September = Sock Monkeys!

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!’
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She also got the opportunity to model a party hat at Sam’s third birthday party!

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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!

 
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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!DSC_0094

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He calls this Mater’s “Pirate hat”. I think it’s awesome and very clever!

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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!

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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!

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Sometimes being the baby means getting laundry baskets put on top of you. Life is rough for the baby, you know?

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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!

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Custom Orders

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!

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Vintage-Style Baby Bonnet

I made this Vintage-Style Baby Bonnet for a baby shower for some good friends of ours this week. They had a beautiful baby girl right after Effie was born!
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It was my first time using this pattern (linked below) and I absolutely LOVE it. Adorable- and knits up really fast! I did this in one day, luckily Effie slept most of the day so I got a lot of knitting time. This pattern is definitely going on my “oops I forgot a baby shower tonight and need to whip out a gift” list!
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Her smirk is hilarious and kills me every time she does it.

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Here are the deets:
Pattern link: Vintage Style Baby Bonnet Β (From Vintage Knits for Modern Babies)
Ravelry Link: Modern Baby Bonnet (From Vintage Knits for Modern Babies)
Made with Cascade Brand GreenLand Yarn in Periwinkle

If anyone is interested in purchasing one, check out my Etsy shop.

Skulls and Stripes

My little friend Morgan turned 2 a few weeks ago and she got a sweater that pretty much wraps up her personality. Neon colors and skulls. Morgan is pretty awesome.

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DSC_0262The skull was off of a chart I found for a beanie, and I adapted it to be a bit bigger for the sweater. Loads of fun to knit intarsia! It’s always a fun challenge to work on something that makes you think a bit more instead of just mindlessly knitting in the round.

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Knitting for Twins!

My friend Megan had twins (And they are ADORABLE), Daniel and Reyna, and I love knitting up coordinating baby items!

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Daniels booties and hat are a bit bigger than Reyna’s, since he was about 2 lbs bigger than she was at birth! Megan was carrying around a LOT of baby! Whenever I was feeling sorry for myself about my 8 1/2 lb baby and ginormous belly I remembered that Megan had something like 13 lbs of baby in her!

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Persephone Ebrill

Persephone (Effie for short!) came into the world on 4/22/14! She is feisty and chubby and we can’t get enough of her. She was 8lbs 7oz and a whopping 21 inches long, a decent amount bigger than her brother was- explains what she’s been doin’ in there for the past 42 weeks!

She was a little late for Easter, but she she fills out her Easter sweater quite nicely!

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She’s quite delightful and her cheeks are super yummy. She’s a great sleeper and really enjoys bonking herself in the face with her fist while trying to eat. Sam is getting fonder and fonder of her, but still a bit unsure of this new little person who is getting a whole lot of attention, but he’s coming around! We’re pretty darn pleased!

 

Dino Hat and Gloves

 

Commissioned order for a Dino spike hat with rad matching dino spike gloves. It was my first time making actual fingerless gloves, instead of mittens, and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.

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And PS no, I haven’t had that baby yet.

 

Oomingmacks!

I made a pair of slippers for a custom order, the pattern was called Oomingmacks (Raveled here!) Aren’t they hilarious? Musk ox slippers! I love doing custom knitting, you truly never know what people are going to want!Β Slippers3

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Ohh and don’t mind my 37.5 wk pregnant cankles. Eek.

The head and slipper part are felted, and the hair is sewn on after the felting is completed. It had been a while since I’d done any felting. I also ordered some ‘safety eyes’ off of Amazon, and am excited to use them for other animals and other projects- they look so much more professional than just sewing yarn eyes on, don’tcha think?

 

Fisherman’s Weave Blanket

I finally finished Baby Girl’s blanket (Just in time, too!) And I am offering it to you guys as a free blanket pattern!Β DSC_0031

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Pattern:
Six skeins of Cascade 220 yarn (Or similar worsted weight yarn) I used Cascade Quatro, but it has sadly been discontinued! Approx 1320 yds total.
Size 8 needles (Long circulars work best for blankets, in my experience)

Cast on 200 stitches. Knit six rows garter stitch for the border. The rest of the blanket will go as follows:
Row 1: Knit 4 *Knit 3, Purl 1* (Repeat * until 4 stitches remain) Knit 4.
Row 2: Knit 4 *Knit 1, Purl 3* (Repeat * until 4 stitches remain) Knit 4.
Row 3: Knit 4 *Knit 3, Purl 1* (Repeat * until 4 stitches remain) Knit 4.
Row 4: Knit all the way across.
Row 5: Knit 5, *Purl 1, Knit 3* (Repeat * until 7 stitches remain) Purl 1, Knit 6.
Row 6: Knit 4, Purl 2, Knit 1 *Purl 3, K1* (Repeat * until 5 stitches remain) Knit 5.
Row 7: Knit 5 *Purl 1, Knit 3* (Repeat * until 7 stitches remain) Purl 1, Knit 6.
Row 8: Knit all the way across.

Repeat these 8 rows until your blanket is approx 1/2 inch shorter than desired length.
Knit 6 rows garter stitch for final border. Finished blanket will be approximately 3ft x 3ft, depending on your gauge while knitting.

Happy Knitting!