all the knits I didn't show you!

Jun 29, 2011
June was such a busy month for knitting - I found myself more often than not forgetting to post a finished knit, or knitting with a pattern I'd only recently shared!

This then is a round-up of some of the knits I made this June, but didn't find time to share with you!


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pattern: Little Boy Blue ribbed hats
yarns:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease solids and heathers, in purple {used just under 70 yards for this, according to Ravelry, but I think it was less somehow}
Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash paints {used around 90 yards}
Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport
needles: size US 8 / 5.0mm 16" circular needle and size US 7 / 4.5mm 16" circular needle

Used up some wool-based yarn from the Butterfly Hat, some Cascade from my nest: Maine Boystown Beanie, and some acrylic sport weight I've had in my stash forever.

Love the ease of the pattern, and how it can be worked up using almost any type of yarn.

{These are charity knits 254 - 256/10,000. I'm knitting 10,000 items for charity in my lifetime as part of my Ten Thousand Project.}

Molly hat

pattern: Molly's Hats, by me!
yarn: Caron Simply Soft in nutmeg {approximately 110 yards}
needles: size US 8 / 5.0mm and size US 10 / 6.0mm 16" circular needles

As part of my commitment to using up every last bit of a skein of yarn, I'm knitting up Molly's Hats and will be sending them to nest: Maine {when they are made of wool} and the Pine Ridge Reservation {when they are not}.

{This is charity knit 257/10,000. I'm knitting 10,000 items for charity in my lifetime as part of my Ten Thousand Project.}

Neville
pattern: Traveller's Hat, by Sue Jackson {pattern previously shared and blogged about here}
yarn: Caron Simply Soft in bone and chocolate {approximately 72 yards of each color}
needles: size US 8 / 5.0mm
Love the pattern, love that it's far too slouchy on me. A good thing, as it will be gifted to one with a larger head than I. Mods made a-plenty, but in the end still a hat I'll knit again and again!

all the knits I didn't show you!

June was such a busy month for knitting - I found myself more often than not forgetting to post a finished knit, or knitting with a pattern I'd only recently shared!

This then is a round-up of some of the knits I made this June, but didn't find time to share with you!


002

003

005

pattern: Little Boy Blue ribbed hats
yarns:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease solids and heathers, in purple {used just under 70 yards for this, according to Ravelry, but I think it was less somehow}
Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash paints {used around 90 yards}
Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport
needles: size US 8 / 5.0mm 16" circular needle and size US 7 / 4.5mm 16" circular needle

Used up some wool-based yarn from the Butterfly Hat, some Cascade from my nest: Maine Boystown Beanie, and some acrylic sport weight I've had in my stash forever.

Love the ease of the pattern, and how it can be worked up using almost any type of yarn.

{These are charity knits 254 - 256/10,000. I'm knitting 10,000 items for charity in my lifetime as part of my Ten Thousand Project.}

Molly hat

pattern: Molly's Hats, by me!
yarn: Caron Simply Soft in nutmeg {approximately 110 yards}
needles: size US 8 / 5.0mm and size US 10 / 6.0mm 16" circular needles

As part of my commitment to using up every last bit of a skein of yarn, I'm knitting up Molly's Hats and will be sending them to nest: Maine {when they are made of wool} and the Pine Ridge Reservation {when they are not}.

{This is charity knit 257/10,000. I'm knitting 10,000 items for charity in my lifetime as part of my Ten Thousand Project.}

Neville
pattern: Traveller's Hat, by Sue Jackson {pattern previously shared and blogged about here}
yarn: Caron Simply Soft in bone and chocolate {approximately 72 yards of each color}
needles: size US 8 / 5.0mm
Love the pattern, love that it's far too slouchy on me. A good thing, as it will be gifted to one with a larger head than I. Mods made a-plenty, but in the end still a hat I'll knit again and again!

butterfly hat

Jun 28, 2011


pattern: Butterfly Hat, by Sofiya Cremin {free pattern!}
yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease solids & heathers in purple { approximately 130 yards}
needles: size US 6 / 4.0mm and size US 8 / 5.0mm 16" circulars and size US 8 / 5.0mm DPNs

These last few weeks I seem to have been re-visiting some of the hats I knit for the One Hundred Hats project - this one being no exception! I originally knit the Butterfly Hat pattern for the OHH project back in October 2009 - it was one of my first dozen hats knit!

