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?

What am I Making Next? (with pretty pictures)

So… I said this post would go up last week. That didn’t happen, but oh well. It’s here now.

Project That Are Up Next

1. Wrap DressDress

I made the amateur  mistake of walking through the fabric at Joann’s just to look. Of course I found something I needed. Look at it! Isn’t it so pretty? I’m going to make it into view A of the pattern. (plus this project will cross making a dress off of my yearly goals list, Yay!)

2.  Brioche Shawl

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I finally have my yarn and pattern selected for my brioche shawl (another yearly goal). The yarn is Mad Tosh in fathom and Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Colibri.  I am pretty sure that I am going to use the Sylvan Tales Shawl. I just need to buy the right needles and wind my yarn.

3. Elephant Blanket

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Finally, I have this flannel. I am going to hem it and then crochet a border. I found a pattern that makes little elephants and it is going to be adorable.

 

I am excited to start these projects, and some of them should be done soon!

Next up… stuff I have made over the last month or two.

Hi! I’m Writing Again!

Hi! Its been a while.

Does anyone else have that one task that they just one do? Not one that you don’t like doing, or is difficult, or is time consuming. Just one that you won’t do until you absolutely have to? For me its the photography.

I frequently end up with a bin full of finished projects and the only thing preventing me from posting about them is the pictures. I could claim that I haven’t done it because work has been busy, which is has been. Or that I have had a ton of house work to do, which I do. Or that I have been sick, which I have been. But nothing of these things really explain it. I could have taken the photographs. I could easily have made the time. I had plenty of time for Reddit and YouTube. I just didn’t do it.

Today I finally took photos of all the projects that I have finished since my last blog post (Yay!), and I have everything I need for weekly blog posts for quite a while. I think that next week I will give a quick summary of upcoming projects that I have planned, and then commence on weekly posts showing what I have done… and try to keep up on my photograph taking.

Here is a sneak peak of some thing that will be showing up here in the near future.

Exercises in Knitting: For a Baby’s Hood – Very Pretty

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Hi everybody!

Kirsten is finally making an appearance here. I grabbed here from my parent’s house last time I was there…several months ago, and my cat is thrilled that she no longer has to model baby hats for me.

This pattern gave me a bit of trouble. The knitting itself went mostly fine, but the construction confused me. The instructions in Exercises in Knitting tend to be a little sparse at the best of times, and this pattern really could have used some more detailed instructions.

Really, how do these pieces go together?

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The instructions:

“When the hood is made up, satin ribbon is first run between the holes, and then turned back, and stuffed with wool. It is turned over to the second of the 8 plain rows. Satin ribbon is run between the 3 rows of holes and the increased parts down the crown, which is sewed up. The curtain, or frill, is sewed to the back part, and is knit as follows…cast off, then draw the ribbon through the holes, and sew on the frill. The crown is neatly lined with white Persian, and strings of sarcenet added.”

What does this mean?! I still haven’t figured out what is supposed to be turned back (besides the ribbon ends) or what is supposed to be stuffed with wool. If anyone has ideas, let me know (it’s definitely not the brim).

A quick note: I am providing the pattern as the hood it is in the book, but if I were to make it again I would make the crown I bit deeper by adding a few more rows between the ribbon row. Personally, I fell like the crown is awkwardly shallow.

Abbreviations:

K = Knit

YO = Yarn Over

K2tog = Knit 2 together

M1 = Make 1

 

Materials:

Size 3 needles

Baby/sport weight yarn

narrow ribbon

wool/flannel scraps (for lining)

 

Pattern:

Cast on 7 (for the crown)

Row 1: K1 (YO, K) x 6 (13 stitches)

Row 2: K across

Row 3: K2, M1, K2, M1, across (19 stitches)

Row 4: K across

Row 5: K3, M1, K3, M1 across (25 stitches)

Row 6: K across

Row 7: K4, M1, K4, M1 across

Row 8: K across

Row 9: K5, M1, K5, M1 across

Row 10: K across

Row 11: K6, M1, K6, M1 across

Row 12: K across

Row 13: K7, M1, K7, M1 across

Row 14: K across

Row 15: K8, M1, K8, M1 across

Row 16: K across

Row 17: K9, M1, K9, M1 across

Row 18: K across

Row 19: K10,  M1, K10, M1 across

Row 20: K across

Row 21: K11, M1, K11, M1 across

Row 22: K across

Row 23: K12, M1, K12, M1 across

Row 24: K across

Row 25: K13, M1, K13, M1 across

Row 26: K across

Row 27: K14, M1, K14, M1 across

Row 28: K across

Row 29: K15, M1, K15, M1 across

Row 30: K across

Row 31: K16, M1, K16, M1 across

Row 32: K across

Row 33: M1, K2tog, M1, K2tog across

Cast off 12

Row 34: K across

Cast off 12

Row 35: K across

Row 36: M1, K2tog, M1, K2tog across

Row 37: K across

Row 38: K across

Row 39: M1, K2tog, M1, K2tog across

Row 40 – 47: K across (8 rows)

Row 48: K12, M1, K12, M1 across

Row 49: K across

Repeat rows 48 and 49, 15 times (30 rows total)

Cast off

 

Cast on 64 (for the frill)

Row 1-17: K across

Row 18: K across, pick up 18 stitches along the edge

Row 19: K across, pick up 18 stitches along the edge (100)

Row 20: YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog across

Cast off

Run a satin ribbon through all yarn over holes and three make 1, k2tog rows.

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Sew the crown closed (along the blue lines). Sew the frill on (along the green lines). Line with white wool. Add silk ribbon ties.