More Christmas Gifts

Happy Halloween!!!!!

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Yay, I finished knitting the rest of my Parent’s Christmas gifts and just in time since NaKniSweMo14 starts tomorrow. These two hats were knit with US Size 9 needles and approximately 440 yards of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the color Coffee.

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Here’s everything that I have made for them for Christmas this year. I do have a few small projects that I have to put the finishing details on, but I still have go purchase supplies before I can do so.

Here’s a list of pattern links:

  1. Balaclava  (Ski Mask)
  2. Mittens
  3. Slouchy Hat

 

Missy

National Knit a Sweater Month – Knit A Long

I’ve decided to challenge myself to knit an entire 50,000 stitch sweater in the month of November. Listed below are the rules as they were originally posted on the Ravelry Group NaKniSweMo KAL (National Knit a Sweater Month Knit A Long)

 

The rules are simple:

- Cast on Nov. 1 and finish by Nov. 30

- Your sweater must be 50,000 stitches.

 

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I have decided to knit the “Shapely Boyfriend Sweater” that I found on Ravelry the other night. (click either link to see photo’s) I knit a swatch with US Size 8 Knitting  Needles and Red Heart Boutique – Unforgettable yarn in the shade of Echo. I purchased  5 balls that are about 280 yards a piece.

 

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I love how the yarn looked before I rolled it into balls but it is even better in my swatch. I love the way the color flows throughout the swatch. I think Socks likes it as well. I had to lock him out of the room that it’s drying in.

 

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This is the first time that I have ever knit a swatch to gage the size of my knitting. I decided to do so for two reasons. Obviously the first reason is so that I can knit a sweater that fits. If I am going to spend all of this time knitting a sweater for this knitting challenge I want it to fit me right. That is a lot of time to waste on something that isn’t going to fit correctly. The second reason is so that I can learn better techniques so that my knitting can be more professional looking.

I stayed up until after 2 am this morning knitting my swatch and rolling my balls of yarn. It’s not quite dry yet so I will have to wait a while to see how it all adds up. I premeasured it before blocking and I was 1 stitch too many so we will have to see how it turns out in a few hours. SUPER EXCITED!!!!

- Ravelry Project Link

Missy

Gramp’s Kitchen – Chocolate Ecestacy

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Chocolate Ecestacy

1 – 21 ½ oz Brownie Mix
2 – 2 oz packages of chocolate mousse mix
¼ cup coffee liquor (optional)
1 – 12 oz container of Cool Whip
8 Heath Bars, finely chopped
1 Cup chopped pecans

Prepare brownies according to package. Cool. Using a toothpick, poke holes in the brownies. Brush with liqueur. Coarsely crumble and place half of the brownies in a serving bowl. Prepare mousse, according to package directions, except don’t chill. Spread half of the mousse over the brownies in the bowl. Layer half the cool whip, half the heath bars, half the nuts. Repeat layers. Cover and chill for several hours.

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

Missy

Crochet Gingerbread Girl Hat

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My Daughter is obsessed with gingerbread men so I made her this cute little ginger bread girl hat. This was a really easy pattern to follow along with. I did change it a little. The icing was supposed to be a crochet chain that was stitched on and I slip stitched a pattern onto the hat. I also added blue instead of black eyes. I used a US H hook and the yarn is I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in Brown. This was such a fun hat to crochet up

- Ravelry Link

I am currently working on two more balaclava’s for my Dad and I still need to make one for my Father in Law. After that I swear that this pattern will never again grace my knitting needles. Ha Ha Ha It can’t truly be that bad if I am making more after I have already made 8 of them. It’s just that they turn into really long knitting projects without a lot of details especially if you make one after another like I have.

Missy

Pink Snowman Hat

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A distant cousin of mine recently had a little girl. So I made this little snowman hat for her. I used this hat pattern and this snowman pattern and some scraps of yarn left over from old projects. I whipped this baby up in under 3 hours.

- Ravelry Link

Missy

Another Christmas Gift Checked Off My List

Last year I made my parents matching Warmest Winter Scarves for Christmas.

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This year I decided to add to their winter survival kits by making some matching hats and mittens. This is my Mom’s set.

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Then I had some yarn left so I made her a slouchy hat . I figure if it is really cold then she could wear this hat over the top of the ski mask.

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Note: We have less than 2 months until Christmas so I had better get my butt busy. I still have two ski masks to make and the rest of my ornaments. Plus I want to take part in NaKniSweMo14 (National Knit a Sweater Month) in November. I am hoping to finish the sweater that I have started and I want to start and finish a shrug to go with a dress that I have.

Missy

Gramp’s Kitchen – Cool Raspberry Soup

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Cool Raspberry Soup

1 bag (20 oz) frozen raspberries, thawed
1 ¼ cup water
¼ cup white wine, optional
1 cup cran-raspberry juice
½ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 whole cloves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 carton (8 oz) raspberry flavored yogurt
½ cup sour cream

In a blender puree raspberries, water and whine if desired. Transfer to a large saucepan; add the cran-raspberry juice, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Remove from the heat; strain and allow to cool. Whisk in lemon juice and yogurt. Refrigerate. To serve pour in bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

Missy

Gramp’s Kitchen – Dried Beef Dip

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Dried Beef Dip

1 – 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
2 cups (16 oz) sour cream
1 carton (16 oz) French onion dip
1 package (2 ½) ounces dried beef chopped
Ridged potato chips

In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream & dip. Stir in the beef. Serve with the chips. Refrigerate leftovers.

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

Missy

11 Little Snowmen

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I would still like to make another dozen of these little snowmen but I now have enough done for my children, nieces, and nephews! I found the pattern on Pinterest a while back and just had to make them.

I used I Love This Yarn brand purchased at Hobby Lobby in the following color ways: Christmas Sparkle, Red Sparkle, White Sparkle, and Black Sparkle.

-Ravelry Link

Missy

Gramp’s Kitchen – Three Grain Muffins

I have made these muffins several times. I always throw in some dried raisins or cranberries and chocolate chips to make them more kid friendly

 

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Three Grain Muffins

2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups crushed shredded wheat (about 4 large)
2 cups of all bran
1 quart of buttermilk
1 cup boiling water
1 cup veg oil
4 eggs, beaten
2 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
5 cups flour
5 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, combine oats, shredded wheat & bran. Add buttermilk, water, oil, and eggs; stir for 1 minute. Stir in the brown sugar. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add to the cereal mixture & stir well. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

*Muffin batter can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

♥ Missy