Monday, December 24, 2012

Off To Georgia!

We will be heading out shortly for Christmas at my father-in-law's house, then taking off for a week in Georgia! I can't wait to see my family, my state, and have them all see my baby for the first time. I may or may not have internet access, so may or may not post. I will definitely be making Christmas posts once we're back, probably around the 1st or 2nd.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Arthur and Barrett




 

So the video doesn't have Arthur in it, but it's a good one anyway. Arthur was laughing his head off but of course when I get out my phone for a video he stops! (And please ignore the coffee and juice stains on the floor!)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa, Knitting, and The Great Cat Purge


We took Arthur to Bass Pro Shop to see Santa and it was a blast! This was the most authentic Santa I've ever seen... he was perfectly old, perfectly plump, and had the more perfect beard, not too big, not too small, and snow white. He was so patient and kind, not just trying to get through all the kids, but rather was wanting them to have a great experience. Arthur wasn't afraid of him, but wasn't all smiles either. He was mostly just like, "Who is this man?!" Santa sang Jingle Bells to him the entire time so that he wouldn't be afraid.


My mother-in-law and step-father-in-law (though I consider him to be more of a FIL than my actual one) came and they surprised us with a package that gave us several prints in different sizes and a digital download (we were just going for the free 4x6 they give everyone).


Of course, you can't go to Bass Pro without checking everything out! Arthur was a bit clingy and scaredy after seeing Santa, but was a good sport about sitting on this Arthur-sized 4-wheeler! Charlie said that he's signalling a right turn here.

We ended the night with a celebration dinner at Rainforest Cafe (John, my sFIL, wanted to celebrate Arthur's first Santa experience). Arthur of course loved the fish, but was a bit nervous of the thunder storm every 30 minutes... lights flashing, animals making all sorts of noises, etc. He would just cling to Daddy and peek over his shoulder. He's not the type that just buries his face when he's afraid; he wants to be held tight, but wants to see what's going on. He liked watching the robot tigers, but from a distance. We ordered the volcano dessert and he absolutely loved the sparkler.

On to knitting...



I've been busy Christmas knitting! I finished these little Crocodile Stitch Booties (Baby Sizes) for my niece, Mila. I used KP Felici Fingering in the Peachy colorway (top picture shows true color). I loved this project and I love this yarn! It took me a few tries at first to get going on them, but it was because I was misreading the directions. They have an adult version that I can't wait to try out... my mom and MIL would go nuts for some in their sizes! It makes me wish that I had some KP Chroma Fingering and Worsted to use...


This is the finished Irish Hiking Hat for John (sFIL).



This is the beginning of a Knitted Lace Jewelry Frame for my SIL, Alicia. I'm using a random ball of KP Stroll (Duchess Heather) I have. This is a great project for using us scraps, leftovers, and single skeins of lace or fingering weight yarn. My other SIL, Brooke (brother's wife), will be getting one as well. I'm getting there on finishing up Christmas knitting... I would like to finish up these frames, then finish the second Ringwood Glove to give to my mom. My brother requested a knitted ski mask that looks like Captain America's helmet, but I don't have the yarn or the time to make it. Maybe it'll be a birthday gift instead. I ended up doing some comic book-style drawings of his hero and will frame them.

Now for the Great Cat Purge... we found homes for 3 cats in the last week and 1 more is going at Christmas! First we found a good home with my SIL's friend for the cream colored male kitten. Then I found a great home for Red, the momma cat... her new owner absolutely spoils her and takes her to Petsmart all the time. A much better home than ours, where she was fed, watered, and petted sometimes. Then the very next day I found a good home for the calico kitten. The last kitten, the orange male, is going to Georgia with us to be a Christmas surprise for Brooke's brother (their parents approved and picked him out of the litter). That means that we are down to 2 cats, our originals, Bams and Colt. It feels good to only have them and I think that they appreciate it because they have been so much more friendly and less mischevious than they were before.

