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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Yarn Along with Ginny and co. on this sunny Wednesday morning:
Still reading Knitlandia (my goodness, does this book make me want to travel and knit) and knitting my Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. As I'd hoped, the easy pattern is good for my knitting mojo and getting back in the crafting habit. With two little ones, a full-time job, and an old house that we haven't fully settled into yet, I need to have something pleasant but mindless to work on. Now I feel inspired to stock the cozy corners of the house with knitting baskets with projects that don't require too much concentration.
Bridget tried out the swing for the first time and loved it! Her beautiful Pomander cardigan was knit by Rue. So gorgeous and cozy -- Bridget has worn this a great deal over the winter and spring. Definitely a pattern I'd like to knit.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

feeling sheepish

Joining in the Yarn Along with Ginny this fine Wednesday morning:
My crafting mojo has been on the wane a bit lately -- kids' tummy bugs, lack of sleep, and our first plane trip with kiddos (just Minneapolis for Easter) have taken their toll on my free time, not to mention my general sanity. Hoping to get back in the game with this easy age of brass and steam kerchief and Clara Parkes' Knitlandia, which is off to a good start.
 Tummy time again? Really? 

B is wearing her little garter cardi -- so sweet. The proportions are just perfect for B, which is a rarity for my long-armed, long-torso babe. I underestimated this sweater and didn't realize just how cute and cozy it would be. The yarn is Beaverslide Dry Goods Fisherman Weight, and it's wonderfully sheepy and natural, with beautiful heathered colors. If I didn't already have a yarn store's worth of wool in my house already, I'd buy more right now!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

sleepy kitten, little lamb

This little lamb was ready just in time to join the sleepy kitty for the big show (i.e., the Easter basket). So sweet, but the finishing details were rather fiddly. (Ravelry details here and here).
 Bridget wore one of my old dresses for Easter -- so precious!
Apparently the Easter Bunny brings only the finest in Matchbox cars... Erik kept himself very busy.
Joining up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along: I'm perusing What to Knit: The Toddler Years to find my next project for Erik (cute toddler patterns are much harder to come by than baby patterns -- recommendations are welcome!) and I'm about to start The Outcast. 

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

knitty kitty

handknit kitty

 actual kitty

Embroidering the handknit kitty's face went surprisingly well. Now to tackle the wee sheep! And perhaps knit two more in time for Easter? I was hoping to make Alicia's sweet lovey lamb and honey bunny for Easter baskets, but my crochet skills aren't proving up to the task (joining and turning rounds with a seam, oy vey... I usually crochet blankets).

Joining Ginny & co. for this week's Yarn Along  -- I'm still reading The New Moon with the Old and How Toddlers Thrive.

P.S. Free kitty and sheep patterns here.

Monday, March 07, 2016

handknit heaven

Lucky Bridget. So many handknits, so little time...

purl bee little baby sweater, in kitchen sink dyeworks seacell merino fine

 barley hat, minus the garter detail, in madelinetosh tosh dk (begonia leaf)

yoked cardigan, in mountain colors 4/8s wool

Such a sweet girl. And those cheeks!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

fiddly knitting

Joining Ginny and friends for this week's Yarn Along:

Reading How Toddlers Thrive, one of the most helpful, practical, and kind-spirited books I've read about parenting toddlers -- it's helping me think about how little kids think, learn, and grow (a nice review here). Also Dodie Smith's The New Moon with the Old -- she wrote 101 Dalmatians, one of my favorite childhood books, plus I Capture the Castle, so I was excited to see some of her lesser-known books now available in reprints.

Knitting some sweet little toys for the kiddos. I'm at the fiddly part -- embroidery, seaming, and stuffing. Embroidering the face can make or break a handknit toy. A few wonky stitches can lead to the stuff of nightmares. I always end up pulling it out and redoing it a few times.

Here's the pattern photo of how they're supposed to look -- fingers crossed I can pull it off.

Friday, February 19, 2016

snowy days

Snowy days in the upper midwest call for handknits: Erik in the Barley hat I knit last winter; Bridget bundled up in a hand-me-down crochet earflap hat of Erik's, plus her cozy Baby Chalice blanket. More fun with the neighbor's Tomten garden! Visiting it is now part of our routine, and a good way for Mama to get a little exercise.