Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Adventures with Audrey: Making Crayons

One of the great blessings of working from home is that I make my own schedule.  That allows me to spend lots of time with this cutie!

She is always asking me if she can help make stuff too!  Today was her day!

Her older sister had made these owl shaped crayons for a few close friends as part of a Valentine’s gift.  And Audrey was very jealous that she didn’t get to help.  So this morning on our way home from taking the big kids to school I ran into the dollar store and picked up some crayons.

She was so excited to do crafts with Mommy!  
And determined to peel the paper off the crayons all by herself.

And break the crayons into pieces!

I had planned to make solid colors but that quickly changed.

The wait for the crayons to melt while in the oven was tortuous.

But the wait for them to cool was worse.

So bad in fact that Audrey rummaged through the cabinet to find a mini muffin pan.  She decided she wanted circle crayons too!

The finished result was a lot of crayons!

But the process was great!  We spent time talking, just the two of us (with no older sibling interruptions).  And we talked about colors.

Audrey says this one looks like a planet.

I think this one looks like a piece of chocolate.

And these look like tie-dye!

If you want to make your own shaped crayons at home it is super easy.

Crayons (you can either buy a pack at the dollar store or use up those broken pieces you already have laying around the house)
A non-stick muffin pan to melt the crayons
An oven

Preheat oven to 250 F.
Peel paper from crayons.
Break into pieces and place in the muffin pan.
Place pan in preheated oven.
Set timer for 20 minutes. (It may take a few minutes more or less depending on your oven.)

Let crayons cool completely. (about 30 minutes is usually enough)

Flip over pan and crayons should fall out.

Audrey says coloring is fun, but it is even better when you make them yourself!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Adapting Your Favorite Pattern Is Easier Than You Think

Sometimes I love being able to create cute things for my kids!

The project shown used Caron Simply Soft in the colors Watermelon, Black, and Gray Heather.  It was knit using US size 6 (4.00 mm)  16” circular needles and US size 6 (4.00 mm) DPNs.

This tunic/dress is absolutely adorable on Little Bit and it was so easy.

Often I get people who ask me what pattern I used and I’m glad to share. But I have no pattern for this.  I just pieced it together as I knit.

So I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to talk about how easy it can be to alter your favorite patterns to fit your needs.

Quite honestly when I began this project I had planned to just do a basic raglan sweater, but as it began to take shape I just wanted something different.

I used a basic raglan sweater pattern to start this tunic.  I just went to Ravelry and searched for a top down raglan pattern knit in the round.  There are a ton to choose from!!!!
I chose one with a rolled collar and hem because I just liked the look.


I also knew I wanted to do stripes because I was working out of my stash and didn’t have enough of any one color to complete the project. After I knit the collar I knit the first stripe until it was about 1 1/2 inches. Then I counted my rows and used that number as my stripe repeat.
(I ended up using 8 rows asmy repeat.)

Now remember I had planned to do a sweater but when it was shirt length I didn’t care for it all that much.  Rather than frog the whole project I decided to just keep knitting to tunic length.  I ended up doing a couple extra stripes after I reached the length I thought I wanted because I am a little OCD when it comes to the stripe pattern. I knew I wanted the rolled hem to be in black like the collar.  But the extra length turned out to be perfect and gives her a little growing room.
(After you’ve spent the time and energy creating that special gift, you hope they can wear it for awhile!)

I also decided that I didn’t want to do the long sleeves that I had originally planned so I finished the stripe pattern to black for a rolled hem.  It is the perfect edging!

If you have a go to pattern that you use for a sweater, try these adaptations for it.  Or better yet try your own!  And share pictures of your projects with me!  I would love to feature some of your projects on the blog!

The above post is not meant to be a pattern but simply a description of my process.  But I do ask that if you share the ideas with your friends, etc that you refer them to my blog.  Thanks!