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A present

I know, December is still a few months away, but this was a present for last year.  And yes, she did get her present at the right time.  A 2 year old does not understand IOU’s, so I was sewing until the late hours of the night.

The year before my oldest daughter had gotten a dolls bed.  Very cute, but completely bare.  No mattress, pillow or any thing.  So I decided that I would fix that this year.  I had some muslin laying around, and had gotten a new sewing machine not that long ago, I figured I could do it.  And I sure did:

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I made a mattress pad and pillow out of foam, covered it completely with muslin.  Then I took some white muslin and made a sheet and  pillow case, and decorated it with a cute edge.  I thought it worked pretty well.  She was happy with it, so I think it is a successful project.  The pillow case has been used as a bag at least as often as as a pillow case, but that only makes it better.

A closeup of the edge:

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She had several smaller blankets, so I did not have to worry about those, and honestly this turned out to take much longer then I expected.  But it was very much worth it.

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Dresses Galore

A girl has got to have a dress.  No, that is not my belief, but my oldest daughter’s.  She is 3 years old, and at times a real girly girl.  I have been showing you some pictures of a dress I was making for her.  Well, it got finished:

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It will fit her this winter, the sleeves are about 3/4 length, which will work out just fine.  I did add quite a few rounds on the bodice, and even more on the skirt.  Now it comes to her knees, or actually a little below.  The pattern was from the UK Hand Knitting  Association, and because their website appears to be under construction, here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry.  As mentioned before, I used yarn that was somewhat different from the pattern’s suggested yarn, and I had to adjust stitch and row counts.  But she is thrilled with how it turned out, wore it already, even if it is a little big, and can’t wait for the weather to turn cooler so she can wear it again.  For more details, you can look at my previous post about this dress.

And because she could not wear it in the summer when it was 100 degrees (about 40 Celsius) outside, and I found a pattern that a dear friend had given to me a while back for a simple summer dress, I figured I would make her a summer dress as well.  The yarn I used was Patons Australia Four Seasons 8 Ply Crepe, unfortunately now discontinued.  I used US6 (4 mm) needles.  The pattern was printed on a single sheet of paper, and when I went looking for it, I could not find much of any information about it.  Also it was very quickly clear to me that it was very poorly written, and the stitch counts were just plain wrong for the most part.  But the dress was very simple, so I took the idea and made my own variation. This was the result:

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Yes, you see correctly, the ends had not even been woven in.  She just had to wear it the moment it came off my needles.

A day later it was properly finished, and washed:

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It was a fun and easy little knit that could easily be scaled up to fit bigger girls.

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Completely done

I realized that it has been a few weeks, but for good reason.  My poor DS1 did not have a single sweater to put on when the weather turned cold over the last couple of weeks.  What is a knitting mommy supposed to do?  Knit him one of course!  LOL

Truthfully, I started it sometime in July, but did not really start working on it until after I finished my shawl.  (Some priorities are made here… 😀 )  A couple of days ago, it got finished.

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It has warmed up now, of course, but when it gets cold (Texas standards anyway… 😉 ), he will have a sweater.

The pattern is this aran sweater from Drops.  It is a fun pattern, except for the fact that I needed a size 5/6 circumference, 7/8 body length, and 11/12 sleeve length!!!!  I guess my kid has long arms.  LOL  I used Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red, and it turned out very soft and squishy.  The hardest part was to keep track of 3 different charts with 3 different number of rows simultaneously.  But once you get it started, and are able to read your knitting that was actually not bad.  The patterns are pretty instinctive.  Oh, and I changed the ribbing to 2×2 ribbing, instead of the 1×1 the pattern requested.

A sneak peak of my next project? Alright:

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Time to show off

The top I made for my daughter.  I don’t know if you remember, at Christmas I received a couple of skeins of sock yarn.  I had decided it was the perfect color to make a cute summer top for my 2 year old daughter.  Well, several weeks worth of knitting later (remember, I have 4 little kids, a week worth of knitting is often not much… 😉 ), this is the result:

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And some close-ups?  Sure, why not.   The shoulder/neckline.

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I chose the rounded neckline with the lace shoulder straps, and an Icord edging.  The pattern actually has several options you can chose from.

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After a stockinette top, it has the cutest eyelet row (you could put a ribbon through this, I chose not to) and continues with a lace part.

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A slightly better look at the lace part.

And a good look at the lace edging on the bottom:

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The pattern is called Clara, by Amber Bertram.  The pattern is good, though the ending chart for the lace is wrong.  The written part is correct.  I wrote the designer, but have not heard anything back from her.  The pattern contains the sizes 3 months to 10 years.  The yarn I used is Merino Nylon Sock by Atomic City Fibers.  Unfortunately I don’t seem to be able to find anything better then this Ravelry link for the yarn.  It seems you have to go to the Clinch River Yarn Company to buy it.  The yarn is good, and very nicely dyed.  I am happy with the top, and more importantly, my daughter is in love with it.  She has worn it several times already, with or without a long-sleeve shirt underneath it for warmth.

