Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Minnie Mouse Knitted Diaper Cover and Hat

I was looking to knit a infant Minnie Mouse outfit for the newest edition to the family. I have seen them done in crochet, but I prefer to knit. I enjoy the way knitting moves. I modified the pattern by picking up white yarn  to form Minnie's poka dots. The pattern can be found in www.raverlycom. under The Frantic Mama Knitted Soaker Pattern. I used Patrons Canadiana worsted yarn 100% acrylic yarn.

The hat was done by casting 72 sts in the Patrons Canadiana worsted yarn med weight. Work the ribbing sts by k2, p2 till it measures 2 inches. Change to thick chunky yarn knit skipping every other stitch. you will have 36 sts.
Work the seed st. p1,k1 across the whole row.
Next row knit where you purled, and purl where you knitted. Work this pattern till it measures 5 inches all the way from the bottom.
Next row k2tog to end of row. There will be 18 sts.
Next row knit
Next row k2tog to end of row There will be 9 sts remaining. Cut yarn, leaving a 16 inch tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to gather. Use remaining tail to back seam.

To make ears. this part has to be crochet. Chain 3 sts, slip st to form small circle, keep increasing till the circle measures 21/2 inches. Make 2 ears.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Quiet Book

I saw this fabulous tutorial for making a interactive book for children on how to make a quiet book. My granddaughters are at the stage where they love to discover, and work with their hands, and minds. I changed  some stuff depending on what I had on hand.

2 yards canvas material
Assortment of buttons
Felt squares in green, white, brown, yellow, red, tan, and black
Material scrapes in your choice of designs
Shoe laces
Photos of your choice
3 dimensional tulip paint

Pick the apples from the tree, and place into the basket.

One or two scoops of ice cream?
The animals are in the fence, or in the barn.
I found these cute knitted animal finger puppets at the Atlantic Breeze Alpacas store in Meadows of Dan.

Open the door and see who is there. 

Open the basket to set the picnic table cloth.

Learn how to weave a mat. 
Weaving felt square.

Picking the posies.
Put the flowers in the flower pot.

Tie the ribbon on the teddy bear/
I know how to tie my shoe.
Check the mail.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fresh Tomato Basil and Cheese Snack

This quick delicious nutritious snack is child friendly. Right now is tomato season in the mountains, we have a surplus of tomatoes.
This recipe is about simplicity. Sometimes having to many ingredients spoil the true flavors of meals. In this dish you can taste the fresh basil, and olive oil., they marry well with the tomato and cheese.

Fresh tomatoes sliced
Mozzarella cheese sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil chopped, infused with extra olive oil
Select ripe tomatoes, slice them into 1/4 of inch rounds, pepper and  salt to you taste.

Place mozzarella cheese slices on tomatoes and grill under the broiler till cheese is melted.

Place chopped basil with olive oil on top. Enjoy!f