the easter bunny was nice enough to bring the girls some friends. she (or he? who knows? it's a constant mystery of evolving proportions in our house!) used petite purl's anything animals pattern. i love the group photo of the whole gang of them. the pattern was fun, cute and quick (or so i am guessing the easter bunny would report.)
i am feeling so inspired by the tend collective. i can't wait to get out into the dirt. it's been a cold, wet spring here in maine and i can't wait for some sun and seeds and sprouts.
i'm saying no to stress and saying yes to tiny hand knit doll sweaters in place of currency. (the latter has yet to work with the oil company, or during any of our snacky trips to trader joe's, but a girl can dream.)
i am saying yes to the joy of this season, and yes to bartering for my family's gifts. a definite yes to the magic of the only christmas i'll get with my kids at 9 and almost two. a big yes to twinkly lights and singing the same christmas carols over and over and over because the girls like them, and to sufjan stevens when the girls finally do take a break from caroling. (and a yes to candy cane joe-joes, which i can't believe i did say yes to, but yum, i am pretty glad i did, and i will again before the holidays are out, i am sure.)
this pillow was going to be a purse. i think there are a lot of knitters who, when initially beginning the great knitting journey, fall under the spell of the felted bag. i know that back in the early days i made several, and that there are still a few random, unfinished ones hiding in my basket of arbitrary unfinished craft projects.
this purse/pillow is something that i knit over 5 yrs ago, and it's just been sitting around ever since, destined to never be a purse. the blue stripes are some of my early attempts at hand dyeing and spinning. last week, i seamed the thing, fulled (felted) it, stuffed it, and seamed the top shut. almost instant gratification! now i want to pillow-ify all the felted bags of yesteryear.
the blanket is your basic log cabin, as inspired by mason dixon knitting, using scraps of bulky weight handspun. this sucker is WARM. apparently there will be winter again this year in maine, so it will undoubtedly come in handy. (raveled.)
it was seriously not my favorite thing ever to knit, but i made the baby a soot sprite hat for halloween with "fun" "fur" (yeah, i think that both words deserve their own quotation marks.)
(and i'm not being a yarn snob- i don't think there's anything wrong with this kind of yarn if it is something that you enjoy working with. i just did NOT enjoy working with it- the "eyelashes" kept making me think of the many undulating legs of a creepy crawly centipede. ew.)
it turned out that greta didn't really want to wear the hat much, despite our insistence that she needed to keep theme with her sister's chibi totoro costume. oh well. halloween was lots of fun anyway.
i regret not getting better photos, but here are the kids:
it's elizabeth zimmerman's classic pattern, and i knit it last winter. it still needs a zipper, but it fits her really well right now and the super chunky handspun (pippikneesocks) makes it the perfect chilly weather jacket.
i love this sweater and greta does too, thank goodness, because she is starting to really speak her mind when we try to dress her in the wrong thing! i have the zipper ready to go- i just need to buckle down and actually sew that thing in before the girl outgrows the sweater. (yup, i'm blogging about it in an attempt to motivate myself!)