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Where Do I Begin?

Wow, I am seriously ashamed of myself for my lack of posting the last 3 months. It has been so long since I posted I am not even sure where to begin! So today I am going to talk about the progress I made on the WIPs I had in progress back in *gulp* April.

For those of you who remember, IΒ  was in the midst of a ton of baby knitting for my sisters baby shower this spring.Β  I finished the Baby Pears the Blanket Buddy by Julie L. Anderson.

 

Elliot the Elephant

His ears a little off but I think it adds character. πŸ™‚

I made him out of Knit Picks CotLin yarn, which is 70% cotton and 30% linen. He is 100% machine washable which I think is a must for baby toys. I thought the pattern was such a fun easy knit, but sewing on the ears was a huge challenge!

I am not sure about anyone else but I am always very nervous about gifting hand knits to people. However I had nothing to fear because my sister loved the gifts. πŸ™‚

Yay! She Like it!

My beautiful sister opening one of her gifts from me. πŸ™‚

Since this picture was taken in April my nephew has been born. As a matter of fact he is almost 2 months old already! I was lucky enough to have been asked to make him a photo prop costume by my sister for his first professional pictures.

Can he get any any cuter?!

My adorable baby nephew in his turtle costume.

My sister asked me to make a turtle cape by Eliabeth Spivey. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Green and Lion Brand tweed stripes in the Tundra colorway. The yarn was held double so it crocheted super quick.

I should be all caught up on projects that I was posting about way back in March and April now. I am going to make every effort to post at least weekly for the remainder of the year. πŸ™‚

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Weekend Update

It’s Sunday, another weekend has come and gone! Time seems to be flying lately, not that I can complain too much the quicker time goes the faster spring arrives. πŸ˜‰

This weekend I have been super busy. I took the kids roller skating on Saturday. I didn’t get any knitting done but had I had a great time watching the kids learn how to skate.

DS learns to skate

DS taking tentative steps in his skates.

 

DD skating!

DD zooming by!

DD seemed to catch on so much quicker than DS. I think because she is younger she had less fear of falling.

As for my knitting, I have started on the Baby Pears the Blanket Buddy by Julie L. Anderson. I am using Knit Picks CotLin yarn (from the recent shipment I got).

elephant parts

The unstuffed head and one ear for Baby Pears.

I zipped through knitting the head and ear but spent the good part of today seaming the front and back of the ear together. 😦 I am glad I decided to seam as I go, at this rate if I had to do multiple seams at the end of the project then the baby might get this blankie pal as a graduation present. LOL

I have also made progress on the sheepy applique for the Baby Sophisticate sweater I made.

Sheepy Applique

Sheepy Applique

This is the second sheep I made. The first sheep I used size 7 needles as suggested and the sheep was so large that I would have taken up the whole back of the tiny sweater. I started over using size 3 needles and switching from a worsted weight yarn to a sport weight. The face is (a little hard to see in the picture) made out of left over sock weight yarn.Β  I still have to add the legs to the little guy and the button search is still on. :-\ I have now looked in 3 different stores and no luck yet. I am hoping that I can make a trip to a Joann’s or Micheal’s some time this week.Β  πŸ™‚

Elefante

Last week I mentioned that the month of February was going to be mostly baby knits, and I have finished my first baby project for the month. Shortly after posing last week I cast on for Elefante by Susan B. Anderson, using size 3 dpns (double pointed needles). I used an array of worsted weight acrylic yarn.

Working with stripes is a challenge especially when knitting in the round. Often the stripes don’t line up exactly where they join. I tried to use the jogless stripe technique (the tutorial I used can be found here) and I think it turned out alright.

Body of elefante (work in progress)

You can still see where the stripes join but not as noticeable as if I hadn’t used the jogless striping technique.

Everything was going great until I was almost done with the head of the elephant and my boy friend points out that if it is supposed to be an elephant shouldn’t it have a long trunk. After taking a good look at it I had to agree it looked more like a pig snout then a trunk. I reread the directions and noticed I overlooked a tiny part in the directions that said – continue knitting until trunk measures 1 1/2″. 😦

Of course I frogged and re knit the head. Better to redo your mistakes then to hate the finished project, even though I had thought about leavening it the way it was. πŸ˜›

Side profile of the elefante.

Side view of elefante.

 

front view of elefante

The elefante is all finished! Ends weaved in and all!! πŸ™‚

I still have to order the yarn for the other projects that I had planned on doing this month. Which left me with nothing to knit! :-O So I spent a good part of the night last night looking for a baby pattern that I could do, while waiting, with yarn I had on hand.

I decided on knitting a Baby Sophisticate sweater by Linden Down. This is a free pattern on Ravelry and has been knitted than 4,400 times! I have just cast on today using red heart yarn in heather grey. I am also ordering buttons now, hoping they will arrive around the time the sweater is done. πŸ™‚

 

 

Ahh, The Weekend!

Whew, it is the weekend at last! After being back to work all week it sure did feel good to do some knitting and crocheting today.

A baby in the family has been feeling icky (nothing major, but she isΒ  still pretty miserable) and I wanted to make her a stuffed animal to comfort her. I found this cute little penguin pattern on Ravelry last night and couldn’t wait to start it this morning. It worked up so fast that I was surprised how quickly I was done with it.

Penny the Penguin

Penny the Penguin!

Of course I had to make the adorable hat accessory to go with it. πŸ™‚

Penny's Bunny Hat

It was a big hit with the baby, which made my day. πŸ˜€

Penny the Penguin

Something about a penguin waring a bunny hat just cracks me up!

On Thursday I cast on for the Moose in the Woods Mitts. I have decided to make them full mittens because it is so cold here at the moment. I have finished one mitten and will be working on the second tomorrow. I will post pictures as soon as they are finished. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Well Recieved Gift

It is Sunday night and I have to say that I feel I have had a pretty productive weekend. There is nothing like ending the weekend with such a feeling of accomplishment. I hope to carry some of the good vibes over into the week (even if I am still on vacation).

Yesterday I mentioned that I had finished up the bunny for my niece. Well I brought it to her today, and I have to say that I was delighted with her reaction. I was prepared for her to open it and toss it to the side like most things toddlers receive, but instead she squealed with delight. She was even more entranced with the bunny once she realized that there was veggies that the bunny actually could eat.

Crocheted bunny with veggies

Bunny eating veggies

As for my progress on the ancient WIP I found yesterday, I am happy to announce that I have sewn in sleeves and knitted the collar. I am still working on picking up the 275 stitches for the ribbing, but at least I am working on it. So far I am sticking to my goals for 2013, finishing those WIPs . I already have my next project planned out, which I think is the driving force getting these lingerers out of the way.