Socks x 4

Socks x 4

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

I’m so excited to travel this weekend. Long flights means lots of knitting time and fun with family! This week I finish a pair of baby socks, show some love to holiday-weekend WIPs, release my first sock pattern, and discuss my favorite shows. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

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These adorable baby socks are an upcoming pattern from Lauren Slagle of Lolodidit. They are called the “Baby Airplane Socks” because they’re so quick you could knit them during a flight. I made the 9-12 months size in Lolodidit’s “The Quibbler” and “Beauxbatons” in her Lo’rigional base (MCM). It was fun to test these for Lauren and have another quick baby knit in the gift arsenal!


WIP’s- Focus Projects

This week I’ve been focused on a new design {the next pattern in my Fall Means Football Collection} and my August socks. I’ve got some knitting time coming up this holiday weekend though! We are flying to Oregon tonight, and with a 3-hour layover in San Francisco, I’ll have tons of knitting time– provided I can stay awake! Sunday we will make the 4+ hour drive to Seattle- more knitting time. Monday we have another long flight home. So much knitting time.

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“Waffle Creams” by Anne Hanson

This WIP segment is brought to you by future WIPs. I’m definitely bringing along my August socks- Waffle Creams by Anne Hanson. I hope to finish them over the weekend.

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“Go Ducks” by Sunrise Fiber Co.

I’m planning to start my September socks as well! These will be a vanilla pair to show off the micro-striping of the “Go Ducks” colorway from Sunrise Fiber Co. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the football season than by knitting on some Oregon football socks in Oregon!

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Close-up of the garter goodness that is the Canyon cardigan by Devin Ventre.

I’m also planning to give my Canyon cardigan lots of love. I was gung ho on this project for the first week {way back in May}, but then I’ve just been off the sweater mojo. I really want to wear a brand-new hand-knit sweater this fall. I really, really want it to be this beautiful over-sized one out of Suburban Stitcher “Cinder”- because you can never have enough gray cardigans!


Something New

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My 40-Yard Dash sock pattern has arrived! I’m so excited to publish my first knitting pattern this week. I got the idea for a team-themed pattern collection way back in the spring of this year. Looking through patterns on Ravelry, you’ll see a lot of stripes and clunky patterns for two-color fanwear. I wasn’t into it!

The purpose of the Fall Means Football- Subtle Fanwear Collection is to provide two-color patterns that you can knit to represent your favorite team. However, I wanted the patterns to be subtle enough that you could knit them in any color and still love them!

I’m so excited to have this collection going. I’ve got two more ideas ready to go for this fall. I’m working on a design right now that will be released at the end of September. I have a third pattern that will release at the end of October! I hope to add to the collection again next fall too.


What God’s Teaching Me

A million dreams are keeping me awake. Ah don’t you love the songs from The Greatest Showman? I dream every day of making knitting my full-time job… rather getting to design, blog, Instagram, and craft every day without worrying about making an income- that’s the real dream!

With work being new, busy, and well… work, I’ve felt myself getting discouraged lately. I’m starting to interpret more situations through a negative lens rather than a neutral or a positive one.

I think one of the reasons I love knitting so much is because I find the challenging parts fun, not frustrating. With my craft, I’m likely to say, “That’s different and I want to try it!”, but in other areas of my life I’m wary of change.

A sweet Instagram friend shared a quote on her feed this week:

There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don’t expect yourself to do so either.

So through this time I keep talking to God, “Lord, I know there is purpose in this uneasy time. Where am I needing to be trimmed back? In what areas are you growing me? Teach me how to the good in all situations.”

So right now I’m not sure what God is teaching me, but I know that it is good.


What We’re Cooking

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I LOVE berries. They’re absolutely my favorite fruit- raspberries in particular… but man do they spoil quickly. I like to bring raspberries and blueberries in my work lunches, but I kept getting frustrated that I had to either wash the fruit each night or suffer from mold if I prepped them all at the beginning of the week.

A quick Google search led me to the Momables post called “The Trick to Making Fresh Berries Last!” Umm… sold! Laura suggests a white vinegar and water bath for blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. And guess what? She tells us not to wash our raspberries- thank goodness! I’ve always thought that rinsing raspberries made them mushy and took away flavor, but now I have a witness.

I didn’t have any white vinegar, so I took the lazy approach of using hot water. Both fruits lasted the whole week! {I didn’t cut the strawberries until the night before.} My blueberries were great the whole week. I almost feel like rinsing them in hot water allowed the berries to be their most juicy, intense flavor right away instead of some being a bit tart as they mature. The strawberries were normal the first day, but quickly got a rubbery texture. They weren’t spoiled, but they might be a bit funny for some people. Next I’d like to try it the proper wayas Laura suggests with vinegar!

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I cooked one my favorites this week- Tamale Bake. It’s an easy recipe as most of its ingredients come from a can, but I like that I have a lot of control over the amounts I add to the bake. I completely forgot to buy cornbread mix when I went to the store, but luckily we had corn meal in the pantry. I quickly made some cornbread from scratch. It was much simpler than I thought! This resulted in the fluffiest Tamale Bake we’ve ever had. Sometimes mistakes can lead to good things.

I decided to make two casseroles this time- one to freeze and one to eat this week. The one I put in the freezer had just the meat mixture. I’ll add the cornbread on top when I’m ready to bake it. This easy and yummy recipe has become one of my favorite meals!


What I’m Reading

I’m still reading the same old thing {Warcraft- Day of the Dragon} and I probably will be for a good long time. So, let’s talk about something else here- television!

