Wednesday, November 9, 2011
(Photo by Kristen Mangus of model Crystal Clark)
Friday, October 21, 2011
I listed it in the wee hours this morning and already had the first purchase on it before lunch. (update while writing this, I sold one more! yay!) I even emailed it out already, yay! One thing I'm doing is including as many video technique links inside your PDF when you purchase. I hope that this helps and encourages more people to purchase my patterns.
I would really love to make this a new career for me and be able to stay home with my children. Selling the patterns enables me to keep my "extreme hobby" as Mikey, aka Michael Sellick at The Crochet Crowd, would tell me. It funds getting new yarn and supplies for filming, editing and producing.
I do hope you enjoy the pattern as much as I do. It is a super hat for a gift, too and just in time to make for the upcoming holidays! There is also a tweak included to make it less slouchy or more for a male to wear it.
Here is the pattern link! Happy Looming!! -Kristen
Monday, September 26, 2011
As a full time working mom of three, with my own passion in other crafts, its hard to make time to make a scrapbook let alone a photo album. I see scrapbooking moms who make FAB albums and I long to join the ranks. I've attempted to buy the expensive supplies and have boxes of memorabilia and photos in a "I'll do that one day" area of my home. Good intentions can make clutter! It seems so time consuming. I had this idea one day to just take digital photos of memoralibila and kids art so that one day I could make a digital album. I've now made a few digital albums which are nice but they don't express my crafty side. So I found a digital scrapbook software that let's me be really crafty but save money on all those supplies!! I love all the new papers but once it's cut you can't re-use it. I love pretty things but I also love to save money, don't you?!
Please comment in order to enter:
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH COLUMBUS DAY!!
***Announcement! Part of any software purchase made with the above MyMemories Suite v2 Software COUPON code and marked to go to GoodKnitKisses. GoodKnitKisses in return will be donating that money to the charity of our choice. As of 09/26/2011 funds will go to Autism Speaks! So the purchase you make will go toward helping a child, person or family with Autism and raising awareness. For more information on Autism Speaks or on Autism itself please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/dfw/kkmangus
Friday, September 16, 2011
I do have an exciting announcement! GoodKnitKisses will be featuring a GIVEAWAY!! This will be in the next two weeks so keep your eyes peeled. (Disclaimer - due to the vendor the prize will only be available to US and Canadian residents. If our international friends want to participate I will give you a special prize. I don't want to leave anyone out!)
Stay tuned.Happy Looming and Crafting everyone! P.S. Scroll below for more pictures of the blanket not on the FaveCraftsBlog and a video tutorial again.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Kristen talks you through making earflaps on the 24 peg KK or Knifty Knitter Loom. This is not a step by step shown tutorial. Please read instructions carefully and watch the video to see the result.
Using Super Bulky 6 Lion Brand Hometown USA, she starts with a two peg icord to 12". Increase by two on left and right sides on a purl row. End all purl rows with last stitch in ewrap or EW. Add an EW row. Then purl 1 row and EW another row. Now increase by two on either side on the purl row. You'll be making a triangle. Increase on every other purl row till you get 8 pegs with loops (the first stitch is always slipped or SS). Cut off your tail after 7 garter rows and add earflap on other side. When done start your baby hat. After casting off add pom pins to ends and weave in 1 earflap tail to inside of a garter ridge row.
Have fun and Happy Looming!! -Kristen
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I hope that helps a bit. Happy Looming!!
Friday, August 19, 2011
I was low on groceries so we had a very late night shopping trip and then I juiced into the wee hours getting the next two days of juices ready. Here is the yummy recipe I made, it yeilds about 2 - 16oz cups worth, I doubled this and also made a more breakfasty one:
1 large sweet potato
3 large carrots
1 red bell pepper cored
2 golden delicious apples
1 peeled orange
*all organic except the orange
I'm glad I made them last night because I really don't feel like preparing anything right now. Its was 105 on my way home in Texas. I think I need a big bowl of ice cream...oh wait...how about a bowl of fresh cherries?! Yum, now that is a better choice! Take care and Happy Juicing! -Kristen
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
It's just a short post for the day folks but I'll catch you up in a few days. It really does get easier and easier. I've got more energy now, I feel "normal" again and my perspective on food is changing. Last night I had major cravings for pizza or ice cream or even just for some string cheese. Instead when I opened the fridge I saw my organic cherries waiting sweetly for me to spot them. I grabbed a handful and some coconut water. It really hit the spot. My brain still lingered a bit of wanting dairy but my body actually helped me out this time. Sometimes you have to have a mind over your own mind! Sounds funny but TRUE! Hmm. Could this be that will power thing I've heard of before?
