She Stitches: Laundry Embroidery

I have wanted to embroider this phrase for my laundry room for a long time. There is a perfect wall space above the laundry sink in this house, so I finally made this to hang there.

This is a phrase I’ve said for years. I know it will make me smile when I do laundry. 😃 I just need to find an 8″ x 10″ frame for it next time I go shopping.

Progression Info

Started – June 3

Completed – June 7

Duration – 4 days = 0.5 weeks

Pattern Info

Improvised by me

This design is very simple, so the stitching was easy and quick. It is mostly worked in backstitch with a few other stitches for decoration (French knot, daisy stitch, cross stitch, running stitch, and a woven running stitch variation).



She Knits: Purple Paper Moon Socks

I knit this pattern once before and the socks became my favorite pair. They fit the best of all the socks I’ve made. I was given this yarn and decided to make another pair of socks, tweaking the fit enough to have a perfect pair.

Progression Info
Started – May 17
Completed – July 5
Duration – 49 days = 7 weeks

I took several breaks from knitting these to work on other projects. Also, canning season happened, and though it was short-lived for us, I didn’t knit much, if at all, for 2-3 weeks.

Pattern Info
Paper Moon Socks by AnneLena Mattison
Knitty, Deep Fall 2011

This is a good pattern, although I think the heel instructions could be improved. The flap portion has some slipped stitches at the edges that don’t look very tidy when done. I noticed it the last time I knit this pattern, but forgot to do anything different on the first sock. So I made the second sock to match the first, even though I don’t like how it looks.

The change I made was to knit these socks at a much firmer gauge than previously — 9.5 stitches per inch this time. I’m not sure what my gauge was on the previous pair, but I would guess in the 7-8 stitches per inch range. I much prefer this firmer fabric for socks. Last time, I knit the size Medium, and this time, I knit the size Large, which fits even better. I knit the leg a bit longer — 10 repeats instead of just 5.

I’m very, very pleased with the fit this time. These are the best-fitting socks I’ve ever knit, hands (feet?) down.

Yarn Info
Knit Picks Stroll
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
1.38 skeins = 318.8 yds used

I have enough of this yarn left to make Sprout a matching pair — I’m not sure if I’m up for scaling down this pattern, but I’m going to work on other things first, and may be willing to do the work later.


She Knits: JB’s Flax Sweater

I’ve kept to my plan for each child of mine to have a handmade sweater and hat each winter. This one is JB’s for 2018-19 winter.

Pattern Info
Flax by TinCanKnits
Size: 4-6 years, 24″ finished bust

TinCanKnits is one of my favorite knitwear designers. Their patterns are clearly written, usually intuitive, and easy to follow. This sweater is one of their most basic patterns. The only “interesting” detail is the garter stitch panel along the outer sleeves.

I wish I had thought ahead and added either a reverse stockinette stitch design on the front (like an evergreen tree silhouette) or added the garter panels along the sides of the body. As it is, it is rather plain.

I knit the 4-6 year size to give him enough positive ease to wear this over a shirt in the winter. However, the sleeves and body are about 2″ too long, right now. I hope he might have a growth spurt in height before winter, so I decided not to pull out the edges and shorten them.

Yarn Info
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted
100% wool
3.68 skeins = 404.8 yds used
Colorway: evergreen

This is a basic worsted wool yarn that holds up very well and is warm. This sweater will be great to wear outdoors over a long sleeve shirt or as a layering piece with a coat on very cold days.


Thank You (For the Work)

“Here are more clothes for you to put away, son.”

“Thank you, Mama!”

“You can wash the dishes, daughter, and I will rinse.”

“Thank you! I like this job!”

“Would you like to clean the kitchen floor while I clean the dining room floor?”

“Yeah! Thank you!”

My children thank me for giving them work. They work eagerly and enthusiastically. They perform the task to the best of their (albeit limited) abilities. They smile. Sometimes, they even sing while they work.

Do I thank my Father in heaven for giving me work? Do I work with eagerness and enthusiasm? Do I always try my best, even if I am working on a new skill? Do I smile and sing with joy?

Little children want work. I would argue, even, that they need it. They gain fine and gross motor skills, an appreciation for the work others do for them, useful life skills, physical stamina and strength, mental fortitude to stay on-task, and good personal habits.

In fact, we all need work. But somewhere along the way, many of us lose our desire for it. We grow weary and bored of menial tasks. I urge you to look for the joy in such chores; see your tasks from the perspective of a 2- or 4-year-old.

What fun to play in bubbles while washing the dishes! What kind of pattern can be seen in the water as the floor is mopped? How many articles of clothing can be carried at once? How many hymns can be sung in the time it takes to hang the laundry?

And then, thank your Father for the work He has given you. Whatever task He has set before you — motherhood, a career, homemaking — thank Him for it, work diligently with eager hands and a joy-filled spirit.

And don’t forget to smile.

Squirt Has Arrived

God has blessed our family with another little heartbeat, 10 more wrinkly fingers, 10 more squishy toes.

He gave me a childbirth that was perfect in every way. I could not have asked for a better birth experience (well, naturally pain free would be nice…). About seven hours, mostly alone while the rest of the house slept. I felt a lot of peace in that laboring state; even dozing between some contractions. Of course, there was also pain, but it was not a hopeless sort of pain.

So, she is here. Her name is from Hebrew meaning “pleasantness,” and it really describes her well.

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

— Psalm 65:8