Sunday, October 22, 2017

Boy Elephant toy

I'm working on a knitted toy project. I selected the Boy Elephant pattern by Julie Williams over on Little Cotton Rabbits. Her website is so cute I suggest heading over there some time and give it a little read. She has some lovely knits worth checking out.

The cuteness of this toy! This elephant I tell you, oh my, so adorable. I'm going to just want to play with this lil chap when he's all done. All of her little animal toys are absolutely fantastically cute! I just about want to knit every last one of them and keep them all to myself. Their sweet little outfits are so lovely. Children do love to dress their toys. My girlies love putting little knitted clothes on their animal friends. That reminds me, I do need to mend that pink dress which has seen too much love these days.

Before casting on I was in search of a good yarn. The author suggests choosing a good cotton yarn to make these toys. If one can not be found a nice DK blend are her suggestions. I knew I had a little bit of DK gray yarn in my stash but not enough. Ravelry suggested I use my Cascade super wash yarn. I thought about possibly having to hit the yarn store but I grabbed the two balls in my stash that looked good color wise. I decided to knit this elephant using the 2 skeins of gray Grignasco Springfield Vintage. This yarn is a 50% merino and 50% cotton blend. Funny thing is that I had no idea this yarn was a blended yarn, it had the perfect gray color I was looking for and in the right weight. I'm very pleased that the yarn fits more of the author's suggestions of using a cotton yarn, and she even mentions a cotton wool blend is ideal.

So far this is a great knit. I am enjoying the pattern as it comes together. I might be a tad excited for this toy. It certainly has a joyful feel about it as I sit to work on making him.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Princesses do not eat pancakes

This morning on another episode why Mothers are mental every day brought to you by Janie the resident Princess.

Scene begins with the Mother preparing breakfast for the girl children. The 7 year old is enthusiastically looking forward to her plate of pancakes. Enter the 3 year old Princess dressed in a very worn and mostly torn to bits very pink puffy ballerina costume wielding a beat up silver wand. She scans the kitchen locating the Mother and says emphatically "Princesses do NOT eat pancakes" 

The Mother frowns and gulps coffee from a mug shaped like a cauldron. The 7 year old girl is prancing around singing at full volume a made up song about glorious pancakes. 

The princess is still not pleased. She adds "Princesses like pink." She continues to size up the Mother who is peering down at her over the cauldron mug. The girl repeats her first statement "Princesses do NOT eat pancakes". 

The Mother presents Princess child with unacceptable yet to most people very delicious options that are all declined. The Princess suggests in her blooming negotiating skills that "Princesses really (pronounced wheelly) like fruit snacks. Or.......cookies. And chocolate" she continues to stare down her Mother. The mother returns the Princess' stare with her own "Stare of doom" and upon seeing this look from her mother's face emerge in to the stare of Frozen Souls, manages to respond with "Well.....Princesses do like sweet things. I think this princess will have pancakes, please". 

And the kingdom lives another day.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Squashy Hats

In the haste to come up with some last minute baby gifts I have returned to my knitting of baby hats.
Years ago that was my obsession. I made all sorts of hats many were given away and others have yet to be gifted. Here are a few variations of the Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier. It was a pattern that looked cute to try, something different from what I usually make. Instead of using a purple yarn to make it look like a berry I decided to use some stash yarn to make some fall baby hats.


I had a few skeins of Ella Rae lace merino in red orange and emerald green. Not enough to make significant sized garments but hat sized definitely. For the pumpkin hat I followed the pattern as written then knit a small tendril to sew on the top near the base of the stem. Very cute. I'm experimenting with another design where the stem will be brown and I'll add a tendril and possibly a leaf. I'm not finding a decent pumpkin leaf in the pattern library on Ravelry so that is my biggest roadblock.


The yellow squash hat is made from some stashed Madeline Tosh Vintage. I used the last bit of chamomile and laurel green for the top. I love this cheerful yellow. The girls think it's more of a daffodil hat than a squash. I'll take that in to consideration when knitting another one. I like that daffodil idea on though....I can see adding some petal edging that resembles daffodils. A very good idea. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bulky Waffle Hat



I made this hat for a friend. She wanted something for a teen girl to gift this Christmas. I used the Bulky Waffle Hat pattern by Linda Suda. I knit the hat using Bernat Alpaca in the sky blue color.


It was an easy pattern to follow. The bulky yarn made it very quick to knit. I do like this yarn and was happy to find a use for it. I originally purchased 4 skeins to make a baby blanket. That project never came about.....I highly recommend the yarn for easy projects. It's soft and nice to work with for quick projects. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I'm so.......stylish?

I am so glad that scarf weather is nearly here. For the second time this week I have spilled a sandwich down the front of my shirt, and it's only Tuesday. Clearly I cannot handle sandwich eating. I always seem to do this when I need to show up someplace and look reasonably presentable, not somewhat presentable. It's bad enough that I end up being the last mom to pick up her kid at preschool. That's the story of the fourth kid. 

While a moment of panic nearly set in, because today's sandwich incident was epic, I did see in my laziness from yesterday the scarf I abandoned after last night's soccer practice. That scarf covered in cheese chip crumbs is my key to success. The scarf is going on for the save to fool people into thinking I'm a very stylish lady rather than a very clumsy eater.