Now, on to the next thing…. My son wants a sweater for his birthday….

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Right now?  Right now I am sitting at my laptop typing a blog post… ;P

But what I want to tell you about is what I have been doing while you have not been seeing much of me here.  For Christmas, my mother-in-law took me to a lovely local yarn store in Clinton, TN.  It is called The Clinch River Yarn Company.  It was a little tricky to find, as it looks at first glance just like any other house along North Charles G. Seivers Blvd., but upon closer inspection, and  paying more attention while driving buy, you can’t miss the big sign in the front yard.  And there was even a rock with a knitted coat…  😀  My apologies, I didn’t bring my camera, so I don’t have any pictures.  The store itself was full of yarn.  I think there were 4 or 5 rooms, with walls full of yarn.  And yarn was also in the middle of the rooms.  And yet it was wonderfully spacious, and very easy to navigate.  I was walking around with a 2 year old attached to me, and never felt very crowded.  The owner was also wonderful, available to help, but in no way pushy.  And when I thought that I had seen all, there was yet another room I had not been in.  It is deceptively big inside!  I ended up with some gorgeous locally dyed sock yarn.  It was dyed by Atomic City Fibers.  It is a nice, even, well plied sock yarn, with a great dye job.  There was quite some variety in terms of saturation among the different colors, but they all were beautiful.  There were 2 skeins per color on display, but 4 available, and the skeins of the same color (as far as I could tell) matched in dye-job.  I ended up with this green, it is actually called Green Salts:

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The put up is 50 grams, or 1 3/4 oz and 218 yards.  It is 75% fine superwash merino, 25% nylon, and so wonderfully soft!  Have I started using it yet?  Well, yes!  I actually ran out to Walmart, a place I don’t go to very easily, because I just don’t like it, and tried to get some needles.   I had fully intended on leaving the yarn alone until I got home, where I have plenty of needles, but I just could not get my mind off of it.  And at the yarn store, I had seen a gorgeous little top that I was planning to make with this yarn, for my oldest daughter.  I managed to find some US 3 needles, DPN’s, not circs (which is what I was looking for), and got started:

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I am a little further now, I have used 2 skeins so far, and they work beautifully together.

The pattern is called Clara by Amber Bertram.  It starts with a stockinette bodice on top, and continues with a wonderfully lacy lower half.  This is not a very good picture, I promise I will make a better one next time.  The pattern has quite a few different options so you can customize all you want.  Shaped neckline, square neckline, solid or lattice shoulder straps, a fitted or more roomy lower part, 3 different hem options, it is all possible.  And the sizes are from 3 month all the way to 10 years!  There was a tiny mistake in the chart for the lace hem, but the written version for it is correct.  I did write the designer on Ravelry, but have not heard anything from her.  The pattern in general is very well written, and I think I am likely to make it again in a different size some time.  My daughter can’t wait for me to get it finished.

 

 

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Can I catch up now?

It is the end of February.  For some the spring seems already on it’s way, but for many the winter is still in full force.  Down here in Texas the weather is very …. varied.  Somedays it is gorgeous and 70 degrees (21 Celsius) and the next day the high can be right around 50 (10 Celsius).  This is a great way to get sick, because it is very hard to predict and therefore very difficult to dress appropriately.  Layers really are a style of necessity here.  Of course my favorite way to spend this period of the year would be on the couch, with a nice fire in the fire place, knitting the day away.  Too bad there are chores, children and all kinds of other things that need to be taken care of! 😀

Alright, back to my attempt to catch you up on all I have been working on during the blog black-out of 2012… LOL  Late last year, Ted. E. Bear came to stay the weekend with my oldest son.  This is a class teddybear who goes and stays with one of the students almost each weekend.  This was very important to my son, and one of the first comments he made was:  Mom, Ted E. Bear is cold.  Could you make him something?  Sure!  I have hardly a weekend the time to figure out what I can put together, but fortunately after just a little discussion, the problem was solved.  My son wanted a scarf made of the pink yarn.  Completely his choice, not mine, but I was perfectly happy with it.  A scarf is not terribly big, and the yarn was in my stash… So here are the results:

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And yes, that needle on his lap is broken…  They were old, and apparently no longer prepared to do hard work.. 😉  But the scarf got finished, and my son was very happy with it.

