Monday, January 17

Christmas gifts

I really didn't get to crazy on the handmade front this year. Gregg was gone a bit in November and December so it was nice to not also have to worry about making gifts. I put together a few calendars for the grandparents and made my mom a mixer cover. I didn't get a picture before I sent it although I could take a picture of the one I made for myself (Merry Christmas to me!) The girls did a get a few things...

Lills got a superhero outfit! To be honest she didn't seem that impressed with it on Christmas. I kinda suggested she wear it for these pictures and then it came right off and stayed off. And then just last week as cute as can be is my girl giggling in the hallway in her superhero outfit and she added her cape (crazy how I used the same colors, I forgot about the red on the cape).
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Pattern: McCall's 5727
Fabric: a red crushed panne for the top, aqua sequin for the skirt, and a silver metallic for the belt

I made Jane a mooshy belly bunny (tutorial here) and Santa brought her a sock monkey (made like this one). Both pretty good at taking a good chewing session from her.
stuffies for Jane
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Thursday, January 6

knitting knitting knitting

I feel like all I have energy to do lately is knitting, we know blogging hasn't been happening (!). I have been playing with my serger when I can find the's awesome. Here are some recent knitting projects...

some aviator hats! the cuteness!! I made one for a friends baby boy and then just had to make one for Jane. This is a perfect hat to keep them firmly on the baby head. It's been so cold here too.
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aviatrix baby hat
aviatrix baby hat
pattern: aviatrix hat (free ravelry download)
Yarn: berroco vintage and elle rae lace merino doubled for the ear flaps

tea leaves cardi
tea leaves cardi

ups and two big down to this sweater. I love the 3/4 length sleeves. I don't love the button band. I wanted to have buttons all the way down instead of just the top but I should have added in waste shaping and I should have done 7 buttons instead of 5. I love the top portion. I love the color! So many reviews of this pattern exclaimed what a great pattern it was to work with, I so did not feel that way. There were several portions of the pattern that I felt were missing and I had to scratch my head to figure it out but then the pattern would explain in detail how to knit in garter stitch (really?). Perhaps some knitters like that room to make the sweater your own but I thought because I had purchased this pattern it should be flawless. I would make this again though! I have been waiting to show this sweater for pictures with me wearing it but apparently that is never going to happen.

tea leaves cardi

pattern: tea leaves
yarn: berroco ultra alpaca in pea soup mix

and my newest big project has just begun...bergen street (rav link)
bergen street yarn