Although I don’t think I watch more TV than most, I do watch a lot of television- that’s encompassing all screen time with Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Instagram stories. The only show I watch on “real TV” is Live PD on Friday and Saturday night. I just love it!

Kent and I have been keeping up with America’s Got Talent. We usually watch it on Hulu the day after it airs so that we don’t have any commercials. Now that they’re showing performance and results shows we like to save them both to watch in the same night.

My current Netflix show is Once Upon a Time. I like to come up on a trend several years too late… so you’ll often find me watching things that everyone was raving about long ago. I watch a few episodes each week since when I can squeeze it in. Kent and I share our TV time at night with each other and he doesn’t watch this show.

Together we just finished The Good Place. I can’t wait for the next season to start! Kristin Bell is just hilarious. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new comedy. You can find seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix and new episodes (when it starts back in late September) on Hulu.

In preparing for some long flights, I’ve downloaded a few things onto my iPad from Netflix. Magic for Humans is a new-to-me show. It makes me laugh so much! I found a Netflix original rom-com called Set It Up that we’ll see if I can make it through… it might be terrible. I also downloaded the first couple episodes of Jessica Jones to see if I will like it and The Crown in case Jessica Jones is too violent for me. Flights are such a great time to try new shows. I’ll be knitting too of course!


Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Fri-yay Giveaways

Fri-yay Giveaways

Lovely readers, I’m not sure if I’ve ever been so happy for it to be Fri-yay!

This has been a busy week and I can feel the tension right between my shoulder blades. I’m not sure if I should go home and straight to sleep or if I should knit all night- what do you think? This week I work on some socks, host two Instagram giveaways, discuss mistakes, and cook some fresh food. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

While I haven’t finished anything this week, my beautiful test-knitters for the “40-Yard Dash” pattern {coming August 30th} have started to finish their socks!

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I adore these shorties my friend Rebecca made. Her colors are just lovely.

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And how cool are these that Alex finished? She opted for a third color- so creative.

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Fran has also finished her Harry Potter-inspired pair!


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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“Waffle Creams” by Anne Hanson

My August socks are working up beautifully! I just love the elongated cable running down the side and the texture of the broken rib. I had a bit of trouble with the cable at first. Usually I’m a cable-without-a-cable-needle kind of gal, but that just wouldn’t work for this one. You have to do a bit more rearranging of the stitches than the usual cable. Now that I’ve got them going, I’m love the rhythm of knit one, purl one. Hopefully I can finish them as close to the end of August as possible!

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I started another pair of socks this weekend in preparation for the movies. Not too long ago, I finished my long-term movie project {this hat}. We made plans to go to the movies this week and I started to panic! Oh what will I work on during those long hours?! See, if I don’t bring knitting I might zone out and I’ll definitely eat way too much popcorn.

So, with some knitting friends’ help I decided to cast on a pair of vanilla socks out of a super fun colorway from KnittedWit“Go Nuts for Donuts”. I bought this skein at Cozy when I visited Oregon earlier this summer. This is a very heavy fingering weight so I went up to a US #2 needle and cut my stitch count down to 56. I’ve got my toe knit and I’m all ready to jump in the car and go to the movies!


Something New

My crafty-business-woman-inspiration, Toni Lipsey, is hosting a crochet-along. She is the designer behind the amazing Flatiron Shawl {you know, the one I made two of!}. Toni’s designed another beautiful shawl for this crochet along- and guess what?

Registration opens today!

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My yarn choice for the Coles River Crochet Along!

The CAL is called the Coles River Crochet Along and you can find all the details here. I’ve picked out this beautiful skein of lavender Galler Yarns alpaca that my sweet husband bought for me when he was traveling from Charleston to Tennessee.

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Enter to win this “En Vacances” kit on my Instagram feed.

Big news! Last week I hit 500 followers on Instagram, so I’m celebrating with two giveaways. {You will need to go over to Instagram to enter.} The first is an amazing kit I found at Bliss Yarns during my trip this summer. This includes a skein of yarn from Big Sky Yarn Company, a bag from Erin.Lane Bags, and a set of stitch marker from C’est Lea. You can find details for this giveaway in my post from Wednesday- this giveaway closes tonight at 10 PM (CT 8/24/18)!

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Enter to win this beautiful skein on my IGTV channel!

The second giveaway is sponsored by Big Sky Yarn Company. Sweet Cassie sent me a beautiful skein of fingering weight in her “Music Row” colorway just for my Instagram followers! This giveaway is open until Tuesday, August 28th at 10 PM (CT)To enter, leave a comment on my IGTV episode {WIP Wednesday- Eight} telling me your favorite colorway from Big Sky Yarn Co. Make sure to follow Cassie on Instagram too!


What God’s Teaching Me

Wow. This week has been… well, a week. My brain is so full of all-the-things that I’ve made some major mistakes this week. Want to hear them?

Well… first I put the hose in the pool and turned on the water about 6 o’clock Sunday evening… then promptly forgot. Thank goodness our maintenance guy came by early Monday morning and turned it off- we would have had some serious damage from the overflow!

And why not flood the hot tub too while I’m at it? After saving our house from pool-water damage… our guy let us know to fill our hot tub. This time I was sure to set a timer… and yet the time was too long and I filled the hot tub to the brim. We couldn’t even put the lid on until a few inches of water evaporated.

Of course, one of our toilets stopped working (not my fault, but still). I had to take my car in to the dealership Monday and Wednesday for repairs. Oh, and the real kicker? I thought I’d be proactive and use a baking soda odor treatment on my MIL’s rug. I vacuumed it away 15 minutes later… and for a few panicked moments, I thought I’d stripified this very expensive rug. Turns out it was already that way- phew.

