This post was originally published on my old blog, From Honolulu to Eternity, on June 17, 2014. What a lovely day for another lovely! This week I finished a new princess you may recognize as the fiery redhead from a recent animated picture. This one was a special request from a friend of mine and think it turned out darling. I hope her little girl has a lot of fun with this Scottish princess.
Last month I introduced you to the idea of monthly themes here at Wool Pickle. I went with the theme "Bonjour" for January and we spent the month French Knitting, sharing a Bonjour Baby Cowl free pattern (and showed you one in Debbie Bliss), and going to Paris with a new beret! Lots of other miscellanious projects took place as well, such as my Didymos inspired babywearing blanket (part 1 and part 2), a rainbow babywearing blanket, a baby dalek and a throwback to big dalek, a sugar cookie scarf and a throwback to a snowflake scarf, and fingerless gloves that matched my mama & baby earwarmers. I re-published a tutorial for a yarn tassel garland and wrote a new tutorial for a star blanket. I showed you my Street Shawl and some beading upcycles. Whew, what a month! By the way, if you want to see all those projects side by side, please check out my Portfolio Page!
Now that we're in February things will be slowing down just a hair. It's time for us to savor the last real winter month of the year and the last days that will be spent primarily indoors. That's why I decided on the word "Comfort" this month. I'm going to be focusing my energy on knitting up useful, warm, woolly goodness that will keep my family warm, cozy, and comfortable this month. When spring comes melting into presence there will be much bustling about, cleaning, planting, and walking, but for now we are cuddled up close against the cold and snow. I don't want to give away all my plotting and planning for the month, but I can say that there will be a touch more knitting and therefore perhaps more progress posts than ta-das. It takes me a good while longer to knit than it does to crochet.
Well that's all for today, folks. I hope I see you around these parts this month and I can't wait to show you what I'm working on! What do you like to make in February? Post a comment or drop a link in the comment section. I love to read them.
EDIT: For a photo tutorial on the star blanket pattern, click here.
To see my other, DIdymos inspired babywearing blanket, click here and here. Hot off the hook this week is a babywearing blanket inspired by Right to Cuddle. I don't usually make to sell, but I was offered a fantastic trade for my skills and couldn't resist. I loosely used this star afghan pattern with an assortment of Red Heart yarn from my stash and a US size I crochet hook. The buttons are vintage and make the size very adjustable for little babies to toddlers and all the mamas with curves. I am almost sad to see this one go! If my wrist wasn't in so much pain from crocheting this beast in three days I'd almost consider starting another one for myself...hmmm choices, choices.
There's much yarn to be seen and made with in these days to come. I'm looking forward to the next year in my saga with hope, patience, and a healthy dose of whimsy. See you all in the new year!
This post was linked up on Annemarie's Haakblog.
This post was originally published on my previous blog, From Honolulu to Eternity on June 16, 2014
They're finally finished! I've been talking about making these crocheted suck pads or drool pads for ages but yesterday I finally adventured into the yarn room (isn't it glorious that I have a yarn room?) and picked out some cotton yarn for the project. They took me an hour or so but the process was extremely simple. I'll lay out a rudimentary pattern for any of you who would like to make your own.
With a cotton yarn of your choice (I used a basic worsted weight, I think it's Sugar'n'Cream) and an H hook, Ch 21 (or as many chs as it takes to reach around the strap of your baby carrier, plus one)
Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each st across (20 sc) Rows 2-20: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in first st and in each st across (20 sc) Row 21: Ch 1 and turn. In BACK LOOPS ONLY, sc in first stitch and each stitch across (20 sc) Rows 22-40: Ch 1 and turn. In BOTH LOOPS, sc in first stitch and each stitch across (20 sc) After row 40, fasten off in main color. Fold the piece in half along the crease you made in row 21 and with a contrasting color (or the same color, if you'd like) sc evenly around the square, securing both layers together. Sc 3 in each corner to prevent curling. Whip stitch the back together and slide these bad boys onto your carrier! Done!
I hope you have as much fun making some of these for your baby carrier as I did for mine! If you notice any errors in the pattern or think it could be written more clearly, please shoot me an email or leave me a comment. I've never written a pattern before so it's all new to me. Thanks!
There has been very little sleep to be had in this house the past few days. Thankfully I can crochet the "granny stitch" in my sleep and without looking so I've been making a bit of progress. These photos are actually a day old and I've already added a whole new color block to the shawl today.
I often get asked how I have the time to crochet. I have a crawling baby, volunteer work, lots to do. I think I just prioritize crochet over housework more often than I probably should. I also don't spend time on a smartphone while I'm out so if the wee one falls asleep on a car trip I can sneak in a few minutes of crochet in the parking lot instead of surfing Facebook. Crochet time sneaks into the little spare moments that happen here and there. I can't seem to manage any complicated patterns anymore with the sleep deprivation and baby chasing. But the colors make me happy and I suppose that's enough for right now.
There isn't much that I have control over in my life at the moment and while that's frustrating it's also a good exercise in letting go. This is one of the first shawls that I've come at with a game plan (albeit a rough one) but the plan entails a lot of letting the yarn show me what it wants. You can see how much I've had left of each skein at the end of the color blocks. Just a tad. It has me rushing through the last row wondering "will I make it? Will I have to frog this whole row?". Letting go. I could get better at that.