Finished Under the Sea Mittens

Last week, I gave the last clue in our Under the Sea Mitten KAL and now the finished mittens are rolling in. Here are mine.
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It is so fun to see everyone else’s versions, especially the color choices. You can read more about any pair of mittens by clicking the Ravelry link above it.

Greenbell
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Snazana
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Lanka-Liisa
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Sisselknit
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Ndege
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Niemiecp
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Pigmor
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Don’t Get Pinched!

Make sure you don’t get pinched this St. Patrick’s Day by wearing a wee bit of green. Here’s two little pops of green you can whip up in no time with our tutorials.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #5 - Nail Polish Shamrock Pin
Turn some green nail polish and a little floral wire into a sweet shamrock pin.
A Little Luck Charm Bracelet
Or wear some luck around your wrist with a little luck charm bracelet. We’ve done a four leaf clover for ours, but you could also easily do a shamrock instead. Add it to a charm bracelet you already own or follow our instructions to make a ball link version.

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Iron Craft ’15 Challenge #5 – Nail Polish Shamrock Pin

For this Iron Craft challenge we were to make something that was either the color green or green in that it used recycled supplies. I went very traditionally St. Patrick’s Day green.

Lately on Pinterest, I’ve been seeing these really pretty flowers made from wire, glue and nail polish and then turned into jewelry. It was one of those projects you look at and think, “It can’t be that easy.” Also I was wondering how strong these flowers could be. So, I used this challenge as a chance to try the technique, but I made shamrock’s instead of flowers.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #5 - Nail Polish Shamrock Pin
I have to say I was surprised at how well this worked. I didn’t even look at the tutorials online, I just winged it based on the photos on Pinterest. The trickiest part was getting the leaves of the shamrock the same size and shape. It is not a very time intensive project either, except you have to wait for the glue to completely dry. The shamrock is actually quite sturdy once the glue and nail polish are dry. Nail polish is great for this because it really gives a shiny almost enameled look.

I’d seen some people talk about just doing this with nail polish and skipping the glue step. I don’t see how that would work myself, even with a thick nail polish, but I never experimented with it either.

Nail Polish Shamrock Pin

Supplies:

  • wire, I used green floral wire
  • scissor (not your good fabric one!) or wire cutters
  • small pliers (optional)
  • tacky or other thick glue
  • small paintbrush (optional)
  • green nail polish
  • green floral tape
  • small safety pin

1. Cut a length of wire. I used about 8 inches, but it will depend on how big you want your shamrock. You don’t want to go too big or it will be hard to do step 3, but your shamrock needs to be at least as tall as your safety pin. Bend it in half creating a loop the size you want you leaves on top.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #5 - Nail Polish Shamrock Pin
Bend the right leg of the wire toward the center to create a second leaf. Try to keep in similar size to the first one.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #5 - Nail Polish Shamrock Pin
Turn the whole thing over so the unbent leg is on the right. Bend it towards the center to create a third leaf. Cross that leg over the other one and twist them together to form a stem.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #5 - Nail Polish Shamrock Pin
2. Bend the leaves a little to give them a similar shape. I used a small pair of flat pliers to flatten the top of the leaves a little.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #5 - Nail Polish Shamrock Pin
This is really the trickiest part of the whole thing.

3. Fill the leaves with glue, this is why you don’t want the leaves to be too big. What I did was put down a glob of glue big enough to dip the shamrock in. Once I pulled it out I used my finger to help pull the glue from the edges to fill the leaves. I was also successful using a paintbrush and the tip of the glue bottle to do this.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #5 - Nail Polish Shamrock Pin
I found it was best to hold the pin, by the stem, for awhile to let the glue set. I turned and held it different directions to keep the glue as even as I could. Then, I picked a front and held that facing up, so the glue is flatter on that side. Here is my front and back.
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I used a straight pin to clean glue up from places I didn’t want like in between the leaves and stem. Let the glue completely dry, it took mine overnight.
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4. Paint the glue areas of the leaves with your nail polish. I did two coats on the front and one on the back to get the color I wanted. Let dry.
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5. Cut the stem to the length you want and then wrap it in a thin layer of floral tape.
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6. Cut another small piece of floral tape, about 2 inches and then cut it in half width-wise. Use that to attach the safety pin to the back of the stem.
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Glue the top of the pin to the shamrock and let dry.
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Now you can wear your pin and be protected from those nasty pinches.

