Sunday, July 24, 2016

Striped Mittens

And just like that, two pairs of mittens flew off of my needles....

I had the kids pick out the yarn for these and they are both very pleased with them.  I bought far too much yarn so I think they might be getting socks in their stockings or something.... 

I cast on a hat this morning for Josh...hopefully.  I'm playing yarn chicken (it is leftover yarn from another project) and I'm not sure it will be big enough, but hopefully it will all work out! If all else fails, the yarn is from my LYS and I am sure I can get my hands on more, but that will leave me with another almost full skein, so I am really hoping it doesn't come to that. 

Until next time, happy knitting!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

So much knitting...

I am still being far more monogamous with my knitting than is typical, which has led to quite a few finished objects this past month.  That combined with spending eleven days on a mom-stay-cation (the kids went with Weston up to town) and I have quite the pile of things to show!

First up, a small shawl I knit for myself.  I have had this yarn in my stash for about two years.  I fell in love with it when I first traveled to Cordova, but didn't buy it then.  When Weston and I traveled down for his job interview, we went to the yarn store and I was tempted to buy it again...but I didn't.  When Weston came home from that interview (I had to come home sooner than he did) he had purchased it for me.  He is amazing. Anyway, I had tried to knit it into a few different things, but none of them worked. This is wonderful.  It is the Wild Goose Shawlette by Paula of the Knitting Pipeline podcast and it was a simple knit. I love the way the pattern is written, using a percentage system that allows you to weigh your yarn so you can knit the biggest shawl possible using up your skein.  I have already worn it once, and it is the perfect size to use as a scarf under my coat for the rain and wind.

Next is a flurry of baby knits. I knit a bit for each of the previous children, but for some reason I really want this one wearing wool at all times. I have finished a number of things and have the yarn for three more sweaters already wound and ready. Knitting for little ones is so quick and satisfying! 

This is the Melting Rainbows hat that I whipped up out of some neon yarn I had in my stash.  I am pretty sure all of the kids will have these soon.  They are so bright and fun, it will be the perfect hat for the winter. And I can't resist matching things for the kids...

This is the Stripey Duffle Coat by Kate Oates. I have found the perfect wooden anchor buttons for this sweater, I am just waiting on them to arrive.  I loved knitting this little coat (minus the sleeves, I sweat baby sleeves take for-ev-er to knit for some reason) and am tempted to make matching ones of these for the other kids as well. 

This simply flew off of my needles.  This is Prairie Fire by Tin Can Knits.  I love their patterns, and this one was no different.  The lace was simple, but also interesting, which kept me motivated to keep knitting.  This pattern is sized from NB to adult L, so I am half tempted to knit myself one, but I know my track record with adult sweaters isn't great, so I am holding off.  This was yarn from my stash I had leftover after knitting a hat for Sawyer, and this used up every last bit of it (hence the awkward sleeve length) which felt great. 

This is another hat I whipped out for the baby. It is Charlie's sock yarn hat and I know you have seen this pattern before since it is the FIFTH one I have knit! I just can't get enough of it.  And with the self-striping Felici yarn from Knit Picks, it is just a joy to knit up. I whipped this out in two days. The stripes keep me interested, and since it is just knitting I can work on it whenever I have a free moment. 

One other thing I wanted to quickly mention. I hope you will notice the quality of my knitting pictures improving.  I recently took a class with Bonne Marie Burns (and if you have the chance to take *any* class with her, do...she is amazing) on photography and it was wonderful.  I still need a lot of practice, but I am learning more about how to take better pictures every time I put some time into staging my knitting shots now.  I am particularly proud of the one of my shawl up top in this post. Alright, hopefully I will be checking in again soon with more FOs. I still have the romper for tater tot on the needles and today I started a pair of mittens for Lucy, which should be finished in a few days. Until next time, happy knitting!

