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Yarn Along with Tasha

The past few mornings, I have been reading through one of my favorite books over coffee.  Like so many, I have been fascinated with Tasha Tudor since childhood.   Something about her homespun quality – her eccentricity – is comforting and always familiar. Continuing the theme from last week, this morning the shawlette is being blocked.  It was finished on Saturday, but I have been under the weather, and just now am pinning it out on the guest bed. This pattern is exactly what I needed – simple, quick, well-designed and a relaxing knit (it would also make a good first

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Yarn Along – The Dolls’ Christmas

Taking a break from three days of sewing projects this morning.  The three younger kids were up early, so I’ve been reading to them from The Dolls’ Christmas, by Tasha Tudor, while I work on some knitting. For the first time all year, I am not knitting from my stash.  On Saturday, a surprise package showed up on my doorstep.  A friend had sent me yarn!  What a wonderful and unexpected gift! It’s Peace Fleece, the yarn I learned to knit on way back in college.  I immediately cast on this shawlette (the extended version). I’m almost ready to start

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Yarn Along – Upstairs

Every knitting project I have started in the last week has been an exercise in frustration.  Last week’s socks got frogged, so I started knitting a Christmas pebble vest for George, and then decided I hated the shade of green (from my stash), so it, too, got frogged.  A second pair of socks, in blue tweed and pale purple-grey handspun merino got frogged as well. I eventually settled on two handspun stash yarns for stripey socks (above).  (This grey Jacob-sheep yarn looks very handsome paired with red.  I’ve made socks and baby garments with the combo before.  It is one

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Yarn Along – Rhythm of the Home

I have a piece in the new issue of Rhythm of the Home .  It just came out today!   Hope you get a chance to read and try out the recipe – it is a family favorite. The entire issue is packed with beautiful, thoughtful and instructive articles from such talented women.  From felted sweater garlands to meditations on homeschooling in the winter months to Waldorf doll shoe instructions..Rhythm of the Home always puts out a great edition! Obviously, for the reading portion of Ginny’s Yarn Along, this morning I’m reading through the new issue of Rhythm of the Home. 

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Yarn Along

 Anyone else starting to feel the Christmas-knitting pressure? Finished a simple scarf (white mohair stash yarn I bought in college), and about to cast on some socks.  The yarn is a heathered grey 100% undyed Jacob sheep yarn handspun by a friend, from her own sheep.  I have knitted many projects with this yarn – it is  beautifully spun and well-balanced, and garments made from it have a fantastic drape. The socks will get some red patterning (100% wool thrifted sock yarn), as of yet to be determined, on the cuff. We are re-reading The Hobbit aloud as a family

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Yarn Along

Joining with Ginny and Nicole this morning.   Working through a stack of magazines and finishing up another Georgie vest with leftover Lamb’s pride and some merino spindle-spun.  I’m thinking of making an I-cord tie instead of buttons if I have enough handspun. Today is a very busy day.  Beatrix, our vivacious second child, turns eight today.  After carving pumpkins and finishing costumes, we have a day of celebration ahead of us! Happy Halloween and Happy Reformation Day!

FREE Baby/Toddler Vest Pattern

There is something about babies in snuggly wooly vests… Last week’s project is finally finished, along with a smaller version (top photo).  I had originally worked up a 12-18 month sized pattern to fit tricky kiddo #4 (above), but thought a 3-6 month size would be great for baby shower gifts and such, too. I’d love to share the pattern with you.  It’s free, a quick knit, fits great, and I hope to post larger sizes in the coming weeks.  If you use my pattern, please give me credit and link back to this page.   This pattern is intended for

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Yarn Along

Many thanks to Ginny for hosting the Yarn Along every week.   Each week I find new patterns to add to my queue and new books to order from the library thanks to all the men and women who participate. I’m just about done test-knitting the first three sizes of a baby/toddler vest pattern I am working up.  If you might be interested in test-knitting a 2T or 3T for me, please let me know and I’ll e-mail you the pattern.   I hope to have the three smaller sizes of the pattern up on Ravelry in a week, since all the

