Sunday, November 11, 2012

Growing into it

I almost always buy/knit my kids' clothes big because I'm afraid they won't fit long enough if I make them the right size. I knit this Baby Sophisticate sweater 2 years ago, and it was way too big:

He wore it the next winter, but it was still big:

Now it finally fits:

Lesson learned.

Friday, October 26, 2012

More Tatting

#4-12 in the 25 Motif Challenge
Patterns by Dale Pomeroy
Lizbeth #20 thread 
Tatting class is keeping me busy. This is a few weeks worth of homework/classwork, and I know there are other tatters who do this much in a day, but surely those tatters don't have small children? It's kinda tricky keeping all my ducks in a row. It's apparent by my suuuuuuuuper messy house that my ducks are definitely not in a row, but I exercised, read to my kids, and took a nap today, and I'm about to go practice the organ, so I'd say my priorities are pretty strait, except that it's 11:50 PM, and I don't plan on going to bed any time soon.

And, I stumbled across this ball of blue Lizbeth (color 651-not even one of the colors I was considering) in my local yarn store, and it matches pretty well. So I've got no excuses to put off that doily, but I still don't know which colors I want where, so I'm still procrastinating.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lace Mat Planning

There's this doily pattern that has been taking over the internet, and I really want to make one, but I'm afraid to choose colors. But I got this brilliant idea to put it in my laundry/craft room and model the colors after the doilies on the wallpaper:

So, blue and white? And what shade of blue? Should it have some charcoal too? What about green? And which round should be which color? I haven't decided if I'll hang it on a white or charcoal background.

I love the way this one looks with the dark color on the outside edge. But I also love the way it looks all in the same color.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tatting Classes

I've been taking tatting classes at my local yarn store from Dale Pomeroy (who is amazing, and if you ever get the chance to take his classes, you should, even if you already know how to tat.) I'm halfway through level 2, and my tatting is finally starting to look presentable (mostly because I learned how to finish the ends.) So I'm gonna try the 25 motif challenge again. 

#1, 2, 3 in the 25 Motif Challenge
Patterns by Dale Pomeroy
Lizbeth #20 thread

Here is all my work from level 2 so far:

Patterns by Dale Pomeroy
Lizbeth #20 thread

And here is my level 1 work:

Patterns by Dale Pomeroy
Lizbeth #10 thread

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hanne's Necklace

I've been admiring this girl's tatted jewelry since before I learned to tat. In fact, her little flowers are one of the reasons I wanted to learn. So I've been trying to recreate them. I started to get close, and then my thread broke, so I made it into a necklace for Hanne, since she wont care if her flower is missing a few petals.

That big white thing in the middle is a pearl bead. I just glued it on, cuz honestly, Hanne never wears the stuff I make her, and something this small is bound to get lost anyway, and if it does stick around long enough to break, by then I'll have a brad I can stick in the center.

She was really excited about it for about 3 minutes, and then she stuck it in her closet, next to the hand knit shrug that she never wears. Haha. That's what I get for spoiling her.

Friday, May 11, 2012

She Seeketh Wool

This Sunday is Mother's Day, so I've been preparing to accompany a song called "Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman" by Wanda West Palmer. At first I was bothered by the line, "She is not afraid of the snow." I'm terrified of the snow, as any wise woman should be, if she has to drive in it. So I looked up Proverbs 31:21, (where the lyrics came from) and it said, "She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet."

So really it's not about the snow, it's about making sure the family is warm, which is awesome because as knitters, that's what we do. But it gets better. Verse 13 says a virtuous woman "seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands" and verse 19 says "She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff."

When I read these verses, I thought to myself, hey I seek wool! Seeking wool is my number one pursuit! I must be a virtuous woman! Of course, there are a lot of traits in that Proverb that I don't have, so I'm not a completely virtuous woman, but I definitely seek wool. And now we have biblical proof that I would be more virtuous if I were to buy a spinning wheel.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Quick Hat

This is a baby present for one of Ryan's clients. He needed something quick, and I'd made this a couple of years ago to see if the pattern was small enough for a newborn (which it wasn't.) So last night I added a little button band, and I was done. Fastest baby gift ever!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Hanne's Whirligig

I was having buyer's remorse after letting Hanne pick out this hot pink yarn, but it turned out really great because it matches tons of stuff. Plus she loves pink. And she looks adorable in it.

Here's the pattern

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Baseball Beanie

I saw one of these on Pinterest, and I couldn't resist making one. Mine didn't turn out quite as cute as the one that inspired me, probably cuz there's no baby posing in mine. This is the original image that forced me to make a baseball hat:

As if we all weren't baby hungry enough, people have to go and post stuff like this on the internet!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Whirligig Shrug

I made this Whirligig Shrug out of the Anime yarn Ryan brought back from San Francisco. I wanted to use it to make something for someone who liked Japanese Anime, or at least someone who had some connection to Japan. Then Ryan pointed out that we had friends who were two months away from having a part-Japanese baby with a Japanese name. At first I wanted to knit her a kimono sweater, in keeping with the theme, but this pattern was too cute to pass up.

I had to make Sully model it, cuz he was the closest thing I had to a 6-month-old baby girl. I tried it on the sock monkey, but it had no shoulders, so it looked lame. Isn't it weird that it fits him and it's size 6 months? It's a little small, but still-he's 16 months old!

Sorry Sully! You're still very manly.

The pattern

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Poppy Pin

Supposedly they wear these in some other countries on their version of Memorial Day. My sister-in-law is moving to England and she likes to wear pins and she likes poppies. So this was a no brainer of a birthday present.

free pattern

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Real Reason I'm Excited About My New Phone...

Don't get me wrong. The iPhone 4 is awesome. But it's way awesomer with cross stitch on the back!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Choosing Colors

If we want to have stockings next Christmas, I'd better start now. I'm starting with the left of these for Hanne:

I don't trust myself to choose colors, so I'm trying to match the ones the designer used, but I'm not sure about the dark green behind the birds. I'm using Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks, and I think Aurora Heather is closest, but it's not my favorite shade of dark green.

Which of those greens on the bottom row would you choose to go with those seven colors on top?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

They had it!

I called the yarn store, and they had the same dyelot! I can't stop smiling. It's the little things. Although this kinda feels like a big thing.


I've made some progress on the sweater, and the good news is it's not too big!

The bad news is that I'm not going to have enough yarn. So the question is do I make the sleeves 3/4 length or do I use a different dye lot on the button band? Is there any chance the store where I bought it will still have the same dye lot in stock? I'm going to call the minute they open tomorrow morning.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Recent Projects

 New blankie for Hanne

 A dishcloth for my mom. I made one for my grandma too, but I forgot to snap a picture.

Mandy requested an envelope for part of a Christmas present for her husband. I haven't seen the finished project yet, so this sad picture is all I have.

The start of my Paulie sweater! I'm kinda worried it's gonna be too big, but it took me more than a month to get this far, and there's no way I'm starting over. I'll just have to start eating more!