Holly and Ivy Felt Christmas Ornament Pattern

Make some fun and easy ornaments for your tree this year with some simple supplies and basic skills. You can stitch the leaves on the heart, or glue them in place, depending on your mood.

If you have not yet learned how to blanket stitch, watch this great tutorial from Hobby Lobby by clicking on the link below.



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Episode 21: Our Favorite Things

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken or email her by clicking here.  Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as SaltCityKnits (new user name!) and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits. Please join us on Ravelry in our group for more discussion, photo sharing, and prizes!


Show Notes

Queen Deborah’s Projects


Malabrigo Sock in Aguas colorway

AJHC Wools in Vintage Funk colorway

Candy Floss socks (for the ribbing) by Emily Clawson


Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Knitting Expat Designs

ART yarns in Oyster Blush colorway

Able Cable Hat by Kari Steinetz

Old Norwegian cast-on

Neeley’s Knits Supersock in Thing one and Thing Two colorway

French Meringue Socks by Vanilla Wool

Yarning Apart in Dust Light colorway

Dot Shawl by Casapinka

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play in Bahama Woodstar colorway

Malabrigo Sock in Rupestre colorway

Primavera Capelet by PaulinaP

The Wizarding World of Yarn in Transfiguration colorway

Sockhead Hat by

The Wizarding World of Yarn in Wingardium Leviosa colorway

Mary Jane’s Tearoom Bears

Cascade ECO duo in Vanilla colorway


Queen Emily’s Projects


Monkey Socks (no purl version – just knit wherever it says purl)

Malabrigo Sock in Idiecita colorway

Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli

Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love colorway


Snippets from YOUR past submissions

Please share with us a video up to five minutes in length (make sure video and audio quality are useable) of a snippet form your past. Upload to Dropbox or Google Drive and share with Queen Deborah at her email (see our contact info above). We may use your video in an upcoming episode!

Our Favorite Things

This week we talked about our favorite things to drink. Queen Deborah said hers are 1. Grandma Gray’s fruit slush. 2. Raspb


One Year Anniversary Prize Package

Get in touch with us as instructed in the episode.

Neeley’s Knits yarn  in Thing One and Thing Two colorways

IndigoChicken Dr. Suess Project Bag

The Quirky Sculptor stitch markers and progress keeper

Pattern of choice by Lara Smoot Designs


Ridiculous Book of the Day

50 Jobs Worse Than Yours by Justin Racz


Other Mentions

Stretchy Cast On for Socks by Roxanne Richardson

Woolite Baby

Twig and Horn Wool Soap – White Grapefruit

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Raspberry Cordial Recipe

While attending the most enjoyable reading retreat, I tasted the most delicious drink! If you have read Anne of Green Gables you will be familiar with raspberry cordial. I always wondered what it would taste like, and during our Anne themed dinner, I had the opportunity to find out. I quickly decided it is now one of my favorite things to drink! Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.


serves 6


  • 2(300 g) packages frozen raspberries
  • 1 14cups sugar
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 3 lemons


  1. Put the unthawed raspberries into a saucepan and add sugar.
  2. Cook on medium, stirring occasionally until all the sugar ahs dissolved.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the raspberries and syrup thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mixture through a strainer, extract all the juice.
  5. Squeeze two of the lemons and strain the juice, add it to the raspberry juice.
  6. Add the boiling water to the raspberry juice.
  7. Allow the cordial to cool, then chill it in the refrigerator.
  8. Serve cordial with a thin slice of lemon in each glass.


This recipe is from the Anne of Green Gables cookbook by Kate MacDonald.

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Deborah’s Lorax Socks

In our latest podcast, episode 16, I shared some socks I am knitting for my 1o year-old daughter. Some have requested the pattern. I don’t have an actual pattern, but will happily share some of the details, and the two-row braided column stitch pattern I used. I am not a pattern writer. Hopefully this makes sense.

Cast on 52 stitches on 2.25mm magic loop.

Knit 15 rows of a 2×2 rib, beginning with k2. Using a 2×2 rib will allow the braided stitch design to line up with the ribbing.

Begin the leg. I only knit the pattern on the front needle, and the back was knit all in stockinette stitch.

  • Row 1: k4, *sl 1 stitch pwise, k1, yo, psso the k1 and the yo* , k6, repeat from *, k6, repeat from *, k4
  • Row 2: knit all stitches

Continue the pattern all the way down the top of the foot.

At first glance, it seems as though you will loose a stitch with each psso, but try it, you will see that you keep your original stitch count.

If you knit socks with this pattern, I’d love to see them. Tag photos of them with #Loraxsocks or share them on our Ravelry group page.

Best Wishes,

Queen Deborah

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Episode 10 – Meet Our Crazy, Creative Children

We’ve invited our children to join us as we interview them each separately to discover what they have been creating and reading. We also share updates on our own knitting.

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.


