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Lemmie’s Wintergreen Bonnet

My friend, Sara, is due to welcome a little girl into the world this October. I offered to make her baby a head covering (haha) of her choosing, and she picked the Wintergreen Bonnet. I took it upon myself to give her future child the nickname Lemmie.  Brazen, I know.  I think it’s adorable.  It’s her initials cute-ified. 😛

I think the most appropriate color for a baby named Lemmie is a lemony yellow. As such, I picked up a hank of Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash in the “Butter” colorway for the body and used Malabrigo Rios in “Plomo for the edging and icord.

042I had to go up to size 7 needles to get somewhat close to gauge.  The size 5 needles called for in the pattern resulted in a bonnet fit for a hamster.  I think the proportions are a little bit off, too.  It looks too long and too short.  The back is also kind of strange, but it might fit better on a smaller baby.  I tried it on Ronan, but he’s 8 months old and has a pretty big head.  Hopefully it’ll fit a newborn perfectly!

039040041Maybe Sara will take some action shots once Lemmie’s here. It’ll look much cuter on a baby than on my old table!

Raveled here.


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Kirsi’s Frippery

Hello, everyone!  I may have been silent, but I’ve been doing lots of crafting! I’ve been focusing on some child and baby projects.  They’re relatively quick, and you know I love instant gratification.  We’ve all been sick (and still are), but I managed to sneak outside with Kirsi for a few minutes to photograph her new Frippery.  I quickly regretted that decision once we went back inside and discovered that Eva had found a way to entertain herself in our absence.  You see, Eva got a pet fish (Frank) a couple weeks ago.  She was told NOT to feed him without Mommy or Daddy present.  She must have thought that was just a suggestion, because she fed Frank an entire bottle of pellets while we were outside.  There was more food than water in Frank’s tank.  Needless to say I banished the kids to the porch while I performed an emergency cleaning.  Now Frank’s tank is cloudy because the cleaning messed with his biological filter.  I’m more than a little upset.  I need to stop talking about this.

Anyway, I did get some cute pictures of Kirsi in her top.  The color really compliments her complexion and eyes.  The yarn was a birthday gift from my friend, Kristin.  Usually I shy away from variegated yarns, but this colorway worked.

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035The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Lotus.” I knit the 4 year size with size 6 needles. I want her to be able to wear this for a couple of years.  Right now it looks like an oversized tunic, which is cute.

011020028015I took a lot of pictures, mainly because she was rocking that top. I wish I looked that cute in my knits!

I did find a couple of errors in the pattern.  They are listed in my project notes. I contacted the designer a while back to let her know, but she never responded, and as of this post, no updated version has been released.  Besides the errors, it was an easy knit. I bet Eva will be asking for one in blue (of course) very soon!


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Elsa Coat

Last year I picked up some blue Wool of the Andes Bulky from Knit Picks during their annual Cyber Monday sale. It was dirt cheap and just the right color for a little coat I was wanting to make.  My three year old, Eva, is obsessed with Elsa from Frozen.  In addition, her favorite color is blue.  Coincidence? I think not.  I offered to make her an Elsa coat with the blue yarn and showed her this pattern.  She was thrilled, of course, so I got to work.

003 004 009 022Eva managed to get a little bit of use out of it before the weather got really warm.  I made it in a bigger size so that she can wear it next year, too.  It was a really easy knit, and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.  I was afraid the wool would be too scratchy for her, but she didn’t seem to mind.  Either she’s not as sensitive as I am, or the Elsa factor outweighed the itchiness.

The project and all of its details are Raveled here.


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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. 🙂


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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.


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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.

016 021Raveled here.


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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.