Leaf Collecting Leg Warmers Knitting Pattern now available!

I love putting dresses on my daughter, no matter what time of year. I mean, have you seen some of the knitted dresses available now?? So cute. And, what better way to keep those little legs warm when it gets a little chilly outside than with a pair of these:Leaf Collecting Leg Warmers PDF Knitting Pattern by Rhonda Potteet of Thread Bears®

 

I wanted my daughter to have a pair of legwarmers that she can wear while jumping in a pile of leaves, or while dressed up to pick out her own pumpkin. So, I designed a PDF pattern for these little leg warmers, which fit perfectly inside of boots, or over tights for an extra cozy, layered look. They feature an all-over leaf lace design and are created from a fingering weight Peruvian Highland Wool, so they are lightweight yet warm.

Leaf Collecting Leg Warmers PDF Knitting Pattern by Rhonda Potteet of Thread Bears®

Due to the amount of stretch, these leg warmers can fit most sizes 12 months up to 5T. Once knitted, these leggings are a perfect three-season accessory. Pattern includes: comprehensive charts, detailed written instructions, suggestions, and color photos.

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This pattern is a perfect option for any knitter who knows some intermediate techniques of knitting, such as: yo, s2kp (description included in pattern), and knitting in the round. No prior experience needed of making Leg warmers since this pattern gives detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Patterns can be purchase here on Etsy, or here on Ravelry. Will be available on our website soon.

Thanks for looking!

Rhonda Potteet

Leaf Collecting Leg Warmers PDF Knitting Pattern by Rhonda Potteet of Thread Bears®

 

 

 

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Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Cake

My family likes to bake. We also like to eat. Especially things of the chocolate-sorts. And it’s not like pulling teeth to get kids to eat chocolate, either.

I had a small family gathering this weekend and quickly whipped up these delicious, chocolate-y loaf cakes that were a huge hit with the kids–even though they had a secret ingredient: zucchini! And if I can get them to eat their veggies without any arguments or three-hour whiny dinners, well then I’ll take it. So, I’d like to share my favorite zucchini-filled chocolate dessert recipe.

This recipe is great for those of you who have a zucchini bush growing in your backyard and are getting kind of burned out on grilled or baked zucchini. Or, when your grandmother who also has a zuke bush growing manages to bring you over these puppies because they were “hidden in the back and thought you could use them.”

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Cake by Thread Bears®

Well, thank you Nana. I did use them. I baked eight loaves using these and one from my garden. So, the neighbors and some relatives got to indulge in their own loaf! Side note, the loaves can be frozen, as well!

This recipe is easy to toss together, with the most work being put into grating the zucchini. Piece of cake. But don’t press out any of the water from the zucchini–it helps keep these loaves nice and moist. Make sure that when you are measuring the grated zuke, that you firmly press it into the measuring cup.

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Cake by Thread Bears®

The zucchini is hardly noticeable, both in color and in taste, and you don’t feel so bad about giving your kids a nice thick slice!

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Cakes (Makes 2)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 packed cups grated zucchini (don’t peel it)
1 cup quality semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven at 350 F. Spray two 9×5 inch pans with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add the oil and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients along with the zucchini and chocolate chips. Stir just until combined, and divide between the loaf pans.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the tops are cracked and springy to the touch. Begin checking it at about 40 mins. Let cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 mins. Pull out of pans and cool on the racks completely.

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Cake by Thread Bears®

Slice it up and enjoy! Rhonda Potteet

Recipe adapted from Babble

 

 

Cozy tees!

I cannot rave enough about the “Immie Tee” and “Camilla Babe” patterns that Carrie Hoge has designed for little ones. The pullover design is practical, yet they have a simple but beautiful pattern up the front panel of the body. These patterns are easy to follow, which is why I have used them over, and over… So, I have decided to keep a few of each of the sweater (shirts) that I have made following these patterns, and I will sell the rest. First available, this mustard yellow, short-sleeved, cozy Camilla Babe:

Camilla Babe Tee created by Rhonda Potteet, Thread Bears®This cozy sweater-shirt is a perfect Fall/Winter piece, and is worthy of being passed down for many generations. Since it is a pullover, it is easy for little ones to wear.

Though it is short-sleeved, it is warm and serves as a good transition piece from Summer into the cooler weather.

IMG_9531It features a boatneck design, a patterned panel up the front and a garter stitch around the body. It was created from the “Camilla Babe” pattern created by Carrie Hoge, and was knitted from a high-quality Quince and Co. American Wool.

