Not long ago, having hit a knitting brick wall, and not knowing what I wanted to do next, I told my sister to send me measurements for her husband’s foot so that I could make a pair of socks for him. He’s big on outdoorsy stuff, bow hunts, makes maple syrup, farms, etc. A pair of wool socks would be a good choice. However, sister hasn’t sent me the measurements yet — have you sister?
Anyway, after some thought I decided Sweet Baboo could use a pair. Off to Woolworks, found some fabulous yum yum yarn called Malabrigo which is pure Merino wool and superwash to boot. I knit socks with two circular needles rather than 3 or 4 or 5 or whatever is needed for double points. What’s nice about that is that you can stretch the sock in progress over the foot of the intended recipient. I must have asked him to try the first one on 43 times. Good natured as he is, there was no complaint. He’s been down this road before and knows what he’ll get at the end.
There is nothing like being able to measure and re-measure a foot during knitting. The fit is fabulous and if there’s any tightness or looseness anywhere, it’s not a hardship to frog a few rows back and knit it correctly, rather than finding out at the end that there’s a problem. These are like a second skin for him, plus the yarn is so smooth and itch-free. The colors aren’t even close, but he’s happy!
This pattern is a mishmash of several that I have, but mostly starts with Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi. Love her pattern, just kind of improved on it for these socks. Plans are to add the pattern here.
Darling Daughter visited last night with GrandDolly #2 and brought the flap hat with her. She had tried to take pictures of Jillie wearing it, but it’s impossible to get a one year old to hold still for a millisecond, let alone long enough to take the picture. So, it’s not the greatest picture but I’m very pleased with how well it fits her. Getting her to keep it on may be a challenge. This is Darling Daughter wrangling her little one.
I posted a few nights ago about this hat, the pattern and where it’s available. It’s not a freebie so if you’d like one, you’ll have to bite the bullet and pay for it. The post is here.
Her hat is hardly noticeable, but wow what great eyes…..
My sister had asked me if I could find her a pattern for double thickness pot holders — which I did find and sent to her promptly — but then I decided that I needed to make a few for myself. I had to take the pictures separately because two of them are so dark and the other two so light. As I look at the images, the crocheting seems a bit rough to me. I had and “ah ha” moment tonight that resolved the issue I was having of seaming the pot holder after I finished it. I think I’ll wait until tomorrow to take a shot or two and show what I did. For now, these were my first four attempts.
If you look at the seam in the pot holder that is on its point above, you can see the holes that were made when I started crocheting on the back side of the foundation chain. I was able to eliminate that and make the whole pot holder prettier.
Cute as a bug’s ear and takes practically no time to finish. This pattern is The Little Flap Cap #109 and can be purchased here at Cabin Fever. They have lots of patterns here, including an adult version of this one, which is a baby size. I used Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed Medium Blue and size 7 needles. And I actually swatched it so that I knew the gauge was correct!!!
Just a side note — if you linked through to this post hoping to find the pattern — sorry!! This pattern costs $5.00 through Cabin Fever, so I can’t write out the instructions. At the time I bought the pattern, there weren’t many flap cap patterns (like none!!) floating around the internet. Since then, there have been a lot of very similar patterns listed on Ravelry, if you’d like to take a hop over there and look around.
ARGH!!!! I am having technical difficulties with my camera — the images are totally subpar, but I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.
Anyway, two pairs of slippers down, and a few more to go. One pair definitely for daughter and one pair definitely for the GrandLad –
These are for GrandDolly #1. I can’t seem to get a crisp pic out of my camera, so this will have to do. They really look cute on her — I had a picture of that too, but it was even worse than this one.
This one is just a little bit better. I made them from my original pattern (click here) but with larger needles — a lot larger, size 10.5. She hates anything even remotely itchy. These are nice and soft for her, but I’m sure that they will wear out sooner.
These are for GrandDolly #2 — note the square toes!!! I made them a little bit tighter than #1′s, because #2 is an avid barefooter. Hopefully, these will be harder for her to get off. I kind of combined several different patterns that I have and kitchenered off the toes so that they would be more square. #2′s feet are VERY square — I guess most babies feet are.
This would be a great project for a beginner — it’s knitted all in one piece, starting at the lower edge back, up over the shoulders and down the front, leaving just side seams and under the arms to be sewn up. I learned a new technique for sewing up the side seams called a mattress stitch. (Check out this video for the how-to. It’s about 2/3 of the way down the page.) It gives you an invisible seam, even for a first timer like me!!! I was very pleased with the result.
The yarn that I used is Lion Brand Baby’s First, an acrylic and cotton yarn that is absolutely mouth-watering and comes in 6 or 8 colors. The pattern is a free Lion Brand pamphlet that I got at Michaels, Jasmine Kimono. You can pick up this pattern here or here, no dinero needed!!