With the busyness this week, I’ve been inclined to more mistakes and more anxiety than usual. I typically pride myself on having my ducks in a row. My sweet husband even said that there was no way I had left the water running in the pool all night because I never do things like that… well, now that’s not the case.

When I hopped in my car this Friday morning to drive to work {I totally thought it was Saturday, so I was running a bit behind, too} a song came on the radio- “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury.

Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God… I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, yet You give Yourself away.

I just felt this flood of relief at the words of this song. God loves me. He doesn’t care that I’m not completing my to-do list at work at the end of each day. It doesn’t matter to him that I haven’t been able to comment back to everyone on my giveaway post on Instagram. He’s not concerned that I fell asleep at 8 o’clock on Wednesday night after inhaling chips and salsa for dinner.

God loves me recklessly. No matter my mistakes or failures.

God loves you without abandon. Take the time to pause and feel his love rush over you before you start your busy weekend. Doesn’t it feel great that you don’t have to perform for the, Lord?


What We’re Cooking

As a side to my lunches this week, I whipped up some cooked spinach, tomatoes, and carrots. I liked it so much that I think I’ll make it again next week!

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For breakfast this week, I had a favorite- overnight oats. I use a ratio of 1 part milk and yogurt to 2 parts old-fashioned oats then usually add a little of whatever I need to get the consistency I like {2 c. oats; 1 c. milk; 1 c. Greek yogurt}. I emphasize old-fashioned oats because this week I goofed and used quick-cooking oats… yeah. It totally doesn’t have the same ratio of ingredients or even taste- ugh. I powered through though! Next week I’ll get it right.

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Kent grilled salmon and asparagus for us one night. Did I get a picture of that? Nope! I did get a picture of the potatoes he roasted. Yummy!


What I’m Reading

I’m still chugging away at Day of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak. It’s getting easier to read now as I’m learning the characters. Kent and I watched the Warcraft movie last weekend as well. It’s fun to dive into a whole new world! I mean… I’m not getting all the vibes like I did the first time I read the Harry Potter, but it’s still fun!

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Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Fiber Friends and Fear

Fiber Friends and Fear

Thank goodness it’s Friday!

This week I finish a couple things and start a couple more. I share my interview with my husband for the Fiber Friends Tag. I talk about fear, food, and Warcraft. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

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“40-Yard Dash” socks coming August 30th!

I’ve finished my second pair of 40-Yard Dash socks- my first knitting pattern coming out August 30th! These are a football-themed pair of socks. The colors represent my college, University of Tennessee. The crazy bright orange was dyed specially for my LYS in Tennessee {Bliss Yarns] by Spartickes Dyes. It’s even called “UT Vols”. Unfortunately, I don’t believe she is dyeing any longer. I’m glad I got to use this special skein of “gaudy” orange.

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Rainbow “Flatiron Shawl” by Toni Lipsey

I also finished my second Flatiron Shawl by Toni Lipsey. This is an amazing, sparkly, rainbow version and I’m OBSESSED. Toni’s pattern is simple, yet engaging because of the fading and color changes. I’ve already made two, but another could be in the future! Perhaps a summer weight one next year… hmm.

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All five patterns in the Back to School Collection.

Additionally, I wrapped up my Back to School Crochet Collection last week. You can find each pattern with a photo tutorial by going to my most recent blog posts. Or you can purchase the one-page printable versions on Ravelry.


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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As it’s mid-August, I figured I should probably start my August socksWaffle Creams by Anne Hanson. I’m using a beautiful lavender merino by Ella Rae that I have left after making my mom some gloves last Christmas. The pattern is a simple broken rib with a small cable running down both sides of the leg. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll put in my usual Fish Lips Kiss Heel or stick with the heel flap and gusset from the pattern.

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“Snowy Mountains” stocking by Ursula Almeida.

I’ve started my second Christmas stocking- Snowy Mountains by Ursula Almeida {first one here}. My goal was to finish both stockings before the school year started… but here we are, oops! This stocking is for me and I know I’ll still finish it before Christmas. Since fair-isle isn’t great for TV knitting, I plan to take this stocking with me to knit night each Thursday. We’ll see how long it takes to finish it that way!


Something New

Have you seen the Fiber Friends Tag going around on YouTube? Essentially it’s a questionnaire about yarn, knitting, and crochet for podcasters to ask their husbands. As you can imagine, it results in a lot of laughs! I recommend the Yarn Hoarder’s interview with her husband Rick and Suburban Stitcher’s hilarious one with her husband Josh.

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I was so excited that when I asked Kent to jump on camera with me and talk about yarn… and he said YES! You can find our Fiber Friends Tag on my IGTV channel on Instagram. It’s split into three 10-minute segments (per Instagram time restrictions).

We had a lot of fun doing the interview! Usually it’s Kent in front of the camera and me tagging along. A huge part of his job is to record and upload video content. It was fun to switch roles and see him be a little uncomfortable. He warmed right up of course!

You can find our video by going to my Instagram profile- @knittynatty. At this time you do have to view it through the Instagram app. I hope you enjoy!


What God’s Teaching Me

Fear can be two things: an indicator or a motivator.

I heard the brilliant Brittany from B.hooked quote this on her podcast this week. {I’m way behind so I’ve been binge-listening.} I was so intrigued by this mindset. Fear can be a good thing? The only other place that I’ve heard fear described a positive quality is in the Bible.

Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments. Psalm 112:1

Fear. I’ve always thought of fear as meaning that you were afraid, and in turn, possibly cowardice. Fear is scary. Fear is shameful. Fear is not good. Stay away from fear!

