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How To Cast On


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How To Cast On

Here’s how to cast on for beginning knitters. Learning to knit doesn’t have to be hard, thanks to today’s Modern Homemakers’ visitor, Kira.

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How To Cast On

 

VIDEO TRANSCRIP: How To Cast On

So let’s grab your needles and lets learn how to cast on and then you’ll be on your way to learning how to knit. Modern Homemakers theme song and intro. Today we’re here to teach you how to cast on. And I want you to smile and I want you to relax because it’s really not that complicated. You’ll see we go through it several times and repeat it and repeat it so that you so that you can see. But this is about the most simple cast on method that I know of. I’ve done several and this one I teach to children because it’s really 3 or 4 simple moves.

So be patient don’t be hard on yourself. Yes kids can do it but sometimes it takes me a good hour/ hour and a half to teach kids how to do it. So if you don’t get it in 10 minutes don’t stress. Enjoy it.

Alright so we’re going to show today how to make a cast on stitch the easiest one that I know of is to give yourself a tail of yarn and then start by making a slip knot. If you don’t know how to make a slip knot it’s not too hard. Cross one piece of yarn, over back over itself, so that you have a little, kind of like the breast cancer ribbon symbol. Make it look like that reach your fingers up underneath and grab the yarn that’s still in your hand and pull it up and tighten down. That’s a slip knot. We’ll show you again make it easier you’ve got it you cross it over make it look like all those ribbon symbols out there reach through from the back grab your yarn and pull tight. Slip knot, easy.

Now we’ve got our slipknot we’re going to take the knitting needle and stick it through the loop and tighten it down. Ok, this is the tail you don’t need it anymore ignore it. You’re going to work on the yarn that’s attached to your skein. The first thing you’re going to do is grab the yarn that goes to the skein underneath your pinky just kind of pinch it down. Keep your needle in this hand if you want you can see how I’m holding it. Now a lot of times I hold the tail so it stays out of my way it’s pinched here. Now, I wrap around from the outside of my thumb towards the inside of my hand, and I’m just bringing it around.

So here’s what we’re gonna do ready, it goes underneath and it goes up and comes down. You just cast on a stitch. Hurray, so wrap it around your thumb again outside to inside bring it up underneath the outside part just like that. Pull your thumb out pull it down. Now if this happens just pull it back up here no big deal and you’ve got stitches cast on. So here we go it’s pinched underneath my finger I’m going from the outside to the inside and come up underneath the outside one with the needle tip. I bring my thumb down and keep my pinky tight pull this and then look you’ve got 4 stitches. Let’s do it again. Around, underneath, straight down. 5 stitches. That is a very simple cast on that doesn’t take a lot of time. There’s a few hitches with this one. When you go to knit if one happens to pop off your stitch is gone, just like that, so make sure that you don’t drop your stitches off your needles when you go to work. But that’s a nice easy quick way to teach especially children because there’s really only a couple steps you always keep your yarn in your pinky you always bring it from the outside to the inside and then up through and then your done and you’ve got another stitch. Very straightforward 3 very simple steps. Pinch, wrap, underneath and you’ve got it. The next video in the series is how to make a knit stitch. You might also like how to spin yarn. Please subscribe to our youtube channel.

Apr
24

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Homemade Baby Food – Pumpkin Applesauce


Making your own homemade baby food doesn’t have to be time consuming or hard. This pumpkin applesauce recipe is so easy it isn’t even really cooking!

Homemade Baby Food – Pumpkin Applesauce


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Homemade Baby Food – Pumpkin Applesauce

Today I’m gonna show you how to make your own pumpkin apple baby food. And we’re not going to steam our own pumpkins and puree them because this is a really fast recipe. We’re just gonna use jarred applesauce and canned pumpkin. Modern Homemakers Intro and Theme song.

Alright this is the fastest baby food you can possible make. So it’s not even really cooking we’re just going to stir. We’re going to take a can of pumpkin. Make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filling because that’s full of sugar. This is just canned pumpkin. I don’t even have to get everything out because I’m going to dump into the same can so I don’t have to mess up a measuring cup. I’ve got this one that’s almost empty so we’re going to measure applesauce. And with you applesauce you want to make sure, it’s ok if you can’t afford organic, although that’s the best, I can’t either right now, but you want to make sure that it’s just apples. A lot of applesauce has corn syrup in it

So I think this is motts, I had a jar that was almost empty and it was just apples and I think I had a walmart brand like a store brand that was just apples but it’s surprising how many of them are just laced with corn syrup. So, watch out for that. Gonna finish filling up this can. If you’re making your own purées and your own applesauce one can is about 2 cups.