A size 10 needle is recommended, but I ended up with a 10.5 after swatching a few inches. Because of the nature of the items that I knit and crochet, I don’t usually worry too much about swatching, but I did do it for this item. I also did a light steam blocking just to square everything up when I was done and before I sewed the seams. During that light steam blocking, I found out that my very nearly new Rowenta steam iron leaks like a sieve!! That does NOT make me a happy camper. More on that another time.
And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of GrandDolly modeling the sweater, would it? She’s such a ham for the camera!!
All in all, a great pattern that really didn’t take very much time at all — maybe 3 nights in front of the TV and with very little frogging!!
I have been on a dishcloth / facecloth marathon now for a few weeks. It started out just making a few for Darling Daughter, then thought I would make a few more for my sisters and mother. I posted the tutorial for the extremely Wicked Easy Dischcloth HERE.
I still have more cotton, but I have a couple of unfinished projects that I need to get to — like the other cover to my lounge chair cushions!! Summer is nearly over and I still have to finish the second one!
This is what my small mountain of completed dishcloth / facecloths look like.
So, today I will be packing these up and sending them on to the relatives — I still have a skein or 2 left and intend to make a few for myself. It seems that I give away 90% of what I make — do you think I am subconsciously seeking approval or validation? Could be!!
At any rate, it soothes my mind to knit or crochet while the TV drones in the background. Not exactly mindless, but it’s repetitious enough to let my mind wander around, quietly plotting my next project. Besides the aforementioned cushion covers, I have puttputt slippers to make for the GrandDollies and Darling Daughter, hats, mittens, sweaters (yes an actual sweater — GrandDolly 1 spotted a pretty yellow soft yarn in Michaels and a free pattern hanging on the hook right next to it — the kid has an eye for four years old!!) The yarn is yummy, smooshy and luscious and is calling my name from it’s home in the yarn basket. It’s definitely time to move on to something else.
I’ve had a very productive weekend. Friday evening I started a sweater for GrandDolly called Girls Cap Sleeved Spring Top. I have had this yarn forever, it seems like, and didn’t know what I would make with it. Then I found this great sweater tutorial. (The pattern is here at Soulful Hues Hobbies & Random Thoughts.) I finished it tonight, blocked it and can’t wait to put it on GrandDolly tomorrow. Check this out!!
And this is the finished sweater on GrandDolly — loves to have her picture taken with her Pepe. When I put the sweater on her, she kept saying “Meme, for me??” like I’d never given her anything before!! Poor deprived GrandDolly!
Pepe and GrandDolly
So, yeah, I haven’t added anything to this blog since December. But don’t think that I’ve been laying on the sofa eating bonbons. I have been knitting and sewing and crocheting up a storm!
This is my sewing/computer room — my very CLEAN and organized sewing/computer room. Clean as the proverbial whistle. Well, except for the cat in my yarn box under the table. Can you see the white paw?
I was going to post the before pictures but it was just too depressing to document. Suffice it to say that it was just impossible to find anything that I wanted. Not necessarily a fun thing to do, but it had to be done.
In my case at least, having a room so clean makes me just itch to do something!!
Shortly after the holidays, I received an email from Connecting Threads advertising Mama’s Cottons 2 Sampler fabrics. I tell ya, this fabric positively shrieked at me to buy it!!Yummy, yummy! There haven’t been many times when I ran to get my credit card to buy something, but this was one of them. I didn’t even know what I would make with it, but figured I would hear another shriek when I found it.
As luck would have it, I stumbled across this .pdf file for burp cloths at the Michael Miller Fabrics website.
I also found a darling bib pattern on Etsy at jcasa and this was the result of that chance encounter. This is one really great bib pattern — doesn’t take long and cute as a bug’s ear. I’ve started trying freemotion quilting on them (which always scared the daylights out of me) and it’s working pretty well – of course it’s a small area to quilt, but it’s good practice.
This is how the bibs looked after washing and drying. Just love that old quilty look!!
And this is just the first round. The burp cloths and bibs are for my niece who is having another boy in April but there are plenty of pink, green and lavendar fabrics still left from the fat quarter package. Darling Daughter is having another GrandDolly or a GrandWeeLad in September so perhaps I’ll be using those pink ones. Or maybe not. We won’t know until next month.
. . . . . for Sweet Baboo this time. I’ve been making quite a few things (and giving most of them away) and he was starting to feel left out. Can’t have that, now, can we?
He was so happy when I finished them this past weekend. I think that it took about 10 days to knit them, start to finish. Look how excited he was!!
I found this great tutorial for this darling kimono awhile ago on a blog that I frequently lurk, Habitual Creature of Habit. She has some really great stuff over there, take a skip over and take a look if you have time. This pattern is very simple to follow and works up very quickly.
The fabric was one that I purchased from an Etsy shop, Sweet Flavor Also a great site to visit with lots and lots of fabric shipped quickly at reasonable prices. I’ll be going back to pick up a few more to add to the several other fabrics that I want to use for more of these little cutie pies.
Yes, it’s true, I am becoming quite obsessed with sewing for my little bean, AKA GrandDolly. Oh well, it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars……..
Oh, and the photo is clickable!!!