Blue Monday :: 9

This evening I’m listening to Blue Monday on the radio and finishing up this lovely *tiny* little pair of longies (wool pants used to cover cloth diapers – the wool serves as a water proof cover).  The first of many to be made for Baby Moo.  I just have to finish the chord and they’re all done!

What do you think?

A glimpse into my Blue Monday

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Craft Room Disaster Area

So… my craft room/office is a bit of a disaster area…

For years now it’s been the “don’t know where to put it?  just throw it in the office!” room.  But not for long!

I just got home from an epic trip to Ikea where I got an awesome wooden shelving units that is sure to rock my world.

I thought it might be fun to post some before and after photos… so here goes!

Imagine that you just walked into the room and you’re panning from right to left.  This is what you would see.  Now don’t laugh, because it’s really bad!

Pile o' desk and shelves

shelf number one and half of the clutter pile

the clutter pile and shelf number two

the amazing space wasting wall nook and the closet door

Here’s the plan…

Replace shelves number one and two and the clutter pile with these:

goes in the corner

two of these - one on each side of the corner shelf

Then I can start getting organized with these:

I got two pink and one turquoise, no black

three of these linen colored boxes and four more in the same style that are not quite as tall

I’ve also got quite a few baskets, and boxes laying around that I’ll use.  And I’ll probably hit up Hobby Lobby, Tuesday Morning, TJ Max and Ross for more discount storage bins.

I’d like to put some funky wall decals above the shelving unit… maybe like these

http://www.etsy.com/listing/49387619/vinyl-wall-sticker-decal-art-funky?ref=v1_other_2

…or these…

http://www.etsy.com/listing/50525735/vinyl-wall-sticker-decal-art-heading?ref=v1_other_2

Oh yeah, and I plan to utilize the amazing space wasting wall nook by placing a pathos ivy, or perhaps a money tree in it… but probably a pathos ivy… even though I really like the idea of having a money tree in my craft room/office, pathos ivies are one of the only plants I seem to be able to keep alive, and a dead money tree sounds like bad joo-joo.

So, what do you think?  Any more ideas or suggestions?

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Newborn Longies Numero Uno

I’m working on the first of many pairs of newborn longies for Baby Moo.

These are knitting up very nicely in a colorway of cool blues with navy blue trimming.

They are so tiny… it’s absurdly cute!

I just split the knitting into two and seamed up the crotch to start the legs this evening.

What do you think so far?

(Can you guess which pic I took with the hipstamatic app on my phone?)

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WIP Wednesday… I mean Thursday

With the arrival of Baby Moo rapidly approaching, I’m committing myself to finishing up some projects that I’ve been working on for WAY too long.

Here are a few that are in the final stages.

First up, the Little Lulan Dress (formally known as the Little Sister Dress)…  I’ve finished all the knitting, and all I have left to do is put on the buttons and sew in the ends.

Next up, I have the very first knitted item that I have completed for Baby Moo (which is so sad, because by this point in my pregnancy with Lulan I had probably made her at least five or six knitted treasures)… an Owlie Sleep Sack!  I still need to block this, but here’s what it looks like pre-blocked.

It has tiny little cabled owls around the top of the sack… but I think it’s interesting how the whole thing kind of looks like an owl too.

I actually altered this pattern a little bit to leave the bottom open with a drawstring so we can get in to change diapers easily.  And because it’s made of wool, we can use it as a cloth diaper cover as well!

What are you working on this week?  I’d love to see, so please share!

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Behold the Blob Fish

Today the world wide Internet has really pulled through for me.

As I sit around a backyard campfire roasting weenies with old friends, someone makes a comment about the blob fish.

“The what fish?”

“Shall I look it up on my dandy phone?”

So I do. And not only did I find a picture of the real deal, but I also found an amazing knitted replica of said blob fish.

It made my day.

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Roundness

Roundness.

My body is starting to take on a bit of roundness…

I’m experimenting with round knitting. Not to be confused with knitting in the round. I’m actually knitting things that will ultimately be round.

This is my first experiment, a round dish cloth.

What I really want to make is a round baby blanket for baby #2, who’s arriving in late September, but I figure I ought to start with something a bit smaller.

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Blue Monday :: 10



crown blue, originally uploaded by pwaknits.

Happy Blue Monday!

A little royalty from pwaknits on Flickr.

much love,
Annie

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Blue Monday :: 9



Fuzzy womb for E, originally uploaded by Pockafwye.

A Blue Monday tune for you… think happy birthday…

Happy Blue Monday to you!
A blue uterus for you!
Happy Blue Monday to yo-ou!
I’m preggers,
Woo-hoo!

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Yarn Stash :: 1

So I have this super yummy, squishy Purewool that I really want to use, but I don’t know what to do with it!

I have three skeins. It’s like a bulky worsted weight.

Any suggestions?

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Almost Mittens!

What’s that you say?  You need a pair of super cozy almost mittens to go out and collect your delicious yard eggs first thing on a nippy morning?  Well then, I’ve got just the pattern for you!

Or did you need something a little more playful?  Oh wait, it’s the same pattern!

Hold on, slow down… maybe you just need something to keep you cozy while you stand there wistfully staring out the window and indulging in a delightfully tantalizing day dream about, well, you fill in the details … yeah, that’s the same pattern too.

And here it is, in all its perfectly simple glory…

Almost Mittens

by Annie Soutter

1 skein Lamb’s Pride bulky weight yarn

US 10 1/2 straight needles

Cast on 30 stitches (more if you want them to be longer, less if you want them shorter).  I like to leave a pretty long (about 1/2 a yard or so) tail so that I can use it to sew the mitten up when I’m finished.

Knit 40 rows, or until the height of the work (I’m talking from bottom edge to top edge) is long enough to wrap around your hand at the base of your fingers.

Cast off, leaving about a 10 inch tail.

Sew up the mitten by using the longest tail first and sewing up to where you want the bottom of your thumb hole (for me, this is about 3 inches from the very top edge of the mitten).  Tie that string off.  Now, using the shorter (10 inch) tail, sew down the mitten to where you want the top edge of the thumb hole (for me, about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the mitten – leaving me a thumb hole that is about 1 1/2 inches).  Tie it off and weave in and hide both of your tails.

Viola!  You now have one Almost Mitten!  Now go make another one and start getting down to some kind of serious cozy business!

By the way, those are some amazing photos, huh?!  Many, many, many thanks to the superbly talented Lauri!  You can check out more of her work here and here.

Much love and happy knitting!

Annie

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