Halloween was a good 6 months ago but I wanted to share my daughter’s Alice in Wonderland costume that she had this past year. I drafted the pattern myself and used plain broadcloth for the dress. The apron was like wise self drafted with the same materials. I had been inspired by Pinterest work this one and created a white rabbit hat and vest and large pocket watch for my son so we had a coordinating costume set this year.
An odd sideways blocking photo, but I never mentioned it here so I thought I should documentit. I seem to knit a shawl immediately after having a newborn and this was the result of baby #2. It’s the Stars in the Twilight shawl so perfect for my muddled tired yet itchy fingers to work on. It worked up very quickly in my spare time and was a relaxing project. I can’t remember for the life of me what the yarn was called, the ball band was long gone but I did pick it up in a cute little yarn shop in Colorado Springs around 6 years ago during a visit to see my sister.
Not fully done, but the whole top has been pieced. It’s not perfect, but the A type personality that I have had the absolute hardest time doing “random” so there is a pattern to how I laid the pieces, so it’s as close to random as I’m able. In any way, in pleased with it and I’m looking forward to quilting it, however it’s on hold as I work on Halloween Costumes.
More like 168, but close enough. Since knitting is more my bedside table sewing basket craft, I play with my sewing machine during daylight hours. The fact that it requires less focus is also a bonus. I’ve been working on a gradient table runner and after my type A personality took nearly a week to figure out how on earth to do random, I devised a pattern that just looks random. It will be 8×21 squares which means about 12″x31.5″ which I’m happy with.
I started with two mini charm packs of Moda’s Persimmon line that I absolutely fell in love with (the great irony being that I’m highly allergic to the fruit). Now just to finish The pattern and start piecing!
I decided to finally sit down and finish the family set of stockings. Our family is growing faster than my progress on the stockings so I need 3 more stockings. First up is DH’s us the only one I have a set request for in terms of pattern choices so it should be easier.
I began by doing a knit crochet cast on (basically pretending my knitting needle is the crochet hook I forgot) and doing a wonderful first row. But does anything look off in that picture? That would be because in my eagerness to begin I neglected to actually count how many stitches I’d cast on. Yes, as the brilliant Yarn Harlot is fond of saying “Experienced knitters don’t make fewer mistakes, they make them faster.” So of course I frogged and removed the extra stitches and began again. In one night I managed to get halfway through the first 11 row chart before the baby woke up, so I was pleased. Let’s not count how many rows are left in the following 3 stockings…
Time is funny, as a kid time seemed to never pass as quickly as I’d hope. Now, time seems to blaze on by with nary a thought to how well I can keep up.
For instance, I can’t believe I have an almost 4-month old!
DD is a giggly, loving little one, but as one can expect with an infant, sleeping so mommy can knit is not one of her priorities. That being said I did start a new shawl in April, but due to time and NaK (nursing at keyboard, aka my only computer time before bedtime) I’ll have to share it once its blocked and dry. We will see if DD is up to modeling then…
I have a friend’s baby shower this upcoming weekend.
Three separate baby bootie patterns and attempts died in the last week as I was getting gauge (in swatch and in the actual knitted bootie form mind you) and STILL they were coming out too small. Going up a needle size on the booties seemed like it would leave too loose a fabric to be of use for winter babies so the booties idea was scrapped.
The Fourth Time was a simple plain stockinette stitch hat with a curled brim. The most simple little pattern, I was simply going to dress it up after the knitting by adding 2 ears and a little bear face to the front when I was done. And then my neck/shoulder/left arm and wrist reminded me why I don’t knit with large needles in the colder months. Something about the slight hand/finger positioning that is different in needles 4mm in diameter and larger makes my muscles seize up when the temperature starts dipping under 70F. So long story short, the hat was scrapped.
The fifth attempt I think I’m going back to the booties idea, I have a thicker yarn I can try with needles a size or two up that *should* give me the right gauge to produce the right size booties to be of some use rather than sit in a drawer looking like they are sized for a doll.
Playing with the tape measure made me realize that even with my proper 7 sts per inch and 28 sts which *should* give me 4 inch long booties was only if those 28 sts were in a straight line, not the curved half-bottom of a bootie sole which was measuring a strange 2 7/8 inches long while I scratched my head and ripped the aforementioned bootie out before my own pregnancy hormone cocktail had me crying with frustration.
So tomorrow the plan is simple, get some laundry done before work, make a nice large cup of decaf coffee and sit and force the next pair of booties to work before I run out of time this week. Because oh, did I mention? She’s expecting twins…
So it’s been 5 months. As DH has informed me, the blog has been sadly neglected to the point of near abandonment this summer. To be honest though, it’s been a pretty busy or at least event filled summer.
Things started off with a bang when I visited Solvang and Jalama Beach with my parents and I have pictures, but we’ll have to see if I get that into a post.
However, a huge event that has led to the huge lack of my ability to blog this summer was due to some very special news.
DH and I are expecting! I’m currently 24 weeks and thrilled, and of course I’ve been knitting and planning on the things I need to get done before the baby arrives. I have a nearly complete baby sweater and baby blanket in progress, but those are for other posts.
As for finished objects just a small project to report for now. Not knitting this time, but rather quilting. The picture is a bit dark, I’m still adjusting to my phone camera which I realized this summer takes pictures that are much better quality than my old camera, so they will have to do until I get more practice in or at the very least, decide to take pictures at a halfway decent hour when there is sunlight available.
My beginner attempt at learning quilting, aka placemats. Just a basic half square triangle design that I dabbled with, one fat quarter of the darker contrast fabric was enough for both placemats, and I believe I used less than 3/4 of a yard of the lighter fabric for the half square triangles, backing and the binding. It was a good practice for me as I learned a few new things about my sewing machine. One huge realization was that the little mark it has to show where your 1/4 inch seam allowance would be, is so not 1/4 inch. This was actually a rather quick project to complete, I started cutting out the pieces earlier this week and then finished the binding earlier today. All in all, not too shabby for a first completed project.
So as it happens in the spirit of sharing on Christmas day, my DH’s whole family traded a nasty cold and I went home and posted while being an unsuspecting target. Being the newest member of the family I seem to have gotten hit hardest, probably because I haven’t been exposed to their particular set of germs long enough to get some good antibodies in place. Yesterday was my first day out of bed so as such I’ve gotten absolutely nothing done and I don’t have any knitting or progress or work to show.
My goal will be to be posting on Tuesdays, since I neglected to mention that in my last post, however due to the ill timing of this cold I’ll be starting next week. I hope everyone else had a healthy and warm Christmas and New Year’s Day.