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Scrappies Down

Finished up the “newborn” sized scrappy longies that I was making from Mosaic Moon Cestari scraps…

Turns out this yarn is a much thicker worsted weight than the Araucania I originally wrote the pattern up in, so this pair ended up being a whole size bigger. It’s not really a problem, as the babe will probably be in smalls for a lot longer than newborns. Mostly I just have to keep it in mind for when I’m writing the patterns.

And speaking of writing patterns, I just signed up several pattern testers for this longies pattern, so the ball is really rolling now!

I also just got started on the next size up – medium.

If you’re interested in being a pattern tester for this longies pattern comment on this post and I’ll get you all set up.

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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Pale Face Lace Almost Mittens

I’m working up the pattern for some sweet little lacy almost mittens. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

What do you think?

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Slouchy Baby Chicken Eggs!

Okay, you got me, all of the things in the title don’t go together!  But it’s all what’s going on with me today on this BEAUTIFUL day here in Austin.

First of all, I finished the slouch hat I was working on.  It has a lacy pattern, but it didn’t come out very nicely.  I’m thinking about giving it another try and altering it a bit, maybe no lacy, or something that might stand out better… what do you think?  Any suggestions?

Second, my friend is having her baby right now!!!!  Many strong momma blessings and thoughts are coming your way right now!  Hooray!!

And finally, yesterday, the days crossed over the threshold to be long enough for our wonderful chickens to start making their delicious eggs again.  Yay!

This is our favorite chicken of the flock, her name is Sexy.  She’s super sweet and loves to be picked up and petted.

And this is the mean one… she’s a trouble maker too… always trying to escape and wander the neighborhood.  Her name is Rocky.

Oh my gosh!  In the time that it took me to get from writing about my friend being in labor to the end of this post she has had her baby!  Her name is Carson Anne, and she is perfect!!!!  Congratulations!

What a magical day!

Love and Light,

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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my favorite man hat

hat #1, originally uploaded by happydaymomma.

So far, this is my favorite man hat that I’ve ever made… well, it’s actually a close tie with another one that I’ll post pics of another time. And I made it for my man about five years ago. He still loves to wear it!

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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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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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