Delightfully Simple Hat with Stripe

Do you remember the Delightfully Simple Hat I shared earlier this week? I had some of the variegated yarn left, so I added some gray yarn from the stash and made a variation of the other hat.  Continue reading

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Delightfully Simple Hat

Hats are a favorite project for knitters. Last year alone I knitted almost two dozens hats.  While I am always on the look out for different and interesting styles and designs, sometimes what you need is a plain ordinary hat.

For this hat I did not use a pattern.  I pretty much made it up as I went along.  I am afraid that I did not write down the pattern instructions as I went, I am unable to share them with you.

I did cast on 96 stitches using a long tail cast on method, and joined in the round. The 2×2 ribbing was worked for 10 rounds.  After knitting 18 rounds in stockinette, I began my decrease.

The variegated yarn created stripes as I went.

Happy Knitting!

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AHG Merit Badge Help – Our Feathered Friends #2

Is your Tenderheart working on the Our Feathered Friends Merit Badge?  Have they learned the parts of a birds? Now it is time to get outside and do some bird watching. Continue reading

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Olympic SWAP

Are you enjoying watching the Olympics as much as I am?  Most nights you can find my family in front of the television watching the various athletes compete.  I was reminded of a set of mini-gold medals I made for a previous Olympic themed campout, and thought it would be a great time to share them with you.  These would make great SWAPS.

They are super easy to make, but do require a few days of dry time, so be sure to plan ahead.

1 batch of homemade air-dry clay (recipe here)
Small round cookie cutter (1.5 inched in diameter)
A #10 decorating tip (or other tiny round item to make circle impressions)
Gold metallic craft paint
Small craft paint brush
Hot glue gun with glue
Rolling pin
Safety pins

Step 1: Make air-dry clay and allow to cool to room temperature. (Depending on the size of your circle cutter and how many you need you may only need to make 1/2 batch of clay). Recipe found here

Step 2:  Working with a small amount of clay at a time roll it into a sheet just under 1/4 inch think.  Using your round cookie cutter cut out as many circles/medals as you need.

Step 3:  Before the clay begins to harden, use the small end of a #10 decorating tip to create the Olympic rings.  You only want to make a light indention. Be careful not to go all the way through.

Step 4: Allow to dry at least 24 hours.

Step 5: Paint each medal with gold paint, being certain to get into the crevices of the Olympic rings, and the sides.  Allow paint to dry.

Step 6: Place a small loop of ribbon on the back of each medal with a little hot glue, and add a safety pin.



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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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