July 18, 2014

Thank-u-saur

Or a gratitude-saurus rex? I don't know.

Anyway. This is my gift to our family doctor to thank him for bringing our baby girl safely into the world two weeks ago. (More about her soon. I just need to finish that blasted baby blanket, then I'll reveal my two creations at once!)

I recognize that this is a really weird thing to give to the person who delivered our child. A gift card to a nice restaurant probably would have been a more mature, sensible option. But my doctor had made nice comments about my knitting before (I had worked on the baby's blanket in his waiting room for several weeks and he was curious about my knitting obsession) (more likely scenario: he's just a nice guy who was making conversation) so I thought I'd make a little toy for his two kids. Because what good is a knitting obsession if not to shower the world with hand knit squishies?


This was a really satisfying knit. It came together quickly. The pattern was interesting but simple.


I am happy to report that my doctor loved the dino (or pretended to; seriously, the nicest guy). I love how this little squish turned out. He has so much personality. Roar roar roar!

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along. Late as always.

Pattern: Dinosaur Jr.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in Spring Meadow and (I think) Blue Stone
Stuffing: reclaimed from garage sale pilllow
Buttons: reclaimed from old shirt

Find my Rav notes here.

June 13, 2014

The Baby Can't Come

The baby can't come until her blanket is done.

So says her father.


The contractions started a week ago today. It's been long, slow, and maddening to labor like this. Knitting helps.

My nesting urge hasn't been to clean but to create. Yesterday I cranked out new bedding for Charlie's room and a skirt for the baby. Why? Why not.


And so I sit on an exercise ball (or a "fitness orb," if you live in the world of The Office) and knit. Because the baby can't come until I'm through.

Joining Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Pattern: Leafy Baby Blanket (I started the Pine Forest Baby Blanket but it didn't keep my attention, so I frogged it)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in daffodil
Find my Rav notes here.

April 16, 2014

Using Up Sock Yarn Odds and Ends


It took me almost 10 months to land on the perfect project for the yarn my sister picked out for her birthday present last year. And then it took me a week to knit up this little shawlette. Here it is, blocked.

The pattern is Maluka; the yarn is Creamy Flame by Kollage Yarns. It's a crazy yarn: 80% milk protein, and 20% cotton. That's some weird science, people! Find my Rav notes here.

I have quite a bit of a skein left. Here's a round up of some patterns that use a small amount of fingering-weight yarn, perfect for using up sock yarn scraps. (Each photo comes from the site linked beneath it.)

Hair Accessories




Cuffs/Bracelets


Twin Leaf Wristlets (scroll down to find the pattern)



Other Funky-doo, Gotta-Knit-'Em Accessories



Egg Sox (just in time for Easter!)

What do you with partial skeins of fingering weight yarn?