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Project Specs

Pattern:   Milo by Georgie Hallam

Pattern source:  Ravelry

Finished Size: 3 months

Supplies: Berroco Vintage in colors Berries and Gingham, Size 5 Needles (16″ circular) and darning needle.

Date started: 4/5/10

Date completed: 4/10/10

MY RAVELRY LINK:  Baby MJ’s Milo Vest

It wasn’t until I posted this project on Ravelry that I realized that both projects for my friend’s soon to be born baby had the name ‘Milo’ in the title.  Hmmm, I wonder if that is a sign she is having a boy? 

After making the soakers, I discovered that I had plenty of yarn left over to make something else.  A while back I discovered the Milo vest pattern and just loved the simplicity of the construction.  Knit all in one piece, from the top down.  Now, that is my kind of pattern!  In order to spice it up, I thought I would do some sort of fair isle design for the body.  I got the fair isle design from the ‘Archie Vest‘ pattern in the book Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren.  LOVE that book by the way…  For the second pattern repeat, I just switched the colors (I was also running out of red yarn which is the main reason why I did this!).  I am very pleased with how this came out.  The best part though – this vest can be washed and dried.  Which, is key for baby projects.

As a first time Berroco Vintage user, I must say that I really enjoyed working with this yarn.  It’s super soft and machine washable.  I am interested to see how the color holds up.  This is such an economical yarn ($6 for 200 yards) and I definitely plan on using it again. 

This month has flown by.  I wish I could say I spent the majority of my “free” time crafting, but that is certainly not the case.  School work officially took over and I must admit, I am REALLY ready for this semester to be over.  It’s not that I do not enjoy my classes, I am just bored with them.  Ready for the next step, or semester rather.  I have new plans in motion too.   I’ll share those when I know more…

April is supposed to be ‘spring cleaning’ time right?   Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed by the state of our guest craft bedroom.  Literally, my craft projects were taking over.  I found this huge desk/bookshelf on craigslist last week.  The deal was just too good to pass up:

Sure, it takes up the majority of the room, but hey, it holds all of my craft supplies and then some!  It’s official, I now have my very own CRAFT ROOM! 

We also did a little work outside.  My husband was SO nice and made my garden bed idea come to fruition.  Originally I wanted flowers and lot’s of them.  The husband suggested we go with more drought tolerant plants as I tend to have a problem with watering.  Apparently, plants like water.  So, we my husband put in two matching beds at the end of our walkway.  It will take a little while for the succulents to grow, but I am sure it will be well worth the wait!

There is one agave plant in each bed as the main focus.  Supposedly these bad boys get up to approximately 3 feet wide and 5 feet tall.  This takes years upon years to happen though.  The other plants are ground covering (and they all have blooming flowers) succulents.  I am excited to see how it all looks in about a year.  The perfect thing about these beds…I don’t really have to water them!   SCORE!

 

Project Specs

Pattern: Flower Tiles Bag by Patons

Pattern source: Patons Pattern Book: #500862, Spring Style; Ravelry Link

Finished Size: 12″ x 8″

Supplies: 3.5 mm (E) Hook.  Patons Grace (1 skein each) in colors:  Amethyst, Bark, Snow, Spa Blue, Clay and Wasabi.  9, 1″ buttons.  Darning needle. One, 2″ button.

Date started: 2/15/10

Date completed: 3/21/10

Three cheers for my first crochet project!  When I first started this project I literally had no idea how to crochet.  A friend at work spent her lunch break teaching me how and it was then I was hooked (hehe – pun intended).  Approximately 35 flower tiles make up the body of this bag.  In the end, it was taking me about 15 minutes to make one.  The seaming was a little tedious, but I got over it once I saw how rediculously cute the finished product was!  The lining was super easy as well.  Since the bag is flat, I just had to measure the fabric to the size of the bag and then fold it in half.  I sewed it all by hand and it took me about 30 minutes to complete. 

 

You can find more details over on the Patons blog!

It’s always interesting to see how a skein of yarn looks all wound up.

Eeeek!  I am so excited for my very first Blue Moon Fiber Arts experience!

Just working, being a Mommy, a wife and taking a couple of classes on the side.  I’m still here, just not sayin’ much.  Still knitting, just not able to knit much.  A little here, a little there, and soon I will have a completed project or 2, or3, to share.

Happy Spring!

Wow.  It’s been well over a month since my last post.  I wish I could say that I have been working on some secret knitting project that is just totally amazing, but that’s not at all the case.  I mean, I wish I had been knitting all this time!  Don’t get me wrong, I do have a gazillion projects on the needles, but I just haven’t had time to finish any of them.  It’s not like I have been neglecting blogging, just neglecting MY blog.  I post at least once per week over on the Patons blog.  Name is BrennaLePurl.  Go ahead, go check it out…

A funny story…Last night, the little dude and I were having dinner at our kitchen table.  I mention the kitchen table because this is a new thing for us.  We are an untraditional family.  More about that at a later time.  Anyways, so Hunter picks up this Valentine’s Day card, opens it up and then looks at me with disappointment.  “Mommy, this card doesn’t have any sound.”   I can just hear it now…Remember back in 2010, people used to send each other cards, with no sound.