Monday, August 1, 2011
Saturday I went to the grocery store and got more produce. Taking along my juice recipes that I got on RebootYourLife.org I bought things for about 4 recipes and some of my own. I had to get milk, bread & cereal for the kids but produce filled my cart, granted it was small being that the cart was one shaped like a car since my kiddo was "driving" it. The young check out girl asked, "What's with all the produce?!" I was a little shocked at first but then I chuckled at myself. I'm not a big produce buyer normally but I thought...don't people buy produce normally? Ha-ha! Probably not as much as I just did. Using the opportunity I told her I was juicing raw fruits and veggies and has lost 12 lbs since last Sunday. She was shocked of course ask asked me more and wanted to know if it was a detox. I explained it is a detox in the beginning and also used for weight-loss and getting healthy. Many keep juicing one meal a day, like breakfast to stay healthy. I have a couple of friends that they do that and now forgo health insurance since they never have to see a doctor! The film (Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead) I explained, shows you mostly what I'm doing an she said she'll watch and try it too for detox! This girl looked great to me. She was probably 21 or 22 and looked slim. Size doesn't equate healthy though. You can be a skinny chain-smoker, drinker & eat terrible things but have such a metabolism that you can't tell what is happening to your body on the inside. My size was my warning but what about those other people that find themselves diagnosed with something terrible and they didn't "see" the signs? This is about my health overall. Yes I would like to look & feel good about myself but I want to be there for my husband and kids! I did want to say before the store trip we went to a fundraising event around lunch time for baby Avery. I did cheat with a pinch of a cookie and a few fresh fruits. All in all I did really well with the crazy temptations all around me.
Sunday I woke up and weighed. 15 pounds lost so far! Wooo-hooo!!! Thanks sis for encouraging me! I gulped my new favorite morning drink and headed to church. (The recipe will be posted at the end). I also had found the day before something called Green Machine from Naked Juice. They had a bunch of other Naked juice blends of fruit but this one had vegetables, too. Knowing we were going to venture out after I packed us both that juice in a thermal bag. We ended up at my parents for a very healthy lunch and I ended up actually eating some solid food. I had about a 2"x2" square of roast chicken and 3 small broccoli florets. I still had my Naked Juice but it was really super sweet so I went ahead and some something. My oldest decided she wanted to make a pie with my mom for her grandfather. We ended up taking to her great grandfather's house and I caved again. I had 2 bites of very delicious lemon meringue pie!! I did stop myself but for dinner I ended up eating about a dozen strawberries and water. I'm not sure if I'll regret it but my portions were incredibly small. I was shocked at the will power I had shown. I could have just caved and eaten way more. Even with the healthy items it was shocking I didn't eat more. Before bed I made two more juices. Straining was a real pain and I'm MUST get a real juicer soon. I was so tired from the ordeal I went to be at 8pm. That is not like me as I stay up till midnight most night...or later!
Monday (Day 9): I lost one more pound! I drank my juice for the morning and packed my lunch juice. I LOVE this new recipe! I can actually say this one is tasty. I'm feeling pretty good and, if I can get a juicer soon, I think I can take this to 15 days. This weekend is both of my daughters double birthday pool party and I'm not sure what I'll do quite yet. I really want to partake and enjoy in the food or at least the cake. I do know that I can bring a cooler so I have no excuse. Give me your vote below...I truly would like to stay on the juice but I'm thinking a tiny piece of cake would be okay or even a veggie pizza. The pizza may be overboard...
Thanks for tuning in! -Kristen
Here are my favorite recipes for those who have asked. I'll post more as I discover them.
