[New Pattern] Amity Hat

Knitting, patterns

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

 

I finally have a new pattern to show off!

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

[talking to goats]

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 It comes in DK and worsted weight brims.

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

Matchy matchy

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 [feeding goats]

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 Cute slouchy gathers.

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

This brim is made in Simplicity Metallic. Double sparkle!

 

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

This brim is in Simplinatural and this hat makes me feel like a storybook character!

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

This shoot was a blast! We played with goats (they were even trying to lick the camera!), picked flowers with the neighbor kids, and did mini dance parties in between shots. The hat is just as fun to knit!

The Kid-Paillettes that is shown for the hat body has darling little sequins strung in with the mohair and silk to give your days and nights a bit of glimmer.

 

::Finished Measurements::

DK Weight Brim Hat
Hat Depth:
7 (7.25, 8, 8.5”/18 (18.5, 20, 21.5) cm
Brim Circumference:
12.75 (13.5, 14.25, 15)”/32.5 (35, 36, 38) cm
Body Circumference:
20.5 (21.5, 22.75, 24)”/52 (54.5, 57.75, 61) cm

Worsted Weight Brim Hat
Hat Depth:
7 (7.25, 8, 8.5”/18 (18.5, 20, 21.5) cm
Brim Circumference:
12.5 (13.75, 14.25, 15.5)”/ 31.75 (34.92, 36.19, 39.37) cm
Body Circumference:
20.5 (21.5, 22.75, 24)”/52 (54.5, 57.75, 61) cm

Materials
Yarn A:
DK Weight Brim Hat: 1 hank of Simplicity by Hikoo
Or
or 40 (45, 45, 50) yds / 36.5 (41, 41, 46) m of DK weight yarn

Worsted Weight Brim Hat: 1 hank Simplinatural
Or
26 (28, 30, 32) yds/ 23.75 (25.5, 27.5, 29.25) m worsted weight yarn

Yarn B (both hats): 1 ball of Kid-Paillettes
Or
1 ball of Kid-Seta by Schulana
Or
60 (65, 80, 90) yds/55 (59.5, 73, 82) m of Mohair Silk laceweight yarn

Needles:
DK Weight Brim Hat:
US 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle for ribbing
US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular and DPNs for hat body
Worsted Weight Brim Hat:
US 6 (4mm) 16” circular needle for ribbing
US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular and DPNs for hat body
Or size needed to obtain gauge

::Gauge::
DK Weight Brim Hat
32 sts & 28 rows using smaller needles and Yarn A in 2×2 rib per 4”/10 cm

Worsted Weight Brim Hat
28 sts & 24 rows using smaller needles and Yarn A in 2×2 rib per 4”/10 cm

Both Hats
20 sts & 18 rows using larger needles and Yarn B in st st per 4”/10 cm

1 stitch marker & yarn needle

 

$5.50 

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Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork

Cooking, recipe

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Mouthwatering. Savory. Sweet. Rich. Awesome. These are some of the things you will be saying after eating this pork! Serve on some soft bread and with a drizzle off BBQ sauce, with coleslaw on the side. Double for a crowd 🙂

 

4 strips of diced bacon
1 chopped onion
1 chopped apple
1.5 pounds of pork loin
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons each of molasses, raw sugar, and basalmic vinegar
2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

 

1.  Brown bacon in a skillet. Add apple and onion. Once onion softens brown pork loin. Tip into slow cooker. Place on low.

2. Add tomato sauce, vinegars, molasses, sugar, and spices to skillet. Simmer until slightly thickened. Pour into slow cooker.

3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove pork, shred with 2 forks, return to slow cooker and toss with cooking liquid. Enjoy!

Pizza Muffins

baking, Cooking, recipe

Pizza Muffins

I needed snack food for the busy week ahead of me and was coming off of a very busy week so it needed to be easy. The next night I dreamt of these fun to make muffins! You can mix in your favorite pizza toppings as long as the won’t add too much moisture.

Note: the muffins will appear a bit soggy after baking if you eat it right away. Have patience to let the muffin cool and settle and you will love it even more!

 

Makes 12 muffins.

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a muffin pan well.

In a large bowl thoroughly combine 2 eggs, 1 T sugar, 2 cups cottage cheese, 1 T dried onion, 1/4 t each garlic powder and dried basil, and 1/2 green pepper chopped finely (make sure pepper is completely dry).

Stir in 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill all purpose flour, 2/3 brown rice flour, 1 1/2 t xanthan gum, 2 t baking soda, 3/4 t salt, 3/4 – 1 cup milk as needed until well blended.

