Cross Stitch Teddy Bears

While helping a friend clean, we came across some adorable cross stitch patterns of teddy bear babies. They so cute, that I had to start making some of them immediately.

Two are done, two more have been started. Only about 10 more to go until I have made the whole pattern booklet.

And a quick sneak peak of something coming.

The Towels are Done!

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One Christmas present done! Many more to go. I finally finished the embroidered towels. I started these towels back in January and have been working on them off and on since then. Because these are for my mother-in-law, all my perfectionist tendencies came out. I pulled threads before cutting my fabric and hand hemmed them all, following a thread to keep the hem perfectly straight.

I used one of the sets of Aunt Martha’s iron transfer patterns. I got them off of Amazon, but I have seen them at Joann’s too. In the theme of perfection, I actually measured the pattern placement to make sure they were centered and all the same distance up from the hem. And then I spent several months embroidering. Personally, I think they look great. I am very proud of my work on these.

P.S. I should have the Christmas socks done tonight. (They aren’t going to take me a whole year!)

Brioche Shawl

I have wound my special vacation yarn from last year!

And cast on the brioche shawl that I was planning. I decided on the Sylvan Tales Shawl. So far the pattern has been wonderfully easy to follow!

And look at those colors!

I’m so excited to see how this turns out!

Exercises in Knitting: Leaf Pattern for a Half-Square Shawl

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Here is another 1846 knitting pattern. This one is for a triangle shawl with a leaf pattern in it. It is really cool how the leaves form and the pattern creates the triangle shape. I had fully intended to make this one into the full finished object, but the pattern requires very careful counting and I attempted to work on it while under the weather while in the car. I miss-counted something somewhere. Even with multiple attempts and lifelines I was unable to fix it. Instead I cast off what I had so I could photo a swatch. I am considering starting the shawl over, but I might start on a different (maybe easier) shawl pattern.

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For the swatch, I used US size 3 needles and Lion Brand Amazing Lace yarn.

 

Leaf Pattern For a Half-Square Shawl

Twelve Stitches to a pattern. Shetland or German Wool. (suggested – Black Shetland wool)

CO 3 stitches

Knit 1 row

Row 1: m1, k across

Row 2: m1, p across

Repeat rows 1 and 2 nine times, until there are 12 stitches.

 

Pattern Set up:

Row 1: m1, k2tog, k3, m1, k1, m1, k3, k2tog, k1

Row 2: m1, p across

Row 3: m1, k1, k2tog, k2, m1, k3, m1, k2, k2tog, k2

Row 4: m1, p across

Row 5: m1, k2, k2tog, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, k2tog, k3

Row 6: m1, p across

Row 7: m1, k3, k2tog, m1, k7, m1,  k2tog, k4

Row 8: m1, p across

Row 9: m1, k5, m1, k3, k2tog, k4, m1, k

Row 10: m1, p across

 

Pattern Rows:

Row 1: m1, k2tog, k3, m1, k1, m1, k3, k2tog, *k2tog, k3, m1, k1, m1, k3, k2tog*, k1 (repeat between the *s across)

Row 2: m1, p across

Row 3: m1, k1, k2tog, k2, m1, k3, m1, k2, k2tog, *k2tog, k2, m1, k3, m1, k2, k2tog*, k2

Row 4: m1, p across

Row 5: m1, k2, k2tog, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, k2tog, *k2tog, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, k2tog*, k3

Row 6: m1, p across

Row 7: m1, k3, k2tog, m1, k7, m1, k2tog, *k2tog, m1, k7, m1, k2tog*, k4

Row 8: m1, p across

Row 9: m1, k5, m1, k3, k2tog, k4, m1, *k2tog, m1, k3, k2tog, k4, m1*, k6

Row 10: m1, p across

 

Repeat Pattern rows until shawl is desired size.

Appalachian Baby Cotton, Market Bags

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Hi everybody!

So a year ago I got some (Update on WIPs) Appalachian Baby Organic Cotton yarn in a giveaway by Bonnyknits. I have finally used it, and not at all for anything I originally planned. Instead of towels or washcloths I made some market bags instead. A good thing too, my mom made me a bunch of towels and washcloths this summer.

I used the cream and doe colors to make two small bags using the Grocery Bag pattern by Haley Waxberg. It’s a simple pattern that is very quick  to knit up.

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With the indigo yarn (and scraps from the other two colors), I made the Sakura Market Bag by KAME Crochet. I like the handles on this bag much better. AND it has this amazing bottom!

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It is beautiful and surprisingly easy to crochet! The instructions are very well written and the pattern works up very quickly!

I tend not to enjoy cotton yarns, but this one was much softer with a little more give than other cottons that I have worked with. It is a bit splity, but so are most cottons.

I have been using all the bags for grocery shopping for a couple of weeks. The cream and doe bags are a little small so I have been using them for produce instead of the disposable plastic bags, and the indigo bag is a little large, and gets heavy when there is too much stuff put in it. I think this means that I need to get more cotton yarn and make a bag that is just the right size!

 

Christmas Socks: Update

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Hi Everyone!

This week is a quick update on the socks I am making from my Christmas yarn (New Sock Cast On, Around and Around the Sock We Go…, One Sock Tube Down, One to Go). I have cast on sock number 2, finished the toe, and am about two-thirds of the way up the foot to the heel.

What do you all think. Is it going to take me an entire year to knit these socks? Its been about eight months so for.

Embroidered Towels

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Hello!

I have started Christmas presents (little early, I know, but I like to get it done early). So far, I have finished two flour sack/tea towels from the set that I am making for my mother in law. Last year I made a different set for my mom, and like with those towels (FO: Flour Sack Towels), I made the towels themselves [insert rant about the size of machine made flour sack towels].

For this set of towels, I hand hemmed them as practice for another  upcoming project. The embroidery patterns are one of the Aunt Martha’s set for days of the week flowers. They are super cute.

Sunday, with roses, is done.

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As is Tuesday, with tulips (minus a good ironing).

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Since taking photos for this post, I have finished embroidering three more towels and have another in progress. That will be another post later though.

I feel like these kinds of towels are not nearly as popular with my generation, but I love making them and they are so cute. Anyone else love embroidering towels like this?