Rainy days are for….

Hello all,

Life gets busy and if you are a mom or a dad, or a grandparent you know what I am talking about. Once again I have more drafts saved for this blog than published. What can I do? Nothing but take care of my little ones. Like I always say, life is not Instagram perfect. Right now it is raining and my little ones are building a huge fort in their room. Rainy days are for fun activities, such as fort building, coloring, and more. Especially since we are trying a screen time break.

If you follow me, you know I love to garden, and I have a question for gardeners out there…does soil PH change the color of peonies? Reason being is that all my peonies, end up white. All of them. I have white peonies in my yard and planted light pink ones, and they became white. Right now I have this beautiful dark pink peony, and I am praying that next year it comes back as dark pink and not white. Google says that soil PH shouldn’t affect my peonies, but I don’t know. All my hydrangeas are always white. No matter how many times I add stuff to the soil to change them to blue or to pink, they always come out white. It makes me wonder.

Let me know what you think.

Ciao,

Dani

A Great Stash buster!!!!!

Alright y’all, I am doing it. I am sharing a pattern publically. This one will be free for now. I know we are getting into the warmer months, but, if you are like me and have friends with little ones, you know that eventually a birthday or Christmas gift will be needed. That is where these adorable penguins come in.

I love this little guy and he is so cute. I add a rattle to mine but you don’t have too. This guy is written up to use a double strand of yarn for the body, but if you have bulky or even super bulky yarn that you need to bust, try him. He may be a bit bigger than mine, but that is okay.

Alright now it is time to actually share him.

Note: This penguin is knitted flat then seamed together. You can try him in the round and let me know how it goes. I do have a PDF copy that I am working on with pictures, and that will come soonish. As you know, part of my reach with this blog is that life is beautiful, but messy. That is my life anyways, maybe yours is more clean and organized than mine.

Glossary

K-knit

P-purl

Kfb -knit front back.

K2tog- knit two together

p2tog- purl two together

Materials Needed:

  • Size 10 needles
  • Yarn-
  • Body: I Use a size 4 or worsted weight yarn (I used Caron simply soft for the colored body) 35 yards of a size 4 yarn with two strands held together. (so 70 yards total in two different balls)
  • White-about 4 yards for the heart (give or take) I used Red heart Super Saver.
  • Eyes- black yarn -20 inches (Red Heart Super Saver)
  • Nose- orange yarn – 20 inches (Caron Simply Soft)
  • Darning needle
  • Polyfill
  • Rattle

Gauge: Doesn’t matter

Body:

In the color of your choice and holding two strands together cast on 21 stitches

  1. purl (WS)
  2. Knit (RS)
  3. Continue with the Stockinette stitch (purl one row, knit one row) for rows 3-17 ending on a purl row)
  4. Row 18: *k2 k2tog* repeat between * until one stitch remains, k1 (16 stitches)
  5. Row 19: purl
  6. Row 20: *k1 k2tog* repeat between * until one stitch remains, k1 (11 stitches)
  7. Row 21: purl
  8. Row 22: *k2tog* repeat between * until one stitch remains, k1 (6 stitches)
  9. B and T -break off yarn leaving a long end, thread it through stitches left on needle, pull up to gather tightly and fasten off. Leave a 8 inch long tail.

Heart for face

Using 1 strand of white cast on 2 and make sure to leave a 6 inch long tail.

  1. P
  2. kfb, k1 (3 stitches)
  3. P
  4. kfb, k1, kfb (5 stitches)
  5. P
  6. kfb, k3, kfb (7 stitches)
  7. P
  8. kfb, k5, kfb (9 stitches)
  9. P
  10. kfb, k7, kfb (11 stitches)
  11. P
  12. K
  13. p7, bo1, p4 (now you should have 5 stitches on either side of the bind off)
  14. Working only with the first 5 stitches on the needle, k3, k2tog (4 stitches)
  15. p2tog twice (2 stitches)
  16. Knit 2tog – 1 stitch, bind off leaving a 5 inch long tail
  17. On the knit side Add yarn where you did the bind off. knit 2tog then knit 3 (4 stitches)
  18. Purl 2 tog twice
  19. Knit 2tog
  20. bind off leaving a 5 inch long tail.

