WiP- Sleeping Cedars

Another post already?  Look at me!  I’m blogging!

We spent the weekend at my parent’s house which meant lots of car knitting time as well as a bit of knitting time in their backyard while my Mom, aka Nana, enjoyed the kiddos and their silly antics. 

It was so nice to have a helping hand with the girls and visiting with family and friends is awesome since my life up here is pretty lonely. Okay. Very lonely. I DO get to interact with two special little ladies all day, everyday, but the oldest is only 3, so our conversations sometimes lack substance. 😉

Where was I?  

Oh, right. This is a post about a work-in-progress. Here it is:

  
I realize this phone pic is less than stellar and my WiP has been carelessly flopped out onto a beach chair, but it’s the best I have. 

This is Sleeping Cedars knit in MadTosh’s  “Silver Fox” colorway. The cozy sleepsack is going to keep Baby #3 warm and snug all winter long. It has a big size window (nb-6mo) and I’ve had small babies so far (fingers crossed that this trend continues), so I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t last from October to March/April. 

In 15 days we find out the sex of our newest addition. After that, I’ll decide what color to knit the drawstring cord for the bottom.  

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Knitted Star Bunting

Pretty sure you don’t want to see another crocheted amigurumi from me. This post is a refreshing change of pace.  I was very, very happy to have knitting needles back in my hands again!  

  
I whipped up a primitive/country style mini bunting for my cousin’s adoption fundraiser auction. It’s going to be hard to give this one up!  

The auction is in June, so I figured a patriotic-inspired bunting would appeal to a lot of people since Independence Day is right around the corner. 

I used fingering weight scraps and a size 1 circular. The first time I made this pattern, it was on dpns and the first two rounds were quite fiddly. This time, I did magic loop and I’ll be sticking with that method from now on.  It was MUCH faster and easier.
  
 I strung it up with some simple hardware store twine. It comes in a huge roll and works great for tying up cardboard. Turns out, it also adds just the right amount of primitive country-ness to the star bunting, too. 
My Ravelry Project Page (with my mod for making the stars slightly pointier than the original pattern)

 

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I Kinda Miss Knitting

 I’ve been crocheting recently. A lot.  It’s faster than knitting which makes it a much better option when I’m looking to sell or donate things.  I save knitting for personal projects and gifts and, unfortunately, I’ve been too busy to do much of it. 

I’m trying to “sneak” a little knitting into my week now that things have calmed down a bit. Hopefully I can share a baby knit WiP soon, but right now it’s just a boring strip of stockinette. 

I have made SIX amigurumi bunnies/teddies (only 5 are pictured) in the past month. SIX!  I practically have the pattern memorized and I’ve probably shaved off a third of the crocheting time. They are darling at 4.5-6.5 inches tall. Three were sold as Easter gifts and 3 were donated to adoption fundraising auctions. See those awesome fabric flowers in the top two photos?  They were made using kanzashi flower templates from Clover. I’m starting to get better at them. Practice. Practice. 

 
Right before I left for vacation, I received a custom order request for a Mickey Mouse photo prop set. I had a 12 hour car ride ahead of me, so I agreed to make it and ran out to buy the supplies the day before we headed to Tennessee.  I’m quite proud of how the booties turned out, in particular. I used a basic pattern for the sole and foot and then played around to get the cuff to bubble out and curve inward to look like the tops of Mickey’s shoes. 

Those adorable cotton egg bunnies were quickly whipped up for my daughters’ Easter baskets. They’re weighted with marbles in their bottoms to keep them upright.  One of them was brought outside to play the other day and promptly dropped in a puddle.  It’s looking “well loved” already. 

LINKS

Spring Bunnies/Teddies

Mickey Mouse Props

Egg Bunnies
And now I’m off to try and nurse my awful head cold/sore throat whilst attempting to potty train my 3 year old. Day 5. It’s not going well. 

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Fundraiser Bunny



Adoptions are expensive. Really expensive. A friend from church is hoping to adopt another special needs baby/toddler from China and wanted items for an online fundraising auction to help with all the fees. I figured this happy, Spring-inspired bunny would go well with her Spring auction.  I hope it gets a lot of bids…or at least one very large bid… :)

Pattern available HERE for free.  

I used scraps of acrylic I had laying around. The main cream color is Hobby Lobby’s worsted weight I Love This Yarn.  The blue for the feet and flower is Caron Simply Soft. 

I modified the leg instructions so I could use the CC for the soles of the feet. Nothing major. Just work in joined rounds (sl st, ch 1 before beginning the next round) instead of working in a spiral. After the first round of the MC was finished, I switched over to working in a spiral. 

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Bad Blogger

I used to be so good about posting regularly and keeping you updated on my projects… 

I’ve made all kinds of things since my last update. My little Stitched by Sara shop has had quite a few orders (both crochet and fabric related) and I even completed an adult sized sweater.  

My biggest WiP at the moment is this:



That’s Baby #3.  And boy did I forget how hard making a baby is!  I suspect the fact that I’m also caring for a 35 month old and 17 month old has something to do with it. Oh the exhaustion!  And let’s not even go into the 24/7 nausea.  Oy. 



My new sweater!  The pattern is “Wyeth” on Ravelry. It’s fantastic. I really do need to get some full length shots of it. 



And here’s one of my recent Stitched by Sara orders.  My customer was thrilled, so mission accomplished!

And this is a super cheerful little dress-in-progress for my oldest girl. It’s called “Maxi Top/ Dress” on Ravelry and it’s a fun, free knit. I’m toying with the idea of adding some puffy short sleeves to it. If I ever get out of this morning sickness funk that I’m in. I’ve barely done any crafting since it came along. 

The best way to keep up with my crafting?  Follow me on Instagram @stitchedbysara. I’m MUCH more active on there. This poor blog is quite neglected. 

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Popping in to Say Hi

I fear I’ve been neglecting my blog. I’m feeling a bit stingy about my free time, so rather than sit and write posts and upload pictures, I’m happily knitting and sewing away to my favorite tv shows (Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, and Project Runway) during that lovely quietness known as afternoon naptime. Well, I do jump up to hush my oldest (nearly 3) because half the time she doesn’t sleep and seems bent on waking her little sister up. But anyway…

Currently, I’m knitting myself a cardigan and sewing a baby clothes memory quilt for a customer.

Here’s the quilt in progress:

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Here’s Wyeth:

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A Finished Order

I have a little shop on Facebook called Stitched by Sara. My customers started out being just family and friends, but it’s slowly branching out to include friends of friends. I even have people following me that I don’t know. That’s pretty exciting in my book!

Being a stay-at-home Mom is awesome. Like, super awesome. But I thought a bit of play money for clothes, shoes, YARN, or camera supplies would be nice so I started a shop and hoped for the best.

The orders have trickled in at a slow, easily managed pace and it’s allowed me to buy my sweet Hubby extra Christmas gifts (which he totally deserves). 😊. I’ve also been able to get gift knitting done at the same time and have finished everything with a week to spare.

My latest order was completed earlier this week. It’s the Little Prince Loafers from The Lovely Crow. I heartily recommend her patterns!

I knit up the 0/3 month size for a brand new little princess who just made her grand entrance into the world a couple of weeks ago.

It’s Raveled HERE.

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