Cozy Hand-Knitted Blanket

When I woke up this morning to get ready for work, my phone told me it was a brisk 48 degrees outside. It’s August. In Iowa. 48 degrees. I can’t say I’m not enjoying the break from the heat, but I’m not sure I’m ready for summer to be over with either.

Everyone else has started school ’round these parts, and I still have two weeks left before I start classes as a senior in college. (I have to keep reminding myself that I’m going to be a senior – helloooo reality).

Anyway, how lucky am I to have finished my first ever hand-knitted blanket in time for this cool weather? I never knew how cozy a blanket could be until I finished this one.

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It’s a very simple pattern, but it takes a loooong time (if you have my attention span). I started it at the end of June and finished it a couple weeks ago. It’s a fun little project to have beside the couch to work on whenever you have some free time. It also would make a great gift!

I never realized how expensive making a blanket could be, though. I always wondered why store bought blankets like this one run upwards of $40-$50, but I can see why! However, me being the bargain shopper that I am, I worked to get the best deal I could.

I ended up buying Caron’s One Pound skeins of yarn, when they were on sale on JoAnn’s for $7.99. Using a 40% coupon on top of that, I got 5 pounds of yarn for around $35. Not bad! I didn’t end up using allll of the yarn for the blanket, though, but there is definitely enough to do some other little knitting projects.

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I found the pattern for my blanket on this website, and I followed it exactly:

Using circular size 11 US knitting needles, cast on 130 stitches. Slip the first two stitches, and knit 126 stitches. Purl the last 2 stitches. Continue pattern until blanket reaches desired length – about 60 inches.

You’ll knit with two strands of yarn at once throughout the entire blanket. For example, I kept the color grey constant throughout the blanket, while switching up the other colors: pink, blue, and green.

The slipping and purling creates an I-cord border, like so.

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This project was fun to create, but I have to admit, it may be a while before I take on another blanket. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Five Ingredient Beer Bread

Hello, everyone! I hope your weekend treated you well, and your Monday was decent, too. 🙂 I’m back to the daily grind after enjoying a day off and some bonding time with my mom, sister, and nephew!

This weekend, the smell of a pot roast cooking in the slow cooker all day encouraged me to make a favorite quick and easy recipe to serve alongside the roast: five-ingredient beer bread! This recipe could not be any be more simple, and I guarantee you already have most of the ingredients on hand. Well, except maybe the beer. I have to tell you, I was probably most excited about turning 21 and being able to buy alcohol to cook with: vodka sauce and pasta, anyone?

Anyways, let’s get down to the good stuff. I skipped the whole taking pictures through the whole process, as I figured this recipe is pretty self-explanatory.

All you need to do is mix up flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and a 12 oz. can of beer – voila, your batter is ready! Top with melted better (if desired; it makes the top of the bread crispy and delicious) and bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes. Enjoy warm, or also good reheated! You can even cut a slice to put in the toaster – yumm.image

Here’s the full recipe:

Five Ingredient Beer Bread

  • 3 C. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 T. baking powder
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 12 oz. can beer

Combine dry ingredients, then add in can of beer. Mix well, and pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. Top with 2 T. melted butter, if desired, and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.

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So easy, quick, and delicious! Try it out – I promise you won’t regret it.

Have a great rest of your week!

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