However, this week I was given a whole new perspective on fear. Let’s go back to Brittany’s belief that fear can indicate. When we approach a any situation, it’s likely that we have some apprehension. Perhaps the circumstances are new or challenging or they could be wrong for us. That little gut feeling is our body saying “pay attention!”. Listen to what your fear is telling you. I love that approach. Instead of shying away when something is scaring us, we dig in and make appropriate decisions.

Fear can be a motivator. Right… fear motivates me to turn around and run the other way! But, I don’t think that’s the intention of fear. Once we’ve internally processed our concern, our fear should push us to action. Are we staying and pushing through the challenge? Are we letting this go and pursuing another path? We can’t just stay put or our fear will build into anxiety.

What is scaring you right now? Is it your job? Your relationships? Yourself?

Why is that fear there and what is it telling you? Step up? Move on? Shake the fear and just do it?

He will bless those who fear the LORD. The small together with the great. Psalm 115:13

And then, there’s the fear of the LORD. Lord is in all caps in the Bible verse above because this translation of “LORD”  means “Yahweh” {I’m simplifying, don’t get too scholarly here!}. When the Bible uses LORD, it’s using the most proper pronoun for God. It indicates the all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving qualities of God. Yahweh means “I am”.

Fear in the case God means reverencethe kind of deep respect and abidance that the most trusting followers give. You know, like who devote themselves to a celebrity or politician and read their words as truth. Except, we can put our trust in God completely and know that he won’t fail us.

So when I’m feeling fearful I’m now thinking through these perspectives. I’m stopping to analyze what my fear indicates, then making a choice as to what my fear will motivate me to do, and filtering this decision through my love and fear of the LORD.

Fear is good.


What We’re Cooking

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Last week during the madness of back-to-school, Kent took over some of the cooking {Sonic took over the rest- haha!}. He made this elaborate Jamaican-themed meal. He blended his own jerk sauce to marinate the chicken. The rice and peas and cabbage are all from scratch. He even fried homemade festival bread! I was so impressed and it was all delicious.

This past weekend it was rainy and cool. It couldn’t have been a more perfect knitting weekend. When I felt the need to bake, I looked for a simple cookie recipe with a little bit of sweet. These Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies have only five ingredients- six if you count the chocolate chips I added. At first I was worried because the batter looks more like an energy bite than a cookie, but they came out great! And, these stay soft and chewy for days.

I set off the fire alarm one night while making this Lemon Pepper Chicken… oops. I still haven’t quite got the whole “cook in a pan without charring things” down yet. The chicken came out great, but the bits of flour and lemon pepper burned in the oil. Combined with the smoke coming off the broccoli and sweet potatoes each time I opened the oven, our kitchen smelled like we were still cooking for days. Now I know to keep the stove top fan on!

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Kent and I teamed up to make these steak fajitas on Wednesday. I marinated the flank steak the night before. I was very frustrated with the site where I found the recipe. When I made my grocery list I was able to look at both the ingredients list and the directions, so I bought everything I needed at the store. But when I went to make the marinade, the directions would pop up as a blank page- we had to wing it! Even though I marinated the meat whole, we cut it into strips before cooking it. Next time we’ll cook the meat whole to keep it tender. And of course, now that I’m looking at it a day later, the whole recipe pops up just fine. I think we will try these again and follow the directions completely!


What I’m Reading

If you or your significant other are a Warcraft fan, you know it was a big week in the World. I’m not a gamer, but my husband has played WOW since its inception. To prepare for the new expansion, we had to buy Mountain Dew in every flavor, Doritos, candy, and get Taco Bell for dinner… because that’s just what you do when you game!

Needless to say, I’ve been learning a lot about this game as Kent has been excitedly chatting about it for weeks. I don’t mind one bit, because he listens to me talk about knitting and crochet all the time. The World of Warcraft is really intriguing, and after learning that there are books, I thought they could be right up my alley.

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Therefore, I’ve started reading what I think is the first World of Warcraft novel, Day of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak. My book is a massive paperback that includes four Warcraft novels. You can’t get these as Kindle editions, people- I’ve checked! So far I like it, which is a good thing, since there are dozens more to keep me reading for years.


Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Tiny Dots Bucket | Back to School Crochet Collection

Tiny Dots Bucket | Back to School Crochet Collection

I couldn’t forget the teachers this week! These cute little buckets will hold any school supply.

A cute little bucket to hold whatever you can dream up! These make the perfect teacher gift. Mrs. Smith can put her paper clips, rubber bands, or special treats in this bowl. You only need tiny bits of your leftover dishcloth cotton to crochet this beauty. The color possibilities are endless!

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My life’s work is to be as organized and efficient as possible. This is especially true at work, but I still want my area to look pretty. This tiny basket is contemporary and functional. I’ve got paper clips in one now since I’m constantly grabbing them.

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A simple basket alongside a gift card or box of colorful paperclips is the perfect gift for a teacher. You know you want to get on their good side at the beginning of the year! My suggestion is the last day of the first week of school… your child’s teacher will be mentally and physically exhausted- but they will remember such a kind gesture.

The pattern is below with a full picture tutorial. Remember, you can find a printable one-page PDF of the pattern in my Ravelry store here. Each pattern this week is just $1!

Additionally, you can now purchase the full collection {all five patterns} for $3.


MATERIALS:

~ 11-13 grams of worsted weight cotton in Color 1

~ 4-6 grams of worsted weight cotton in Color 2

~ 2-3 grams of worsted weight cotton in Color 3

~ 4.0mm (G) crochet hook

GAUGE: 3.5 single crochets in the round to 1 inch. Gauge is not super important, but please make sure you are close so that you do not run out of yarn!

