My sewing machine has been seeing more of me since I found the Prudent Baby website. I was especially inspired by the snappy toddler dress pattern and I went a little crazy sewing up a bunch of variations on the idea.
Despite my itchings and cravings and yearnings for new yarn, I have been very good about not buying new yarns. It has not been easy, my friends. The stash is shrinking alarmingly and my knitting has changed because of it. I no longer browse patterns for inspiration and then go stash diving to find a suitable yarn. No, my Dearies, I have to first go stash diving to see what is there and then look for a pattern that inspires. Granted, there is still a little of everything. I have sock weight and lace. I have bulky and worsted. The sport weight and DK are all used up except a few cottons, but that is okay. I have wool and alpaca. I have superwash and cotton blends. It is just that they are all old news, uninspiring, boring if you will.
And that is why when I was given a $25.00 gift certificate to eatsleepknit, I went a little crazy.
Okay. A lot crazy.
Can you say cashmere?
Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Midnight*
And, while I was there, I got some sock yarn for a gift of socks for The Man (gift yarn=still legal).
Then, I broke a few rules in my yarn diet. I got these, also.
Cherry Tree Hill SuperSock Select *Dusk*
Hey, you know I had to get the free shipping!
And now back to your regularly scheduled Stash-a-thon.
I can’t buy yarn according to my New Year’s Resolution (to which I have stuck most resolutely), but I can buy wool. So, when the dwindling stash leaves me uninspired, I turn to needle felting and promptly place a knitpicks order for wool roving.
And then, I create.
Oh, yeah, these are going on Etsy for sure.
I went a little crazy with the whole concept of quick knitting when I got on the bulky yarn hats kick. But that was nothing compared to the week I knitted up these cuties…..
I guess I have a lot of my Christmas knitting done.
My recent splurge led to this next knitting project. I got a new toy this month. I got an iPad.
And, as everyone knows, every iPad needs a cozy.
And, as every *knitter* knows, all good things are made better when swathed on wool.
So, I harnessed some of my creativity and whipped up a little purple merino bag to keep my new gadget warm on the cold nights ahead.
I used Judy’s Magic Cast On (which is really cool and if you haven’t tried it yet, you should) and worked stockinette stitch in the round to a good depth then worked some cables across the top edge, leaving gaps for the handles and button strap. I am really quite pleased with how it turned out. Of course, how could I go wrong? That Malabrigo Merino Worsted is to die for!
Yesterday I told you about some of the hats that I knitted in the last month or so….
…. But, wait! There’s more! And it begins with a story.
When I was but a young woman and knitting was still new to me, I set out to knit a sweater for the Dancing Queen. I carefully chose a pattern suited to her personality, a free spirited, outside-the-box kind of sweater pattern, an interesting but not too hard to knit pattern. I chose Polkadot, a free pattern from Berroco.
Then I ordered yarn. Lots and lots and lots of yarn. I love purple and so I figured that one couldn’t have too much Wool of the Andes Bulky in the Galaxy colorway. Besides, I didn’t want to run out midcircle…
Well, long story short, the Polkadot sweater was a disaster, a total failure, an embarrassing chapter in my knitting story. I ended up making a simple cardigan for my darling daughter instead, after I frogged the stupid circle of doom one too many times. The sweater that actually got knitted used up only half of the yarn that I had bought.
So I made mittens. I made a hat. I made a doll sweater. I made a pair of doll slippers. We used it for crafts in school. And, it seemed that no matter how much we used, the yarn never got used up.
Enter my recent hat making obsession.
Yes, that is the sweater, too. I made it big and it still fits even after two years. This hat, though you can’t really see it, is just a made up hat with a simple cable rib pattern.
Of course, there was still more yarn, so I made another hat.
It’s the purple one on the Princess’s smiling head. I could get a better picture of it, but if you have been a knitter for any length of time, you have see it before – it is the Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl McPhee, only with my gauge, it came out child sized.
And, wouldn’t you know it? There is still more yarn….
It all started with this:
A luscious skein of Malabrigo Rasta that I ordered back in December just to feel it’s squooshy goodness with my own two hands.
It had languished for awhile in the stash as my love affair with lace heated up. It patiently waited for me while I discovered my inner sock knitter. And it was there for me when I hit a serious new-baby-fatigue-induced knitting block. A quick colorful knit was just what I needed.
So, the hunt for the perfect pattern began. It took me awhile, but I finally landed on a lovely free hat pattern that seemed ideal and cast on. Two hours later I had this:
The gauge was a bit tight with this yarn, but I like it anyways.
I liked the pattern so much that I pulled out my Dream In Color Groovy (Torchwood) and made another:
I had the opposite problem with gauge on this one and had to go down a needle size.
Then, because I was really enjoying the instant gratification that was all up in this place, I pulled out a skein of Berocco Peruvia Quick and my copy of 101 Designer One Skein Wonders and cast on the Lavender Lace Beanie:
This was so cute, I know that I will make another.
This was the yarn my sister got for me last Christmas because she loves me so much. Three balls of this stuff…. I see more hats in my future.
Quick knits. It’s about all this Mama can do these days.
So, I have a camera again.
Just in time for vacation.
And what did I do on my vacation?
Well, in addition to camping, boating, hiking, playing, s’more making, eating, eating, eating, and enjoying my family, I did this:
In the next few days (weeks?) I will play ketchup here and show you all the things that I have been making while the camera was at the camera hospital. (Well, to be accurate the camera died and was replaced with a better one. Thank heaven for warranties!)
There I sat in my favorite spot on the couch. The kids were in bed, The Man was picking out a movie, and tea was steeping in my cast iron pot in the kitchen. I let out a contented sigh as I reached for my knitting bag. As I pulled out my current project, a wool confection pleasing to hands and eyes, something fluttered in the air to my right.
Terror struck my heart. I froze, my heart pounding in my chest, and I clutched my wool a little tighter. A lot tighter. My knuckles were turning white. Then I saw it again, this time higher up, showing up white against the dark brown painting on the wall.
I uttered some vague cry for help which alarmed The Man. But, being the awesome husband that he is, he quickly understood when he also caught sight of the fluttering demon. My hero jumped into action and pulverized that evil fibertarian with his strong hands. Pulverized. I cheered and swooned. I love The Man.
But the threat was not altogether gone. Not in the least. Now it was my turn to jump into action.
I leaped from the couch, tea and movie forgotten for the time being. I ran to my stash and started tossing. Literally. I searched every ball, every skien, every scrap. Suddenly I was a maniac, frothing at the mouth, itching for the kill. Moths beware!
I found a few suspicious bits of lint (eggs?) and some interesting blobs that could have been cocoons (more lint?) but no worms ravenously consuming my merino. No tell-tale holes in the alpaca. Nothing alarming at all.
So finally I returned to my spot on the couch (after finding the tea way oversteaped and starting a new pot). The man had landed on a good movie and my knitting was still there, waiting for it’s next row. I looked through my bag and inspected my project with the precision of a … well, a……. ahem…. a very precise thing. Nothing. I started knitting, remembering to get my tea after a few minutes, and enjoyed a movie with The Man.