Wool Longies

SONY DSCHello my lovely, woolly readers!  I've been sitting on these photos of my latest creation for weeks now, just waiting for an opportunity to sit down and type up a little note.  Toddler Pickle has been a happy little whirlwind all week with all the sunshine we've been graced with.  Much playing in the garden, utilizing the clothesline, and chilly evening walks have been had.  Life is good. But back to the wool. SONY DSC

These soakers were knit from the Ladybug Loops pattern and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. I believe I knit the 18 month - 2 year size thinking the pants would need to be rolled up and that the bum might be a tad big...but no. They fit like an absolute glove.  They are perfect! I just hope they last us through the spring, since there isn't much hope they'll still fit next winter.  Oh well, there's always more wool. These are my second soakers from the Ladybug Loops pattern and I can't speak highly enough of it. It's fabulous and detailed and the pattern works wonderfully over a big cloth diapered bum.

SONY DSC SONY DSCWatching my little Pickle traipse around the garden in her home-knit pants gives me so much joy.  Knitting for tiny souls is as fulfilling as ever.  Hopefully I'll have some new socks and some instant gratification crochet creations in the coming days.

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Welcome to March!

Well that was quick. February always seems to slip past too quickly for me.  Mr. Pickle, my big sister, and I all celebrate our birthdays during that last month of winter so I'm fairly partial to it.  It's a beautiful month.  Nevertheless it's been quite hectic for me as I've been planning a big event for next weekend while simultaneously trying not to lose my mind as I chase the toddler around.  Whew.  First up today I'd like to take a look back at what I made last month. February Collage

Wow, seeing all my projects for the month in one place makes me feel good.  I'm all geared up to tackle March now! So what's been on my hooks and needles?  Well I'm obsessed with socks, particularly vibrant-colored, self-striping sock yarn.  I've got a new pair of socks on my lovely KnitPro DPNs for the toddler.

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I have my first ever pair of socks for MYSELF on my new bamboo DPNs.  They are rainbow, self-striping, thick, Regia Stripemania, and wonderful.   (I've knit five more stripes since taking this photo, it's that addictive.)

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I bought myself a little birthday yarn.  It's one of my staple wools (Austermann Merino 105) and some OPAL sock yarn that had a very intriguing image on the label.  The Schafpate project is an initiative to keep German wool production local.

"Starting with Merino wool from the nature reservation BiosphäreAlb in South Germany, on the re-processing in the Bremer Woll-Kämmerei AG in Bremen and the Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH and finally to manufacture the famous OPAL sweater and sock-knitting wool in the town of knitting, Hechingen."  Source.

After listening to and absorbing so much of the sentiment behind the Woolful Podcast I've begun to search out more eco-conscious wool.  There are so many types of eco-consciousness when it comes to wool but the idea of a locally sourced and manufactured product really appealed to me.

opal SONY DSCIf you noticed the paint pallet in all my photos it's because I got to do some painting on my birthday. It was quite messy and the toddler tried to wipe the paint off my leg with a rag at one point, but the end result is wonderful.  It's a painting of toddler and me and I'm a wee bit too private to share it here.  Toddler Pickle loves it, though, and points at it whenever she walks into the room or whenever I ask, "Where's the baby". Heart warming.SONY DSC

My tulips also decided to grace me by blooming on my birthday.  How magical.  Spring may be coming after all.

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If you're interested in podcasts I want to recommend Knit.fm.  Highly informative, easy to listen to, and up-to-date.  I'm hoping they release some new episodes soon!

In closing, I am lusting after these two yarns.  Check them out if you dare!

Watermelon sock yarn by Artistic Yarn by Abi and Outlander by Voolenvine Yarns which is sold out! Ah!

Happy Crafting!

Toddler Sock Trial & Error

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCHello folks and sorry for my absence this week.  February has been a rip roarin' month for me at my volunteer job and Toddler Pickle is at an age where she can't be left to her devices for more than a minute without causing some real damage.  Nevertheless I have been knitting to keep my sanity.  Socks have been my drug of choice since they are so simple, the pattern easily memorized, and I can knit most of them without looking at my hands!  This is wonderful when you need to keep your eyes on a toddler or sneak in a few pages of Outlander (I am on book two and entranced).  Today I thought I'd show you a bit of a flop in my sock world.  These socks were started in November and apparently my daughter's feet have grown since then. Fancy that.  So by the time I started the second sock I had to go back and tick back the first sock to increase the length.  I made some stupid mistakes on one of the heels while I was away from the pattern, and the ribbed cuffs are just so short when I put them on Toddler Pickle's legs!  Alas, they fit, they are soft, and they are handmade.  They will probably only last for a month or so at the rate she's growing, but they do make me happy to look at. Knit on 2,5 mm Knit Pro DPNs with My First Regia in 1894 Dominik.  It was a beautiful yarn to work with, I only wish it came in a toddler sized ball!