Much like the first time I knit this hat, I loved knitting it this time around as well!

This hat works up super fast, and the butterfly stitches add just the right touch of whimsy to an otherwise simple hat. Knit in a more vivid color like this purple, the pattern pops quite nicely, but I'd imagine it would be much more subtle on a black or grey hat.

Made as a gift for a friend, I want to knit this hat up in a variety of colors for just about every gal I know - I can't think of a single one who {knit in the right color} wouldn't love this hat added to their fall and winter wardrobes!

loving lately: Ozetta's blog

As some of you may know, when I come across a blog I'm instantly in love with, I stalk through all of their posts backwards until I find myself at the beginning of their blog. The most recent "victim" of this blog-stalking is Hailey of Ozetta.

The Ozetta shop is full of handmade items - both knit and crochet - for all seasons. Hailey creates a "line" each season and her creations are always gorgeous! As a knitter and crocheter myself, her shop inspires me to go the extra mile with my creations, to figure out better and more unique ways to photograph them, and even has me itching to own my very own Ozetta creation, and soon!

A few things I've learned from stalking the Ozetta blog in the past few days:

Bracelets

+ make your own bracelets, using 1/2 off beads from the store. I've always wanted to be a bracelet girl, but my wrists are too small for most adult-sized bracelets. This idea is aces!

+ take more photos. Every post on the Ozetta blog is chock-full of photographs, and I'm in love with it!

Planner

+ use a planner more effectively. Rather than just keeping track of birthdays, anniversaries, and coffee dates, she also uses her planner to track what shop items need to be made on what days. Brilliant!

+ choose a wardrobe palette and stick with it. Most of Heidi's clothes seem to be black, white, and grey. I love this idea, and hope to work slowly into something similar when the monster gets here and I'm out of maternity wear. Everything goes together, and you can show off hand-knits better this way!

+ offer a "standard" color line, but be sure to offer vegan/acrylic options for folks as well.

Yarn choices

+ if I come up with a specific yarn palette for finished knits, take photos of that palette in a unique way!

+ take new shop photos once a year, even for "older" items. This means I may have to keep samples on-hand always, but that's okay ... right?

Packaging

+ wrap sold items up simply, but beautifully!

+ stick to one color palette for all items {one yarn weight as much as possible as well?}. This will make it easier to keep yarn in stock for made-to-order items.

+ baker's twine.

Free shipping

+ kick off the holiday season with free shipping on orders placed between Thanksgiving and December 1st.


You can pick up amazing hand knit and crochet creations in the Ozetta shop - she ships worldwide!
{all photos from the Ozetta blog, taken by Hailey}

butterfly hat


pattern: Butterfly Hat, by Sofiya Cremin {free pattern!}
yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease solids & heathers in purple { approximately 130 yards}  
needles: size US 6 / 4.0mm and size US 8 / 5.0mm 16" circulars and size US 8 / 5.0mm DPNs

These last few weeks I seem to have been re-visiting some of the hats I knit for the One Hundred Hats project - this one being no exception! I originally knit the Butterfly Hat pattern for the OHH project back in October 2009 - it was one of my first dozen hats knit! Much like the first time I knit this hat, I loved knitting it this time around as well! This hat works up super fast, and the butterfly stitches add just the right touch of whimsy to an otherwise simple hat. Knit in a more vivid color like this purple, the pattern pops quite nicely, but I'd imagine it would be much more subtle on a black or grey hat. Made as a gift for a friend, I want to knit this hat up in a variety of colors for just about every gal I know - I can't think of a single one who {knit in the right color} wouldn't love this hat added to their fall and winter wardrobes!

foliage hat

Jun 27, 2011


pattern: Foliage, by Emilee Mooney {free Knitty pattern!}
yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Nutmeg {1/3 of the skein used, or around 100 yards}
needles: sizes US 6 / 4.0mm and US 8 / 5.0mm 16" circulars and size US 8 / 5.0mm DPNs

This is not the first time I've knit up this hat pattern - I'd previously worked it up in wool for the One Hundred Hats project back in January 2010. That time I used a lovely Tri'Coterie wool, which had been gifted to me for the project, and loved every second of knitting the hat.

