So I'm back, as promised, to share my recently finished projects. One side note that struck me funny just now: I decided to watch a movie this afternoon, and I picked one I've been waiting to see since I first saw the trailer: Julie & Julia. As it turns out, it's about blogging! On the day I decide to give my own blog another fair effort, I watch a movie about a girl who decides to start a blog. I like coincidences. *smile*
Back to my FO's. I'll go back to just November, and work forward. First FO in November was the child's size of Vortex for my little man. I used Sugar and Cream yarn as she did in her example photos. It came out a little small, and I'm wondering if it was my yarn choice. However, it does look just so adorable on him! Don't you think?
Next was the Little Bubbles set from Knitpicks. It took me about 20 days to complete and reawakened my love of knitting. It was a new technique for me; simple, but new; and I loved it. I left off the button band. I do need to put a single button on it near the top to keep it closed. It is being worn by a very active and squirmy toddler, you know.
On to the Gooseberry Hat, found on Ravelry. I didn't intend for it to look like camouflage, but that's the way the colors worked out in the Panda Silk I used. My favorite part of this hat is how it shrinks up to almost nothing when it's not being worn. Yes, I know what I just said, I'm just choosing to leave it alone. I don't know what's going on with the, whatever it is, dripping off Scooch's chin in this one...
Now a gift for my mama. This is the clothespin apron from 101 One Yard Wonders. I love this book, and plan to make probably 1/3 of the projects so far. My mom currently has a clothespin bag so old and worn, you can't tell where to put your hand in to find the clothespins. I hope she likes this one, I sure love it. There were issues with the pattern, so I'm hoping for some errata soon.
This one cracks me up. Scooch will be able to wear this one until he's 15. I can wear it! This was another Ravelry find, simply named Chunky Ribbed Earflap Hat. I used the called for yarn, so I don't know how it ended up so large, but I couldn't stand how cute it looks on him so I didn't want to redo it. I used the remaining yarn to make a little ribbed scarf to go with it. No pattern, just ribbed until it was long enough. These will be staples, I'm sure, for our trip to see Nina and Poppa, coming up next week.
Finally, a hat for mama! I received some yarn from a dear friend that she brought from her recent trip to Australia. I had to modify the pattern in order to finish before running out of yarn. I was so proud that I did it, and still had something like 11" leftover! I love the pattern, and might make it again. Also found on Ravelry, the Hurricane Hat. In case you haven't noticed the theme going on here, I LOVE Ravelry. Check it out if you haven't yet. Tons of free patterns and a whole community of fellow knitters (and crocheters) at your fingertips.
Next up, another pattern from Ravelry, go figure! This one for my Scooch. These are the Piggy Mittens found on Ravelry. I modified these to omit the thumbs (he's 1, I didn't want to fight to get his little thumbs into the right spot) and to make them a smidge smaller, since the smallest size was 2-4 years. My little man loves them. He puts them on and then shakes his hands until they fling off. Once he actually needs them to be outside, I hope he can keep them on!
Something else for me! I got a new netbook, and it was a little bigger than my old one, so I wanted to make a little padded sleeve for it to protect it from scratches. It certainly isn't drop-proof, but it's super cute! I used fusible fleece in between the layers, and then machine quilted them together. I haven't put any kind of closure on it yet, but if I do, I'll use my awesome snap press that I'm in love with.
It's a pickle! Crochet this time, using leftover Shine from Knitpicks. Again, a Ravelry pattern, took me about 3 hours to complete, and that was in between taking care of Scooch. This is a gift for my brother for Christmas, we have a joke with pickles. Don't ask...
This is the final, and possibly my favorite so far, finished project. This is one of my Scooch's Christmas presents. I used the called for Cascade 220 Superwash yarn, which I love, and I came up with my own mane, which will hopefully last a little longer than the pom-poms called for in the book. For the mane I did a crocheted loop stitch which you can google to find instructions for. Oh, the giraffe is from Itty Bitty Toys, by Susan Anderson, by the way. I just love how cute he is. I was skeptical of the basic-ness of the design at first, but the more finished he became, the more I changed my mind.