Little Sparkly Legwarmers

Nov 16

This is a post that is 100% in favor of having and maintaining a healthy yarn stash. Ages ago (June of 2011 according to my Ravelry notebook), I picked up skeins of Kollage Glisten in red, thinking it would make a fun Koolhaas hat for me. The yarn has sat in the stash untouched. Fast forward to August when I started thinking about making sweaters for the little kids in the family. My niece loves the color red, so I thought of that fun sparkly yarn. Two skeins are not enough for a sweater and though I tried to find another red to match it, that’s just not what it was meant to be. I changed my plans to legwarmers when I found out she was taking dance this fall. Perfect!

Nutmegknitter's Legwarmers

I didn’t keep track of which pattern I used to crochet these legwarmers. I may have modified them on my own as I worked them, thinking they looked big enough. They fit my 6yr old so I figured that would do the trick. Off in the mail, they went to the little ladybug ballerina.

The cute, it is almost too much. She loves them and wears them and said they smelled nice when she opened the package. The highest compliment for a handmade item, don’t you think?

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Greyhound Sweater

Oct 27

Greyhounds are a unique breed, no doubt. We met Lincoln back in February, on one of the coldest days of the year and he seemed totally happy to be out for a walk without a coat. Maybe because it was all new and different in retirement? Anyway, as the temperature changed over the months we noticed he has a narrow window of temperatures where he’s comfortable. We have a lot of blankets out and cozy spots to snuggle, but I believe he’s still getting used to the idea of being under a blanket.

Lincoln's Housecoat

I found the Greyhound Sweater in a Weekend pattern on Etsy and went stash diving. I used up a skein of Red Heart Super Saver and two skeins of Patons Canadiana from the deep acrylic stash. The pattern worked up super quick. I probably spent more time deciding on buttons and finally sewing them on than I did on the actual crochet. I’m happy enough with the end result – it stays on and fits, Lincoln doesn’t seem to mind.

Rolling around in my new sweater Sitting pretty

It feels a bit like having a baby in the house again. We’re ok, but does the dog need another layer, should we turn on the heat? We’re learning the answer is yes. If you need a sweatshirt, he needs something. He does ok wearing a neckwarmer and we do have a proper greyhound coat for the outside elements. This sweater is really just to give him another layer inside and it works better than making him wear one of our vests or sweatshirts. I really do not want to go down the road of greyhound pajamas, you gotta draw the line somewhere!

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Sending a pineapple to Hawaii

Sep 29

It’s a super sweet, super quick post this week.

Maybe October will be better for blogging? Anyway, I made a pineapple!

Nutmegknitter's Crochet Pineapple

My good friend Jenny moved from outside Boston to the tropics of Hawaii! Jenny is one of those really great people in this world who seems effortlessly cool. She is adored by everyone and gets the job done. She has accomplished so much, is incredibly smart, and I could go on and on, but I won’t. I also won’t dig out the photo I have somewhere of her at my high school graduation party (that is how long we’ve been friends!) when she brought a pineapple!

Pineapples are a symbol of friendship and now that she is living in the land of them, this seemed to be the best thing to make to wish her well on her next adventure. The green leaves are made of Be Sweet Bamboo and the body in Be Sweet Bambino. BTW, Bambino is discontinued, but if you find some in a yarn sale or destash grab it! I really enjoyed working with it. The pattern, a Hookabee design, was easy to follow too!

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Little Hats, Big Hearts Self-Challenge

Mar 01

February is Heart Month and a time to raise awareness for heart health and congenital heart defects. The Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign aims to give a red hat to all the babies born in February to support this. I’ve made hats for LHBH for 3 years now. This year, I decided to challenge myself and make one hat each day in February. I did it!

30 Hats made for Little Hats, Big Hearts

All total, I made 30 hats! 2 are knit, the rest are crochet, and due to differences in gauge (intentionally or not), I have an assortment of preemie and newborn hats.

