My Little Dragon

In keeping with the horned-hat theme (see my unicorn hat here), and because my daughter loves dinosaur-type creatures, I made her a dragon hat!  For two days she wouldn't take it off, inside or out, and I had the pleasure of watching a tiny dragon roar around my house.  Nothing better than watching my baby wear and be excited about something I made for her!  Plus, it's a lot easier to laugh at the mishaps of toddler life when said destructive toddler is dressed like a dragon.  Toddler empties the contents of the silverware drawer while you're trying to cook dinner? Frustrating.  Dragon empties the silverware drawer? Well that's what any dragon would do, don't you think?  Maybe I've been inhaling too much acrylic yarn fumes...

A few pattern notes: I freehanded the pattern and used Lion Brand Homespun, Red Heart Super Saver, and Lion Brand Hometown USA.  The tassels will need to be redone because they've frayed too much (darn LB Homespun and it's fuzziness) and I'm thinking of adding some ribbons into them because, ribbons.

I've got another hat hot off the hook for Mr Pickle that I can't wait to show you all...tomorrow!

Happy Crafting.

Neon Toddler Socks

I LOVE the color of these socks. Who wouldn't want some hot green socks?  My toddler loves them and stole them just as soon as they came off the needles.  Seeing them here I realize I could have used smaller needles because the gauge is a little loose (or maybe my cereal box toddler sock forms are just too big).  These socks went through the ringer while they were in progress. They rode around in a few different purses and diaper bags and came together over the course of several car rides and naps.  There are plenty of mistakes, twisted stitches, and ladders but I hardly think the toddler will mind just yet.  'm hopeful that we have just a few more cool spring days left for her to wear them!

Happy making!

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!

Sweetheart Toddler Cowl

SONY DSC SONY DSC Here she is! Just in time to celebrate Valentine's Day I bring you a cute new crochet pattern.  Puff stitch hearts bring some joy and sweetness to this little cowl to keep your loved one warm.  You can purchase this pattern on Etsy or Ravelry.  I'm so excited to be sharing this pattern with you and I hope you enjoy making it as much as I have!  Please share your photos with me on Ravelry or Instagram if you decide to make one for yourselves.  Oh, yes, the cowl can be worn by adults too and options for sizing up are given in my pattern!SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSCThank you so much for reading.  See you all soon!