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RJ’s Striped Preemie Beanie- Great to whip a few for charity

Another great preemie hat to knit for charity or your favorite little preemie. Sized to fit a preemie from 2 and half lbs to 4 lbs. Super stretchy and versatile. Pattern may be used to give as gifts and charity but pattern may not be sold and items made from this pattern may not be sold.Free preemie beanie pattern

Pattern: Ridged baby cap

Yarn: 1 skein of sport weight baby yarn

Skill Level: advanced beginner

Estimated time to finish: 2 hours

Needle size: US 6 (4.0mm)

Gauge: 5 sts/in

Abbreviations:

Sts= stitches

Co= cast on

K= knit

P = purl

K2tog= knit two together

Pattern:

Co 44 sts

  • Being careful not to twist sts, place marker and join rnd
  • K1, p1, around for 4 rnds

Next Rnd:

  • Knit each st around for 5 rnds
  • Purl each st for  1 rnd
  • Repeat these last two rows 2 more times
  • Knit one more rnd

Decrease:

  • k 9, k2tog, around
  • k each st around
  • k8, k2tog
  • p each st around
  • k7, k2tog around
  • k6, k2tog around
  • k5, k2tog around
  • k4, k2tog around
  • k3, k2tog around
  • k2, k2 tog around
  • k1, k2tog around
  • k2 tog around
  • Leaving a long tail cut yarn and with a yarn needle thread through remaining sts and pull and weave in yarn

© January 31, 2011 East End Heritage. Pattern may be used for instructional purposes as long as credit is given to the designer Susanne Allen-Wuttke and  her shop www.eastendhomearts.etsy.com.

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Ice Wine Cowl for Purl by the Sea in Montauk

For all of you who are patiently waiting here is the pattern for the Ice Wine Cowl. Created and designed for me for Purl by the Sea.
Ice wine cowl
Yarn: Madeline Tosh dk light , 380 yards per skein only one skein needed
Measurements: 10 inches wide by 30 inches long
Gauge: 22 sts in st pattern 3 1/2 in
Co 67 sts
Row 1:
K9, {k3 * yo, k2, ssk, k 2 tog, k2, yo, k1 rep from * end k1 }, k9
Row 2:k 9, Purl 49, k9
Row 3: K9, {k2 *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2,yo,k1* end k2 },k9
Row 4: k9, purl 49, k9

Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 30 inches

Bind off

Seam cast on edge to bind of edge and enjoy!

Want a challenge? Use a provisional cast on and don’t bind off and use either a three needle bind off or Kitchener stitch to complete the circle to form the cowl!

Would love to see finished pictures and comments!

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Ice Cowl for Purl by the Sea in Montauk

For all of you who are patiently waiting here is the pattern for the Ice Wine Cowl. Created and designed for me for Purl by the Sea.
Ice wine cowl
Yarn: Madeline Tosh dk light , 380 yards per skein only one skein needed
Measurements: 10 inches wide by 30 inches long
Gauge: 22 sts in st pattern 3 1/2 in
Co 67 sts
Row 1:
K9, {k3 * yo, k2, ssk, k 2 tog, k2, yo, k1 rep from * end k1 }, k9
Row 2:k 9, Purl 49, k9
Row 3: K9, {k2 *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2,yo,k1* end k2 },k9
Row 4: k9, purl 49, k9

Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 30 inches

Bind off

Seam cast on edge to bind of edge and enjoy!

Want a challenge? Use a provisional cast on and don’t bind off and use either a three needle bind off or Kitchener stitch to complete the circle to form the cowl!

Would love to see finished pictures and comments!

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East End Home Arts Knit Along!- Sampler Afghan

Hello everyone !
What a good week to start a knit along. I am starting an afghan sampler that is knit the knit along. So grab your needles and some worsted weight yarn and knit along !

Some suggested yarns:
Berrocco Vintage
Berroco Comfort
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Green Mountain Spinnery Wonderfully wooly or Green

Needle Size: US 9/ 5.5mm

Each Square will be approximately 12 inches in length and height so total blanket size will be 36″ by 48″ !

Come knit away with us !

Square #1: Double Moss
Afghan Square: Double Moss
Gauge approximately 4.5 sts/in
CO 55 sts

Row 1-4: Knit 4 rows of garter stitch (knit every row)

Pattern Begins
(always knit the 1st 3 and last 3 sts of the block)
1st row p: K 4 * p1, k1; rep from * to end
2nd row: K3, P1 * k1, p1; rep from * to end
3rd row: as 2nd row
4th row: as 1st row

Repeat these four rows till your square measures as high as it is wide (approx 12 in)

Last 4 rows: knit 4 rows of garter stitch (knit every row)

First to post a pic of the finished square wins a prize !!!