30 hats for the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign

The patterns I used (in no particular order):

  • Preemie / Newborn Bow Hat – I made two of these in Blue Sky Skinny cotton, no bows.
  • Delaney Spiral Beanie – two of these, I liked it much better in Juniper Moon Neve than in Berroco Comfort
  • Itty Bitty Bow Beanie – no bow, in Blue Sky Skinny Cotton
  • Teresa’s 10 Minute Crochet Preemie Hat – I made this one 3 times in Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK, Juniper Moon Neve, and Berroco Comfort. Still can’t  crack that 10-minute mark. It takes me 12-15 minutes.
  • Baby Flapper Girl Hat – no ribbon, super cute. This red yarn didn’t have a label but I think it’s cotton-ease.
  • Michael Beanie – this one was fun, made it 3X with Cotton-Ease, Juniper Moon Neve. That stripe is great for using up scraps!
  • Crown Preemie and Newborn Hat – made twice in Cotton Ease. Super cute.
  • Leafy Newborn Hat – Knitting felt so slow! Cotton-Ease on this one.
  • Calming Baby Hat – ditto: Knitting felt so slow! Cotton-Ease on this one.
  • Super Speedy Preemie Hat in Cotton-Ease
  • A Very Good Hat – came out huge for me, in Cotton Ease
  • Quick Cozy Preemie Hat – this one with the heart on the front I adore and look forward to making again. The post stitches and color changes all clicked! Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK was perfect here.
  • Baby Turban – made this one 2X, super fun. I used Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK for one and Sirdar Snuggly DK for the other.
  • Roll Brim – can’t find my link for this one, quick enough in Sirdar Snuggly DK
  • Half Double Crochet Hat – made this one four times, it just worked well for me in Sirdar Snuggly DK, Berroco Comfort DK.
  • Preemie Crochet Beret – I’m not going to link this one because I’m not happy with how it came out. I’m still building my skills to crochet, but something wasn’t working out with the pattern, it’s a very pancake-y hat. The pattern (free, so you get what you pay for) was lacking stitch counts and was just ok.
  • Granny Square Beanie – very cute in Berroco Comfort DK
  • Easy Granny Baby Hat – very cute, also in Berroco Comfort DK.

I feel a lot more confident in my crochet skills now. I will continue to work on these hats on and off throughout the year – it would be great to have 50 or even 100 to send off in December. It’s a great cause and deserves a lot of attention. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have ends to weave in!

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FO Friday Bring on the Pinks and Reds

Jan 27

First the Pinks

Drifter in MMW Sheridan 

I’ve worked my way few a number of projects. I made two hats for the Women’s March and handed them off to my LYS before I snapped any pictures. More will be made, so I’ll get them next time. I finished a different pink hat using the Drifter pattern and a skein of pink Mountain Meadow Wool Sheridan. I opted to not do a pom on top and instead used the leftovers (#MakeWIPsNotWaste) to crochet a quick little amigurumi for my desk. I used the Little Sweet Hearts pattern, but I think my interpretation of the directions for the heart topper went a bit off track. It’s all good, it’s cute.

Then the Reds

 

I had stashed Madelinetosh Chunky in Cherry (two different lots) from a grab bag sale a while back. After a few false starts on other projects, I knit it up into the Bittersweet cowl. I love this project! It’s just right under my jacket or sweatshirt and doesn’t feel bulky or heavy. The cowl took a little more than one skein, so I looked to make a hat to match – finally. My handknit hats and cowls are mostly in similar color families so they go together, but it’s a happy accident. I liked the cables in the Josie hat and it was a fun knit. The end result was a hat that was slightly too small for my head (but did fit) and slightly too large for my kids (but did fit). I ended up donating it to the Women’s March as well.

And One More with All the Pinks

I am a big fan of Mamachee’s crochet patterns and the Busy Bitch shawl just made me smile. Combine it with a skein of Dream in Color Classy in Hot Pants, and… well, it made me smile even more. It’s finished, but it doesn’t quite sit right they way I think it should. All’s well, though, my daughter likes it and has claimed it.

 

 

 

 

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A Bunny FO

Jan 20

Finished Object Friday!

I finally can share a little baby gift I crocheted!

Nutmegknitter's Bunny Rag Doll

This little bunny has been finished for a while, but I had to wait for the new little guy (my nephew) to arrive. Then I had to be patient with the mail service to deliver his first piece of mail! I used Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve cotton, which is becoming my go-to when I want to use a cotton.

Buddies

A boy and his bunny. His dad, my baby brother, continues to be referred to as “the bunny”, so it was an obvious choice for me to make this particular project!

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