Monthly Archives: January 2015

Baby’s New Houseshoes, Take Two

Bolstered by the success of the slippers I gave to my Mom & Dad for Christmas, I decided to give Jellybean’s slippers another try. The knitting happens with a double strand of worsted-weight wool and size 13 needles, so it goes pretty quick. It’s the felting that is so tedious.

You take your very large wool item (that you spent no small amount of time on, mind you) throw it in the washing machine with a pair of heavy jeans, hot water, and a little soap and let it agitate. If you’ve ever accidentally shrunken a wool sweater, you know what happens next. The fun part is that if you pay attention, you can carefully control the felting process and stop it when the item is the size you want.

Now, if you remember, I had a felting mishap on the last pair. (Anyone want them? They should fit a size 5 toddler foot, $15. Let me know.) But this time, I was very careful and it paid off.

Baby Houseshoes

I made the next larger size for this pair and I think I felted them down as far as they would go. At the end of the process, I checked the washing machine every two minutes. They didn’t shrink at all the last two times I checked. They are a little big, Jellybean wears a size 8 right now and these are about a size 9. But they work now, and they’ll fit for a while, and he has discovered how much fun they are on the linoleum!

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And now we all have a pair and I’m so proud. It’s my job to keep my loved ones warm, you know.

Houseshoe family

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working on some sewing for things for the shop. One idea is a hanging circular knitting needle organizer. My first go at that one works, but it doesn’t really fit what I was aiming for, so it’s back on the drawing board.

The other idea is a storage roll for crochet hooks.

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This is actually the second go ’round for this idea. The first one fit exactly what I was aiming for, until I accidentally flipped it upside down and out tumbled all my hooks. That’s when I decided I needed a flap at the top to keep everything contained.

Fall Color Roll

There are 10 pockets in the roll, enough to hold 10 different sizes of crochet hooks, and the pockets are all about an inch wide, so there’s plenty of room for hooks of all types.

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I love this. I made it because I desperately needed to organize my crocheting supplies (there are more hooks hanging about in this house, I just know it.) but I really love the simplicity of it. Are you an on-the-go hooker? Toss the roll into the bag and you’ve got whatever size you need. This would work well for sets of small-diameter double-pointed knitting needles, too. It’s the only one of its kind right now, but there are plans for more to be made for the etsy shop.

This has been a productive week and I have even more good stuff to show you, but all in good time, my dears. Have a great week!

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Motherhood

Jellybean and I went to the zoo today. Walking up the hill to go see the elephants and giraffes, we’re wandering slowly, plodding along, both of us lost in our own thoughts. Beside me, I hear a little voice say, “Mama hand.” I reach down, he takes my hand, and we continue on. I can’t help but beam.

Yes, baby boy, I will hold your hand.

These are the moments that motherhood is all about.

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Busy week, but not much I can show you…

Well, I don’t have anything to show you this week because I haven’t actually finished any projects. I’ve started on several, worked on a few more and almost finished others. For whatever reason, I’ve been in house-cleaning mode this week and since Jellybean has napped well, I’ve had the chance to get some of that done. I’ve been using naptime as sewing/cleaning time and bedtime as knitting/crocheting time so there’s been less knitting and crocheting this week.

I did a bit of sewing. I’m working on some ideas for the shop and I’ve been sewing up my initial designs. One worked pretty well and only needs a minor tweak, the other needs some more thought.

Part of my cleaning was to clear off enough space to block a large-ish lace shawl. This one is very special, I worked on it last year when my Grandmother was sick. It should be dry tonight and I will be able post about it soon.

I’ve finished knitting Jellybean’s new slippers, they just need to be felted. I have another pair that need to be felted, also. That may be today’s naptime activity, actually. (This assumes that I get a naptime!)

I’ve also started working on a couple of toddler-sized hats to go in the shop. Remember the dino hat I made for Jellybean? I had a few people ask if I would make others (the answer to that question will almost always be yes.) and so I am. I’m doing a few ahead for the shop, even though it makes me a little nervous to make something without knowing that someone already wants it. I think they’re really cute, so I think other people will, too.

I’ll have photos to show you next week, until then, have a good one!

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The Finished Sweater

This is actually the third sweater I’ve made for my little man.

The first one was a baby surprise jacket using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s instructions. I made it striped in red, yellow and green. We didn’t know the gender of the baby before he was born (but I just knew he was a boy) so I wanted something fun, but not gender specific. I made this one in July before he was born… oh how productive I was in those days!

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The second sweater was made early, too. According to my Ravelry project notes, I made it in May (and kinda hoped and wished that it would fit when it got cold enough for him to wear it – it did.) I snagged some special Chroma worsted from Knit Picks that was misdyed and decided to make this sweater for him. It really worked out. It was warm and cozy and it was the go-to sweater for our cold-weather outings last year. Being a single-ply yarn, it fuzzed and pilled a lot, and being wool, it felted in a few places with the help of a little drool. That was ok, though. I didn’t want to make a sweater that wouldn’t get worn.

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This year, I got so caught up in the stockings and other Christmas stuff that I totally flaked on the sweater. When it started getting cold, I had to go BUY my kid a jacket, of all the things. But once I got all the Christmas stuff wrapped up (ha!) I started this year’s sweater. I cast on on Christmas day and finished it on New Year’s Day, ends woven in, buttons sewed on, and ready to be washed and blocked. (I chose the buttons on the left.)

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Now that the temperatures are VERY cold, Jellybean has had a chance to wear it a couple of times.

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I love it. It’s a little puffier in the shoulders than I would prefer, but I’m pretty sure that’s a result of the raglan design. I am going to try a different style for the next sweater I make him. That’s one of the great things about knitting for small children. Since they’re relatively quick to make, I can try lots of different styles and designs without a huge investment.

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I made the sleeves are longer than necessary, on purpose, and I made the body a little longer, too. Like his mama and daddy, Jellybean is a tall drink o’ water.

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A handsome sweater for a handsome boy. It’s just a bonus that he loves the buttons.

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