Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall knitting

Just because it's Halloween, I wanted to knit something orange.

Just kidding. I am making a top for Lila like this one I made for Evie. I am thinking in terms of a birthday outfit for my fall baby. It blows my mind that she will be one year old next month.

And these are my fall wristers. (Basically, they are fingerless gloves.) I finished them last night. Just in time for trick-or-treating!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My new ribbon rack!

I am really lucky to have my Dad. He is able to build just about anything I can dream up. It isn't unusual that I start a conversation with him with, "I was thinking..." or "I was wondering..." or "Do you think it would be possible..." A month or so ago I went to him with the idea for this ribbon rack.

As you can see I have a LOT of ribbon. Mostly collected over the past couple of years as I got into making hair bows for my girls. My cousin came down one day to make them with me and she had all her ribbon on a cafe rod that she hung in the window of her craft room. I loved the idea, but the only window in my craft room is too small and high to make that a workable solution for me. So then I thought about my mom's wrapping center and thought that would be perfect scaled down for my ribbons!

I love it, it is exactly what I was envisioning. Now I can see exactly which shade of pink will match the best, or whether zebra or cheetah print will work better. Before it was all jumbled together in a laundry basket and it was a lot of effort to pull it all out to make a hair bow. Now I will have a hair bow station under it with the hot glue gun and every thing setting out and ready to go, so it will be the work of a moment to make just one or two. Like tonight when I realized that I didn't really have anything to match the girl's church dresses for tomorrow.

Ta Da! Two hair bows in 5 minutes. And I didn't have to lug everything upstairs to the kitchen... perfect!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A busy knitting week...

Because of sick kids, I have spent most of this week watching cartoons and knitting with one or more child draped across my lap. Not the ideal way to knit, but I still got some things done.

This cute top for Evie. I really love how this turned out. I needed to add a couple of inches on the length, which will allow her to get a lot of use out of it.

I also finished a ear flap hat for Jake. (My first hat ever!) This still needs ties on it, but I do love how it turned out. I had to use the adult pattern to fit his huge cranium, but that works out nicely because now I can make one for Brian too.

I figured out how to size the pattern down to make one for Lila too. Couldn't be cuter. (I might be biased because of the model though.) I am working on one to match for big sister...

I absolutely love this hat pattern, they work up so quickly too. So fair warning, if you are on my Christmas list and you have a head, you will probably be getting one of these.