Monthly Archives: August 2015

Go Pack! Hat

Dee:  My favorite season has finally arrived!   Football season!  I needed a Green Bay Packers hat so I designed a beginner friendly hat pattern that highlights one of my favorite yarns from Lorna’s Laces.  Lorna’s Laces dyes up exclusive regional colorways for yarn shops.  This hat is a quick knit in their Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky.  I picked up my Go Packers! colorway at Stitches Midwest from Yarns By Design.  The yarn is dyed half one color and half another and not in a way that creates stripes of each color.   Wanting to knit a hat without any strange pooling of colors I decided a short row hat would be the way to go.  I immediately loved the way the colors were working out.  If you would like to knit a hat with a brim I would suggest casting on another ten stitches or so.   This is such a quick knit that you’d probably have it done by halftime!

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Go Pack! Hat

  • One skein Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky (140 yards per skein)
  • US 10 1/2 needles
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends.


Cast on 28 stitches.

Row 1:  Knit all 28 stitches. Turn.

Row 2:  Knit 20 stitches turn work and knit back. Turn.

Row 3:  Knit 22 stitches turn work and knit back. Turn.

Row 4:  Knit 24 stitches turn work and knit back. Turn.

Row 5:  Knit 26 stitches turn work and knit back. Turn.

Row 6: Knit all 28 stitches. Turn

Repeat these rows ten (10) more times for a total of eleven (11) repeats ending with a Row 6, then cast off leaving a long tail.  Fold knitted piece in half and sew the two edges together with the long tail to form the hat.  Use the short tail from your cast on edge to close the top of the hat.  A pom-pom on top might be a fun addition.   Happy knitting!

EDIT:  Additional instruction added on 8/27/15. Oops, my bad!

A Penny For Your Thoughts?

Dee: Lately my thoughts have been focused on pennies.  I made some jewelry to give as gifts with locally pressed pennies and now I am hooked.  I cannot stop.  Friends are even pressing pennies for me whilst they are on vacation.

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I’ve been doing some research into pressing pennies I’ve learned some tips and tricks for the best possible outcome.  Today I tested different methods of cleaning the pennies using common everyday household items.

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Method 1:  Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into 1/4 cup of vinegar.  Drop in the pennies and the magic happens right before your eyes.  This took less than 5 minutes.

Method 2:  Ketchup, since it’s basically made from a large amount of both salt and vinegar, is quick as well.  This method however leaves the pennies smelling like ketchup.  Frankly, since method one worked so well I would save my ketchup for a burger in lieu of clean currency.  This method also took 5 minutes.

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Method 3:  Barkeepers Friend is something I use to clean sinks with yet you can clean pennies quite effortlessly when you sprinkle it on them while they are wet.  This method requires a tad bit of scrubbing the penny between your fingers as you rinse them off.  This was also a five minute endeavor.

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Method 4:  Cola Cola…hmmmm this picture is worth a thousand words.  We probably shouldn’t be drinking this stuff…just sayin’.  Plus this method took four hours and the result was less than stellar.

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Method 5:  Finally, if you have pennies that are circa 1982 and later you can use the eraser method.  I tried in on one side of one penny only since it was a lot of work and the effort just didn’t wow me.

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The white towel has the vinegar and salt on at the top and the ketchup on the bottom.  The green towel has the BarKeepers Friend pennies and the red towel are the Coca Cola pennies which still came out a lot less shiny than any of the other methods.  My recommendation is to stick with the vinegar and salt.

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I finished my Cameo shawl also this afternoon using some of WEBS Valley Yarns Charlemont .  I love this yarn and this pattern.    Next up I’ll be knitting a quick garter stitch hat using some Lorna’s Laces Bulky in Go Pack Go.   Happy knitting!

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