And then we’re just gonna mix it. I like to use a whisk, you don’t have to use a whisk you can use a spoon. It makes it really fast to get it blended together. So there you go it’s a 1 to 1 ratio of fruit and veggies being mixed up in here. And I just got these in the mail and if you want me to be your spokes person I totally will just give me some more! Anyway, these are awesome they’re called Ufill packs and it’s like those reusable food pouches in the store for babies, but it’s like a ziplock on the end. So you could take this baby food and you could put it in old baby food jars or little canning jars or you can get these pouches and then the baby feeds themselves. What you’re going to do with these is we’re going to fill this up you can see from the inside this lettering and we’re going to fill up to the bottom or the middle of that. Play around with it you’ll get used to it.

If you fill the pouch to full it kind of squishes out. It’s not the end of the world, right there I think I went a little too far, we’ll see! I may have made it, and I like to have a wet rag kind of like when you’re canning how you want to wipe off the rim. Anyway, it’s that fast. This recipe makes about 8 pouches worth and I’ll go grab a baby so you can see how much he loves this and it’s super easy.

And then you can kind of torment them by showing them, ok maybe that’s mean. Here you go! Yay! So there I spent less than 2 dollars between my pumpkin and the applesauce and each of these pouches if you bought them in the store is going to be a couple dollars anyway made back my money in just a few seconds you can see how fast that was. And what do you think Gideon? What do you think is that Yummy? Yeah, he’s guzzling that down. It’s a happy boy. Baby laughs. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like how to cut baby boy hair.

 

Apr
23

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Designer Yarn



Here’s a free video tutorial on how to make your own designer yarns. You can take boring yarn from thrift stores and combine them with beads for a one of a kind beautiful designer yarn.  Being a homemaker is more than just cooking and cleaning.  We get to do all the fun handcrafts too!

Designer Yarn


VIDEO TRANSCTIPT: Designer Yarn

Hey, Hi I’m Kira. What we’re going to show you today is how you can make a designer yarn, dress it up a little bit. You can take store-bought yarn that’s really plain and not interesting and make it something that will be more fun to knit with crochet with or whatever. You can take some crochet thread and you can feed beads onto it and ply it with something plain. These are both real plain when you look at them. Then when you get done you can end up with something like this. You’ve got your beads on there, you’ve got nice color contrast and it would be a lot of fun.

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I’m Kira and welcome to our continuation on the series of spinning. Today we’re going to show you how to get a little more fancy. We’re not going to show you with handspun, homespun, however you want to say it. We’re going to show you how to take some yarn from the store and some crochet thread and have a little fun and make some designer yarn. So, what you can do is you can start out with some crochet thread and you can put your beads that you might want as an accent straight on. Like if I wanted to do a fun yarn for a little girl as an accent to go on something else this is what I would do.

I would start by feeding the beads on. If you need a needle please feel free to use one, it’s just my beads are big enough this time that I don’t need one. And I’m gonna take a second and I have 9 beads and I’m feeding them on. Feed on as many beads as you want! Because little girls are all about sparkles and pink.

Now we have them all strung on there and what we will do next is show you how to put them both onto a bobbin with this is just gonna be like your accent to keep on their to ply. For more detail on how to ply yarn, please watch: How to spin yarn part 2.

So here’s what we’re gonna do. I’m gonna just throw the crochet thread on my lazy kate there. And, you don’t have to have a leader thread, you can actually, when you’re plying just take your Orpheus hook through like this and tie it straight on to the bobbin. Make life a little easier. Nothing fancy here, just a way to dress up stuff from the store and make it your own. So, we’re going to start plying backwards, first we’re going to check our tension and make sure it’s coming out like it’s supposed to. Sometimes what you’ll find with storebought threads is that when you go to ply them because of the way that they have spun it in the store you might run into a little bit of trouble. Those are things you’ll just have to work out as you go.

