Jade works at the best ice cream place in our area. They use as many local products as possible to make the most delicious ice cream. Her bosses are super sweet and love their employees…. so much that when last year was a record year in ice cream sales they give all of their employees a retroactive pay raise for the season! I love these hard working people so much, so when their first baby arrived this spring I knew I wanted to knit or sew something really special for him.
It started with a hat. (some of you saw it on instagram a few weeks ago!) The yarn is Mosaic Moon and has been in my stash forever. I love it so much and was just waiting for the right little one to knit it up for. Booties followed. And then I remembered how much I loved sewing tiny pants. (I've done this before once or twice). So the yarn was matched up with some favorite fabric and when I couldn't decide between the two prints I made them both.
You see where this is headed right? If you make some little pants, you're going to need some little shirts to go with them…..
I had a few little onesies in my craft supply stash and indigo dye in my cupboard. Little indigo tshirts where next. It was my first time dyeing with indigo – oh my goodness you guys – it's awesome! I really loved the way these little shirts came out and I'll be hitting the thrift store up for some more clothes to dye now that I have a vat going.
I topped off the basket with some of our really gentle soap and a big tin of our healing salve which is also really great for diaper rash or any little bumps and scrapes (whole family herbal magic!) I'm not sure who was more excited about gifting the basket – Jade or me!
I really do love how quick it is to pull together these little knit & sewn goodies….. I sew a lot less often these days and I had so much fun making these. The pants pattern is Big Butt Baby Pants by Rae (the best baby pants, especially for cloth diapered babies!) and the hat details are on ravelry.
Welcome to the world little one, the universe paired you up with some pretty awesome parents!
Tell me what you're making these days….
Yarning along with Ginny today….
The shawl is coming along slowly now. I'm at the last big block/section, short rows and stripes. It's almost up to 300 stitches…. so it's getting close. Over halfway for sure. Of course, every now and then I lose count of what row I am on and I'm sure I've goofed up a couple of increases. I think It won't matter much in the end anyhow (I hope). The colors look like spring…. and they go together pretty well even though I purchased them on two separate occasions (all the same yarn though). And then there is blocking to think about…. I've never blocked a thing, and this shawl is going to need it. All of my sweaters and other knits so far were just worn as is. Any easy tips? Tools that make it easy? I'm all ears knitterly friends….
And the book – gasp – it's the really the sweetest. Luke has been reading it on his own, and sometimes to me. I've been encouraging him to read a chapter each day and tell me about it. It's slow going, like the shawl I guess, but we're getting there….
Last year I had planned to knit a hat each month, and while I did get pretty close… I failed to get them all photographed before they went off to the heads of loved ones. This year my goal is to have a finished knit per month – remember to photograph each one – and only knit from my stash. I do have yarn for a shawl and a sweater in there…. so it won't all be one skein projects…. but certainly heavy on that side unless I come up with some creative ideas (like the shawl I started last month!). Luckily we have a few babies arriving this year!
My January knit is another Betsy. I really, really love this pattern. This is my third one. All the details can be found on Ravelry. I knit it up for Sophie – and now all three of us girls have one. The yarn is Apollo in Jelly Bean by Luna Grey Fiber (love!)
Complete with a photo session overtake by Maggie who was very concerned about what was going on. Sophie said maybe she wanted a hat too. And that does fit into the one skein project category…. hmmm….
Yarning along with Ginny today.
I started this shawl pattern this morning. We had one of those busy, busy days with lots of driving and waiting. I figured a new knitting project was a good way to pass the time….. and it was. Well, maybe not the part where I was talking to other moms while the kids were rollerskating, because I ended up having to pull the whole thing out and start over. I misread the pattern and totally goofed up the increase. I'm not sure if it would have mattered too much, but I decided to pull it out anyhow. I'm using Handmaiden yarn from my stash. I have three colors that complement each other well, I'll show you the others next week. I'm determined to knit projects only from my stash this year…. it's really gotten out of hand…. the collecting part. So I really need to knit it down a little!