This time around, due to yarn constraints {i.e. - using the yarn I had on-hand, and knitting the hat up as a holiday gift for a lady who's not a huge fan of wool} I chose to knit the hat up with acrylic yarn.

Mistake.

The yarn {Caron's Simply Soft} is a wonderful yarn, one I've used plenty in the past and one I'll use time and again in the future - it wasn't the yarn.

The pattern itself is a dream to knit up. I love how the leaves in the pattern show up as if by magic as you knit the hat from the top towards the brim - I'm easy like that! I love that each time I've knit this hat I've thought "I can't knit it from the top down; I'm bound to screw it up somehow!" and yet both times now I've loved the construction technique.

Here's what went wrong ...

This hat is meant to be blocked. Plain and simple. The leaves explode as you open the hat up with blocking, and acrylic yarn does not block well, unfortunately. This hat, bottom line, is meant to be knit with woolen yarn.

Noted, Foliage - next time {and there will MOST DEFINITELY be a next time} I will stick with wool and love you even more!

thoughts at 30 weeks

Jun 24, 2011
22 years ago, almost to the day strangely enough, my mother gave birth to my brother Dan. She was also only 30 weeks pregnant.

Dan 3 weeks
{dan, above - three weeks old, barely 3 pounds}

All along, I have said that as long as I make it to the 30 week mark, when my brother was born, I will feel I've succeeded - the rest will, somehow in my mind, be considered a bonus, more time for our little man to grow big and strong.

Now that I am here at 30 weeks, all I can think is "you'd better stay in there for 10 more weeks little man!"

Dan 2 months
{dan, two months. just home from the hospital, 6 pounds}

I cannot imagine the emotions my mother went through, feeling her body start to contract and her water break, being bed-ridden for six days in the hospital while the doctors tried to give my brother more time, more time. Knowing he would come far too early, and unsure of what that meant.

Dan eight
{dan, eight years old}

Lucky for all of us, all it meant was that he had to grow. Weighing in at 2 lbs 8 oz, he was lucky enough to have his lungs fully formed - meaning he was able to breathe on his own.

He didn't know how to eat yet however, so he had to be taught to suckle - something I had always thought was "instinct" in babies is not, it turns out.

Other than that he was a perfectly healthy - albeit super tiny - little baby. After two months of monitoring and growing in the NICU, he was sent home, two weeks ahead of his scheduled due date!

When I look at our latest {and probably last} ultrasound of our little man, I cannot help but marvel and remember - the last time I saw a baby this small, i was twelve, he was my brother, and I only got to hold him twice in the two months he was in the hospital.

Dan handmade
{dan, college - wearing hand knits!}

I remind my little man every day that while his uncle decided to dare-devil his way into the world, sticking around in utero for a few more weeks won't mean he's not just as tough and amazing and daring as Uncle Dan is! As much as I yearn to kiss his little face and squeal over his teenie toes, I would rather he do his growing INSIDE rather than outside.

30 weeks
{me, at 30 weeks.}

Thirty weeks. Twenty two years ago I became a big sister as my mother crossed this mark. So much symmetry and syncronicity, and an entirely new level of understanding and compassion for what she must have gone through.

Just ten more weeks little man, and you can begin to be brave like your Uncle Dan is. But not for ten more weeks!

thoughts at 31 weeks

22 years ago, almost to the day strangely enough, my mother gave birth to my brother Dan. She was also only 30 weeks pregnant.  

{dan, above - three weeks old, barely 3 pounds}

All along, I have said that as long as I make it to the 30 week mark, when my brother was born, I will feel I've succeeded - the rest will, somehow in my mind, be considered a bonus, more time for our little man to grow big and strong. Now that I am here at 31 weeks, all I can think is "you'd better stay in there for 9 more weeks little man!"  

{dan, two months. just home from the hospital, 6 pounds}

I cannot imagine the emotions my mother went through, feeling her body start to contract and her water break, being bed-ridden for six days in the hospital while the doctors tried to give my brother more time, more time. Knowing he would come far too early, and unsure of what that meant.

