Tuesday, August 12, 2014

confetti collar

The Markham Loop Collar designed by Tara Lynn of Good, Night Day. Find on Ravelry here

I rarely knit with bulky yarn but sometimes with the right design and the right wool it can be amazing as is the case with this piece which will be fun to wear when the time is right.

Knit in one day with gorgeous handspun bulky merino thick and thin natural wool with bits of pale dyed pieces and a few bits of red thrown in the wool is by the multi-talented Rebekka.

I am going to knit one in black soon!

Monday, August 11, 2014

chambray + liberty shorts

When I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to make them. I cut out one for myself and one for S. Mine are halfway done but, I've been distracted with several other projects so only my daughters have been finished.

They are really cute and the the cut a really nice shape. She wanted to wear them the day after they were finished.

boot socks

A third pair of these socks was knit last week. The pattern is found in Lena Corwin's Made by Hand. It's simple and portable and perfect for on the go summer knitting. I used Madelinetosh Sock in color, Candlewick.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

plaid top

We took the kids to Pt. Pleasant to go on the rides last week. It was raining a bit but, no one minded. S is tall enough to go on bigger kids rides now and she could not be happier about it.

I also sewed this plaid tank top last week from a Wiksten pattern. This makes four tops and one dress from this pattern. It's a good one.

Are you enjoying these August days or wishing for September?. I must admit I've not been a fan of August for many years but, I am trying to enjoy the pace. This top is like both rolled into one as plaid has that autumnal, back to school feeling about it yet tanks are so summer.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

sun prints

The children love making sun prints. We made them a few years ago and they wanted to do it again. We used a kit but the kids took a class recently and one day they made them by using treated paper and dipping them in vats most likely similar to this.

We used phlox, black eyed susan, grapevines, blackberry, cosmos, nasturtium, pansies, zinnia, dusty miller, bachelor buttons and hydrangea. I love the way ferns print but, we did not have a good specimen.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

cosy (you)

Cosy (you), pattern by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne knit with Madelinetosh - Tosh Vintage in Robin's Egg. This pattern is beautiful and I am happy with the result. The shape is very unique and I really like the lines. I find this color suits her well and is her current favorite. I used vintage glass buttons.

It is fairly easy to follow but the diamond pattern can be a little confusing and may require some extra thinking to make sure it lines up.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

wee cria in pink

Knit with beautiful Madelinetosh this sweater is made with fingering weight yarn and took about 3 weeks to knit. The result is almost there as I hope to re-do the pockets(lengthen) and switch the buttons as they are pulling on the button band. The pattern is Wee Cria by Ysolda and I knit the size 4 to fit size 6-8 which worked out well. I added extra length for future growing spurts. This should work for several years.