Cinched Earwarmer

Finally!  A project to share!  I’ve been pretty busy with the kids and a new hobby, bow making.  I know, like I need another hobby.  I’m not sure how exactly I landed in a pile of ribbon, but I’m enjoying the almost instant gratification that comes with bow making.  Plus, bows are a lot more cost effective when it comes to selling my wares, which I’ve been trying to do for a while now.  Anyway, back to the knitting!

024About a week ago, my sister-in-law sent me a picture of an ear warmer and asked me if I could make her one.  I said yes, of course.  Going off the picture, I made a pattern and had the whole thing completed in a couple of hours.  I think it’s really cute, and I hope she likes it!

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Eva in a handknit ear warmer and a handmade bow!

013 If you’re interested in making one for yourself, I typed up the pattern in my project notes. I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in “Granite” and size 15 needles.  I didn’t measure how much yarn I used, but it was way less than a ball.  I’m pretty sure I could get another ear warmer out of the remainder.  I bet Eva will want an ear warmer for next winter once she sees her aunt wearing one. :)

Textured Gray Muff

My sister’s second commissioned piece is finished!

Textured Gray Muff

Textured Gray Muff

I don’t have too much to say about this.  I followed the pattern exactly.  It was a huge pain in the butt, but I’m someone who hates seaming and finishing, so that’s sort of a given.

032Rae had this muff made specially to wear with her dark blue cape.  I think the outfit looks really cute.  Too bad I don’t have a cape…or the will to make another muff.

038I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in “Dove Heather” and size 8 needles. I tried it on, and it seems pretty warm.  There is batting sewn into the interior, so that helps block the cold.  Eva was on hand as my second photographer:

005010029Raveled here.

Rae’s Belugah Hat

A couple months back, my sister commissioned me to make her a number of knit pieces.  I started with the easiest (and less time consuming) project, a Belugah Hat.

019Rae picked Knit Picks Swish Worsted in “Bordeaux” for the yarn.  I used sizes 6 and 10 needles.  I’ve made this hat three times.  It’s very simple and straightforward.

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Star Spangled Beanie

Earlier this year, my sister-in-law sent me a picture of a store-bought hat that she liked but wanted to tweak.  She asked if I could make it for her for Christmas, and I said yes, of course.  I put off knitting the hat as long as I could, and I finally cast on on December 9th.  I like to cut things close, it seems.

This project required a TON of knitting.  Like, way more than I anticipated.  The stitches are teeny tiny.  I grumbled through the whole process, but the results are amazing and well worth the effort.

Star Spangled Beanie

Star Spangled Beanie

I’m not a fan of flag inspired clothing, but this hat is pretty cool.  I used Cascade 220 Fingering and 2.5mm and 3.25mm needles. The beanie features a turned hem which covers all of my hideous floats from the colorwork stars.  I love turned hems.  I’m going to find a way to use that technique more often.  Instead of coming up with my own chart for the stars, I just swiped this one.  I’m really, really lazy.

Colorwork Stars

Colorwork Stars

006My gauge on the 3.25mm needles measured 16 sts x 21 rows = 2 inches.  Ouch!  I hope my sister-in-law loves it.  I’m going to force her to wear it regardless! :)

Raveled here.

Ronan’s Football Outfit

On a whim, my sister-in-law and I decided that Ronan needed to be dressed up in a little football outfit and photographed in those delightful newborn poses you see from professional photographers.  I did a little research on Ravelry and found two patterns to modify.  Both pieces were made with Malabrigo Rios in “Coco” and “Natural.”  First, the hat:

Ronan's Football Hat

Ronan’s Football Hat

I made a ton of modifications to this pattern.  All of them can be found here.  I (poorly) embroidered some laces on the hat to make it look more authentic.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

The soaker got some laces, too:

Front of Ronan's football soaker.

Front of Ronan’s football soaker.

Back of Ronan's football soaker.

Back of Ronan’s football soaker.

098The details on the soaker can be found here.

The photo shoot went incredibly well, considering I was behind the camera.  It would have been easier to pull off had I had full use of my knee, but I did what I could.  My sister-in-law did a fantastic job posing him, holding up backgrounds, and slipping him his pacifier when needed.  Ronan did not behave.  He was crying, grimacing, and/or covering his face for most of the shoot.  Don’t let these shots fool you!

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This is by far my favorite. :)

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Look at that serene baby!

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Ronan and Daddy!

Ronan and Daddy!

I’m looking forward to doing a shoot with the girls once the weather cooperates.  It’s been rainy for the past two days, and we’re expecting more tomorrow.  Maybe I can get some shots of them in their Christmas outfits!

Miss Kirsi – Complete!

The final Christmas piece has been finished!  I can’t believe I knitted two sweaters, two fingering weight dresses, and a vest in time for Christmas!  I already bought the girls’ Easter outfits.  I’m not outfitting three kids again for a very, very long time.

005Kirsi’s Miss Daisy is blocked, buttoned, and ready for action!  Everything is the same as Eva’s aside from the size.  This one is the two year old size.  I hope to get pictures of all of the kids modeling their Christmas outfits as soon as I pick up a pair of pants for Ronan and some blouses for the girls.

Extra details can be found here.

Lightroom 5 – A New Experience

My software download card for Lightroom 5 arrived yesterday. (Squeeee!) I had been watching tons of tutorials and reading lots of articles while I waited for it to arrive, so I was confident I would be an expert once I had it installed. Silly me. I quickly discovered that I had no idea what I was doing, and, much to my dismay, made my poor sister-in-law look like a glowing alien.

I returned to YouTube, watched a few more tutorials, and picked a new victim. This time it was Kirsi. She fared much better than Maija.

Kirsi BandANow it’s not perfect, but I think it’s an improvement. I even edited a beach scene.

030I am pretty stoked, I must admit. I’m loving this new program. Previously I used GIMP, which probably does the same stuff as Lightroom, but I never bothered to learn much about it.  I doubt I’ll be going back, though, since I’ve now been spoiled.

The next step I’ll be taking is changing my camera’s setting to shoot in RAW instead of JPEG. I’m really nervous to do it, but from what I hear, it makes for better images. I’d like to get some more shots of the kids. Maybe something I can use for this year’s Christmas cards. Getting a three year old, an eighteen month old, and a newborn to pose together shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

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