Stir in 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomato, and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

Scoop into the muffin pan (each cup will be very full), using a wet hand smooth the tops of muffins, sprinkle a little mozzarella or parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings on each muffin.

Bake for 20-25 mins, let cool in for at least 5 mins before removing from pan, cool on wire rack and store in the fridge.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup w/ Fig Chutney and Spiced Yogurt

Cooking, recipe

Butternut Squash Soup w/ Fig Chutney and Spiced Yogurt

I am bananas crazy for butternut squash soup! I love it American style, Thai Style (recipe is coming this fall!), and now Indian Style. This hearty soup is comforting and full of flavor! A very good warm-me-up and cheer-me-up dish. I hope you enjoy good soup, if not we can no longer be friends. I take it back, we can still be friends even if you don’t like soup. Just not best friends! Ha! 😉

For the spiced yogurt (can be made the day before):

  •  1 cup of greek (strained) yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Stir chili powder & salt into the yogurt. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

For the chutney (can be made the day before):

  • 1 pinch celery seeds
  • 1 tsp gram masala
  • 6 grinds of pepper from a pepper mill
  • 1 T oil (olive or coconut)
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chile pepper (I used a Thai red and removed the seeds, it wasn’t very spicy)
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 T of raw sugar
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat saucepan to medium, add spices to saucepot and toast until fragrant, add oil and onion. Stir occasionally until onion has softened. 
  2. Add all other ingredients. Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Refrigerate leftovers promptly.

 

For the soup:

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 T curry powder
  • 1 T oil (olive or coconut)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut squash into 4 pieces, remove seeds, rinse and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper cut-side down. Bake until softened, about 35 minutes.
  3. In a large stockpot toast the curry powder until fragrant. Add oil and onion. Stir occasionally until onion has softened. Add chicken broth, carrots, and garlic. Simmer until carrots are soft. 
  4. Blend soup in batches in blender. Return to a simmer. Season with salt to taste.

To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, carefully top soup with the chutney and yogurt close to the surface so they don’t sink to the bottom of the bowl. Serve with gluten free naan or toast. Enjoy!

 

One Meal/One Hope

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to get a bit personal here and talk about one of my favorite charities, Union Gospel Mission. What does UGM do? Straight from their website

“Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in the greater Seattle area.”

ugm one meal one hope

How awesome is that? From meals and overnights, Search & Rescue, addiction recoverytransitional housing and more UGM is committed to helping people in their time of need with practical care.

UGM states their core values as:

  • Bold and courageous
  • Diverse brilliance
  • Passionate urgency
  • Strategic effectiveness
  • Pursuit of excellence
  • Sacred trust
  • Innovative and scrappy

Concerned about about the financials? Check out their accountability page.

I hope you are wondering how you can help. UGM is looking for more blankets (Amazon has a special price for the right kind of blankets!), mens socks, and for food items such as:

  • Turkeys, ham, bacon
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Potatoes, onions
  • Oranges
  • Rice & stuffing mix (if you coupon then you know you can get these for cheap!)
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Eggs & butter
  • Canned meats & fish
  • Mayonnaise
  • White & brown sugar
  • Soup

UGM is currently doing their One Meal/One Hope meal drive! For only $1.92 you can provide a meal for someone in need. Please join me in reaching my goal of 100 meals! If you donate at least 3 meals to UGM and leave a comment on their page after donating, please email me with your name and what single pattern you’d like and I’ll gift it to you as a thank you! I won’t be making any money off of this, I just want to help, and you can too.

I gave hope

Here’s a few pinnable images to share with your friends!

100 meals of hope

Charli Lace Hat

Knitting, patterns

This hat is worked from the bottom up, in the round to enjoy seamless knitting. With a one size fits all with a deep ribbed brim, and a slouchy lace body it’s fantastic for stealth knitting as you don’t need any measurements and it works up fast!

Yarn: 1 skein of Kenize or 136 yards / 124 meters.

Sample shown in Kenzie (160 yards / 146 meters per 50 grams of 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, & 5% silk noils) in color #1009.

Finished Measurements:
Hat fits a 20-23” / 51-135cm head
Hat Body Circumference: 22.5” / 57cm
Hat Depth: 8.75” / 22cm

Needle: Size US 7 (4.5mm) or size needed to obtain correct gauge. 20” / 50cm & DPN’s or 40” / 100cm for magic loop method.

1 stitch marker
Yarn needle

This pattern is available for $5.50 USD  

Charli Lace Pullover

Knitting, patterns

Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

Arrowhead lace is one of my obsessions. Knit this sweater and you will see how addicting it can be! Charli has a relaxed silhouette with an offset lace pattern, dropped shoulders, positive ease, and a square neckline.

