I got a request for a tiny hat, made with Pittsburgh Penguins colors. I’d been working on Sock Monkeys for weeks, and wanted something a bit more challenging, and decided to do some Fair Isle (Thank you, for creative freedom on this project!) I loved how it turned out and am definitely going to be doing more to add to my Etsy shop, changing up and giving options on the colors, of course.
What color combos would you like to see?
Photos by Anselm Photography .
We love babywearing around here. But my wraps aren’t just good for strappin’ a baby to your back. They also make hilariously fun hammocks to rock in when you’re having a rough and grumpy morning.
But the best snuggles happen in the wrap! Effie is a busy little guppy and consequently, very difficult to hold because she is a non-stop motion kinda kid. But when you wrap her, ah, bliss- she calms down, and just lays against you. It’s wonderful! It’s the only way she’ll really snuggle with me at all. Convenience and comfort, all in one. She does like to pull hair though, so you gotta watch out for that. (Ouch!)
(Wrap pictured above is a Girasol Light Rainbow Diamond Weave, size six)
*Please do not use these hammocks without direct parental supervision!*
I’ve been busy plugging away at my Sock Monkey costumes (Which are sold OUT! Woo!) and my kids have been busy learning new tricks. Like Effie can now sit up! This is very exciting for her- and she is thrilled to bits about it!’
She also got the opportunity to model a party hat at Sam’s third birthday party!
Sam wanted to try on the Sock monkey costume that was being mailed out this week, but once I got it on him he got a little sullen and decided that maybe it wasn’t as fun as he thought. I think it looks good on him, though!
Effie got to ride in the back of a dump-truck. She loves being included in whatever Sam is doing, and that’s usually building things with his Duplos and hauling still around in the back of his dump truck. Sam got a HUGE container of Duplos for his birthday from his cousins Josie and Ezra and pretty much for the last 2.5 weeks he hasn’t wanted to play with anything other than those- it’s been amazing for his independence. He will sit and play with those blocks for HOURS every day- which means I get to knit whenever Effie is napping or playing with her big brother!
He calls this Mater’s “Pirate hat”. I think it’s awesome and very clever!
Effie hasn’t been sleeping well (Thank you, four-month-sleep-regression!) So we’ve been doing a lot of coffee. Since it is starting to cool down, naturally I’ve been making myself some pumpkin spice lattes!
And also because she hasn’t been sleeping well she’s been spending tons of time in the wrap on my back (Which I FINALLY figured out, thanks to some kind friends) and she’ll happily talk and jabber and pull my hair for a few hours up there, which is great when the dishes need to be done or dinner needs to be cooked and she isn’t happy about being left on the floor!
Sometimes being the baby means getting laundry baskets put on top of you. Life is rough for the baby, you know?
But in other news, I just had a photo shoot this morning with Anselm Photography (Wonderful woman and amazing eye for pictures!) to get some professional shots of the sock monkey costumes and mermaid costumes! We had a very tiny, very new little squish model the mermaid costume for us and it is BEYOND cute. I can’t wait to see the finished images!
Life is busy right now, hence the lack of updates on the blog. Knitting orders are keeping up, too- which is wonderful and also overwhelming- I always forget about that during the summer then August hits and BLAMMO! orders all over the place. It’s wonderful (Helloooo Christmas money!) but this is the first busy season I’ve had with two kids, both of which demand a lot of love and attention (Being almost 3 is hard, and being 4 months is especially difficult)
So Effie spends a lot of time in the wrap, and Sam is learning to play independently. We have a friend that we are watching a few hours a day and that is wonderful for Sam, he really enjoys spending time with her and they play really well together, and if I can time that with Effie’s naps, well, then I might actually get to sit and knit. Maybe. But the majority of my knitting happens after dinner and kids are to bed. We are still definitely trying to hit our stride, and trying to be as organized as possible helps, I’ve been doing meal planning and chore scheduling to keep up on the housework. It’s so nice to not have the 4:30pm freak-out when you realize you haven’t thought of what to make for dinner.
It’s so funny, all year long I am thinking two months in advance- so it feels later than it really is. I keep forgetting it’s still August, because all of August and September I am focusing on Halloween orders, and then all of October and November I am working on Christmas orders, and just like that, boom, it’s January! I know it’s so cliche, but time really is flying by so fast- and I can’t believe Sam will be three on Wednesday and Effie is already 4 months old. This summer has just been a total blur! Thanks, my loyal readers, for putting up with me while I’ve been so neglectful of this space- But make sure to follow the Facebook page, as I update there a bit more frequently.
Effie is thrilled to show you the jacket we made for her darling new friend Nora!
This is the same one (just smaller!) that Josie modeled for me a few months ago!
Made with: Grape Jelly Sweet Delight Yarn
Ravelry link: here
I made this sweater and cap set for Effie’s new buddy Daniel! They’re made with KnitPicks City Tweed, which is pretty much my favorite yarn of all time. I love the softness of it, perfect for sensitive little newborn skin.
I also found these buttons at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and they are just the perfect buttons for these colors. I am totally in love with them. I think Persephone needs a set, maybe with some pinks and greys?
Just a reminder, I have opened back up my Etsy shop and am also taking custom orders again! I know July isn’t ideal time for knitted things, but fall is coming soon.
Also, I do have a fun selection of Halloween costumes to choose from (Mermaids, sock monkeys, lion hats, Angry Birds hats, etc) so if you’ve been wanting one of those, place your order soon!
And, like always, if you have something in mind and don’t see it here on the blog or on the Etsy store, please let me know and I am sure we can work something out. I love doing custom orders!
Sam, three months old on the left- Persephone three months old on the right.