FINISHED SIZE: 3” in diameter, 2” tall

Use the hashtags #backtoschoolcrochet and #knittynattydesigns to tag your photos on Instagram!


Pattern:

Weigh your yarn to make sure you have enough for the Tiny Dots Bucket.

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With Color 1, begin with a magic circle.

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Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc 6 into circle. Cinch the magic circle. Join with a sl st to first sc. – 6 sc

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Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc inc in each sc around. {That’s two sc in each sc!} Join with a sl st to first sc. – 12 sc

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Rnd 3: Ch 1, *sc 1, sc inc; repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. – 18 sc

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Rnd 4: Ch 1, *sc 2, sc inc; repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. – 24 sc

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Rnd 5: Ch 1, *sc 3, sc inc; repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. – 30 sc

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Rnd 6: Ch 1, *sc 4, sc inc; repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. – 36 sc You can see how hexagonal it is now!

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Work round 7 only through the back loops.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, *sc 4 tbl, sc dec tbl; repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. – 30 sc

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Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. – 30 sc

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Join Color 2. DO NOT CUT Color 1.

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Rnds 9-11: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. – 30 sc

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Join Color 1, carrying loosely inside bucket. Cut Color 2.

Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. – 30 sc.

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Join Color 3. DO NOT CUT Color 1.

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Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 1, sk 1, *sc in next sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st to first sc. – 30 sc 

Join Color 1, carrying loosely inside bucket. Cut Color 3.

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Rnd 14: Ch 2, sk 1 sc, *hdc in skipped sc one row below, ch 1, sk 1 sc; repeat from * to last skipped sc. Hdc in last skipped sc one row below, ch 1.

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Join with  sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch-2.

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Celebrate your teachers!

One-page printable PDF available here. Five-pattern bundle here!


Check back tomorrow for the first pattern in the Back to School Crochet Collection!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Dinosaur Tails {Fidget Toy} | Back to School Crochet Collection

Dinosaur Tails {Fidget Toy} | Back to School Crochet Collection

Dinosaur Tails are the ultimate fidget toy. They’re quick, colorful, and fun!

A quiet fiddle toy- one that you’re not upset if they lose because it takes 10 minutes to make! These adorable dino tails can be spikey or loopy. Your kids will love to touch the soft cotton and feel the texture of the yarn. They can keep it in their pocket and hold onto it when they need to lower their energy. Of course, you might want to talk with your child’s teacher about the dinosaur tails first!

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2017. The year of the fidget spinner. Did you know that many schools have a policy that bans fidget spinners now? As a former classroom teacher, I just can’t stand them! They’re loud, bulky, and a great source of grief when they are inevitably lost. Don’t you worry, because I have a solution for those wiggles!

These dino tails are inspired by a student I met last year. Some way, some how this student ALWAYS had a length of yarn. Her teacher would confiscate a blue one before lunch and after recess a pink one would appear. This child is wicked smart- she just can’t stop moving!

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So these dinosaur are for you, sweet, sweet wiggler. They curl up in a disc that can go in your child’s jacket pocket. They’ve got loops and spikes that little fingers will love to poke. They’re light and soft and won’t bang on the ground when dropped. And when they lose them? Who cares! They take 10 minutes to make and a tiny bit of yarn. My guess is that if you invest your child in their color choices they will hang onto it for longer.

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Disclaimer: Please talk to your child’s teacher about their Dinosaur Tail. Explain why you made it for them. Come to an agreement with your child and teacher about the rules for their fidget toy- my suggestion is that it stays in their pocket and if they use it more like a toy and don’t do their work it has to stay home.

The pattern is below with a full picture tutorial. Remember, you can find a printable one-page PDF of the pattern in my Ravelry store here. Each pattern this week is just $1!


MATERIALS:

~ 4-6 grams of worsted weight cotton in color one

~ 4-6 grams of worsted weight cotton in color two

~ 3.5mm (F) crochet hook

GAUGE: 4 single crochets to 1 inch. Gauge is not super important, but please make sure you are close so that you do not run out of yarn!

FINISHED SIZE: 4 inches when stretched

Use the hashtags #backtoschoolcrochet and #knittynattydesigns to tag your photos on Instagram!


Pattern:

Weigh your yarn to make sure you have enough for the Dinosaur Tails.

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Chain 15.

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Row 1: Sc inc in second ch from hook and each ch across. – 28 sc That’s two single crochets in each chain. Your work should already start curling like a tail!

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Row 2: Ch 1, sc inc in each sc across. – 56 sc This will double your stitch count a second time- more curling!

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Pick one of the following for Row 3. 

Row 3, Option 1- Loops

With Color 2, ch 1, *sc 1, ch 3, sk 1 sc; repeat to last two sts, sc 2. (Blue line in second picture shows skipped stitch.)

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Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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Row 3, Option 2- Spikes

With Color 2, Ch 1, sc, *sl st in next sc, sc in next sc, ch 4, sl st in third ch from hook, ch 1, sc in next sc; repeat from * to last sc, sc 1.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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Happy fidgeting!

One-page printable PDF available here.


Check back tomorrow for the last pattern in the Back to School Crochet Collection!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Lunchtime Napkins | Back to School Crochet Collection

Lunchtime Napkins | Back to School Crochet Collection

The Lunchtime Napkin is like a permanent love note. With care in every stitch, your child will think of you each time he uses it… well, one can hope!

