No Cowboys Here

Recently I was asked to make a sign for a friend.  Her daughter is all about horses.  She provided the sign and I provided the vinyl. Continue reading “No Cowboys Here”


AHG Badge Help – Horsemanship #7

Do you realize how many different breeds of horses exist? Just in the United States there are close to 50 different breeds.  And there are too many to list from around the world.  The most common breeds include Arabian, American Paint Horse, American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa and Thoroughbred.

To help my Tenderheart unit complete Horsemanship requirement #7, I began with a trip to my local library.  I checked out a stack of books on horse breeds.  My favorite was Horses by Elwyn Hartley Edwards.  It is part of the DK Smithsonian handbook series. Continue reading “AHG Badge Help – Horsemanship #7”

AHG Badge Help – Horsemanship #9

Every American Heritage Girl I have met seems drawn to the Horsemanship Merit Badge.

Many years ago, when my daughter earned this badge, the instructor used sticky notes to teach the parts of a horse.

Recently my Tenderheart unit attended a multi-troop event to a local horse farm.  However, the instructor missed a few requirements.  Thankfully we were able to finish them up at a meeting.

Since I did not have access to a live horse, I made do with a piece of poster board.

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.


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 “Double Knit Hat”

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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