Family, Knitting

In Progress

I’ve always been the sort of knitter who prefers to focus on one project, watch it grow, customize it along the way, block it with a flourish, and then move on to the next project.

But I have not been true to form lately. Before I’ve finished one project, I’m starting another, and then another…

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A pile of works in progress!

I don’t think I can honestly claim to be a one-project-at-a-time knitter any more because I currently have:
… four shawls,

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Lacey Leaf Shawl
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Echo Flowers Shawl
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Serape Shawl
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Willow Shawl, worked in brioche stitch

… one pair of socks…

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Daisy Field Socks
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The second Daisy Field sock making some progress

… and a baby blanket on the needles…

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Simple garter stitch baby blanket with picot edging

With a baby sweater just about ready to be blocked!

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Yarn for baby sweater – Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Celedon and Fallen Cloud
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Baby Wrap Cardigan in progress!
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Just need to sew on the ties & block!

Waiting in the wings are: several pairs of mitts for friends , various baby items for my newest niece or nephew on the way, and two toy rabbits!

All in all, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and quite behind with my knitting. As much as I hate to do it, I think it may be time to work on bringing my knitting expectations back into line with reality again… 😉

What does your To-Knit list look like? Are you a knitter who enjoys working multiple projects at a time, or do you prefer to focus on one thing at a time?

Family, Knitting

Bunny Home!


We had a lovely couple of days in Maryland visiting my family…

with my sister in law, Annelies

 

my sister, Hannah, andd brother in law, Everitte

 

with Mom in the kitchen

 

 

with my sister, Melody

 

Annelies & Hannah with the family dog, Charis

 

There was a lot of talking, laughing, and yummy food!

with my niece, Vera

And of course there was little Vera; we couldn’t get enough of her!

We introduced her to Bunny


…they seemed to get along quite well together!




Annelies decided to wait and let Vera give Bunny a more specific name herself when she’s old enough…

…I’m really looking forward to finding out what she comes up with! 😊

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All About Miss Fox

Progress and photos of Miss Fox have been scattered through several different posts, so I thought I would bring them together for you here…

yarn for miss fox

For Miss Fox, I’m using Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 in a lovely rusty brown, cream, and black (for ear and tail tips!).

Her dress will be the Knit Picks Shine Sport in cream with light pink and bright Spring green accents!

  

I started with Miss Fox’s head. Here I’m getting ready to attach her ears…

  

… and embroider her cute little face! I believe her ears are my favorite! 

  

Next, I made her body…

  

It was a beautiful day for anything, but especially for knitting!

  

This, by the way, is my favorite “nice weather” knitting spot, which I got to enjoy while knitting Miss Fox’s body and one of her feet!

  

Body finished! Now on to the feet…!

  

The feet are interesting…

  

…because you start at the bottom of the shoe, work up to the top and bind off…

  

…then pick up stitches…

  

  …for the little pink socks!

 

Foot finished! Now you pick up stitches for the leg…

  

…and of course, repeat, because Miss Fox needs two feet and two legs! 😉

Now it’s time to sew up the legs, stuff them, and attach them to the body! Perhaps next time you see her, Miss Fox may be all in one piece…! 😃

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Spring – Again!

It seems Spring has arrived at last, friends!

 

Our cheerful herald, the robin, is proof! 

 

 Last year, I had such a hard time getting even one (not so great) photo of a robin…

 

I ran all over the yard for hours, chasing after robins (who were hopping happily to and fro) trying to get at least one photo in which you could tell it was a robin and not some sort of speck. You would not believe how fast those little buggers are! Nor how skittish! In the end, the only way I was able to manage even one meager shot was by hiding behind one tree after another as I hopped after the crazy robin… It’s a really good thing I live out in the country and don’t have any neighbors to wonder about my sanity…

 

This year, I took a much more intelligent approach. Or maybe it was lazy? I simply sat. In one place. On the back deck. And I waited. For the Robin to hop close enough… and then… I took his picture! Not the best robin portrait ever, but definitely an improvement upon last year…!

    

The first Crocus in my flower beds, still closed yet from the night’s chilliness…

Later in the day, when it got a little warmer, it opened out all the way!

 

There are buds starting on trees, folks!

  

 And Daffodils pushing up out of the ground!

  

  

And it was even warm enough for a lovely afternoon knit on the back deck…

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Miss Fox now has a head, a body, and one little shoe-with-sock! Hopefully there will be time for more out door knitting tomorrow…! 

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Bunny Finished!

The Bunny is complete…

… and clothed!

Here is her little dress just finished…

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back

I think her dotty pink dress is just the perfect final touch!

Although, when I make her a second dress, there is one thing I believe I will do differently…

… leave a hole for the adorable little tail!

Now, for a little fox…

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head and ears

Claire is making a gorgeous little elephant! Check out her blog for a peek!

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Bunny Progress

The bunny has been growing!



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Two feet, ready for stuffing…



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Two little feet, finished and ready to go!



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One little bunny, with head and legs attached…



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….and body stuffed!





Voila! Arms…



cute little tail


And tail!



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(Love that tail…)



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I think bunny is very happy to be all in one piece now! 



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This week, Claire and I are working on dresses for the bunnies! 

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Bunny

It all began with reindeer. My friend Claire Hudson (lovely lady with a fabulous blog, be sure to hop over and take a peek!) and reindeer!

Not long after Christmas, Claire and I were discussing what knitting projects we wanted to make next. (See comments on this post.) Of course, there was a long list… and on my list were several items bearing reindeer motifs! (I have no idea why I kept finding adorable reindeer patterns after Christmas, but whatever! Why not start planning the gift knitting for next Christmas early, I concluded when the trend continued.)

Among those items was a toy reindeer for a child. It was so adorable! I loved it! Wanted to make it for my baby niece, Vera (2 months old). But next Christmas is a really long way away… Claire loved it too! And THEN. She showed me the Little Cotton Rabbits pattern she had recently bought – it was for a toy bunny rabbit! It was beyond adorable! I admit, there were a few squeals of delight…

Even better was Claire’s idea! She proposed that we knit these bunnies together, as a sort of mini knit-a-long! What a fabulous idea! So here we are, both making bunnies for our respective nieces!

We began last Sunday – perfect timing for me as there was a big snow storm here in Virginia, resulting in perfect knitting weather! (Although, for the record, any weather is perfect knitting weather as far as I’m concerned!😉)

I’m using Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 in Grey for the bunny’s body; and Knit Picks Shine Sport in Black, Wallaby, Cosmopolitan, Blush, and Cream for the facial features and clothing…

Ball-winding and tea went together perfectly…

We completed our bunny heads last Sunday! Here is a peek at mine…

This week, we’re working on the bodies and the legs!

This is the body worked as far as the neck…

Here I’m almost finished the body, just a couple more rows on the cute, striped underpants…!

And here is the finished body, all seamed together!

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Now I’m working on the first little pink shoe!