We now have 2 dogs (Partner and Barrett), 2 cats (Colt and Bams), a fish tank, and then the rats (we have quite a few, but they are easy-care and we breed them). Gideon, my old man Dachshund/Chihuahua mix, has been living with my MIL and sFIL since Thanksgiving. We took him there so that my SIL could watch him while we were on our hunting trip and they liked him so much they wanted to keep him until we move to Georgia, after which he will live out the rest of his days at my parents' house. He wasn't happy at our house... Barrett bothers him too much and he can't be around Arthur because, for some reason, Arthur is only allergic to him (he gets welts and redness when he touches him).

Friday, December 7, 2012

Inspired


I had a tiny bit of free time today while Arthur napped (it seems that he's been on a napping strike for a few days now and it's been rough on all of us), so I used that time to catch up on some blog reading, which inspired me to make the above candle jar.

Matt, who always makes the most creative and beautiful things, made a few jars using twine and, of course, crochet. I am obsessed with containers and save every glass jar that comes into this house, so finally decided to do something with one of them. This one used to hold banana peppers.

I wasn't going to go out and purchase anything for this little project, so I used some leftover Cascade 220 in red, a small scrap of some novelty yarn (Crystal Palace Party), leftover Knit Picks Cotlin in Sprout, and my new hot glue gun (it was a 3.99 mini one from Michaels and it has been waiting for a project like this... It works great!). I even had the right sized candle for it.

It was really fun. Like Matt, I used Lucy's Jolly Holly pattern. My mother-in-law loves candles and I think this is just perfect for her, so it's already been wrapped up and is waiting for Christmas.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Second Box




8 Wool of the Andes, Hollyberry - a vest for my cousin in Korea
2 Brava Sport, Red - for Momma
2 Full Circle Worsted, Fresh - 1 for a sweater for Arthur, 1 for me to play with
1 Full Circle Worsted, Latte - maybe a sweater for Mikah, or I might keep it
2 WotA Tonal, Canopy - longies or something
2 Swish DK, Rainforest Heather - probably a hat and mitt set for Arthur

Cyber Monday, Ornaments, and Another Hat



Charlie and my mom made the Knit Picks Cyber Monday sale happen for me :) Pictured above is my first order (my second order is at the post office, waiting for the mailman to bring it to me). Top to bottom, left to right:

* Sling Scoop Bag, Paisely - the perfect bag for carrying the essentials without adding bulk/weight to all that I have to carry (babies need a lot of stuff and diaper bags are heavy!)
* KP Lint Shaver
* 4 Chroma Worsted, Elfin - chevron blanket for Mikah (my brother's unborn son)
* 15 Wool of the Andes, Stellar (a special buy oops colorway) - a fall/winter skirt or cardi for me
* 13 Simply Cotton Sport, Limeade Heather - probably a summer skirt for me
* 1 each Stroll Tonal, Stonewashed and Heirloom (special buy colorways, traded the Stonewashed for other yarn with a Raveler because I didn't like it) - socks? baby stuff?
* 1 Wool of the Andes Tonal, Deep Waters - cardi or longies for Arthur
* 1 each Simply Cotton Sport, Dogwood, Carnelian, Mandarin, Golden, Green Tea, Wave, Haze, and Bermuda - bibs or maybe something larger that uses all the colors?



We sat down as a family the other night and made the gift ornaments! I made salt dough and we put Arthur's handprint in them. 1 for each set of grandparents and 1 for us to keep. We want to do this every year. I made other ornaments with the leftover dough (the Harpers on is going to my brother and his wife). I painted them with acrylic paint and a paint pen, then used homemade mod podge once the paint was dry.


This is the completed hat for my MIL's friend's daughter. I used the Brrr Baby Beanie pattern, minus the earflaps and with a picot edge. It was too plain, so I added a flower using scrap cotton.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's That Time Again

Time to really start thinking about Christmas knitting. I probably should have done this sooner, but I really didn't have gift knitting ideas before, so thought I might skip out on it this year. Now I can think of a million things I need to knit in the next 21 days, so it's time to get serious.

