Proper FO Pics- Ruffles and Sproutlette

I’ve just returned home today from a wonderful vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. How wonderful? Hubby is already planning our next visit. No joke. He’s right next to me on the couch on his phone scrolling through cabins trying to decide which one we want to rent next time.

Anywho… While we were on holiday, I snapped pictures of my girls wearing their knitted frocks. I had grand dreams of taking photos in the GORGEOUS gardens of the Biltmore Estate. But Hannah didn’t take a nap before our visit, and we ended up having to do the dreaded walk of shame back to the parking lot as she screamed and carried on in the stroller. Being 2 1/2 must be tough. She passed out in the car as we drove away from the estate. We stayed on the grounds and parked over by the farm/petting zoo/ wine shop/ ice creamery and let the gals snooze. After an acceptable amount of nappage time had elapsed, we woke them up and made the best of the rest of the day at Biltmore. So instead of beautiful gardens, the backdrop for these shots is the petting zoo. Ah, well. You roll with the punches when little kids are involved. On to the pictures!

Up first, Ruffles:

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And now Sproutlette:

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Not a Bad Place to Knit

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The start of a cardi for Ell' in the always delicious Malabrigo Rios.

Knitting in a rocking chair on the porch of our Smoky Mountain cabin while the rain falls.  Got about 3 stitches done before Ella woke up from her super short nap.  Ah well.  It was tranquil while it lasted.  Here’s hoping for a week of little, happy, peaceful moments with my loves.

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JOY

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“REJOICE evermore.  PRAY without ceasing.  In everything give THANKS.”

I pulled some beads and an elastic strap out of my crafting stuff to make an impromptu (1 minute) bracelet. A little reminder to keep my attitude and focus where it should be, stop the pity parties, and keep the grumpies away.

Because being a stay-at-home mommy is rarely easy.  :)

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FO- Ruffled Tunic

This has been done for quite awhile.  I loved it so much that I stuck it on my two year old immediately.  Then I sent her off to nursery at church…when I came down at the end of the service she was covered in sugar from a powdered donut and there was a rather large pull in the tunic.  A 3 inch dangley bit of yarn was just hanging there, taunting me.  You need a strong stomach when knitting for toddlers.

I put the tunic in “time out” for over a week, as if it was the poor tunic’s fault.  Then I carefully wove the pull back in.  A week or so later, I decided it was time to wash and reblock it.  The pull is practically invisible (I can barely find it-and I know where to look). 

So here it finally is.  I’ll get proper, more detailed pictures up soon (it’s still damp). 

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So happy I decided to add buttons!

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Raveled HERE

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FO- Cabled Baby Hat

My friend is having a little baby boy.  I knew she wouldn’t have time to knit everything she wanted so I told her to pick a pattern and yarn and I would knit her a baby hat.  She chose the I Heart Cables hat, but left the yarn and color up to me as long as it was 100% merino wool.  I used the absolutely fabulous Malabrigo Rios yarn for the first time.  I’m in love.  Soft, squishy, lovely to knit with and the tonal color is beauitful (a navy blue called “Paris Night”).  

If you’re new to cables, this is a great hat to try out.  It was almost mindless it was so easy!  The decreases blend right into the cable pattern, which is another thing to love about this hat.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be knitting up another one of these bad boys.  It was also a good excuse to break out my new pom pom maker.  Yay!

 

Raveled HERE 

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Burton Bear Cowl

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So much cute I can hardly stand it!  The thought of a teeny infant version almost makes my ovaries quiver.  Then I remind myself that my 10 month old still wakes up every 2-3 hours every night for a quick drink from Mama and I practically live (make that “survive”) on caffeine.  I think Baby #3 can wait a bit longer.  :)

This is the Burton Bear Cowl.  It’s nearing the 800 project mark on Ravelry and if you’ve spent any time on Pinterest, you’ve most likely seen it there at least once.  That’s how my husband’s cousin’s wife (got that?) came across it.  Being the only knitter she knows, she asked me if I could make one for her 18 month old son for the winter in dark gray with a black button.  No problem!

The pattern was simple, mindless, and was finished in about 4 hours (I know I could do it in 3, now).  The only thing i did differently was to use a 3 needle bind-off instead of seaming the top of the hood.  It’s faster and produces a nicer seam, in my opinion.

I only have super quick cell phone pictures of Hannah modeling it.  I’m not sure if I’ll have time for a proper shoot before this gets delivered.

Oh….and my customer was so happy with the picture I sent her that she ordered two more for her nieces! 

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Hang in There

An FO should be headed your way soon.  I’m hoping it won’t be huge on Hannah (it’s a 4T shirt and she’s in 24mo/2T).  If I’m lucky, it’ll fit her like a dress or tunic this Fall.

Look!  I’m weaving in the ends!

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In the meantime, here’s a picture of the intended recipient looking hip and slightly dangerous, as usual, of course.  You don’t mess with Hannah Ruth.

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