Introducing Quinnifer! Available to favorite and queue on Ravelry (as always)
This is the first of my designs for the littlest member of my family. Well, I actually designed it for my cousin’s daughter. But I loved the little pattern so much I decided Windsor needed one of her own.
This hat is designed in sizes that cover newborns all the way up to adults. Children can have surprisingly large heads (while some adults have surprisingly small heads) so I’m grading for a wide range here: Head circ: 13.25 (16, 17.25, 18.75, 20, 22.75)”/33.5 (40.5, 44, 47.5, 51, 58) cm
Thanks to Ravelry you can buy the PDF here or there for just $5. You don’t have to be a Ravelry member, or have a paypal account, the button above will work for everyone!
This hat is designed to be worn slouchy, which also leaves room to grow because children grow so quickly! Less slouch is built into the newborn and 3 month sizes so it should not fall into their eyes. The hat depth is measured from the brim to the slouchy decreases. If you want a shorter hat take length out below that point. Depth: 5 (6.75, 7.5, 8.25, 8, 8.5)”/12.5 (17, 19, 21, 20.5,
Windsor has been exposed to wool from an early age, but this hat uses Knitpicks City Tweed DK. It’s a blend of merino and alpaca which is soft enough for even the most sensitive heads!
I am THIS close to being done with the knitting for my book (bookbookbookbookbook) And if you think regular startitis is bad you feel the case I’m developing. Maybe you can? I bet it’s super-contagious.
I’m planning on casting on for my top one or two favorite items from every major publication that’s been released in the last year. Plus a few indie designs. That’s not excessive, right?
Ok, in all seriousness I just don’t have a lot of knitting time anymore. Who knew that I’d miss spending 2 hours on the bus every day (I knew it, yes I did). I think it may be necessary to sort my dreams from my plans…
I have another diaper cover on the needles – I suspect you’ll get bored of hearing about these if you haven’t already.
I have Yesternight printed and the yarn wound and ready. Casting on for that is the reward I’m saving for when I finish the LAST book design.
I have yarn chosen for another set of Pinales. Neil lost his brown ones and is very sad.
I have several 1/2 to 2/4 finished sets of socks lurking in my craft room. I think I’d like to finish some of them.
That sounds more like a case of finishitis, a much more rare disease… We’ll see how long these plans last before I start casting on for Roseberry, Whirligig, Kira’s vest, or My Honey those are just the patterns I already have yarn chosen for. I mean I have 1958 other patterns favorited on Ravelry and they’re all calling my name! (it’s kinda loud over here)
((I also have an itch to knit Neil a sweater- something with colorwork, because he owns TWO of those which are store bought!))
I’ve had my old purse for years and years. It was just the right size for a small notebook (5×7) my phone, wallet, etc… I always carried a knitting bag as well. When I headed to work I’d bring my lunch in one of these bags and I was all set.
Then I had a baby. And I went back to work.
Suddenly I’m juggling a purse, a knitting bag, a pumping bag, a lunch bag, a diaper bag, and a baby clothes etc bag. Whoops, that’s a lot of bags. Clearly I needed something bigger to control this craziness. I wanted a purse that’d hold ALL my stuff. I wanted lots of small pockets to keep the purse-bits from sinking to the bottom and I wanted a big interior to hold STUFF. I wanted a shoulder strap that’d let me carry this across my body so it won’t slip off my shoulder while juggling the baby’s stuff.
This is Nameste’s Harlow bag. I figured a knitting bag would have all the small pockets I needed. Nameste makes high quality bags that I expect will last years and years, just like my old purse did.
It holds my lunch, knitting, and pump parts easily. Believe it or not, this is only their second biggest bag… I have my little things in the outside pockets
And my ID, pen, etc, in the inside pockets. There are even more pockets I’m not showing. It’s wonderful! It’s huge, still classy, and just right for my new life.
(You should know I bought this bag myself. Nameste did not ask me to review it. In fact they don’t even know I’m doing this. So there.)
I don’t even know how to begin summarizing 2013. But I can tell you that for the last week I’ve been feeling very bitter about the start of 2014. I’m sure it’s connected to the end of my maternity leave.
I’m not cranky about going back to work, that part is fine. It’s leaving Windsor that has me so upset. We have scored a spot in an awesome daycare, so that’s not the problem either.
I’m sure everything will be fine in the end. In fact, I bet everything is fine in just a few weeks. I’m just not there yet. So I’m trying to be gentle with myself and trying to remember to be gentle with those around me.
I hope you can also find the time and patience to be gentle with yourselves as we enter this new year. Relax and enjoy your knitting!
It’s gonna be COLD this week (highs during the day hovering around 0F) So this weekend while it was (relatively) warm we got out in the woods for a family hike
Windsor rode in her wrap the whole time, and seemed fascinated by her new surroundings.
Also, congratulations to Laura who had the second comment on the book post, I’ve sent you an e-mail!
So I bought an extra copy of Free Range Knitter by the Yarn Harlot. I didn’t mean to get an extra. I bought it because I needed to round up an Amazon order to get free shipping. I thought “gee, I only own two of her books” and added one randomly to my cart.
Yup, I managed to buy a second copy of one of the books I already owned. But I didn’t read it right away. I left it on the table by the stove, it got dripped on by something that was hung up to dry…
Anyway I just realized recently that I have this duplicate. SO! My loss, your gain, etc… Leave a comment on this post sometime between now and December 28th (ending at midnight EST) and I’ll ship you a copy. Books are heavy, so I’m going to limit this to US addresses only (sorry).
You can have either the one that’s dripped on, or the one the cat chewed up. My house is apparently dangerous for books…
Here’s a pattern that’s been a long time coming. These socks made their first appearance more than a YEAR ago… The Frost Aster socks are finally available!
The socks are graded in three sizes: 7.5 (8.5, 9.5)”/19 (21.5, 24) cm leg circ and the pattern is available on Ravelry for $6, or you can just click here:
The ribbing and cable clocks are all done with faux cable tricks that make these socks look much more complex than they really are – no cabling (with or without a cable needle) is needed. The cables join over the toe in an elegant point:
Knit up in the luscious Skinny Bugga from Cephalopod Yarns these socks will keep your feet toasty warm all winter (even if I did take all the photos last summer)
I have an interesting dichotomy on the needles right now. First there’s the warm and woolly – bartlett and malabrigo, cables and seed stitch.
Yup, those are more diaper covers. Funny thing about babies, they just keep growing…
The other thing? Milk protein and silk, dyed a coral pink. Knit into a lacy pattern. Yup, it’s the August top for my book – being knit in the cold of winter.
The tree is up
Next year: fewer glass ornaments…
Neil and I have been going to the Llama farm to buy our christmas tree for years. This year was Windsor’s first trip though! We saw the llamas,
picked a good tree,
laughed at some bad ones!
And we had the kid running the tree wrapper take our first family photo.
How have we gotten to two months without a picture of the three of us together? Who knows…