Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer Top



Perhaps one of the best fibers to experience from spring to autumn in garments like this. I am talking about cotton! Yes, it drapes beautifully, and gives freshness and softness to the touch. Wearable over sleeveless dresses, blouses or just goes well by itself with skirts or pants. This pattern is really easy to knit. Constructed from top-down seamlessly, and ending with a bit of lace for sleeves and bottom.

SIZE
S/M
Shown in size S/M

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
chest 36”
Length 16” 
MATERIALS
Made in Knit Picks Comfy Sport Pima Cotton, 136 yards/ 50 grms, 5 hanks, #24429 Ivory or color of your choice.
Needles: Circular Needle 30” or longer, size 3 (3.25mm) for the main part, bottom and sleeve's bands, or needle needed to obtain gauge
Double point needles 4 or 5, size 3 (3.25 mm) or magic loop for sleeves.
Notions: Darning needle,Stitch Markers, waste yarn, and buttons of your choice.  The sweater shown use 5 buttons. You can add less buttons if desired.

GAUGE
12 sts and 16 rows to 2”

ABBREVIATIONS
St Stitch
CO Cast on
Pm place stitch marker
Sm Slip stitch marker
Rs Right Side
Ws Wrong side
K knit
P Purl
Rnd round (s)
Yo yarn over 
P2tog purl 2 stitches together
BO Bind off
Rm remove marker
Kfb knit front back into 1 stitch (increases into 2 sts)

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Customized Pin It Hearts Buttons


Hi again. I have been wondering how I could create a beautiful sleek pin it button for my posted photos. After a long time searching finally I founded an article that game an idea to customize a pin it button by myself. Using my bit of knowledge of tech that I have learned along the way creating my sites, I've discovered how fun is to crate things in your own in the way you want they to look.

I designed the gold heart hover pin it button for my photos, as well a rose heart, and a silver one for others to choose too. I though why not to share these three cute hearts with those bloggers who love to add something different but stylish to your posted pics?

As you know when thinking about HTML sounds a bit intimidating. Do not worry in this case, I founded the steps on how to insert a custom button URL to the HTML of your blog in blogger @ Blog Sentral and really it is very helpful with their instructions on how to insert a custom or other pin of your choice so please visit it.

In line three as they say you need to replace with the direct link URL of the image. If you are interested check the links of button heart (shown below).




Copy the URL link of any desired heart you want, and reposition the button link in that line. The code from blog sentral is updated and work without problems.

I thank you for your time, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Blanca😃

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Winter Faves

It has been a month already since winter was over! Time goes so fast! I have been busy with a couture project that is related to a linen pajamas for my husband as well with a knitting design project from an order I took of a local customer. In terms of things I enjoy the most, like a hand-made item, healthy or cool stuff I recently got for my personal use, I think is very nice to show you an updated of my favorites ones of that season, and may you can enjoy them too!

Fave Blush⭐

I like to consider natural healthier choices when come to beauty products. Now this Juice Beauty Blush is one of my lately favorites! I used to have a blush from Real Purity but I wanted to give a try to this one. Both have excellent perform and ingredients. I do not know but lately I do not put nothing on my face than blush, eye liner, eye shadow, and lip balms. This sounds like I am trying to be minimalist already :). So anyway, in terms of quality as well the natural ingredients are very important to me. The most benefits I get from this are the ingredients which are fruits extracts and minerals that are gentle and safe to the body. The Juice Beauty glowing cheek comes in a loose powder consistency. Also it gives a natural beautiful soft rosy look on the cheeks. For more details of it go to https://www.juicebeauty.com/makeup/shop-by-collection/makeup-classics/glowing-cheek-color

Fave Slippers⭐

I am in love with my up cycled slippers! I constructed them from a felted hat and felted socks I made long ago for my husband and me but accidentally  turned this way from washing them in the laundry machine, and we could not wear them any more, were too little. So I thought these two accessories can just be perfect for my winter babushkas. I sew them with wool yarn, and also the soles of a hairy sheepskin old jacket, and there you have them, 100% wool cozy slippers!

