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Traditions, Connection, and Cookies

This year I am feeling particularly sentimental about the holidays. I am filled with joy as I watch Elise gaze at the lights on the Christmas tree and even as I remind her “gentle” when she starts yanking at the ornaments on the low lying branches. I am also missing my Grandma Ilene who passed away… Continue reading Traditions, Connection, and Cookies

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Gift Guide: Children’s Book & Toy Pairings

Still looking for last minute gift ideas?  Here are some great book “pairings” with characters from those books.  If you have time, you can even make some felt animal puppets to go with! The Mitten by Jan Brett – Consider knitting a big white mitten (or a pair of mittens) for your little one and then… Continue reading Gift Guide: Children’s Book & Toy Pairings

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Easy DIY Flannel Pajama Pants

Flannel pajama pants are a quick and easy gift for everyone on your list! Why make them instead of purchasing them at a store?  First, they really are an inexpensive thing to make. I bought my 100% cotton snuggle flannel at Joann Fabrics during Thanksgiving week and it was all 75% off – making most of… Continue reading Easy DIY Flannel Pajama Pants

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Mittens 3 Ways – Knitted, Felted, and Repurposed

With cold weather soon approaching (or arrived) for many of you, I thought a few instructions on making mittens would be appropriate. Does any one else have trouble like I do finding well-made WARM wool mittens for outdoor activities like walking, sledding, and shoveling?!? Mittens #1 and #2 require some basic knitting skills, and variation #3… Continue reading Mittens 3 Ways – Knitted, Felted, and Repurposed

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Zoo Animal Felt Puppets – Tutorial and Pattern

I have to start by giving credit to Larissa @ Just Another Day in Paradise, who created some AMAZING Old McDonald farm animal felt puppets with detailed patterns, instructions, and pictures. I am obsessed with these puppets even though they are a bit tedious to cut out and sew. Also, they have been a super… Continue reading Zoo Animal Felt Puppets – Tutorial and Pattern

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Janie’s Knitted Sweater with Hood (AKA Baby Gnome Sweater)

My grandma Janie knitted this adorable hooded baby sweater for Elise. Of course, I had to get her pattern and try it for myself. One of its distinguishing features is the zipper that runs the length of the back, from top to bottom. This allows you to zip your babies in without pulling it over… Continue reading Janie’s Knitted Sweater with Hood (AKA Baby Gnome Sweater)

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Knitting Abbreviations and Tutorials

In preparation for two upcoming blog posts I am working on (Dec 5: Knitted Baby Sweater with Hood, and Dec 9: Mittens Three Ways), I thought references to abbreviations that appear in the patterns as well some tutorial videos would be helpful for new or infrequent knitters. Instead of trying to pack them into my blog posts, I will just link back here for reference.  This would a good page to bookmark! Continue reading “Knitting Abbreviations and Tutorials”