What’s on my needles: Barley hat

December 6, 2016

I can’t get over how much I loved knitting this hat! I found the yarn at my local yarn shop and instantly knew I wanted to make a hat with it. I tend to steer away from purple, but this yarn was so soft and so stunning with all the different colors mixed in that I couldn’t resist. And the pattern kept showing up in my hat searches on Ravelry.

Project info:

Pattern: Barley Hat (it’s free!)
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino in Queguay colorway
Needles: 4.0mm, and 5.0mm

The Barley Hat was simple enough to give me confidence in my beginner knitting skills, yet the finished result with the little patch of purl stitches looks really cool. The pattern is written so clearly that the designer has incorporated it into her free pattern series for projects to help you learn how to knit, called The Simple Collection.

When it came time to decrease, I was still a bit nervous since the last time I used double pointed needles, I was really struggling, but I think because of all the practice I had with knitting simple projects over the last few months, it didn’t feel as scary. And like I said, the pattern is written so clearly that I always knew where to put a marker and how many stitches needed to go on each DPN.

So much stuff. Let’s catch up!

U.S. peeps, did you have a nice Thanksgiving? We did! And now the working out can begin. Whether I purposely waited to start the working out until after my 2nd most favorite holiday is just a lie I tell myself, I don’t know. But…

November 29, 2016

DIY Faux Fur Pom Pom Tutorial

I was crocheting this pretty awesome plaid hat (pattern by Whistle and Ivy), when I realized a fur pom pom would look pretty cool on top. But two of my local craft stores didn’t have any in stock and Amazon sold them for too much…

November 28, 2016

Lachlan’s First Birthday Party

Lachlan’s first birthday party was the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We had a great turn out, lot’s of friend’s came to help celebrate the day with food, cake and games. My mom made the food, I got the cake from Target (which I stupidly forgot…

November 27, 2016

1 Year Old!

This is our last monthly update post! It’s so hard to get a good picture anymore with how fast he moves, so as sad as I am that they are over, I’m relieved that I don’t have to make myself sweat with the effort…

November 17, 2016

A letter to Lachlan on his first birthday

Dear Lachlan, I can’t believe you’re one! One whole year. And we survived it together! Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be. Gosh, you look like a completely different baby! I remember when you came out, how you…

November 15, 2016

Life Lately…

My little crocheted monster It’s been a while since I just sat and wrote. I just haven’t been feeling it or I’ve been occupied with other things. Let’s see, two weeks ago Brian got 2 of his wisdom teeth removed. It was a surprisingly…

November 14, 2016

Lessons Learned During My Baby’s First Year

This post was a whole year in the making. I started writing it shortly after Lachlan was born and I added to it with each lesson learned. I wanted to list them as they came to me. I hope any new mamas will find it informative!…

November 9, 2016