I have a few non-Christmas gift knits I need to finish up asap so that I can start on the presents. My MIL asked for a baby hat for a friend's little girl, so I am working on that right now. Should get that finished up today, though.

Anyway, here is the annual gift knitting list (also listed are non-knitting gifts). We'll see how much I actually accomplish this year...

Charlie - Nothing handmade this year I'm afraid. He already got his main gift early (at his choosing); I got him a set of night vision goggle things.

Baby Arthur - His presents are all toys this year. He doesn't really have an appreciation for the handknits yet and has enough clothes to last for the next year. We made good use of the Black Friday toy sale at Walgreens.

Momma - I always give her Knit Picks sock yarn for Christmas, so she's getting 2 balls of Stroll in Barn Red. I usually make her a pair of socks as well, but I've lost my sock knitting mojo somewhere and can't seem to find it. I'm going to gift her the Ringwood Gloves I've been working on. I have one finished and the second started. I'm also making a salt-dough ornament with Arthur's handprint for their tree.

Daddy - We got him a Mohammed Ali Fathead wall decal for his man cave/gun room at a charity auction we went to. He's going to love it. We also have a t-shirt that says, "I wrestled a bear once" because he did (twice, actually). I'm making peanut butter treats for their dogs. Oh, and we are giving them Gideon as well. Not really a present for them, haha, but they agreed to take him for us since he's unhappy here with Barrett (she wants to play, he wants to relax) and Arthur is really allergic to him (just him though).

Brother Arthur - Not sure about him yet. His request was, "Make me something with Captain America on it." I'll have to think on that one a bit more.

Brooke (SIL) - Again, not sure yet.

Mom (MIL) - I really want to make her a felted tote this year. I have a really cool button that says "hope," which is her favorite word and the name of the counseling stuff she does with my step-FIL. I think a tote big enough for her work computer (she's a NP and gets a hospital laptop) with that button on it would be very nice. An Arthur ornament for them as well.

John (step-FIL) - Irish Hiking Hat from some acrylic my MIL picked out. I'm about a fourth of the way through it. Treats for their dogs.

Dad (FIL) - I'm thinking some knitting golf cozy things with expletive symbols (% # @ etc) on them from stash RHSS. Treats for their dogs.

Theresa (step-MIL) - An Arthur ornament and maybe some candles with crocheted cozy things. I've seen some really pretty ones made this way. I can't think of anything else that she would actually use that's in the budget.

Alicia, Ryan, Mila (SIL, BIL, Niece) - Not sure. I know Ryan is getting Heroclix (a game they play) and I'm making Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties from KP Felici Sport for Mila, but Alicia is a toughie. We do have a stuffed turtle (her favorite animal) that says funny things, but we need something else. Maybe I'll go with the candle idea for her as well. Treats for their dogs.

Erin (SIL) - Another toughie. She is probably leaving early next year for the Coast Guard and won't be able to take much with her. Maybe go with a gift card this year.

Michael (step-BIL) - We want to get him his first gun, a .22 rifle. He went to the range with us and really loved it. Not sure if we'll be able to make it happen (the darn thing called money), but we'll see.

Talia (step-SIL) - Last year she was big into loom knitting, so if she's still doing that I'll probably gift her some nice yarn (she's only used RHSS so far). We are taking her to the range as well since she really wants to shoot.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Hats



We went "up north" for Thanksgiving weekend with my mother-in-law and (step) father-in-law. It was a great, though very snowy, trip. We spent our days hunting with Arthur spent his days in the cozy cabin with grandma. We saw a few does, but there wasn't anterless hunting allowed, so we had to pass them up. I made Charlie and me hunting hats using Patons Classic Wool and some Sugar n Cream. Mine is the prototype, so isn't very pretty, but Charlie's is the much nicer new and improved version. I forgot to get a picture of his while we were up there.