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Click here to purchase this lovely tee!

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Second tee is this lovely laced, lightweight-yet-warm knitted shirt. It was knitted from a bright teal Merino/Silk blend and features a lace floral pattern up the front panel of the tee. It is short-sleeved and lightweight and serves as a good transition piece from Summer into the cooler weather.

Immie Tee by Rhonda Potteet of Thread Bears®

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It was created from Carrie’s “Immie Tee” pattern. This tee can be purchase here!

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Thanks for looking!

-Rhonda Potteet

 

Sweater weather.

There is a cool breeze this morning, and after a few rainy days, it’s starting to feel like Fall. So, what better time to introduce a couple of the cutest little cardigans I got the chance of knitting.

When I think of Autumn, I think of the vibrant colors–iconic of the season–and of course, cables. This cardigan has both of those attributes that are staples of Autumn clothing.

 

This sweater is perfect for transitioning any outfit from Summer to Fall, and is worthy of being passed down for many generations. It features a cable and bobble design up each side of the button band, and above the ribbing on the sleeve.

Sweater Weather by Rhonda Potteet of Thread Bears®

The 3/4 sleeve keeps little arms warm while the temperatures begin to drop. The mustard yellow hue is an iconic color for Autumn. It is perfect for little ones with sensitive skin, since it was created using a supple superwash wool.

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IMG_9471This sweater was created using the “Mini Rock Rose Cardigan” pattern, designed by Schneckenstrick.  It is available for purchase here! Sorry, this item has been sold.


 

This second sweater was delicately designed and is the perfect compliment to any outfit this Fall/Winter, yet worthy of being passed down for many generations.

Sweater Weather by Rhonda Potteet of Thread Bears®

It features an allover lace and leaf design in a pale purple hue. It is lightweight, yet warm since it is made from 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.

Sweater Weather by Rhonda Potteet of Thread Bears®

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This sweater was created using the “Petal” pattern, designed by Michele Wang. The sweater is available for purchase here!

More sweaters, patterns, and handmade goodies will be available soon, so keep an eye out!

xo, Rhonda Potteet

 

 

 

 

 

Little teal fella.

Don’t miss a chance to bid on my newest creation! He is another one of my crocheted then fulled (or felted) bears. This large, fuzzy fella would be a perfect addition to any home décor because of his Large stance… well, large in terms of little bears! Blue Bear is a perfect size to display (8” tall) and he’s fully thread jointed. His face and claws are embroidered. He is slightly weighted with glass beads. A light shading gives him an aged appearance. To give him an antique look, I made him a granny square vest, crocheted from thread, then stained.  He wears his favorite key and tag on his front.

Felted, fulled blue bear2 by Sue Aucoin Thread Bears®

I hand crocheted him out of wool yarn and then put him through a washing process in order to felt/full his body for a more solid finish. This process takes time however, I love the finish results!

Felted, fulled blue bear5 by Sue Aucoin Thread Bears®

Felted, fulled blue bear4 by Sue Aucoin Thread Bears®

 

 

You can click on any image to see his full listing. Thanks for looking at my newest PRim TeD!!

Sue Aucoin

 

 

 

 

 

First Knitted Sweater (shirt)

By: Rhonda Potteet

I hadn’t knitted a sweater before because I love the instant gratification that comes in knitting hats, gloves, or scarves. Also, I was a little bit put-off by needing to sew on sleeves, or to deal with button holes and so on. Well, I found this pattern for the Immie Tee by Madder, and I fell in love with it. How could I not make this sweet little shirt for my little one! It has a beautiful lace panel up the front, and the short sleeves make it versatile, which is important with fickle high-desert weather.

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The great things about this pattern is that it was a super-quick knit, being finished in a few short days, and I didn’t have to sew on the sleeves or deal with the fussiness of attaching buttons and knitting a half-dozen button holes. It came together so fast and with such ease that I hope to make many, many more.img_6774

Of course, I couldn’t do as the pattern called for exactly… I did lengthen the mid section, since we are a tall family, and our kids’ shirts usually end up being cropped tops. I didn’t have the yarn on hand that the pattern called for, but I did have a lot of Knit Pick’s Gloss on hand and it was close to the same gauging on the packaging. So, I just used a size 4 circular, and it worked our perfectly. I also used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Stretchy Bind Off for the neck, and it shows the lace panel detail at the top as well. I love it. It’s ready for Avery to wear it the Autumn!

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