 {dan, eight years old}

Lucky for all of us, all it meant was that he had to grow. Weighing in at 2 lbs 8 oz, he was lucky enough to have his lungs fully formed - meaning he was able to breathe on his own. He didn't know how to eat yet however, so he had to be taught to suckle - something I had always thought was "instinct" in babies is not, it turns out. Other than that he was a perfectly healthy - albeit super tiny - little baby.

After two months of monitoring and growing in the NICU, he was sent home, two weeks ahead of his scheduled due date! When I look at our latest {and probably last} ultrasound of our little man, I cannot help but marvel and remember - the last time I saw a baby this small, i was twelve, he was my brother, and I only got to hold him twice in the two months he was in the hospital.

{dan, college - wearing hand knits!}

I remind my little man every day that while his uncle decided to dare-devil his way into the world, sticking around in utero for a few more weeks won't mean he's not just as tough and amazing and daring as Uncle Dan is! As much as I yearn to kiss his little face and squeal over his teenie toes, I would rather he do his growing INSIDE rather than outside.

Thirty one weeks.

Twenty two years ago I became a big sister as my mother crossed this mark. So much symmetry and synchronicity, and an entirely new level of understanding and compassion for what she must have gone through. Just ten more weeks little man, and you can begin to be brave like your Uncle Dan is. But not for ten more weeks!

broken rib cowl

Jun 23, 2011
Slytherin cowl
Slytherin cowl 1

pattern: Broken Rib Cowl, by Michelle Kaiser {free Ravelry download!}
yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted, in forest shadows colorway
needles: size US 9 / 5.5mm 24" circular


Over the weekend I whipped up this little cowl for the colder weather. Yes, I am aware it is the end of June. Charity knits have no season friends!

One of the skeins sent to me by the lovely Carrie, this is the first time I've used Lamb's Pride yarn. I love the variegated nature of this particular skein, although the more handspun feel to the yarn {some spots are thicker than others} took me a row or two to get used to.

I tend to be a knitter who loves her yarn to have consistent thickness - it cannot be helped.

However, the combination of the Broken Rib Cowl pattern {which I am head over heels in love with} and the variegated yarn make for a gorgeous cowl to be sure.

I went up a needle size from what the pattern requires - mainly because of the feel of the yarn - although if/when I make this pattern again I will not do so.I love the way this particular cowl turned out, don't get me wrong - I'm just interested in watching it play out with a tighter gauge as well!

I can picture this cowl made exactly as the pattern calls for - creating a looser cowl as pictured above - or with fewer stithes cast on for a tighter fit. No matter what, the easy-to-memorize pattern is one to add to your gift knitting pile, your charity knitting queue, and even your own personal cold-weather knitting stash!


This is charity knit 253/10,000. I'm knitting 10,000 items for charity in my lifetime as part of my Ten Thousand Project.

broken rib cowl

Slytherin cowl
Slytherin cowl 1

pattern: Broken Rib Cowl, by Michelle Kaiser {free Ravelry download!}
yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted, in forest shadows colorway
needles: size US 9 / 5.5mm 24" circular


Over the weekend I whipped up this little cowl for the colder weather. Yes, I am aware it is the end of June. Charity knits have no season friends!

One of the skeins sent to me by the lovely Carrie, this is the first time I've used Lamb's Pride yarn. I love the variegated nature of this particular skein, although the more handspun feel to the yarn {some spots are thicker than others} took me a row or two to get used to.

I tend to be a knitter who loves her yarn to have consistent thickness - it cannot be helped.

However, the combination of the Broken Rib Cowl pattern {which I am head over heels in love with} and the variegated yarn make for a gorgeous cowl to be sure.

I went up a needle size from what the pattern requires - mainly because of the feel of the yarn - although if/when I make this pattern again I will not do so.I love the way this particular cowl turned out, don't get me wrong - I'm just interested in watching it play out with a tighter gauge as well!

I can picture this cowl made exactly as the pattern calls for - creating a looser cowl as pictured above - or with fewer stithes cast on for a tighter fit. No matter what, the easy-to-memorize pattern is one to add to your gift knitting pile, your charity knitting queue, and even your own personal cold-weather knitting stash!


This is charity knit 253/10,000. I'm knitting 10,000 items for charity in my lifetime as part of my Ten Thousand Project.

sponsor Minimalist Knitter in July!

