Foliage Hat

This project is brought to you by the color Emerald. 

"Foilage" Knit Hat - Made by

I haven’t been much of a “green” person in the past, but there is something about Emerald that has won me over. It is so bright and happy and has enough blue undertones to please me. When I saw Emily’s gorgeous green hat on Instagram, I dropped everything and ask my sister to help me make one too.

My local stores disappointed me in their color selection. so, my sis Beth sent me over toKnitPicks to go shopping. I chose “Shine Worsted” in “Macaaw”, which is deliciously soft, and the color is just what I had hoped for. Beth also convinced me that I should try the pattern “Foliage” by Emily Mooney. For the first (several) reads, I had no idea what to make of the chart and all the abbreviations, but I slowly worked my way through each stitch and technique, watching videos on and practicing with scrap yarn. It was surprising what my fingers could remember to do even when I couldn’t consciously remember anything from my last knitting project two years ago.

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I messed up the first time and knit it way way way to lose .The hat was too big even for Andy. Such luscious yarn was too good to give up on, so I “frogged it” and knit it over again. The hat is still looser than in the pattern photos, but the slouchy hat is so hot right now maybe I can call it intentional?

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Do you know what? I actually liked this crazy pattern. My complaint with knitting in the past has been the boring factor – stitch after stitch, row after row of the same thing. I was literally going cross-eyed with boredom trying to finish my cowl. This pattern, however, has enough variation to keep me on my toes, while repeating enough that it was easy to keep track of where I was.  If I hadn’t already knit this hat twice, I would want to cast- on another right away.

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I’m still concentrating on more “fun sewing” this week. Do you have any happiness-making projects on your sewing table?

Hexy Clock [An Ikea Hack Tutorial]

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The trouble with jumping on the hexy EPP bandwagon is that you start seeing hexagons everywhere – the tile on bathroom floors, road signs, honeycombs, and most recently… a picture of a clock in the new Ikea catalog.

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This clock! Oh man, it isn’t just a hexagon decorated wall clock. the hexagons are REMOVABLE, and can be re-arranged any way your little hexy-lovin’ heart desires. Of course, the colors were a little too “Lego” for my taste.

Hexy Clock - an Ikea "Smycke" Wall Clock Hack by

… but it was nothing a little fabric couldn’t fix. Fabric makes everything better.

Hexy Clock - an Ikea "Smycke" Wall Clock Hack by

In this case, fabric makes it way… way… better.

how to hack it [Read more...]

Pretty Painted Pegboard for Sewing Organization [How-To]

Vinny is 4 weeks old today. I’ve had a couple of lovely brief sewing sessions this last week when Vinny’s nap schedule has cooperated. Sewing helps me feel like myself again.


I realized that I never posted about the pegboard addition to my sewing room. If you follow me on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, you might have caught glimpses of it. However, because I luuuurv it, I wanted to give it the posting it deserved.

Pretty Up Your Pegboard with Paint! -

 TA DA!!!! Seriously, can it get any better than a happy-colored pegboard full of the tools and gadgets that make you happy? I’ve wasted many a minute, just looking at this pegboard smiling to myself for the happiness of finally having it on the wall. Maybe I should hang more them around the house… hmmm….

Here’s how it was made: [Read more...]

DIY Pattern Weights – Ribbon Wrapped Washers

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The last time I stopped by the hardware store I made sure to pick up some washers to use as pattern weights. So far, I have have been making do using cans, cups, silverware, wooden play blocks, and anything else that I could easily get my hands on. You can buy pattern weights, but I loved having prettier weights at only the fraction of the cost.  [Read more...]

Mother-Son Crafting: Homemade Leather Sword Sheath

 My boys acquired wooden swords at a medieval festival a couple of weeks ago. It was love at first fight and they have been planning epic battles and fighting bad guys daily since then. I wouldn’t be surprised if this Halloween features a sword-brandishing Batman and a shield-wielding Spiderman. Good times. It only took a day of witnessing Duncan’s frustration with trying to sheath his sword in his belt for me to know a mother-son craft time was in order.

After I told him my idea, Duncan drew out some plans…
(and I added my suggested modifications) [Read more...]