Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Romantic & Fun Date Ideas

Here are some of my unique date night ideas mixed with some classic ones that will surely make time with your loved one romantic and fun!


Drive-in Movie Night


Pack up a bunch of blankets, pillows and snacks and head over to a drive in. Get snuggly and warm in the back of your truck or hatchback.















Classic Bike Ride


Go for a bike ride. Swing by a corner store or ice cream shop, then head over to a park or school playground and unleash your inner child.















Indulge in the Suds

Have a bubble bath with some wine or your favourite food (why not mix it up?). If you don't have a bathtub or even a soaker tub, stay at hotel that has one for a nice getaway.










Indoor Picnic


Set up a blanket in your living room. Serve finger foods and only feed each other! This could be super fun and maybe a bit messy ;)















Skate Date


Strap on those skates and head over to your local outdoor rink (or arena). Bring a thermos of hot chocolate. If you don't have skates, go in your shoes! Its really fun too.










Sour Movies


Stay in and watch funny movies while sucking on some sour candies. You'll be laughing at each others funny faces.











Arcade Date


Make a trip to an arcade for some old fashioned fun and mini golf. Afterwards, enjoy some classic pizza and pop.











Late Night Dip


Go for a late night skinny dip at a private beach access. Bring some blankets and snuggle up on the beach basking in the sounds of the ocean.















Charades

One on one charades with some wine.


















Feel free to comment or suggest some good ideas for dates.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ballerina Bow Slippers


I made these adorable ballerina bow slippers for my little sister and I think I want to make myself a pair! They are just so sweet and super easy to make!

These slippers are size 11 toddler and can be adjusted for any size childs foot- and even adult.

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
st - stitch
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch

Kids:
7 DC into magic circle.
Row 1: DC in each st, sl st first st.
Row 2: *1 DC, 2 DC in next.* repeat all around. sl st first st.
Row 3: 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC in next 14 chs, 2 DC in next ch, 1 DC in each til end of row, sl st to first.
Row 4: 1 DC in each st. sl st to first. 
The amount of rows you make to the top of foot is determined by the childs foot size. For the ones in the photo above, I made a total of 7 rows from the beginning. 
Leave 9 cha unworked. Ch 2, turn and continue 1 DC in each st.
Again, this next step is determined but the childs foot size. I continued with 8 rows. 
Turn the end inward and sl st the heel closed.
Weave in ends.

Bow:
Ch 8.
Sc in second ch from hook and each across.
Ch 1, turn. Sc in each ch from hook. Continue til you've made about 5 rows. 
Sc all around the edges. Wrap yarn around the middle several times and attach it to toe of slipper.
Repeat for second bow.

For the adult version, refer to my mary jane slipper pattern found here.


Thanks for reading!

Crochet Neck Hugger Lover


This is a super easy simple pattern for a neck warmer. Great thing about it, it looks great on men and women!

What you need:
6mm Hook (not important)
Yarn (however this is important :p)
Buttons

Abbreivations:
ch - chain
st - stitch
slst - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet

Pattern:
Please note that this pattern does not work in rounds, work the stitches back and forth. If you want this to be a closed neck warmer, after you make your chains (60) join the first st with a slst and work in rounds, making a slst into the first st of each row.
Ch 60.
Row 1- sc in second ch from hook and in each st across. ch 2.
Row 2- Turn. DC in second ch from hook and in each across.
Rows 3-16 - Repeat steps for row 1 and row 2. Alternating rows of sc and dc.



Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Wrapping



I wanted to go a less tradition route this year for wrapping. I found some really cute and pretty methods on Pinterest as well as some really good finds at some local stores to bring it all together and make it work.

I love the natural and simple look of this brown paper. This paper in particular that I bought (from Staples) ended up being rather see through. The majority of my gifts are homemade in which I placed in boxes so there is nothing to see luckily. For other gifts that I had bought, I simply wrapped them in holiday paper I had leftover from last year.



The stencils I found at Walmart for a couple bucks are great and the letters are pretty good size (also came with numbers and some shapes). The felt hearts I made myself for some extra love as well as homemade gift tags.


Thanks for reading
& Happy Holidays,

Crochet Heart Purse


I made this purse for my 3 year old niece for the holidays this year and it is just so cute and I wanted to share the super easy pattern with you. 