Jun 22, 2011
Sponsor button

June was a tremendous first month of sponsorship here on Minimalist Knitter! Some great folks showed up to help support the blog, give away some discounts and even patterns, and show off their blogs and shops.

Now that it's almost July, we're gearing up for another round of sponsorship - this time with the added fun of featured giveaways!

With a steadily growing readership, now is the perfect time to get on board with sponsorship and giveaways - especially at just $10 for a full month! You can find more information on my Advertising & Sponsorship page, or e-mail me at rmcdevine@gmail.com to get your ad space reserved for July!

simple summer knits

Summer is such a tricky time for knitters, isn't it? We want to keep our needles busy, but with the weather hitting hotter and hotter temps it can be hard to even imagine pulling out yarn, much less actually using it!

I may be unusual in my love of summer knitting, then. I find myself bringing small projects along with me no matter where I am - a baseball game, a cabin with friends, sitting in the house watching a movie or hanging out by our fire pit. Nothing says relaxation to me like yarn and needles!

For those less inclined to break out the wool in the hottest months of the year though, I've been pinning some fun projects lately that you can knit and crochet throguh even in the hottest months of the year!

Pickles

On the left: Fun Top from Pickles - size 6 offered up for free!
On the right: Impress Dress, from Pickles. Size 1-2 years is free.

Slippers

Pippy Slippers from Meet Me At Mikes. Free pattern, perfect for leftover bits of yarn!

Leg warmers

Baby legwarmers, from I Still Love You. No pattern given on this site, but you can find tons of free ones around the internet!

Toast

Toast or Toastie mitts. The perfect way to stockpile holiday knits is to whip up a few of these perfect arm warmers! Free pattern includes both thumb-less and thumbed options!

Washcloth

Leafy Washcloth. Perfect for little gifts, hand-knit washcloths are ALWAYS loved!

{all photos/links from my To Make board on Pinterest}

meet my Gussy Sews pouch!

Jun 21, 2011
Gussy 1

A few months ago, after stumbling on the Gussy blog and shop, I picked up my very own Sweet Alabama Clutch. She was just debuting them on the blog, and I fell instantly in love. While I may be a gal who can't seem to pass up a good pouch, clutch or bag, from the moment this clutch showed up in my mail box, I knew a love affair had begun!

First of all - Maggie says all over her shop that it takes a few weeks to get your Gussy product. She and her assistants hand-make everything, so this makes sense. But I swear it was no more than 30 seconds after I placed my order that the Sweet Alabama Clutch was in my hot little hands. Eat your heart out Jimmy John's!

Gussy 2

{taken to the CWS - wallet, phone, gum, two chapsticks/glosses, and cuticle cream - and room to spare!}

My Gussy Clutch found immediate space in my purse - perfect for helping me keep track of my chapstick, my lotion, a spare pen and more, I've put this clutch to the test several times using it to carry my wallet and phone as well when I've wanted to be more streamlined.

Whoo-boy, did this clutch hold up to my tests - and I am NOT kind or gentle on my bags! I've taken this bad boy to bars, movies, out to dinner, and even to the College World Series! It's been dropped, spilled on, carried by it's corner, and tucked under my arm - and it still loves me!

The quality of Gussy's products are outstanding - no way I could sew like this, and I'm sure thankful I don't have to!

I love my large clutch so much I'm ordering a few to give as special presents over the next few months - can't say for whom or what though, so you'll have to wait and be surprised just like the recipients will be!

To pick up your own Gussy Pouch - or one of her bags, clutches or even headbands! - head on over to the Gussy Shop - and be sure to tell Maggie I sent you!

And as an added bonus to Minimalist Knitter readers, Maggie has offered up a 10% discount code, good until June 30th! Simply key in KNITTER10 when checking out, and you'll receive 10% off your entire order!

charity: Water birthday drive update

There's little more than a week left to help me sponsor clean water for some folks who need it, thanks to my charity: Water page drive for my birthday!

Water 1
So far, I've raised just under $500 towards my goal of $3,400 for my 34th - with just about 10 days left, I've got a long ways to go, but I'm hopeful we can do it!

I'm offering up free patterns from my shop for folks who donate as well! charity: water does not send me any of your information when you donate, so if you want to claim a free pattern after you've donated, simply shoot me an e-mail (rmcdevine@gmail.com) so I can get you your coupon code!

