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! 

 

 

 

The Strawberry Sweater

Introducing the “Strawberry Sweater”, so named by The Munchkin.

IMGP0746I can hear you saying, “Strawberry sweater? That doesn’t make any sense.”

I did say that the four year old named it that, right? And when do four year olds ever make sense?

She does have a rhyme to her reason this time, however. When I showed her the photo of the example sweater that I was knitting for her (it’s Pepper, by the way), she focused in on the pretty strawberry buttons and that was all she could think about from that moment on.

Gorgeously dyed purples, greens, and browns – a colorway named “Rapunzel”, her favorite princess, no less! – and all she talked about was the strawberry buttons!

IMGP0753Soft, soft yarn, soft enough to wrap a snuggly baby in, and she told everyone about how “Mama is making me a strawberry sweater”.

IMGP0763I even special ordered Rapunzel buttons to match perfectly, and she chose instead to have strawberry buttons.

IMGP0741So I had them special ordered, too. Purple strawberries to match a Rapunzel sweater.

IMGP0740And today, she is wearing a hand-me-down red turtleneck sweater with plain buttons because she doesn’t like strawberries any more.

sigh

At least I made it big enough that when she does like it again, it might still fit.

IMGP0749Pepper by Elena Nodel in Mosaic Moon Rapunzel on Gaia worsted with purple strawberry buttons from Tessa Ann

Oh, while I am here – this pattern, like every other pattern that I have bought from this designer, is well written, thorough, and easy to use. It is worth every penny.

 

 

 

 

 

Mama is a What?

Season passes to the zoo are wonderful things. We can pick up some In-and-Out and then go watch the giraffes for an hour while The Fraggle pushes her stroller around in circles and into passers-by. Going to the zoo for an hour or two is much more doable than spending an entire day trudging around in the hot sun trying to see everything and get our moneys worth. As it was, two hours did me in and this old pregnant body reminded me of it for days. But we had fun, and that has been in short supply since the pregnancy began, so at least I went to bed that night feeling like a good mom for the first time in a few months. 

So, there we were, looking for a parking spot so that we could spend a couple hours at the zoo. I always drive right up to the entrance first, you know, because there might be a space waiting for me right by the gate. It happens. This time, however, it didn’t.

“I don’t know why I always do that,” I remarked to the kids. “I always think there will be a spot open this close. I guess I am just an optimist.”

After a brief pause, The Munchkin piped up from the back seat, “Mama! You’re not a octopus!”

And that is why everyone should have kids. They keep you smiling.

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Scaling it Down

My little girls are little princesses. When sent upstairs to get dressed in the morning, they choose to don themselves in the most beautiful dresses they can find. They raid the dress up box for scarves and necklaces and anything pink, lacy, and frilly. When the dress up box doesn’t contain just the right accessory, they invade my closet, searching through my silk scarves and handknit shawls. This gave me a great idea for stocking stuffers last Christmas.

One of the girls favorite shawls is this one –

Photo_on_2010-05-06_at_14.50_mediumThis is the Impasto Shawlette that I made three years ago (Ravelry Project Page here). It is knit in cotton (Unique Sheep Pima Petite) and can be thrown into the wash. It is also long enough for the girls to use it as a wrap to tie their babies on as they run outside to play house in the garden. It was an easy knit and gets more use than any of my fancy, lace shawls that are too delicate for hard use.

I started making mini versions of this shawl just as the morning sickness started to set in. Knitting made my stomach churn, but I kept imagining my girls on Christmas morning with their very own shawls and I kept going. Somedays I would knit only a few stitches. Somedays I would press into it with the determination only a mother’s love can muster. And I did it!

The Princess got a teal mini Impasto:

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Ravelry Project Page here. In short, I cast on roughly 2/3s of the original pattern and then just worked out the rest of the pattern from there. It really helped that I had knit it through once as written and knew what the instructions intended.

IMGP8360And The Munchkin got a pink one:

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Ravelry Project Page hereIMGP8357I didn’t get around to taking photos until a few weeks ago, so they have already seen some wear. They are beloved handknits. What knitter could ask for a better outcome?

Saffron for The Munchkin

It was just sitting there with only half a sleeve to go, abandoned in the yarn bowl, alone on the top shelf of my yarn cabinet. I had so many “must knit” things going on, that I couldn’t spare an hour to finish it up. Well, yesterday morning I finally found that hour and put the finishing touches on The Munchkin’s little sweater.


Saffron in Malabrigo Arroyo, Archangel size 3T/4T, with ribbon from the dollar store (score!)

Three things about this knit

1. The Pattern is Excellent. Well written, lots of photos, and many different options for customization all come together to make a very pleasant knitting experience. Which is great, because I bought the pattern bundle and plan to make two other sweaters by this designer in the coming months (Cinnamon for the Dancing Queen and Lavanda for The Bookworm). I should have made one size bigger and the sleeves could be longer, but those are my mistakes and not the designers. At least it will get passed down to The Fraggle when The Munchkin grows out of it. I highly recommend this pattern.

 

2. The Yarn. Malabrigo Arroyo is a fine sport weight yarn that knits up nicely and has lots of yardage, plus it is superwash, which is a huge plus when making a sweater for a three year old. But that isn’t why I bought it. The color. Oh, my! The color is fabulous! In true Malabrigo form this yarn is amazing to look at, an adventure to knit with, and a delight to behold! On the flip side (and I know this is my fault for being too lazy to alternate skeins), the two skeins that I had were not identical, so one arm is a bit lighter from the armpit down than the rest of the sweater. I can live with it. I am probably the only one who can tell. When will I ever learn to knit from both skeins?

This is not the arm that is different, in case you were wondering…

3. Three down, three to go, plus three more…. Every year I knit a sweater for each kid. I am halfway done, after finishing The Boy’s Green, The Princess’s Olearia, and now The Munckin’s Saffron. Except that this year I threw in plans for a Man sweater and two for me, too. Hey, it’s only September, right? Plenty of time.

Oh, and there is lots of yarn left. A pair of socks, maybe?

I love finishing a project. I love dressing my girlie in frills and wool.

I think that she likes it, too

 

 

 

 

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.