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:
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.


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.

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


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.

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