Texture Times Two

Texture Times Two

Happy Saturday!

It’s been a productive two weeks! This week I finish two designs and a pair socks, put together a group of test knitters, work on my MKAL, pray about anger, and cook some delicious meals. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

This week I have two designs hot off the needles!

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My Big Sky Shawl {name pending} is finished! I used two skeins of Big Sky Yarn Co.’s Squish DK in the colorway “Hayride”. This yummy textured pattern is easy, but still interesting enough to keep you entertained. It’s perfect for featuring hand-dyed speckled or tonal yarns.

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I’ve also finished my last design {for this season} of the Fall Means Football Collection– an adorable hat! This hat features simple colorwork with a memorizable repeat. I chose a lovely singles base (Tosh Merino Light) for that extra plump look for this fingering weight hat. I hope you will love it as much as I do!

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I have FINALLY finished my September socks. Thank goodness! These will be a Christmas present for my lovely mother-in-law. The yarn is by Sunrise Fiber Company is her “Ducks” colorway.


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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It’s the last week for the Texture Time MKAL. I’m quite a bit behind, but adoring this clue! Stephen West is so brilliant in his design. Again I’ve been challenged and I’m having a blast! You can find all my yarns linked here.


Something New

If you are interested in test-knitting patterns for Knitty Natty Designs, I have moved from Instagram calls to a tester application via Google Forms. {Soon I will have the CROCHET pattern tester application available.} I’ve written and tested a few patterns now and had a great experience! Now I’m ready to hone in on a smaller group of wonderful knitters that will know my style and requirements- and hopefully become good friends! If you’re interested in becoming a knit pattern tester, you can find the link here. {Initial testers have been picked, but as I need more I will move down the list.}


What God’s Teaching Me

I’ve found myself dealing with some anger and resentment this week. Ugh, that never feels good. Even when you have a good reason to be upset, don’t you wish you could just let things go?

Anger in the Bible seems to always be burning or hot… anger is meant to destroy.

The Bible teaches us to be slow to anger, but, man, that’s hard! Especially when frustrating situations trigger old wounds, my anger can ignite quickly.

But you, Lord, area compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

– Psalm 86:15

Lord, I give my anger to you. Replace my anger with love. Let me love others like you do, without fear of their intentions. Slow my anger and replace with compassion. Heal the fire in my heart.


What We’re Cooking

Last week I was so happy to cook exclusively from my Eat at Home subscription. I chose three meals and the dessert from the traditional plan. Before I went to the store, all I had to do was download the recipes and grocery list to my iPad. Then I just circled the three meals {out of six choices} we wanted to eat and used the pre-made list to shop. So easy! I’m actually excited to cook when it’s my turn again next week.

 

I had to start off the week with dessert of course! On Sunday night I started the peanut butter brownie pie. You first bake boxed brownies as the crust and must let it cool completely. Then Monday I finished the pie by making the filling and letting it refrigerate for a few hours. MMM it was so yummy! My grandma had a wonderful peanut butter recipe that used graham cracker crust and had a denser filling. I think I’ll have to keep making peanut butter pies until I can make one like hers!

On Monday and Tuesday we had salmon and veggies. The salmon was so quick and easy- it just had some butter, garlic, and parsley. I cut and peeled a butternut squash for the very first time {quite proud of myself for that!}. It was only the second time I’ve cut Brussels sprouts and Kent loved them! OMG did you know it was BrusselS sprouts not Brussel sprouts? Not me!

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Wednesday and Thursday we had our favorite meal of the week- sausage and potatoes. Eat at Home suggested that we have Brussels sprouts again, but I opted for broccoli. The potatoes and broccoli were so crispy and delicious!

The sausage gave me a bit of trouble though. I learned that I couldn’t slice them straight from the package, but that they needed to cook a bit first. So they cooked whole, then went back in the oven. Then I flipped them and cooked them more. Then sliced them and cooked them more. Next time I think I’ll brown them on the stove so I can get them sliced for their first round in the oven!