The perfect size for small lunch boxes and little hands- make these Lunchtime Napkins for your kids in under an hour! What’s better than that? This pattern is designed to use up those leftover scraps from dishcloths. Also, cotton is 100% machine wash and dry-able, so they can get them dirty over and over again!

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Was anyone else the child that wished their mom put a note in their lunch box like those moms do in movies? I’m not trying to shame my beautiful and wonderful mom, but a daily note is probably NOT anyone’s reality. What you can do is show your child a little bit of love each day with these handmade napkins.

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These whip up so quickly- between 30 minutes and an hour’s time! Have your little one pick out their favorite colors from your leftovers bin and enjoy your scraft while making them happy too! Or… make a few for yourself *wink, wink*. I know I’ll use mine- they’re the perfect size to flip a coffee cup over to dry or to act as a giant coaster.

The pattern is below with a full picture tutorial. Remember, you can find a printable one-page PDF of the pattern in my Ravelry store here. Each pattern this week is just $1!


MATERIALS:

~ 5-7 grams of worsted weight cotton in Color 1

~ 5-7 grams of worsted weight cotton in Color 2

~ 5-7 grams of worsted weight cotton in Color 3

~ 4.0mm (G) crochet hook

GAUGE: 3.5 half double crochets to 1 inch. Gauge is not super important, but please make sure you are close so that you do not run out of yarn!

FINISHED SIZE: 5.5 x 4.5 inches

Use the hashtags #backtoschoolcrochet and #knittynattydesigns to tag your photos on Instagram!


Pattern:

Weigh your yarn to make sure you have enough for the Lunchtime Napkins.

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With Color 1 ch 22.

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Row 1: Hdc in third ch from hook and each ch across. – 20 hdc.

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Rows 2-4: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across. – 20 hdc.

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Join Color 2. I like to join the next color at the end of the row of the previous color. To do this, make the last hdc on Row 4, but before pulling through all three loops, wrap Color 2 on your hook and pull through all three loops with Color 2. The new color is joined! Cut Color 1.

Rows 5-8: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across. – 20 hdc.

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Join Color 3. I like to join the next color at the end of the row of the previous color. To do this, make the last hdc on Row 8, but before pulling through all three loops, wrap Color 3 on your hook and pull through all three loops with Color 3. The new color is joined! Cut Color 2.

Rows 9-12: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across. – 20 hdc.

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Bon appetit!

One-page printable PDF available here.


Check back tomorrow for the next pattern in the Back to School Crochet Collection!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Pencil Grip | Back to School Crochet Collection

Pencil Grip | Back to School Crochet Collection

This Pencil Grip is the ultimate stash buster. Make it in all of your favorite colors!

A simple pencil grip to personalize your student’s school gear. These things whip up so fast that you’ll want to make them in all of your child’s favorite colors! The best part? You can use up those little bits of dishcloth cotton you’ve been hanging onto. It’s a win-win!

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A couple weeks ago I attended a week long training about teaching children with dyslexia. A huge component of the training was writing… IN CURSIVE! Cursive letters are nearly impossible to reverse as each letter is connected within a word. We didn’t have to take the instructor’s word for it; we got to practice our cursive letters and turn them in as homework! I even had to redo mine and turn it in a second time.

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It was a no-nonsense training as you can probably tell! However, at the end of the week the facilitator brought out a bucket of pencil grips. There were fuzzy ones and jelly ones. There were cylinder shapes and ones with cups for your fingers. They were all colorful. She said that, as teachers, we should make writing as fun as possibleAbsolutely! Writing shouldn’t be a chore. With these soft and quick pencil grips, writing will be a pleasure.

The pattern is below with a full picture tutorial. Remember, you can find a printable one-page PDF of the pattern in my Ravelry store here. Each pattern this week is just $1!


MATERIALS:

~ 3-5 grams of worsted weight cotton

~ 3.5mm (F) crochet hook

GAUGE: 4 single crochets to 1 inch. Gauge is not super important, but please make sure you are close so that you do not run out of yarn!

FINISHED SIZE: 2.5 inches long

Use the hashtags #backtoschoolcrochet and #knittynattydesigns to tag your photos on Instagram!


Pattern:

Weigh your yarn to make sure you have enough for the Pencil Grip.

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Chain 11.

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Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across. – 10 sc

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Rows 2-6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. – 10 sc

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Fasten off. Cut yarn leaving a tail long enough to seam long sides.

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Finishing:

Weave in shorter end.

Place a few swipes of hot glue on one side of the rectangle {indicated by black lines}. Take care to spread the hot glue as thin as possible to avoid bumps. Allow glue to dry completely.

Fold the rectangle in half with long sides together and glue on the inside.

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Using longer tail, seam the long sides of the rectangle with a whip stitch. You might want to use a metal darning needle for this step.

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Weave in end. This can be tricky! I found it best to weave the end on the outside of the pencil grip.

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You might need to roll the grip onto the pencil. Happy writing!

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One-page printable PDF available here.


Check back tomorrow for the next pattern in the Back to School Crochet Collection!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Easy Eraser | Back to School Crochet Collection

Easy Eraser | Back to School Crochet Collection

Easy Eraser is the very first design idea I had for the Back to School Crochet Collection. What child {or adult} doesn’t love a fun and simple school supply?!

This colorful eraser is perfect for little hands. Whether you’re making the eraser for your child or your student, you can customize the colors to match  his or her personality. These work great to wipe down personal dry-erase boards and fit nicely into a pencil box. The best part is… dishcloth cotton is 100% machine wash and dry-able. So make several for your little scholar and say NO to using old socks as erasers!