Friday, June 10, 2016


Apparently I am going through knitting spurts....the past couple of weeks it has been hats. So many hats! I finished a hat for Lucy, one for my niece, and one for myself (!).  Plus, I have a number of little preemie hats on the needles! I have just been knitting these at the park and keeping a bag of them to donate to a hospital my friend is a nurse at.  They are so little and satisfying. The pattern I have been using is the Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat by Greg Cohoon.  He is one half of the podcasting duo of the Unraveling with Greg and Joey podcast...if you haven't listened, hop on over to iTunes and download an episode!

The hats I knit for Lucy and my niece are both from the pattern I linked to last time, Charlie's sock yarn hat.  I knit them out of KnitPicks Felici yarn that I bought at Christmas. The colors are great and the yarn was very soft.

The hat I knit for myself is one that I am sure you have seen a million times.  It is a free pattern on Ravelry, the Baa-ble hat, and it is super cute. I ordered a kit for it and it just flew off my needles.  I think it would fit better if I knit it out of worsted weight yarn, and I am thinking of knitting a set of them for the kids (my flock...ha!). Either way, I love my hat and it will be perfect for the winter. 

I did finish one other project this week which I am very happy with...Lucy's dress! I was so happy to see it finished.  I started it last year, but it kept getting shoved to the back of my closet because it needed more attention than I could give to it while watching the kids.  All I had to do was pick up and knit the arm holes and collar. It took maybe an hour to finish and Lucy is in love with it. It fits her great and I just loved seeing her run around in it today.  I do wish it didn't have as much white at the top (as she is quite the messy child) but I guess it will have to do. 

Hopefully I can keep up this pace and continue to finish things! I cast on a little romper for tater tot today and I am trying to decide on a pattern for matching hats for all the kids.  I loved when Sawyer and Lucy had matching hats when she was born. Until next time...happy knitting!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Blankets galore

So I am not sure what is going on, but I have been finishing things like crazy. Not things that should be finished (like Weston's Gansey...) but really simple things. I don't seem to have the brain space to finish the math for the Gansey. Some part of it is knit flat and I know my gage is a lot different than in the round. Plus the gage I am knitting at now is different than I had originally calculated for the pattern so I am a bit befuddled at where I should go from here. But, I do seem to be able to keep knitting and making progress on simple projects.

The only knitted FO I have to share right now is a blanket I knit for tater tot. It is the zagaround blanket by Kate Oates and it was such a fun knit! The texture is squishy and reversible...I love it.

The other blankets I have finished are quilts. I was able to get the borders on two tops and the binding on a little baby quilt for my niece. 

This is the little quilt I made for my niece.  It is so cute! I love the fabrics I chose, girlie without being pink. I hope it is useful for the little one. 

This quilt top is one I made for Lucy. She chose the fabrics from my stash and I love how it turned out. It is the perfect little girl quilt and it should be a great bed sized quilt for her. 

This one I made just to use the fabric...I had it in my stash for years and I am happy to see it all grown up into a quilt. I am not sure what the plan is when I get it quilted, but I really like how it turned out.

I am going to finish a little rainbow hat for Lucy tonight. I have already cast on one in a different color way for my niece. The hat is a simple pattern which has made for great park and t-ball knitting. It is Charlie's sock yarn hat and it is a great knit. I love the double brim which keeps ears nice and warm. 

Alright, off to kitchner the top of the hat! Happy knitting!

Sunday, May 15, 2016


The weather the past week has been amazing.  It was actually hot outside a few days this week (seriously, close to 70F, which for me is HOT!) which was crazy.  The kids and I have been spending as much time as possible outside at the park.  I have been trying to knit, but sometimes it is too hot for me to be holding wool (I just can't  I feel like I have been doing a lot of knitting, but don't have any FOs to show for it. I started a blanket for tater tot.  I have had the yarn for this blanket for about two years, so I am glad to finally get started on it! I am loving the knitting on is the zagaround blanket by Kate Oates.  It is a simple pattern that makes a squishy, reversible blanket.

The blanket is a bit bigger than the picture and the color runs are getting a lot shorter.  I knew that would happen, since the blanket is knit from the center out. I wanted a rainbow blanket though, and this will surely fit the bill!

