Hello! How has life been treating you this week? I hope all is very well!
As I neared the end of a baby bonnet, I realized a Picot Edge was required. I thought, ew! Not that I thought it would be difficult, (or maybe I did just a little.) I remember trying the picot edge with crochet once, and well that was enough to steer me away I guess. None the less, this little bonnet seemed to need one, so I pressed on. It turns out "picot edge" is a very general term, and there are numerous types and ways to accomplish the look. The edge on this bonnet turned out to be very easy after all, and I thought in case you haven't tried it, you may want to take a little closer look at a basic picot edge! The bonnet pattern is the same as my last post and can be found here. The yarn is, hmmm,from my stash;)
The first step for a simple picot edge, is to start on the right side and knit two together, yarn over. Repeat across the row. Then, knit 5 rows of stockinette stitch followed by binding off the edge. Like below.
Next, simply fold the stockinette edge, to the wrong side and whip stitch it into place. The finished picot edge is even and sturdy, with a double thickness. It makes a very nice edge for a bonnet. What could be simpler?
Blocking each little picot bump is not needed, but I went a little crazy with the pins regardless.
Winter is playing hide and seek, and the Pear Tree seems to be falling for the untimely little game.
The weather has me missing winter and wishing for sun at the same time. Trips to the market end with me saying yes! Flowers please!
Bluebirds apparently love holly berries. They have been visiting each morning. Seriously, I wish they would never leave.
A big New Year's resolution hit me this afternoon. It's been in the back of my mind for a while. My New Year's Resolution is to stay off the computer, except to pay bills, to write here, and to spend time only on blogs where I have friends. I haven't had time to really work out the details of this New Year's plan completely, but there will be more. Here's how the plan happened:
I needed to go to the bookstore to purchase three books for Jordan's Literature class that starts tomorrow at his homeschool network. (Nothing like waiting until the last minute, I know.) I didn't think the bookstore would even have them, but it did. Yay! While I was there, I thought about how much I love to read. I mean when I'm in a bookstore, it is pure bliss! And well, that made me think of how much I love to write, and sew, and knit, and visit with you. The Breathe Journal, caught my attention, and when I peaked inside, I saw it was more like a goal setting journal, and I knew I had goals floating around my head, that needed to be set for the new year. So I bought it! I also knew as I mentioned before, in some vague way, that writing was going to be one of those goals. So additional journals were purchased, and for week one of the Breathe Journal, I penciled in "write a rough draft poem". And I did. If I write a poem for each of the four week goals, I'll have 12 poems written by the end of the year. This year, you will find me writing more, knitting, sewing, and visiting here with friends. It all sounds very perfect for another year!
Much love to you all!
P.S. Yes! You should do that! Follow your heart:) xox
Happy Sunday to you!
I've set aside my current knitting projects for just a moment, to make a couple wee knits for a friend's new baby girl. The tiny crocheted flowers are so fun, (it's been a while since I've crocheted,) and I will definitely be making more. The pattern for the basic hat is here, and the tiny crocheted flowers are easy, and the instructions can be found here. I'll be finishing up this bonnet too, and then sending them off to my friend in the morning.
We finally got a couple inches of snow, and frigid temperatures have settled in as well. I'm trying to stay inside as much as possible, only really wanting to go out when tea is running low, and I'm thinking of a new flavor worth going to the store for.
Yesterday I started unpacking a few boxes and without thinking about it, I found myself setting up a proper little sewing area. The task of starting up a new sewing machine didn't interest me at the time, but a little peek inside the manual had me threading it up in no time. It's powerful! I can't wait to start sewing everything:)
We have finally brought our chickens home, and being the new chicken owners that we are, we didn't think they would lay in the cold temperatures. To our surprise, there were six frozen eggs in the coop, and later in the afternoon, one perfect blue egg. Apparently 8 degrees doesn't faze them.
Dinners have been simple, warm, and comforting, and sitting with family is a happiness that just never feels old or routine. Every time we gather there, gratitude completely sweeps me over.
A trip to the feed mill leads to the river, and a house with curtains, full of turkeys and ducks.
Wishing you a beautiful week friends, full of happy days and peaceful nights. Jeannine xo
Happy New Year Beautiful Friends!
Did you ring in the New Year with family and friends? Whether you were out celebrating in a big way, or cozy at home in a quiet way, I hope it was grand. I spent New Year's Eve, calling in sick to work yesterday, and again today (I hate calling in), and spent the entire day yesterday in bed, with a cold and flu. It wasn't a total loss however. Channel 9 showed a Downton Abbey marathon, and I watched it in its entirety. We ordered pizza in the evening, and I got up for a few minutes to sit at the table with my family. Regardless of how I felt, it made me so happy to listen to them talk, laugh, and to enjoy food together. So happy!
Today I woke feeling slightly better. Laying in bed is not easy for me at all, and who has time for that anyway? I wrapped a shawl around me, went to the kitchen, poured a cup of hot coffee, and sat down with my knitting.
It was time for me to knit the pockets for my Anna Vest, and I thought a little tutorial about knitting pockets might be nice. Would you like to grab a cup of tea, and take a look together at how easy knitting pockets can be.
Here is the front side of my Anna Vest.
Earlier, I had knit two pocket linings, about 21 stitches by 23 rows, and placed them on stitch holders. I am weighing them down to keep them from rolling. (I love my little stitch clicker sent to me by a friend:) Isn't it cute? It smiles!
Here we go! First, knit in pattern to the start of where the pocket will go. Place a marker and knit in pattern to the end of the pocket space. In my case, 21 stitches. The same as the pocket linings above. Place marker and finish the row in pattern.
Next, knit in pattern over to the first stitch marker, and between markers work in 1x1 (knit 1, purl 1), rib pattern, then finish the row in pattern. Repeat this for three rows.
Then knit in pattern over to the stitch marker and bind off the 21 stitches, or however many pocket stitches you have, removing the stitch markers. Finish the remaining stitches of the row in pattern.
Now, let's attach those pocket linings. On the wrong side, simply work in pattern (in this case, purl stitch) and purl across one of the pocket liners made eariler, removing it from the stitch holder, and then finish the remaining stitches of the row.
On the right side you'll see this:)
The back will look like this, and will be Whip stitched in place later. (Like when the cold and flu are gone.)
When your pocket is done it will look like this, and if you are like me, you may already be thinking about what you will be able to tuck inside. Yes to pockets!
I'm back in bed now friends. Let's chat soon! May this New Year offer you hope and joy. I've been thinking, if we all ditch the lists of resolutions, and just simply pencil in "peace and kindness," it may be a very good year. xo Happy New Year!
Hi, my name is Jeannine. I live in the Midwest, US, in the woods, but not exactly far from town. I am a wife and a mom of four. I spend my time taking care of my family, cooking, knitting, sewing, gardening, and homeschooling my youngest child. I created this space to share my love and gratitude for all of these things here. I'm so happy you stopped by. Jeannine:)