Congratulations Baby Card :: Printables

Congratulations Chevron Card

A friend of mine is expecting her first baby – a little girl! She is decorating her room in yellow and cream chevron stripes. I’m currently knitting her the Chevron Baby Blanket designed by the Purl Bee in soft yellow and vanilla stripes.

Congratulations Chevron Card

Chevron stripes are everywhere right now, so I wanted the card to match the blanket. But everything I’ve seen has just plain stripes. I decided to put baby related clipart into the yellow stripe, and I think it turned out really cute! I tried to leave these gender neutral so you can use them for a baby girl or baby boy. Enjoy!

How to Print and Cut the Labels

What you’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Paper cutter – the rotary paper trimmers that are popular with crafters work best, but you can also use a t-square and razor blade. Scissors make it tricky to get a perfect square.

The cards are designed for a printer with 0.25″ margins. Each card is W 5″ x H 6.75″ flat, W 5 x H 3.375″ folded (fits in A1 envelope). Start measuring and cutting from the top left corner. Trim 0.25″ from top edge and left edge, then measure and cut top card. There is 0.25″ gutter between the two cards. After cutting out first card, cut off the 0.25″ gutter, then measure and cut second card.



Click here to download pdf

NOTE – these are offered for your personal use only. You cannot reproduce for profit or present as an original design.

Watermelon Honey Cowl

When I decided to attempt my first sweater knitting project, I headed to my local yarn store and bought 4 skeins of some beautiful coral-colored wool yarn. Turns out, my skills are not advanced enough for a fitted cardigan with eyelets. Someday maybe…

So for the last few months I’ve been staring at this coral yarn that wasn’t super expensive, but it wasn’t cheap either. I’ve been searching through patterns on Ravelry, looking for something that I deemed worthy of this yarn. Finally I decided to try the extremely popular honey cowl by Madelinetosh (6775 projects on Ravelry and counting).

Watermelon Honey Cowl

I’m very happy with how this cowl turned out. The yarn was wonderful to work with and created a super soft cowl. The pattern was easy to master, but very tedious. This is a great mindless project to work on while watching tv.

Watermelon Honey Cowl

An added bonus: My husband is never very excited with my knitted projects, but when I showed him the honey cowl he said he liked the tight stitch pattern, and if I wanted to make him a scarf with the same stitch he would wear it. That was a first!

Pattern: honey cowl by Madelinetosh
Yarn: Cascade Yarn 220 in coral
My Ravelry project: Watermelon Honey Cowl

Handmade Care Labels :: Printables


I have been knitting for about two years, and my closet has quickly filled with scarves and cowls. A person can only have so many neck-themed accessories, so this Christmas I will be presenting some knitted items to my loved ones.

Rather than including the care label that came with the yarn with each piece, I’ve created these care labels that can be easily customized with a few handwritten notes.

How to Customize the Labels

This symbol stands for machine wash. You can write down the water temperature on the line (Cold, Warm, Hot). If the item should be handwashed, simply cross out this symbol and write “handwash” on the line.


This symbol stands for bleach. Some people really love to use bleach, especially on blankets and dish cloths. Let them know if bleach is okay for the yarn that you used. If it’s not, cross out this symbol.


Most knitted pieces should be dried flat to help them keep their shape, but not always. This symbol stands for dry flat, but you can write “tumble dry” on the line if you want.


How to Print and Cut the Labels

What you’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Paper (I recommend card stock)
  • Paper cutter – the rotary paper trimmers that are popular with crafters work best, but you can also use a t-square and razor blade. Scissors make it tricky to get a perfect square.
  • Hole punch
  • String or ribbon

The cards are designed for a printer with 0.25″ margins. Each tag is 2.5″ x 2.5″. Start measuring and cutting from the top left corner.

Click here to download pdf

NOTE – these are offered for your personal use only. You cannot reproduce for profit or present as an original design.

Flannel

As much as I hate to admit it, fall is fast approaching in Minnesota. The days are noticeably shorter, the morning air is cool, and there are a few leaves starting to change color.

Fall means lots of layering, and this year I’m planning to add some flannel to my wardrobe. I was a teenager in the 90’s, so I’ve definitely owned my share of over-sized flannel shirts. This time I’m steering more towards fitted women’s cuts to avoid any type of boxy look.

Here are a few examples I found on Pinterest to get you inspired:

Create Your Look

  1. This is a great option from Stormy Kromer. I prefer the Pink Frost (pictured) and Vintage Plum color options.
  2. This tunic-length 100% wool shirt looks like a great fit, but I’m not really excited about it being dry clean only. Flannels are supposed to be no-fuss.
    I prefer the red color.
  3. This one from Pendleton is machine washable, and again I prefer the red option.

  4. American Apparel offers quite a few patterns with their unisex flannel shirt.
  5. Not a flannel, but this men’s sweatshirt from Land’s End would make a great layering piece with a flannel or oxford underneath.

Last Days of Summer

This morning on my drive in to work, I was shocked to see red leaves on the sumac shrubs, a sure sign that summer is ending and fall is fast approaching in Minnesota. But it’s still only mid-August and I refuse to give up on summer yet.

Here are some cute summer pieces that you can transition into fall with a cardi or denim jacket.

P.S. Since I started following American Made and American Heritage brands, I have found about a dozen blogs dedicated to men’s fashion but nothing similar for women’s fashion. If you know of such a blog, please share it with me. Thanks!