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As a former Kindergarten teacher I know what a nuisance the personal dry-erase boards can be. Sure they are perfect for working quick math problems or practicing sight words, but the maintenance– ugh! I would always purchase sweet little wooden and felt erasers at the beginning of the year… but by the end of the week, a little someone would start to pull the things apart. Out of frustration I would say, “Use your hand or your sleeve or a tissue!” What a waste. No more!

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I wish I had these cute little erasers in during the Kinder years. They are compact, colorful, oh… and so, so quiet. You can keep on re-using them because all they need is a quick bath once they get icky. Trust me, I’ve washed my own dishcloths out of Sugar and Cream on hot every week for years and they still look great!

The pattern is below with a full picture tutorial. Remember, you can find a printable one-page PDF of the pattern in my Ravelry store here. Each pattern this week is just $1!


MATERIALS:

~ 5-7 grams of worsted weight cotton in Color 1

~ 6-8 grams of worsted weight cotton in a Color 2

~ 4.0mm (G) crochet hook

GAUGE: 3.5 single crochets to 1 inch. Gauge is not super important, but please make sure you are close so that you do not run out of yarn!

FINISHED SIZE: 4 x 3 inches

 Use the hashtags #backtoschoolcrochet and #knittynattydesigns to tag your photos on Instagram!


Pattern:

Weigh your yarn to make sure you have enough for the Easy Eraser.

 

With Color 1 ch 13.

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Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across. – 12 sc.

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Rows 2-9: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. – 12 sc. Fasten off and cut yarn.

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With Color 2, ch 13. Then repeat rows 1-9 above. DO NOT CUT YARN.

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Attaching the rectangles:

Place the two rectangles together so that the chain edge of one rectangle is paired with the finished edge of the other rectangle. This will help when putting them together.

 

With Color 2 (still attached!), ch 1, then single crochet the two rectangles together by inserting hook into one strand from each rectangle, yarn over, pull through both strands, yarn over and pull through both loops.

 

 

When crocheting the short sides together, go in each row. You should come out with roughly 9 single crochets.

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When crocheting the long sides together, go under the OUTER leg of the finished stitch and chain loop of the chain edge. For my first long side I used the front leg of the finished stitch since it’s the outer most part- shown in pink below.

 

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Now crochet together the other short side. I found this to be the trickiest. Power through!

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Finally, crochet together the last side- a long side. This time the OUTER most leg was the back leg of the finished edge.

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Finish off with a sl st in the first sc.

 

 

Cut yarn. Weave in ends. You can just poke them inside between the two layers!

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Happy easy erasing!

One-page printable PDF available here.


Check back tomorrow for the next pattern in the Back to School Crochet Collection!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Back to School Crochet Collection- Materials

Hello all! This week on the blog I’ll release a new crochet pattern EACH day. All patterns will be “back-to-school” themed and designed to use up scrap cotton.

Here’s what you need to know!

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Gather your tools: leftover scrap cotton, a scale for weighing scraps, size F and G crochet hooks, a ruler for measuring gauge, scissors, and a darning needle. That’s it!

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Scrap worsted weight cotton. You know all those dishcloths that used most of a ball of Sugar and Cream, but not all of it… that’s what these projects are designed for! So gather all those tiny balls of Peaches and Creme, Sugar and Cream, whatever worsted weight cotton you have and get your hooks ready!

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Kitchen scale. I use this glass kitchen scale that I bought originally at Target and my compact scale from Amazon ALL. THE. TIME. They’ve become one of my most used knitting and crochet tools! You’ll use a scale this week to determine if you have enough left of scrap to use for pattern. Most of the scraps you’ll need are between 5-10 grams.

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Size F and G crochet hooks. Three patterns use a 4.0mm size G crochet hook and the other two will use a 3.5mm size F hook. These Clover Armour hooks are my absolute favorite! You can find them at your local craft store, but Amazon has the best price.

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Ruler for gauge. Although gauge will be listed, it’s not so important that you get it exactly right, just close enough so that you don’t run out of yarn. I like to use a rigid ruler when I’m measuring gauge. I like that this one from KnitPicks is clear.

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Scissors and darning needle. You’ll need sharp scissors to snip those ends and a darning needle to weave them in. My preference for weaving in ends with crochet are these plastic large-eye needles from Susan Bates. They speed up my time weaving in ends because I don’t have to force the 4-ply cotton through a tiny eye. With crochet, I don’t need to be as accurate when weaving so the fact that the needle tip isn’t super sturdy doesn’t bother me. There is one seamed item that you might desire a metal darning needle.

Find the patterns each day here on my blog. If you like them, head to Ravelry to purchase a printable version for just $1! At the end of the week, all the patterns will be available as a collection for $3. I hope you enjoy them!


Check back tomorrow for the first pattern in the Back to School Crochet Collection!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Socks and Scraps

Socks and Scraps

I have an exciting pattern announcement!

This week I finish a pair of socks, get a collection of patterns ready to publish, upgrade my organization, learn more about maintaining a positive attitude, and fail miserably at cooking. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

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Finished 40-Yard Dash socks- fraternal twins!

I finished my first pair of 40-Yard Dash socks this week. This pattern is set to release August 30th in celebration of the first weekend of college football. The 40-Yard Dash socks are textured in the front and ribbed on the back of the leg. I absolutely love mine! I made this pair “fraternal twins”- meaning that the contrast colors are opposite for each sock.

I’ll share more details about the pattern as its release date approaches. I’m super excited for my first sock pattern to release!


WIP’s- Focus Projects

Next week the kids come back to school- ah!!! Try not to panic. To celebrate, I’m releasing a FREE pattern each day- right here on the blog. The Back-to-School Collection will feature five small projects for your children or students to use at school. Each project uses 15 grams or less of Sugar and Cream Cotton. These little items are perfect for using up all those dishcloth scraps!