Eyes and Nose

Eyes

Using the black yarn embroider eyes (You can make them fun with different personalities. I love making mine look like a heart)

Nose

Do the same with the orange yarn to make a nose, I make mine look like an upside down triangle for the beak.

Sewing the body together

Once you have your penguin peanut all made up you will be stuffing the penguin and sewing together. Starting at the head sew the seams together halfway. Then using the bottom tail, sew the bottom together closed in a circle. Stuff your penguin and add a rattle if you want. Then finish sewing the back seam together. Weave in the ends, and your penguin is done!

Alright that is it. Now for legal stuff.You may sell items made from this pattern, but please credit me as the original designer.  Also, please do not share the written pattern in print or electronically. You may share a link back to my blog if you would like someone else to see or work with this pattern. Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

So let me know what you think in the comments. Advice is always appreciated. If you make this adorable penguin, please share with me or tag me on instagram @bellavitamaglia

Ciao,

Dani

The cost of knitting.

I started this post back in February and I thought I hit publish, but it turns out I only saved this post.

I saw this image shared on facebook by Slipped Stitch Studios and I just had to share it.

I want to say this is so true. I have been told not to undersell myself. Yet, When I charge for materials and pay myself about $3.00 an hour, I get told that I am charging way too much. At this point, I think it is time to undersell myself. I think all artisans will have to undersell themselves due to the fact that big box stores, machines, and scammers, are now taking over the crafty areas. It is upsetting that we can’t charge what we are actually worth.

That being said, I am happy when people appreciate the cost that goes into knitting as well as the time. Crafting is something that fills my cup. (Well it used too, right now my crafting is pretty much on the back burner, but I used to be able to listen to the Bible in a Year and craft)

Anyways, This meme also speaks too me and it something that I tend to do a lot.

Ciao,

Dani

Introducing Noodles

Noodles the cat (who I will try to draw a picture of) is a cat that has pretty much taken my kids school and church by storm. He found the school, found the church, found the parish office, and claimed all the buildings as his. In a way that only cats can do. Based on his many many adventures that I hear all about, and some times get to witness, I have decided to write short little stories about him and his adventures, now some of what you will read is true but most of it, is made up for the story.

Today’s story is introducing Noodles.

Noodles the cat moved to a new house and decided to go exploring. He heard some odd noises outside and left through his cat door. As he was walking down the block he saw children playing. He also saw many many buildings. All with words on the outside. Noodles can’t read so he kept on walking. It turned out Noodle walked right into a school. He made the children giggle and shout for joy. The teachers on the other hand brought Noodles back to his home, but Noodles swore he would be back.

Okay, that is all for now. Tune in more to hear about how Noodles went to Kindergarten, Noodles went to daily mass, Noodles went to Christmas Eve Mass, Noodles slept in baby Jesus’s manger, Noodles went to the parish office, Noodles brought a friend, Coco the dog, to school, and more. Including the time that I got to personally pick up Noodles, pet him, and return him to his house.

Ciao,

Dani

Cotton yarn for spring and summer?

When the weather warms up, many knitters and crocheters still want to knit and crochet. Yet it gets hard making projects out of heavy wool yarn. That is where cotton and a cotton linen or cotton bamboo blend come in perfectly. I am currently designing a light tank out of cotton yarn. I am using knit picks yarn. The same yarn I used for the ballet sweaters I made.

My girls ballet sweaters

I enjoy working with a variety of different yearn. I also enjoy working with a variety of different colors. The tank I am working on right now is inspired by Saint Kateri.

My goal is to finish it by the end of the month but as my drafts page to my blog shows that may not happen. As we know life with multiple children, gets messy.

Ciao,

Dani

I don’t even have a title

Any time I have sat down to write the kids have needed me. By the time I get to do something without being “needed” it is making food for everyone. Even then I get interrupted and am needed many many times.

That being said, I do want to get back to writing for this. I have so many ideas that I want to share, and all but right now I feel like I need to write a my life has been busy and complicated but I am still here.

So what have I been doing these past few months, surviving. I have had sick children, a huge house remodel (which is still going on) , and just so many things that I feel a little bit like treading water. As much as I am hoping things slow down, I know that they won’t come summer. I have a very busy summer planned, with hopefully some knitting.

