Thursday, September 11, 2014

union suit



A size 1 union suit knit with Spud and Chloe Sweater. I have always wanted to knit one of these and was happy to find this pattern. I think it's pretty special and would definitely be the most amazing layering piece for taking a baby outside in. It is gender neutral so that it can be passed down as well. The yarn is 55% wool, 45% organic cotton and superwash which makes it easy to care for. It took some time to knit but, the pattern was very easy to follow and enjoyable.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

loop collar 2




I've been caught up and have been neglecting this space for too long. I am going to make an effort to improve my behavior but, with patience and a bit at a time.

There have been adventures and first days of school and new things started and somethings finished.

Today, I'll show you my second loop collar because it's a really fun knit and can be started and finished in a day which is a nice sense of accomplishment which I admit I need in my craft projects. I used Blue Sky Alpaca in super bulky in color 1008 black bear. The color is much harder to photograph being dark and solid but it looks great in person.
I am pretty excited to pair these with jackets and coats this Autumn.

I knit a size 6 month baby sweater a few weeks ago over four days as a commission and am almost done with a union suit for size 12 months. I have alternated between trying to organize and sew in the attic and now that the weather has been cooperating (since yesterday) and cooled off some piecing of quilts has been happening. I am embarking on a calligraphy course this week which I am excited about. A few days worth of garden work has involved a lot of clean out and thinking about some fall crops.


Monday, August 25, 2014

damask rose

A knitted cowl for Autumn which is now just about a month away. School starts in 10 days! I have a few projects on the needles now for babies and then I think I will make another loop collar. Lots of sewing projects in the works but not many have been completed. I keep starting quilts before finshing them but, I did manage to start and complete a toy. The garden is growing and lush and we have been enjoying lots of blackberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, salad, peppers, eggplant and green beans lately and of course herbs!

This piece was knit with Malabrigo Worsted in the color Damask Rose, the same yarn I used for a baby sweater for her once long ago when she was a wee one. We were both very fond of that sweater. The pattern is called Squishy Love but I did change it up showing the back side and knitting the bottom band opposite the directions. I'd be more specific but, I finished this over a week ago and have forgotten exactly what I did now. I remember liking it this way because the reverse stockinette looks so pretty here. The buttons are glass vintage ones which I tend to use a lot on knits.

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.