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Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth

Designer: Unknown
Rating: Easy
Materials: Sugar and Cream yarn; Size 6 or 7 needles (US)

Instructions:
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: Knit 4
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row. Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on the needle.
Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle. You can now either bind off or do a round of single crochet and make a little loop of chain stitches in one corner so you can hang the cloth to dry when you are finished using it.

Busy!

So I’ve been really busy with school (like I only knit a couple times a week because  I have a lot of homework and studying to do), and I haven’t had time to blog (or I had a wee bit of time here and there but chose to do other things). Here is a summary of things that have happened. I finished my Multnomah.

I really like it, and at first the feather and fan bit was really confusing me and I kept messing up. After a while it was really easy and I whipped out those last few rows really fast despite the large number of stitches on the needle.

We went to a state park with a tower:

We went to a local apple orchard and fed the donkeys, goats, and alpacas and bought some really yummy apple cider and Honeycrisp apples.

Then we went to another tower (yes I know the horizon is crooked. 😉 ) We had a wind storm so most of the leaves were gone by the time we went up. Usually it’s prettier than this.

Here’s some neat fungus that was on one of the trees.

We also went to a local pumpkin farm. My pumpkin will be featured later in this post.

This is a pretty epic sunset we had a couple weeks ago. Literally the sky was hot pink and purple. It was AWESOME and the brilliant color only lasted a few minutes and after that it faded a bit.

 

Here’s a pepper I picked from our pepper plant. It went into a stir fry that we made. 🙂 We left it on the plant so long it was just starting to turn red in places.

We went to the Minneapolis area recently to look at UW River Falls for me and we also went to a state park near there. It had a pretty neat waterfall but we had to go down a REALLY steep hill to get there and walk back up it to get back to the car.

Here is the other side of the bridge that was by the waterfall. It looked really serene and peaceful on this side. I liked it.

It was a pretty chilly day and so I brought a hat and scarf  but we got warm so I took it off and here is a picture of them. The hat is recent, it’s the Butterfly Hat that I found on Ravelry. It was really easy and it was a nice pattern for the variegated Malabrigo (colorway Whale’s Road. So now I have a hat and scarf set.

Here are the pumpkins we carved last night. Mine is a ukulele. It’s pretty cute. It’d be cuter if the soundhole could be suspended in the pumpking carving but with gravity that’s not possible. 🙂 I almost forgot to carve pumpkins and I think it took me longer to get the seeds and goo out of my pumpkin than it did to carve the ukulele.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafty!

Today I was sitting around and being bored and then I realized that we had yellow, black, and white felt and I could make the Purl Bee’s Apple Coaster.

It was really easy thanks to the easy to follow instructions in the tutorial. I also added some running stitches on the stem to make it look more complete. It’s a Golden Delicious apple. I love those apples because they kind of taste like pears.

 

Here’s the back. I always thought I sucked at making felt softies but I guess it’s easier than I thought it was.

 

I’ve also been working on this mini cross stitch kit that I got at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. It was really easy and I love how it looks. 🙂

 

This is a better picture of the doll outfit I made for the fair.

 

Banana bread

 

Yeast bread

 

My pineapple poster

 

Baby elephant origami

Fair results

Fair judging is over and I’m glad it is because I hate waiting so long to get each thing judged. It’s fun to get ribbons though, and it was a lot cooler this year than previous years. 🙂

Central Park Hoodie –blue
Nemesis Socks –blue
Thorpe Hat –red
Fiddlehead Mittens –blue
Baby hat –I forget, either red or blue
Pillow –blue
Fruity Trivet –red
Tiny Cactus –red
Midnight Interlude drawing –blue
Spider Lily watercolor painting –red
Corgi drawing -blue
Poem –red
Short Story –blue
Origami –red
Horse breed scrapbook –red
Yeast bread –blue
Banana bread –blue
Poster on how to cut up a pineapple -blue
Doll clothes -red
Camera cozy -forget
Apron -red

4-H Projects are Finished!

Here is a quick post on what I am entering in the fair. I just finished my last item and I finally have a chance to post about it.

Central Park Hoodie – I love this sweater. Really seaming it was easier than I thought it would be.

Nemesis Socks – Beat my nemesis and finished these a couple months ago. They are so pretty!

Thorpe Hat – Made this while recovering from getting my wisdom teeth out in January.

Fiddlehead Mittens – Finished!!

Baby hat – shell stitch baby hat or something from Ravelry.

Pillow – fits a 12×12 pillow form, 18 granny squares, Caron Simply Soft.

Fruity Trivet – pattern from the Purl Bee

Tiny Cactus – OMG cutest amigurumi ever. 😛 Filled its pot with plastic pellets so it stands up nicely.

Midnight Interlude drawing – He was my pick to win the Derby.

Spider Lily watercolor painting – Tip: don’t buy 6×8 canvases at Michael’s. They don’t make 6×8 frames. This is a 6×4 photo frame minus the mat that came with it.

Corgi drawing

Poem – I wrote a limerick.

Short Story – I wrote a story called The Bus Ride of Doom.

