Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Few Gifts

The last few weeks I've spent a lot of time coming up with and finishing a couple of gifts. Both of them were finished a day or two before they had to be! It always feels like there is plenty of time to finish things until the week before they need to be done.

My cousin and his wife are expecting a baby soon, but they aren't finding out whether it's a boy or a girl until it is born. This made it a bit more challenging to decide what to make. I found out that the nursery decor will include owls, so I thought I'd knit up a lovely little toy for the new baby. I had a lot of fun designing it and I was really pleased with how it turned out, particularly the ears. Hopefully I will have the final pattern finished and on Ravelry soon. 

knit owl brown tan blue toy stuffed

knit owl brown tan blue toy stuffed

knit owl brown tan blue toy stuffed

A friend of mine got married last weekend. For her I knit a set of washcloths for her kitchen. I did three with a diamond pattern and seed stitch border and three that were made completely in seed stitch. I really love the colors!

knit washcloth seed stitch purple green white

knit washcloth seed stitch purple green white

knit washcloth green seed stitch

knit washcloth white seed stitch

knit washcloth purple seed stitch

knit washcloth green

knit washcloth purpleknit washcloth white

knit washcloth seed stitch purple green white

knit washcloth seed stitch purple green white

Hopefully the recipients will enjoy their handmade gifts as much as I enjoyed designing and making them!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sneak Peek into Fall

I'm often thinking one or two seasons ahead. So, despite the fact that it is the middle of summer, the last week or so I've been thinking of things for fall. I thought I'd share a bit of what I've been working on. Here are my fall themed works in progress.

fall autumn knit pumpkin lace candle holder orange white yarn

Just like last year, I'm making mini pumpkins. I'm adding a few new colors including a deep reddish orange seen here with a basic orange pumpkin, both partially finished. Also, I thought I'd try candle cozies. The one on the left is a pattern from Debbie Bliss's "A Knitter's Year" and the others are forms of some lace patterns in a stitch pattern book that I have. They are fairly quick to knit and look really pretty. Plus they are a great way to use old glass jars. I can't wait to see what they look like with candles burning inside them! I'll have more pictures later in the year.

Monday, July 1, 2013

What I've been working on

I've been taking a break from my doll project to pay some attention to my etsy shop which has been a bit neglected lately. I realized that a few of my bestsellers have sold out and not been replaced, including my knit football and knit baseball and bat. I haven't started the ball and bat yet, but I did finish a couple of footballs. With one of them I tried adding stripes to the ends. I was surprised by how much I liked the new and improved football since it didn't seem like that big of a change. I love it when things are that easy!

hand knit football sports
hand knit football sports

There are also some projects which I started several months ago that I've been working on finishing. These stuffed balls are one of those projects.

hand knit ball toy pink purple white

 And they were so quick and easy that I decided to make another set with some bolder colors. I have fun picking the colors for these. There are so many different combinations. Since I already had a pink, green and white set in my etsy shop, and now have added the pink, purple and white set, I thought it would be good to have some that are a little less girly.

hand knit ball toy red blue green

Thinking about the three color combinations got me thinking that I hadn't made a set of blocks in a while, so I got started on a pink and white set soon after finishing the stuffed balls. I'm not even finished assembling the pink set and have started knitting a blue, green and white set.

knit blocks in progress pink white

Back to sewing up the blocks. Maybe I'll get started on the ball and bat next before getting back to the dolls. So many fun things to work on!