I’ve been playing around with some quick projects for Christmas this year. I came across a pattern by Miss T called Café – it’s the perfect little tea/coffee cozy.
I just adore this, and it’s a super simple and quick knitting pattern for beginners. It’s also a great way to use up some of those yarn scraps you have lying around.
I’ll definitely be whipping up more of these!
Wow! I’ve been working on this bad boy since August.
It is definitely the most complex project I’ve knitted so far. It’s the first time I’ve done something with multiple pieces that had to be sewn together. I also sewed both snaps and decorative buttons on it – another first for me.
Maddy really liked the decorative buttons – she’ll probably end up yanking one of them off, but they’re super easy to put on so that’s okay. Maddy is often quite challenging to get dressed (the whole tactile defensiveness thing), but not only did she say yes when I asked her if she wanted to try this on – she didn’t want to take it off. That’s a success in my books!
The only major snag I had with this project was having to ‘pick up and knit’ stitches. I was super nervous about messing this up, as I had never done it before, but it really wasn’t as bad as I imagined. I learned how from this YouTube video, and was successful on my first try. Hoorah!
I learned a very important lesson on this project. I need to give myself way more time than I think I need to finish up a time-sensitive project. Weeks go by without having a moment to pick up my knitting needles – but Maddy keeps growing in those weeks. I made this in an 18 month size, hoping she’d get to wear it last fall and this spring. Planning fail. It fits, but we’ll probably only get one season out of it.
Want to give this poncho a whirl? You can find the pattern in Bernat’s ‘Colour me Cute’ book.
A quick and easy knitting project, with a free tutorial by Elisa McLaughlin Designs. I whipped this up in an evening. It’s perfect for a beginner knitter.
I love this as an alternative to a hat in the cold weather.
I had a whale of a time knitting up this little hat. It’s for a colleague of mine who is expecting her first little peanut in the New Year.
It was a quick knit I worked on in the evenings last week – a break from this project that I’ve been working on since August (if only there were more time in a day I’d have that sucker done already).
Want to knit one of these up yourself? You can download the pdf instructions for free here. Enjoy!
We had a week of coolish weather this past month, and it got me thinking all things autumn. Sweaters covered in vests. Brisk hikes. Soup. Coloured leaves. Hot chocolate. Sunsets. Reading by the fire. Knitting.
I decided to pull out my knitting needles, a rare sight for me most summers. I started working on something fun for Miss Maddykins.
Can you guess what it is?
A good friend of mine is expecting her first little bean next March. I was so beyond excited when I heard the news. Not only am I excited about her growing family, I am so excited that I felt excited for her. For awhile now every time I heard someone was pregnant, all I could think was about how downhill their quality of life could go if they ended up with a little one like Maddy (despite her sweetness, you all know what I’m talking about). I know I’m not the first mama to have such a tough time with her babe, so sadly, I know I won’t be the last. But, I’m finally beginning to get back the hopefulness and optimism I thought I had lost.
I’ll happily attribute the reclaiming of my positivity to the wonderful news of a new baby in my circle of friends. I know my friend is going to be an incredible mama and I cannot wait to meet her little squid!
I was so excited, that I picked up my knitting needles (a rarity for me in the hot summer months). I have a backlog of things I want to knit in the fall, but I squeezed this little guy in for obvious reasons.
You can find the pattern here. You’ll see that the final product is a bit different from the pattern. I’ve never tried to knit an I-cord, and despite watching a couple of Youtube videos, I made a bit of a mess of it. I decided to just close her up and ship her off. I figure it’ll still keep baby’s head warm, and that’s mostly what counts.
There you have it – the surprise summer knit!
I’ve talked a bit about Maddy’s tactile defensiveness here. One of the ways in which we are trying to address this issue, is to expose her to clothing around her waist that she can tolerate for short bursts of time (whether that be 15 minutes or a couple of hours). As soon as she starts showing signs that she is irritated, they are taken off immediately.
We’ve bought a couple of pairs of leggings a size too big so they are not tight at all (as these are less irritating to her). I have had in my head that come fall, I will sew her a couple of pairs making the waist a perfect fit for her. But, last week, I came across the most adorable pair of knitted pants on pinterest (who doesn’t love pinterest??!).
You can find the pattern here.
I was so excited that I decided to make them… and I became obsessed with finishing them, staying up much past my bedtime several nights in a row. I used Red Heart Soft Touch yarn so hopefully it won’t bother Maddy’s legs.
These are by far the most complex thing I’ve knitted (although, they’re really not that difficult). I made the 18-24 month size so Maddy could wear them next fall/winter. As you can see, they already fit. Not sure if they’ll last – but if they don’t, I can just make her another pair.
I just think these are the sweetest pants!
They look cute, and Maddy can still motor around in them.
I learned a new skill too – the pants have a drawstring around the waist, so I had to learn how to do a chain stitch (the first crochet stitch I’ve learned).
If you’d like to learn how to do a chain stitch, here’s where I learned:
These will be great for Maddy as the drawstring waist will allow us to keep them loose on her. So happy with how these turned out!