January 30, 2015

Easy Sporty Hand Warmers Free Knitting Pattern

Ok, sometimes (more often than I will admit) I just want to knit.  Like, mindless knit.  I crave easy, fast, straight forward knitting projects that I can whip up in one evening without having to think too much about it.  Please, So if you are feeling like this right now, then I have the answer to curb your momentary knit need.  Follow me ahead.....

Createry Shop’s Easy Sporty Hand Warmers - Free Knitting Pattern
  • Straight knitting needles, size 5.5mm (US9)
  • Medium worsted weight yarn in Greystone (1 ball of 100g yarn is more than enough)
  • Medium worsted weight yarn in goldenrod (1 ball of 100g yarn is more than enough)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Gauge is not critical for this pattern.
Knitting Pattern (make 2):
  1. With goldenrod color yarn, CO 20 sts.
  2. Knit 4 rows.  Break goldenrod yarn and switch to Greystone yarn.
  3. RS: Knit 1 row.
  4. WS: K3, P14, K3.
  5. Repeat steps [3 to 4] until piece measures 5 inches.  Make sure you end on step 4 which is the WS.  Break Greystone yarn and switch back to goldenrod yarn.
  6. RS: Knit 3 rows.
  7. Bind off all sts.  Break yarn leaving a long tail.
  8.  Fold piece in half with the goldenrod borders touching.  With tapestry needle, use long tail left over to sew up edges together leaving a thumbhole approximately 1.5 inches wide.  Securely tie off ends.
  9. Make sure that for the 2nd piece the thumbhole is placed properly so that both pieces mirror each other.
  10. Slip on hand warmers and wow your friends by telling them it only took one evening to make them!

January 16, 2015

Super Easy Butter Cookies Rainbow Swirls

Happy New Year Createry Folks!

Starting a brand new year, everyone is full of great intentions and aspirations.  What can I say, I'm a sucker for the idea that we can mentally erase the scoreboard and start over with a clean slate on 01/01.  We all do the "eat better, live better, be happier, exercise" but I have some fun things to my scoreboard like try on a new lipstick every month, learn how to properly ski, throw out at least 1 thing from my house every week to stop the clutter nightmare, and of course, knit more and bake more.  However, after week 1 and now into week 2 I realize I need to ease myself in slowly to all my self-inflicted expectations.

So to ease on into the year, here is a wonderfully easy butter cookie recipe that really can be used as a the cookie dough base for many other cookies.  You can prep beforehand, and freeze it until you need it.  I just so happened to tint 3 batches and decided to make a swirly rainbow cookie with clear sprinkles instead of using cookie cutters.  Use this recipe all year round, have fun, be creative, it's gonna be a great year!

Super Easy Butter Cookies
(makes approximately 20 to 25 cookies)

- 2.5 cups of flour
- 1 cup butter, softened to room temp.
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla

1) Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) In a mixer, mix flour and sugar together at slow speed.
3) add butter and then vanilla to mix.
4) once a dough ball begins to form, place dough onto surface and kneed until consistent.
5) For my rainbow swirl cookie effect, divide dough into 3 portions and tint 1 portion pink, 2nd portion teal, and leave the 3rd as is.
6) Rolls each dough out to a rectangle approximately 12 inches by 7 inches, give or take 1 or 2 inches.
7) Stack each rectangle dough on each other and roll it up into a log.
8) Plastic wrap the log and place in freezer for about 20 minutes.
9) Remove from freezer, take plastic wrap off, and cut into slices 1/2 inch thick.
10) Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool before serving or decorating.

Comme Ca!  Voila! 


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