Category: kids

Photo detail of machine quilting

Magic Blankets

Around here, magic blankets are not something you can buy in a store.  You’ve got to know the right people. Back when our first baby was born, we took swaddling seriously (shout out to Harvey Karp, he’s spot on), but the things sold in stores as receiving blankets at that time were little better than oversized burp rags.  No exaggeration!… Read more →

The Baby Surprise Jacket in Happy Fuzzy Yarn Superwash Sport

Surprise, Baby!

The Baby Surprise Jacket was the most fun thing I knit all year.  Bold statement considering we have three more months to go, but I’m sticking by it. This is probably one of the world’s most famous knitting patterns, first published by Elizabeth Zimmermann in 1968. The knitter just knits along, tracking some not-complicated increases and decreases, and when you… Read more →

When Your Space Heater Dies in May, Knit Up Some Fingerless Mitts

Feels a little bit like I’m living in a Dickens novel, but I am stubborn enough to wait until fall when space heaters are available again at the corner hardware store. Meanwhile, in this cold spring, after working for an hour or two in my basement office, my hands ache from the cold. It probably goes without saying, but taciturn… Read more →

The Gift of Gift Knitting

It’s really no fun to read about how crummy someone’s vacation was so we won’t dwell on it.  I’ve only just recovered, psychologically, this week.  Farewell, 2013!  Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out! The BEST part of winter break, for me, this year was seeing how genuinely happy my husband and children were upon opening… Read more →

When Life Gives You Lemons…

…you knit a doll blanket with ridiculously cutesy yarn! Today I went to the yarn shop — with my preschooler — thinking to indulge myself in a single beautiful skein of something to make something with.  (I was deliberately keeping my options open.)  And there she was, being such a good girl in such a grown up store, skipping down… Read more →

Mental Note: Remember this Forever

This morning my almost-three-year-old daughter climbed into our bed, vaulting herself into that much coveted nook between mom and dad.  As she snuggled in deeper, she beamed at both of us and said: “You guys are my BEST FRIENDS … ever!” What a nice way to wake up in the morning! If you’re here for the knitting, rest assured I… Read more →

From my needles to yours

This mistake rib cowl was my comfort project of the winter of 2010-11.  I made the first one with some precious bulky weight handspun merino from my friend Jenny, which she and I later dyed a deep deep emerald green. Mmmmmm…  I love this color, love this cowl. I loved it so much I couldn’t stop there.  This one is… Read more →

Love Is a Pair of Hand Knit Socks

Charlotte had a great idea for what to do about adding elastic.  From the comments yesterday: What if you picked up the brim edge stitches (or even stitches on the inside of the brim), then knit a short inside brim, which you then three-needle-bound-off into the brim on the inside. This would form a tube for elastic, which you could… Read more →

Watch where you stick that needle

Upon finishing (and yet not finishing) E.B.’s Owlet, I meant to move on to Z’s fall sweater, a simple rollneck pullover from Knitting Pure and Simple (#9730) using a multicolor stash of Mission Falls 1824 Wool that I scored at a Threadbear summer sale a few years ago. Yet, even this gorgeousness could not hold my attention. For starters, I… Read more →

Two sweaters…in time for summer!

Needle blocking and lace scarf gifting aside, the needles have not been quiet these past two months.  I also finished my Ribby Cardi, once an Olympic contender but we failed our qualifying round, took our time recouperating and in the end emerged victorious because I still only took two months to finished this adult sized garment and that is a… Read more →

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