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The last meal of the week is this easy chicken pot pie. I cooked and shredded chicken a couple days before. Then all you have to do is combine ingredients in a casserole dish and bake! Next time I might try a buttery crust and a round pie dish to make it even tastier.


What I’m Reading

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I’ve read a bit further into The Girl with the Red Balloon. It’s a good book, but I’m not as eager to get to bed every night to read like I was with The Hate U Give. I’m only 20% through the book right now so there’s a good chance the book will heat up!


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

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Thistleberry and Texture Time

Thistleberry and Texture Time

Happy chilly Monday everyone!

It’s been a couple weeks and I have some things to share! This week I finish a crochet sweater, start a mystery knit, have my first LYS event, share some eats, and finish a book. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

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My Thistleberry Sweater is finished! She turned out so beautiful. I just love the ruffle detail of the pretty garment by Coco Crochet Lee. The pattern isn’t quite out yet, but it should be soon! I will link it on my Ravelry project page as soon as it’s out.

My sweater came out a bit long for me to seam it all the way. I ended up leaving a long split hem, which looks cute for this tunic like sweater! It would be super easy to adjust this sweater to a length that’s right for you.

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Overall, I’m just so proud of myself for all that I learned with this sweater. I know feel confident with post stitches and cables. I can say very confidently that I prefer wool to the acrylic that I chose for the garment- experience helps! The construction is quite simple, making this sweater great for intermediate crocheters who want to make their first garment.

I can’t wait to wear my sweater to all the holiday festivities in the months to come!


WIP’s- Focus Projects

My main project this week has been the Texture Time MKAL by Stephen West. Don’t worry! Only Clue 1 spoilers here. You can find the links to each yarn on my Ravelry project page.

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Most of Clue 1 finished!

My four colors plus my mohair look fabulous together {if I do say so myself}. I love that they are just melting into each other. My MC, Pinata from Stranded Dyeworks, dominated the first section. I’m so okay with that!

Like the Thistleberry Sweater, I feel like I’ve grown a lot with this project too. I’ve learned brioche decreases and increases, syncopated brioche, and to be chill with a bajillion ends {don’t know what the plan is for those yet, but I’m sure not weaving them in}. I’ve just started working on Clue 2 and it’s just as fun!


Something New

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Hanging out at McKinney Knittery.

This weekend I had an event at McKinney Knittery in McKinney, Texas. This LYS recently moved to space quadruple the size of their previous store. The shop was gorgeous! Ginger and her team already carried one of the best yarn selections in our area, so you can imagine what they have with more space.

I was so honored to be at guest at McKinney Knittery! This was my first event showcasing my patterns. I took with me copies of my 40-Yard Dash and Classic Bottle Cozy patterns {both from the Fall Means Football- Subtle Fanwear Collection}. I also worked on the third and final pattern for the collection {this season} while I was there. It was so much fun meeting local knitters that were excited to knit my patterns. I can’t wait to do it again!


What God’s Teaching Me

There are many, many things going on in my life right now and God is apart of all them. He is teaching and guiding and loving and reminding me that I am His every day.

I want to share a sweet story about a blessed situation that happened to me this past week. To prepare for my McKinney Knittery event, I went to Staples to purchase printed color copies of my patterns. Our printer at home definitely wasn’t up to the job! I knew that copies would be pricey and my profit margin for the patterns would be next to none- but that was okay because I was excited just to get myself out there and meet knitters!

But wouldn’t you know that God is watching out for us, because He hears our innermost desires.

The copy center was mega-busy, so the manager was helping out. Lucky for me, I got paired with the manager! Through polite conversation, she found out that I was a teacher. “We’ve got to take care of our teachers!” she said. I explained that I was there printing for my side hustle, and she chuckled, saying that you gotta have one if you’re a teacher. {I gotta have knitting and crochet for my soul!}

Long story short, I walked up to the register with a receipt stating a dollar amount nowhere near the stack of papers I carried. Out of the goodness of this women’s heart, she changed my event from one where I could probably break even to one where I can financially benefit from my sales. I don’t think she even knew how much it would mean to me.

