Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Finger Knit a Scarf

How to Finger Knit a Scarf

Ah, Autumn. It's coming. I know, I know, it's bittersweet for some of us. But it was bound to happen!
In honor of the chilly weather headed our ways here is a tutorial for you- How to finger knit a scarf! If you've never heard of finger knitting, it might sound a little weird, but it's also really great, and easy too! If you're familiar with loom knitting, it's pretty similar. Just use your fingers instead.
So let's get started!

What you need: 
• Scissors
• A thick skein of yarn (the thicker the better!) I used a weight of 6
• Your fingers!
1:To begin, use your index finger to tie a slipknot by wrapping the yarn around your index finger twice, then taking the bottom loop and pulling it up, then down through the top loop.Take it off your index finger and move it to your little finger, pulling it slightly tight. 

2:From there, wrap the yarn around each finger once until you get to your index finger. Once you're there, start wrapping again back the other way to make another row.

3:Starting at your little finger, begin pulling the bottom loop over the top one, and up over your finger, continue until you get to the last loop. The last one will seem kind of loose but that's okay!
Just push the loops down to the lower part of your fingers and repeat steps 2-3. 

4: The first photo is how it should look a few minutes through, from then on you should have the hang of it and be able to get a nice long amount of rows with ease! Just keep going until you have your desired length. To see if it's long enough for you, just keep it on your fingers and wrap the tail around your neck, I like mine to go around about 7 times. Just do whatever you like!
5:Once you get it to your desired length, measure about 10 inches off your wrapping yarn and cut it. Take that yarn and weave down through the top of your first loop. Take that loop off of your finger then repeat with the next until they all have the string woven through them. Pull the string tight so your end gets a bit bunched up.

6: And finally, tie a knot or two as close to your scarf end as possible, then grab the beginning of your scarf and tie the two ends together, so you have one long loop. From here you can either wrap it around however you plea for ever, or wrap it around to where you like it once, and when it's where you like it you can add a button, or take a short piece of yarn and tie it somewhere to keep it in place!

And you're done! 
Now you can wear your lovely new creation! 
The more of these you make the easier it gets, I've made multiple ones in a day. You can also make yourself a bracelet or necklace, anything you can think of!
Hopefully this wasn't too confusing to read, but if you guys have any questions just leave a comment and I'll answer as soon as possible! 

Stay Minty,
- Juli

Tuesday, September 23, 2014



So wow. I kinda dropped everything and went to California.

My older sister lives there, she went into an early labor and we really wanted to be there for her. That same day that we got the call, we packed up the car and headed out for a 20+ hour drive! Buut I'd rather not talk about the horridly long car trip. I'd rather talk about my new (and first!) nephew! 
His name is Samuel and he just barely weighs five pounds!! But he's the cutest little thing ever and I miss him already. 
The first little while Sammy was in the NICU because he was born premature, and so my family stayed in a hotel within Palm Springs. Let me just say, I knew California was hot, I expected 90-100 degrees, but this was more like 100+ every single day. all day. Even at night! I don't know how you west coasters do it, but props to you, haha. 
Anyway, I thought I'd do a little photo dump so here we go!

New Clif bar flavors mmm mm mmm.

Also, palm trees look so much different in person. That probably sounds silly, but they really do!

Oh and I got to go to this gigantic Barnes and Noble (books and their stores are life). It was beautiful and I wanted to spend all day inside. They were playing Ed Sheeran's album while I was there - how much better can it get?!?! Anyway, I bought this book- Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass. And while this book wasn't classified as 'young adult' I enjoyed it thoroughly. I finished it the very next day! 

Cute diners with no kitchens

One more of adorable little Sam to end the post!

I have a new DIY coming very soon here and also have some exciting stuff planned! I can't wait for you guys to see it all.
Well I hope you enjoyed seeing a snippet of my little (read: huge) adventure, I'll be back soon!

Stay Minty,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Where I've been + Crafty Superstar!

Where I've been + other updates

Ah, hello everyone! Long time no update, I know! I hope you'll excuse my absence though, haha.
Lots of things have happened, and I've missed this little blogging community so much. I've been playing catch up for the past couple weeks and I've been very excited to come back to writing posts, and I thought about it all Summer long.
P.S take a look at the end of this post for some super exciting news!
So to begin- I turned 17! This happened in April (wow I still can't believe it's been so long). I'm really not sure how I feel about it. Actually no... I feel old. VERY old. I know someday I'll be wishing I was back to being a 17 year old, but right now, I'd rather stop time- or rewind it a little bit anyway!
I got so many amazingly lovely gifts- Doctor Who items made lots of appearances!

Next thing to happen after that was stitches! (*cue internal screaming*)
I'm okay of course, but I did get bitten in the leg by a loose dog!
It was the first time anyone in my family had ever been to the ER so I had no idea what was going on, but it wasn't too bad- This was in May though, and I've still got the scar on my leg!

Aaand finally- the biggest reason for my sudden disappearance!
This summer I got offered a job as a photographer/media director at the Summer camp I normally cook at! I (of course) accepted, and went in with NO idea on how ANYTHING would work. This was the first summer our camp had even had a photographer!
There were so many things that happened this summer- both good and bad- but I'm so glad I went. I made some amazing, wonderful, more than fantastic friends, and got even closer to old friends.
Here are a few pictures that were just taken for fun. If anyone's interested (probably not haha) I'll upload a post with more pictures. :)

Bonfires that lasted way past midnight (like this one) were just the greatest.
Crafty Superstar

One more super important thing guys! I had the amazing honor of being asked to do a feature called 'Crafty Superstar' on the website 'Cut out + Keep'!!
It's been a secret I've kept from you guys for way too long and I'm so excited to share it with you  now! You can head on over by clicking here and checking everything out!
I do hope you all like my projects. Let me know if you try anything- I'd love to see pictures :)

I commend you if you read everything here! Thanks so much for sticking around guys. The support I still get on my last post is amazing! I'll be back very soon with new posts. :)

Stay minty,