Fave Tea⭐

I felt some days on Jan with this viral symptoms that nothing but star anise tea helped me to get enough better. Each Autumn and winter season this herb has been helping me a lot, due to its natural benefits of vitamin C. The tea aroma is just delicious. Also I drink this tea along with a slice of licorice root which it gives a bit of sweet to it. Knowing the effect of this herb that protects and gives strong support for the immune system function. I felt in love with this tea all the winter long, and perhaps all year long from now on. I am also using the star anise tea as a tonic for my face! The freshness of it is just sensational and it has anti aging properties as well.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop me a line!

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Blanca☺♥

Friday, March 10, 2017

Legwarmers

Snow Flake Legwarmers❄
Bringing back to live this pattern that has been complemented from other knitters in the past, I am sure it will inspire again new knitters to make your very own. Only you need to know is knit and purl and will realized how easy it is!
 
Also, thinking that winter is not over, and spring is around the corner, these simple leg warmers with a snowflake embroidered or knitted in pattern, pops! Knitted from bottom up simply creates a nice shape by making a few increases after ribbing. Uses two strands of yarn in a neutral color, which makes it perfect to pair with your favorite shoes or boots!

Finished Size 12” leg circumference and 13” long.

Materials
Yarn Knit Picks (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 123 yd [50 g]): #24636 Marble Heather (A), 3 balls, and # 24064 White (B), 1 ball. Use a bulky yarn if desire. Take care to check gauge.
Needles Size 7 (4.50 mm): 4 dpns. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Marker(m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 3 sts and 5 rows = 2 in


Download free pattern here!

Happy knitting😃

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wheat Flower Hat


Wheat flower hat is a nice accessory for the cool days of the year. Fashioned in baby alpaca, it is knitted in the round with purl and knit stitches starting from head circumference to crown. Detailed with a pattern of two loops over the three knitted stitches to form the flowers. The delicate flowers are worked one over the other forming a wheat stalk like. Below is attached a mini-clip to show how to make them in the round! 

Sizes: Fit most adult women


Finished measurements

without blocking: 
 
Approximately 20 inches 

head circumference; 9 inches 

long

Materials 
 
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean 

Treasure Baby Alpaca Sport 

Weight (100% Baby Alpaca) 

110yards/50 gram ball; 2 balls 

of Wheat or color of your 

choice

Needles: 1 circular needle

size 


5 (3.75 mm)

Notions: stitch markers, 

tapestry needle

Gauge: 6.50 sts, 12 rows to 2 

inches

Download free PDF Pattern

Take a look the clip on how I

do this wheat flower between


minutes 1:49 to 2:00 here


Happy Knitting😊

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Modern Turtleneck Dog Sweater


This Handknit turtleneck sweater will keep your dog warm in the winter months. Turtleneck, leg sleeves, and chest section are ribbed for a snug fit. Made in one piece seamless from washable wool.

Size
S (M, L, XL)
Finished Measurements may vary slightly after construction
17 (22, 29, 38)" from collar to tail
18 (22, 28, 34)" around belly, just below leg sleeves

Materials
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes 100% superwash bulky wool, 137 yards,, 100g/Hank, 1 (1, 2, 3), coal (26502) or from other color and yarn of your choice.
Needles
Yarn calls for needle size 11 (8mm) but for this project this needle size is used just for ribbing of back. The circular needle size 17 (12mm,) is used for the knitted stitches and rest of body for a stretchy fit.
Optional: It works also if using any other bulky yarn of your choice, just check gauge to get the proper fit, and stretchiness

Gauge
4 stitches and 6 rows to 2”

Notions
yarn needle, scissors, waste yarn, and stitch holders.

Notes
If using more than one color, you can use the joggles join method. For the holes of legs use a provisional cast on while join yarn to work legs. This gives a seamless look. The under legs stitches can be held on a stitch holder. Please let me know if find issues in pattern.

