Friday, September 24, 2010

Sweater Pole project

Our 'Yarn Addicts' group completed two knitted pole sweaters over last month. They can be seen in downtown Santa Rosa.

Six people worked on them, each knitting or crocheting one or two (or five) sections, and then they were all crocheted together onto the poles.
Aren't they cool?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sweet corn pancakes

We made these the other morning when I remembered that there were seven ears of corn just sitting in our fridge.

They were good, very corny. : ) I loved how the addition of cornmeal kicked up that corn flavor.

I forget where I learned the trick of cutting the corn off the cob using a bunt pan, but it's genius!

And here they are drenched in butter and syrup, just the way we like them! You can find the recipe here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Jack's banner

Jack got a new, big-boy bed. To celebrate, I whipped up this happy little banner to hang over it!

First, I made a triangle template out of cardboard. I traced this six times onto doubled up material and sewed up three sides, leaving the shorter side open.
Then I trimmed the points to make turning them out easier and to make the points cleaner.
Then I turned and pressed them.
I laid out some extra-wide double fold bias tape and arranged the triangles at even intervals and pinned them in place.

 Finally, I sewed everything together with thread that matched the bias tape. It was done within an hour!  Too cute!

For more detailed instructions and a slew of other beautiful projects, I highly recommend this book.

Friday, September 3, 2010

King (and Queen) of the Forest Crowns

(Jack wouldn't model this, so I had to. Luckily, it's big enough to fit the both of us.)

On our morning walk, we collected some leaves to make a crown in honor of the coming Fall. I saw this and thought it would be a great project to do while Jack did his morning coloring.  All you need is some felt, ribbon, leaves and a hot glue gun. It would be a great addition to a last-minute Halloween costume too, very Puck-like.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Homemade Finger Puppets

These are so cute and look like such fun to craft. I'd imagine even those of us who claim to be drawing impaired could still whip up a basic bunny or owl shape and go from there. The embroidery is so pretty too. Me thinks my little monkey could be getting a Mommy-made woodland creature set for Christmas this year!

Source here

And here is another homemade set inspired by the first.

Source here