About Victoria T.

I am a Christian wife and stay-at-home mother. I blog about life, marriage, crafts, and now, motherhood.

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
Ravelry
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.

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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

She Knits: Presley’s Rainbow Fish

A rainbow hat for a “rainbow baby” is all well and good — but it being a winter item, I thought Presley could use a rainbow something for her earliest days. A fish just seemed to suit.

Progression Info
Started – February 20
Completed – February 21
Duration – 1 day

Pattern Info
Knit Fish by Kathy Lewinski
Ravelry

This pattern was interesting. It is sufficient — obviously, I have a fish, after all! But I found it lacking somewhat in direction. The pattern is not clear regarding how the tail should be sewn up or how, exactly, to pick up stitches for the fins on an already-stuffed fish! I figured out a way, but I’m not sure if there was an easier one I missed. I ended up leaving the tail open. I seamed along the place where the body and tail meet.

I made the stripes even by counting the total number of rows and dividing by the number of colors. I was able to get 13 rounds of each color besides green, in the main body. I used purple for the tail and fins.

Yarn Info
Arctic Yarns Merino Sock
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
Colorway – rainbow mini skeins
0.23 skeins = 106.5 yds used

still have some of these rainbow colors left. Ha! I have less than a gram of red or purple, but about 11 grams between the orange, yellow, blue, and indigo. I’m still pondering what to do with the rest.

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She Knits: Presley’s Rainbow Hat

My dear friend is due the same day as me… also with her third… also a girl. 🙂 She miscarried a baby last year, so this one is her “rainbow baby” (a successful pregnancy after a loss). I wanted to commemorate this by knitting something in rainbow colors.

This is my first gift knit of the year!

Progression Info
Started – February 15
Completed – February 19
Duration – 4 days

Pattern Info
Basic Hat Pattern by Ann Budd
The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns (Amazon)

I used the “6-18 month” size for this hat so that it would fit next winter. I modified the pattern significantly to knit it top-down instead of bottom-up. I simply cast on the final number of stitches and worked the pattern backward, substituting a kfb increase for every k2tog decrease. I also lengthened the crown shaping by working an extra row between increase rows. If the pattern said no plain knit rounds, I knit one; if it said 1, I knit 2. I also worked the main body a bit longer, about 5.5″ between the crown shaping and the ribbing (I have found Budd’s basic hat to be too shallow). I knit 12 rounds of ribbing (about 1.25″), and bound off with JSSBO.

I used the slip stitch method of creating jogless stripes (slip the first stitch of the second round of each color), and I’m very happy with how that “seam” looks in the hat.

I’m happy with the final outcome and hope it fits well next winter. 🙂

Yarn Info
Arctic Yarns Merino Sock
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
Colorway – rainbow mini skeins (7 colors)
0.29 skeins = 134.2 yds used

I won a set of 7 mini skeins (10 grams each) in rainbow colors in a knit-a-long a couple of years ago. I am not much of a rainbow person, and with such a small amount (just 70 grams, compared to the usual 100 grams used in a pair of women’s size socks), I didn’t know what to do with it. It languished in my craft storage, nagging at me to find a use for it. Well, I did! I’m happy I saved it so long because this was a great project for it.

I already used some of the green in my Frasier Fir Socks, which is why that stripe is so small. But my friend thought the hat would look better with a small stripe of green than with no green at all.

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these colors are difficult to photograph — especially the blue/purple ones!