I also made the munchkin (who is only getting handsomer by the minute and is such a handful now) a hat. It is the Brrr Baby Beanie in Knit Picks Swish (regular and tonal). I went down a hook size to make it fit Arthur's big almost-8-month-old head... it was written for 18 month. Arthur does have a decent-sized noggin on him; his growth charts have him at 25-30% on height, weight, and BMI, but his head is in the 65%. Ah well, it's for his huge brain he has.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Progress


We really needed new soakers for Arthur and I finally got around to making a pair the other day. I used up some Malabrigo scraps, just working until the color ran out and added a new one using my favorite join, the magic knot. I made the medium size this time and they fit well, with room to grow.


I think it's interesting how I ran out of yarn in the exact same places.


These are the Ringwood Gloves in KP WotA Sport (Thirst Heather). They are such a surprisingly quick knit when I actually work on them! I really hope to finish the pair before the end of the month for the Project:Stash KAL. We'll see.

Still working a round here and there on the Sweetgum Duncan sweater. Not too much progress to show, but it is growing.

Tonight is Thanksgiving dinner with my MIL and step-FIL (Charlies siblings will be there also). I'm looking forward to the time with them and the food! Tomorrow will be hanging around the house, maybe hunting as well. Thursday is dinner with my FIL and step-MIL (and the siblings again, plus Grandma Knoll and Grandma Elaine). It will be fun and chaotic with the house full of people! I am from a very large and very close family, so I'm used to a house full of family (my dad is one of 6 and each of them have between 2 and 5 kids each). I'm a little sad that I won't be with my family this year... Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and my chance to see my entire family. Oh well, at least we get to see them next month after Christmas.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Divine


A pic of the Divine hat I mentioned in the last post. I really like how it came out and wear it daily.

I whipped up a simple crocheted beanie in Patons Classic Wool for my brother, but forgot to get a picture before I mailed it to him.

Still working, very slowly, on the Sweetgum Duncan sweater while working on little things in between!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

FOs and WIPs

I'm still a little sore over the whole election thing, but am trying to move on for now. I've been busy sneaking in knitting whenever I can and have a few FOs to share:


A very terrible picture of the DRIPS hat I knit with 2 very similar colors of Kathmandu Aran. I enjoyed the knit and love the yummy yarn, but I just don't like how it looks on me. It's going in the pile of knits to sell at craft shows.


These are a pair of longies I finished today. They to a little too big and the picture is really bad, but they are wearable and will fit through the winter. I used the Dandelion Daydreamers pattern and Patons Classic Wool. It kind of looks like Gideon is a little parrot sitting on Arthur's shoulder.

I also crocheted a Divine hat for me in some of my handspun, but don't have a picture yet. I'll get some soon and post them.

Now for some WIPs:


My NaKniSweMo project is the Sweetgum Duncan sweater in Valley Yarns Superwash DK (olive green, MC) and Knit Picks Swish DK (Marina, CC). The CC is actually greener and more vibrant in real life. It's a bit of an odd combination, but it's what I had in stash and I like the colors together. I don't know if I'll finish this before the end of the month and I'm totally ok with that. It's a goal and if I miss it, oh well. There's enough stress and I don't need to add any to it!

I'm also working on a pair of Ringwood Gloves in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport (Thirst Heather colorway). No picture of those yet. It's more my travel project than anything, just something to work on in the car or when visiting inlaws.

