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On the Needles, By the Bed

September 19, 2012

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along, as I have just taken one of my favorite sweaters off the needles; Beyond Puerperium. This pattern was a blast to work with, and who doesn’t love a sweater that knits up in a few days time? The neck line is something new and different, and I love the way the buttons come down the side. I chose to knit shorter sleeves because I was just too excited to get this sweater off my needles and onto Landon’s back, and I figured it would be the perfect transition sweater for the cooler days ahead.

Every time I knit with Malabrigo, I wonder why I use anything else. The yarn is so soft that I find myself wanting to cuddle it while I knit. It is sturdy, holds it’s shape so well, and is a thick enough wool for knits that will be worn in cold weather. The colors are pretty amazing, and this blue was no exception. I have a few more skeins, and I intend to do a long sleeve version of this sweater in the coming weeks.

As for the pants, well they were Landon’s wedding pants when I visited Boston in July, and they have been a favorite of mine since. They are a light white linen with just a bit of applique on the bottom. I love how something simple like two circles of fabric  and a little Steam-a-Seam can turn a relatively boring pair of pants into something pretty lively.

On the needles now is a project that I am afraid I might have been a little silly to knit in September, but I just could not resist. While I was out at an author signing a few weeks back for Joanna Johnson’s third book, Phoebe’s Birthday, I came across her second book as well. I have no idea how I missed that Joanna had written a second book, but it is well worth the read. The boys love these three books, and the knitting patterns are as good as they get. Landon is about to be the lucky recipient of Freddie’s Coveralls, and they are so popular in my house that Jacob keeps begging me to adapt the pattern to his size. Something about my almost 9 year old in knitted overalls just doesn’t seem to be working for me, but we shall see.

By the bed is Elevate the Everyday. I have loved playing more with photography, especially as Landon seems to have the art of posing down well. This is a great book by Tracey Clark on the joys and techniques for capturing the everyday moments of motherhood, and I am loving every page I read.

Cold weather knitting is on it’s way, and I just can not wait to see what comes off my needles, and yours.


His Summer Wardrobe

July 23, 2012

This Summer has been a first for me, as I have made most of Landon’s clothes. It was something that I had always wanted to do for Jacob and Elwood, but life (and my sewing skills) had gotten in the way. Although the first year of Landon’s life saw almost nothing handmade, as we spent every moment just soaking each other in and getting to know this growing family of ours, I was hoping for some time to get a few things together as we made our way into Summer. The extreme heat and the fires have made it a little harder to be out of doors as much as usual this season, but it is also the perfect excuse to sit by the sewing machine during those long toddler naps.

Although it has been hot, I still made a few Summer pants for those sweet little chubby legs. I traced a pair of Landon’s pants to use as the pattern, and then cut off 4 inches in the leg for the shorts that are pictured below. A simple hem and elastic waste band makes for such easy construction and wear, and the thin cotton keeps him cool and protected all at the same time.

I have fallen in love with knitting with cotton, and after making the vest at the beginning of the season, I figured it was high time to make a cardigan as well. It seems like everywhere we go this summer the AC is blaring, and although the temps keep topping 100, there is a definite need for layers. I chose to use the Pickles Plain Cardigan pattern (Rav notes can be found here), and it was a fun and quick knit. I am going to fully admit that the arm hole directions tripped me up like you can not believe. I sat for days just staring at the directions wondering what I was missing. I emailed friends, I Skyped my editors, and nothing was clicking together. It turned out to be the easiest bit of arm hole construction I could have imagined, and neat new (new for me anyway) way to put together a sweater. If you ever decide to knit one up and you get stuck, just shoot me a quick email.

Having some white yarn left over from the cardigan, I figured that the kiddo needed another vest as well, and of course, some shorts. This was my first time ever making shorts, and I have been on an obsessive kick ever since. You gotta love something that comes together in the time that the kids are eating breakfast, and that looks so fun to construct and wear.  As I mentioned, I simply cut off 4 inches from the pant pattern that I made above, and followed the same guidelines for making pants. The only change was to make the front flat and to push all the elastic gathering into the back half of the waste band to create a flat front feel.

I have a feeling that I might be making shorts diligently until the end of summer, as this little one spends his days running and playing hard. A bit of soccer with the older brothers, and some fun throwing the ball at each of our heads is a great reminder of how much we all adore this little one, and enjoy seeing him grow up. It is always hard to tell how long a child will enjoy handmade clothes, etc., but I feel blessed that each of my children still seem to love the idea. Landon so proudly wore each of his shorts this weekend, and seemed in 7th heaven with all the attention that gained him. Now the older brothers say it is their turn to sit down to the sewing machine, and make themselves some long board shorts. This should be fun!