Monday, April 28, 2008

Frog and Frog are Friends

This is a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. My first Amigurumi! Very quick and easy. I made one for a friend's baby shower, then whipped up a second one for Silas. So the frog friends had fun together for a few short days. Perhaps the new baby will bring her froggie over to play with Silas, and they will have a frog friend reunion some day.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Crocheted Coasters For Our New Table

When we bought a new wooden table, I realized we needed to protect it's surface, so I whipped up some coasters using Medina Bouton d'Or, a linen/viscose blend variegated yarn. I'm very happy with how they look. Now I need to find some matching dark blue yarn to make some accompanying place mats.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Catching up -- Someone Else's Sweater

Here's what I wrote in Ravelry about this project:

I didn’t knit this sweater. I don’t know who did, but as a tribute to that anonymous crafter, I’m including this project with my finished objects.
Here’s the story:
We have a great Rotary auction here that is like a huge rummage sale. The yarn is cheap and plentiful, so naturally, I am always drooling when Rotary time comes around. In 06 I attended the auction and I’d just discovered I was pregnant. I got a bunch of yarn including this bag of white yarn with a bit of silver sparkle to it. When I got the bag home, I took the yarn out and discovered amidst the yarn a baby cardigan, completely knitted, but still needing to be seamed. I kept wondering what the story was behind that sweater. Why had the knitter stopped when she was so close to having a finished project? Did something happen to her? Or to the baby? Did something less traumatic come up that simply made her abandon or forget this project? Did she just hate finishing work? We’ll never know the answer, but I felt compelled to finish what the woman had started. The yarn is acrylic and not the best, truth be told, but the workmanship is very fine and the finished sweater is beautiful.

My son wore it on Easter and looked very cute, but the silver sparkle does make it a bit feminine, so we will probably give this away to a friend’s baby girl. It is lovely and deserves to be worn a lot!

Whoever made this sweater, Thank-you.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Catching Up --Baby Cargo Pants

This week my goal is to post a couple of projects that have been finished for a while now but that I just recently got around to posting on Ravelry. This blog will probably never include the body of finished objects that my Ravelry site has. No time for that! Such is life.In the pics, Silas is sporting his cool but casual baby cargo pants. The pattern can be found HERE on
As you can see, they look pretty good in action!
I knit these late last summer and they now fit Silas pretty well (they are the 18 mo. size). Overall, I am happy with how they turned out. I had a little trouble with the elastic band. It just didn't seem to look right. Don't ask me why. Chalk it up to my complete lack of sewing skills (though the sewing involved was very minimal).
They've got a bit of stretch and are made from an all cotton yarn. Should be a nice fit for a while to come.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The Everyone's Doing It Shrug (so I did it too)

I needed a quick project to get me out of a knitting slump. The pattern in linked in Ravelry and is also available here. This was quick fun and easy (begun April 2nd, finished April 5th). Just what I needed!
I used Blue Sky Alpaca's Organic Cotton yarn. It took less than 1 skein. Only one word will due to describe this yarn: YUMMY! I adored working with it. Thankfully, I have more of it in my stash. I may just make another shrug with it...