Saturday, December 10, 2016

How to Make Perfect Pom Poms

I absolutely love the look of pom poms and love to add them to many of my projects. I frequently add them to hats. I think they are fun to experiment with making them with different colors and textures of yarn to make each one unique. They can also be used in decorating. There are so many ideas out there if you look for them!

Card Board (I prefer Corrugated) 
Template (See Attached or any round object works well) 
Dental Floss (Optional, I like unflavored)

To start you will need to make a pom pom maker. To do this you will need to cut two identical circles out of card board with holes in the middle ( I also like to add a slit to one side to make winding the yarn easier). 

Cut a roughly 20 inch long piece of yarn or dental floss and set it aside for later. 

Hold both of your pom pom maker disks together with the slits lining up. 

Begin to wrap your yarn around the disks. Start at one end and work in layers to get an even pom pom. You do not have to wrap all the way to the edge of the disk. 

Keep Wrapping. Wrap yarn around the disks until there is very little room left. The more you wrap the better the pom pom. 

Once you have finished wrapping, take your scissors and start cutting the yarn placing your scissors between the two disks. 

Once you have cut all the way around wrap your yarn or dental floss (cut earlier) around the pom pom in between the two disks. 

TIE IT AS TIGHT AS POSSIBLE. This is why I often use both dental floss and yarn, the dental floss secures it and the yarn hides the floss. If you are using chunky or bulky yarn or a roving style yarn the dental floss with help to keep a nice tight pom pom. 

Leave the extra yarn hanging to attack your pom pom to something or to make an ornament! 

After the center is tied you can remove the cardboard disks

Cut the edges of the pom pom for a smoother look, you may cut a little or a lot. Go slow so you don't start by taking off too much yarn you can always cut more later. 

Attach the pom pom to a desired project!

Here are some other project ideas to get you going! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Covert Knitter on Etsy + Bloglovin'

My goal between now and cyber monday is to add almost 100, yes you read that right one hundred, new listing to my Etsy Store. I have a lot of earring, necklaces and more bracelets being posted. Many of which are perfect for gift giving or to jazz up an outfit for a holiday party. 

The Pieces Shown Above Are: 

  1. Metal Bead Earrings
  2. Rose Crystal Swirl Bracelet
  3. Green and Yellow Beaded Bookmark
  4. Joy Zipper Pull
  5. Blue Swarovski Crystal and Glass Pearl Necklace
All of these peices will be listed by Monday Morning at 8 am EST.

I can now be found on Bloglovin

Happy Sunday
~ Katy

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My Knitting Essentials

Over the years I have tried many different notions, some I have chosen myself and other which were from my mom and grandma. Through a lot of trial and error I have narrowed down a list of five of my favorite notions.
  1. Boye® Stitch Holders - Mittens are one of my favorite things to knit and I absolutely love these to hold the thumb stitches. 
  2. Clover Soft Stitch Ring Markers - I have tried many different types of markers and these are by far my favorite. They can be used with all types of yarns (even lace weight!) on most sizes of needles.
  3. Susan Bates® Steel Yarn Needles - I prefer metal yarn needles for finishing projects. For me it seems to glide better through the stitches making weaving in end easier. 
  4. Clover Knitting Counter, Kacha-Kacha -  These are my favorite type of row counter. So much so I have two, both of which are currently in use. I made a beaded lanyard on one of them (DIY coming soon!). 
  5. Brittany Needle Wax - I prefer to use wooden needles and I once worked with this horrible yarn which stained my needles purple. I talked to the owner of my local yarn store and she recomended using this needle wax to prevent color transfer and to polish sluggish needles. I LOVE it and a little bit goes a long way. 
These are five of my favorite knitting essentials! Comment what some of your essentials are!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Covert Knitter is Open on Etsy!!!

My Etsy store is officially open!!!! I have been working on it now for several weeks and finally got it open last night! I'm super excited about it and hope to be adding new items soon! 

I can be found by searching TheCovertKnitter on Etsy. 