Love to know what you think!

Big Game- Last Minute Amazing Guacamole

I cant help but say that I am addicted to guacamole.I shared a recipe earlier in the week that was awesome and this one is slightly different but just as delicious. I suggest if you are making this for more then 2 people I would double it.
Ingredients:
– 2 ripe avocados
– 1/4 of a large red onion diced finely
– 1 lime
– 1/4 cup of salsa verde ( i used the one from Trader Joes)
– salt and pepper to taste
– tortilla chips

1) Cut, pit and scoop out avocado and place in a medium sized bowl
2) Cut the lime and squeeze its juices over the avocado
3) Add the salsa verde as well as salt and pepper
4) Mashed to desired consistency and enjoy with yummy tortilla chips!

Enjoy the big game and go Giants!
2) Cut lime in half and squeeze over the avocados

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RJ’s Striped Preemie Beanie- Another great free pattern to stitch during the Super Bowl

Another great preemie hat to knit for charity or your favorite little preemie. Sized to fit a preemie from 2 and half lbs to 4 lbs. Super stretchy and versatile. Pattern may be used to give as gifts and charity but pattern may not be sold and items made from this pattern may not be sold.Free preemie beanie pattern

Pattern: Ridged baby cap

Yarn: 1 skein of sport weight baby yarn

Skill Level: advanced beginner

Estimated time to finish: 2 hours

Needle size: US 6 (4.0mm)

Gauge: 5 sts/in

Abbreviations:

Sts= stitches

Co= cast on

K= knit

P = purl

K2tog= knit two together

Pattern:

Co 44 sts

  • Being careful not to twist sts, place marker and join rnd
  • K1, p1, around for 4 rnds

Next Rnd:

  • Knit each st around for 5 rnds
  • Purl each st for  1 rnd
  • Repeat these last two rows 2 more times
  • Knit one more rnd

Decrease:

  • k 9, k2tog, around
  • k each st around
  • k8, k2tog
  • p each st around
  • k7, k2tog around
  • k6, k2tog around
  • k5, k2tog around
  • k4, k2tog around
  • k3, k2tog around
  • k2, k2 tog around
  • k1, k2tog around
  • k2 tog around
  • Leaving a long tail cut yarn and with a yarn needle thread through remaining sts and pull and weave in yarn

© January 31, 2011 East End Heritage. Permission is given by designer for the sale of items from this pattern as long as credit is given to designer Susanne Allen-Wuttke and  her shop www.eastendhomearts.etsy.com. Stealing is mean!!!!

Souper Bowl Week Continues ! – Sassy Split Pea Soup

I never knew my hidden love for split pea soup until one day when we had an extra ham hock lying around after a family dinner so I said boldly I will take it home and make split pea soup….I had just been to Vermont visiting family and picked up some split peas from Dakin Farms and was excited to see what could happen.

I went home and did my meta recipe search again (as any good PT would do when picking out treatment techniques). Here is the recipe I came up with …. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
* 1 lb of split peas- picked over for shells etc
* 2 quarts of chicken stock
*1- ham steak or ham hock with extra meat (ham steak should be 7-8 oz in weight and chopped/diced finely or to your own liking
* 2 stalks of celery- chopped finely
* 2 Carrots- chopped finely
* 1/2 of a large onion
* 1-2 tbsp of canola oil
* salt and pepper to taste
1) Chop and finely dice all of the above ingredients
2) Heat your soup pot to medium heat and add finely chopped vegetables and sweat them for 5-6 minutes until onions and celery are translucent, (Add some salt and pepper at this stage to help add to the depth of flavor)
3) Add ham and continue cooking until heated through
4) Add chicken broth and split peas. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for 1 hour to and 1 hour and a half
5) Ladle into soup bowl and enjoy with some hot crusty bread.

Souper Bowl Week Continues …. Italian Wedding Soup !

