Finishing for Christmas

December 26, 2012

I started hat & mittens based on this pattern and a pattern from Robin Hansen for the mittens. They have been mostly done, but were waiting to be sewn together. Not wanting Gísli to be eaten up by the Yule Cat, I simply had to finish.



Cuddle cloth

August 1, 2012

I started this before any baby project, but it sat in my bag waiting to be finished until we went on a trip last weekend. I got the pattern from an Icelandic knitting magazine, but it’s a free pattern available from Garnstudio. I modified the bunny a little to make it more like a sheep, but hubby thinks it looks like a dog and big brother thinks it’s a bear.


T-shirt fun

July 28, 2012

I have been having fun decorating t-shirts and onesies. I really want to do some linoleum printing because I have some great ideas, but not sure when I would have time to carve lino tiles.

Method #1- Heat N Bond
Designs from Beehive Collective


Method #2 -Avery dark transfer paper for inkjet


Blanket in process

June 28, 2012

Since Gísli beat the blanket, I still work on it from time to time while he sleeps in my lap.



June 28, 2012

The sad news: the last local bookstore near me is closing, for real estate reasons (rather than business ones).

The good news: all books were half off, so I acquired the great book Mend It Better by Kristin M Roach. A great reference for how to do various sewing repairs, plus some fun creative ideas on embellishing or upcycling. Some of these are things my mother never taught me, and it’s good to have a reference. I think this would be a great gift for a young girl going off to college.

One Month Old (plus a few days)

June 22, 2012

So my original due date must have been correct because a large but not post-term baby was born on 18 May; he was 8 lbs 14 oz (4 kg).

Here are some pictures, finally, from Gísli’s birth.

We are having a beautiful summer rain storm right now which feels great after the brief heat wave that we have had.


May 15, 2012

I haven’t had much time to do anything between school and work and my little one, so I haven’t posted much lately.

The baby was originally due tomorrow, but my midwife told me early on that I was measuring big and asked was I really sure of the date… so she sent me for a sonogram that told me the baby was due on 5 May. I’m thinking the original date was probably more correct, but we’ve been kind of on edge since then, wondering what will happen. I’m still working although I have cut my hours back a little bit, because I want to have as long of a leave as possible after the baby comes. Since I only get 3 months, I don’t want to waste the time sitting around waiting.

I’m hoping the baby isn’t waiting for this blanket to be finished, because we will be waiting a long time…

First Baby FO

February 18, 2012

I wanted to make a strawberry hat for the baby. I used KnitPicks CotLin because it’s a summer baby, even though the new baby size is rather large. The pattern is available free online, but I was using a translated version from a magazine that was photocopied, and the chart key didn’t make it (either to the magazine or the photocopy I was using)… so I did the chart piece completely wrong and had to rip it back. :( I caught back up though and I think it came out pretty cute!

Mist was kind enough to model, even though her fur hasn’t grown back from when she got shaved before Christmas. She’s not very self-conscious.

This is a better shot of the hat.

Birthday Boy

February 17, 2012

Some old recycled sweaters became a birthday crown for a 3 year old this week.

First Finished Object of 2012!

January 21, 2012

I actually finished these on New Years Day. But then I looked at them and thought that I had knit two of the wrong side because both thumbs seemed to be on the left (or is it right?) side. I started knitting mitten #3 and realized I had gone too far without starting the thumb gusset… and then it dawned on me that these aren’t the sort of mittens that have left/right sides. I just needed to shift the mitten around so it looked right! We’ll call that pregnancy brain at work (yes… a new baby is coming in May).

Siggi showed me that they actually were correct when he got out of bed with a bad dream last night.

The mittens are Chicky Feet Mittens from Flying Geese and Partridge Feet. I used Brown Sheep Superwash sport yarn.


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