Category Archives: Finished Projects

Babies and Big Brothers

After finishing the Antler Cardigan and Hat set I thought it would be nice to make matching hats for some new little ones on the way and their big brothers. I really enjoyed working with the Malabrigo Rios yarn. Very squishy. I’ve certainly had a lot of fun with this pattern as well. For the last hat I used a knitted cast on from Wooly Wormhead that I found on Instagram. I liked it as much as the tubular cast on, and it seemed to be a bit more intuitive for me.

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For Wesley and his soon to arrive little brother I made a blue set:

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And for George and his new little brother I went with a fun multicolor yarn:
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While the big brother hats may have been fun for me to knit, and I hope the expectant parents like the idea, I figured the new big brothers would like something more interesting as well. So I went to our local book store and picked out a couple of books for the boys! I’ve already wrapped them, but they were fun to read! I got Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow and a Mo Willems book, Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Antlers

I’ve discovered a new pattern set this year, that I’ve been having a lot of fun knitting. I follow a lot of various knitters and designers on Twitter and Instagram, and had seen the Antler Hat by tincanknits around, and was intrigued by it’s simple elegance. Early this E asked for a new hat, but she decided she wanted something more neutral, after all the neon and bright colors of the past few years. Our local yarn store had some lovely local yarn from the Wooly Spruce Farmstead. So I cast on and got to work. She’s very happy with it, and wore it through the winter.

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Since then we discovered a few babies were on the way, and I thought what better pattern for people who love to be outside than a pattern with antlers!  I had so much fun making E’s hat, I decided to make one for each new baby and the big brother as well! I decided a hat and sweater set would be a nice gift for our new cousin, so I purchased the matching Antler Sweater and cast on. I was excited to discover that Malabrigo made a super wash merino and thought it would make a soft sweater that was relatively easy to care for. I was very happy with the yarn, and really enjoyed working with it.

I found the buttons at Fringe Supply Company, a lovely store that I’ve been following since its inception (I believe). They have such fun items. The ribbon was from an Etsy seller. I usually like to purchase locally, but it’s been a bit nuts lately, so I found small businesses outside of my area to support.

I’m very pleased with the first set. As soon as the hat is completely dry we’ll send it off to the expectant parents!

 

2/52 New Hats

The hats are done! It seemed like a good opportunity to take our second picture:
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It was a grey day, so I didn’t get to take any other pictures, but wanted to get this taken!

It’s going to be a busy week around here, but we’ve got some fun stuff going on.

Finishing!

Yup, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Could be a while before I post again! I don’t know if any one really follows per se, or notices my absences. I have a lot of blogs in my feed reader, and while some are more regular than others, I rarely remove anyone from my feed. I guess I’m hoping anyone who has subscribed to my blog has the same philosophy.

I was a little concerned when I found out that Google Reader was going the way of the buggy whip, but was pointed to Feedly and have become a total convert. I have it on my phone, my computer and my iPad. Yup, I have an iPad! I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve wanted one for a LONG time, and I’m really enjoying it. I use it for work, we’ll be scoring softball games on it, and I’ve been looking at the different knitting apps that are available.

So, back to the knitting. I have been doing quite a bit lately. Looking at my ravelry page (which is only somewhat representative, as I just realized) I have a bit I can talk about, and a bit more I think I need to photograph. I’m taking advantage of a beautiful Mother’s Day that happens to be devoid of softball to get a few things done.

I’ve got a few projects on the needles, but because they are gifts, I’ve got to keep them under wraps for a bit longer.

I think I’ve mentioned before, my daughter loves hats, and loves the ones I make for her. A few months ago, Wendy Bernard released a fun pattern The Honeycomber, and the combination of color, floppiness and a huge pompon called my name. I thought it would be fun to make E & me matching ski hats that coordinated with our coats – so same pattern, different colors. She thought it was a great idea. I was about to type “like she’d say no to a hat,” but I must say, she will tell me if she doesn’t like something – it’s nice. She knows I like to knit, but it’s frustrating to make something that won’t get worn or used.

So, back to the hats. The color choices were simple. I have a bright orange ski coat (the better to be seen when I fall into a snow bank) and E has a green one with pink contrast on the zipper. We headed to our local yarn store, The Warm Ewe, and picked out our colors. In March we took a road trip to New Hampshire for a little spring skiing, and I cast on in the car:

When I got to the corrugated ribbing, I realized, I’d never done it before! Which of course I had to tweet – what else is twitter for if not to announce new experiences! It was a little tricky, but by the time I got to it on the second hat it went much more quickly.

So at this time I’ve got one done:
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And one more moving toward the finish line:
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I’ve got more in the queue, and more to finish, so hopefully I can find the time/motivation to post here more frequently.

