I’ve shared some of my crocheted and knitted projects I’ve made for my friend, Lynette, who is fundraising to adopt a second special needs child from China. Adoptions (especially international ones) are insanely expensive.
Her sister, Larissa, is a talented knitting pattern designer and is offering her brand new shawl pattern, Ultra-Eyelet, at a discount ($2.99!) and all proceeds from the sales will go towards the adoption fund. It looks like a fabulous pattern to use up all your leftover bits of fingering weight yarn. The promotion ends on August 19th.
Please consider purchasing the pattern to help one more orphan find a forever home! Thanks for reading!
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It’s been just about a month since I uploaded a blog post. Whoops. I’ve been crafting away on little projects and finishing up a baby sleep sack (FO post to come) while waiting for the Big Day. The Anatomy Scan. Guess what? It’s a GIRL! Again. :P That means come October, we’ll have three of those adorable, sugar and spice- filled munchkins in one house.
Once the big news was revealed on that little screen in the doctor’s office, I went yarn shopping. Of course. Webs was having a sale and I picked up 4 skeins of Rowan Pure Wool in a beautiful lilac color (Rowan calls it “Splash”).
“Camilla” Baby Blanket
The color isn’t entirely accurate in the photo. It’s not quite so in-your-face purple. I promise some better shots in the FO post that will hopefully be in the near future. Blankets aren’t exactly a quick knit. Even with worsted weight and size 10 needles.
My Ravelery Project Page is HERE
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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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 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.
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:
My brother is a geek. He’s quite proud of that fact. So when I mentioned the idea of knitting his infant son a Jayne hat, he was pretty excited. A little while later, his wife leaned over to me and quietly said that a matching one for Jay (my brother) would make it even better. Fast forward 4 months, and you find me gift wrapping a few knitted hats in preparation for sending them down to my little bro and his family in Virginia for Christmas.
I completely winged the pattern to get the sizes I wanted. After browsing Ravelry, none of the Jayne patterns really “did” it for me so I went ahead and worked up beanies in the sizes I wanted. I made some crude notes on the project page, if you want to work one up. Really, if you can knit a basic beanie, my ramblings will make sense.
On to the pictures!
My little nephew, Z, may be 3 months younger than Ella, but he’s huge. I made sure to knit up a toddler sized beanie instead of a 12 month so that it fits him longer than a week. Hannah, my 2.5 year old, fits in it perfectly.
I opted to knit the ear flaps separately and stitch them on. It was easier for me to position them exactly where I wanted them with this method.
My favorite part is the tri-color pom pom. It’s awesome.