You can find the original pattern here, this was my guideline but I made it slightly different. The only different I believe is I went around it with DC's two times to make the heart a bit bigger. I also made the strap (5 ch wide) with dc's and attached it to the bag.


Happy Holidays,

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Homemade Holiday Stockings



This year I was originally going to crochet my own stockings but as it is nearing the middle of December, I am realizing that I just don't have the time. I was looking on Pinterest (as usual) and found sweaters that had been recycled into stockings. What a neat idea! I looked around my house and some thrift stores for some sweaters and decided to make my own. Saved me a lot of time and they are super-duper cute!!

As you probably noticed from the image above, I am hanging on the end of my bed from this year onward. That way, on Festivas morning (I don't like to call it Christmas) my son comes crawling into bed with, we share cuddles and open our stockings together.

These stockings were super easy to make. All you need is some sweaters (adult size) and a sewing machine. Turn the sweaters inside out and trace an old stocking onto them (I didn't have a stocking to reference so I eyeballed it). Sew on the line you drew FIRST, then cut 0.5 - 1 inch from your sew line. Turn right side out and there you go! For the loops to hang them by, you can either take another piece or fabric or a piece of a sweater you used, sew the edges, cut, then sew them to your stocking. Another option you could do (the method I used) is to crochet your loop directly onto them.


Thanks for reading!!
Happy Holidays :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lego Ninjago Hat



One of the gifts I am making this year is a Lego Ninjago Hat for my nephew. He is totally obsessed with Lego and Ninjago so I knew this would be a great gift to make for him.

This hat was pretty easy to make, the only 'challenging' part were the eyes/eyebrows. Make your basic hat (this is an adult size-my nephew has a big head) then for the yellow part, ch 15 and make however many rows you desire for the length.

For the eyes, I made a magic loop with 5 DCs, sl st to the first, stitched them on and that was it. For the rest I used my yarn needle and some yarn. A tip for the eyebrows if you want to do them my way is to first stitch (with your yarn needle) the outline of the eyebrows, then fill them in with long stitches. I tried to crochet some eyebrows initially however they didn't turn out as I had hoped.


I also made one for my little brother as he is totally in love with Lego Ninjago too! :)


Thanks for reading!
Happy Holidays,

Friday, November 30, 2012

Macbook Pro = Tablet


I had this marvellous idea today...I wanted to paint something in photoshop but I didn't want to plug in my gigantic pen tablet in my Macbook Pro. Then I thought, well what if I use a stylus on the trackpad..woudln't that work?

I went on google right away to find an answer to my question. YES! It's true. There is a product out there called the Pogo Sketch. It is a remarkable product that allows you to use your Macbook Pro as a tablet. It also works on iPads, iPods and iPhones. AND it comes in pink!!!

This video is what answered my question so I must give her some credit! It's a great video too, she shows you how to use it, how it works on different programs and overall how great it is.


Another great thing about this pen is that it's extremely affordable! The Pogo Sketch Plus costs $14.99 and shipping as low as $5. Right away I called every electronic store in town (Staples, Best Buy, iWorld, London Drugs, The Source, Radio Shack, Future Shop) no one in my town carries this product  however I managed to get an amazing deal on the pogo sketch (not plus) on amazon (seriously my new favourite site). I might rank about amazons awesomeness in another post :).


Mine should be in my anxious hands by the end of December when I will be writing my own review. 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DIY Super Easy Scarf Tassels



When I made my first scarf, I came up with this super easy way to make and attach tassels onto scarves, blankets, what ever. Simply follow this step by step (or photo by photo) tutorial below.

All you need is:
Yarn
Scissors
Crochet Hook (the one your using already will work fine)

Let's get started!

Each of my tassel sections consist of three 6"(or so) pieces which are then tied in a knot to become 6 pieces in total. If your doing a two-tone tassel like I did, you will need 21 pieces for the [grey] and 18 pieces for the black. Combine these if your using a single colour.


This part depends on how many colours you will be using, I will be showing you how I did it. Start by placing your crochet hook (or a long narrow object like a pencil) between your knees, firmly. With the end of your [grey] yarn in your hand, (6in or so away from your hook) continuously wrap the yarn around your hook and finger. Count 21 wraps [start at your finger, when you wrap around the hook and back around your finger this counts as 1].