Long Island has been blanketed with a fresh “dusting” of 15 inches or so of snow. I unlike most other Long Islanders absolutely love snow !!! I think it’s God’s way of saying shhhhh rest ! I love to cook on snow days as well as knit. On our last snow day I made a big huge batch of Italian Wedding soup. Here is the recipe from my kitchen to yours! Enjoy !
Italian wedding soup
Ingredients:
• Olive oil for soup pot
• 1 medium onion finely diced
• a bit of kosher salt for the onions to taste
• 1 lb lean ground turkey
• 1 large egg
• ¾ cup maybe more bread crumbs
• 2 14 oz containers of turkey broth or chicken broth
• 1 10 oz container of fresh spinach

1) Grab your favorite soup pot out of your pan closet. Set on stovetop with your range set to medium heat
2) Dice onion to desired size ( I like my onions in my soup really really small) add to soup pot and sweat for 10 or so minutes. Onions should be translucent and not turn brown.
3) Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl mix together turkey, bread crumbs and egg. This mixture is a bit sticky but the consistency comes out great later. If you would like a stiffer meatball just add more breadcrumbs.
4) Add broth to onions, bring to a simmer and add meatballs. Cook without stirring for 5 minutes or until meatballs float. Add Israeli couscous at this time.
5) Let soup continue to cook for a couple minutes approx 7-10 minutes
6) Add spinach. It will look like a lot but will cook down fast.
7) Serve and enjoy ! Its delicious!

Yarn, Yarn Yarn from VKlive

Yarn, yarn and more yarn… My blogging about Vogue Knitting Live continues… Once again VK live out did themselves with finding amazing vendors. My top three yarn vendors this year were…
1) Green Mountain Spinnery
2)Lana Knits- Hemp for Knitting
3) Bijou Basin
And here is why….
1) Green Mountain Spinnery:
I know that I had put them on my top 5 list of vendors and they lived up to all my hype. The wonderful staff had curated an amazing yarn selection for us to enjoy. They debuted there new bulky weight yarn CAPRICORN. It comes in amazing earth tones such as gray(natural gray), natural beige( natural white), a camel brown(natural dark) and a red hand painted as well.

I picked up some wonderfully wooly in poppy for a design in process, some sylvan spirit to make mittens to match one of my newest designs the Wolcott Tree Hugger Hat.(Check it out in my etsy shop http://www.eastendhomearts.etsy.com), and some amazingly hand dyed Simply Fine in a dark palette that is serving as inspiration for a shawl that reminds me of the night sky or in this case it would be the knit sky.

Check out what they have at http://www.spinnery.com. Please remember they are a U.S. based business ! Always great to support our local economy !!! They also have a great shop conveniently located off I-89 in Putney,VT so on your way to ski this winter stop by for your yarn fix.

2) Hemp for Knitters by Lana Knits http://www.lanaknits.com-
As a knitter who is obsessed with bags it is often hard to find a yarn that is sturdy enough to hold up to what you designed it for . I have been on the search for that perfect yarn for a while and I found that at Lana knits very close to the runway stage on the second market place floor. She had an amazing color selection in different weights other than fingering which is so hard to find yet again in hemp! Kudos ! Check them out as well and look for great new designs from me for my summer line due out in the beginning of May!

3) Bijou Basin- Yarn made from Buffalo fiber from Colorado… Need I say more and great colors too! Check them out at http://www.bijoubasinranch.com

More tomorrow from VK live!!! Anyone else still feeling like they have to go to sleep at 9 every night because they are so exhausted…..in a good way of course!

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New Skills!!!

As a stitcher, I am always looking to learn a new technique that’s why I was super excited when Interweave Crochet Winter 2011, had a basic sock “recipe”. This past Christmas season, I had been designing a lot of Christmas stockings (which are basically large socks!) and was über excited to bring stocking design to crochet.
I eagerly sat down with some leftover brown sheep yarn and started stitching.. Sounds like a great start right! Wrong! First of all, you know you are in trouble when you are trying to stitch with a two year old running around (she has a cold too…), second of all I assumed I knew enough to start changing things around, third of all I didn’t read all the directions before I dove in.

So why am I blogging about this experience. I am using it to encourage all of you out there with new years resolutions to learn new skills to have a successful experience.

1) Find a really great resource like Interweave Press Magazines, Vogue Knitting, a great book by your favorite designer ( my top 5 fave designers are Rosemary Drysdale, Nicky Epstein, Candi Jensen, Maureen Clark and Debbie Bliss…oh and Melissa Leapman too!)

2) Set yourself up in a quiet place with few distractions

3) Take on the journey when well rested

4) Remind yourself that mistakes are part of the learning process

5) Remember if you don’t succeed you can always try again and your success was in that you found one way not to do the new technique

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