Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Dress

McKay used his magic powers and got the dress on Margaret. As you see, she's saying/signing "cheese."

Margaret has a cute little gut that likes to poke out over the skirt part. The dress is big enough that I think Margaret will get some use out of it next summer.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Onesie Dress

This was Margaret's favorite onesie. I liked to refer to it as her Gay Pride onesie, except there's no purple and I'm pretty sure you can't have gay pride without purple, so the name is a bit of a misnomer.

It was one of my favorites, too. It was large. It says its size is 18 months, but it would fit 3T I'm sure.

But as you see, it was coming apart at the crotch. I wanted to save it. Then we found out that we're moving next May and I decided I am NOT moving a bunch of fabric that has just sat around. I'm going to find uses for it before we move or it's not coming with us.

So yesterday during Margaret's nap, I made the onesie into a dress. I think it's awesome. McKay doesn't think it "matches." Margaret refuses to wear it. I think she's upset that I cut into her favorite onesie and doesn't understand that the modification will actually prolong the life of the onesie. Oh well.
The layers are just concentric circles. I actually sat down with a paper and pencil and divided by pi and worked out the ideal sizes. I even made a make-shift compass out of a pushpin and string and pen. Obviously I had to cut circles out of the middles of the fabric circles, and so I made fabric yo-yos from those. One will be used to embellish the dress and the others will be made into hair clips. It's a very summery dress and I love it. I have no idea why Margaret refuses to wear it. If I can get her into it, I'll snap a picture for you all.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I usually knit a lot over the weekends. Then on Monday I want to post my progress, but I think "A WIP Wednesday would be a good thing... I'll wait until then." And then I forget to on Wednesday, so here's my weekend knitting. It's a stocking I'm being commissioned to knit. Obviously I need to finish knitting, do the duplicate stitch on the argyle part and block the heck out of it.

And here's Margaret wearing some leggings I repurposed for her from some dollar store socks.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tarn and Tissues

(cross-posted at the bonnet)

In our attempt to waste less, I've been cutting T-shirts up into yarn, or "tarn." I don't increase my yarn stash without a project in mind, so it will definitely become something in the (hopefully near) future.

On the left and in back, you can see cakes of tarn. The orange tarn isn't wound yet.

When making tarn, you don't use the yoke and sleeves of the shirt. I cut the unused yokes and sleeves into "squares" of tissue. That blue bag is actually a tissue box cover that my high school AP chemistry teacher made for her students as a "going away to college" present. Instead of using boxes of tissues, I'm stuffing the new cloth tissues into it.

While I'm not "looking forward" to the next time a cold runs through the house, I'm excited to use our tissues. They are fairly soft, won't fall apart, and are reusable! Plus it'll be cheaper than buying tissues. Yes, we'll have to wash them, but I can sanitize them with the diapers and they won't take up that much space in the wash.

This is part of my ultimate plan to switch to family cloth. Slowly and surely we will get there.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Blue Backpack

On Tuesdays, we go to a friend's house to play and to do our laundry. The last two times we were there, Margaret found a little dog-shaped backpack and refused to take it off (tears ensued when we had to leave).

So I decided to make Margaret a backpack. Her favorite color is blue, and I had this blue-ish yarn on hand, so I made this. I found the pattern in a book at the library. I don't normally check childrens' knitting books out, but it's not like Vogue Knitting has patterns for backpacks, you know?

Pattern: Bright and Beautiful Backpack from The Kids' Knitting Notebook by Cindy Craig
Yarn: Red Heart worsted in Blueberry Pie

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The pattern calls for bulky yarn and I used worsted. This made it a little smaller to fit Margaret, thought it's still pretty big for her.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


Pattern: Garden Variety (link to pattern in the left column)
Yarn: Some acrylic I had on hand

The pattern includes carrots, celery, broccoli, corn, and tomatoes. I didn't do the corn because I liked the one I posted earlier better, and I didn't do the broccoli because it looked a little too phallic. I think the celery pattern was genius in how it incorporated how stockinette stitch folds up on itself. The instructions for the celery were a little off, though, and I'll note my changes in my Ravelry projects page. The carrots were a little too plump for my taste, but the tomatoes were just right. :)

Monday, November 02, 2009

Corn on the Cob

Yarn: Acrylic from my stash
Pattern: Corn

I chose this pattern because I liked the "shuckability" of the corn. It was a lot of fun and I think that using the "wrong" side of the stockinette stitching as the corn kernels was a stroke of genius!

Fingerless Gloves and Scarf

I finished these a few weeks ago and McKay finally consented to modeling them.

Yarn: Encore Worsted in a light gray and a dark gray.

Scarf: New York with a stripe added near the ends

Fingerless gloves: Cigar modified so that all the fingers are fingerless
The colors are the same in both projects, but the main color for each project is reversed.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lemons and Limes

Pattern: Lemonlime
Yarn: Some Red Heart acrylic I had on hand.

This was very fast. I made sure to knit the limes tighter so that they would be smaller than the lemons and more true to real life.

About the pattern: it doesn't specify this, but it is knit in the round.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Dress for Margaret

Last week I repurposed this shirt into a dress for Margaret.

I bought that shirt at DI when I was in college because it looks good with ties and I look good with ties. Ugly ties. There's nothing quite like walking around wearing an ugly tie. "Ha! I can look hot in an ugly tie. Let's see you do that!"

Anyway, it's and old shirt and after having Margaret, it doesn't fit around the bust anymore so I made it into a dress.

The band isn't permanently attached to it yet. I want to use a tie as a band and tie it in back like a tie. I thought that would be cute, but it needs to be detachable so I can wash it. Ties and shirts can't be washed the same.

I still have the sleeves from the shirt at my disposal. I think I want to make them into bloomers. This dress is really lightweight, so it isn't really the season for it, so she won't get to wear it much until the spring. I'll get some better pictures of it later. The back of the dress is the front of the shirt with all the buttons going down.

The legwarmers on her arms are some that I made. I found some cool stripey socks at the dollar store and decided to turn those into legwarmers like the other ones. She seems to go through them a lot, so having 10 pairs will be handy.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Holiday Planning

This post is really so I can organize my knitting for the holidays.

On the Go project:
Twisted Flower Socks- it's a frivolous project just for myself with no deadline. Really, I should ignore it until I get all the other knitting done, but it's small and portable

Need for Winter:
Basket to keep by the door to hold our winter clothes (hats, mittens, scarves, etc)
McKay's scarf needs blocking
Need to finish McKay's fingerless gloves
My fishnets
Make Margaret felted boots? Mittens? Hat?

Need by Thanksgiving:
Knitted gifts for Mandi's kids.

Need for Christmas:
Our stockings
Hat and jacket for Margaret's doll

I might need to knit more breasts- not sure. Need to email about that.

Quick knitting for when I'm bored: fruits and vegetables, maybe little birds and other stuffed animals. I have A LOT of stash to use up.

And I'd like to photograph my stash for Ravelry. I think. Maybe. Any Ravelers out there use that feature? Is it helpful or just extra work?

Also, I sewed Margaret a dress the other day. I need to get photos of it. I also have 4 more legwarmers to sew for her.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Baby sweater set

So I remembered this morning that I never posted pictures of this project!
This was done in June and I didn't post pictures because it was a gift and I know that person reads this blog, so I had to be all discreet and not post about it.Then I forgot completely about it! Have I ever said the lighting in our house sucks? It does. You can see my various attempts to use flash or change camera settings to get rid of the yellow in the pictures below.

Yarn: Omega Bebe Tamm in Rosa Tenue
Sweater Pattern: Peachy Baby Sweater. I used a lace pattern from The Knitter's Bible.

For the booties, I used the same lace pattern and a sock pattern that I made up.

For the bonnet, I used that lace pattern yet again and modified some bonnet pattern. I don't remember which one.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Conference Projects

This weekend I finished knitting McKay's scarf. That will get its own post and pictures when I get a chance to take pictures of him wearing it.

Then I worked on turning some old t-shirts into tarn (t-shirt yarn). Here's one skein. The leftovers from the shirt were turned into cloths for nose-wiping this winter.
I also started a new pair of socks.

FO: Kanoko

Pattern: Kanoko Pants
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Burgundy

Before weaving in ends, finishing the waistband and sewing up crotch:

I finished these pants last Tuesday. They were originally going to be warm pants for the winter, but then they ended up a bit short. I considered adding more length, but decided against it when they were tried on a friend's 4 year old. They make great shorts. Margaret can wear these flood pants inside this winter and as shorts next summer. I think they'll make great bloomers under a dress.

I plan on lanolizing them so I can use them as longies/shorties. As Margaret gets better as signaling to use the potty, I'll start putting training panties on her and have these over them.

And as you see, Margaret looks like she's teething they way she's gnawing on her fingers. I felt for teeth, but didn't notice any new ones. She has all her teeth except for her 2 year old molars.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Toddler Legwarmers

On Monday I took Margaret to the park nice and early and it was chilly. I put her knee high socks on her, but I made mental note to knit her some leggings. Then on Tuesday I was at the dollar store (which is magically only 88 cents on Tuesdays) and I saw these tube socks. I bought 3 pairs to turn into leggings. Knitting would take longer and it's chilly NOW!

I cut off the heel and toe of each sock.

I took the tube of foot and folded it up on itself (right-side-out) into a tube with the two raw edges meeting each other. This became the bottom band. I lined this mini tube with the raw edge of the leg part, also right-side-out and sewed them together.

So you are sewing through 3 layers of fabric. I sewed around once and called it good. When you flip the foot band over, you get leggings.

Here is Margaret wearing the gray ones. I told her to "say cheese" so here she is saying and signing "cheese."

There is a lot of fabric on these- if they last, she will get quite tall before growing out of them. I think I might buy some more socks next week to make into leggings to store up for when she wears these out.

I'll probably put these on Margaret under her dresses at church. Ans since she usually runs around the house naked bottomed- her legs will stay warm!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Here I lie, dead as a door nail, hat on my head. This is a good thing because now I have less hair on my head to keep me warm. I'm the warmest corpse ever. Er... That's... Nevermind. Just off camera is Margaret- she thinks the hat is hers and was taking it off of my head as we were trying to take the pictures!

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
Henry David Thoreau

As for the rest of WIP Wednesday, I'm over halfway done with McKay's scarf. I also started working on some pants for Margaret yesterday. I'm not very far in.

I mentioned sewing Margaret some legwarmers on the bonnet blog. I should do that. Maybe I'll post a tutorial later this week.

Monday, September 21, 2009

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

I tried to get some better pictures of the pumpkins. Also, our harvest grew from 3 pumpkins to 8 this weekend. I've also knit up a couple more breasts- almost done with that project!

I'm really liking my pumpkins, so I've queued a few other vegetables and fruits on Ravelry. Strawberries, bananas, carrots, eggplant, even a good-looking celery pattern! They are nice and fast.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hat Wars

Remember when McKay thought I wouldn't be able to do Hat Wars? Proved him wrong!

The patterns were up yesterday, but I forgot about it until 10 in the morning- 12 hours after they posted them! Already on Ravelry people were posting that they were done! I was behind!

So I knit and knit and knit and knit. Breaks were allowed for library story time, food, and sleep. I finished it this morning and it's at the post office ready for my victim.

Pattern: Isotope by Tonya Wagner who was in the Baby A Baby Swap!
Yarn: Handspun Wool and Kid Mohair from the Great Basin Fiber Arts Festival
The yarn had long color repeats, so the hat striped. I was really worried- I only had about 3 feet of yarn left over and no way to get a second skein. Fate decided to look kindly on me today.

Here's my "An evil assassin? Innocent me?" pose. I made the sympathy card- see the sheep has a top hat!
The card informs Mother of Purl that she has died, but offers the consolation that she has a pretty awesome hat in the colors she requested.

Now I wait. When will I die? My assassin is in North Dakota... Please spare me a little while longer!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cups running over

Yes, they are exactly what you think they are: knitted breasts. I'm being commissioned to knit these by an IBCLC in Orem who wants them for demos in breastfeeding classes. For some reason, it's easier for new moms to hold a fake breast than to hold their own. :P

For the pattern, I was given an already made breast and asked to mimic that as best as I could. Later, I'll search on Ravelry to see if it's a pattern or if it's something someone just made up. Some of these were trial ones while I figured out size and gauge and such. I have a few more to make. The yarn was supplied to me- based on the labels, it's some acrylic that she got on sale.

Margaret recognized them right away as breasts and tried to hold one up to me. She signed and said "breast," though her word for breast is hardly recognizable as such.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


It's been rainy here the past couple of days; you can see the resulting harvest.
Pattern: Pumpkin
Yarns: Red Heart, probably.

We watched "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and it got me all in the fall spirit. And I happened to have a lot of orange sitting around. It seemed only natural. I think I'll be making quite a few more of these.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair

Yesterday morning I dropped McKay off at school and headed up to Sandy for the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair. When I got there, I put Margaret in the Mei Tai and headed out. My goals were to find yarn for my hat wars weapon. The person I am assigned to kill says she likes fall colors.

When I got there, I realized I had $5 in my wallet and that was it. This was not a good revelation and so I needed to find an ATM. Because I didn't feel like paying fees and such, I called GOOG411 to find our bank. The trip to and from the bank took a good half hour because of traffic and construction. Also, on the way home, I passed a bank that was closer. ARG.

Anyway, I got back to the fair and looked around. There were lots of autumn-y yarns, but most of them were sock yarns. Hat Wars requires worsted weight. I was lucky and found one skein that fit that description:

There were so many fibers. Lots of fleece and roving. I don't spin- where would we put a spinning wheel? Also, I already have one expensive hobby. I don't need two. Unfortunately my resolve about that was a little lacking. Some of the fleece is from Blue Moon Ranch alpacas.
I was also very much tempted by the pretty stitch markers there. I didn't own any pretty stitch markers- I've always used paper clips or safety pins. I bought these from The Sassy Sheep. They were very nice and their colorways were bright and beautiful- right up my alley, but I held back.

I also bought some soap from Nelson Wool Works. The handwoven towels were so beautiful. They also gave me some of that fleece you saw above as practice fleece- for FREE!

I think I was pretty judicious in my purchases. I really could have spent more there, but I didn't let myself. :)

Margaret left the fair with a couple of knitted bracelets, but I haven't taken a picture of them.