More home love

chevron towelI finished another little hand towel. It’s called Seed Stitch Chevron Hand Towel and it’s available on Ravelry for free. It’s meant to be knit on a size 5 needle in DK weight yarn. I used a 7 and the Knit Picks Dishie I got last week in the color Clementine. I think it might be better one needle size down, but I’ll also have to see how it washes and dries since it may even out and snug up a bit with some drying. chevron towel-2The pattern was fun and kept me going through one more repeat… I’ll likely make a few of these. chevron towel-3It’s also reversible. Zooey saw it finished and on the coffee table this morning and she said, “It’s done?” Then she wanted to put it in the bathroom immediately. So there it stays.

I was inspired by Michelle’s latest post to check out Knit Pick’s 52 Weeks of Dishcloths. I showed this pig to Zooey and she wants one immediately. She may not wear the clothes I knit, but it seems like she’s happy to use the dishcloths and hand towels. I’ll count that as a win.

Monkeying around

monkey-4This kid is so hard to pin down for photos! She’s modeling her mini Monkey socks. I used my Kiddo Kicks pattern and combined it with Monkey. See my Ravelry project page for more project details. monkeyThese are about a half an inch too long right now. You can tell the toe has some slack. They will likely fit by next winter I’m betting. monkey-2She was happy to put the socks on, it took some major cajoling to even get these few photos. What a little monkey! monkey-3I plan on making her at least one more pair for next fall/winter. Maybe some mini Hermione’s Everyday Socks would be cute. I love using up sock leftovers for pretty little kid socks.

Coming soon: the mini Gemini sweater that won’t fit her until she’s at least 5…

Warming the home

We moved just last week and I wanted to add some little touches here and there. There is always an adaptation period when moving into a new space and for the most part this space immediately felt cozy and like home to me. There are some rooms that get great light, all the walls are a soft grey, and the living area floors are a beautiful wood. I liked the space before we moved in, but after we had most of the things in their places I really began to love it. Well, I knit things for those I love. I decided the house needed a little gift, so I made a few things. home warmingThe dishcloths were inspired by my grandma. I got to see her last weekend for the first time in ages and we spent some nice time knitting together. She worked on some dishcloths while I worked on my brother’s sweater. The sleeves on that sweater turned out to be a bit of a minor disaster, but that’s for another post.

When I got home I thought I should make myself some dishcloths. As Matt and I were packing I threw many out that seemed to used or stained for my liking. Making cute new ones has even more appeal, plus I got to use up some yarn that’s been in my possession since about 2006. Double bonus. The dishcloth pattern is this onehome warming-2For the hand towel I just cast on 49 stitches in the Sugar n’ Cream cotton yarn and did garter stitch and seed stitch whenever I felt like it, alternating colors or striping once in awhile. It ended up being about 10.5 inches wide and 25.5 inches long. I used almost a full ball of the tan and the yellow and only about 1/4 or less of the teal ball. The variety in the pattern kept things interesting. home warming-3That used up all my Sugar n’ Cream stash, but I think I might just have to try some Knit Picks Dishie and make more towels and dishcloths. Scroll down on the Knit Picks link to see some lovely dishcloth ideas. I really like the idea of having a few lovely towels to put up in the bathroom and kitchen. I’m inspired to make this one and this one. Why not get joy out of the things you use and surround yourself with more beautiful knits to touch on a daily basis? I see nothing amiss about that.

Immie!