Download PDF Pattern
Happy knitting!

 Blanca

Friday, December 23, 2016

Autumn Favorites



I've been very busy this season with house chores, knitting pieces for a ladies luncheon bazaar at church this month! Below are my favorite things I found on this colorful chilly season!


Favorite Food⭐



 
The nutrients like vitamin C and fiber play a very important role in cranberry's health benefits. Most people commonly consumed this food in a form of juice processed from the berries, instead eating them whole. I've been enjoying by eating them on cereal, oat meal, or just on the meals. I absolutely love, love them and they are not acid anymore to me!


Favorite Kitchen Tool⭐


We recently bought a KitchenAid Artisan at Bedbathandbeyond. This stand mixer is the best thing in my kitchen, not doubt, it is helping me to make bread recipes in a professional level. It also has a quiet sound, and keeps mixing mess-free when using the pouring shield, which is a nice feature. This season for holiday baking, the mixer is my essential tool for producing incredible breads, cakes, etc. It is also taking my baking skills to the next level, and it definitely is helping me to change the way I used to make the gluten-free bread for my hubby. With this essential machine effortlessly knead whole-wheat bread dough without straining on the counter top! I am not buying bread anymore, since I can make my own bread at home! 

Favorite Article⭐
Writing patterns are the challenging part for me. When a project is done I feel very happy. However it demands a lot of thinking and writing. I found this clever and amazing article which helps on how to do an order list of things when patterning a crochet piece. I would like to apply it on my knitting as well.
Lillabjorn Crochet World shares everything you need when writing patterns from sketching to testing them, which inspire me yet more! I like this practical advice. It is marvelous, and I am really fascinated with it!


Favorite Yarns⭐




The highest quality of yarns are my priority. Knit Picks is currently my favorite choice. The fibers are Peruvian and they have nice blends. I love to use those that are 100% such is alpaca, wool or blends that are only from animals, or the ones that are only from plants. I am working with my favorite ones this season like alpaca, and merino wool. The pieces that will be done are slippers, socks, mittens, a hat, and a cowl neck. Over all, I learned that Knit Picks have a nice selection of yarns, enhanced comfort in knitted garments, and are low in price.


Favorite Quote⭐


I think it is healthy to spend time with God daily. It is always inspiring. I like to balance by spending value time with people who are close to me such is my family, and friends and work. I like to analyze what really matters in a conversation and what constructive can be in order to stay or leave it. I was taught when growing up to be wise on choosing anything in my life, as well to have the chance to do well or bad. I love to learn from the scriptures, which fill me with knowledge in the way to be oriented on doing things right. 
Who you like to choose to spend the time with?


Favorite Boots⭐

 
We were looking for Uggs at the local store of Nordstrom Rack on Jan of this year but my husband and I couldn't find my size. Amazingly, we found these wonderful boots branded Bear Paw. They are super comfortable and soft, and warm to my feet. They are made in leather with a softest fur of merino sheep! They are also affordable. Since then, they have been my best friends for the chilly days of the year, and especially this season.


Favorite Movie⭐


I was fascinated when we went to the local amc Square 7 theater. I felt like it was in a mansion home theater, especially with those soft chairs where you can relax and be comfortable. Anyway, the movie is an outstanding film directed by Mel Gibson called Hacksaw Ridge! Based on a true story of a true courageous hero Desmond Doss, who refused to bare arms, and was awarded with the Congressional Medal of Honor. The actor Andrew Garfield plays it spectacular, and he is now one of my latest favorite actors as well.

Favorite Knitted garment⭐



I finished knitting this piece the last days of September and I can not wait to wear it on tanks and dresses. The top fits me just right and it goes well on some of my autumn/spring outfits. It is made in blends of cotton's fibers. I like it very much for the shine, texture, and draping


If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know, I will be more than happy to answer, this concludes this post of my Autumn favorites!

Blanca😚

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