Origami – I did a baby elephant from the book Crease + Fold as well as a dog from a kids origami book and I’m not sure which one to exhibit, though I’m leaning towards the baby elephant.

Horse breed scrapbook – there are 10 breeds featured.

Yeast bread – King Arthur Flour’s Classic White Sandwich Bread recipe. I’ll have a pic tomorrow. It rose really nicely!

Banana bread – Cooking Light’s Classic Banana Bread recipe. Tried and tested recipe. It’s really good.

Poster on how to cut up a pineapple (for poster about a cooking technique) – No picture yet, but it has really cute illustrations!

Doll clothes (shirt and skirt). It’s even cuter when my doll Molly is wearing the outfit. 🙂 Even found an American Girl doll clothes hanger. It’s so cute!! Plus I made the shirt out of a fat quarter which cost me like $2.85 or something so it is way cheaper than buying clothes from American Girl.

Camera cozy

Apron

Today I spent my entire morning baking breads, then I finished my corgi drawing. Then I went to work on my 4-H club’s booth with some other club members. Then we ate supper. Then I finished sewing the doll shirt. I have had a very busy day and I am going to bed now. 🙂

Will have more pictures in the morning.

The 31-mile Bike Ride

My sister and I rode our bikes on the Old Plank Road Trail on Monday to the next town over which was about 15 miles away.

It wasn’t really that bad to ride 15 or 16 miles one way except there were all these “pseudo hills” that seemed flat but were really slightly uphill. They were awful on the way there but on the way back we went 4 miles in no time at all because it was downhill a lot of the way.

When we arrived in the town we locked our bikes up at a nearby park. Then we ate sandwiches at a coffee shop and went shopping.

First we went to a used bookstore and my sister got the Canadian edition of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix as well as Eragon.
Then we went to a bookstore and my sister bought the 3rd book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series (which I have yet to read any books in). She also pre-ordered John Green’s next book called The Fault in Our Stars. He is going to sign every single preordered book so that is really cool. 🙂 I met him in October and it was epic because he liked my pipe shirt.

Then we went to the music store and I bought new Aquila strings for my ukulele and Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book Two. I hadn’t changed the strings on my ukulele since I got it for Christmas in 2009. They were not sounding as loud as they were when I first got the ukulele. I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to change the strings more often than that but I was really apprehensive about doing it.

Well, it took me about two hours to get it fully done because I had to redo two of them once each, but I restrung my ukulele. 🙂 It sounds much better now and for a few days every time I played my ukulele I would have to tune it a lot. Today, I picked up my ukulele and plucked the strings a bit and it sounded fine. It was only a little off, so the strings must be settling in nicely.

After we had gone to the music store, we went to the sewing store and I bought a fat quarter of yellow fabric. At first we were just browsing the fat quarters aimlessly and then I remembered that I needed more fabric to make a little shirt for my American Girl doll to go with the skirt I made a few months ago. Then we picked out this yellow fabric.

On the way home we stopped at McDonald’s and each got a 49 cent cone. It’s actually a good value because you get a lot of ice cream for only 49 cents. Then we biked home and were really tired. We ordered Domino’s pizza to be delivered and it was delicious.

In other news, I finished the outer Fiddlehead mittens and momentarily I am going to start the linings.

 

 

 

Daisies and Chicago

On Monday my sister and I rode our bikes 12.5 miles and took some neat pictures of daisies that were blooming. It was really nice out and we went to McDonald’s halfway through and got snack size Rollo Mcflurries. Full of caramelly and chocolate-y goodness!

Here’s an updated picture of our vegetable garden. This is week 3.

Our tomatoes have flowers and I think one of them just made a teeny tiny tomato. The lettuce is already bigger than when we took this picture and we used some of our herbs this week when we made Sage Pesto Pasta. It was creamy and delicious!

I’m in the sewing project for 4-H this year and I am going to make an apron and enter it in the fair. We went to a local yarn/fabric shop over the weekend and I bought some fabric. I really like the colors of this fabric. It’s way prettier than anything Hobby Lobby would have.

On Tuesday I went to Chicago with the Art Club from my school and we went to the Art Institute of Chicago. It was epic because I did this huge semester-long project on The Old Guitarist by Picasso in my honors humanities class in high school and I got to see the actual painting there! Chicago is the biggest city I have ever been to and it was intense. It was a beautiful day, breezy and warm but not too warm.

Skyline of Chicago

Sears Willis Tower

Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

The Bean

There were a lot people protesting and these are some mounted police that followed the protesters.

The buildings in Chicago are way bigger than any other buildings I’ve ever seen and it was pretty intense. This is the Chicago Tribune building.

I just thought this was a pretty scene.
I had a great time in Chicago and it was really cool. I want to go back and go to the Shedd Aquarium and go back to the Art Institute. We spent most of our time in the Modern Wing so I didn’t get to look at the really old paintings. Also they have a horse exhibit right now at the Field Museum which I would want to see but I probably won’t get back to Chicago ever to be able to see it.

In closing, here is a silly picture of Jasmine: