Sunday, February 19, 2017

Night Creatures

For my birthday my girls gave me some yarn to make these fantastic Night Creatures mittens.  I was inspired by one of the color combinations I saw in ravelry and went for it with a great red accent.

The pattern calls for a knit lining, but I've had pretty good luck with upcycled mittens and decided to make a quick cashmere lining instead.

I made a quick trace of the mittens, machine sewed them to fit my hand, pinked the edges and then hand sewed them in place. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

More Hats...

By my count, I am about three years into about 8 years of helping to sew hats as a fundraiser for our elementary schools.  The fleece selection this winter is exceptionally colorful!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sweater Ornaments

I decided to challenge myself to make one sweater ornament per week for the next year.  I am considering participating in a small neighborhood maker fair with some friends and this would be the base of what I would offer.  I've got plenty of sock-weight yarn around the house so my supply is well-stocked.  At about 2.5 hours per sweater I am hopeful I will be able to find the time each week.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Purple Kale


My Mom got a gift certificate to a local yarn store for the holidays, but she doesn't really knit.  So we made an exchange of sorts and I decided to pick out some yarn she would like and knit her a pair of socks.  The colorway is 'purple kale' and they are knitting up pretty funky so far!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Pussy Hat

My Mom really reprsented for our family this winter as we embarked on the solidarity women's march in Madison, WI.  Over 100,000 people gathered to demonstrate their commitment to opposing the new administration.  She sewed pink pussy hats for all of us - and family friends.  Craftivism at its finest. 

As a knitter I did feel pulled to knit a hat, but was unable to find any pink yarn in Madison or online with enough time to actually knit one.  My yarn is on backorder and should arrive sometime in February.  I have a feeling that we'll be wearing pussy hats for a couple more years yet, so there's still plenty of time to knit one up!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Baa-ble Hat

Each holiday season we spend time with my husbands family during the days following Christmas.  This year I started a hat kit that I purchased at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival.  My nieces watched me cast on for the project and challenged me to knit it on one day.  And I almost made it!  I didn't in a million years think that I would knit as much as I did so I didn't bring my double-points along with me.  The last bit of the top of the hat had to wait, but I got about 90% finished in one day.  Yeah for some selfish holiday knitting time!

I left the babble off the hat for now.  I've never been very good at making pom-poms so thought I would leave this one be for now.  Pretty cute, huh?

Monday, January 9, 2017


It's slow going on this shawl, but the result will be worth it!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Father and Godfather Socks

Then there were these two pair - bringing the grand total for the holiday season up to 12 socks! - that went to my Dad and my Godfather.

The pair above are a lovely blue and the ones below are a mellow grey tweed.  Both are superwash yarns and should hold up well to some hard wearing.