11–14 of 14 entries from the month of: December 2011


December 6th

Spending a few days in the South working at a project site.

turquoise shutters

Be back soon, y’all.



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Tutorial: the Cody Slipper

December 4th

H4 pattern numero uno: the Cody Slipper. {The Cody Slipper}

The Cody Slipper

This basic slipper is knit with any chunky yarn.  It is an easy and quick pattern that will make the kid of any age (including my 30 year old brother, Cody) want to throw them on and find the nearest tile to slide around.

The Cody Slipper


Needles: Size 9

Yarn: 1-2 skeins of Lion Brand chunky yarn. (The acrylic in this case actually holds up better and is easily thrown in the washer when they get stinky.)

Measuring tape


Row: Cast on 36 stitches. (This is for an adult-sized slipper. If you want a kid’s slipper, adjust the cast on and formula.) Knit until the piece is 4.5 inches wide.

Row: Cast off 8 stitches, knit to the end of the row. You will now have 28 stitches.

Row: Cast off 8 stitches, knit to the end of the row. You will now have 20 stitches. Continue knitting until piece is the appropriate number of inches tall. Use this guide to determine the number of inches for the corresponding shoe size:

The Cody Slipper

When knitting slippers for Cody, I knit 11 inches. Then:

Row:  Knit every two stitches together, leaving 10 stitches

Row:  Knit

Row:  Knit first two stitches together, knit 6, knit last two stitches together. You will now have 8 stitches.

Row: Knit 1, Purl 1 for entire row. Repeat for 5 rows.

Leaving a 12 inch tail of yarn, cut your yarn and using a darning needle pull remaining stitches on tail. Pull and the stitches will come together to form the toe of the slipper. Fold remaining slipper in half and sew using a mattress stitch up the middle of the slipper until desired hole is created for foot. Repeat stitches up the back of the slipper. Weave in ends.

Repeat for second slipper. Pom poms optional! And if you make them, email me a photo.

Knit + slide,


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Heirloom Homestead Handmade Holidays {H4}

December 2nd

Say that 5 times fast! A sneak peek at a couple projects underway at the ranch. Or homestead. Or suburban house I wish was a wee farm:

Velvet pulls

slippers after

Pull scarf

Recipes, knitting and sewing patterns and traditions I find meaningful — all on the pending schedule for H4. Still working on a few PDFs I plan to post in the next week. If you’d like some easy gift ideas, both of the craft and food varities, check out Handmade Holidays of years past. {Here is a checklist. And here are a few fun ideas.}



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Oh, hai

December 1st


Denver 30 was an attempt to step back from my blog for a bit and have more time for other things. For one, I’ve been taking a writing class for the last two months that wrapped this week. It was taught by Nick Arvin, who has published a successful novel, a book of short stories and has a second novel coming out in March. As a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, you’d think he’d be a cocky, leather elbow tweed coat jerk. And you’d be entirely wrong. He is a soft-spoken, kind and generous man who led our little class through a handful of other novels with thoughtful discussion and encouragement on our own projects. I was taken by his humble presence.


There has been a sweater knitting class too. Work travel. Thanksgiving. Ignite Boulder.  And oh, that little holiday in three weeks I spend six months planning for.


Denver 30 — all 110 photos of this lovely city — was an attempt to honor my father. He, who I idolize, isn’t such a fan of what I share on the interwebs. As an an intensely private, quiet man, I’d guess he’s fairly shocked to be in in someway responsible for creating a loud-mouth, all knowing, non-stop attention sponge of a daughter.

I’ve read in several memoirs that in your early 30s, people find a self-confident swagger and stride they could have only dreamed of, say, that pimply year of high school when jeans were never quite long enough to cover awkward limbs akimbo. Or maybe that was just last year, which had decidedly clearer skin, but ankles still in full view.


To my father’s credit, I did spend November considering thoughtfully about the blog. And yet, the plan backfired. The introspection brought me to a tail-feather shaking realization that frankly, you just can’t please everyone.

Let the blog trolls do their anonymous cowardly acts of malice. Let the crowds roll their eyes at my love of Christmas — the carols, the Excel spreadsheet planning of gifts, expenses and mailing calendar, the decorations and the pure joy I find in celebrating. Let the fashionistas laugh at the fact I still have a hard time finding jeans that cover all of my socks. Let the nutritionists scorn my autopsy, which will surely show veins coursing equal parts chardonnay and Diet Coke. Let those without pets snicker how a pound pup could complete change my life for the better.

December 1, 2011

Instead, I have some gifts to wrap, a soda to guzzle, carols to sing gleefully off key and a very happy Willie Nelson Mandela to snuggle.

Shake your tail feathers, Chickens.


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