Monthly Archives: February 2015

Over-socks for under boots

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booties booties2I have a footwear problem. I have a 7-and-a-half size foot, but some boots only come in whole sizes. So my comfy shearlings and my waterproof wellies are just a wee bit big. I decided I needed some nice thick slipper-socks to wear over my regular socks, both to keep my feet extra warm and to improve the fit of my boots. I used this free pattern for chunky slippers, and bulky wool-blend yarn. I made the pattern a little smaller, with both 2 fewer stitches around the foot, and 1 inch less in length, because my foot is on the small end and because I wanted them to be snug over my socks and not bunch up inside my boots. The pattern knitted up very quickly and the idea was a success. As I was knitting them, I couldn’t help thinking “there is probably something like this at Target and I could just buy them and find out that they bunch under my boots without going to the trouble of knitting them myself!” but actually I don’t think I could have found something comparable in a small size and a wool blend. And they don’t bunch up, so hooray! I’ve worn them under both my pairs of slightly-too-big boots, and they are perfect. They also improved the warmth of my wellies, which aren’t really insulated snow boots but serve as such for a Kentucky girl like me.

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Marialis Scarf

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Another One-Skein Wonder project! This is the Marialis scarf from the Designer book. I made it out of Knitpicks sock yarn, Felici I think, but it was a close-out color that had been in my stash a while. I don’t like to knit scarves (had only knitted scarves for children) because I can crochet them so fast and scarves are boring, but I really wanted to try one of the lacy, lightweight yarn patterns that had been catching my eye. I finished this in two weeks and literally picked it up and knitted one repeat every time I had a chance to sit down. Load the dishwasher–knit a repeat! Bath a child–knit a repeat! Feed the dog–you get the idea! I took to shouting out numbers after every repeat, just so I could know I was making some progress. It was totally arbitrary, because the pattern just says to “knit to desired length,” and I ran out of yarn at about the right length, but it was a mental boost to count my repeats. Even baby Daphne started called out “yeah!” along with my other kids to cheer me on when I yelled a number. This game was probably the only thing that got me through the whole thing, because now I can confirm that I don’t like knitting scarves. It’s just boring.

Anyway, this one was worth the trouble. The pattern is very pretty and the yarn is soft and warm around my neck. The sock yarn has a lot of nylon in it, I think, so the lace has  tendency to curl up a little against my warm skin and not lay out flat like I blocked it, but it still looks nice. The color pattern of this yarn worked really well with this lace, which was just luck but made me happy.

Comfy baby pants

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forest-pants forest-pants2These are some flannel pants I made for Daphne before the holidays. I haven’t blogged about them yet because it’s so difficult to get a stationary picture of a baby wearing pants. If she’s standing up, she’s in motion! These are made similarly to another pair I did photograph earlier. I love comfy little knit baby dresses like this one, but I can’t stand wrestling a baby into tights. Leggings are fine, but cozy little flannel pants are even better. These are just a basic pattern (traced around pants that fit her) with a wide ruffle added to the bottom. The fabric is a sweet woodland print that doesn’t seem to be in stock online anymore. I can’t find it to link to it. Daphne is now at an age to notice what she’s wearing, so she loves to point to the little animals on these pants, and I love how cute and snuggly they are.

A new wallet

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wallet-inside wallet-outsideThe store-bought wallet I’ve been carrying for a while got a broken zipper recently. I’ve made wallets successfully in the past, but I was kind of tired of the same pattern, plus the cards always seem a little loose in that one. I decided to try a wallet pattern in the Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders book. (Am I developing a slight obsession with those books and their yarn counterparts? I hope not, but maybe. They do always seem to be just-the-right-size projects for the time I have available.) This wallet is supposed to be made out of quilting-weight fabric and interfacing, but I had canvas I wanted to use, partly because of the sturdiness and partly because I had this color scheme in mind. I purchased an embroidery file that I thought coordinated with the black and green fabric I wanted to use for the inside.

The pattern was easy enough to follow, and I thought the machine embroidery turned out well, and did coordinate with the lining fabric. The problem came when it was time to topstitch around the whole almost-completed wallet. The bulky ends of the my canvas made the edges of the wallet too thick for my machine to sew over. I tried it anyway, and it looked awful. Then I realized I also didn’t have enough room to slide my cards inside. I followed the pattern and the seam allowance faithfully, but perhaps my canvas added too much bulk in that regard too? In any case, I had to rip out all the black topstitching around the whole wallet. It was a beast, and it caused snags in my fabric in several places and even one tiny hole in a prominent corner. Sigh. And I’m out of the lining fabric again. Seam-ripping is the worst! The wallet still functions acceptably well, and the places that were damaged due to my ripping out the topstitching could pass as minor wear marks, which a wallet would certainly collect quickly anyway. I’m going to use it for now, and see if my motivation comes back around to try another one in a different style (and different pattern) sometime soon.

 

And mitts to match

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mittsSo after I finished the edge-of-lace hat from my last post, I worked up some mitts based on the cuff pattern associated with the hat. I did the cuff in the lace, then just continued on up and added a basic thumb. They were really pretty, and they used up the last of the purple yarn I used on the edges, and they didn’t fit. I have particularly small hands, and when I tried to wear them out they fell right off my hands. Sigh.  But they look nice on my neighbor, and I like my neighbor. 🙂 So I made myself more mitts but didn’t try the edge of lace pattern again. I needed fewer stitches in mitts made from this thick, sturdy multi-colored yarn, so I just up one more (small!) pair in a very basic pattern that was easy to make smaller and added the cable pattern up the front for visual interest. The trim yarn doesn’t exactly match the hat, but it coordinates. And they don’t fall off, which is really one of the most important features in mitts!