Missing charger

The charger for my chrome book which I use to type these posts up is missing. I have no clue where it disappeared too. All I know is a little got to my work station (okay my work station was moved due to the remodel) and now everything I use is missing. Of course my two youngest don’t really talk. My three year old is just starting and doing great in speech therapy it my 1.5 year old, I am sure he knows but just doesn’t have the words. Anyways I am just making a short post to let you all know I forgot about you.

False Spring, Second Winter,

I live in the Midwest, which mean I deal with false spring, second winter, fools spring, last winter, real spring, then summer. Of course the seasons all have different names based on what area of the Midwest you live in, but it is all the same. One day we are dealing with snow and the next day there is 50-60 degree weather, followed by 30-40 degrees, followed by an icy mixed, followed by more sun.

That makes it very hard to plant. It also makes my allergies go crazy. I am sure it does the same to you, if you live in an area like this. Eventually we will have a real spring for about 2, maybe three weeks, and then it will go straight to summer where we are in 70-80-to even 90 degree weather. I got married during a Midwest “spring” and it was 80 degrees by 10 am on my wedding day. Which makes the growing season here interesting. Especially since a week and a half before my wedding day we have frost and freeze warnings.

Anyways, right now. I am dealing with some very very sick little ones. Yes, they are still sick, and I am feeling like I am not being heard and that no one seems to know what is wrong with my little ones. It is scaring me as a mom. Right now, if you are the praying type, please keep them in your prayers. Thank you,

Ciao,

Dani

We’re moving…

to our own domain site. That’s right, I will be getting rid of the wordpress.com on my links. I will be moving to my own hosted domain site. Don’t worry, I won’t lose (or shouldn’t lose) all of my work. I am still figuring it all out so the move will take a while, but I am giving you all a heads up. With this move, I should be able to host my own downloaded site or have links for items to be downloaded and purchased from me. I am still getting it all together. Anyways, I hope you all follow me with the move.

Shamrocks, Cats, yarn, and more

It has been almost a month. Yes, a month since I last wrote. I know I am failing at my news years resolution to stay on top of this. I also know that things have been extremely busy here. So I am starting with the and more part of my title. Since January, I have had a very sick little one who has required a lot of my attention. Due to how sick he has been, I haven’t kept up with anything like I should. I haven’t had time to knit like I want, to write like I want, to design up patterns and release them like I want and I just have to be okay with that. I have been thinking about and will be asking for Saint Raphael, the archangel to intercede for my little Star Sweeper so that he can get better soon. As of right now, we don’t know when he will get better and that worries my mommy heart.

Okay, on the the Shamrocks and Cats part of my title. I am sure if you look at a calendar, you know that today is Saint Patrick’s day. Last year I wrote up about Saint Gertrude, because today is also her feast day and she is known as the Patron saint of Cats.

If you love cats, you can celebrate her today. I think people would like her. If you want to read about her, click here to go to my post from last year. As for Saint Patrick’s day, I didn’t write about him last year. I don’t know if I have the time or energy to write much about him this year, so I am going to share some fast facts, that if you are Catholic, or a history buff, you probably already know.

  1. Saint Patrick is a real person! – There seems to be a debate that the saints are not real, but made up legends. I don’t know where that started but there is historical evidence that the saints are real and there is historical evidence that Saint Patrick did truly walk on this earth.
  2. He isn’t Irish! – A lot of people think that Saint Patrick is Irish. That is false. Saint Patrick was English and kidnapped by Irish pirates. He spent years in slavery. When he escaped by to England, he became a priest and then had a dream that made him go back to Ireland to save the people from paganism. (Also side note- those who call themselves witches or modern pagans today, really are not related at all to the pagans that were in Ireland. What they are doing is modern, doesn’t have any historical roots, and is man made. I can get into that later, in another post.)
  3. Did you know that Saint Patrick used to be represented by the color blue, not green?
  4. He used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  5. time for some off my favorite memes of his.

If you didn’t know, there is a well known prayer that Saint Patrick wrote. I will be sharing it below.

“Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today through a might strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

Through belief in the threeness, through confession of the oneness,

of the creator of creation.”

Saint Patrick

Now for the yarn part of my title, I have been working up some fun projects. I do plan to write a post sooner than later about yarn, but for now, if you want a preview of what I am working on, please head to my Instagram page.

Ciao,

Dani