gift knitting

“A homemade gift says more than a store-bought gift.
It says you care enough to invest your time and skill in it. It says this is a personal gift, not a generic one.”

Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes

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busy knitting…

I haven’t posted many finished pictures on here lately but that has altogether too much to do with lack of photos and less to do with lack of projects.

I have been really busy knitting, I swear. It is to the point now that my husband has repeated on more than one occasion “let me guess, you want to sit and knit this evening”… Oh yea, that is when you know that you are spending a lot of your time knitting away.

Unfortunately, one very large project I have been working on can’t be shared in this very public space because it is a gift. And I don’t want the recipient to spy it. So what can I show you?

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Well I finished an Odessa hat for my little girl. She loves it. It is a little large on her but it fits just fine now and she will have plenty of time to grow into it. It isn’t a child-sized pattern but written for an adult. Did I let that stop me, heck no! I just downsized my needles and knew it was going to be slouchy. Came out great!

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I also finished my Dovetail Cowl ages ago. It has even been worn recently on a chilly evening. Does that mean I have photos to share. Unfortunate, I know… I need to get on it with my photos.

I am in-progress on a fun wrap with my squirreled away Lorna’s Laces “Christmas at Downton” yarn. We will see how that one goes. I am concerned about the way the multi-color seems to be pooling a bit. And I am kind of a stickler for that kind of thing.

So for now, I wish you all happy knitting. Fall seems to have arrived at last. It really can’t come soon enough each year and I am always so happy when it does finally settle in.

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afternoon knitting

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Afternoon knitting while the little one naps. Ahhhhh… that’s nice.

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summer sweater

IMG_8788I just finished this super sweet little sweater for my baby girl. Of course I say baby girl, though she is now 18 months old and in full swing of toddler mode. That “baby” stage really goes so fast.

I stumbled on this pattern on Ravelry and simply fell in love. It is completely darling and I couldn’t resist making one for E. Found this stunning jewel purple yarn at my LYS. It is so soft and luxurious but it gets bonus points for being machine washable. Perfect for kids’ knits.

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E. seems to appreciate it and it gets her extra attention wherever we go which I expect makes her feel even better wearing it.

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The pattern itself is written VERY clear. I really recommend it to any knitter looking for a little more advanced pattern that will keep you on your toes. The addition of the broken rib throughout the body makes it just that extra bit challenging. I love the way the sleeves are knitted into the body completely seamlessly. It is such a neat technique and looks fantastic. I would definitely make this again and probably will once E. outgrows this one!

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girly keens… aka How To Customize Kid’s Shoes

If you have children, then you may already be aware. Keens children’s shoes are simply the best. They last so well. So well in fact that they don’t show the same level of wear that most other children’s shoes do. They are great for hand-me-downs too.

I only tell you all of this so that you understand my motivation behind this little project.

I have a good friend with a little girl and two younger boys. She wanted to get Keens for the kids but was bummed that the girly-pink ones her daughter wanted could not be passed down to the boys. So we hatched a plan.

She bought a pair that she felt were universal enough that the boys could inherit them and I stepped in to add some customization that made her daughter feel good about her kicks. These are sort of a very orange tinted coral color.

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We decided to go with some small flower fabric appliqués that could be stitched on and later cut off for the boys. The hardest part was finding small enough appliqués that would fit on the rugged straps.

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First, I pinned on the flowers and played around with how they would look on the shoes. I played a lot with making each shoe a mirror of each other, similar to what you would find in most stores. In the end, I like that they weren’t completely matched. A little more kid comfortable looking.

I also played with which straps to pin the flowers to and ended up really liking the arrangement of putting one on the velcro strap and the other two alternately down along the shoe.

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Simply use straight pins to hold the flowers in place while you make up your mind. But I wouldn’t recommend trying them on your child at this stage. Blood = tears.

Next I used long running stitches along the outer edges of the flowers to anchor them to the straps. I tried to get as close to the edge of the strap as possible so the flowers wouldn’t be too floppy. I also tried my best to not puncture the waterproof (gray part) backing and stick only to the places were the strap was seperate.

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Here they are all secured.

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The last step I took was to throw them in a bag and toss them in the dryer on high heat for about ten minutes. I wanted the glue backing of the appliqué to adhere lightly to the straps to help hold them down. This step is not absolutely necessary but I thought it would be better to be safe than sorry.

Finally, stick these on your kid and watch them play contentedly.

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So here is the reasoning for the long stitches and the whole point of this project. In another 6 months or so, when this little girl outgrows these, her mom can simply snip all of the stitches with a sharp pair of scissors and remove the flowers. Give them a quick cycle through the washing machine and they will be good as new and ready for her little brother to inherit. How great is that!!

Personal Note: I have no affiliation with Keen. Just love them for my own personal use!

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summertime

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Summertime. It’s here. The days are getting longer which means more time for crafting, playing, gardening, and etcetera.

Right now, we are having some fun time and doing a little relaxing.

What are you up to?
How are you taking advantage of these summer days?

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strawberry picking

Can you believe it is Spring? We are really starting to enjoy the Spring weather here. My sweet little girl just loves being outside so as the weather warms and the flowers start waking up, we are starting to adventure out and do fun Spring-y things.

IMG_8263We recently took a little drive out to one of our favorite organic farms. Classic Organic is one of those sweet little spots in the community that almost everyone seems to know about even though there is little to no advertising. They have a lovely barn where they sell their organic produce. Everything from carrots and lettuce to eggs and honey. The just opened up a U-Pick Strawberry Field and I just couldn’t resist taking E. out there.

We packed a picnic lunch of PB&Js and juice (very gourmet, right?) and hit the road. The sun was shining and it turned out to be a perfect afternoon. After lunch we went for a walk through the field.

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At first, E. was not so sure what to make of all this. But once she heard me say “bright red strawberries” enough times, she caught on. Before we knew it, we had a full basket!

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Of course they are far too delicious not enjoy some right there on the spot. Yum!!

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