Last week I finished knitting my first shawl. I chose Multnomah because it has a beautiful lacy border, but the majority of it is straight garter stitch. (The idea of purling rows of 300+ stitches did not appeal to me as a first-timer!) The feather and fan border repeats were fairly easy to follow and not too busy for this wild yarn. I used a special DK weight yarn that I got for Christmas (from Yarn Ink), and I was careful to reserve enough for a picot edge bind-off. This modification was totally worth it! Check out my Ravelry project notes if you want more details and progress photos.
Oh, and a gratuitous photo of my smug cat.
Before I had my daughter, I was pretty particular about combining colours in our home. But now with all the toys, books and clothes- rainbows always seem to pull it all together.
PS: Over Christmas I shared the progress of making this doll on Instagram
but haven’t properly debuted her here.
Her name is Violet, and I will try to post about her soon!
Well…I took a deep breath and added my first knitting pattern to Ravelry. I designed it for my daughter in January after becoming a little obsessed with the search for a specific shape, and all of the elements that I was looking for: open fit, only one button, and just a little bit of lace. I’m really thrilled with the way it turned out! So far I am offering it in one size for toddlers. It fits my slim, 2 year old daughter with room to grow.
The bonus is that it is a pretty quick and easy project; I used less than a full 200m ball of worsted yarn. The lace portion is very straightforward, and really only make up 12 rows out of the whole sweater. You can do it!
To download the free pattern, visit my Patterns & Tutorials page, or find it here on Ravelry.
After making a pair of Luna Moth wings for my daughter’s Halloween costume, I decided to make some smaller, pin-back versions of butterflies. So far I’ve made two: a Monarch and a Mourning Cloak. Lately I have been busy working on other projects, but I can’t wait to get started on the third one. Stitching is so meditative, and I feel a deep sense of focus and accomplishment while working on them.
made from 100% Indian silk in front, and cotton on the back
details embroidered with cotton thread and glass beads or faux pearls
body knitted with 100% wool or acrylic/wool blend
black wire antennae and metal brooch pin sewn onto the back
This was a fun sewing challenge I had last week: hedgehog pincushions! I’m slowly but surely adding new items to my shop and I could not resist making a couple of these adorable (and functional) little woodland creatures. I used pink and brown floral cotton fabric and a fuzzy brown wool blend for the face and underside. The features are hand-embroidered and I used domed plastic buttons for the eyes.
Available in the shop:
I’ve knitted lots of things for my daughter but this scarf in particular seems to get the most compliments and questions from people. While adding fabric to a knit garment is nothing new, I combined the two in order to salvage something that has sentimental value.
Before she passed away in 2010, my grandmother knitted me this scarf. My mom had picked out the yarn- a self-striping, and very fine sock yarn- which somewhat flustered my grandmother. She was an experienced knitter, but she had started suffering from Alzheimer’s. The scarf was beautiful, and knitted with love; but had several dropped stitches and a few strange knots. I wore it for a few years and then, since it was really rather short, I passed it on to my daughter. But I worried about how well it would hold together over time.
I remembered a photo in a knitting book where they had added fabric to a scarf (I wish I knew what book it was…) so I picked up some more of this fabric I loved from our local sewing shop and got to work.
The first thing I did was fix the dropped stitches with some leftover yarn. With a crochet hook, I pulled all of the knots onto one side and designated it as the “wrong side.” I measured the length of the scarf and cut a strip of fabric the same size. Then I lined the pieces up, right sides together, and did a lot of pinning, since the edges of the scarf were not exactly straight. (I suppose blocking the scarf first could’ve helped.) Then I sewed along all four sides, leaving a gap halfway down one side for turning (about 6” long). I turned it right side out and then top-stitched around the whole thing, making sure the gap was closed up too.
And there you have it! A unique way to spruce up a scarf, with endless options for fabric and yarn. For a Christmas gift this year, I made a fleece-lined cowl, which has a similar look and technique, minus the knitting part. I forgot to take photos of mine but you can check out Purl Bee’s tutorial HERE.
I didn’t share this until now since it was a birthday gift for a certain little monkey (not the one pictured). It’s a basketweave patterned hat; here’s a link to it on Ravelry if you are interested in the details. It was a fun, quick knit, and there was enough yarn left to make a pixie hat for my daughter.
A couple of weeks ago, I took a knitting class to get some help with my sweater, which I was having a lot of trouble with. Since then, I have learned of a couple of major problems with my knitting, which was good to find out but definitely frustrating. The main thing I need to work on is that my knitting is too loose. It explains why my sweater was so large, despite having checked my gauge before starting. I am sorry to say this…but I had to pull it all out and start knitting the sweater all over again. And it seems to be taking forever. It’s a little depressing.
I also have a toddler sweater on the go, which has also come out quite large, but at least she will grow into it. Eventually. I am working on the sleeves, and I feel stalled in deciding how long to make them so she can still wear it this fall.
I was almost finished a hat for myself too, when I discovered a flaw in the pattern that I just couldn’t recover from. I have since been in touch with the designer, who has given me a new version of the pattern to try.
So, even though it has been a huge challenge lately, and not a very relaxing hobby at the moment, I have learned some important lessons. And I still managed to make two adorable hats for a couple of monkeys.