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Cotton scraps for the Back-to-School Collection.

I’ve been working this past week on designing, reproducing, taking pictures and writing the patterns for the Back-to-School CollectionI’m keeping each project a surprise until it’s release day, so make sure to follow me here and on Instagram to see them first! You can also purchase a printable PDF of each pattern for $1 on Ravelry. At the end of the week, I’ll put the whole collection {five patterns} in a bundle for just $3!

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Second pair of 40-Yard Dash socks.

Between designs I’ve been working on my second pair of 40-Yard Dash socks. These were actually my original prototype. They are a bold, bright orange for my alma mater- the University of Tennessee. When I realized that not many people would love the crazy orange like me, I decided to switch my model to a more neutral navy and gray. Now that the model is done, I can work on the socks that represent my team pride! This sock pattern is set to release on Thursday, August 30th– the first weekend of college football.


Something New

I’ve always been an organized person, but this week I found myself trying a new strategy. I decided to make a weekly calendar that maps out my goals for each week. The calendar has all the tasks I hope to accomplish with room to fill in the details, since the week’s priorities can change.

My hope in making a calendar this way was to find balanceI’ve never made a calendar a format like this, one that let’s me look at my whole day to see if I’ve put too many tasks in a time frame. Making my calendar simple enough to fit on one page let me see the week as a whole and shuffle tasks around so that each day wouldn’t be overwhelming.

The key to this kind of organization is to think about what things you wish you were doing each week- like working out, cooking fresh meals, staying on top of chores, etc. Write them all down and find your main categories. Mine were household, health, beauty, media, spiritual, knit/crochet, and social.

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Here’s a teensy snip of my calendar with categories on the side and days across the top.

Then assign all the tasks you want to do to a day of the week. Take a deep breath and look at your calendar as a whole. Are you trying to do too many household items on a day you have book club, after-school tutoring, and gym time? Can you scoot some items around to make each day realistic and achievable?

Once you find balance you create the mental space for flexibility. I know that I won’t do every single thing every bit perfect every week. Sometimes I might have a school event pop up after work on Thursday; but knowing what my goals are for Thursday evenings, I can plan to do those task the day before or after.

Having a plan puts me at ease. I talk more about this organization format in my Instagram stories- you can find it on my highlights here.


What God’s Teaching Me

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” – Psalm 51:10

This week I continued my study of attitude with a new plan called Improve Your Attitude from the Bible App. Day Two of the plan tells us that God looks at the state of our hearts. He doesn’t look at how clean our house is or how many likes we received on Instagram. God is in tune with our inner well-being.

I’ve been focusing so much on self-improvement and outer-organization before the school year starts because I know these processes keep me sane. What I haven’t taken the time to do is purify my heart and allow God to sooth my spirit.

When you’re a goal-oriented person like me, it’s hard not to make time with God another check mark on the daily to-do list. I love the feeling the green check on the Bible App gives me with each completed day of a plan! However, I’m not sure how to work on purifying and cleansing my heart.

Therefore, I just have to pray. Lord, show me where my heart is not pure. Reveal to me which areas of my life don’t align with your plans. Create in me the willingness to change. Grant me the desire to study your word.


What We’re Cooking

This week has been a major cooking FAIL. It took me until Tuesday to get a meal plan and grocery list to my husband {our resident shopper}. Then with his busy work schedule he couldn’t get to the store until late Wednesday night. Which resulted in Sonic on Tuesday and panic on Wednesday night.

Then Kent saved the day! He just told me not to worry about cooking the rest of the week. Wow. That’s love y’all. He went to the store, came home put the groceries away, and then cooked a delicious dinner {below}, and cleaned most everything up!

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Grilled cheese with cheddar, goat cheese, and jalapeno jelly and tomato soup.

I believe I’ve said before that when Kent cooks he doesn’t just put food on the table, he goes above and beyond. Wednesday we didn’t just have grilled cheese and tomato soup, oh no. We had grilled cheese with cheddar with a layer of goat cheese and bit of jalapeno pepper jelly- YUM. Kent even plates his food so it looks delicious too. Again… why do I even bother to cook?!

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Brownies from scratch.

There is one thing I managed to make right this week. While Kent is passionate about cooking, I’m in love with sweets. When the husband requested brownies and we didn’t have any mix in the pantry, I knew I could shine! This brownie recipe from Life Love Sugar really was easy. She made a point to develop a recipe that didn’t need any melting, saucepans, or unnecessary steps.

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So much sugar and oil!

Next time I make these I would consider using less sugar and oil or maybe more cocoa powder. There’s something just a bit too sweet and not chocolate-y enough for my sweet tooth. The other interesting thing about this recipes is the super particular measurements. 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp of baking powder… have you ever? That just tells me that the baker worked super hard to get the recipe just right. While I’d give them a 6 on flavor, the texture is a perfect 10!


What I’m Reading

I’m 80% of the way through with A Spool of Blue Thread, which means I should finish the book this weekend. I’m glad it’s not taking me another two weeks to complete it like I thought it would!

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I’ve already got my next book downloaded onto my Kindle- Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle GielanAll the teachers in my school district gathered on Wednesday for our back-to-school convocation. We had the pleasure of hearing Michelle speak about positivity. Since my devotional study the past two weeks have been about attitude, it couldn’t be more perfect that God had placed another message giver right in front of me. I loved Michelle’s message that our positive tone can set the stage for others. I can’t wait to share what I learn from this book!


Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty