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.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

WIP Wednesday

I'll share a couple of WIPs today. Now that I've finished my Pomatomus, BSJ, and a few others, I'm torn between finishing up all the rest of my WIPs and starting something new. It's a great feeling to have your WIPs all completed, but there's a startitis bug trying to catch me. This weekend I came into the ownership of 2 garbage bags full of yarn. Graned, it's mostly Red Heart, but it really makes me want to start new projects. I spent some time on Saturday going through Ravelry to find, heart, and queue knitted toy projects. I'm very excited for those!
But I do have a couple of WIPs like my fish nets which are on hold because messed up 5 inches ago and I'm not in the mood to frog back that far at the moment.

I also have this scarf for McKay. He wanted one and picked out the pattern on Ravelry himself. It's gray and dark gray. Yes, the epitome of sunshine and rainbows.

When I went on the Yarn Quest in July, one of the yarn stores was doing a KAL for Christmas. They were making an advent calendar of 24 tiny socks. I thought it was cute and I have some spare sock yarn leftover from old socks, so I think I will do this on my own. Here are my first two socks made from leftover yarn from my Jaywalkers
Now that I've finished Pomatomus, I have a lot of leftover sock yarn to turn into little socks for this!

In the meantime, I got the name of the person I need to kill in Hat Wars! Unfortunately she's not on Ravelry as far as I could tell (and I have mad stalker skills). Sad.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Pattern: Pomatomus
Yarn: On Your Toes 4 Ply
I started this back in January 2008. I finished the first sock in February of 2008. Then it sat. And sat. And sat.

And I decided I needed to get over my SSS, so in late August 2009, I started the other sock and I finished it today.
McKay insisted they would look better if I started the second sock at the same place in the yarn as the first, so I tried my best. It's off by 2 rows, I think. I tried to use my gauge to control that so by the time I got to the toe, they're pretty much even.
These are the best fitting socks I've knit. Because of the stretchiness of the ribbing, it's easy to get over my ankle and it's not too tight. My only concern is keeping them up at my calf.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Doll Hair

Sally the Ecofairy.

I don't know if this is an FO yet or not. I think it needs more hair in the back and I might make her a little hat and add eyes. I also made the doll some panties, but forgot to get a picture of those.

This doll has been bald for over half a year now. Margaret loves this doll- I put the hair on it during her nap yesterday. I couldn't work on it while she was awake because she won't let me touch it. When she woke up I presented it to her and she cried a bit and tried to pull the hair out.

However, she's gotten used to it and still loves it a lot.


Pattern: Fetching
Yarn: Lion Brand Microspun
I had the yarn leftover from some socks I made for my mom. I probably won't ever buy this yarn again but I figured it wouldn't hurt to use it up.