The book was my Solstice gift. It's wonderful! I've made a few batches of bitters recently and gotten into using bitters more for cocktails (and mocktails right now). I love books broken up seasonally, and of course beautiful photography is always a bonus. It's really worth checking out.
Dinner is calling, so I have to run. Hopefully by the end of tonight I'll be back to where I frogged this shawl!
I almost had my hat finished this month and then realized I goofed up on the decrease while talking to Joe in the car. I'm not really good at talking and counting, I guess. So I have to pull it back out and redo it. It's close though! Just in time for spring biking weather for the hat wearer I am gifting it to. (it's this yarn and this pattern.)
It was a slow knitting month….. but a huge house project month. I've been in the studio every weekend. Cleaning, decluttering. And now painting! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to paint over the flat tannish-off-white paint in there. It's original to the addition that was built on the house over 15 years ago….. long overdo for some love. I finally chose a shade of white. Don't giggle, it took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Joe was sweet as could be listening to me ramble on about the undertones being the right shade for the light coming in. I want it to glow in there when the sun comes up. We'll see….. We've got two coats on but we ran out of time and paint. It really needs one more coat, but the littles and I are heading out tomorrow to the deep south. So it has to wait for now…..
Louisiana, here we come!! Sunshine. Friends. Warmth. Oh my. We are so excited!!
I won't be checking in here for a good ten days or so…. but I will be on instagram if you'd like to come along on our southern adventure.
See you soon!
Squeaking in here just in time to share my February hats::
This was a busy month, and I only finished two hats. Both sweet little baby hats for friends far away. Both knit with 100% wool yarn from my stash that has long lost it's color name. The blue is a superwash by my friend Shelly and the purple is a Cascade superwash. The pattern was inspired by this sweet little hat, details on ravelry. I finished the blue hat on our way to Alaska to gift a friend in Cordova…. along with play silks and a quilt and some flag banners for their new home. There are perks to being a friend to someone with shop inventory!
On the other needle this month I stitched up those sweet little pants using the quick change trousers pattern from this book and a lovely silk & flannel blanket that matches the purple hat perfectly! The pants are sewn up with some double gauze fabric from my Heather Ross Far Far Away stash. Let me tell you, that fabric makes wonderfully soft little pants! I really love the way these turned out. And yes, they are reversible, complete cuteness overload! My dear friend in Louisiana just welcomed her fourth little one…. a sweet baby girl! It was so fun putting together a box of handmade goodness for her.
Tell me….. what are you making these days?
pssst…… year of hats on instagram #yearofhats2015 – feel free to join and add any hats you're knitting to the pool. I'd love to see them!
This year I wanted to take on a few longterm creative projects. Nothing huge, just a practice of coming back to something regularly. For my knitting, I thought of hats. Hats are such a quick, easy & fun project. I love the luxury of picking out fancy yarn for a hat. It's affordable to splurge when it is just one skein at a time. And they make SUCH wonderful gifts. I think Elizabeth Zimmerman had the right idea about knitting for the holidays throughout the year and I hope to make this year the one that I finally get a few steps ahead of the handmade gifting. So each month I plan to share a pattern and a few finished hats with you here.
First up : The Betsy
I first saw this gorgeous hat when Jackie posted it here. (Actually, I think Jackie's version of this hat is the reason I finally joined instagram too.) I've been a long time swooner of Jane Richmond's patterns, ever since forever ago when I knit up that oatmeal sweater. Her patterns are very well written and I really looooove this hat. My first one was knit up in Luna Grey's bulky Apollo in the spice color-way. The second was two strands of Berroco Peruvia in a soft grey that I no longer have the color name for. The orange for me (goofy selfie here) was a fitted version and the grey for Jade is the slouchy version. It's a mock cable, with an easy to remember pattern. In bulky yarn it flies of the needles in no time! And it's gorgeous!
Thank you Sophie for modeling your big sister's hat for me.
What are you knitting? Do share….
As I type this I am sipping my second cup of coffee and warming myself in front of the fire.