Water 2

Please consider helping out, and donating even $1.00 to this amazing cause. I shared a bunch of information about charity: water earlier this month, and several generous folks (including my amazing husband!) have donated already to help me reach my goal!

And if you've already donated, thanks so much - I'd also love it if you could spread the word, help me get folks donating!

{all images are from the charity: water blog}

charity: Water birthday drive update

There's little more than a week left to help me sponsor clean water for some folks who need it, thanks to my charity: Water page drive for my birthday!

Water 1
So far, I've raised just under $500 towards my goal of $3,400 for my 34th - with just about 10 days left, I've got a long ways to go, but I'm hopeful we can do it!

I'm offering up free patterns from my shop for folks who donate as well! charity: water does not send me any of your information when you donate, so if you want to claim a free pattern after you've donated, simply shoot me an e-mail (rmcdevine@gmail.com) so I can get you your coupon code!

Water 2

Please consider helping out, and donating even $1.00 to this amazing cause. I shared a bunch of information about charity: water earlier this month, and several generous folks (including my amazing husband!) have donated already to help me reach my goal!

And if you've already donated, thanks so much - I'd also love it if you could spread the word, help me get folks donating!

{all images are from the charity: water blog}

sponsor spotlight

Jun 20, 2011
I'm declaring my first month of sponsorship here on Minimalist Knitter a complete success - a few lovely and amazing folks joined in on the fun, trusting me to treat their ads right and hopefully bring them a bit of business.

Now that the month is a bit more than half over, I'd love to introduce a few of them to you, in case you haven't clicked over from the sidebar yet!


Secret scarf small

Kelly over at Disaster Movie Knits had this to say:
I design disaster-movie-worthy knits, in other words, knits that you would want with you if you found yourself in a disaster movie situation. Imagine fleeing from asteroids and how glad you’d be if you had a scarf with a secret compartment to stash your valuables! As well as being useful in a disaster movie, all my designs are knitable while watching disaster movies. Beautifully uncomplicated! Besides having an over-active imagination, I’m an aspiring minimalist, a mom of 3-, 4-, and 6-year-olds, obsessed with buying an Airstream trailer, and I live in Seattle.

Kelly is graciously offering up some goodness to Minimalist Knitter readers this month ... here's how you can win:
I’ll give away a free pattern of their choice to 3 Minimalist Knitter readers. To enter, just sign up for free email updates from my website here. On July 1st I’ll randomly select three new subscribers to choose their favorite pattern for free. Since I have over ten patterns coming out by the end of this year, the winners will have until January to pick. Everyone who signs up for my email updates will get immediate access to a free download of my ebooklet: Shorten the Knitting Learning Curve.


Elise

Meet Elise!!!
I am a crafter + blogger, teach online workshops and run an online shop that sells paper products. I blog about all sorts of things including my adventures in San Diego, recipes and craft tutorials.

You can find Elise almost daily over at her blog enJoy it, as well as on Etsy and on Twitter!

Megan

Princess Lasertron, also known as Megan Hunt, is a bridal designer, blogger, and best friend. Her trademark combination of handcrafted design and business prowess with a dash of magic has earned her cult celebrity status in the wedding industry. Since 2005, Princess Lasertron has grown to a three-person company that serves over 250 brides each year. Their line has expanded from simple hairpieces and brooches to gowns, bouquets, diy craft kits and the Princess Lasertron brand has reached hundreds of thousands of brides through magazines, television, and online media. She was recently featured in Signature Styles by Jenny Doh and is also teaching at this year's Creative Connection Event.

Princess Lasertron lives in Omaha where she devotes much of her time to supporting local entrepreneurs and creatives through her coworking space, CAMP. She works through the night making floral accessories for brides, designing dresses for fabulous people, and sharing inspiration with her customers through her website. What she loves most about her job is meeting and collaborating with passionate dreamers, speaking in front of great big crowds, and being able to take her daughter, Alice, to work every day.

You can find Princess Lasertron on their website, or follow Megan on Twitter or Facebook.

