Have a GREAT Weekend!

You guys, I just finished my first honest to goodness week of work in like, forever and let me tell you…. It was okay. I feel very lucky to have found a job I can do from home. But also, you have to be disciplined, yo. I learned early in the week that getting properly dressed is important to working. Because being in sweats with no make up actually makes working like a billion, million times harder because your brain is saying, hey man why are we working, look at us? We’re disgusting. Let’s wallow. And, my head is all like, naw, must keep working, must impress new bosses . It’s not fun. And now, I’ma gonna eat some pizza, because I totally earned it. Through brain work.

So, what are your plans for this weekend? We are going to try a new tapas with some friends  because seriously, I haven’t met  a tapa I don’t like. Tapa? More like Yes-a, I’m a gonna eat that and not feel guilty because it’s so small. Hooray for Tapas, hooray for Spain. Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope it’s fantastic. And ideally includes small food you can eat without guilt.

Here is a list of stuff I saw on the interwebs I thought was cool this week:

Poll: birthday cake croissants: good or gross? I’m leaning towards gross because I’m a croissant purist but birthday cake is almost always good so maybe even?

15 easy DIY totes for summer: I totes love all of these. Ha, see what I did there?

How to be Happier: Yes to this, yes to simple but appealing design, yes to not feeling happ(ier)

Scandinavian doll house kitchen: Is it like, a sign that you’ve failed at life when you dream of your kitchen being like a doll house kitchen? The hood! The tile! The tiny cuteness. OMG.

Cucumber Vodka Soda: You had me at its like drinking salad.

Loads of pretty, floral date dresses: because who doesn’t want to wear those all summer long, for real.

Mango fro-yo: putting this first on my list for when I actually buy an ice cream maker. Mango forever!

Owls get fired from Harry Potter: Maybe the world just isn’t ready for real play life owls.

Happy, happy weekend!!

 

 

 

2 super adorable knitted baby hats

So, I’m not sure about you all but a few years ago I hit this phase in life where it seemed like every other month one of my friends had a baby. And now, like clockwork, the cycle is starting all over again with the 2nd wave of babies.

It’s a wonderful thing to see your friends become parents and I love me some babies. (Of course, I don’t have to live with them so its easy for me to say this with the well rested confidence of the childless).  I especially love them when they are still so little that all they do is eat, sleep and occasionally poo, but it’s not like the super disgusting poo because it’s milk poo. (For you squeamish ones, sorry for writing poo 3 times there and then again here.)

(I fully realize that visiting  babies is not at all the same thing as parenting and I’m confident I’ve got at least a few moms rolling their eyes at this post already. Oh, she loves babies, oh their poo isn’t so bad. Yeah right. )

Leslie-Knope-Christmas-GiftsIt’s no secret that I love making thoughtful gifts for my friends. I fancy myself like my shero Leslie Knope. Basically, you know you are in the inner Caro circle if you have had a least 1 homemade gift sent to you. I wouldn’t say these gifts are super impressive. But, I try to send something made with my own little hands that says, hey I love you and I know you just pushed a watermelon sized thing out of your vagina  and that sounds really hard and there is nothing I can do to make up for that awful pain but here is a really cute knitted hat. Something like that.

For those of you are also going through your own wave of friends with babies and would like to send them a little something, I’m sharing here 2 recent knitted hats I made. Full disclosure, I made 1 of these too small and it ended up looking like a baby yarmulke (doesn’t really work  for a goyish baby) so this is not a perfect science. Learn from my mistakes and try to account for baby head size. Also, I don’t have babies so I made my cat model these (and she loooved it!) But, it turns out cat heads are smaller than baby heads. Go figure.

Super Adorable Knitted Hat with Animal Ears 

I found this pattern on pinterest and knitted it in an afternoon so it’s super ac1dcc50-8bd4-435d-9b9f-db4ca58ad643easy to do and a great novice knitting project.

