Topping the Tots

I may be in a rut. I just can’t think of a better use for this handspun yarn than this.

It may be a rut, but it sure is a cute rut.

And the kids are loving it.

Look how happy The Fraggle is.

Oh, and with that same ball, I also topped The Princess quite smartly.

She likes hers, too.

The patterns for both of these hats are easy – just start knitting and see where it leads. Knitting is so fun, isn’t it?

Yarn Rav page here. Fraggle Hat Rav page here. Princess Hat Rav page here. You know, just in case you’re interested. 

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This Moment – Chalk

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.

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My Life is Beautiful

Autumn turned to Spring in my part of the world, completely skipping Winter, and I am lovin’ it!

This is what our weekend looked like.

My world is full of these wonderful little people.

My life truly is beautiful. And I am drinking in the joy that surrounds me everyday.
Oh, and I had a little of this, too. Call it the icing on the cake.

Happy Spring, Everybody!

Olearia

The Princess finally got her sweater. It took me a very long time to get this one right – I went through different yarns and different patterns and knit and frogged and cried a little. At long last it is finished. My Rav project page here.

Olearia in Green Mountain Spinnery, Cotton Comfort, Navy

The hat is Lucy. It was made from the leftover yarn. And there is still almost an entire ball remaining. (The hat, by the way, was a great disappointment. Looking for a hat like the one that Lucy wears in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe led me to this pattern. It turned out too big (it fits me, so I had to pin it smaller), difficult to construct (the stitch pattern made my hands ache), and not as cute as I’d hoped. That is a lot of disappointment for a $5 pattern).

Three things about this knit:

1. This pattern is excellent. It is well written, simple, and easy. The results are fabulous and look pretty awesome considering how simple the pattern was. I am now a big fan of Georgie Hallum, the designer.

2. The yarn, however, I am not so fond of. While the finished product is very soft and warm and gorgeous, it was not nice to knit. It felt scratchy running through my fingers and it was stiff, not to mention the many, many (many) times that I had to stop and dig bits of hay out of it. I probably wouldn’t use it again. On the other hand, when the hat turned out too big and I tried to felt it smaller, it refused to felt, so this sweater is going to be thrown in the machine. That is a big plus.

3. Instead of buttons I used my snap press and some really pretty ribbon that I got at this Etsy store and made a snap closure. I love using this option for many reasons -it is easier than installing a zipper, you don’t have to worry about buttonholes, picking out ribbon is fun, and the kids can operate them easily. I did order some cute buttons but they haven’t come in yet and I am tired of waiting for them. When they come I will sew them on to the front and it will be complete.

So, there it is. I am really happy with it, and so is The Princess.

Next up, the sweater for The Boy.

Dream in Color Classy, Emerald Darkness

I Don’t Want to Talk About It

I have come to a bad place with The Princess’s sweater and I don’t really want to talk about it.

I don’t want to talk about lying gauge swatches, gross miscalculations, and the kind of denial that only a knitter can understand. (The denial is the worst part. “I can just block it out” is such an obviously bad omen and yet I fall victim to it time and again.)

I don’t want to talk about that stupid pattern that, no matter how hard I try, will not produce a sweater that will fit my four year old.

I don’t want to talk about the kind of procrastination that sees me preferring to wash dishes rather than knit.

So, since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will sum up this whole debacle with this image. This, my Dears, is the second sweater sitting atop the first sweater.

That’s right, Folks! They are the same, super-small, size. The blue one might even be smaller! AAAAAAHHHHHH!

See why I don’t want to talk about it?

Instead, let us talk about the sweater that I started knitting for The Princess this weekend.

Olearia in Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort, Navy

There. That is better. The makings of a sweater that not only promises to fit, but is easier and less fiddly to knit. I am also certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will have more than enough yarn to finish it.

Alas, now The Princess is saying, “But Mama, I wanted a pink sweater!” Sigh

I don’t want to talk about it.

Not What I Planned to Write

So, it was about this time that I had planned to write about a finished sweater for The Princess.

A red hooded coat with a cabled yoke. An adorable squishy masterpiece. (This one, to be precise)

The Princess and I poured over patterns on Ravelry looking for the perfect sweater to make with the yarn I purchased from Craftsy.com, a red Bollicine Baby Night. Once it was picked out, she assumed that she would have a sweater in minutes and even told someone not 45 minutes later, “Mama is almost done making my new, red coat!”

I knit the yoke. She said, “Is is almost done?”

I picked up the stitches and knit the body. She said, “Have you finished my red coat, yet?”

I bound off along the bottom edge and held it up. Hmmm. Looks small. She said, “Can I wear it now? I don’t need sleeves.”

I shrugged off the doubt and picked up the stitches for the edging/button band. She said, “When can I try it on?”

I bound off the edging and held it up. Yup. Definitely small. She said, “Let’s see if it fits me.”

It doesn’t.

It doesn’t really even fit The Munchkin who is signifigantly smaller. (For those of you who are wondering – No, I did not make a gauge swatch. Yes, I regret not making a gauge swatch. No, I did not learn my lesson and I will probably skip the gauge swatch next time, too.)

Now, the really sad part of this sad, sad tale is that, while I know that I could just pull it out and make a bigger size, I also know that I have no where near enough yarn to do so.

On the flip side, I got to go yarn shopping – and that spin worked on the four year old.

“No, honey, it doesn’t fit. Let’s pick out a new color together and I will make a bigger one for you.”

She chose blue.

Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort Navy Odd Weight

So, instead of writing a post about a finished red coat for The Princess, I am writing a post about casting on a blue coat for The Princess.

Maybe I should do a gauge swatch first …