Yarns, fabric, and patterns mentioned

Barenwolle in Wild Orchid (yarn)

Loop by Casapinka (pattern)

Anzula Nebula in Denim (yarn)

WN Yarns

Drops Eskimo Uni in Light Gray #53 (yarn)

Knit Picks Felici in Time Traveler (yarn)

Deborah Norville Serenity yarn

Lang yarn

Cotton + Steel fabric by Sarah Watts

Black Apple Doll (pattern)

Kit Kat hat by Andre Sue

Everyday shawl by Jenny Faifel (pattern)

Quince & Co. (yarn)

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play in Bahama Woodstar (yarn)

Malabrigo in 400 Rupestre (yarn)

Up In Yarns Designs in Fart Flowers

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose

Split Back Snowflake Hat by Susan B. Anderson (pattern)


Websites mentioned

My Froggy Stuff

Custom fit by Amy Herzog (pattern generator website)


Books mentioned

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

These is My Words by Nancy Turner

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

Wings of Fire book series by Tui T. Sutherland

The Ranger’s Apprentice

Series by John Flanagan

Lord of the Rings

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

The 5000 Year Leap by Skousen

The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry

Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Harry Potter

The Mouse Mansion by Karina Schaapman

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


Other mentions

White  Buffalo Pottery (local Utah potter)

Hidden Figures (movie)

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Episode 9 – Knitting Goals and Hand Knit Sock Swap

We finally made the time to podcast in the new year! We recap Christmas projects, talk about our knitting goals, and announce our hand-knit socks swap! It’s going to be SO much fun and we hope you will join us. Also, a huge THANK YOU to all of our wonderful viewers and friends who have been in touch over the last few weeks. What a delightful bunch you all are!





Show Notes

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

Yarns and patterns mentioned

Paca Peds yarn

Summer Slice Sock Pattern by Cassandra Dominick


Knit Picks Felici in Bubble Gum


Everyday Shawl pattern by Jenny Faifel

Cove Cardigan by Heidi May

Teeny White Daisy bag

Up In Yarns Designs in Fart Flowers colorway

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose

Barenwolle in Wild Orchid and Lucid Dream

Lancashire Dream by Gabrielle Dansknit

Yarn Bee – Urban Chic yarn in Gray 06

Frabjous Fibers in #249 Kaleidoscope

Gleener “the Ultimate Fuzz Remover”


Amanda Makes Yarn in the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle colorway!

Chileknits Strong Sock in Bliss 2.0

WN Yarns

Podcasts Mentioned

Cherry Purls

Holland Handmade

Yarn Hoarder


Come join us on our Ravelry Group and sign up to be part of our hand knit sock swap!


We will be closing the thread on January 21st and pair you up with a swap partner. We can’t wait to hear from you! Thanks for watching!



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Episode 5: Buy All The Things!

This week Deborah and I told ourselves that we weren’t going to have an episode as long as our last two Well, in one way we were right. We apparently are not capable of being short on words. We are embracing our verbosity and just throwing caution to the wind. We hope you enjoy this episode. We had such a great time making it!



Show Notes

Patterns, yarns, shops and supplies mentioned


Twisted Owl Fiber Studio – Desert Sunset

Wasatch and Wool Yarns (LYS)

Lane Cervinia

Isabel’s Yarn Shop

Cascade Heritage Paints – Sage Honey

Marianated Yarns – Jungle

Madelinetosh – unicorn tales in Glazed Pecan, Neon Peach, Flashdance, and Cousteau

Knitpicks Felici – in Time Traveler, Bubble, Kaliedescope, Rainbow and Hawthorn fingering

KitKat Hat by Andre Sue Knits (pattern)

ChaioGoo needles

Addi Sock Rockets

Paradise Fibers (LYS in Spokane Washington)

Sweet Georgia Yarns – Smitten

Ella Rae Lace Merino

Geek Socks (pattern)

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play – Bahama Woodstar

Muriel Capelet by Louisa Harding from Knits from an English Rose (pattern)

Loop by Casapinka (pattern)

Reversible Bucket Bag  from the Bag Making Bible (sewing pattern)

Podcasts mentioned

Little Bobbins Knits

Amanda Makes

Bakery Bears

Books Mentioned

The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour

1984 by George Orwell

The Cursed Child by JK Rowling , Jack Thorn, and John Tiffany

The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson




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What Do I Do With All This Zucchini?!

If you are like us, and have a garden, you probably have zucchini overload! There are some summers where it literally takes over my kitchen counters! What a good problem to have, really. I have a list of things I do with mine to try and vary the zucchini eating experience. Here is just one of the recipes I make with mine. It’s extremely simple, quick, and delicious!

Lemon Garlic Zucchini Wedges with Parmesan

Gluten Free

Serves 2-4



  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
  • Garlic Salt and Lemon Pepper for seasoning
  • 2-4 TBS freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • cherry tomatoes and herbs for garnish
  • Fresh marinara, and/or ranch dressing for dipping.

I used Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper, and Lawry’s Garlic Salt.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large ziplock baggie, mix together lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, garlic salt, and lemon pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cut zucchini into long wedges, about 1/2″ thick. Add these to the baggie containing the olive oil mixture and seal the baggie closed. Gently squish around with your hands to evenly distribute the olive oil.
  4. Dump out onto a large baking sheet and sprinkle generously with parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 11-12 minutes.
  6. At the end of the cooking time, switch the oven to broil and continue baking for about 3 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned.
  7. Remove from the oven and place on serving dish. Sprinkle cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs over the top to garnish.
  8. Serve piping hot with fresh marinara, or my personal favorite, ranch dressing for dipping.


*Note: I did a quick search online and saw that both of the seasonings I used are gluten free. You should always check this out for yourself each time you purchase, as companies often change ingredients or processing methods.




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General Conference Journaling Page

I love journaling pages! Some of my favorites come from Allison at Simple Inspirations. One of her gratitude charts sparked an idea and I used it as inspiration to create a General Conference journaling page. I plan to use it as a way to organize main points from a speaker and take more detailed notes on separate pages. My family has a discussion after the last session of conference on Sunday and it always helps me to remember who spoke about what easily without having to dig through piles of notes.

Please enjoy these for your own personal use. There is a black and white version as well as one in color.

Conference notes chart color Conference notes chart bw


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