Easy to Knit Lace Shawl

easy to knit lace shawl

I finally finished this easy to knit lace shawl that I plan to wear when I go to the symphony / opera / theater. Of course, I won’t be able to wear it until fall because the yarn fiber makes one very toasty. The Magic Shawl pattern was designed by the Knitting Fairy and you can find it on Ravelry. I knitted the large shawl (gauge will differ, depending on the yarn). I love its length and how it wraps around me so nicely.¬† I added glass beads down the center knit stitches (crochet method). Since I was using stash yarn, I did not have enough to knit the trim indicated in the pattern, but I did have enough yarn to crochet a picot edge (3 chain picot and single crochet in every stitch around the edge).

The pattern is very basic and uses yarn overs at each end and in the center of each row. I knitted the shawl on size 10 needles to add air to the pattern. You can use smaller needles if you want a tighter “weave.” The yarn I used is S. Charles Collezione Ritratto. It’s really a beautiful yarn (53% Rayon; 28% Mohair; 10% Nylon (Polyamide); 9% Polyester). I really like the color.

easy to knit lace shawl with glass beads
Glass beads were added to the two knit stitches at the center of the shawl (used crochet method to add beads).

 

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Homemade Turtle Candy using ROLOs

homemade-turtles

Like a lot of people I’m counting down the days to Valentine’s Day, and I’m testing recipes in the kitchen which I think might make good gifts for coworkers, friends, and family. During the Christmas season, my sister-in-law makes homemade turtle candy, but I don’t consider this recipe to be seasonal – turtle candy is good any time!

To make homemade turtle candy you’ll need:

  • a bag of ROLO Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolate
  • small pretzels (I like the small squares.)
  • pecan halves

On a cookie sheet, line the pretzels and then place a ROLO on top of each. Top each ROLO with a pecan.

(You can choose to add the pecans after the ROLOs spend time in the oven, but I chose to place them prior to the heating process. Keeps me from rushing in the assembly process and it allows the pecans to disburse oils which add flavor. The pecans I used came straight out of the freezer too.)

Bake at 220-degrees F for 2 minutes. Gently squish pecans into the ROLOs. Remove turtle candy from the cookie sheet to a piece of wax paper on the counter top to cool.

After the candy is cool, you can package the treats. Don’t forget to taste test. You’ll want to know what everyone is sure to enjoy!

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Pink Knitting Projects – In the Pink

pink knitting projects
The year is almost at a close, and it went by very rapidly in my opinion. The older I get, the faster the years fly by. I thought today I would wish every visitor, those new and those who frequent ImagineMechanix, a Happy New Year! May it be one that has you “in the pink.” In other words, may you be in very good health and in good spirits in 2014. Of course, it always helps to knit! I found some lovely pink knitting projects that you might want to take a closer look at. There may be something above that you’d like to knit up for yourself or someone else.

Key to the knitting projects above:

a. Orchid Cowl – free pattern on Ravelry
b. Pink Ribbon Washcloth (Breast Cancer Awareness) Рfree pattern on Ravelry
c. Pink Tulip Patch Blanket – $3.50 pattern on Ravelry
d. Pink Phoenix Shawl – $6.00 pattern on Ravelry
e. Pink Home Slippers – $4.99 pattern on Ravelry
f. Knitted Neckwarmer – Blog and Etsy

I wish everyone the best of health! Oh, and don’t forget to stop by next year.

 

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DIY Bird Feeders – How to Make a Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeders
There are tutorials available for all of these bird feeders.

With the weather cooling in many parts of the country (I’m still waiting here in Texas, but it will happen eventually.), it’s time to think about our feathered friends. Construct one of these DIY Bird Feeders and make it a little easier for birds to find nutrition.

I think all of the examples are elegant. These bird feeders will not only make the birds happy, you’ll enjoy them too. Who doesn’t like watching birds in their garden? I bet you also know someone who would appreciate one of these for their garden. Make one as a Christmas gift. That’s what I’m thinking of doing. I have wine bottles on hand, so I’m leaning toward that design. I also have terracotta pots that I could re-purpose. All of these great designs use recycled materials.

Here’s your key to the DIY Bird Feeders:

  1. DIY Bird Feeder using a Melamine Bowl and Plate
  2. DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeders
  3. DIY Bird Feeder from a Flower Pot
  4. DIY Tea Cup Bird Feeder
  5. DIY Tea Cup Hanging Bird Feeder
  6. DIY Acorn Bird Feeder (site unavailable as of June 2014)

DIY Bird Feeders for the Kids

If you want a project you can work on with the kids, consider Bird Seed Feeders.

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