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Knitting: Pacifier Leash Pattern

I have been steadily knitting away on my Slope Tank (I might finish before winter?) so that I can start some fun new projects for my little one… but all that will merit a queue check later on!  In between to cure the boredom of row upon row of stockinette stitch in the Slope Tank, I’ve been whipping up these adorable knitted pacifier clips.  Thanks to the inspiration and guidance of a fellow Instagrammer and pattern designer, @jenishopeknits (check out her Ravelry page here!),

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

I knitted a few of them and have it figured out enough to share what I’ve done.  It’s a quick little project that is perfect for using up scrap yarn and makes the perfect baby gift.

oysters and pearls free pacifier leash pattern

Knitted Pacifier Leash

Tools: pacifier clips, double pointed needles in size appropriate for your yarn

Knitter’s Tip: I used worsted weight yarn and size 5 DPNs. I preferred the tighter (and sturdier) fabric the smaller needles created since pacifier clips tend to take a beating!

PATTERN

Cast five stitches (or any odd number, depending on size of yarn) directly on to the clips edge.

K1, P1 (seed or moss stitch) every row until pacifier leash reaches desired length (I like them a bit shorter at 6 inches or so).

Once leash reaches desired length, bind off all but 2 stitches. Work i-cord from those two stitches for 3 to 4 inches, break yarn and pull through. Attach the end of the i-cord to the other side of the fabric and weave in ends.

Add a pacifier and a baby and voila!

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Improvised Direct Cast On: Create a slipknot and secure around one DPN. Loop working yarn over needle from the front and around the back of the clip’s bar and through the opening. This creates the first “stitch.” Wrap the working yarn back around the DPN from the front, then through the clip opening again from the back (stitch two). Continue until you reach the desired number of CO stitches.

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

Yarn pictured: Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Grace Kelly colorway and Spud and Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream, both purchased at Fuzzy Goat.  Pacifier clips purchased on Etsy here.  Baby not for sale.

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

And just a reminder to my readers: Maiden South Knit Night is back now that I am! :)  We’ll be SIPPING and KNITTING at One.Two.Three. Monday, August 1st, from 6 to 8 pm.  Come sip and knit with me!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

How to Make Kombucha: Flavoring

How To Make Kombucha at Home - oysters and pearlsNow we move on to flavoring that kombucha!

Once you hit the point that you like the way your kombucha smells and taste, you can either pop it in the fridge as is, or you can do a second fermentation for flavor.  I decided to utilize the fresh peaches I had on hand from my Hopkins Farms CSA box, herbs from my herb garden, and strawberry puree and fresh ginger from my freezer.  The flavors I came up with were so refreshing!

Natural Fruit and Herb Kombucha Flavorings | oysters and pearls

First up: Strawberry Ginger.

Homemade Strawberry Ginger Kombucha | oysters and pearls

Pull out some pint jars and add a few slices of fresh ginger and 4 tablespoons or so of strawberry puree.  I will advise you to go light on the ginger… I didn’t, and mine was quite peppery.  It was good, but consider yourself warned!

Second: Strawberry Mint

Homemade Strawberry Mint Kombucha | oysters and pearlsA few sprigs of mint from my garden and fresh strawberry puree (again, around 4 tablespoons) made for a sweet and refreshing booch!

Third: Peach Mint

Homeade Peach Mint Kombucha  | oysters and pearls

Ripe, sweet Georgia peaches (half a peach, sliced) and more mint from my garden made for another refreshing and summery kombucha flavor that I loved.

Last: Peach Rosemary

Homemade Peach Rosemary Kombucha | oysters and pearls A few sprigs of fresh rosemary with peaches made for an herbal but delicious flavor pairing that I adored!  This was maybe my favorite combination.

Once you have your flavorings added to the jars, pour your kombucha over the fruit and herbs and leave out on the counter, covered with a flour sack or dish cloth and a rubber band for the second fermentation.  Taste every couple of days to see if it’s to your liking, and when it is, pop lids on the jars and put them in the fridge!

Natural Fruit and Herb Kombucha Flavorings | oysters and pearls

If all this DIY isn’t your cup of (fermented) tea, feel free to pop over to your local health food store and pick up an already-made-and-fizzier-than-you-can-make-at-home booch.  Here in Bainbridge they have two different brands at Health Products and Yogurt Too, but GT is my favorite.  It’s super fizzy and a good intro to kombucha.

DIY Kombucha Recipe and Instructions | oysters and pearls

Cheers!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

DIY Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Happy Good Friday!!

She Reads Truth Lent Study | Oysters & Pearls

I hope everyone has wonderful plans for this Easter weekend.  This is our first Easter with a niece!  I’m pretty excited about that. :)  I also love this phone background from the She Reads Truth Lent Study.  Feel free to snag it!  And check out shereadstruth.com to join in.

Easter was my Grannie Peacock’s favorite holiday.  I think.  She really liked a lot of holidays.  She just plain liked parties, I think. :) She always had a birthday party for my Grandpa on St. Patrick’s Day (it really was his birthday), and not long after, she hosted Easter for our entire huge, crazy family.  Some of my fondest memories EVER are of eating breakfast at her house and then spending the day hunting for Easter eggs.  Consequently, Easter is probably my very favorite holiday.  As an adult, it now signifies a lot more than just hunting eggs (ahem, see above), but it still is the official start to spring for me.  Also, bunnies are my favorite, too.

Each year, I treat myself to something from Williams Sonoma’s Easter entertaining collection, even though no one comes to our house for Easter.  (One day!)  Got to build my collection somehow, right?  Side note: I’m still kicking myself for not treating myself to the bunny cake stand last year. Anyway, this year, while perusing Walmart’s Easter section for kicks, I made a fateful discovery: dyeable, ping pong ball-like Easter eggs that you can decorate and keep forever!  They were 97 cents for a dozen possibilities, so naturally I grabbed four dozen.

DIY Golden Eggs - Oysters & Pearls

As one does, I decided to paint them gold.  I had seen and loved this extremely complicated DIY tutorial via Pinterest before – and let’s be honest, they’re gorgeous, but that’s just a Pinterest-fail waiting to happen – and y’all… this gal ain’t got time for gold leaf.  So, I just used Liquid Gold (also purchased at Walmart; this Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding is the same thing) and a cheap paint brush to create this dough bowl full of impressionistic gilded goodness.  I painted a couple of the eggs solid gold, and the rest I just dabbed gold on here and there for an artsy look that wasn’t too gaudy.

You could also dye these eggs like regular eggs, THEN paint gold brush strokes over them.  Or paint designs!  Or stencil your kid’s cameo on in gold!  Or write your Easter guests’ names on them and use them as place cards/favors!  OR WHATEVER OTHER IDEAS YOU CAN DREAM UP!

And as if those possibilities weren’t overwhelming enough, THEY ALSO COME IN CHALKBOARD FLAVOR.

Just FYI: I can’t find them on walmart.com! :(

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

I’m afraid I don’t have a table full of place settings just waiting for a family decked in Easter finery to sit down to pastel plates full of deviled eggs to show you.  I have a super simple centerpiece that brightens my days leading up to Easter without a lot of bright colors.  I plan to enjoy them for years to come, too!  Maybe when I build up that collection (and a family to sit around it) I’ll have more to show you.

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

But until then, it’ll do, pig.  It’ll do.

 (Babe the Pig reference anyone?)

Until Next Time