Thank you Lord for hearing the cry of my heart. Thank you for putting such giving people out in the world to bless your daughter.


What We’re Cooking

Kent and I have switched to a new cooking routine– he grocery shops and cooks one week, then I grocery shop and cook the next. I know… grocery shopping- ugh! Kent had been complaining that it was difficult to shop for specific things that the other person needed, so why not just shop the same week we’re responsible for cooking? Then we’d have a whole week “off”.

So far this plan has worked for us. I know that for me, I loathe shopping and cooking within the same day. So I’ve started to make grocery shopping a bit more pleasurable by going when there aren’t many patrons- getting a Starbucks drink also helps!

I’ve been using my new subscription to Eat at Home to shop as well. I don’t even need to make a grocery list now! I just download the meal plan from the member site to my iPad. I open the PDF in the same application I use for knitting patterns (GoodNotes) and use the pen tool to cross items off. It’s so nice and the meals are easy and tasty!

Here are a few things we’ve enjoyed in the last couple weeks!

Next week, all the meals I share will be from Eat at Home!


What I’m Reading

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I finished The Hate U Give last week. I really enjoyed it! It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a book that makes me want to get in bed early to read at night. I liked reading a book that was so current too- from racial issues to pop culture references, this book was spot on. I’m eager to see the movie!

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Usually I have my next book planned out, but it’s been so long since I’ve actually finished a book that I had nothing in my queue. So I just opened up my Overdrive app {an app to borrow digital media from your local library} and downloaded the first book I saw available- The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.

This story is set in past and present Berlin… SPOILER- there’s time travel. Oh and magic. But that’s spelled out in the book description and you’ll find that out almost immediately. The main character, Ellie, gets to learn more than she bargained for about the dark history of the German city. It’s a cute book so far, easy to read, and it’s a series! Hopefully I’ll enjoy it enough to have a few more books to read as they release.


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Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Crochet and Chil… i

Crochet and Chil… i

Happy Monday!

I’ve been busting it at work and cranking out the crochet all weekend, so this blog post is later than usual. I don’t have any FO’s, but have made a lot of progress on a sweater test crochet. This week I released my latest pattern, geared up to start a shawl MKAL, enjoyed my husband’s themed cooking, and started a new book. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

None this week! Hopefully soon…


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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Sleeves of my Thistleberry Sweater.

I’m so excited that I get to test the Thistleberry Sweater for Coco Crochet Lee! This sweater is so adorably, festive that I’ve decided to make it in red for Christmastime. I started last Thursday with a sleeve, and now I’m well on my way to starting the back and front of the sweater. You’re going to see this as an FO very soon because the test deadline is coming up quickly!

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Yarn selection for my Texture Time Shawl.

I’m gearing up to start Stephen West’s Texture Time Mystery Shawl KAL on October 5th! I’ve got my five wonderful colors picked out. These are all skeins that I bought at SSK this summer. Originally, I intended to make another West Knits pattern- Vertices Unite. The Texture Time Shawl uses five colors as well, so I thought I’d just use these five!


Something New

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My latest pattern, the Classic Bottle Cozy, is now available on Ravelry! This is my second published knitting pattern and the second in my Fall Means Football- Subtle Fanwear Collection. I loved this project because it’s so quick and simple. I also debuted a new pattern layout for this design- I think you’ll like it! I’m planning to go back and edit my sock pattern to this cleaner format soon.

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What God’s Teaching Me

I know that God is still teaching me something in my struggles as work. That is still up and down, so I won’t pretend it has been completely resolved, but something more important has been on my mind this week.

My husband’s friend and former co-worker lost his battle to cancer this week. We’re going to his memorial service tonight. Not too long ago, he was a healthy, mid-twenty year-old former college football player and now he is no longer with us.

Then a few days later, my former co-worker told me that she’s been diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, she’s in the beginning throws of it and was contacting me in a healthier state. She wanted to know if I’d make her some hats for when she goes through chemo- of course!

