Miss Molly Stark’s Offset Wraplan

 

DSCN8282Molly Stark is on the move! Crawling, climbing, cruising…she’s investigating the world. In front of the kitchen window is where Molly likes to stand and observe from. We’re in the kitchen a lot. The chickens, dogs and cats seem to always be hanging out around there too; I’m sure they’re quite amusing to watch.

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 I finished this sweater almost two weeks before Molly Stark was born. A larger version of this sweater she looks so cute in. The neck is a little too wide but I think she might grow into it and it won’t seem quite so loose. If you happen to be reading this and you think you might knit an offset wraplan I recommend making the neck opening a little smaller and cutting back on the number of buttons. Not by too many, buttons definitely add to the sweater, but it’s hard to find 9 and that many really isn’t necessary. I managed to find these pink ones with little gold lambs on them.

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This isn’t a sweater I made but here’s Molly Stark in her spot, looking out the window, anyways.

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And then there were five….

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A little doe was born 7/27 to Rita. She’s a cute little thing!

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Ellie

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Manson and Singapore. They like to hang out.

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Ezra and one of our new chickens.

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Summer Kanoko Pants

This week- in progress….

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I just adore these baby Kanoko pants!  I thought I’d knit another pair before Molly outgrows the pattern. Since it’s getting hotter by the day I made these out of cotton. Hopefully, I can make these a tad longer than the first pair but I have only one skein- which I’m working from both ends so that the legs will at least be equal in length. I’ve knit the waist as one piece and will be sewing an elastic in. I’m also making up my own pattern as far as the seed stitch/garter stitch sections go.

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Quilting

Early Saturday morning, since the kids weren’t going to let me sleep in any way, I got the idea to put to use a bunch of 5 inch squares I was kindly given by my Grandmother. What use could be more obvious for a bunch of small squares than a quilt?!  We have a small stack of handmade quilts made, lovingly for one or another of the kids, by a handful of relatives who are all wonderful quilters. These quilts see a lot of use! Noah, Ezra and Ishmael each have one on their beds. The rest of them are in frequent rotation for things like tents, picnics etc. Plus, small quilts make a great place to change, or just cuddle, a baby. Even though I’m nowhere near as skilled at quilting as my relatives I’ll get in some practice now. Perhaps someday, if this quilt survives its use, it’ll be passed on in a long tradition of family handmade items. If it doesn’t make it at least that means it saw some use and what could possibly be better than that?

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Pebble Vest & Kanoko Pants

On the crafting front, I give you a couple more baby knits. Which means more baby photos!

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Miss Molly Stark is wearing her Pebble Vest which I modified to make it super tiny and fit a newborn. She has just about outgrown it now. I made this pebble vest previously, which fit Ezra at 21 months, however I managed to put it through the wash and felt it. It shrunk a LOT; Molly will be growing into it in no time.

Since this pebble vest is so small I gave it 4 buttons and made a small loop to fasten the button over the shoulder. The back is also a tad wider than the front.

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DSCN5654DSCN5643And a few more photos just because.  As you’ll see Molly is also wearing these Kanoko Pants. I’d been meaning to knit them for the last two babies and now I finally have.

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Baby Booties

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With a new baby in the house there has been a bit of knitting for our tiny one. I’m sure no one is surprised about that- except maybe that it took me nearly a month to start posting about them! These booties take no time at all and they use so little yarn that you can use up those tiny leftover bits from larger projects.

DSCN5548Both of these booties are knit from the same pattern: Simple Seamless Baby Booties (free on Ravelry or as found on the Blog of Joy). The only difference is size, which you alter through changing your gauge (either yarn weight and/or needle size). The worsted weight multi colored booties are newborn size, Molly has since outgrown these, while the bulky green booties fit Molly now at nearly 1 month old. My only recommendation is that you use a bind off with a lot of give so you can easily get around those tiny splayed out toes.

DSCN5581DSCN5586It’s also easier to put them on if you fold them over first.

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DSCN5553The more my older kids grow the more I can appreciate knitting tiny baby items even if they don’t get a lot of use. These booties fly off the needles so fast I’ll surely be knitting up another pair or two.

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We’re Here!

We’re here! On our new farm!

Ah Vermont, I had forgotten how much I love your green mountains!

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So what’s going on now that we’re here? Well if you pulled into our driveway (you can’t miss it just look for the HUGE old barn) you’d likely be greeted by a child (or two or three) and a dog coming to see if you’ve got anything good. The goats are ever hopeful too.

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The boys will excitedly tell you (after showing you how fast they can run/ far they can jump etc.) that we have a new baby goat. Our new farm’s first birth! So, of course we’ll have to show you just how cute he his and give them all a few handfuls of freshly picked grass to munch on.

One day old.

Then the boys will want you to admire the Freds. They certainly have grown a lot. All of our chickens, despite the fact they are ALL hens, are named Fred. The older two boys will likely catch a Fred (or at least chase the Freds around) which take us back out toward the hayfield.

The hayfield will lead a)to an invitation to play soccer, b)an invitation to check out the chicken campa, c) an invitation to make the rounds and check on all the apple trees and pick some blackberries and/or d) let’s chase some turkeys.

It’s sure to be a long busy day but at the end of it – it’s good to be home.

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