Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I Gave In

And started the Christmas stockings. I was trying to wait until the blessing outfit is completely done, but I was getting bored with that project and needed to change things up.

Here's the blessing outfit. I added the first sleeve during visiting teaching today. I need to seam up and add the second sleeve and then seam up the legs. Once all of that is done, I'll pick up stitches around the neck and knit the collar. I don't think I'll have enough yarn to do the tam that is included in the pattern. Maybe I'll do it in a different yarn. I think the tam is cute.

And here's the beginning of Margaret's stocking. I learned the Latvian plait technique for the top. I like it.

I wanted to knit her name into the stocking, but her name is just too long. I think I'll just skip the names for that reason. I, myself, have a long name that won't fit either. All of our stockings will be the same pattern, but the main color will differ. Margaret's is blue, McKay's is green, mine is purple, and I think I'll make Isaac's red. I have to buy yarn for Isaac's still. I'm doing the kids' stockings first because McKay and I have ours from growing up. That way, if I don't finish all four before Christmas, the world won't end. It's hard to knit knowing that the fate of the world is in my hands. Such pressure!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Alphabet Magnets

My friend, MarfMom is hosting a Winter Crafts Carnival and I thought I'd join. My craft isn't finished, but you'll get the picture.

I wanted a craft that was cheap. I used felt and embroidery thread from the dollar store and those old magnets that come with your phone book. You know, these:
First, I cut letters out of the felt. They are about 2 inches tall.

Then, I blanket stitched around the edges:
When I finish with that, I'll cut out bits of those magnets and glue them on the back of these letters and stick them on the fridge.

I cut out the entire alphabet and then extras so we can spell our kids' names. You need two Rs for Margaret, of course!

The blanket stitch does take some time, but if you do one letter a day, you'll definitely be done by Christmas! And it's a good project for those rainy autumn days or while watching a movie. Plus it's small and portable.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Weekend

This past weekend, I finished the body of the blessing romper. I kept forgetting what I was doing and had to frog parts of it multiple times. I'm working on a sleeve now and then there's another sleeve and the collar and putting it all together and such still. But the majority is done and that's nice. I want to make the tam included in the pattern if I have the yarn for it.

Isaac wore a sweater I made to church yesterday. The sleeves are a little tight and I think the cowl bothered him, but he was cute.

In the far future, I'd like to do a felted project and acquired this pattern for that purpose.

In the immediate future, I'm working on the blessing outfit and then Christmas stockings.

Friday, September 10, 2010

FO: Stegs II

Pattern: Stegs
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

This is my second Stegs. It was made for a baby shower. My first Stegs was in the same colors, but in different yarn (still trying to use up my acrylic). Because I liked those colors, I repeated them here.
The pattern is written for knitting flat, but I did it in the round- even the legs. I made the little garter rectangle for the bottom of the feet and then picked up the 10 extra stitches and knit in the round. So much easier than seaming.