Additionally, in the novel I started this week {see below} another young person was taken from our world too early. All of these circumstances have me feeling very appreciative of my own health and safety. I started to think about how I would feel if my husband got cancer and died suddenly or if my sister was the one about to start chemo. I felt overwhelmingly empathy for these situations. It so easy to feel hurt when someone who is so good and young has an unexpectedly short life.

Why does God take who takes when he takes them? It’s so hard to understand. I don’t think it’s helpful to say to a grieving person that “it’s all part of God’s plan” even if it’s the truth. Chances are that we won’t see how God’s greater plan plays out in our lifetime. I’ve felt so very human this week. I don’t always want my life to be for God’s good, I want it to be for mine! Do you ever feel that way?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

– Romans 8:28

Lord, help me to believe your Word and to trust in you. Thank you for your kindness and forgiveness. Thank you for allowing me to be so human and for loving me anyway.


What We’re Cooking

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Doesn’t look like much, but this chili has baking chocolate, cinnamon, and all kinds of spices!

My amazing husband took over the cooking this week as I was just too exhausted to even think. He whipped up some incredible Skyline Chili, which took two hours to simmer in the pot.

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The first night we had it “four ways” with pasta, beans, chili, and cheese… oh and oyster crackers.

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The other nights, Kent grilled some hot dogs and buns and we enjoyed chili cheese dogs. I would definitely eat this chili again!


What I’m Reading

I’m reading again this week- heyyy! When I finally got to the top of the library wait list for The Hate U Give, I had to drop everything to read it. It seems like it’s going to be a quick read too; which is great since the movie comes out October 5th!

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In case you haven’t heard of the book or movie {you probably will soon as it brings up controversial race issues}, I’ll give you a brief synopsis. Starr is one of the only black students at her predominantly white private school, but she hails from Garden Heights- a rough neighborhood where drive-by’s are common. She doesn’t really fit into either world. When she witnesses the fatal shooting of her innocent black friend by a white police officer, she has to decide whether to stay quiet or to stand up.

It’s a powerful book. The writing might not be everyone’s style as the narrator, Starr, switches from colloquialisms to formal speech depending on the setting. While I don’t love the cursing when Starr is surrounded by her Garden Heights friends, it feels very real and passionate. I’m about a quarter of the way though through the book, and I would already recommend it!


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Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Vacation Knitting

Vacation Knitting

We are celebrating Halloween in Disneyland today!

This is the last weekend of our marathon vacationing. While it’s been super fun, I am definitely excited to spend next weekend at home! This week I finish another bottle cozy, share a HO, show off my yarny purchases, discuss the power of prayer, and love on some more Neflix originals. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

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Classic Bottle Cozy- my next pattern, coming Tuesday!

I finished a second Classic Bottle Cozy while on vacation in Michigan last weekend. This one is for me– I just love the purple from Woolen Boon. These cozies work up super quickly. Several of my testers finished their cozies in a day or two. This pattern will be available on Ravelry next week!


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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Coles River Kerchief by Toni Lipsey.

I’ve fallen behind in the Coles River CAL, but I did put some work into this crochet shawl this week. The alpaca blend I’m working with is just dreamy. I love a simple crochet project to give my hands a break from knitting and to feel really productive. My Coles River Kerchief is well on it’s way to being an FO real soon.

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HO- Ducks socks.

I’ve made some great progress on my September socks the past two football Saturdays. I knit the entire foot during the Oregon Ducks game three weeks ago. Then, last weekend I turned the heel in the morning at our hotel in Michigan; I finished the leg and cuff of the sock at the SMU vs. Michigan game! I’ve started the second sock now. Since this is just a plain vanilla thing, it will be perfect to carry around Disneyland this weekend.


Something New

While we went to Michigan for football last weekend, I definitely was scoping out the yarn scene. I had my heart set on going to Spun Ann Arbor– and my wish came true! We ended up within walking distance of the shop; so while my husband and his friend tottered off to a brewery, I made my way to Spun!

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Locally made from mill ends!