1 peeled cucumber
a fist of spinach
Add 1 1/2C of water (ice optional) if blending. You cannot taste the spinach at all! (I substituted with Honeydew and it was okay but I like the taste of the Cantaloupe better)
Lunch or Dinner: (has a bit of sweet to it. This is 1 beet less than the RebootYourLife recipe)
Sunset Blend Juice
1 large sweet potato (I peeled mine)
1 medium carrot (I used a large juicing size)
1 Red Bell Pepper (cored)
2 Golden Delicious Apples (I used Granny Smith)
1 Orange (peeled; optional but I used it)
Add 1 - 1 1/2Cup of water if blending and strain
Friday, July 29, 2011
Day 5: Thursday. Feeling good! I'm feeling better every day compared to that first horrible day. .5 lbs weight loss but feeling good and rested. I asked my co-worker what she thought I was like. (I had heard that people are really irritable or not so great mood the first 3-4 days). She said I seemed like I was dragging before and actually kind of sad. That seems to sum it up for me. I couldn't pinpoint how I had been feeling at that time. It was like everything was foggy and dull to me. I think I did mourn the loss of food. It's funny but I wanted to chomp on something but a really good fruit would be just as amazing as a brownie right now and that is not normal for me! It's like my brain is re-training how I think because this process is so dramatically different. I gotta say though that I did find it hard to focus all week at work. I was forgetful and unmotivated. I felt all my motivation was the juice and that's all I could talk about!
Yesterday was much better but I was feeling pretty full. I mean to say I felt good with not being hungry BUT my body said I was getting constipated. Its the blender! I'm drinking too much fiber. Whereas the juicer spits out the pulp, I had been ingesting it. I decided to follow my sister's advice and strain my juice last night. The kitchen and I became better acquainted when the kids went to bed. We didn't have a strainer but I found an alternate.
Straining blended food: Using a metal steaming basket (the cheap kind found at the grocery store in kitchen supplies) and putting on a very large pitcher in the sink, I set to work. I scooped out large serving size spoonfuls at a time and slopped them on the basket. The tricked worked but was a constant mess on the basket. After pressing in a bit to get the juice out of it I then chucked it in a large glass nearby. I experimented with a 1/2 recipe of "Mean Green" recipe that I hadn't tried yet. It looked like I would normally get 2 servings. By the time I finished measuring the liquid it yielded 16 oz! This was much easier to drink and I gulped don an easy 8 oz but still felt too full for a total of 16oz. The fact that I had been drinking the left over pulp was telling my brain to stop. I was full and it made me sick to think about it. I started thinking that I had 4 days of this still in my system. No wonder I was low on weight-loss and felt super full!! So I spend the evening straining the drink already in the fridge and then the ones I made that night. A regular juicer is now on my wish list. Until Mr. Budget says so we'll be straining. I mixed up a drink last night before bed of a 1/2 cantaloupe and 1/2 pineapple. I figured pineapple was a diuretic so it should help me. Sorry everyone, TMI but hey you wanted to know how this diet is if you are still reading! Since it was now hours (seriously) later I drank 16 oz of the fruity juice and crashed.
Day 6: I woke up this morning feeling grand and saw I'm at a 12.5 lb loss! Okay so 1 pound is better than none. Maybe the 8oz of strained Mean Green was the trick! I gulped down more of my fruity drink and packed my drink for the lunch. The day is not over yet but the one drink last night & lunch, coupled with the two pineapple cantaloupe drinks, have been working. I'm looking forward to seeing the scales in the morning.
My first goal is to make it to 10 days. Based on what happens this weekend I may go for 15 days or longer but I'll definitely have to get a juicer.
Here is the Mean Green recipe version I did. This is half the normal recipe and extra lemon. Next time I'll try lime:
1/2 bunch of kale
2-3 stalks of celery
1 granny smith apple
1 lemon (peeled leaving some white)
ginger root (fingertip size, not thumb)
Thanks for tuning in. JUICE ON!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I "cheat" with a piece of fruit. A peach does it for me or grapes and then a full glass of water. I figure its not really cheating if I would have juiced it. I may try carrots for something substantial if needed but I haven't had to do that yet. This is in between juicing. I don't usually get the craving while at work. It's more when I get home and I'm making dinner for the kids. I know I could drink juice while I work in the kitchen but I'd rather sit down with it since I'm still having to have a water chaser with every sip!
