Finished Projects: Oatmeal Sweater

Oatmeal Sweater This sweater is the perfect thing to warm you up in the morning, it’s a classic, it’s not anything fancy, but it’s handmade and special. It’s like oatmeal. The fact that it’s also oatmeal colored adds to the simile.

Oatmeal Sweater Even though it’s not super fancy, it’s got a little extra something going for it, like the difference between cold cereal and oatmeal.  It’s also my very first sweater. I can finally answer the common “Oh, you’re a knitter? Have you made a sweater?” with an affirmative, “Yes, I have!”

Oatmeal Sweater  I followed the Easy Top-Down Raglan Knitalong “pattern” from Susan B. Anderson and Wendy Bernard. It’s from 2010, so I’m a bit late to the party, but all the info is there, really clear and easy to understand.

Sweater up close It’s a great sweater for cold winter days! (Just like oatmeal! (can you stand the cheesy comparison any longer?!))

Oatmeal Sweater

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Finished Projects: Pine Boughs Cowl

Image This may be one of the prettiest things I’ve ever knit. When I tell people that I knit it myself, the response is “You made that!?” It’s a fun project, easy to get into and remember, and stunning as a finished item. It just looks so professional! Image Pattern: Pine Boughs Cowl. The original pattern is double the length, but I ended at the halfway mark. I was worried that a doubled cowl would swamp me and be too heavy to wear comfortably. Decision made, I grafted the ends together to form a mobius loop. It was my first time grafting, and it was actually pretty easy! (The seam might be a little bit visible, but only if you look close!)

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Marine Heather and Down Heather. I liked this yarn. The tweed adds some nice visual interest and texture. I think I used about 4 balls of each color, with more of the blue than silver. ImageDSC_4606

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Little Projects

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I’ve had cabin fever for the last week…I’m so sick of winter! This tiny cabin is a way of dealing with it, I guess! Just shrink it, add teeny details, and you’re good to go!Image

The only upside of cold? I got to see (and take pictures of) a sundog over our town. Pretty cool!

I’ve worked on a few happy little things the past few weeks-

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A teeny knit unicorn.

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And a cheerful pouch to hold notions and knitting needles in my knitting bag. Zippers are cutest with pompoms!

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I’ve got more (bigger!) finished projects to photograph and post, so I’ll be back soon!

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Sock-cess!

Image I made my first pair of socks! Toe up, Picot Socks.ImageThey’re not very stretchy, but they’re cute! And, they fit my foot! I have tried more than once to make myself socks, and they totally failed. I think lack of a gauge swatch was my problem….to tell the truth, I don’t think I actually checked my gauge for these…and I had to rip out the heel and do some math to get them to work. But here they are!Image I definitely recommend the pattern- It’s quick, teaches you the basics of toe-up construction, and it’s free!Image

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Christmas Gifts 2013: Hopsalots

ImageI made some Hopsalots! Super easy, fun slippers for my sister. I was felting these in the bathroom, trying to keep them a secret, stashing them in the cabinet under the sink, and hoping no one noticed that #1-I was spending an awful to of time in the bathroom, and #2-The water was running nearly the whole time! I was getting pretty sick of the bathroom, soapy hands, and rubbing wool together. I’m super happy with how they turned out, and she likes them too!ImageRavelry project page here.

Sketchy

ImageSome sketchbook pages I especially like right now. I’ve been drawing a lot of flower ideas for a project I hope to start after Christmas. (Right now, I’m working on all sorts of secretive Christmas presents. So much to do in four days!)ImageA little peek at my thought process for the Mochimochi photo contest. This is why one one of my gnomes has a blue beard! P.S.-My Best Beard photo made it to the finals! It’s pretty exciting! (Voting is open through this weekend)ImageThe little circular shaded triangle motifs on this page? They were inspired by Sorry’s game board (those “home” circles that your pawn guys have to get to) And then it sort of turned nautical because it looked compass-y.ImageInspiration for snowflake embroidery. Plus a smudge. ImageAnd lastly, a page I just like. I would totally wear that dress.

Best Beard Contest

My Best Beard Contest is in the semifinals of the Mochimochi Land Photo Contest! If you would pop over to the Mochimochi Land blog and give my gnomes a shout out, I’d appreciate it! (Also, check out all the other awesome entries!)ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Black Apple Dolls

ImageThese cuties are for some kiddos I babysit for. I’m a big fan of Emily Martin (a.k.a.The Black Apple), and when I saw her sweet doll pattern from Martha Stewart, I knew I’d have to make one someday. Well, I finally have! I started on these last year, and had the girls basically done, but the poor little boy has been languishing my the sewing machine, faceless until very recently. I went with eyes similar to these dolls that Emily made. (<—-Aren’t they adorable?) The pattern was supposed to be enlarged, but I just printed it out as-is, making for a more petite doll.ImageHe has a face! (And teeny blue glasses!) (And a little hat to jazz up his solid-colored outfit!)ImageThe headbands are a piece of fold-over-elastic sewn onto friendship bracelets. They also double as hair ties! I’m kind of in love with them.ImageThis doll got a wee green sweater and starry legs.ImageImage This one is my favorite, I think. She gets to wear a fluffy pink tutu.ImageI’m excited to wrap these up and give them to their recipients!

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Mochi Nativity

nativityIt wouldn’t be Christmas time without some festive projects, would it? ..Well, yeah, it would. But Christmasy projects sure are fun! I finished up this little nativity scene a couple days ago. I used my favorite Tiny Bride pattern and modified it to make everyone except Baby Jesus (I just improvised for him).Mary & JosephHere’s Joseph, Jesus, and Mary. I love Joseph’s little curly beard. Shepherds Shepherds. I like to imagine they’re brothers, even though they look nothing alike (minus the same body shape, I mean!) Also, I made some fluffy little sheep for them to watch over.Angel I decided I wanted a guy angel, because in the Bible, angels are referred to as he, not she, and yet there are no boy angels in nativity setsThe gray thing is a sword. I did some embroidery with gold metallic thread on his tunic, and held a strand of it as I knit the wings.Wee Wings

Wise Men These guys are probably my favorite part-the Wise Men. I embroidered and embellished these guys like crazy! Wise Men 2 Nativity Merry (almost) Christmas!

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Paper Play

Hi! It’s been a while, hasn’t it!? I didn’t mean to take such a long break, but I guess I’ve been busy. Cross Country season’s over, we visited my Grandma (a four hour drive) and I’ve been working on all sorts of things that aren’t quite finished.ImageThis is one of those projects. It needs a little tweaking, but I think it’s pretty cute. The little ends of her hair give me problems, and I don’t want her to be bald, but I guess it could be shorter because….ImageShe has wigs! Some hair is too big, but some looks okay. I just drew it without tracing or anything, sort of eyeballing the size of the head.ImageThis one actually fits!ImageImageImage

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