I am looking for a knitting group to go to each week. I have been a bit stressed since Charlie started working fulltime. A job was supposed to reduce that, right? Well, I love being a stay-at-home mom, but I need a break a few hours each week. I get up when Charlie does (0545 or so) everyday, including the weekend when Charlie is home (babies have crazy good internal clocks). I also get up during the night for Arthur. While he naps I do dishes, laundry, etc. Then Charlie gets home and takes a half hour to unwind. I take care of Arthur and Charlie at that point, doing the cooking, feeding the baby, bathtime, bedtime routine, etc. Charlie is a great dad, but most of the work is on me and it's been getting to me this past week. I have been irritable and short with Charlie, blaming him for my being exhausted, and have been getting more frustrated than I should with Arthur. Charlie and I talked about it today and he made me realize that I do need some me time. I'm excited to be looking for a group and being part of things again; I was active in a knitting group and spinning guild in college and miss having friends (I don't have a single person I can truly call a friend and it's been that way for some time now... I'm not particularly social by nature and I've lost contact with old Georgia buddies and haven't had the opportunity to make Michigan ones).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Shame

Shame on everyone who voted for a socialist America, for a man that is working hard to remove opportunity in our country and making it quickly go the way of many European nations.

Shame on anyone who voted for Obama that has family members in the military... You just put many out of a job and, at the very least, made it an environment many do not want to be in any longer. There is a reason why China and similar countries supported an Obama win... A weakened military is a good thing for them!

Shame on you if you voted with your uterus, skin color, dislike for a rich man, or some other shallow reason. If you have a brain, you obviously didn't use it yesterday.

Shame on those who champion a man who uses government programs to create a dependent population, a man who has shown the American people that personal responsibility doesn't matter.

Shame on everyone who put Obama in office for another 4 years. I was hopeful that he would be a one-termer, but the American people seem to be too enchanted by an evil smooth-talking man, unable to see that he doesn't care about restoring America to what she once was and that his personal agenda is all that matters to him. I feel sick to my stomach with disgust and disappointment.
 
 
I am a conservative. I do not identify with the Republican party because many of them are compromising and care mostly for elections and not really about issues. I am heartbroken today. I did not really like Romney, but this election was so important; it was our chance to remove Obama and try to get America back on track. Now, we are just heading for an inevitable train wreck.

Monday, November 5, 2012

4/4 Sweater... I'm Free!

Finally, I am free to knit what I want! I finished the fourth and last commissioned baby sweater yesterday.


The pattern is Helena and the yarn is Knit Picks Stroll in the Barn Door colorway. I had actually purchased 2 balls of Scarlet, but a fellow Raveler desperately needed them for a WIP, so I sent them to her and she sent me these two (I just needed red yarn, so exact colorway didn't matter). It's a discontinued color, so it was nice to be able to work with it before it went goodbye. The color is not true at all in this pic, but is good in the one below:



I have started on a hat for me and am about to swatch for a sweater as well.


We went to a farm recently and had a good time, despite it being painfully cold and we were totally under-dressed (I don't know what I was thinking!). That's actually an adult-sized hat he's wearing, one that grandma let him have for the day. He loved seeing the animals and laughed when Phinaeus the calf ate his blanket and mommy's hair!



My two handsome guys! Arthur was a monkey for his first Halloween. He was such a cutie! We went to Detroit to hand out candy at a friend's house and I took Arthur to the neighbor's house to get candy. He thought he was a real big shot going trick or treating in downtown Detroit, lol.



Arthur had surgery on the 1st and it was terrible. He wasn't circumcized at birth because the pediatrician wanted him checked out by a pediatric urologist first (they thought that there was a problem that might require corrective surgery). Everything checked out ok, but by then we had to wait until he was 6 months old to get it done. I will NEVER go make my baby go through something this again and if future sons can't have it done at birth, they will just have to wait and decide to do it themselves.

I was so nervous during surgery because my family has a genetic disorder that causes us to die under general anesthesia (malignant hyperthermia). They have to use special anesthesia and take special precautions whenever someone in my family has to go under. They reassured me that they flushed the machines for at least 2 hours and that they removed all the triggers from the operating room. They ended up giving him laughing gas, then IV anesthesia and a spinal block for pain management. He ended up doing just fine and came out ok. Isn't he the cutest thing ever in his little hospital gown?


