls often have smaller heads.

When a cold front hit the weekend of the retreat, the warm hats were a hit. The tweed yarn turned a pattern into a hat with character.

Happy Knitting.


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