Cranberry Orange Compote

I grew up eating Cranberry Jelly – you know that gelatinous stuff from a can. It was a staple at my house as a kid. Twice a year my mom pulled out a special crystal dish, that was only used for cranberry sauce, and I hated it.

Fast forward some 30 plus years and I’m still serving that same stuff. The only difference is my kids and hubby like it and we have it throughout the year.

But there is a better option! When I can get fresh cranberries I make homemade Cranberry Orange Compote. Not only does it make Thanksgiving a little more special, it does not contain any mystery ingredients that I am happy ignoring on the label of a can of cranberry jelly.

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November Dishcloth

I usually post the dishcloth for the month at the first if the month, but with my hat series I am a little behind. In honor of Thanksgiving day my set includes this adorable turkey.

Turkey discloth

A copy of this free pattern can be found here.

Bucket Hat

Bucket Hat

This hat is one of two hats that I test knitted for Stana’s Critters. It features a wide brim and would be the perfect hat for a cool spring. It keeps the sun out of your eyes, while keeping your head warm. Of course since I live in Florida we do not need hats in the spring, but some climates do. The pattern came in a variety of sizes and knits up quickly, especially after the brim is complete.

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Blue Bell Hat


Recently I had the chance to test knit two hats for Stana’s Critters. This first hat is my favorite. It resembles a flower. Each petal is knit separetly, then joined to form the base of the hat.  It used a little bit of green from by stash to create an i-cord calyx. (Why yes, I do homeschool my children and we recently studies parts of the flower.)

As I told Stana, I love, love, love this hat! I only had one problem with it. My daughter is 11 and thinks she is too big for a hat like this. It would be perfect for a little girl. So I have included in the box of hats to go to the orpanage in Kenya.

When the pattern is released I will update this post.

Happy Knitting.


A bear named Boo Boo

Boo Boo Bear

When given the opportunity to test knit for Stana’s – Critters again I jumped at the chance. This cute bear is part of a collection that she is working on that should be released the first part of 2015. My kids named him Boo Boo, after Yogi’s friend.

I absolutely loved the head of this fellow.  The outline for the muzzle makes it a little more realistic.

Once the pattern is released I will update this post for those interested.


New word for today – Balaclava

Today I learned a new word – Balaclava. Webster defines it as “a warm hat that covers the head, neck, and most of the face”. In my world we call it a ski cap.

ski hatWhen I found this free pattern I knew I wanted to make one for the orphanage in Kenya. This style hat is one of my son’s favorite and I hope that another young boy would enjoy it this winter.

I used some Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Tea Leaf Green with size 8 needles to cast of 72 stitches.  I did alter the pattern in the decrease section of the hat. I disliked how the original changed to a stockinette for the decrease. So I used the ribbed decrease I used on the Mock Cable Hat (minus the cable stitch) to create a ribbed decrease.

You can find the original free pattern here.

Happy Knitting


While the box of items for Craft Hope has left the house. I still have several items to share with you.  Today project is the Circle Chain Hat by Megan Poteete – Johnson.

Circle Hat

I found this pattern on Ravelry. So after I had completed my goal of twelve hats, I knew I wanted to try something a little more than your basic hat. This hat knitted up fairly quickly and the band of circles in a contrasting color made it a little special. I used more of my Red Heart Super Saver Yarn from my stash. The hat was a little small, based on my gauge it should fit the average 8-year-old. But was a little tight on my foam hat head.

If you would like to knit this yourself the pattern can be found for free here.

More hats

Ready for another hat? This is hat number eleven and twelve that will be send to an orphanage in Kenya as part of my contribution to Craft Hope.

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Quick Ribs

Quick Rib Hat

The hat series for the orphans in Kenya continues. Today’s installment is another free hat pattern I found on Ravelry. The pattern for the Quick Ribs Hat can be found here. Continue reading →

Let there be Love

I have to admit my love for knitting continues to grow. When I can share my joy with others, my love for knitting increases exponentially.Be Loving Remixed Continue reading →


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