Now I’m going to start working on feeding a bead. You’re going to want to do what we call anchoring it down, because it could just slip back and forth and when someone is knitting or crocheting that’s going to drive them nuts! So what you want to do is we’re going to spin and we’re going to let the twist go a little bit. Which way was I going, ok, so I’m just going to anchor it down like that and I’m going to keep going. So you can see I’ve got this little bead on there, it looks cute, and little problem with the crochet thread twisting I might have to take it and put it in a basket so it’s free to spin around, and now I’ve done that other bead I’m going to slip this next one up to where I want it and I’m just going to go back to spinning and I’m going to make sure that I anchor this. So that it doesn’t slide and them I’m just going to go right back in. You can make them as close as you want . I mean if you want to get a ruler out and measure how far apart they are you could. I’m not that picky, I figure randomness kind of creates that fun designer yarn, so I’ll run with that. I’m gonna anchor it, and then I’m just gonna keep spinning.

Now sometime you’ll see that where a bead will come through and it wants to stick. As long as you know you’ve got a small enough bead to fit through the orifice, than just gently pull it through. If you have to kind of watch it as it comes around, see it came right through the hooks no problem. But there you see it on there I’ve got my pink white and purple beads on there. And now I’m going to go back to putting another one on. And you just keep going like this just remember to anchor them.

One of the tricks to anchoring them, I think is to keep this one firm in your hand and get the wheel going again, see I’m just holding it up and letting it twist around. You can do it as many times around as you want or as few. You can hear the bead clicking through. Let me show you one more bead and show you again how to hold your hands so that it gets grounded. So again Im holding this one straight out and this one up and I’m just kind of dropping my hand down a little you can see how it naturally just wrapped a few times there and here and then we’re just going to come right back and immediately grab another bead this could be a little tedious if you wanted them really close but then again can you go into a store and pick how close your beads are going to be together on your yarn? No, that’s why it’s fun to do it yourself. So here we go I’m just going to drop it down and go back. So there you have two that are close together. You can do them as close or as far apart as you want, just the importance again is to remember to anchor them so that you’re not getting sliding.

O.K., we’re just cut our thread and I’m going to finish feeding this through . I’m going to hold onto it, because unlike with it’s not going to stick as well, because you’ve got two slick fibers going here. They’re manmade and they haven’t got those hooks like wool does. There’s my bead. It wanted to stick a little but no problem. Ok, now we’re just going to feed this on to the bobbin, unhook it, and I’m just going to take the tension off so that it will spin freely. And I’m going to take it and wrap it around my arm and so you’ve go a nice little mini skein with all of those beads on there to play around with. You might also like crochet food. Please subscribe to our youtube channel.

 

Apr
18

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How To Do A Manicure



Here’s how to do a manicure at home. This step by step video will have you saving money and looking fabulous in no time.

How To Do A Manicure

 

Apr
6

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To Green Bean Or Not To Green Bean



My 1 year old is giving me the hardest time eating solid foods.  He’ll still eat baby food but I don’t want to have to blend up everything he eats into a smoothie.  Today I tried yet again to get him to eat green beans, but I decided to not cut it up into tiny pieces to see if that made it more exciting for him.  Well it was more exciting… but still unsuccessful!

To Green Bean Or Not To Green Bean

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2

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How To Reupholster A Couch Part 7

 

Here’s the final part of the how to reupholster a couch series, part 7!   Make sure to watch the original how to reupholster a couch video as well it focuses on the couch cushions.  If you watch all the videos in the series I show how I did each part of the couch arms, back, bottom, you name it!

How To Reupholster A Couch Part 7

Apr
1

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How To Apply Lip Gloss

Here’s how to apply lip gloss with some special tips for mature women.

How To Apply Lip Gloss

 

Mar
31

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Federal Student Loans

Today we’ll be discussing federal student loans. They can be confusing so we’ll try to break down the difference between subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans and more so you can avoid default and get them paid off.

 Federal Student Loans

Mar
30

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies



These gluten free oatmeal cookies are so yummy you’ll never want to eat a pre-packaged cookie again.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Mar
29

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How To Spin Yarn



If you’ve ever wondered how to spin yarn you need to watch this video, it almost makes learning how to spin wool seem too easy.  The first video focuses on beginner spinning techniques and the second video show you how to ply yarn, or how to take two strands and spin them into one.  Now, spinning may not seem like a very “modern” thing to be doing, but it’s wonderful fun and very relaxing too!

How To Spin Yarn (Part 1)

How To Spin Yarn (Part 2)



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