Morning chores were finished over an hour ago. In zero degree weather. Those poor chickens. Especially the one going through a late molt. I've been giving them extra corn and sunflower seeds as a treat but they still look at me as if I am to blame for the frigid temperatures. They don't even try to go out of their coop to forage. They just stare at me, feathers fluffed as much as they can, huddled together in the sunniest corner (with feathery furrowed brows, I swear!) and watch as I break the ice out of their bucket and fill it with fresh water. After tending to the feathered and furry creatures, I wander to the bees. A layer of frost covers their upper entrance and I wonder if this is a good or bad thing. I scrape the frost aside with a stick. No bees appear. I pull my hood off and press my ear to the outside of the hive, tap gently with an open hand and hear the reassuring hum inside. Good girls, I whisper.
We went to NY this weekend. Joe had a job interview in Massena. It's so far north it's almost Canada. He applied for the job several weeks ago and we've trying (and failing) at not obsessing over the possibility for the last two months.
The interview went very well. In fact, they offered him the job. A very good job. And a step two starting position. It's like an immediate raise, they never do this. But the schedule was really difficult. A lot of on call time, on the road time, and a ton of hours six months out of the year. Even though it would mean finally settling down…… it wouldn't mean a quality of life change for the better. He politely declined yesterday.
The drive was beautiful. Just him and I, and knitting needles. The night before was a combination of snow and freezing rain and everything was glossy and frozen and white and looked like something out of a picture book. Talk, knit, talk, knit. I snapped a few pictures along the way. An amazing old water mill of some sort…. the sun setting over the icy landscape….. the moon! Winter moons are magic things. I thought I might be disappointed that it didn't work out….. but I actually felt relieved. I don't feel ready to be uprooted again….. and it wasn't quite where I want us to land. Between the knitting and the talking I said a millionth little prayer to the universe, to the tiny broken down farmhouse with good bones waiting for us…. I'm sure it will find us when the time is right.
psssttttt…. also, I finally joined instagram. are you there too? why didn't you guys tell me it was so fun??
Joining in with Ginny today…
it's been awhile since I've sat with these needles….
loving the quiet rhythm of counting stitches.
Joe made me that beautiful yarn bowl…
he's crafty, but you already knew that.
Nearly halfway through my test knit for my friend Jackie.
Loving that yellow. Swoon….
Hoping to share the finished knit with you sometime next week.
And this book just arrived (after a long wait) from the library.
Looking forward to starting it this evening.
Are you knitting anything?
This has been in the works for quite sometime now. I've knitted on and off again for (eek) months. Not because of any other reason than pure busy-ness. My hat goes off to those knitters that take their knitting everywhere….. I'm just not usually one of them. My evenings have been full of kid activities, bee school, (lots) of shop sewing…… and the knitting just sat and waited for me. It's good like that you know? It just waits….
But finally….. FINALLY it's done.
Just in time for spring weather when they shed their jackets as they run and play in the woods. I didn't even block it. I should, I know. But I was so excited to put it on that boy of mine. I am smitten. Jackie of Luna Grey Fiber Arts dyed up the soft brown just for me to match her stunning orange spice. The yellow is curry. I can tell you every time I did venture out with this sweater, I got lots of ooohing and ahhhing over that orange. It is so lovely! This bulky yarn really knits up quickly too. Thank goodness for the world's slowest knitter. Ahem~
You can see the pattern and yarn details here. I should have knit those sleeves longer, I made an 8 thinking it would be long enough…. it is but perhaps not into next fall like I had hoped. The only time I strayed from the pattern was to add those stripes in. And I wanted stripes on just the one sleeve. I like the way it came out. Sort of puts a modern edge on a soft chunky handknit, no?
And one last thing, that furry girl of mine up there. Sweet Maggie Blue…. she loves this boy. She loves the two little kids in general. That picture of her *so* captures her personality. Swoon…..
I'll see you tomorrow for a belated list of weekend link love….
ps ~ I'm visiting over in Meryl's space today with some thoughts on spring….. do come & say hello!