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. 

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!


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