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Bringing Baby Home

Good morning 🙂

I’ve finished my latest crochet portrait…created from a photograph from 20 years ago, of me holding my eldest daughter on the day we came home from the hospital…

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The original photo…

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A bit closer up….

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Perspective makes a huge difference with these fibre creations! Up close, they look so much like nothing but when you step back a few feet, the picture is so clear.

I’ve also finished the first pair of crocheted and felted baby boots. It’s a pattern of my own which I’m working on, off and on, here and there. They are fastened with velcro at the sides/backs of the booties.

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I attached the velcro with the same wool (fishermens), sewn on by hand. The velcro is sewn along the back of the ankle section and the edges of the front flaps. I’m unsure, at this point, if I chose correctly when I put the ‘hook’ section on the fronts and the other section on the back.

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These have been given to my husband’s friend for his new baby boy. He’s going to be my first test wearer 🙂 On a side note, his little daughter has a pair of my felted slippers (the pattern I made late last year and am still working on) and she LOVES them…they are the only slippers she’s ever worn!! 🙂 She calls them her ‘ballerina shoes’ and was QUITE impressed with them! I single stranded my ladies medium size and felted them down for her little feet.

I also made the grandchild to be a couple things…

Some braided balls to play with;

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I found the pattern, free on ravelry. It’s called the gevlochten bal.

And, a little improvised sweater, in sock yarn, on 3.25 mm needles;

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I have a few ends to weave in and some blocking to do before it’s completely finished.

Drops Sweater…

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My son loves it!! It’s so satisfying to see him so happy 🙂 It will be part of his back to school clothes this year.

The pattern was pretty straightforward, other than the ‘rise’ section at the end — I ended up doing that in a way that made sense to me rather than trying to follow the directions to the letter since they were simply confusing. I’d recommend it though — it’s a nice design, not at all ‘girl-ish’, or so I’m told 🙂

A couple more views…

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I should be getting back to my unfinished projects…I’ve been a little bit scatter brained this summer and have too many of those right now!

Almost…

done my son’s sweater! I’m actually almost done the first sleeve BUT that counts as almost 🙂

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I like how the yarn is knitting up…hopefully once washed it will be a lot fuller and more ‘relaxed’ — I have no doubt really since it is oiled for machine use right now. Once the oil is out, it will be a different wool. The oil comes off slightly on my tension finger, as I knit. I was reading, yesterday, that textile grade wool is often much better than ‘hobby’ grade sold for hand knitting. Since I am unable to find a 100% lambswool sold by spinrite (for hand knitting), I’m guessing this must be the textile wool.

It’s rainy again, here anyways…on the bright side – yes, oh yes! – I am getting a dryer sometime this weekend! It’s been a bit awkward trying to keep up with laundry while only drying outside this summer!

I had an amazing idea last night 🙂 I’ve been pondering the possibilities of making up my own felted clog type slipper pattern — I don’t have five dollars on a credit card at the moment, lol. It’s the ‘invention fueled by necessity’ thing. Oh, ok, the slippers may not be completely NECESSARY but we really really want some, lol. My son has a leather pair of clog slippers that he just loves…and which is excellent for looking at and pondering the pattern.

I really think I have a workable idea, so long as I can figure out the math. An idea in the making at the moment — I’ll let you know how it works out – IF it works out, I’ll likely write it out as a free pattern. I’m going to work with the wine coloured coned wool…there is lots there for trial and error!

My slipper plans are motivating me to finish the sweater faster 🙂

Yeah, So Here’s The Thing…

I can’t seem to finish anything that isn’t handspun anymore!

I’ve frogged the silky yosemite sweater I was working on…it’s coming out too big and it’s boring me! I’ve also recently started and frogged the jeannie wrap..beautiful but….

Right now I’m working on my son’s sweater, which IS keeping me interested and is turning out really nice. I have to figure out the armhole decreases/shaping and the sleeve shaping yet. I’m usually too lazy to do the math, lol, but this time I shall since I’ve improvised the pattern completely so far. I won’t be able to easily ‘plug it into’ an existing pattern like I usually can, to shape it.

Here we are, so far…

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My oldest came for a visit the other day and I caught her on film…

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I learned something surprising on Tuesday this week…I took my son’s karate class with him and WOW…it’s been more than a year since I did any ‘exercise’ on purpose and I can tell! I think I’m pretty fit and yet my thighs are so tight now I’m feeling it with every step and my upper arms and shoulders are protesting too. I had promised to participate tonight (the class is twice a week) but I’m not sure at the moment if I’ll be able to do it. I want to play my ‘old lady’ card, LOL. Those kids make it look so easy 🙂

The New Rovings!

superwash merino

Aren’t they beautiful? 🙂

I ended up with over 7 pounds of beautiful fluff this time 🙂 I went with a lot of smaller bits because I liked the bright, spring-like colours. Loved the oranges, pinks, yellows especially! I think I want to make a three ply sock yarn out of some of those…

Yosemite in the silk is going so-so. I think I misjudged the size and I’m seriously considering pulling it back out and casting on again in another size. The pattern itself is beautiful and the silk looks really nice.

I’m starting the sweater for my son in the handspun…cast on last night after much figuring of the math! So far (and I’m only done the waistband section) it looks great 🙂

Sherwood – All Done!


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Originally uploaded by lisaknitsnthings

Pattern:  Sherwood

Source: www.knitty.com

Yarn Substitute: Red Heart ‘comfort prints’ in blues/greens

I’m really pleased with how this turned out!  It was a ‘WOW’ moment for me when I realized that the sleeves were picked up and worked in short rows from the shoulder.  I have never seen this design detail before.  Seamless knits are one of my favorites so I was pretty impressed, lol.  I would definitely recommend this pattern.  The yarn I used kind of concealed the pattern in the knitting so I think it would be much nicer in a plain coloured yarn.  I have some close-ups of the sleeve and the cable pattern on my flickr page…

Casting on for Something New


Good morning!   I’ve finished my son’s sweater, I’m happy to report.  My picture taking skills leave much to be desired though, so the only picture I have taken so far is out of focus.  I think I can do better so I’ll try again tonight.  He is very happy with it!  It makes me happy when my knitting can make someone else so happy.  Just in time too, for the cooler weather. 

Last night I cast on for a pair of socks.  We’ll see how they turn out….I’ll keep you posted.  I am using size 1.5 mm dpns and a fine fingering weight yarn (Austermann step).  I think (being a person who doesn’t do proper guage swatches) that the guage is about 12 sts per inch.  I’m ‘inventing’ the pattern as I go and keeping notes.  I want them to be lacy, fit nicely, probably ankle socks because I really hate socks that go higher than the ankle.  I am using the Eastern Cast On method and going toe up.  I love the truly seamless sock!