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Test Knitting

The house is full of company at present, and the rains have returned to Oregon, bringing with them the constant grey that so typifies autumn in the Pacific Northwest.  You’ve never seen such miserable looking chickens as ours, huddled under the picnic table in the driving rain.  Definitely a good time to hide out inside, catch up on school projects, watch a documentary, make a hot lunch. First, can I show off some recent thrift store finds?  The weaving (on the sofa seat) fits perfectly over our beat-up sofa upholstery.  The old, old quilt on the back  was $5,with a

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Yarn Along – Baktus

The Baktus scarf is nearing completion. It was originally going to be a gift for my mother, but I am thinking the geometric quality of the scarf and it’s very simple, clean lines, would make it a better gift for a dear friend from college.  My mom will be getting a pattern more suited to her taste (as soon as I can finish it!). It has been a very easy knit, but I kept putting it down to pick up more interesting WIPs, or I would have had it finished ages ago.  Quite pleased with it, though, and am thinking

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Autumn Yarn Along

Joining with Ginny again this week for the Yarn Along.  I’m finally getting around to finishing a book Kortney loaned me ages ago.  It has many lessons I need to learn, and am glad to have picked it up again (and she’ll be glad to have it back soon – didn’t mean to have it so very long!). Finishing up the Pickles Vest this morning.  Only the buttons left to sew on.  It’s made from leftover bits of Lamb’s Pride.  The pattern had been on my Ravelry queue for a very long time, and last week there were several folks

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Herringbone

Finished this easy project just in time for fall.  While it was simple and quick to knit (on 11s!), the actual herringbone stitch is a drudgery, and I was glad to wrap up the neck warmer and get it off the needles. The overall look of the herringbone stitch is textural and fantastic, so once the memory of how tedious this project was has faded a bit, I’ll be casting on a pair of these beauties. See?  Warm, functional and stays put.  This button cowl is definitely going to get a lot of wear as the weather cools off. This

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Noro Yarn Along

Last week’s Yarn Along project is finished, so it’s on to something new for this week’s reading and knitting link-up with Ginny. Most of my knitting gets done in the early morning, or after lunch while the kids are doing their read-aloud.  I’m between novels, and have enjoyed thumbing through craft books first thing in the morning, before the coffee has kicked in. During read-aloud this week, Ruth has been reading to us from one of our favorites, Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady.  The kids have a renewed interest in Arthurian Legend, and we’re going to be starting The

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Off the Needles – George’s Vest

Finished this vest for George, who is almost 15 months.  Just in time, too, as it is chilly today, and we are trying hold off switchng on the heat at night as long as possible. I’m very happy with how it turned out, especially the nubbly, homespun texture of the yarn, and the long-fit for my long boy. I used some thrift-store buttons, and the boys had great fun dumping over my button jars and making a big mess of buttons on the driveway while I finished making up the vest in the sunshine. I followed Thrifty Knitter’s simple pattern,

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Yarn Along

Up before the big kids, trying to get our lessons organized for the rest of the week.  Obligatory coffee and knitting with a side of peanut butter toast help get me through the early morning planning. I’m currently working on yet another quick, easy piece.  It’s Amanda’s larger version of this vest for George.  George has a long torso, and the scaled-up pattern is quite long, so no need to add extra rows.  If I knit another for a gift, I would probably take out 4 rows in the stockinette section. I have a self-imposed ban on buying new yarn

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Soakers

For George…   For a friend expecting her third little one…

While G is napping

Went to make an afternoon pot of tea, and got distracted by how incredibly dusty and precariously stacked everything was in the china cupboard.  Ended up dusting and reorganizing for a solid hour while George napped and the big kids ran around in the sunshine.  (Had I ever dusted in there?  Spider webs galore on the top shelf.  Ugh). Also found some time to finish up some baby shower gifts before the herd of elephants came stomping in from outdoors and woke the baby.   Little projects seem the easier to complete these days.  Quick and mindless is best.  The