Two of my favorite pieces listed are:

Please go check it out and favorite things so I know what to make more of!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Babies and Bears: Part 1

I few weeks ago I started working on a sweater for my aunt. When she was up visiting this past May she found a store sample sweater she liked and bought the supplies to make it. Since the weather is starting to cool off I started working on it. It was a slow start because I was finishing up some little projects for a craft sale.

Picture One: This is about three weeks of work

Picture Two: After four weeks

Picture Three: After about five weeks

The pattern is ; Babies' & Bears Sweater for Grown-Ups by Carol A. Anderson
The Yarn is: Paca Paints in 409 Emerald Isle (The Alpaca Yarn Company)
Alpaca Lace in 1419 Lake Chelan (Cascade Yarn)
These two yarns are being held together. 

I will follow up in a few weeks!
Happy Knitting!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekly Fives

Happy Monday! 

Last Weeks Favorites are: 

  1. Kindle Paperwhite - I have had mine for over a year and love it!
  2. Gone with the Wind - This is probably my favorite book ever! I am reading it for the third time on my Kindle. 
  3. Paca Paints Yarn - by The Alapaca Yarn Company (Find a retailer HERE).
  4. Burt's Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm - This is also available in most stores. 
  5. Endless Weekend - by Bath and Body Works. I have been using this constantly. 
This weeks Goals: 
  • Make Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls
  • Coffee with a Friend who's in town this week
  • Find a new show on Netflix (I finished Bones...and have no idea what to do with myself) 
  • Paint my Nails
  • Find new food recipies 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekly List + Favorites

Happy Monday!

This week I am going to start with five favorites from last week. 

  1. Bones - This summer I started watching Bones on Netflix from the begining. I am currently on Season 11 (The last season on Netflix). 
  2. Don't Wanna Know by Maroon 5 - It's been on repeat!
  3. Muffins I made last week. (Recipe Here)
  4. NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu - This has been a long standing favorite. I am currently on my third tube! 
  5. Suede Booties - I have this pair linked on Pinterest (Here). 
This weeks goals list of goals includes...
  • Organize Bookshelves
  • Find New Desktop Backgrounds
  • Start Etsy Listing - (Hopefully Launch Store)
  • Organize Sweaters
  • New Blog Pictures
Have a Great Week

Friday, October 14, 2016

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

I have been eating gluten free since 2012 due to Celiac like symptoms. Since I like to bake and often can't find muffins, cookies, etc. that I like I make my own. Since it is fall I decided to make Pumpkin Muffins.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins
2 1/4 c. Gluten Free Flour - I use Trader Joe's Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 c. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. Salt
1 can Pumpkin
3/4 c. Oil
3 Eggs
3/8 c. Water
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Handful Craisins and Golden Raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix pumpkin, oil, eggs, water, and spices. Combine with dry ingredients, fold in craisins and golden raisins. Grease pan. Fill with batter. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes (22 min worked perfectly for me).

I have found that the wetter the batter is the better gluten free items stay together. 


Monday, October 10, 2016

Weekly List...I Would Rather be Knitting

Happy Monday!

On Monday mornings I like to take some time while I eat breakfast and plan out my week. This week my list includes: 

  • Clean Makeup Brushes
  • Change Over Closet to Fall and Winter Clothes
  • Make Pumpkin Muffins
  • Protect Suede Booties
  • Take Pictures for Etsy
I will hopefully finish this list and be ready to launch my Etsy Store next week. 

~ Katy

Friday, September 16, 2016

I'm Never Alone... My Knitting Comes Too

This weekend I am going on a road trip! To start it off I have a job interview which I will be traveling around four hours for (wish me luck). Then since I am closer to some friends than home, I am going to visit them. While we have a lot of fun things planned my best friend is still in school so to fill my time while she studies I am going to bring knitting with me.
This reminds me of a saying my mom once cross stitched onto tote bags: 
"Where ever I go, what ever I do, I'm never along my stitching comes too." 

For me it would be Where ever I go, what ever I do, I'm never along my knitting comes too! I will also hopefully be able to take some time and find a yarn store along my travels. 

Hope you all have a great weekend! 

Happy Knitting ~ Katy