It was such a spectacular store. The people were kind and helpful. The yarn selection was stunning. I would highly recommend visiting if you’re ever in Ann Arbor. While I coveted their selection of Brooklyn Tweed and Shibui, I didn’t have anything specific on my shopping list. So, I went for a couple unique skeins that I knew I couldn’t find elsewhere.

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Sock set dyed after a worker’s pet.

The first was a local hand-dyer who created colorways after each of the shop workers’ pets. I bought a “Molly” skein. Apparently, Molly is a sweetheart Pitbull whose coloring is so fair that she sometimes looks pink! The second skein was a super-soft marled crazy thing. There were so many skeins to choose from. Each are unique and made with mill ends. I’m so pleased with my yarn purchases!


What God’s Teaching Me

This week I was shown the power of prayer. After feeling super stressed-out on Tuesday, I asked for some suggestions on how to bounce back on Instagram. My Instagram friends came through! Many suggested tea, sweets, knitting, walks, or baths– all of which I took them up on. Several said they would pray for me.

It seems like prayer would be an obvious answer to a difficult situation, but sometimes when you’re drowning in the moment, you forget. Those people who said they would pray for me woke me up! Maybe I can’t do anything to change my circumstance, but I know someone who can- God.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

So while soaking in a hot bath {per Instagram tips}, I prayed. I prayed for myself to keep calm and to look for the positive. I prayed for specific teachers at my school to feel refreshed and renewed. I prayed for my administrators– because I know if I think I’m feeling stressed, that they are experiencing a greater weight. I prayed for the kids at my school, that they would know that when they walk in each day that they are loved.

After these prayers,  I felt pressure lift off immediately. The most amazing part was when I walked into school the next day. A co-worker that I prayed specifically for said they felt calmer. That is the power or prayer, people!


What We’re Cooking

A couple weeks back I made my favorite Tamale Bake and froze a second batch to eat later. Since we were out of town all weekend, this was the perfect time to thaw and eat the casserole. I ran into some problems though.

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All appears to be fine… but it’s not true!

Last time, I forgot to buy cornbread mix and ended up making the cornbread from scratch- no problem! This time… we didn’t have any eggs. While there are two grocery stores right across the street, I already had showered, put on pajamas, and slathered on a face mask. So I looked up egg substitutes and discovered I could use a little extra milk to make up for the missing egg.

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Doughy cornbread- so sad!

Maybe this would have worked had I been baking cornbread alone, but the result for the topping was a beautiful browned top… and a doughy inside. So sad! One success however, was that I added an extra tablespoon of sugar to the cornbread mix and it was the right amount of sweet. Little wins!

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Kent came to the rescue on Wednesday night when he grilled some barbecue chicken. Yummy!


What I’m Loving

We are going to rename this section for the time being to “What I’m Loving“. I haven’t been the best reader lately. I’ve been multi-tasking like crazy and going to bed exhausted- which is when I usually read. Plus, we’ve been out of town a lot and I’ve chosen to watch shows while we travel.

I’d still like to share the entertainment I’ve been consuming- mostly in the form of podcasts and Netflix shows. This past weekend I downloaded two Netflix originals to watch on the plane. Both are romantic teenage comedies… and feature the same actor in the supporting role- haha! He’s handsome though, so I can’t complain.

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Sierra Burgess is a Loser turned out to be much better than the preview. While the plot was mostly as expected, there were some surprises. The popular girl’s token secret flaw was unexpected and comical. The heart throb’s touching characteristic really was sweet. You know yourself best, but I think you’ll like this one!

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The second movie really looked terrible in previews, but since I liked the previous Netflix original and another one two weeks ago, I tried it. To All the Boys I Loved Before really did have me laughing. Maybe I didn’t pay attention to the preview enough because the entire premise was not as I expected. The main character, Lara Jean, is innocent and funny. This was another cute movie that I’d totally watch again.


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Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Cozy and Stormy

Cozy and Stormy

This weekend we are in Michigan cheering on our team in a hopeless football battle!