In the midst of the chaos that has been the last month, we made the decision to get a puppy.  His name is Red and he is a total spaz.  We are still getting adjusted and with each day, it gets a little better.  Hunter will now let the puppy touch him.  For the 1st day or so, I am pretty sure that Hunter’s feet did not touch the ground for fear that Red would come with in 2 feet of him.  No worries though, I suspect they will be best buds in no time. 

 

The Fabric Cowl got it’s name because it reminds me of a piece of scrunched up fabric!  This is a super easy knit that only took me about two nights to make.  You really only have to pay attention on the cable rows!  Makes for a great, warm gift too!
SKILL: Beginner
FINISHED SIZE: Laying flat, 10.5” wide, 8” tall
GAUGE: 18 stitches in Cable Pattern = 3.5”
YARN: Lornaʼs Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi (Shown in Midway)
NEEDLES: US 8 / 5.0 mm 24” Circular OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
NOTIONS: Cable Needle
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BEGIN
Cast on 109 stitches.
Join to work in the round.  Place marker to notate
beginning of round.
Row 1:  *K1, P1; Repeat from *
Row 2:  *P1, K1; Repeat from *
Repeat these two rows (Seed Stitch) for 8 total
rows.
Row 8:  Keep in Seed Stitch pattern until last 2
stitches, K2tog
-Begin Cable Pattern-
Row 9:  Knit
Row 10:  Knit
Row 11: *K2, CB4; rep. from * to end.
Row 12:  Knit
Row 13:  Knit
Row 14:  Knit
Row 15: *CF4, K2; rep. from * to end
Row 16:  Knit until last last stitch, M1, K1
Repeat these last 8 rows (Cable Pattern) until the desired length.
Begin Seed Stitch for 8 rows.  Bind off loosely.
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Stitch Glossary
CB4 – Slip 2 stitches on cable needle, hold in back, K2, then K2 from the cable needle.
CF4 – Slip 2 stitches on cable needle, hold in front, K2, then K2 from the cable needle.

Ravelry link HERE.

Both good and tragic, last week was stressful to say the least.   So much so that on Friday I fell asleep at 7:30pm and woke up on Saturday morning at 6:30am.  Yep, I slept for 11 hours straight.  Turns out, I don’t handle stress all that great.  My body needed to rest and rest is what I received.

So what happened you ask?  Let’s start with the bad.  On Tuesday, I found out that a co-worker passed away.  While he wasn’t a close friend, I still saw and spoke to him almost every single day.   With everything else going on (more on that later) I didn’t really process his passing until Friday.  I guess my way of coping with death is trying to do everything possible to help out the people who were closest to him.  On Friday afternoon, I simply broke down.  Especially after I read that he was an only child and that he was ONLY 33 years old.  I feel so bad for his parents.  Mike was their baby boy.  He was so young and had so much left of his life to live.  I can’t help but to wonder if Mike was doing what he loved or if he wanted more.  It doesn’t really matter because in an instance that was all taken from him.  I  have been told that his parents are deeply religious and they truly believe he is in a better place now.  There is some comfort in that I guess.

OK, now for the great news.  I am officially a University of Texas at Austin employee!!  Last week I accepted an administrative position and will begin my new job on January 4th.  While I am sad to leave my current position, this new position brings wonderful opportunities.   I could tell from the first interview that I would be a great fit to their department.  I felt like I could easily get along with everyone and that well, I belonged there.  Oh and did I mention that there are Knitters in the department?!  How exciting is that!  It will be really nice to discuss yarn and not have people look at me like I am nuts.

Christmas is only 3 days away and I can honestly say, I have everything done.  We are thinking about celebrating on Christmas Eve morning as The Husband has to work Christmas Day morning.  Since we have some people coming over for Christmas Day dinner, I thought it might be too hectic to try and squeeze in opening presents as soon as he gets home from work.  Besides, we have to give Santa ample time to drop off presents for Hunter.

Hope everyone has a great Holiday and no worries, I have some knitting updates coming soon, including a new (free) pattern!

Project Specs

FO: Julia’s Rockin’ Dress (Rav Link)

Pattern: Oriental Lily by Georgie Hallam

Pattern source: Ravelry!

Finished Size: 2 T

Supplies: Size 6 24″ Circular.  2 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash, Magenta and 1 skein of Cascade 220 Superwash, Black.   Scrap Yarn.  Darning needle.

Date started: 11/6/09

Date completed: 12/6/09

About a month ago a friend and I were chatting about how cute all of the knitted dresses in the stores were.  I commented how easy they would be to make and just like that, I cast on this dress for her daughter, Julia.  Her Momma picked out this color combo and the dress will be her “untraditional” Holiday attire.  How fun!

I made no modifications to this pattern and as with most projects, I learned something new: jogless stripes in the round!  I used this tutorial recommended by a fellow Raveler.  Based on Julia’s measurements, I knit the 2T size.  After blocking, the dress grew, length wise.  So if you are wanting a specific length and are using Cascade 220 Superwash, I recommend making the dress about 1.5″ shorter than what you actually want.  This was a really easy/fun pattern and I will definitely be making this this dress again!

Papa Randy (aka my Dad) and Me, Thanksgiving 2009

I just got done eating some yummy leftovers from yesterday’s Thanksgiving feast.  We had a wonderful time with family and friends.  Hey – is that the vest I have been working so hard on in the photo above?  Why, yes it is!!

More to come later…  I have a house full of guests and a sick little boy 😦

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