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Longies and Shorties

Just put the finishing touches on the brown and green longies, and another pair of green shorties that I’ve been working on.

The longies are knit in Araucania with Cascade 220 trim.

newborn longies

And the shorties are knit in Purewool (Forest of Pines colorway) – which is quickly becoming one of my favorites… it’s so deliciously soft and fluffy!

Shorties on Purewool Forest of Pines size small

Cheers!

Annie

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WIP Wednesday

Guess this is not officially a “work in progress” anymore, but I wanted to share anyhow.  The first pair of newborn longies are officially finished!

All finished, drawstring and everything! Aren't they cute?!

And yesterday I started on the second pair in this lovely Araucania yarn, with subtle greens, browns and yellows.  I’m using a dark chocolate brown Cascade 220 for the trim.

Newborn longies #2

I’ve tried so many longies patterns and never found one that really fit perfect, so I’ve been working on writing out my own pattern… it’s been a long, long road, but it will be finished one of these days!

I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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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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Magi Cowl

I love this cowl! It’s the first one I’ve designed, and it feels magical, so I’m calling it the “Magi Cowl”.

Block your work people! it’s totally awesome. Before blocking you couldn’t see any of the holes from the lace pattern, and the edges rolled in making it look like a clown collar! Blocking is magic!

Cheers!
Annie

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Block Experiment

For all these years, I have resisted blocking my work.  Mostly out of laziness, I think.  But not this time!  I just finished designing this lovely little lacy cowl, and I decided that today was the day I was going to finally try blocking something.  I followed instructions I found in the article To Block or Not to Block by Jessica Fenlon Thomas on knitty.com.

Here is the before picture:

And here it is after (I laid it out on a folded up towel sitting in a glass pan):

I’m hoping that the edges will continue to lay down once it’s dried out.  And I can already see how it makes the lace stitch stand out.

Now we just wait a day or two until it dries!

Cheers!

Annie

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wip thursday???

Oh no!  I lost a day!  Well, here you go, wip thursday!

Fiona’s Blankey

Squares for the scarves for the

Austin Waldorf School Knit-A-Thon

(If you would like to sponsor me please visit the link above *smile*)

We will be donating the scarves (and hats) to Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

The Little Lulan Dress

(formally known as the Little Sister Dress)

Click the link above for the free pattern.

Happy Thursday!

Annie

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WIP Wednesday

After much deliberation and soul searching (okay, maybe not soul searching) I have finally succumbed to the urge to jump on the band wagon and start doing “WIP Wednesdays”.  For those of you who don’t know, “WIP” is an acronym for “work in progress”.  So, with no further ado, here are some WIPs for today…

Flower Petal Shawl

(free pattern from Elann.com)

Two fish tails down… only ten more to go!

The Stash Buster Afghan

I started working on this afghan about 4 years ago when we lived in Boulder, Colorado… put it away for a LONG time and just got it out again.

I’m using all of my left over stash yarn (hence the name) on this one.  Mostly it’s all worsted weight, single ply, but there are a few other random things thrown in here and there (some bulky single ply and some worsted multi-ply) .

It has gone in and out of the dresser several times over the last four years.  Previously it has been my “movie watching project” and my “wine drinking project”, due to it’s super simple “k1, p1” pattern but most recently I took it out as something that I can work on while sitting in a mostly dark room waiting for my little one to fall asleep.  I usually only get two or three rows done in a sitting, so this is still a very long term project!

Cheers!

Annie

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