I’m excited to (hopefully) visit at least one great local yarn shop in Ann Arbor. This week I finally finish my August socks, work on lots of designs, talk about the humble garter tab, and share a life-saving website. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

After a plane-ride to Michigan, my Waffle Creams are finally done! I even brought blockers with me to snap a quick picture. I love the texture in these socks and the beautiful cable down the side. My heart breaks because… these aren’t even for me. These will be a Christmas gift for my purple-loving mother. I hope she loves them!


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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Closeup of the Classic Bottle Cozy knit by one of my awesome testers!

The next pattern in my Fall Means Football- Subtle Fanwear Collection is in the testing phases. That means I’m working a second sample of the design to double-check that the pattern is written correctly. I’m really excited about how this pattern turned out! This is a bottle cozy, meant to fit around standard 12-ounce glass bottles {like the ones that hold beer or classic sodas}. The release date for this pattern is September 25th!


Something New

I’ve started my very first shawl design. It’s in collaboration with Cassie of Big Sky Yarn company- I adore her and her yarn! This shawl features two beautiful textures in a triangular shape. Cassie sent me two skeins of her lovely Squish DK in the colorway “Hayride“. Don’t you just love it?!

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Sneak peak of my shawl design, which will start with a garter tab.

I did some research on shawl design and discovered a great tutorial. SPOILER ALERT! This pattern is going to begin with a garter tab. A garter tab is a smooth way to start a shawl that has a garter edging. I’ve always found them rather finicky and just fudged my way around them. But then I found this picture tutorial from Tin Can Knits that explained everything perfectly! So if you’ve ever had trouble starting a shawl with a garter tab, look no further than this tutorial.


What God’s Teaching Me

Natural disasters are terrifying. Do you remember being a little kid who was afraid of the thunder? And you didn’t even know yet what the lighting could do!

Isn’t it funny that when we’re young and innocent we might be scared of the things that are loud and obvious {thunder}, but we don’t even know what terrors are really out there {the silent lightning}?

Hurricane Florence is hitting the East Coast hard this week and my heart breaks for all those affected. I’m feeling particularly empathetic during this storm because I have a close friend who needed to evacuate from the Myrtle Beach area. That’s not even the worst thing that’s happened to her yet!

These kind of natural terrors remind me how little I am in control of my life. Those thoughts can be very anxiety-inducing. If I stop to ponder about the real problems out there, instead of my small first-world problems that seem to scream so loudly, I can get very down. So I’m seeking peace in His word while praying for my friend and everyone who will be affected by the storm.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

– Matthew 11:28

Who is like you LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. You rule over the surging sea; when it waves mount up, you still them.

– Psalm 89:8-9


What We’re Cooking

I found an easy and tasty recipe for lunches this week: Roasted Vegetables and Sausage. All I needed to do was chop veggies and sausage and toss some seasonings on them. I loved sprinkling Parmesan cheese on top {as suggested in the recipe}. I’ll definitely make these for lunches again soon!

Kent cooked nearly three pounds of  sloppy Joe’s on Sunday and we ate on that for the rest of the week- sometimes with fries and sometimes with veggies. My new favorite vessel for sloppy Joe’s is the King’s Hawaiian roll buns- so yummy! I even used the small rolls and called them sloppy sliders. Delicious!


What I’m Reading Listening To

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I listen to a weekly podcast called Clutter Free Academy with Kathi Lipp. Her tagline reads, “helping you to be clutter-free in your heart, your home, and your mind“- she has wonderful tips! This week she hosted the founder of Eat at Home, Tiffany King. Eat at Home solves the problem of “I’m too busy to think and plan what to cook.” You’ve got to go listen to the episode!

This website is the answer to my unvoiced prayer. I signed up for the weekly meal plans right away! Now I’ll get a meal plan and grocery list delivered to my inbox. All I’ll need to do is choose a few of those seven meals to put on the menu that week- and I’m done! I think I might even try ordering my groceries online for pick-up to make the task of meal prep that much easier.