What does my day look like? I start off with a juice blend of fruits. Last night my sister told me a fist of spinach you cannot taste in a fruit juice...or at least the one she tried. I'm going to juice that recipe soon and try it out. If I like it I'll try that one to get more nutrients. I think we have programmed our minds for so long that veggies are for later in the day that we can't eat them earlier in the morning unless stuffed in a quiche or omelet. I'm an egg fan so a nice omelet with spinach and mushrooms is appealing to me. I just don't think I could handle mentally a veggie taste in the morning. Lunch & Dinner are a veggie concoction. So far I'm made a beet mix drink that was terrible because it was too fibrous. You had to chew part of it and that was on day one! YUCK! I almost killed the program for my husband with that. I added another apple, carrot, some agave syrup (a naturally sweet extract, a lot like honey in the look & consistency), and more water & ice. Blended that up till it was totally liquified was the key! The mix also had kale in it, which is rich in nutrients including protein but it can be pretty fibrous.
Last night and today at lunch I drank a mix of 5 carrots, 1 cucumber, 4 leaves of cabbage, 3 large broccoli florets, 1/2 lemon, water & ice. I ended up adding in more agave as well & I think I added a kiwi. When I make a juice it makes well over 70 oz so I'm able to share it with my husband and have it the next day, too. It's great so I'm preparing 2-3 juices at a time and just juice every other night. This gives me freedom to have a small variety and not have to juice every meal.
My favorite recipe so far was this morning. I had 5 peeled oranges, 1 kiwi, 2 bananas, 3 handfuls of berries (blackberry, blueberry & raspberry), 1 1/2 C of ice & 1 1/2 C of water. My blender shows it gets 70 oz but it will hold more. I got 80 ounces out of that which filled my 16 oz cup & 64 oz pitcher! I love having a blender now that I'm understanding how to use it better. I think I'm getting more nutrients and more for my money. Factor in eating organic fruits and it really helps!
So how did I feel in the beginning versus now?
Day 1: Sunday I felt like crap and I waited WAY too long to make lunch. We were out of the house and driving around. We wanted to stop at a juice place but Jamba Juice and Smoothie King only had fruit juices. I was still learning at the time but I know that would be way too much sugar for our system. We needed vegetables in the worst way. Then I made the infamous terrible beet juice! That's another tale...So after we downed this nasty drink I made a "treat" to make up for it which was only 5 oranges, a banana, water & ice. I think I won some points for the apology drink to my husband! By the time we went to bed we were irritated at each other and worn out! (Hunger headache periodically)
Day 2: Monday I dreamed all night about juicing and was completely stressed in my dreams. I wake up to weigh-in and found I had lost 4 lbs! That was so encouraging!! My day continued and I felt more of the crap from yesterday. The crap I refer to is the toxins apparently leaving my body more in a sweat form. Randomly I would get super hot and start sweating. I do live in Texas where the heat is getting to 104 but this was different. I wasn't having potty visits like my hubby (sorry!). This is about to be too much info I know but I did say Gritty Details: I attribute not experiencing that to my having my gall bladder out 8 years ago. Ever since then it has been an issue. I was worried it would be worsened but it hasn't. As we say in our house of kids it was just a lot of #1! Ha! (Hunger headache periodically)
Day 3: Tuesday Still having the sweats. I didn't get much sleep the night before. Now I was running late and didn't weigh in. I managed to get to bed about 30 minutes early. (Hunger headache periodically)
Day 4: Wednesday. It's today. I'm feeling better and better as the day goes on. The sweats are less and I can see the bright end of the tunnel! I mentioned to co-workers that I think I need a Before picture soon before it's After! So I need to get those done tonight. So far no headache today, yay!