Grabbing 3 pieces, insert your hook through the first stitch on the last row. Wrap the 3 pieces of yarn around your hook and pull through. Even up the pieces once you've pulled them through. Holding them together, you now have 6 pieces. Tie them all together into a single knot. 


Once you tie the first 3 pieces onto one side, tie 3 more the same way onto the opposite side and again in the middle (shown in middle photo above). Then tie on 2 between the ends and middle. With the other colour of yarn (or remaining pieces if your using one colour), tie one in between each of the already-tied sections.



With your scissors, take each tassel and cut individually until all tassel sections are even.

And voila!!! Thats it, you are done! No complicated stitches involved, and no super repetitive cutting.



Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Crocheting for the Holidays

The holidays are sneaking up on us, have you started your holiday shopping/crafties? I am just getting started and oh my goodness, I have LOTS to do!! Luckily though, it doesn't involve walking through a mall or a crazy department store - just sitting cozy in my bed with the exception of sore hands [crocheting].



Since I only started crocheting a few months ago, this year is unlike any other year. Can you guess why? Well, I am going to be making stockings, garlands, gift wrap, new traditions and definitely making gifts. Lets go back a couple steps; New Traditions. A huge part of this has to do with who I've become over the past 2 years and what I've learned.

To give you a little breakdown, there won't be any commercial figurative characters involved. My thoughts and feelings towards this holiday is to celebrate love, family and appreciation of one another and your fellow neighbours.


This photo I found via Pinterest caught my eye in such a warming and loving manner. It wasn't just the photo that caught my attention but the caption as well. "Stockings on mom and dad's bed. Kids come in on Christmas morning and cuddle and open stockings before heading downstairs". Doesn't that just warm your heart? This will be one of my new traditions, hands down.

Another new tradition, now hold on to something I wouldn't want you falling off your chair. For personal and religious reasons I won't be putting up a tree this year, or any years to come. I've been brainstorming some alternatives to the classic tree. One route to go could be getting a fairly large bedsheet and have your family draw and/or write their views and feelings on love and family and what it means to them. This would then get put up on the wall where the gifts would be placed near by. Each year the family can add to it, write dates, special memories, new family members, ect. 



The holidays wouldn't be the same without the warm foods and beverages that are made around this time. Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a BIG tradition we've been doing for awhile now, they are just so yummy.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Candy Canes
Hot Chocolate Mix
Whip Cream
Peppermint Extract

Place a few candy canes in a ziploc bag and close it. Take a rolling pin or hammer and smash them up. An alternative is to put them in a blender.
Add your hot chocolate mix to hot water or hot milk (I like to do half and half) and a 1-2 drops of peppermint extract (depending on your own preference).
Add whip cream on top and sprinkle with broken candy cane pieces.
Enjoy!






Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Crochet Goodies

Hey Everyone,

It's been awhile since I've posted. I started my own local crochet shop on Facebook and I just can't seem to put my hooks and yarn down. I wanted to share some of my creations with you and maybe someday, if I get enough positive input, I might just start up an Etsy shop.

Mary Jane Slippers (Version2)

Girls Leg Warmers

Headband

Unisex Toque

Little Bow add-on

Boys' Toque


Thanks for reading! If you want to check out more, visit my Facebook page Miss Knits Crochet Goodies.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekly Pinterest Finds

Several things caught my attention this week on Pinterest so I want to share them with you. Enjoy!


Creaclip! Super easy diy haircut tool. This girl makes me want to buy this product right meow! Its so easy to use, has great reviews and it costs about the same as a normal haircut. 

How to Wash Dry-Clean-Only Clothes at Home. This is great, and surprisingly simple. This could save you lots of time and money. Definitely going to try this with my wool jacket.


Bobby pin trick - I had NO idea I was using bobby pins incorrectly. It's true-and I've tried it. It seems a bit tricky but if you play around with it a bit you will find the sweet spot. I used this trick when putting my bangs in a 'poof', held much better than when I use 2.



DIY star...from a cereal box!! I am doing this sometime this week.


Un-shrink your shrunken clothes....say what??! Awesome, I will be doing this with my 4 pairs of pj pants that I've shrunken..hehe.



Until next week, thanks for reading!
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