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Tiffany has a new cookbook called Eat at Home: 101 Simple Busy-Family Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot, and More. I think this book might have been written just for me. It has EASY written all over it. I’m going to try the recipes for a month and see if I need the book too!


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Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Coles River and The Crown

Coles River and The Crown

It’s a lovely, rainy Saturday here in Texas.

I’m super content to spend a weekend at home when we were out of town last weekend and are traveling again the next two. This week I finish a knit design, work on August and September socks, start the Coles River CAL, enjoy Kent’s cooking and review the shows I outlined last week. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

I do have one FO this week- the next design in my “Fall Means Football- Subtle Fanwear Collection”, but I’m not quite ready to show it here yet. The design went out to testers today. I can’t wait to see what you think!


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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I’ve been hustling to get my August socks done and out of the way. These beautiful Waffle Creams will be an FO next week!

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Luckily my September socks are already off to a great start. I worked the entire foot of the first sock during a long day of football last Saturday. These are just a plain vanilla pair to show off the fun “Ducks” colorway by Sunrise Fiber Co.

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I also started my Coles River Kerchief as part of a CAL hosted by Toni L. of TL Yarn Crafts. This crocheted shawl is triangular and has beautiful lace sections. I’m using some yummy lavender alpaca.


Something New

During our Labor Day trip to Seattle I got to visit a couple yarn stores. The first was one I’ve known about and wanted to go to for years. The second was a nice surprise!

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My yarn haul from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

Churchmouse Yarns Teas is located on Bainbridge Island- just a ferry ride away from Seattle. This store carries lines like Shibui and Brooklyn Tweed and doesn’t have a large indie-dyed selection. I went straight for the Shibui. I’ve wanted to make Joji’s Like a Cloud cardigan since before the pattern came out. I got some lovely dark charcoal in Cima and Silk Cloud to make a delicious cardigan. I also walked away with some tea, shortbread cookies, knit sheep buttons, and anti-inflammatory hand balm.

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So Much Yarn is in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market… well one street up. The shop is next to a yummy soda fountain- we all got ice cream floats! The store carried big line names, but also had a good selection of indie-dyed yarn. Their exclusive colorway “Market Flowers” from Baah was so beautiful. However, Spincycle caught my eye. I got this marled yellow and gray beauty that I plan to use for a hat.


What God’s Teaching Me

My connection with God is at an all-time low (since becoming a Christian about three years ago). Do you ever feel that way? I’m not motivated to read scripture, we haven’t gone to church in ages, and we definitely aren’t tithing. But those are just things Christians do.

I am most concerned with my heart, and I think this is also God’s biggest concern. My discontentment with work has allowed the Devil to sneak in and clog up other areas of my life this week. I feel tired. My mind is cluttered. I’m behind on housework, I didn’t go to the gym once this week, and we ate fast food too many times.

Blah. I keep remembering the quote I shared last week; that flowers aren’t meant to blossom in every season and neither are we. So in the weeks that come, although I might not have much to share in this section, I’m hoping that there will be a time when I look back at these months and can say definitively where God was working in my life.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11


What We’re Cooking

It’s Kent’s turn to shop and cook this week- hallelujah for so many reasons! One, I don’t have to go grocery shopping (ick!) and two, he’s much better at putting together a full meal.

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Tuesday he grilled New York Strips and corn. We ate that along with steamed broccoli and my favorite King’s Hawaiian rolls.

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I’ve been enjoying the shortbread cookies I bought at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.


What I’m Reading Watching

Last week I shared some of the shows I’ve been watching and a few more that I was going to download and try on my trip. {Still reading away at the Warcraft book though!}

As had feared, Jessica Jones was too explicit for me. That’s just a personal preference! I like to watch TV to feel good, and over-sexual and violent shows make me feel icky. However, the Netflix original movie- Set it Up was really funny! I’d even watch again.

The biggest success was The Crown. I’m four episodes in now (each one is an hour long) and I’m loving it. I even find myself doing a few quick Google searches on the Royal Family to confirm the details in the show. I’ll definitely download more episodes to watch on our next couple trips!


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

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

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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Knitty Natty