Knitting starts at the hem in the round with a ribbed border that flows nicely into the lace body, the back is worked first, then the front, sleeves and collar are picked up before working in the round.

I hope you enjoy the wonderful photo spread! There’s a surprise at the end!

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Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof*
Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

*Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

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Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

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Charli Lace Pullover by Jessica Bolof

Photography by Shawna of Sweet River Photography, technical editing by Joeli.

Finished Measurements
Bust circumference:
35 (37.5, 42.5, 45, 50)” / 89 (95, 108, 114, 127)cm
Length:
19 (19.5, 20, 20.25, 21)” / 48 (49.5, 51, 51.5, 53)cm

Samples shown are in size S in colors #1007 (Lime) & #1008 (Kale) with 3” of positive ease.

Needles: Size US 7 (4.5mm) or size needed to obtain correct gauge

Regular circular method: 32” / 80cm circular for the body, 16” / 40cm for collar, DPN’s for sleeves.

Magic loop method: 40” / 101cm circular needle – 47” / 120cm circular needle

Available now through Ravelry.com for

USD $6.50 

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Hello Fall Sale

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower with Spicy Southwestern Sausage

Cooking, recipe

Hi everyone! Is it chilly where you are? Well this stew will warm you right up!

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower with Spicy Southwestern Sausage | Gluten free

The creamy cauliflower puree is filled with mild garlic and the topping of spicy southwestern sausage? Delightfully contrasting. I loved taking a bite of sausage and tomato, and then a sip of the puree to balance the heat.
Creamy Garlic Cauliflower with Spicy Southwestern Sausage | Gluten free

Simply delicious and ready in under 15 minutes! What could be better?

 

Directions

Saute 4 minced garlic cloves in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil until golden in a small pot, remove from heat. Steam 1.5 pounds of cauliflower florets until tender. Combine the garlic (leaving the oil behind in the pot), florets, and 3 ounces of herbed goat cheese in a blender. Blend until smooth adding a little milk if needed to blend easily. Salt to taste. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, return the small pot to the stove and heat to medium. Add 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, 1 finely chopped roma tomato, and 2 coined southwestern style sausages. Simmer for 5-7 mins to blend flavors.

To serve

Ladle 1/4 of the cauliflower puree into a shallow bowl, carefully ladle 1/4 of the sausage/tomato mixture in the center, sprinkle with sliced green onions.

BFF Sandwich.

recipe

BFF Sandwich.

Can a sandwich seal your destiny as BFFs? I’m not convinced it didn’t. Maybe it was the labour of love put into each step of the way. Maybe it was the forethought. Maybe it was the fact that it’s awesome. Whatever it was, Lexi made me one back before she moved to the frozen/boiling hot wasteland that is so many miles away from my home. Now it might be a nice city, with interesting people & weather and all but I miss my sandwich making friend!

Anyhoo, this sandwich was inspired by the time I was super hungry and Lexi made me one.

  • 4 slices toasted gluten free bread
  • 1/2 roasted chicken breast, still warm
  • a few thin slices of onion soaking in cold water
  • Lettuce
  • BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  1. Mix mayo, mustard, & poppy seeds together. Spread on one side of all bread slices.
  2. Place drained onion on bottom layer of sandwich.
  3. Place chicken on top on onion, drizzle BBQ sauce over.
  4. Place lettuce & tomato slices on remaining slices of bread, place on top of chicken layer.
  5. Enjoy!

Spiced Pumpkin Creamcheese Bars

baking, recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Bars

These are the type of bars that will make you friends with the first bite! It takes elements of pumpkin pie + pumpkin cake + cheese cake to make insanely moist, mildly spicy, and creamy conversation starters. Enjoy these easy to make bars!

 

 

Makes 2 dozen bars.

For pumpkin base:

 

    • 8 oz creamcheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup of raw sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
    • 1 cup of raw sugar
    • 2 tsp each pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon
    • 2 cups pumpkin puree
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/3 cup of gluten free flour
    • 1/2 tsp xanthum gum
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp baking soda

For cream cheese topping:

    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup of raw sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
  1. Prep: Soften cream cheese, butter a jelly roll pan (15.5″ by 11.5″), melt butter and let cool, and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl stir butter, 1 cup of sugar & spices together until smooth. Add in pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, gluten free flour, xanthum gum, salt, & baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl blend cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar, vanilla extract, and 1 egg until smooth.
  4. Pour pumpkin mixture into jellyroll pan, smooth top of batter, spread on cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes until until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before chilling in the refrigerator. Cut into 2 dozen bars.