Gussy

Meet Maggie, of Gussy Sews!
Hi there -- my name is Maggie Whitley and I'm the owner/designer of Gussy Sews. I spend equal time working on my blog and my shop. On my blog you'll find updates on my handmade shop, tips on how I left my day job 1 year ago to focus on my business, and different prompts/projects that help build a handmade community of inspiration & adventuring. Interested in what fills the "shelves" of my shop? All sorts of sassy, girly, colorful accessories: tote bags (3 different sizes), zipped pouches, eReader cases, headbands -- all sporting my signature ruffle.

You can find Maggie on her blog Gussy Sews, pick up your very own Gussy bag through the Gussy Shop, and follow her on Twitter or Facebook!
{and stay tuned tomorrow for my thoughts on my very own Gussy zipped pouch!}


This month's sponsors shared with me some of their favorite blogs to stop by and visit frequently ... I love getting the "inside scoop" on who people are following online! This month's sponsors love to check out the following blogs and websites:

|| Making This Home || Zen Habits || Tech Knitting || [i] love life || Oh, Happy Day || Emmerson Made || Say Yes To Hoboken || Megan Duerksen || I Still Love You || Posie Gets Cozy || Nesting Place || A Beautiful Mess || Lisa Leonard || Enjoying The Small Things ||

meet my pregnancy face

Jun 17, 2011
Taking photos of hand-knit hats for Ravelry a few days ago, and I noticed something ... I've got total "pregnancy face"! While I've grown and expanded everywhere else these past 29 weeks and haven't cared a bit, it wasn't until yesterday that I truly noticed how ... round ... my face has been getting.

Don't believe? Here's photographic evidence.

Hat 1
Hat 2

After bemoaning the state of my face for a good hour (and getting a serious pep-talk from the greatest husband in the world, who told me that I look gorgeous, that I don't have "pregnant face" at all, and reminded me that I am in fact GROWING A LIFE and to maybe have a bit of perspective, yes?!) I realized one other thing ...

I've completely stopped doing my hair, putting on any makeup, or in general caring too deeply about the state of my skin/face/personal style.

Um, maybe that might need to get stepped up a bit?  I've never been a huge fan of wearing tons of makeup, and I've never had much "personal style" to be sure, but perhaps I can give myself a little bit of a break in these last few weeks of pregnancy? Put on a bit of mascara, at the very least?

My pale skin, light eye lashes and eyebrows, coupled with the darker hair color I've been sporting lately, have not been helping much - time to take five or ten minutes in the morning for me, I think! Rounder face or no, there's no reason I can't play up my eyes, or my porcelain skin, and enjoy the gifts of pregnancy while I've got them - a more voluptuous body, hair so thick it's almost scary, and a sense of peace about life in general!

Oh, and one more photo from that photo session yesterday - because he loves to catch me in between photos, making funny faces!

Hat 3

family favorite: husker dip!

Named by a bunch of football fans, Husker Dip is a favorite eaten all fall during football season. I also make it on occasion for work-related celebrations, and it's the perfect addition to your summer baseball-watching days! I'm not going to pretend Husker Dip is healthy - it surely isn't! - but it tastes amazing, and everyone you make it for will love you for introducing it to them!

Dip 1

What you'll need:
  • one can of Mexicorn - I always seem to find the Green Giant brand.

  • One can of Rotel's original flavor. This will be by the canned tomatoes

  • One 8oz tub of sour cream

  • 8oz of mayonaise

  • One bundle of green onions, chopped up

  • One 1lb bag of shredded mild cheddar cheese

  • One super large family-size bag of Tostitos scoops

Dip 2

Open both the mexicorn and the Rotels tomatoes. Drain both cans, and mix them together in a large bowl.

Dip 3

Add in both 8oz of mayonnaise and 8oz of sour cream. Stir this in with what's already in the bowl. It will look gross at this point - don't worry!

Dip 4

Cut up the onions and add those to the bowl.

Dip 5

Finally, add in the cheese. I like to add in half the bag, stir the whole concoction up, and then add in more cheese until it's cheesy enough for you. I tend to use 3/4 of a bag each time.

Dip 6

Once it's all  mixed together, cover the top and pop into the fridge for the night.

While you can eat this the same day you make it, it ALWAYS tastes better after sitting in the fridge overnight - all those flavors mix together to create a wonderful taste. Eat with Scoops - the better to grab more Husker dip per mouthful!
 
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