Bright Bitty Breezy

Last weekend I was hanging out in my latest Breezy, hiding behind “the wings” and being playful at the dinner table. Zooey commented that she would like a “wing sweater” and of course I had to jump at the chance to make her one. breezShe said she wanted purple so I pulled out some Regia in this vivid Violett color. I love this color and have 920 yards. I thought it would be perfect and luckily, so did she. I originally got this on vacation in Kansas City and thought back then (a couple of years ago) that it would be lovely for a little dress or something for Z.

I’m making the 4T size. She was so excited and cooperative that I was able to take measurements on the spot! I will add a little length (an inch or two) to the body, and maybe a half inch to an inch to the sleeves. Otherwise the 4T size should be just perfect. I can’t wait to give Zooey her “wings.”

We’re not above bribery over here

Zooey got some mittens for Christmas from me. She recently lost one of her sparkly rainbow mittens (which were getting a bit small anyway), so it seemed time to wiggle some yarn about and make a new pair. I used leftover Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight in KMFBLA for the main color and some Colinette Jitterbug in Paint Box for the cuffs. mittens-3I made these top down, using this pattern roughly. Making mittens top down has the advantage of being the knitter being able to make them exactly as wide as wished, without a gauge swatch! If you make them both at once (or divide your yarn evenly by weighing it) it also lets you use up every bit of yarn if you’re worried about running low. I knew I was likely to run out of purple or get very close to that, so this was my strategy.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, but I was making my gusset decreases across the palm rather than just in the thumb area. They make more of an arch. I think my mistake might make for more flexible thumb movement and comfortable wear, but I doubt Z will give me the full review to confirm it. mittensSo where does the bribery come it? I had to promise Z three chocolate chips to get her to take a photo wearing the mittens. She likes them, but she takes umbrage at having her photograph taken on occasion, so this seemed the quickest way to come to a good compromise.mittens-2

If I’d had enough yarn I would have made a third mitten, so when one is inevitably lost there is a back up. Alas, I ran out of purple, so that venture will have to wait for the next set of mittens.

Meow.

charlotte kitty-2This post has too many pictures because I just can’t help myself. I made this hat for Zooey, really, but it fits Charlotte too, and she was such a willing model. There are only so many times you can bribe a 3 year old to do stuff to earn her Halloween candy in one week before you begin to feel like a crappy parent, but I digress.

charlotte kitty-9I stuck some kitty ears on my Magic Hat. The threat to hand off unworn items to Charlotte will now be real for Zooey, because this hat is so dang cute on Charlotte. charlotte kitty-12The hat has 8 fewer stitches than in the pattern, and I knit for 7 inches before doing decreases. Someday if I’m feeling super motivated I’ll write up the information for the ears, perhaps. This is not one of those days. charlotte kitty-10When Charlotte actually saw our outside cat and the grumpy ol’ thing meowed at her she immediately started crying. Our cat does have this ancient and curmudgeonly meow sound, so I don’t blame her. charlotte kitty-13She can’t believe she’s 7 months old in 5 more days! Crazy. charlotte kitty-23Smells like fall. charlotte kitty-24No leaves were consumed during this photo session, despite her best efforts to explore everything with her mouth.

Warm creatures

warm creaturesI recently made a rash of toddler hats. The base of these are very similar to my Magic Hat pattern (with fewer stitches). I decided Z’s friends with September and October birthdays needed warm hats with ears. The ears were a little freeform. I knew what general shape I wanted and made them one at a time, taking notes after the first of each ear. warm creatures-2I’m pretty happy with the outcome, although I think I’d make the ears slightly smaller on the ear width at the base for the darker hat. These were all made with Cascade 220 Superwash for the body of the hat and Madeline Tosh DK in Flour Sack for the inner ear. warm creatures-3I apologize for these super dark pics. I snapped these at the last second before heading out the door to give them away so I would at least have some evidence of their existence. I hate when I can’t get pics in natural light.

Let me distract you with a cute baby to make up for it: warm creatures-4Check out that major drool, y’all.

For now, it’s a dress

gemini-5Zooey’s second mini Gemini can be worn, but it’s more like a knee length dress.

gemini-8 This is how much she likes me taking her picture. gemini-7The yarn is Shiny Happy Cotton by Wool and the Gang in the color Spearmint. I used almost two full balls. The company sent me this yarn to review ages ago and I finally got around to knitting it. It has many many tiny plies, making for a really smooth and round yarn. It’s pleasant to work with and I think it made a really polished piece. I think it will wear well and a toddler can really put things to the test, so we shall see. Check out my Ravelry project page for some tips on the numbers if you’re wanting to resize the pattern. geminiI had one little fish button that was just perfect for this top. Of course, this made Z want to turn the piece around so the button would be in the front. The original Gemini is meant to be reversible, so I guess she’s just hip to that.  gemini-6It’s more like a Gemini shift dress than a Gemini tee. I kinda love it this way though and am pleased she might actually get to wear it. gemini-2That face kills me. gemini-3I love this kid.

It’s my birthday week, and I’m turning 34, so just for the heck of it all my patterns will be 34% off this week. Use HAPPY34 as the coupon code at checkout. Enjoy!

 

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…

Mini Monkeys

monkeyI can’t get over blending sock patterns lately to keep socks for Z interesting. These are my Kiddo Kicks blended with the ubiquitous (for a reason) Monkey by Cookie A. Monkeys have an addictive texture that makes you keep wanting to knit just one more repeat. monkey-2I’m using leftover yarn for these. The green is some Shibui sock, but I don’t remember the color name. The upcoming color is leftover Colinette Jitterbug in Ochre. I had to alter the Monkey pattern chart by ignoring stitches 1 and 16 and eliminating rows 9 and 11 to make it work for the stitch count. To do the Monkey chart I had to have 28 sts on the instep to make the chart work. These will be a little bit bigger than the last pair I made her, but I’m sure they will be fitting by mid to late winter next year. This will make pair 4 out of the 5 (at least) I want her to have for next winter. After culling my stash I found so much great fingering weight leftover yarn that I’m sure I’ll always have some kid socks going in the background.