Project: March Newgrange Mittens

I’m feeling pretty proud that I am on track to meet my goal of designing and knitting a pair of mittens every month this year. Today, I present to you the March Newgrange Mittens.
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I wanted to do something with an Irish twist to it for March because of St. Patrick’s Day. Matt and I spend two weeks driving around Ireland last spring. One of our favorite parts of the trip was visiting the the prehistoric monuments, tombs and stone circles scattered all over the island. Something about these places in the middle of quiet farmer’s fields and on top of windy, rainy bluffs was so powerful.
Newgrange at Brú na Bóinne
One of the most striking ones to visit is Newgrange at Brú na Bóinne, a monument dating from 3200 BC (That is 500 years older than the pyramids folks!). No one is exactly sure what Newgrange was used for, but a roofbox on the monument is aligned so that at sunrise on the Winter Solstice the passage in and main chamber are lit up for 17 minutes.
Newgrange at Brú na Bóinne
Inside and out, Newgrange is decorated with intricate rock carvings, mainly spirals (often tri-spirals), diamonds in a scale-like pattern and ovals with dots in them. I took those designs and turned them into a mitten pattern that is beautiful, intricate, and most of all reminds me of a very powerful part of Ireland.

March Newgrange Mittens

Download pdfs of the Newgrange Mittens Pattern (with the chart) or just the Newgrange Mittens Chart (10/23/15: the chart has been changed in both pdfs to improve the contrast between the grey and white.)

Supplies:

  • Sock or fingering weight yarn in two colors, about 175 – 200 yards of each
  • Four size 0 double-pointed needles or size needed to get gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Scrap yarn or stitch holder
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 10 stitches and 12 rows per inch

Size: Women’s Medium (7.5 inches wide)

Skills needed:

  • knit and purl in the round on double pointed needles
  • work basic increases and decreases, kfb, k2tog, ssk
  • work make one left and right increases
  • do two color stranded colorwork
  • read a colorwork chart
  • seam using kitchener stitch
  • picking up stitches

Follow the written pattern for the shaping of the mittens and the chart for the colorwork.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Projects

Make sure not to get pinched this St. Patrick’s Day and make yourself a little something green!
A Little Luck Charm Bracelet
The Little Luck Charm Bracelet is super easy and is a subtle way to wear your green.
Shamrock Wall Hanging
A Shamrock Wall Hanging adds a bit o’ green to your house.
Chocolate Whiskey Shamrock Cake
Shamrock Whiskey Cakes are green AND tasty.

I’m working on a pair of Ireland inspired mittens (that aren’t green at all) this year. Are you making anything special for this St. Patrick’s Day?

 

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Project: Shamrock Wall Hanging

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s time to add a little green to the decor. I have some Murphy in my background which might make it required.
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This project adds just a touch of St. Pat’s whimsey without being over the top  with leprechauns and pots of gold. You can really have fun with the shamrocks using different green and patterned fabrics. I love these scrappy projects that let you use up those odds and ends cluttering up the craft room. I used fabric because I have quite a stash of it, but you could also use pretty scrapbook papers if you have them on hand.

The background also doesn’t have to be burlap, I just happened to have a lot of it lying around. I do think a colored background looks nicer than white though. It warms up the project more than a white background would.

Shamrock Wall Hanging

Supplies:

  • fabric scraps in shades of green
  • burlap, enough to fill your three frames
  • three small frames (Mine held a 4″ x 4″ picture and I got them at Target 3 for $2.50, such a steal.)
  • 1 – 1 1/2″ green felt or ribbon

Tools:

  • scissors
  • glue such as Elmer’s or school glue
  • small paintbrush (optional)
  • super glue

1. Draw or find a shamrock shape on the internet that is an appropriate size to fit in your frames. I used this shamrock from About. Mine were a little over 2″ tall and wide and I printed out three of them. Use the pattern to cut shamrocks from three different fabrics.
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I used a polka dot canvas, a textured green silk and some felt. On the canvas I used a little fray stop to keep the edges from fraying.

2. Remove the back from one of your frames. Cut a piece of burlap out that is slightly bigger than that back piece. Glue the burlap onto the frame back making sure the weave is straight. I used Elmer’s for this. Cut the excess burlap.
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Repeat for all three frames.

3. Glue a shamrock in the center on top of the burlap for each frame. Once again I just used Elmer’s. A small paintbrush is helpful getting the glue evenly on the back of the shamrocks and to the edges.
Shamrock Wall Hanging
With the silk I was afraid the glue would stain it or change the color, so I used some glue stick to adhere it to the paper pattern and glued the pattern to the burlap.

4. I used 1″ strips of the dark green felt to attach the frames together so they would hang as one piece. You can also use ribbon or fabric for this step.
Shamrock Wall Hanging
I centered a piece of the felt on the bottom of on frame and super glued it in place. I then super glued the same piece of felt to the center of the top of the next frame, leaving about a 1/2″ gap. Repeat to join the third frame.
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I was a little afraid the felt would stretch with the weight of the frames so I glued paper to the back of the strips too. I would skip that step if I had used ribbon.