immie tee-4I’m pretty sure Z and I both adore this tee. It’s an Immie Tee by Carrie Bostick Hoge. I made a lot of changes to the pattern. I knit it top down so I could use all of the yarn, leaving just under 4 grams left. The yarn is Super Sock in Orchid by Pigeonroof Studios. It is vibrant and soft and I can’t wait to use her yarns again. immie tee-7I’m very much in love with this design and the intriguing and gorgeous lace pattern. Since I worked this top-down the lace is upside-down from the original pattern, but I love it both ways. immie tee-5The chest is 21″. I added increases on the sides to make it more like a tunic. The increases are about every 1.25″ under each arm and I did them 6 times, making the bottom about 4″ larger than the chest. The length is 12″ under the armpit. I’m always hoping a garment can fit the following year. immie tee-2On the arms I did some short rows and added a little ruffle by doubling the stitches on that section. At first I thought it might make the top way too girly, but when it was done I really liked the effect. immie tee-3Z was happy to wear the top, but I couldn’t get her in bottoms. She was happy to wear an apron, so I considered that a compromise. We have been discussing the word “compromise” lately in our house as Z learns more and more about how to try to convince us of things. With Z I pretty much get photos whenever I can, so pantless photos with a milk mustache work just fine for me. Toddlers are MOVERS. immie tee-6There is an adult version of the tee and I would love to make it for myself someday.

Finished TTTKAL Togue Pond

I finished this about a week ago, which was technically past the original deadline, but I’m happy to have a new summer tank to wear. togue finished-2I love participating in Shannon’s knitalongs. I only learned about them a couple of summers ago. It really motivates me to get a project finished in a timely manner. It’s been a bit harder to have as much knitting time with two kiddos, but I’m taking advantage of baby sleep time to knit as much as I can. Knitting and baby cuddling are way more important than household chores, am I right? togue finished-4I used the size 42″ numbers in Togue Pond to get around a 37″ bust because I was working at a smaller gauge using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Spryte. I would have loved to make this in linen like the pattern calls for, but I’m trying to use more of what I have on hand.  I spaced out the decreases farther and added some additional ones to get to the size I wanted. togue finished-3I love the clean lines in the shaping on this pattern, and I love the slight hi-lo of the top. togue finishedI could definitely see myself making another one of these.

Do y’all know about the Summer Sweater Knitalong on Shannon’s blog? It usually starts at the very end of July and goes until the end of September. I can’t wait! I did allow myself to buy some yarn for this one. I plan to make Marshal by Norah Gaughan. I ordered some Cascade 220 Fingering in Olive Oil to make it. In the meantime I have some other projects to keep me busy. More on those soon!

Toddler feet

kiddo charade-2Getting Z to model two pieces of knitwear in one week is definitely an anomaly. Maybe if I continually get input from her or show her ongoing projects she will be more enthusiastic about the end result. As soon as I showed her these socks she insisted on putting them on, even though it is in the mid 80’s outside. kiddo charadeThe variegated yarn is leftover Manos Alegria in Macachines. The blue is leftover Luna Grey Fiber Arts Astro in Harbor. I used my Kiddo Kicks pattern as a skeleton with the stitch pattern from Charade inserted for a pattern.  kiddo charade-3Z now has three pairs of socks in a 3-5 yr size that should fit for next winter. These have a little room at the toes for growth, but they’re not so big she can’t wear them as soon as it gets cold.

My TTTKAL Togue Pond was not finished on time, but it is done and drying after some blocking. Can’t wait to wear it!

From the fella’s knitting queue

A couple of weeks ago when I said I didn’t know what to knit Matt immediately had some suggestions for me. Socks, sweater, or the navy arm warmers he’s been wanting. Of course he would have a list. The man has an insatiable appetite for hand knits. arm warmersThe yarn is something unpronounceable to me that I won in a holiday swap a few years back. While not really navy, it’s the closest I had in my stash. I don’t know if I’ve stated this publicly, but I might try to knit the whole summer from my stash. This would be a pretty big feat for me. I might have to allow an exception for a birthday yarn purchase mid-July, but this is my goal. I won’t go into the politics of maternity leave in the United States, but for most people it’s completely unpaid (I’m in this category) and it is requiring some definite budget discipline for us. Luckily I’ve spent years stashing like yarn was going out of style and I have a nice under-the-bed stashed yarn cave to choose from. arm warmers-4I am thinking of writing up this pattern when I get the time. I just did some hand charts on graph paper and went with it. I had to rip it a couple of times because I didn’t like the size first, then the way the chevron looked, but I’m satisfied with the finished result and it barely about 190 yards of fingering weight yarn. arm warmers-2Now to think of a name…It’s so hard to name things.

TTTKAL progress coming soon!