Around the end of the year, I really wanted to get the socks I was making for my oldest, to almost match my 2nd son’s socks which I finished in February of last year, finished.  I think I started them over the summer, but the earliest progress pictures I found was in September.  But, New Year Eve’s day they finally got finished:

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I used the Master pattern for …..  You know what?  I can’t find my copy of New Pathways from Cat Bordhi, and I don’t remember for sure which one it was!  It was fun to knit though.  And my son is happy with them.  They have hardly ever made it in the drawer, he tends to pull them off the drying rack as soon as they are dry… LOL

And my newest creation was a pattern for a little doll dress.  A friend brought me a dress she knit years ago, and had lost the pattern for.  Whether I could read the dress and tell her how it was made?  Sure, no problem.  The result, in my opinion was darling.

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The doll is only about 4 or 5 inches tall (around 10-12 cm).

Now I believe you are al caught up with what I have finished.  There is much more going on…. I have also been working on the squares for my crocheted sampler afghan, and have about 11 blocks (I believe) until all the blocks are done.  And I actually picked up my cross stitch again, it had been a while.  I am working on a bird feeder, but I will show this to you some other time, as they are not finished yet.  I also have started a new shawl KAL (which ended about 2 months ago, I think) and am happily knitting away on it.  And I have about 3 other projects that I have either just started or am about to embarque upon…  Who says I might get bored?

 

 

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I promised I would not stay away for very long…  😀  I have of course some more projects to show.  For school, my oldest needed a donation to be added to a basket that his class put together that was going to be raffled off as a fundraiser.  The theme was dinner and a movie.  Of course being who I am, I decided to make something, rather then just buy something.  Dinner and a movie sounded to me like a date, and dates require some dress-up!  I have been wanting to try this yarn my friends had been showing me, yarn that seems to be quite popular at this point in time.  It is called ‘Starbella Flash‘, though there are other brands that have very similar yarns.  This happened to be what I found at our local craft superstore…  It is a yarn that I can best describe as netting.  It looks like netting with a glitter edging.  Another friend of mine has made really cool collars with it for christmas, but I was working with this in October, so I just followed the pattern for the scarf.  Basically you add the loops on your needle, needle size doesn’t matter, because the size of the loops are predetermined by our yarn.  And then you keep hooking  the loops from on your needle over the new loops that are supplied by the yarn.  You know what?  Here is a video, which is a little slow, but does show the technique I used pretty clearly.   The yarn is made by Premier Yarns, and put up in skeins of 3.5 oz, 33 yards, made from 86% Acrylic, and 14% Glitter.  This is the result of casting on 8 stitches, and knitting until it was 4 feet long:

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I believe it was pretty well received, I got several compliments about it.  While the techniek is more fiddely then ‘normal’, it was not entirely unpleasant.  Which is why I also decided to make our nieces each one for Christmas:

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These are all made using a cast on of 8, and continuing until the skein ran out.  Which made them all just over 4 feet long.  I was a little disappointed, out of the 4 skeins I bought to make these scarfs, there were 3 that had a break in the yarn.  Because the yarn ruffles so overwhelmingly any discontinuation was easily hidden, but it was still a bit disappointing.  I was actually surprised when my last skein (of course) had no break in it!  My 1 year old daughter also loved this yarn, and proceeded to unwind at least 3 of the skeins while I was knitting, which of course meant I had to re-assemble something along the lines of a ball out of the mess.  This definitely brought home how slippery this yarn actually was.  I ended up using metal circular needles to knit these scarfs (my bamboo ones were in use or I would have chosen them), because that turned out to be the only way I didn’t have my work fall off the needles every 5 seconds.  But she was completely drawn to the yarn, going after it every chance she got.  I actually ended up using the leftovers of the 1st skein to make my daughter a itty bitty scarf (remember, I only knit it to 4 feet long?)  I cast on 4 stitches, and it turned into a very cute 2 foot long scarf for her.

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She absolutely loves it.

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Speaking of my daughter, I also made her a poncho in November.  Since I could not find a pattern I wanted, I made my own:

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The pattern will be written up, but I have to admit I don’t know when.  I used Bernat’s Alpaca Natural Blends, a Bulky yarn that is 70% acrylic and 30 % alpaca.  The skeins are 120 yards, 100 grams, and the yarn is very soft and very warm.  I walk to school some of the mornings, and even at near freezing temperatures she stays wonderfully warm.  At least the parts of her that she keeps under the poncho…  LOL  When I told my husband that I wanted to knit her a poncho out of the alpaca yarn I had, he asked whether I really wanted to use expensive yarn like that on an item that she would only be able to use for a couple of months. (He really does have a good understanding about what fibers are expensive, and which ones are less so.)  But he had not really understood what yarn I wanted to use, as this yarn is not all that expensive, and frugal as I am, I bought every single skein with a coupon… 😀  Once I showed him the yarn, he understood, and wholeheartedly agreed.  With a little bit of luck, she might still fit the poncho next year, but we will see.

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