New project!

I managed a few rows of my Trillian scarf today:


I might put it away in favor of bigger needles for a few days, maybe a week or so. The urge to finish versus how it makes my hand feel, not a great result.

So I’ll have something on bigger needles to work on, and because I want to knit things for my niece’s baby, I started this adorable baby doll top in worsted weight yarn and size 9 needles.


I only did a few row because my hand needs a rest, so I’m reading Black Beauty- for the first time- I never read it as a kid. So far I really like it. I had no idea that it was written from the horse’s perspective! 🐴

Headbands and more

Lately I’ve been plodding away at my small-needle WIPs, which I can only work on for a few rows at a time due to carpal tunnel. Case in point: I knitted one measly row while waiting with the Wee Girl’s second-grade class for a play to begin.


One or two rows at a time, it’ll eventually get done!  But I’m afraid I might have to really stuck with larger needles from now on. 

A little sewing project has been going on here- I decided to make a couple of bundles of headbands for our elementary school’s fundraising auction. They won’t bring a ton of money, but it’s nice to contribute something, especially since I didn’t work on the class project this year.

there were supposed to be 10, but i made a mistake on one and am wondering whether to fix it or just go with two sets of 4 instead of 5 per set.


And in cute baby news, here’s my cousin’s granddaughter in one of her Magic Coffee Baby Hats.

so cute!!!!!!!!!

Gogood night!

Last-minute birthday earrings 

Today the Girl’s BFF’s mom asked if we’d join them to celebrate her (the mom’s) birthday at Crown and Crumpet, a local tea shop. Of course I said yes, and talked to the Wee Boy about using our best manners, etc., beforehand. 😜  

Luckily, my husband took the Boy out just long enough this afternoon for me to whip up a couple of pairs of earrings as a gift.

i like to cut up old greeting cards when i gift them- they are secured and look nice to boot.


The tea was lovely, and I think it was fun for the Girl to experience some of the desserts she’d read about in Harry Potter, even if they were not quite authentic, according to our English birthday mum. It was fun nonetheless!

More mitts, done!

Today I finished my second pair of Silk Garden mitts.

Only that tiny bit of yarn was left. However, I’d cut out a section of gray/brown to keep them light and more on the red side. So I only used 35 grams of the 50 gram ball.

As I was weaving ends in, I noticed something funny…


Maybe you can see a stitch sticking out? I’d dropped a stitch a few rows after the thumb hole.

I tinked back to the mistake and re-knit the mitt from there. Haha, JK, I’d never do that! I secured it with a spare bit of yarn and called it a day. 

A bit of spinning

I’ve barely used my spinning wheel since my carpal tunnel started acting up in February. The pinching motion isn’t great for my hand and wrist. But, due to lots of rest and acupuncture, I’m feeling much better and took out my wheel today.

  
I’m on bobbin 4 of 4, so reaching the end of the singles spinning. Yeah!

More mitts!

When I made a recent pair of fingerless gloves for the Girl’s assistant teacher who taught her many, many baptism classes, the Girl thought I needed to make some for her main teacher as well. Well, OK!  I can knit more without much prodding!

I chose a skein of Noro Silk Garden, because I had four skeins of it from an abandoned project. Also, I had chosen a super special yarn for the assistant teacher- Devbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, and because the assistant had done so much for the baptism, I didn’t want the second mitts to outshine the first, ya know?  The skein I chose was beige-ish. Still very special and pretty. 

Tonight I finished the mitts!

  
I’ll block them, which should fluff them up a bit. I like the subtle asymmetry of the colors.  Most likely I’ll have the Girl gift them to her teachers after First Communion, which is this weekend!

No knitting tonight

Tonight I took a break from knitting to brush up on my Spanish-language reading skills.  I picked up a novel I haven’t read since 1994-5, during my junior year of high school, which I spent in Barcelona.  

  
So far, so good. Aside from a few dictionary checks, I understand well enough to enjoy the story- probably more than when I was only 17, because it’s written from a 3 year-old boy’s point of view, and I now have the parental experience to understand a bit of what goes on in such a brain. 

Tomorrow- back to fingerless glove knitting. Sorry about the sad photo!  This is actually lovely Noro.

  
Good night!

Baby knitting roundup

Over the past six months or so, there have been a flurry of births in my circle of friends and in my midwestern family.   As you know, I’ve knitted many, many tiny hats lately, which I find to be an easy, quick, and a super useful gift.  My favorite is the Magic Coffee Baby Hat, partly because it was designed by a friend for/because of my boy (and another in our circle of knitters), and partly because it’s a great pattern and actually fits babies really well. And it’s free!  And over a thousand knitters have made it, so you know it must be good!   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magic-coffee-baby-hat

I’m actually not sure how many Magic Coffee Baby Hats I’ve knit myself.  I sometimes group them together into one Ravelry project if I’m knitting a bunch at once.  I’ve probably made more than a dozen of them.

Anyway….Here are four of the recently-born baby girls (all girls!!!!) in their hats, and one in a sweater.

Left to right and top to bottom, they’re 1) Ava, one of my college BFF’s daughter, 2) Caroline, my great-niece (nothing has made me feel old until writing or saying “great-niece.”), 3) Amayah, my cousin’s granddaughter, 4) Penny, my knitting friend’s daughter (with husband for goofy addition), and Caroline again– I need to knit her a new sweater ASAP, eh? She’s a beautiful, chunky baby!

It’s awfully nice that, although I can’t cuddle all these babies in person, I can send them some wooly love.  And I can’t express how happy I am that the parents have been sending me photos of the handknits in action.  You know what that means, don’t you?  They’ll get MORE handknits!

Overboard

Today I wanted to sew a simple headband or two for a birthday present. Well, as usual I overdid it and couldn’t stop myself from making a bunch instead of just one or two. I blame the easy pattern and fabric stash-busting nature of the pattern.  I used this one: http://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-fabric-headband-tutorial-handmade-gift-series/

she made the goofy face on purpose!

 

Most have recipients in mind, some may go to “gift stash”

These are so fun, easy, and quick! I can see using lots of stash fabric up on these fun items!  I managed to make all 8 of these while taking care of my kids solo (that might not be a big deal to you, but the Wee Boy is the biggest handful you can possibly imagine, and then some), and they didn’t take that much time.   I know it would be a  bit more work, and the elastic is mostly covered by hair anyway, but I’m curious how much harder it would be to cover the elastic with some fabric.  Although, if I want to keep making these quickly, adding more steps probably isn’t the way to go.