She Stitches: Butterfly & Flowers

I don’t remember the backstory on this one. I just know I started it ages and ages ago, it languished in my WIP basket because cross-stitching is difficult with toddlers afoot.

Then, Nate took a new job a long distance away. He started in June, but we still had to sell our house and find a new one. So he stayed with a very kind friend during the weekdays and came back home every weekend, while I prepared the house for sale and all of that.

I had weeknights to myself once the kids were in bed, so I took the opportunity to finish up this cross-stitch design.

Progression Info
Started – May 21, 2016
Completed – July 12, 2017
Duration – 417 days = 59.6 weeks

It definitely was not that much actual stitching time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably only 2-3 weeks of that.

Pattern Info
Dimensions Butterfly & Daisies
design by Rosemary Millette

I don’t remember when I bought this kit — I buy them on clearance from time to time. It’s a nice one, though the fabric is quite stiff.

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She Crochets: Bouncy Ball Blanket

I made this as a baby gift for my sister’s friend, to accompany the Yoda lovey.

Progression Info
Started – July 12
Completed – July 19
Duration – 7 days = 1 week

I was surprised how quickly this came together. I worked on it the week we were moving out of our old house. I finished the seaming the night we “camped out” in our old house, after the movers had taken all our furniture. A nice and interesting memory connected to this present.

Pattern Info
Bouncy Ball Baby Blanket by Debbie Smith
Ravelry

This is a great pattern. It can be knit in such a variety of colors to produce all kinds of fun, unique looks. I used colors from the Yoda lovey (brown, green, cream), plus some burgandy and gray.

Yarn Info
Red Heart Super Saver Heather & Solids
100% acrylic
Colorways – gray heather, burgandy, aran, coffee, medium thyme
3.02 skeins = 1,100 yds used

Once again, this is an estimate of the yarn I used.

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She Crochets: Yoda Lovey

My sister sent me this pattern and asked me to make it for her friend’s new baby. My sister doesn’t ask for much, and the friend adores every. single. thing I make, so of course, I was happy to oblige. ๐Ÿ™‚ Said friend is a Star Wars lover.

Progression Info
Started – July 4
Completed – July 9
Duration – 5 days = 0.7 weeks

These little “lovey” blankets are so quick to crochet.

Pattern Info
Little Yoda Baby Blanket by Alu ka
Ravelry

My only modification was that I did not use a single crochet border. I did a reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch) border, which I think looks much more polished. I love crab stitch for blanket edgings, especially for boy-ish things.

Yarn Info
Red Heart Super Saver Solids
100% acrylic
Colorways – aran, medium thyme, coffee
0.69 skeins = 250 yds used

This is the perfect project for this yarn. It can be machine washed when baby inevitably spits up on it, and it will look good as new for years and years and years…

The yardage estimate is a complete guess. I have a lot of this yarn and generally make small things like this without measuring what I’ve used.

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She Knits: Sprout’s Snowflake Sweater

I knit this little sweater so quickly that I never blogged about it! Oops!

Progression Info
Started – May 7
Completed – May 10
Duration – 3 days = 0.4 weeks

These dates are estimates based on projects I made before and after. I usually start a new project the same or next day after finishing one.

Pattern Info
Snowflake by tincanknits
Ravelry
Size: 1-2 years

Confession time: I have a love affair with tincanknits designs. Seriously. They are beautiful and/or super cute, offered in aย complete range of sizes (usually newborn through 4XL), thoroughly detailed, well-priced, and just… well, perfect!

I won a pattern-download-of-choice (with a spending limit) giveaway of sorts for the second time, and chose this pattern to be given. I chose a tincanknits pattern the first time, too, and if I ever win another, I have a whole wish list of TCK patterns I would love, love, love to own someday.

My only disappointment is in the sizing, but it’s not a fault of the pattern. I did measure Sprout, and I did choose the appropriate size in the pattern which was to give about 1.5″ positive (extra) ease. However, Iย regretfully did not swatch and check my knitting gauge, and I think my gauge was a little too tight. So the sweater turned out a bit snug. She can wear it comfortably over a tank top or camisole style shirt, though, so not all is lost.

Yarn Info
Garnstudio DROPS Cotton Merino
50% cotton, 50% merino wool
Colorways – beige, violet
2.56 skeins = 335 yds used

I am not the brilliant mind behind this pattern and yarn combination. I have a dear friend in Poland who sent me this yarn with the idea that itย might make a nice Snowflake for Sprout. She was totally right. This yarn is very soft and lovely to knit.

And I have enough left for a matching hat, either because my friend sent so much or because my gauge on the sweater was so off that I used much less yarn than I should have. ๐Ÿ˜€ Either way, Sprout will get a matching hat, soon.

Photo

I’m so sorry I don’t have better pictures of this, but having finished it so quickly, and with so many Life Things happening around that time (like Nate deciding on a job offer that would require moving, etc.), I didn’t get a very good one.

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She Knits: Day Off Socks

I never blogged about these because I was glad to get them off the needles, and wasn’t pleased with how they turned out. I am still not very happy with them, as indicated by the ends I haven’t woven in yet, and the fact I haven’t even washed them yet. But, here they are, at any rate.

Progression Info
Started – March 9
Completed – April 10
Duration – 32 days = 4.2 weeks

The knitting duration on these should tell you how much I liked them. I can usually knit a plain pair of socks in a week, if not less than that.

Pattern Info
Day Off Socks by Jessica Gore
Ravelry

I want to be very clear that my disdain for these socks has nothing to do with the pattern itself. Mostly, I don’t like how the cuff fits — the top edge is really tight. It would not surprise me at all if I broke a stitch putting these on or off one day. That’s my own fault; I should have bound off more loosely or with a stretchier bind-off technique.

I modified the pattern by lengthening the cuff and adding a 4×2 rib to the instep.

Yarn Info
Knit Picks Palette
100% wool
Colorways – finnley heather, victorian
0.96 skeins = 221 yds used

I chose this toe-up sock pattern so that I could use up all of the Victorian colorway (the dusty red color). I was successful, there. I still have some of the gray left, but only enough for sock toes, maybe.

Photos

Apologies for the poor quality phone-pictures. I had to dig these socks out of hiding.