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Almost finished

Almost finished…

Stripey Socks, off the needles

A new pair of socks off the needles.  I have an addiction to stripes, both for looks and simplicity.   I used to like more complicated color work, but knitting with 4 kiddos running around means it’s hard to stick to a chart and actually make progress on more involved patterns. The yarn is Brown Sheep Nature Spun sport purchased in college (eek!) and finally got around to using.  I’m doing my best to work through my yarn dresser upstairs and completely de-stash before I buy more yarn or do any extensive spinning. I finished the blue stripeys just in time,

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Mason Jar Cozy Giveaway!

Well, somewhere I’m going to have to find some time to knit this, because I’m going to give one away via the Salt of the Earth Urban Farm Facebook page! When we hit 100 likes, I will randomly select one of those 100 folks to win a mason jar cozy in their choice of colors.  Only 7 spots left, so click on the sidebar link, and like us on FB for a chance to win!  Thanks! (For those inclined to knit their own, here’s the free pattern!)

Mason Jar Cozy – Free Pattern

The mason jar – gotta love it for carrying coffee, tea, ice-water – you name it.   Since it’s glass, a mason jar is non-reactive (unlike plastic water bottles).   The screw-top lid keeps drinks from spilling in the car/in my backpack.  And they’re super convenient (I’ve got stacks of them in my cupboards). I used to tie a dishtowel around my jar to catch condensation (on iced drinks) or help insulate (hot drinks).  I figured a knitted cozy would work much better than a towel, and, yes,  there are knitted jar cozies you can purchase online.   But buying one would

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Simple Baby Socks (No Grafting!)

Another baby wave!  Lots of friends are having babies in the next several weeks, so every spare moment, it’s knitting, knitting, knitting (I’ve even been knitting in church on Sundays!  I actually absorb the sermon better – multitasking prevents the mind from wandering!)! My knitting tends to go in a seasonal rhythm – winter babies always get hats (usually a pixie or a Debbie Blisspattern with little earflaps) and spring/fall babies usually get booties.  But what to make for summer babies?  SOCKS! I found that a lot of baby sock and bootie patterns (you know, the teensy ones) never fit

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Making the most of our time

We are feeling a bit like hermits, cooped-up in the house for days and days – the little ones are still wrestling with sickness, and we had to miss church again this week.  Little Hen, still healthy, escaped to Grandma’s house for the weekend (a BIG thank-you to Grandma for inviting her up!). After homemade pecan-chocolate pie for breakfast (hey, we’re sick!), Daddy read to us from The Lightning Thief, which is turning out to be an excellent choice for Firecracker, who is captivated by Greek mythology. Another good thing is that I’ve been able to get quite a bit

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Addicted to Candleflame

Sigh… I’m getting a bit repetitive in my blogging and my knitting both, but I can’t stop knitting candleflame shawls!!  I think this pattern is this fall what Toasty was for me last winter (and I’m still cranking those out for Christmas gifts again this year).  It’s easy to memorize, easy to knit while doing other things, and I love the results. This time, I’m going to keep the shawl for myself.  Pink is not a favorite color of mine, but the shawl is so warm and big and cozy, I can’t part with it.  It’s knit in Brown Sheep

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Little Knitter

Look who’s knitting on two needles! We are all recovering from a pretty awful family-wide bug, so the past two days we’ve taken things very easy.  Sunday afternoon, Little Hen said she wanted to get some knitting done and set to work on her first real “project” -  a little wool cape for her beloved Waldorf doll, Princess Rooth.  It’s going to be a simple garter stitch rectangle made from purple heather worsted-weight wool (from my stash) on size 8s.   We’ll lace a purple velvet ribbon through one side when she’s done to make it into a cape for

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