Slippers: Take 2

DSCN7811The Bed Ped slippers just weren’t looking right so I frogged them and started over. This time I’m using Grandma’s Knitted Slipper pattern. They’re knit flat with worsted weight yarn held double.

To be honest, I’m not sure which part of the slipper this is. Perhaps the toe?  The sole is knit separately and both pieces are sewn together.  I’m sure, with time, it will be apparent. For now I’m trusting the pattern and knitting on.

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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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Another Scarf and a Scarflette

 Just like his older brothers, Ishmael needed a scarf. I went with the suggested “sparkly green” yarn (which I also used in the mini-gnomey hat).

DSCN4311_medium2After all that plain ol’ knit a row, purl a row I was ready for something a bit more interesting. Maybe something with cables, or a lace pattern. I found the Liza Rose Scarflette pattern, free on Ravelry, a perfect fit for a skein of Malabrigo Rio that I had been debating what to do with.

  The Liza Rose is a surprisingly quick knit. I cast on Saturday night and finished on Sunday. It does involve 2 different lace patterns, 2 different styles of binding off and a picking up stitches on 3 sides. Despite that I still say it’s a quick and easy pattern. Picking up stitches took the most time but picking up stitches has never been a strong suit of mine. Apparently I had been going about it all wrong.

Now, I did take some photos of myself wearing my new scarflette. However, my arm’s length doesn’t capture my face and the whole scarf so I focused on the scarf. Plus, I’m not very photogenic. I have this horrible tendency to wear weird expressions and have my eyes closed.

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A Few Tops {KCCO/Yarn Along}

Back before we had this shift in the weather, and it was still hot out, I found myself needing a few shirts that were not stretched out beyond wearing and were cool enough for summer. I just happened to be perusing  One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. I had this book for years but for some reason had never made anything from it. This time through I noted several patterns to make, after all they only use one yard of fabric, and to satisfy my actual need for shirts I made myself a Pintucked Top (pgs 130-131) and the incredibly easy Mother-Daughter Halter Tops (pgs 142-143). Although since I don’t have a daughter I just made one adult sized top. Having no bias tape on hand nor wanting to take the time to make any I resorted to doubling some bulky yarn and crocheting a simple chain to use instead. I used this same crocheted chain instead of ribbon on the halter top as well.

My and my 2 yr old’s attempts to take photos of me:

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Milking the goats. Pretty good photo for a toddler.

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The fabric up close- one of my favorites!

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The halter top. The back is just a simple tie, which my hair covers anyways.

Also, I’ve finished Sea and Sky Planet X which was a knitting project from earlier this summer. The cooler weather makes this the perfect time to wear it. This was my first time knitting with Noro. What took me so long!? I love the colors they use in their skeins.

DSCN3141And the front-it’s one piece.

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Sweater Handbag {KCCO/Yarn Along}

DSCN9926A neighbor passes us down some clothes recently. One of the items, a blue sweater, was way too big but I liked the knit pattern. It made me think of a bag I saw on Pinterest. Coincidently, sitting right next to the sweater was a plaid shirt that didn’t fit anyone either. The two went together so well I grabbed up both and got to work.

DSCN9914After “borrowing” some handles from another bag it’s ready to go! I’m super pleased. It’s big enough to hold my knitting and whatever I’m reading at the moment yet it’s not too bulky either. Just right to bring along in the car- just in case the little guys decide to take a  nap.

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Ezra’s Pullover {KCCO/Yarn Along}

 I had just finished binding off Noah’s sweater (well more of a vest really) when Ezra asked me, in a rather injured tone, when I was going to knit him something. So I asked him what he had in mind. A  shirt, he replied. So I pulled up some patterns on ravelry (of course) showing him a few that I thought might fit what he had in mind. No! he said not like that. Oh.

That one. He was very confident. But in black.

Of course! How silly of me to suggest those other patterns. This one is so very much Ezra.

 A while back struggling_along came across a yard sale with a box of free yarn. Being the kind husband that he is he picked it up for me. This black is one of them. And it’s exactly what I needed. I did a swatch and now here is the beginning of the back.

I have a feeling there will be a lot of sweater knitting this winter. In less than a week we went from summer to fall:

to snow!

How did the boys feel about it?

There was much rejoicing, and a box full of Christmas ornaments were found and hung up!

While I’m not crazy about the recent weather it does have it’s perks:

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Crochet Rug {Yarn Along/ KCCO}

Fall is here.

A new rug only seems fitting. Not only to add a little handmade decor to our new house but also to provide another insulating  layer to the floor. This rug- made from old flannel sheets- is turning out nice and thick. I only hope I can make it as large as I’d like. It’s amazing how quickly so much fabric disappears each go-round. Somewhere I have another grey flannel  but where o’ where did I pack it?!

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+ 2 sweaters {Yarn Along/KCCO}

I’m making slow and occasional progress on the springberry fingerless mitts as moments  quiet enough for focusing on lace repeats and increases are few and far between these days. Of course that doesn’t mean no knitting- just cast on a few projects that are mostly mindless knitting in the round. So I cast on another Oatmeal Pullover, this time in my favorite fiber- baby alpaca.

It’s going fast as you can see…..

Noah noticed I began a new sweater and asked hopefully if it were for him. He seemed quite dejected that it was not and requested one- and how can I say no to that- of course I’ll knit you a sweater! Somehow there seems to be a lack of simple raglan sweater patterns knit in the round for children. So I averaged the number of cast on stitches for my gauge and used my oatmeal pullover for inspiration- to well -as it’s now quite apparent the neck is too wide and low not to be “girly”. So poor Noah this sweater is not destined for you- but I will cast on another…

(Not really reading anything worth mentioning)

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Yarn Along :: On the Go-veralls

The other day I was sorting thru the hand-knits when I came across this Pebble Vest I originally knit for Ezra when he was 21 months. It fit him well but on the snug side. I thought I’d see how it fit on Ishmael (soon to be 9 months):

Just about perfect. And he looks so darn cute in it too!

Between the cuteness and the realization that the time period where he’ll happily wear any hand knit item I put him in is already rapidly growing short I knew I had to cast on something. And that made me think of these On the Go-veralls I knit for Noah way back when I first started knitting.

Suddenly it all fell into place- I had the perfect yarn stashed away just waiting for the right project.

The yarn is Mirasol- an alpaca and bamboo blend. It’s gorgeous. I just love the yellow and gray; it’s knitting up fast too. It will be interesting to see how complicated these seem this time around. Thus far it’s been way easier….maybe because this time around I  know that circulars come in different lengths.

Oh and what have I been reading? Lots and lots of Berenstain Bears.

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