Monthly Archives: September 2009

Tried New Whirly-Gig Gadget

So I just got back from the local yarn store where I stopped in to use their swift to ball up a few skeins of yarn that were sent to me for custom orders… Oh my goodness!  They got a new toy – an all wooden, electric ball winder.  It was magical!  All you had to do was get the yarn situated in the winder and then flip the switch.   Just like magic!

Not sure if this is the exact model they had, but it looked pretty much like this:

Motorized Ball Winder

On another note, I finished those longies that I’ve been working on.  I’ll post a pic as soon as I can get a good one.  They look great!

I’m also almost finished with a baby blanket that I’ve been designing for a friend who just had her sweet baby last weekend… a little girl named Fiona Rose.  Such a sweet name.  I think I’m going to call it the “Fiona Rose Baby Blanket”.  Will post photos of the blanket too as soon as I get good ones.

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WIP longies update

Just finished the first leg of the WIP (work in progress) custom longies… I really love them.  The yarn has created this kind of striping/spiral pattern that is pretty sweet.

09.24.09 wip custom longies

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arrrgh!!

So, I had a severe case of mommy brain when I was doing the calculations for the size of the longies that I was working on and they ended up being about 3 inches too wide through the booty… ARRRGH!!!

I had to rip out the knitting all the way back down to the ribbed waist.  Bummer!

I went back and recalculated, took out 12 stitches, and have  re-knitted back to the legs and am about half way finished with the first one.

I’ll be sure to post pictures of the longies when I’m finished.

For those of you who are beginner knitters, it may bring you some comfort to know that I have been knitting for 23 years and I am still totally vulnerable to this kind of brain blip while knitting… very humbling.

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The Happy Day Pattern Archive

The following patterns are currently available at happyday.etsy.com.

Meow Head Baby Hat

meow head hat

The Lulu Play Crown

lulu crown

Diamond Drops Baby Bonnet

diamond drops bonnet

Lil’ Peanut Knot Top

lil peanut hat

Stripy Baby Blanket

stripy baby blanket

Simply Basic Bonnet

simply basic bonnet

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What doing Momma?

I have a two year old little girl who’s favorite question is “What doing Momma?” Ninety percent of the time my answer is “I’m knitting”. And that’s what this blog is all about – what I’m up to with my needles and yarn, with a dash of that other ten percent occasionally thrown in to keep it interesting.

I am a mom and piano teacher by day, and a pattern designer by night (and any other tiny speck of time I can pick up my needles!). So most of my knitting adventures are some form of a pattern I am in the process of creating. But I also knit custom longies, shorties and soakers (which are cloth diaper covers).

Today I’m sharing the pair of custom longies (toddler pants) that I’m working on.

The yarn is Mosaic Moon in Birthday Boy colorway, and it’s absolutely scrumptious!

09.17.09 wip pants 004

I’m knitting them from the top down, so the ribbing that you see is the waist.

09.17.09 wip pants 015

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