I would like to announce that my website for Knit Whitt is officially up and running! It has been an exciting yet long process, but I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. I’m still working on it, and will be adding new items so its not completely done, but almost! I would love to hear feedback on what you think, and anyways I can make it better :)
Does your daughter go through leggings like crazy?! Mine does! She always gets huge holes in the knees, and then they look so trashy. What I’ve always done instead of just tossing them is cut them to make shorts. They’re perfect to wear under dresses and skirts, or just to play outside. This year I got an even better idea! Instead of throwing the bottom halves away, I turned them into arm warmers! The shape of them are already perfect, I just cut a small hole for the thumb near the end, where it would be on the ankle, and hand stitched around so it wouldn’t fray. I used my sewing machine to hem the ends as well. You can use your sewing machine for the thumb hole, I just haven’t figured out how to do that yet. :) Then you can either leave them as they are or embellish them! I added little ribbon bows on one pair and some tulle on another (I couldn’t find the others to take pictures of them). My daughter loves these and I love that I got 3 uses out of a pair of pants!
I bought some knitting needles!!! I love to crochet, but lately I’ve been itching to try out knitting. A lot of people told me they thought crochet was better and easier, which is why I learned that first. But now I’m ready for another challenge! Also, I figured since my shop name is Knit Whitt, I should probably know how to knit. I’ve already had a few snooty people tell me there are no knitted items in my shop, it’s all crochet. Yes, I know that, I made them! The name Knit Whitt was chosen more because it rhymes and has my last name, and it matches my sense of humor perfectly. Anywho, I’m going to start with just learning the basic stitches, then try to follow an actual pattern. I’ll post pictures of my first (hopefully successful) project. If you have any tips for a beginning knitter, please share :)
I have fallen in love with this flower pattern!!! I have made quite a few for hats and hair clips, and they are perfect! I was using a similar pattern but I didn’t like how poofy it was. I think what I love most about this is how easy it is to change the size/look by simply changing the hook or yarn. :) If you would like to buy this flower hair clip, you can do so here on my web page.
A few weeks ago I was looking for ideas for photo props that I could crochet and I stumbled upon a photo of a chunky little baby wearing little wrist cuffs. They were so cute and not something I’d seen before (on a newborn), I decided that would be my next project. I couldn’t find a pattern I liked so I made my own. This pattern is very simple, and the best part about these little cuffs is they are very stretchy! I hope you enjoy, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
This pattern has not been tested by me, however I sent them off to a photographer and she said they were perfect! I’m still waiting on the pictures from her, I’ll update when I get them :)
This pattern is for a newborn, but you can easily increase the size by using a larger hook, yarn or increasing the beginning chain :)
If you love these but don’t want to make them, you can purchase them at my Facebook shop, Knit Whitt.
Chain 28 Sl st into 1st chain.
Round 1-4: **ch 4, skip 3 chains and sl st into 4th ch.** repeat around
Round 5-11: **ch 5, skip the next 3 chains, sl st into next.**
Tie off and weave in ends :)
You may sell anything you make from my patterns, but please don’t sell the pattern or use my images. Feel free to link back to my blog!
I’m having a photo prop giveaway at my Facebook shop right now! You have the chance to win 1 of 4 items, and you get to choose which one you want! All you have to do is go to Knit Whitt and like my shop. Then, on the picture pinned to the top of my page, tag yourself on the item you would like to win and comment with a number!
While planning my 6 year olds party, the thought dawned on me that I never posted the cat party I had for my 3 year old. Aren’t I great at this blogging thing? I didn’t make as much for this party as I did the mermaid party, but I still had a lot of fun making the piñata and a few other decorations. I made some cute cat ears and an outfit for my daughter, but right before the party started she decided to throw her last terrible two tantrum. So she had a painted nose with no whiskers, no ears and a different dress on. Oh well. She still looked purrrfect to me :)
Warning: I will probably continue to use corny cat sayings
I made the ears out of headbands from the Dollar Tree and some self adhesive foam. Just cut the ear shape out and wrap it around the headband, then add a smaller triangle in the center. I made the tails out of boa’s that I also bought at the dollar store (I love that place!) and just safety pinned them on their behinds.
Since some of the children were pretty young, I didn’t plan too many games. One of the favorites was The Mouse Hunt. I bought a bunch of plastic eggs and drew little faces, ears and tails on them. Then I filled them with 3 pennies each, and hid them all over the yard. I forgot to take pictures of the eggs up close, sorry! The kitties had a blast searching for them and were really excited to get money!
My birthday girl on the hunt
The next game we played was musical cat beds. Its the same as musical chairs but instead I used pillows and they had to crawl around. I played cat themed music like the Stray Cats.
The last thing on the list for entertainment was the piñata. This was one of my favorites since I got to get my hands dirty making it :)
- punch balloon
- newspaper strips (about 1-2 inch wide)
- flour and water (the glue)
- self adhesive foam
- pipe cleaners
- wire hanger
- liquid glue
- small amount of cardboard
First lay down protective cover to work on (it gets messy) then mix equal parts flour and water to make your glue. then blow up the balloon and start dipping the strips into the glue, and laying them on. Make sure the strips aren’t dripping, but are coated. After it’s completely covered, let dry (a few hours or overnight). After the first layer, I attached cardboard at the top for ears. Then I added another layer, covering part of the ears in the back so it looked more fluid. If this is for older children, you might want to add another layer. Once the last coat is dry, pop the balloon and pull it out. Then cut 3 lines into the top to create the flap for the candy and insert the hook for hanging. Now the decorating! Starting at the top, wrap the streamer around the head in rows and glue. You can either cut the fringe on the streamers before or after you attach them to the piñata. Then cut eyes, nose and mouth out of the foam. The whiskers I attached with super glue before I put the nose on top of them. And that’s all! It was my first piñata, but I think it turned out pretty good.
For food I had a little bit of fun. I knew the one thing I really wanted to serve was some sort of kitty litter. Its gross, but that stuff still cracks me up…. I blame it on my big brother :) I also served chex mix and goldfish in kitty food bowls (brand new, $ store), some fruit because I feel like I need to balance out all the junk, and took the easy way with pizza for the main course.
The Kitty Litter (chocolate pudding covered with crushed graham cracker and chocolate)I would like to give my very talented and creative brother the credit for the wonderful poo masterpieces. Without him, the litter box wouldn’t have been the same!
The last treat we had was the cake. I’m not a master of baking or anything close so I hope you aren’t expecting anything fancy. This is an easy way to make a child-pleasing cat cake for all the fellow non-baking/cake decorating moms out there.
All I did was bake 2 round cakes, stack them and stick 2 triangle graham crackers in the top for the ears. Then I coated it with purple icing. I used a huge marshmallow for the nose and tongue, chocolate twizzlers for the whiskers, and a cake ball cut in half for the eyes.
So that was our kitty party, and I must say, it was the cat’s meow ;)