Rut Race: Days 1 & 2

It’s no secret that I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the monsters I’ve been knitting. I love them, but I do like some variety in my projects. When I entered my latest project in Ravelry I realized the monster I finished yesterday was the 4th one. I’m done with monsters for a while. The good news, is they both came out great:
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Now we just have to wrap, and deliver!

So, I’m still working on the Lintilla, thanks to those who recommended I stick with it! I’ve also cast on a new pair of socks. However, tonight I’ve got something else to talk about.

The Rut Race

The other day I read a post by Kim Werker. She posted about how she’s been feeling bleh, cranky and frustrated since January. I could definitely relate. I’ve felt basically the same – I know I need to do something, but wasn’t sure what. So Kim wrote about the Rut Race. I’m in.

Yesterday was my day one. Since skiing ended, I’ve been going to yoga on Saturdays and trying to go on Thursday nights. I need to find a way to fit more into my week. Yesterday I got my bike out and went for a ride. That felt great. It’s not everything, but it’s a start.

So as part of the rut race, I’ve got a few things I want to accomplish:

  • Ride my bike 3-4 times a week
  • Practice yoga 3 times a week
  • Get my house in order
  • Find my inspiration to be the best at what I do
  • Learn to ride a unicycle

Yup. I want to learn to ride a unicycle. So does E. She and I went two weeks ago, and she tried it out. I was too self conscious to try. Tonight I committed to give it a whirl. The people there are really nice and helpful. So I got up and was able to ride a bit while hanging onto the wall. I’m pretty pleased with that. We’ll go again next week, and I will try again!

So anyone else need to get out of a rut?

More Monsters!

So, as I stated in my last post, E and her teacher thought it would be great if I could knit a monster for her science teacher’s new little girl. I do love making these little monsters, so it wasn’t a tough sell. I did think it was time to change up patterns, so I went looking and found this one: Presley Cash from Rebecca Danger. I really liked the idea that she had specifically designed it for her own newborn, and it is JUST SO CUTE! So, after some discussion with the ten year old, I pulled some yarn from the stash (should I mention that it was actually E’s yarn that she’d picked out last year), and cast on. I had thought it had taken me a long time to finish, but as I’m concurrently updating my ravelry projects while I type this post out (and I wonder why I never get anything done), I realized I’d actually finished it in 11 days. And during that time I had the world’s worst head cold. Not really, but the drama keeps us laughing at my house. So last night I finished the second leg and assembled the little monster:
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The assembly was fun, no one really understood the way he’d go together. The teeth had me a little concerned, but the directions were great, and once I started, they came together.
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I immediately sat him down with Tabitha (who I’ll write about another day):
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So, because Mr. N has an older daughter, I feel like it would be best to make her a little monster too. I seem to feel a strong need to give older siblings gifts as well as new babies. Could be because I was the oldest, could be because I’m a nut. Not sure which.

So, we picked out another skein of yarn last week, that I’ll be winding tonight to start a new monster.
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I have been perusing the patterns, but I think I may stick with Iris. I thought the embroidered eyes worked on her (the big sister is only three), and I seem to be pretty partial to this pattern.

Monster Mania

As soon as E saw the Iris the Gourmet Monster I was making for her ski coach, she made it pretty clear that she would like one too. So, what does one do?

Thinking it through:
1) I had a ball knitting the first one
2) I had an extra skein of yarn
3) She asked nicely

Cast on of course!

Before I could even go get more stuffing, she was done. This time for stuffing I ordered some 100% cotton stuffing from PurlSoho. I love this stuff.

E decided to name her Jessica. It was a beautiful weekend. So, after a morning of skiing, and an afternoon of softball tryouts, Jessica came out to play:

She climbed up to see what she could see:
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Looked around:
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She and E headed out:
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Found another tree:
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And headed up. She stopped to catch her breath:
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Finally she made it:
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After all that work climbing, a short nap in the grass seemed like a good idea:
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Finally Jessie found a spot to hang out and watch E work on her pitching:
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The day that began with this:

Wrapped up with this:
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Oh, and the monster mania? Well, Jess is the second one, and I just finished another for the office (her adventures are for another day). E took Jess to school, and her substitute science teacher thought she was so cute that it would be great if we (not sure who the “we” is in this equation) could make one for the baby her science teacher’s wife just had. And I am seriously considering it. However, I would like to make a different one, so I’ve been perusing Rebecca Danger’s other patterns.

Who knew I’d be having so much fun knitting monsters?

I do have to admit, listening to Stash and Burn this morning did make me start to long for a new sweater on the needles. Apparently the warm weather isn’t slowing down my planning.