Thursday, January 22, 2015

Master Bedroom Tour

Here is a sneak peak at our master bedroom! 
No painted walls and with an armchair in need of a sleep cover 

antique floor lamp is from the Tampa theater, FL.

Bedside tables are from pier one imports

Sconces are from pottery barn

Bedding is all from pottery barn

The antique snow shoes are for winter decor only. I have a 3 piece world map wall decor for the rest of the year. Pictures will follow

These handmade soaps are a christmas gift. Thank you Jennifer & Sarah Barefoot

Basket of collectible teak wood mini games

bedframe is from pottery barn

Any suggestions on wall color? Decor? 
I love antiques. 
I like keeping our room simple. 
I also like to mix wood colors as you can see.

Thank you for looking!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Knitted Fluted Cowl Pattern from Purl Bee

Okay, after taking a long break, I am back in knitting mode!

So that no one wanders where I have been for the last few weeks, I decided to post my last creation. A fluted cowl that I resized to fit my daughter. This pattern comes from One of my favorite knitting websites. Although I did not use their wool and follow their measurements, I think it turned out pretty cute and soft. My daughter loves it and has been wearing it even though the weather here has not been that cold!

Here is Purl Bee's original Super Soft Merino Fluted Cowl

And here is mine
I know, not comparable at all! I absolutely Love the Purl Bee Cowl and will one day knit it exactly as it shows on the picture, but in the meantime, I will continue to practice my knitting skills with smaller versions. 

If you like this pattern, check it out here.
Their version wraps around three times which would make it too bulky and heavy on my 12 year old daughter so I decided to reduce the number of stitches casted on by two thirds as suggested in their comments and make it as wide as two yarn skeins would allow me. 
I used Loops and Threads Cozy Wool in the color "stone" and used the suggested U.S. 13 round needles. 

I ended up with a cowl that is 48 inches around and 7 inches wide. I only casted on 116 stitches instead of the 2/3 suggestion of 130 stitches because I was afraid to run out of yarn and not be able to find extra skeins.

I absolutely love the result. This is an easy pattern to knit but beginners, be aware! I do not recommend knitting this while watching TV! I had to constantly repeat the pattern in my head while knitting so not to make any mistakes. Maybe I will become more natural at it one day.

This is the right side of the pattern. Beautiful.

This is the inside of the pattern. Just as beautiful.

I have knitted a total of 8 scarves, cowls and 12 wash/dish cloths in 6 weeks and as a result, my little pinkies can barely bend without feeling pain but all of them are worth it!

If you like to knit and crochet, please send me your favorite websites and patterns. I would love to try them out.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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