Finish Projects!

It is so relaxing to have the week off to do what I please. I can catch up on things such as blogging!

Remember that Rainbow Shawl that I started on my camping trip?  Well here is the finished product! I was really excited about how it came out. It is the perfect scarf for living in a windy city.

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I also completed a  wrap headband made from a pima cotton blend from Berroco. Due to my relatively new curly hair, headbands and wraps are essential!  This headband is the perfect natural hair solution.

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I also crocheted a flower headband and finally got to get some pictures of it action. Crochet is growing on me more. It is a great way to make a project fast.  Wear this piece as a headband, bun adornment, or necklace.  Now available at my Etsy store!

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Wine Tasting

Happy Anniversary to KnitsbyWhit!!! I can’t believe that I have had this blog for one year already. Thank you all for reading and I hope to have another wonderful year blogging.

Well it is finally Spring Break!  My mother is visiting from Virginia so we decided on a day trip to do wine tasting . If you have never been to Napa Valley it can be a little overwhelming in terms of choosing a winery to visit.  There are so many! Many friends have told me great things about the “castle winery” or Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, CA.  So we hopped in the car and took a two-hour journey up US-101 North.

The location of the castle is beautiful. It sits on one of the many rolling hills surrounded by grape vines, wildflowers, and mountains off in the distance.  We opted to take the guided tour of the castle which included a 45 minutes wine tasting. The castle was finished in the early 2000′s, but was designed in a Medieval style. The owner used stones from local California quarries as well as bricks from Europe. It included 121 rooms, a huge courtyard, a great hall, and farm animals. We also got to view the underground tunnels where the wine barrels are stored. The castle also had authentic touches such as an armor display room and a torture chamber (yikes!). As for tasting, we has a sample straight from the barrel as well as a private tasting of the many other wines they sell.  The wines were pretty amazing. I am usually a white wine drinker, but the Cabernet Sauvignon was one of my favorites of the day.

There are many wineries to choose from in Napa, however, this one really was an experience. If you are looking for a little history/culture with your wine, I would defiantly recommend a stop at Castello di Amorosa

 

DIY- Spring Candle Votive

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was splendid! I finally got around to using some of the flowers I had pressed a couple of weeks ago. Ever since I was a kid I have loved to press flowers. Here is my Snapguide for a budget friendly (and kid friendly) spring project. Enjoy!

 

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Project: How to make a candle votive with pressed flowers

Cost: $3.00

Supplies: School glue, water, paint brush, pressed flowers, recycled jars (e.g., baby food jars);

Magic Loop!

I have been meaning to learn the art of the magic loop for quite sometime. A lot of people in my weekly knitting group rave about how it has changed their knitting lives. So a couple of youtube videos later I’m looping!  I have to admit it was a little tricky at first. The tricky part really lies in keeping your stiches all facing the correct way on the first few rows. However, after a few practices I got it down. Here are two vidoes that I used. 1) KNITFreedom- Magic Loop Knitting  and 2) KnitPicks-Magic Loop Knitting Tutorial. They are pretty good about explaining the steps and what to look out for when starting out.

For my first magic loop project, I am trying to recreate one of these cute dinosaur hats for newborns. My lovely sister is trying to expand her photography portfolio and asked for me to make her some photo props. I plan on using Berroco’s Modern Cotton (Pima cotton/ modal rayon blend) in color 1654 (medium blue) for the hat and then some scraps of green for the horns. Check back for progress!

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Flowers Galore!

This past weekend was super rainy and I was super reluctant to leave the house. So what did I do? Catch up on my TV shows and craft! I am in love with the following shows: Nashville, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, and Revenge. Let’s just say it was a drama filled weekend. I mean there was love, jealousy, manipulation, lust…it was juicy!

In terms of fiber arts, I made a ton of headbands! Six to be exact. Searching around the blogs, I found this crochet flower tutorial on WordPress from Luong Ha Anh. The pictures were great, however, all of the text was in Vietnamese. Yikes! After a few tries I finally got the pattern down. With the flowers, I made an adult boho chic flower headband and some infant headbands. The flowers came out pretty well considering that crochet is not my usual medium. Both will be available in my Etsy store this week.

Happy Tuesday!

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Crafting Swap

So recently I participated in a crafting swap hosted by Margaret Bloom from the blog We Bloom Here. I was super excited about this as I have never participated in a swap before. We were each grouped into triads so that every crafter made two gifts and received two gifts.

Here are my gifts that I created:

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In return, I received this super cute apron from Anne (blog: Itty Bitty Love)

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Ellen from MD sent me wonderful handmade stationary.

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Overall, this experience was great! It is always amazing to see what others are crafting out there :)