This is him on the ride home after surgery... sleepy and in pain :(

The nurses gave him a bear and we named him Beau (the hospital we use is Beaumont). It's become his favorite stuffed animal. He (and we) had a very rough few days with dealing with how painful he was... it broke my heart. The first night he slept a hour or so, then would cry for just as long, then repeat until morning. He would cry and I would cry. Very upsetting and I felt like a terrible mother for making him go through this (I was kind of against the surgery since he was so old, but Charlie really wanted it done). I filled his codeine prescription first thing the next day (I initially just gave regular Tylenol because I don't like medicating if I can help it, but he really needed something stronger) and he has been much better since, getting better and more like himself each day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Show of Hands (4/4 Mitts)


Project: Stash has a KAL going for fingerless mitts and I joined in to get motivated to finish the last pair of mitts for the Lady in Colorado.

I used some of my handspun and the pattern is one that I test knitted earlier in the year, Pure Maine.

Now to finish up the last baby sweater and finally be able to knit what I want! I have the sleeves and buttonband/hem left to do (I'm toying with the idea of crocheting that part).

My first projects after finishing the commission knits will be a hat for me in Kathmandu Aran (a yummy tweedy cashmere blend) and a sweater for NaKniSweMo. I also really need to make a few more soakers for Arthur.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Trip with FOs



Two aunts, an uncle, and 5 cousins invited us on a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for the weekend and funded it. It was an amazing little vacation! We had a great time and it was so nice to see everyone and have them all meet Arthur for the first time. Above is Arthur (in his completed Sunnyside!) holding hands with my cousin's little girl, Megan. She was born May 20, so is about 5 weeks younger than Arthur. After this pic, she kicked him in the neck and made him cry, lol!


All bundled up in the handknits! It really wasn't cold enough for all that, but I think all parents tend to overdress their little ones. We did end up downgrading so that he wouldn't burn up! He's in his Sunnyside, a hat I knit before he was born, a pair of Sucky Thumb Mitts I made for the trip, and is covered in the chevron blankie I crocheted before he was born (before I even knew that he was a boy!).


We rode horses on Saturday (Arthur hung out with baby Megan and her mommy, Natalie, while we rode). This is a pic of Charlie and Arthur after we got back.


Daddy teaching his little boy how to skip rocks. That's my cousin's other daughter, Allie, to the left.


Family pic in the mountains!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Kittens and Mittens!


Red had her babies yesterday night!

She's such a little dummy. I had set up a nice box for her and she has been laying in it for the past week, so we were sure that she would pick that spot to have her kittens. Yesterday was her due date. I was sitting at my desk on the computer (browsing Ravelry, what else?!) with a blanket over my legs because it was cold. Red lays down in the tent made by the blanket and I though about how nice it was because she was warming my feet. Then I feel odd movements from her... almost like contractions. Hmmm... a quick peek confirms my suspicions. That crazy cat was going to have babies on my feet! She literally went into labor with my toes getting toasty under her! I scrambled to get her box and she thankfully didn't move when I put her in it. She had three cutie kitties (shown in order of birth, left to right). The calico is female (of course) and the other two are both males. I am not surprised at the colors/genders as it is exactly what she should have produced genetically. I am going to try my hardest NOT to keep that gorgeous calico!


I finished the second pair of mitts for the lady in Colorado! I really like how the fabric turned out (fingering held doubled). I found a pair of unworn purple mitts I made a while ago that I will be sending as the third pair, so just need to make the last set and I'll be all finished up with the mitt order. I'm working on the last sweater. Cannot wait to be done with commission knits so that I can work on things that I need and want to make! I really have to make more soakers/longies and bibs for Arthur and Christmas knitting is looming over my head.

I am one sleeve away from being finished with Arthur's Sunnyside Cardigan that I started so long ago. I decided to go ahead and finish it up before really working too much on the final commission knits so that it can quit bugging me to be finished and so that he can wear it next weekend (my aunts are funding our trip to Gatlinburg, TN, to see them for a mini vacation!).

