Book Review: Boys’ Knits by Katya Frankel

Baley: Classic and Modern all at once. Ever boy – and man- needs one of these in each of his favorite colors.

If you are a knitter with little ones you probably know how many adorable patterns are out there for newborns. But as your children get older, the selection of knitting patterns available becomes more limited. Especially for boys. But if you’ve got a little boy you want to knit for, despair no more! Katya Frankel’s book “Boys’ Knits” is full of sweater patterns that you will want to knit and your kiddo will want to wear!

Taradiddle: It may look complicated but mosaic colorwork is actually very simple to knit. The mock V neck detail is such a professional, stylish touch.

Many of the patterns in Boys’ Knits would be ideal for the knitter ready to cast on her (or his) first sweater. There is plenty of information on how to do special stitches and techniques so you don’t have to have experience with sweaters before leaping in. Since kids don’t come in standard shapes and sizes, the patterns are designed to make them easy to adjust for a perfect fit. Make sure not to skip over the sizing section in the front of the book!

 

Landon: Knit in Aran weight in one piece, this sweater will fly off your needles. The textural pattern is simple to work with reverse stockinette stripes.

And even though the title says that the patterns are for boys, there is no reason a girl couldn’t wear these sweaters too. I’m even wondering how some of them might look on me!

 

Knit in soft, colorful yarns like Super Wool any of these sweaters will quickly become your little boy’s favorite. The only question is, which will you knit first?

Paint Splatter Cupcakes

A couple of posts earlier we talked about fun treats for Unique Sheep themed parties. One of my favorite (and SUPER easy) brightly colored treats are Paint Splatter Cupcakes.

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 1 box of yellow or white cake mix + whatever ingredients it calls for (usually eggs, water and vegetable oil)
  • mixing bowl
  • food coloring
  • cupcake pan
  • small bowls
  • several spoons
  • icing of your choice
  • sprinkles

Step 1: Mix together your boxed cake mix like usual

Boxed Cake Mix
Boxed Cake Mix

 

Step 2: Divide your batter into several small bowls – one bowl per color

Batter + Food Coloring
Batter + Food Coloring

 

Step 3: Add food coloring to bowls of batter, one drop at a time until you reach the perfect shade (stick with the 4 colors in most food coloring sets, or go wild blending colors!)

Spoonfuls of Color
Spoonfuls of Color

Step 4: Spoon colored batter into cupcake tray. Don’t mix the colors together, just plop one spoonful of red in, then a spoonful of green beside it, etc.

Oops! Overfilled them just a little!
Oops! Overfilled them just a little!

 

Step 5: Bake as directed.

Ta-Da!
Ta-Da!

 

Step 6: You can use whatever icing you want. I think that a plain white makes a pretty contrast against the colorful cake. With colorful sprinkles, of course!

 

p.s. if you want a rainbow rather than paint splatters, simply spoon your colored batter into the cupcake pan in even layers and in ROYGBIV order rather than in random, overlapping blobs.

p.p.s. the same technique works with full sized cakes too!

A Unique Sheep Party: Part 2

Now that we have bellies full of sweets, how are we going to vent the sugar high?

How about a rainbow scavenger hunt where kids search the yard (or house) for colorful stickers?

Kids of all ages will enjoy painting with bright colors. For older kids, kick things up a notch with miniature canvases and artists acrylics or watercolors.

Make your own play dough in a rainbow of colors (or buy multi-packs of mini playdough jars) for some creative free play.

For a hands on “shearing” experience, cover a stool or box with contact paper and stick on cotton balls or pom poms. Little hands will enjoy removing them!

For an easy, budget friendly craft, use googly eyes and paper plates to make sheep. “Wool” can be added in so many different ways. Try using shredded paper, pom poms, cotton balls, paint or bubble paint. Your sheep can be natural colored (white, brown, black) or make them more Unique with a rainbow of colors!

Don’t forget to have a copy of The Story of the Unique Sheep on hand to read during the party.  If you’d like to have a copy personalized for the birthday child, just leave us a note in the “comments” when you order!

What crafts and activities have you done that would be fun at a Unique Sheep party?

Check out our Pinterest board for more Unique Sheep activities for kids of all ages!

Host a Unique Sheep Party: Part 1

Looking for a fun idea for your preschool or elementary school kid’s birthday party? Why not throw a Unique Sheep themed party!

Cake Pops are very popular right now, so why not do rainbow colored cake pops – or regular cake pops dipped in rainbow colored white chocolate coating?

 

No time to bake? You can order them here.

Full sized cakes also make great canvases for bright colors.

Make basic cupcakes special with paint splotch cupcake wrappers.

Want something a bit lighter? Why not make “rice krispie treats” using a colorful rainbow cereal (like trix) instead? 

If you’ve got some serious baking skills (or the name of a good pastry chef), try out one of these awesome farm themed cakes or cupcake arrangements.

For a healthier treat, make your rainbow out of fruit! For younger children, put the fruit in cups instead of on skewers.

And of course, who doesn’t love Jello?

For an easy DIY touch, buy digital printables like these from Etsy. They come customized and ready to print!

Don’t forget to have a copy of The Story of the Unique Sheep on hand to read during the party.  If you’d like to have a copy personalized for the birthday child, just leave us a note in the “comments” when you order!

 

 

Check out our Pinterest boards for more ideas for party treats.

 

Coming Next: Unique Sheep Party Crafts and Activities!

Book Signing Event – Nicholasville, KY – February 16th

We are excited to announce a book signing event at A Tangled Yarn in Nicholasville, KY on February 16th. Laura will be signing books and will have books and kits for sale. We will have light refreshments, including some of Ivy’s goat cheese.  The event is being held at the same time as the weekly knit night, so bring your needles or hook and sit and stitch a bit!
Location: A Tangled Yarn
Date: February 16th
Time: 6-9pm

If you are on Facebook, you can “Join” our FB Event page here.

Print Books Are Here!!

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I am so excited! The delivery person arrived yesterday with two big boxes full of BOOKS. They are here! They are here! At last the books have arrived from the printer!

 

If you have already placed your order then you’ve probably received a shipping notice already. If you haven’t ordered yet…what are you waiting for??

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We have a limited number of autographed copies available if you order directly from The Unique Sheep. If you’d like it to be signed in a special way (like with your name or a child’s name in the inscription) just let us know in the comments section when you order!

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