  • What you’ll need:
    • baby yarn and 5 1/2 inch needles.
  • How to make it:
    • Cast on 56 sts. Work in stocking stitch for 22 rows. Then begin to shape the crown.
    •  Knit 1, *k 4, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (47 sts.)
    •  Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k 3, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (38 sts.)
    • Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k 2, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (29 sts.)
    • Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k2tog* rep from * 7 times, end knit 1. (16 sts.)
    • *Pearl 2tog* across entire row. (8 sts.)
    • Leave your remaining sts on your needle cut the yarn with a long tail. Use a tapestry needle to draw the end of the yarn through the remaining sts as you remove them from the needle. Pull tightly and sew the two edges together to finish.
    • Ears (make 2):
      • Cast on 21 sts and knit 3 rows. Cut yarn leaving a long and draw through remaining sts with a tapestry needle. Pull tightly and knot to secure. Keep the tail to help secure the ears to the hat.
      • Finish by sewing a circle of felt to the centre of the ears. Use a contrasting colour and sew in place with a blanket stitch. Sew the ears in place with the remaining tail of wool, sewing back and front to make them secure.

Cutest Knit Bow Baby Hat 

I also found this pattern on pinterest and I love the way it turned out. fd6c0d34-b5a5-4c93-9830-36483029346dHowever, this is the one I made too small which I’m confident is my fault and not the pattern maker. I’m going to try again this week.

  • What you’ll need:
    • Worsted wool yarn, circular 16 inch needles and 7 inch double pointed needles, both size 7.
  • How to make it:
    • Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches onto your circular needles with the main yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 5 rows
    • Stay with main color and knit 2 rows.
    • Switch to accent yarn  and knit 4 rows.
    • Switch back to main yarn and knit until the hat in about 4 1/2 inches long.
    • Begin to Decrease hat:  Knit 6, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
    • Knit all stitches
    • Knit 5, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
    • Knit all stitches onto the double pointed needles.
      • Needle 1: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
      • Needle 2: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
      • Needle 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat one time.Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles.
      • Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
      •  Knit 3 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      •  Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      • Knit 2 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      • Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      •  Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends. 
    • For the bow: knit 14 stiches across for about 7 rows, tie off with yarn and stitch to hat.

Happy knitting!

Happy Happy Weekend!

Hello! It’s Friday! Which for some of us means we have 2 days where no one is going to ask us to do anything. Well, except for you parents. That pretty much never ends for you. I’ve been a little absent here (sorry!) because I’ve been having loads of fun traveling to see friends and also, um I got a job? I’ll write more about it next week, it’s exciting! Money! And working for women. What more can I want?

I hope I haven’t lost every one of my readers in my absence. Seriously, come back. Commmeee baccckkkkkk. There is still a lot of sass waiting for you. And cookies. And maybe some wlushies  (wine + slushie, remember?) if you’re into that sort of thing.

So, what are your plans this weekend? Anything exciting? The Texan and I have basically seen each other for less than 12 waking hours this week which is very unusual for us so we’ll be spending quality time together doing a whole lot of nothing. I really want to go see Love and Friendship and since the Texan has a lifelong crush on Kate Beckinsale I think I’ll be able to convince him.

No matter what you are doing this weekend I hope it is just grand. And maybe includes a cinnamon roll because that always makes things better. Here are some fun things I saw around the web the past few weeks.

A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches: This book sounds like it was made for me. You had me at YA book/first person diatribes.

These cakes are works of art, I can’t stop looking at them. Do you think they taste as good as they look?

In the most disgusting news since all those stories about Trumps tiny hands, KFC is releasing edible nail polish. Why, just why? If they are going to make edible nail polish it should be chocolate, everyone knows that. Or bacon. No wait, chocolate bacon!

The tragic history of RC Cola. I love mental floss. And reading random stories. So this is only for you nerds out there that like that sort of thing too.

OMG there is now an ice cream bar that cures hang overs! I’m not sure I believe in this or in anything that isn’t a NYC egg and cheese to cure hang overs (oh how I miss thee!)

For you Friends fans out there, 2 exciting news items. One, they figured out who played ugly naked guy so we can all rest easy. And two, here’s Matt LeBlac saying how you doin’ and making Kahlessi giggle. You’re welcome.

Please, please someone buy me this dragon candle. Thanks.

23 times when Prince Harry was super cute with kids. I love these so much. Harry forever.

3 unexpected ways to use cake mix. I can totally see the waffles and fudge being delicious. But as breading for chicken? I’m skeptical.

Happy, Happy weekend to all, and to all a good night! xo!