When The Munchkin Needs a Sweater Dress, I Knit Her a Sweater Dress

This morning The Fraggle is wearing her newly hand-me-downed sweater dress that The Munchkin never got to wear. But that’s okay… Continue reading

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Let it Snow!

It is not very often that we get snow at our house. And even less often that it comes in December.

 

IMGP1310We awoke to a blanket of snow on Saturday. The kids were dressed and out the door before I could pull myself out of my bed. They were so excited!

IMGP1308To add to their pleasure, it has been cold enough that it has stuck around in pockets and shady spots all over the property so that the fun goes on and on.

IMGP1315It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

 

 

 

A Dress for the Fraggle

I love test knitting. I get to try out a new pattern, meet new designers, and have actual input into the way a pattern is written. I am a picky pattern person – I get so irritated by a badly written pattern, but when I am test knitting, I have direct access to the designer to air my concerns before the pattern has even gone out to the general public. This most recent test knit needed none of my pickiness, though. It was well written from the beginning and the designer was a peach.

Elsie’s Petal Dress (pattern yet to be released) in Baah! Sonoma DK Chocolate Cherries, size 18 months. Ravelry project page here.

Three things about this knit –

1. This yarn was in my Christmas stocking last Christmas and has been just sitting in the stash waiting for just the right project. It is beautiful yarn, with little streaks of lavender, brown, and pink hidden in the rich red tones. I loved working with it. It is just really lovely yarn, if a little overpriced.

2. The pattern is well written and very thorough. I had only very minor input in the editing, at least for this size, because I didn’t run into any problems from cast on to bind off. I hope I get to test for Kate again in the future.

3. Considering my penchant for cloth diapers and the big bubble butt that goes with them, I probably should have done the fuller skirt option. The skirt does fit over her diaper, but there isn’t a whole lot of ease. Live and learn. As it is, I think it’s fine. This dress is for an upcoming wedding, and I will have her in disposable diapers for the traveling anyway. Plus I barely had enough yarn for the regular skirt. Like, two more rows in length and I would have been in trouble.

As I was knitting this, I was envisioning chocolate brown leggings and matching cardigan for winter wear. I might even have the right yarn in the stash.

I have another finished object to show you that is opposite of this one in every way imaginable – big, bulky, bright, ugly… But that shall have to wait for another day. For now I am happy to revel in the wonderful feelings of a job well done.

 

 

 

 

These Moments – Camping

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

So, today’s This Moment picture is actually pictures, plural. Our family camp out was wonderful, and there are too many good pictures to just pick one.