I do have one FO that I am very happy with.  Sawyer's tiger is all finished.  He loves it. He sewed the cape for it (mostly alone, I sat next to him and let him know when to start/stop stitching) and he was so proud! I am very happy with the finish work. I had to sew the face on three different times before I was happy with it, but it was worth it.  And the nose/mouth turned out great too, in my opinion. Finishing is not my forte, so I was pretty proud of myself for taking my time and really making it look how I wanted it to.

I have been dreaming of a lot of knitting... I really want to cast on ALL the little sweaters. I have yarn to knit prairie fire for tater tot which I hope to cast on soon.  I also am hoping to knit the camilla babe sweater.  I went to my LYS yesterday to try and pick out yarn, but they didn't have the exact color I wanted, so I am going to dig through my stash and see if I have anything that will work.  And, no, we don't know if tater tot is a boy or a girl, but I love these sweaters and babies are sweet and little and can wear whatever they want. 

I also have a skein of yarn that I bought while in Washington that I want to knit a new hat for myself out of.  I think I have finally found the pattern I am going to use... the for good hat is simple enough to show off the yarn, but interesting enough to keep me knitting.  Plus, it has a placket to show off some fun buttons, which will be a fun touch. 

Alright, off to keep knitting and enjoying the sun!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Crazy month

It's May. How did that happen?? It has been a crazy month.  I was busy sewing, knitting, and getting ready for a trip to Anchorage. It was really great to be back in town, see some friends, and spend time with my family.  I also got a lot of knitting done!

I finished this handspun sweater for tater tot before I left.  I love it! I have had this handspun for a long time.  I bought it from a friend and love the colors.  I tried to knit it into a vest when I was pregnant with Lucy, but it wasn't the right combination of yarn and pattern so it got ripped out.  I was excited to find something that would work for the yarn! And it will be the perfect little sweater for this new fall baby. 

I used the left overs to make this little bonnet to go with the hat! I still have a skein of the rust color, so I am trying to decide if I want to make a pair of pants or another little sweater. I'll probably go with a sweater as I don't think I will be very likely to put knit pants on the baby. 

I got a TON of work finished on Lucy's dress. I just have to pick up and knit the facings for the armholes and the neckline.  I feel like the arm holes are a bit big, but hopefully with the facings it fits ok. 

I have also made a lot of progress on Sawyer's tiger. I now only have to sew on the face and knit the mask! I decided we are going to sew the cape instead of knitting it for various is that Sawyer can help me sew it which I think will be great. I promised him it would be finished for show and tell next week, so I need to get cracking!

Hopefully I can keep this momentum going and get a lot more knitting done in the coming months. I should also have some quilts to share next time as I got the fabric to put borders on two tops that I have finished. Lots of finishing!!

Friday, April 8, 2016

April Showers

It has been a wet month so far! Which means there is a lot of time for me to be inside knitting. :) I am looking forward to warmer days knitting at the park with the kids, but I have gotten quite a bit done in the mean time. I finally finished Sawyer's Brochan sweater (designed by Kate Oates of Tot Toppers) and it is probably my favorite thing I have ever knit for him.  He looks pretty sharp in it!

I have started knitting a super hero tiger for Sawyer. I am to the top of the head, so I might be able to finish that up this weekend.  I am planning on sewing the cape instead of knitting it. It seems like an awful lot of knitting for a is done in garter stitch, and well, no. I can sew a cape in about an hour is Sawyer helps, so that is the plan.

Still plugging away at Weston's sweater. I am going to be getting to the patterning soon, which might make it less portable.  I am thinking that I might only do the pattern on the front of the sweater and leave the back plain, but I am not sure on that yet. I am crunched for time, but I do want to be happy with it when I am finished.  Weston wanted a simple sweater, so the patterning is pretty simple, but any time I have to think and look at a chart I will knit slower.

I did finish my secret swap knit and it is wonderful (if I do say so myself. ;) ).  I probably will knit myself one as it is quite wearable and warm, which are both things I could use. I will share pictures of it soon as I plan on getting it in the mail today.  I am hoping to cast on a little hand spun baby sweater this weekend. I need to get cracking with baby knitting!