My initial goal is to do this for 10 days and see where I am and how I feel. If I can make it to 30 days I may do that. The past 2 years I have sang the National Anthem at the Ballpark in Arlington for "Walk Now for Autism Speaks!". It's in November at a different location this year. I'd like nothing better than to get up there and sing and have them not recognize me!!
I'd love to hear back from you in the comments below!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
That got me thinking when reading other people's comments. Several comments! Many people were either loving or bashing her. Many were downright accusing her. I do not know Ms Stewart. No, I don't buy everything she does, nor do I condone what she was imprisoned for many years ago. BUT...
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Monday, July 25, 2011
Yes. I started to juice yesterday. That is taking raw fruits and vegetables and turning them into juice. The thought has always grossed me out. I mean "gag me with a spoon!" Seriously I am doing this. Why?!! Kristen, Why?!
Many of you don't know me in person but I am overweight. I don't mean I am a little heavy or very heavy. I am extremely heavy and hesitate to say it but I fall in that scary morbid O class word!!! Morbid Obesity. I said it. That term just sounds scary. It should sound scary because it is. If you looked at me in person today you would see a very tall (6'-1") lady. I stand so tall and am more of an hourglass proportionate type that you would not know I weigh 358 pounds. I'm not sure what people think but I would guess it looks more like 250-275 maybe. I'm not sure. I'll put it this way, when I was in high school and early college I plus size modeled and I think I weighed about 180. I probably looked like a size 12-14 but I'm so tall I wore 16-18. I'd love to get back down to that size.
Fast Forward. I was inspired. I turned on my Netflix on my Handy Apple TV and picked a movie to work on my afghan is was loom knitting (on my Infinity II for you loomers). I had heard this documentary was a must see so I watched. It is called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Watch the trailer. Watch the movie. The movie takes on a whole new feel later when he meets a truck driver who ends up losing over 200 lbs on this. wow. So by the time the movie credits rolled I was out of my chair dancing to the theme song as the credits rolled! I had my husband watch it the next night and we paused the movie so many times because he got excited and started commenting. Ha-Ha! Then, it hit a spot with the truck driver said something that really made him think. It hit home and he was hooked.
We started our juice journey yesterday Sunday July 24th, 2011. Our goal is 10 days. It is supposed to be the hardest till day 4 or 5. Today is Day 2 and I've already lost 4 pounds! It is super hard and getting through a meal can be tedious. I'm "chasing" the drink sometimes with water and it must be through a straw. But I told my husband, "just think of it as every sip you take is a pound lost!" That's my motto now. A Pound a Gulp!
More on details later but I really wanted to share with you as I begin my journey. I don't know how far I'll go but I know I must try. I need to do it for my kids and my husband but also for myself. I need encouragement and support. Please feel free to encourage me or comment.
bye for now!
P.S. Please know that the plan I am going by for the moment is this one. My apologies in advance but I'm not interested in what worked for you or someone else at this time. I have planned my meals already and invested in purchases. Thanks for your support!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Thank you to all the lovely ladies who donated knit and crochet items to help raise money for baby Avery! The baskets are ready to be delivered. I'm including photos all 8 baskets! After the items meant just for Avery we still had plenty to make several baskets. Avery's middle name is Love. I found these little wooden and paper Love accessories to put in the baskets. I found them at Goodwill. How appropriate! Your generosity and good will has provided some beautiful and heartfelt items that we hope to raise money in the silent auction. I think the smaller baskets are going to do better than one large one since it would be harder to auction a substantial basket like that...unless a store owner were present! Ha! I hope you like how I packaged them. I didn't want to be fussy or put all in plastic so people could touch and feel the quality. The event will be on July 30th at Texas Motor Speedway if anyone is near enough to come. If you would still like to help, please consider donating as little as a dollar on PayPal. The website is http://www.averylovebug.org
Thank you again everyone, please scroll down to see pictures of the baskets.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Hey ya'll! I made a page on my site just for the radio interview so you can find it again, LOL! http://www.goodknitkisses.com/GoodKnit_Kisses/Podcast/Entries/2011/7/6_My_first_radio_interview_-_FaveCrafts_with_Pat_Sloan.html
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
I'll be making a tutorial on this later but...
