Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Wine Bottle Covers

Just wanted to show you more of these that I made tonight, they are addicting!

Christmas Wine Bottle Cozy

Did you have a relaxing Thanksgiving? I did. It was wonderful to spend time with my family, I had a nice break. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I keep hearing about Christmas. Everything is red and green at the stores, I find it very festive.

I have been wanting to make these Christmas scarf and hat for wine bottles for years, I finally got around to making them this afternoon.

I am a fan of white wine. You?

I plan to make a few more and think they will come in handy. Who doesn't want to dress up these boring bottles for the holidays!? Check out the pattern I used for this, I recommend it. 

Have a good week!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. There is no religious reason behind it, and therefore, it's widely celebrated by almost every individual. I love the idea of giving thanks to those around you. I am thankful for my family, friends, health, and all of my readers.

My best friend from college came to visit me recently. I had a fantastic weekend with her, it's amazing how much we have to say, somehow we never run out of stuff to talk about.

Special chocolate from her recent trip to Paris.


I am looking forward to some knitting and quilting. I am hoping to get started on a blue cabled scarf using some gorgeous yarns from last year's White Elephant gift exchange. The vest that I recently finished is also begging to be assembled. 

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family wherever you are.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Knitted Slouchy Hat

It wasn't easy for me to find the perfect hat pattern will also cover my ears without making my face look round and big. I came across this Quick Cable Slouchy Hat pattern on Ravelry and was able to finish this project under two days. I used Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky; it was so soft and dreamy to work with. I used US size 10, but think I would have loved it more if I had used 11... it would have been more slouchy.

Side view

Pretty cables that somehow all lined up perfectly... 

Simple and easy! I recommend it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quick Yarn Fix

My LYS is open late on Thursdays, so although I was already stuck in traffic for more than an hour on my way home from work, I still had to stop by the yarn store. I didn't need any more yarn, but I just had to go. I have no idea what I am going to make with these, but I got them anyway.

Just looking at them makes me happy.

On a completely unrelated note, I made flan this past weekend. It's one of my favorite deserts. Have you tried making it before? It was made with Dr. Oetker Flan Creme Caramel Premium Dessert Mix. Waiting for the milk to boil was the hardest part; I was so bored.

Flan + yarn, not bad for a Thursday night.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mittens for the Cold Winter

My aunt inspired me to make these mittens. She started making them, and of course, we all know knitting is contagious. These knit up so fast and are so practical, I love how they keep my fingers warm in the cold and rainy winter. I have to make my mom a pair as well for when she walks the dog.

Side view of the mittens. By the way, do you like my new nail polish? Not sure if this picture is about the mittens or the nail polish! 

Top view of the mittens.

OK, you caught me.... there is nothing in the cup! LOL

Have you been to Fresh & Easy? It's a new chain of grocery stores that sell fresh prepared meals with no artificial colors, flavors and those things that are bad for you. Everything was washed and packaged to make cooking super easy. This place was surprisingly affordable as well! The cranberry orange scone shown in the picture above was purchased from Fresh & Easy. So excited to discover a new grocery store in the neighborhood! 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Aaron's Favorite Things at Age Two

I have an adorable nephew, Aaron. He is two and reminds me of curious George. He loves going to the park with his aunt (that would be me) and uncle. I started a quilt for him a year ago and finally got around to finishing it last month. I hand appliqued trains, cars, hot air balloons, and airplanes; these are his favorite items. Although he was only a year old last year, he could say "airplane! trains!"So of course, I had to make him a quilt with all these items.

100% handmade

All aboard! Choo Choo! I cut out these trains from the fabric and applique them onto the quilt. The name of the fabric I used is called "Choo-Choo Puppy" by Kate Honarver" for Timeless Treasures, Inc. 

These trees are my favorite part of the quilt. I cut out red apples from a cherry fabric and embroidered the apple stems.

I used up some cute scrap fabric for these cars, they are perfect for it! I love that flower bed fabric you see here.

Hot air balloons


This airplane took a long time, I redid the windows three times!

Not sure if I like this airplane so much.

Pink hot air balloon, a little bit of pink is okay! Right?

I used a car and airplane theme fabric for the back of the quilt. It's called "On the Go" by Jill Webster for Clothworks. The fabric I used for the binding is by Ann Kelle; you can find it here.  
I hand quilted this quilt using circles of different size, I love the way it came out. It will be so hard for me to give it away, but I know Aaron will enjoy it very many years to come.