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Getting Things Made

I feel very productive lately... I finished sweater 3/4 the other day and have 2 more FOs completed as well...
 
 

This is mitt set 1/4, Fetching modified to be longer knit from Cascade 220. They are already on their way to Colorado. The other FO doesn't have a picture since I packed it up too quickly; I finished one of the fru-fru scarves and sent it to my mom to be sold this weekend at her craft show.


I promptly cast on for mitt set 2/4, shown in a mess in this pic. I'm holding some fingering weight yarn (JL Mira) doubled to get worsted weight. I'm knitting a cabled pattern for these ones. I will be casting on for sweater 4/4 tonight.


I've also been very productive in other crafty fronts. I have decided to try cloth wipes (though we still use disposables for traveling and the really bad ones). I cut up a flannel sheet and have them in my homemade wipes solution (2 cups water, 5 tbsp baby wash, 5 tbsp olive oil) in an empty wipes container. I should have used pinking shears or hemmed them, but don't have the shears or a working sewing machine so just straight cut for now.


The leftover cloth was cut up into reusable "paper" towels. This stack just makes me happy too look at.


I have been researching recipes for household items (Pinterest and the Survival/Homesteading group on facebook have been great!) and now have a collection of stuff to make. Above is my homemade shaving lotion (1 cup shampoo, 1 cup conditioner, 5 tbsp olive oil, 5 tbsp baby lotion). I plan on making our own toothpaste, dog shampoo, and stuff like that once I get the ingredients. For Christmas this year, I know the gals in the family will be getting bath salts and sugar and salt scrubs. We already plan on making wine for my inlaws as well.

Friday, September 28, 2012

3/4


 
I finally finished sweater 3 out of 4. It's the girl version of the Sunnyside Cardigan, 6-12 month size, knit in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal - Gypsy.


I don't have a lady baby model (yet - my sister in law is expecting my first niece November 6), so Arthur had to think girly thoughts and model this sweet sweater. I think he did a great job :) He is about 5.5 months old and the sweater is roomy, but wearable.

Now, on to sweater 4/4, but not before I make a pair of fingerless gloves or two (the same lady wants 4 pairs of these as well!).

Friday, September 21, 2012

FO and WIP Pics



This is my latest FO. It's a Heroclix holder for Charlie to take to tournaments. Not perfect in any way, shape, or form, but it was kind of a quick little thing I was making up as I went along. Not bad for just winging it and I learned a lot for when I finally get the chance to make him a larger one. Just used Patons Classic Wool for this, all but a few yards of one skein. The pockets are felt that have been sewn on.


The two fru-fru scarves I have on the hook. Easy and actually kind of fun, though I don't see the appeal of wearing one of these. They go for 45.00 in the consignment shops here... definitely worth making a few to see how they fare at craft shows.


The so-close-to-being-an-FO-it's-ridiculous baby sweater, 3/4. Will be done tomorrow! I have a few hours to myself and I'm going to spend them doing hardcore crafting. Arthur will be at my FIL's house and Charlie is going to a Heroclix tournament. I should have about 5 hours to myself... something that hasn't happened since Arthur was born!


Tarn. Charlie and I filled a trash bag of t-shirts we don't wear anymore and I just couldn't let it get thrown out! I decided to try to make some tarn rugs and such (and, if I'm really ambitious, a tarn diaper bag). It's kind of rough on the hands to cut the shirts up, so I haven't made much of a dent in the bag of shirts.


We have been doing some major rearranging/cleaning in the house this week and I now have my own little crafty corner of the living room! It's a mess in this pic (haven't really organized everything yet and some of this stuff is actually Charlie's), but I have a table and drawers for all my stuff. (The bag under the table is what I have left to make into tarn)


And, of course, my sweet little handsome lovebug baby boy!