5. Put the shamrock inserts and glass back in the frames. Hang and enjoy.

How all I need is some corned beef and mashed potatoes!

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Project – Chocolate Whiskey Shamrock Cakes

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and we will be celebrating with a dinner of home-cured corned beef and colcannon. I wanted to make something special for dessert, so I whipped up a Dark Chocolate Whiskey Cake. The cake is rich, fudgy and almost brownie like. The whiskey flavor in it is distinctive, but mellow not harsh.
Shamrock Whiskey Cake
I want the presentation to be as fun as the cake is tasty. Then I realized it would be easy to make small shamrock shaped cakes using a heart cookie cutter that I already had.

Dark Chocolate Whiskey Cake

1/2 c (4 oz) unsalted butter
1/4 c Hersey’s Special Dark Cocoa (or other Dutch processed cocoa)
6 T Irish Whiskey
1 c white sugar
1 egg
1 T vanilla
1/4 c buttermilk (or if you don’t have buttermilk, mix a little lemon juice into regular milk)
1 c all-purpose flour
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/8 t salt

whipped cream
green food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a round 8″ cake pan by greasing and flouring it well. (If you are picky about this type of thing you can dust it with cocoa instead of flour.)

In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the cocoa until smooth. Whisk in the whiskey, again until smooth. Remove from heat. Then one at a time whisk in the sugar, egg, vanilla and buttermilk. Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, it will be slightly lumpy.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out relatively clean. Cool on a rack before flipping out of the pan.

Served with whipped cream that has been dyed green.

Makes a single layer 8″ cake

Shamrock Cakes

Supplies:

  • 8″ round single layer chocolate cake (brownies would work good too)
  • long serrated knife
  • 2″ heart cookie cutter

Trim the cake so it is flat and not much thicker than your cookie cutter. A long serrated knife works well for this.
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Using the cookie cutter cut out eight hearts along the outer edge of the cake and one in the center. Make sure you are pressing the cutter all the way through the cake so the hearts don’t get stuck an break. Save three of the little triangle pieces between the hearts for stems. Eat the scraps.
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Arrange the hearts into a shamrock shape.
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Before serving top with the green whipped cream.
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You will get three shamrocks out of one 8″ cake. Matt says each shamrock is one serving and I say they could easily be two.

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Project: A Little Luck Charm Bracelet

Can’t we all use extra luck somedays? A four leaf clover is said to bring luck, but they can be hard to find. So I took matters into my own hands and now I have a little luck with me all the time with this charm bracelet.
A Little Luck Charm Bracelet
I made this bracelet based on this one Matt gave me for Christmas.
A Little Luck Charm Bracelet
I love the simple style of just one charm on a bracelet. Plus how cute is this for St. Patrick’s Day?

A Little Luck Charm Bracelet

This bracelet is really easy to put together and all the supplies are readily available at most craft stores. I think it would be fun to make with kids too, let them draw up charms for you.

Supplies:

  • clear shrink plastic (shrinky dink)
  • green permanent marker
  • small scissors
  • 1/8″ hole punch or exacto knife
  • ball link bracelet
  • small pliers
  • small jump ring (smaller than the balls on the bracelet)
  • slightly larger jump ring

Freehand or trace a four leaf clover on the shrinky dink plastic using the permanent marker. I tried did a bunch of sized and found the 1″ gave me the best size after shrinking.
A Little Luck Charm Bracelet
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After some experimentation with color, I found you want to have it much lighter than my initial tries. Even though they looked green before shrinking, they turned practically black after.
A Little Luck Charm Bracelet
The small clovers in the above picture were the green ones in the first picture above. The one on the bracelet is the 1″ clover in the second picture. I found I got the best color by wiping the ink off right after coloring. I kept coloring and wiping until I liked the effect. I found this was easier to do if I cut the clover out before coloring it in.

I also tried using water-based acrylic paint. I liked the color I got from it, but the finished piece was very matte on one side. I’m afraid it would scratch off easily without some sort of sealer.
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After your clover is colored and cut out, put a hole in it. The hole will shrink with the clover, so don’t make it too small, 1/8th inch gave me a hole just big enough for my jump rings. I didn’t have a hole punch that size, so I just poked an exacto knife through and kept turning it until it carved out a big enough hole.

Bake your clover according to the directions. Mine took about 2 minutes at 300 F. They curled up quite a bit, so I turned them over, put them back in the oven an gently pressed the edges down.
A Little Luck Charm Bracelet
Then it’s just a matter of putting your charm on the bracelet. Using the small pliers, I attached the small jump ring to the middle of the bracelet between two balls. I wanted a ring that was smaller than the balls so it would stay in one place on the chain. Then I just put the charm in the bigger jump ring and attached it to the smaller one.

Voila, a little luck to wear on your wrist.

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