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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Bit by bit

Aug 10

So it is Wednesday, a day for Yarn Along, and pretty much all I am reading this past week is Lorelai’s books and the blogs. My attention span is quite possibly the lowest it has ever been – actually what I have been “reading” the most is to keep my computer next to me while I knit and I can keep an eye on the Ravelry Radar. I started a new project as well – a very long-term project, without any sort of goal at this point in time, and no specific deadline – this is a selfish project for me, The Beekeeper’s Quilt. When I first saw it on Ravelry I thought it was cute and clever – especially because it uses sock yarn leftovers! I have a basket full of sock leftovers and sock minis that have made their way into my stash either through trades or swaps or whatever.

"HexiPuffs"

I decided to ignore the fact that I am already working on a blanket (the Neon Nightmare) for me and just recognize that I could not stop thinking about this project. I have a lot of sock scraps, I am expecting a new baby any day now and between that and my 3.5 yr old daughter I think I need to have a more portable project for snuggling / waiting in the car / etc, just to keep the knitting going. I’ve been at it for about a week, and my word, these are addictive little buggers to work up. I can’t quite tell if it the addictiveness is due to being able to make a hexipuff in ~45minutes (more or less depending on the amount of distractions going on), the thrill of getting to see the different color changes in the sock yarns work up, or the ease of having such a portable project.

"hexiPuffs"

I think I have about 11 done in the last week. For now I’m just keeping them in a clear glass vase on the mantle. I have also been going back through the sock scraps and pulling out some for my own use, some for trade / swap. It is a lot of fun to work with some familiar yarns again, and I look forward to swaps and trades to get exposure to new-to-me-yarns as well.

Sock minis

I am going for a very scrappy look, though I can see how easy it would be to get ultra obsessed and create a picture / pattern with these. The estimates for size run from ~1000 hexipuffs for a bed-size blanket to several hundred for a lapghan / baby size. Right now I’m not sure where I will end up. For now this is a great project and I’m loving it!

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Mittens

Feb 18

I can’t remember if I already shared this here or not (and obviously, I’m too lazy to go check). With all the snow we’ve had, the Lorax has gotten a lot of wear out of her purple mittens. I noticed that they were getting a little too small for her and mentioned that I would make her a new pair. Her response, “Princess Mittens?!” My response, “Um, does that mean pink?”. I was quite excited to see the Heart Strings Mittens pattern was shared by Vivere Nel Colore (check out her blog – great designs and a little cutie too!). As soon as they were knit, they were snatched off the table, so I consider this a success.
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The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Neon colorway, leftovers from a pair of socks. Bright pink, orange and yellow – acceptable princess colors I think.

This pattern is well written, quick to knit and there is the possibility for so much customization. My back up plan was to find a princess charm or iron-on-patch of some sort if the Lorax truly had her heart set on princess-mittens (whatever that means to her). Lucky for me, she was excited about these and though we did buy some pink glitter buttons, she chose the star buttons to go on them.
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After our photo shoot she told me, “Now I need blue ones for Cinderella, and yellow ones for Belle, and purple for Rapunzel, and green for Tinkerbell…” Sure kid.
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A rather blurry shot of the Lorax with her princess mittens and her princess valentine balloon bought by daddy.

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