Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Easy Breezy Baby Hat Pattern

This little baby hat is super fast and easy to make, and requires only basic crochet skills. This pattern is only for newborn sizes, but can be easily adjusted by adding increase rows to make a larger size. I used a K hook, but adjust according to your gauge. The yarn I used is Lince by Ice Yarns, a mohair/merino blend. It's a #2 fine weight yarn.

Start with a magic loop. There are tons of youtube videos on this if you need help.
*don't turn at the end of the rows*

Row 1: 8 hdc in magic loop. Ss in first hdc to Join. Ch 1.  (8)
Row 2: 2 hdc in each stitch. Join with ss. Ch 1. (16)
Row 3: *2hdc in first stitch. 1 hdc in next st.* repeat around. Join with ss. Ch 1. (24)
Row 4: *2hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next 2 st.* Repeat around. Join with ss. Ch 1. (32)
**This is a good spot to stop and check your gauge. At this point, your work should measure about 4 inches across. If it is smaller, you need a bigger hook. If it's bigger, you need to go down a hook size.
Rows 5-11: 1 Hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss. Ch1. It should be about 4.5-5 inches tall at the end of row 11. (32)
Row 12: 1 sc in each stitch around. Join with a ss and fasten off. Weave in ends. (32)

Now we are going to make the swirly little flower. This is so darn easy. You won't believe it.
Ch 28. Turn. Skip a stitch, and 2 dc in every stitch to the end. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Your piece should be like a long-floppy-corkscrewy-dealybopper.

Now wind it up into a cute little flower, as loose or as tightly as you wish. Carefully turn it over and use that long tail you left to sew it together.

 Stitch it to your hat. Be creative. You could add a button or pearl to the center of the flower to make it extra darling.

Did you use this pattern to make your own hat? Please share your photo. I'd love to post it. You can reach me on my contact me link. :)

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Paleo Weekly Meal Plan

Who eats like a cave man? WE DO! Well, sort of. I've taken up what is referred to as the "paleo diet", in an attempt to resolve a serious case of wheat belly. Guess what...it works! On paleo, not only do I feel awesome, but the bloat goes away! I had no idea how much bloating I was experiencing until I started following this way of eating. I don't do it as a "weight-loss" diet, but just as a better and more natural way of eating. I also fudge just a tiny bit on things. A lot of paleo followers avoid alcohol at all costs. I ditch the beer and go for wine. A lot of paleo peeps are anti-dairy, and I still eat a little good quality cheese now and then.

As a new weekly feature, I'm going to start sharing my meal plans. So here's what we're cooking up this week.

Saturday:  Pioneer Woman's braised short ribs, leave out the dredging in flour. Asparagus, and mashed cauliflower

Sunday: Lemon and Artichoke (Practical Paleo), with the best broccoli ever

Monday: Pork Roast with Squishy Squashy Apples ( Eat Like a Dinosaur) Roasted Brussels sprouts.

Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Practical Paleo)

Wednesday: Italian Stuffed Peppers (Practical Paleo)

Thursday: The best ever roast chicken recipe, sub out potatoes for parsnips and turnips. Sub out soy sauce for coconut aminos.

Friday: Italian Hotplate: Ground Beef, zucchini, tomatoes, olives and Italian seasoning on a bed of spaghetti squash. (Well Fed)


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