If you'd like to try the project here is the pattern
Granny Round by Kristen at GoodKnit Kisses
For Green Round loom or Knifty Knitter 36 peg
Skill Level: Beginner, level up
Uses: Stitch circles together for a funky blanket, use as a base to a cylinder bag, large coaster for large mugs or small plant or a potholder. Many uses! MAKES 1 Solid Circle 6 ½” wide in 3 strands #4 Medium Worsted
You will need:
*3 balls of color (any) med worsted weight if using for potholder use cotton (great for scrap yarn!) OR 1 strand of Super Bulky #6 yarn.
*loom knitting hook
*crochet hook (J or K)
*round 36 peg loom (I used the Knifty Knitter or KK in green for adults)
We will use the E-wrap or Twisted Knit Stitch (also called TBL through the back loop) for all stitches plus 1 row of purl. Feel free to change the stitches and make it your own. I’m keeping it basic but adding the banding for fun and non-curl.
(Watch http://www.youtube.com/goodknitkisses for video tutorials on this circle design)
Abbreviations: KO = Knit off EW = E-wrap P = Purl
1. Cast on to KK with all 3 strands in the E-wrap method or crochet cast on. Place your slipknot on peg 1 and let the tail fall inside the loom. (Weave this in last to edge of circle. Cast on wraps all pegs one time all the way around the loom and then wrap around again. Knit off (KO) which is lifting the bottom 3 loops over the top 3 loops (the 3 strands together at one time over the newly wrapped 3 together or 1 over 1 if using the super bulky yarn). Your cast on row is round 1 or row 1.
MAIN CIRCLE BODY:
2. Row 2: P
3. Rows 3-5: EW
DECREASE & CAST OFF:
4. We are going to divide our loom visually into 6 sections (6 pegs in each section for a 36 peg loom). In round 1 of this section we will move the 2nd peg loop over to the 1st peg. Do not KO at this time. Move to the next section and do this again. Repeat 5 more times. Now KO. Wrap all remaining pegs again & KO. This completes hat Row 6. (You should have 30 pegs remaining).
5. Now take peg 4 over to peg 3 and wait to KO. Repeat for all sections. KO all 6 pegs. Wrap all remaining pegs & KO. This complete Row 7. (You should have 24 pegs remaining).
6. Now take peg 6 over to peg 5 and wait to KO. Repeat for all sections. KO all 6 pegs. Wrap all remaining pegs & KO. This complete Row 8. (You should have 18 pegs remaining).
7. CAST OFF with draw string method. I don’t use a tapestry needle here but you can. Leave the balls of yarn attached & wrap the loom 2 times all the way around. Cut off the strands from the balls of yarn.
8. Start to the left of the peg where the working yarn is coming out of; Leaving the yarn attached take your working yarn under the loop on the peg & with your loom tool reach under the loop & scoop out the working yarns (like a purl) continue pulling all the extra yarn through the loop. LEAVE the loop on the peg. WEAVING IN THE LOOSE YARNS TO MAKE A DRAWSTRING.
9. Move to the next loop to the left and pull the working yarns through again and leave loop on the peg. Continue until ALL pegs have the working strands woven through, including the beginning loom the strands came out of.
10. Take all loops off of the loom & pull the drawstring. Feed the extra through the top & turn your circle upside down. Using a crochet hook loop the extra through a few spots tying off to secure. Weave the excess.
11. Weave in all loose strands from end (or any color changes made).
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- My name is Kristen. I’m an Interior Designer & knitwear designer as well as a YouTube Tutorial filmmaker & Video Host for crafts, knitting and more. My Loom Knitting tutorials are great for Knitters (or any crafter) who wanna try their hand and want to know how to convert their stitches over to the loom. Many do it to ease their hands/carpel tunnel or work faster. It’s definitely a growing trend for traditional knitters to take up or people who love crafting with yarn! My site is GoodKnitKisses or YOUTUBE. I also write and sell my own loom patterns on my ETSY shop and on Vivaloom.com I look forward to meeting new people and sharing the love of fiber arts :-) -Kristen