Archive | July, 2011

Knitted Baby Hats

25 Jul

One of my very favorite people, my cousin Jenn, is having a baby girl. After negotiating with my Mom about who was going to knit which cute hats, I went to buy yarn. I didn’t find the orange I wanted for a pumpkin hat, which would have been perfect for a late September baby. Instead, I bought yellow and pink baby acrylic yarn and began experimenting. This is what I learned: 1. tiny hats need tiny stripes, 2. fold over brims don’t work (again, it’s an issue of scale).  Here is my final striped hat.

Striped baby hat

I also made an all pink hat, then knitted bunny ears and sewed them on (pattern below).

Bunny baby hat

Pattern for baby hat:

Cast on 48 stitches (16 on 3 needles to knit in the round), if gauge is 4.5 stitches to the inch. I used 48 stitches on size 6 needles.

Knit 4, Purl 4 for half an inch

Knit in the round until the entire piece measures four inches in length.

To decrease: Row 1, knit 2 together. Row 2, purl. Row 3, knit 2 together. Row 4, purl. Trim the yarn leaving about 6 inches of extra slack. Thread the yarn tail with a tapestry needle, then thread all of the remaining stitches through the needle. Tighten and put the needle through the top of the hat. On the inside of the hat, tie off the yarn securely.

To make bunny ears: With gray yarn, cast on 4 stitches.

Knit six rows in stockinette stitch. Increase one by knitting through in the back loop on the first stitch and knit six more rows in stockinette. Repeat this once more.

Decrease one by knitting two together on the first stitch. Knit six rows in stockinette stitch. Repeat once.

Decrease one by knitting two together on the first stitch. Knit four rows in stockinette stitch. Repeat twice. Knit the last two stitches together and tie off.

Pick up three stitches from the original four cast on. With the pink yarn, knit six rows in stockinette stitch. At the beginning and end of every pink row, hook the edge of the gray and knit or purl the pink and gray stitches together. This will create the effect of pink “inner ear” and gray “outer ear” in one relatively seamless ear.

Increase one by knitting through in the back loop on the first stitch and knit six more rows in stockinette. Repeat this once more.

Decrease one by knitting two together on the first stitch. Knit six rows in stockinette stitch. Repeat once.

Decrease one by knitting two together on the first stitch. Knit four rows in stockinette stitch. Repeat once. Knit the last two stitches together and tie off. Use a tapestry needle to tuck the yarn ends into the inside of the ear. Sew the ends of the ear to the hat with pink yarn.

Baby hats!

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In Defense of Weeds

19 Jul

Earlier this summer I wrote a post in defense of weeds. Slate Magazine has just published a similar piece with more history and an excellent slide show. Be sure to check out the slide show, it has lots of fascinating information. While you’re there, also check out one of my favorite podcasts, the Slate Culture Gabfest, a thought provoking discussion on everything from MOMA exhibits to Lady Gaga.

Keep Savannah Quirky

15 Jul

This morning Savannah was even more atmospheric than usual. The clouds hung as low and gray as the Spanish moss; the sidewalks were strewn with tiny white flower petals released during the storms last night. But what I wanted to share is the quirkier side of Savannah. This is a house I pass on my way to work….

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Butterbean Pesto Pasta

9 Jul

Fresh pesto is always worth making and is quite easy. Pesto can be made with many combinations of herbs, nuts, cheese, and lemon juice or vinegar. The classic Genovese pesto is basil pesto: masses of fresh basil, lemon juice, garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, pepper, and (optional) pine nuts crushed together in a mortar and pestle or food processor.

I mixed my homemade pesto with whole wheat pasta shells and fresh butterbeans from the Farmer’s market: summer and freshness embodied (and excellent with a Riesling). Enjoy!

Fresh Butterbean Pesto Pasta

Artists Guerra de la Paz- Treasure from Trash

8 Jul

I have always loved found-object art for its social commentary and eco-friendliness. Two Cuban-born artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, collaborate as Guerra de la Paz. These artists use found objects and trash to create amazing sculptures.

Glee!

7 Jul

I just (re)watched the last 20 minutes of the Glee finale. The New Directions winning performance is a wonderful monument to being constantly pushed down and rising above with grace. Worth a watch.

http://www.fox.com/glee/full-episodes

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