Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Itty Bitty Sock Monkey

K... so this is probably the CUTEST THING I'VE EVER MADE but only because it's so tiny!  I made it for a good friend of my sister's for her newborn boy out of DK Ultra Alpaca and even I was afraid it would be too small. You really do forget how tiny newborns are!  They fit him perfectly, but not for long! I'm really hoping to get a picture of him in them before he outgrows them to post on here... there's just nothing like a newborn :).

***FOR SALE*** Jack-O-Lantern Longies and Matching Hat

Someone please buy this!!

Lanolized and ready to wear! Size 3-6 months, measures Rise: 16", Waist: 16", Inseam: 7". Asking $65, but will take offers!

Cityscape *FINSHED!*

Lost in the Woods *FINISHED!*

These started out as a beautiful pair of longies, lovingly embroidered. And then I washed them.  The yarn I embroidered with is 100% wool but not a brand I knit with. It's an embroidery wool that comes in tiny skeins so you don't have to buy a whole bunch of yarn you're never going to use up. I had no idea it wasn't colorfast!  I have a picture somewhere of the stain that happened on the front of the pants, but I'm not sure I want to post it. It was a very traumatic thing for me. There was a huge shadow of a tree on the front from having been turned inside out during lanolizing. It looked like a big pooh stain! SOOOO not pretty! I was sure they were completely ruined!

I got a lot of advice from other mamas on how to get the stain out, and I tried the most popular suggestion, which was to wash it in Dawn dish detergent. So I did, but I think I used too much and couldn't get all the soap out! Actually, I washed it several times in the Dawn, but still wasn't happy with the stain removal process. Finally, I figured there wasn't much more I could do to ruin them, so I put them in my front load washer on gentle and just ran it through the cycle to get the Dawn out. IT WORKED! sort of. The stain came out almost completely (you have to look REALLY close and know what you're looking for) but they had felted a little bit! Now I was afraid it wouldn't fit the girl it was made for! I still haven't seen pics of it on, so I'm just taking the mama's word for it that it does indeed fit. I stretched it and stretched it to make it fit the measurements the mama gave me and finally succeeded.  But I was still really nervous about it. I decided to try it on my 2 year old niece to see how it would look, and whadyaknow! It totally fit! She's probably a little smaller than the girl it's intended for. My niece is VERY petite, but it fit her so well that I wasn't afraid it wouldn't fit the intended anymore so I sent it out, and mama says she's happy with it, so that's the happy ending of the near tragedy of the Lost in the Woods longies. I'm still very traumatized by it.

Yay! They really DO fit! Mama Jennifer just posted these pics for me. I swear, her little girls (she's got three) are about the cutest little munchkins I've ever seen! I'm gonna have to start making her stuff just so her little girls can model them for me! Check it out!

And yes, mama did have that hoodie made to match by this mama here. So freakin' cute! Now I need a girl... or maybe just to spend more time with and make more stuff for my nieces... yeah... that's it lol!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Owl in a Tree WIP

I need the mama's input on these. I'm pretty sure about them, but not 100%. There will be an owl on the long branch on the bum and the waist is an encased drawstring. I kinda feel like the design should maybe be longer, but at the same time, I really don't want to undo it... I LOVE the colors though. The moon is a silvery baby llama yarn that I picked up and I thought it would make a great moon because it's kinda fuzzy so it looks like it's glowing :). Of course, when I got home from the yarn shop, I remember that I have plenty of silvery alpaca/wool blend that would have developed some fuzz and been very pretty and saved me $8, but hey, you live and learn. Feedback is welcome and invited! Thanks!


YAY! They're DONE! Sometimes it's just so satisfying to say that. They just need an i-cord and to be blocked. HALLELUJAH!!

Please forgive the crappy phone pics. I'll take better ones once they're blocked.

Halloween Longies and Pumpkin Hat WIP

The longies are done, but I ran out of orange and haven't finished the hat. I'm crossing all my fingers and toes that my local yarn shop has the right color in stock! The hat will eventually have a stem and leaves on it :).

Sunday, October 17, 2010

VROOOM! Longies... or Retro Cars... but I like VROOOM! :)

This was going to be another pair of owls, but then the mama did her own owls that were SO CUTE, so I offered to do something else. I added orange and cars to match the shirt she found the same day we were talking about it and I LOVE THEM! I loved them before I gave them to the mama, but on her baby they're beyond adorable.  My big boy has red hair and blue eyes... this little guy totally reminds me of him! Such a cutie!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cityscape WIP, Update

I've been promising this mama pictures of this FOREVER, and somehow I just haven't been able to get with my sister/photographer to get good pictures of it, so here are some crappy pics I took. I so missed out on the photography talent in my family. Hopefully I can get together with my sister later today or tomorrow and get some GOOD pictures of this one! I really really love how it turned out :)

My sister is magnificent. See post above for finished product! :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Curly Purly Soaker

This is just a little Curly Purly soaker I made for a mama in need :)

Monkey Costume Part 1

This is going to be a sock monkey Halloween costume and I love it. The yarn is so squishy and thick! It's Plymouth Earth Homestead 100% eco wool, which means it's not dyed and it's not treated with chemicals. I would have expected it to be full of twigs but it's totally not! I think I only got 2 little bits of grass the entire time I was knitting the pants! Texture wise, it's a lot like Cestari. It's kinda cottony and doesn't have a ton of stretch. I'm thinking it'll hold up about like Cestari also, but I like it MUCH better than Cestari. I'm thinking I'm going to have to send some to a dyer... or maybe even dip my toes into the world of colorway dyeing because if this yarn holds up the way I think it will, it'll be something I'll want to use on my next little one... when one comes along :).

I love making monkey pants! This one will have a detachable tail AND detachable eyes so they can be worn as regular sock monkey pants or the whole costume. I can't wait to get this all done and see it on the little guy it's made for! He lives close so I might actually get to see this one in person! YAY! :)

Here's the whole costume together on the little guy it was made for :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lost in the Woods WIP

These still need all the embroidery work done, but I'm already loving how they're coming out. The pictures aren't good. It's hard to get good lighting late at night, but the blue of these longies is SO PRETTY! And I totally love how the cuffs came out. Hope the mama agrees!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Superman longies

I have to admit, the entire time I was working on these, the Superman theme was running through my head. The.Entire.Time. Doesn't help that my 4 year old sings it all the time also :).

I LOVE this blue! I think it might be discontinued, which makes me sad because it's SO PRETTY!!!

I did a new hem on this one. I really like how it came out. I increased about an inch from the end in every stitch, and then double knit for an inch and bound off with a needle bind off. I know, knitting jargon. What it boils down to is a very nice top down hem WITH NO GRAFTING :). Now I need to figure out how to do the picot edge like that.
I went over to a good friend's house the other day and brought this with me. She'd wanted me to make a cat costume for her 2 year old, but when she saw it, she decided she needed a Superman and a Wonder Woman soaker for her 2 year old twins! I'm very pleased with how this came out. I'll get better pics up after I've blocked it and put a drawstring in. That's the hard part... deciding on a drawstring color. I'm going to have to make 3 for this one I think.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Monster longies WIP

I found this AWESOME random stripe generator. I think I'll have to use it again :). These are baby alpaca... soooooooooooo soft!

I'll post better pics later after they're blocked. Crappy lighting in my living room and it's stormy outside.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pony Birthday longies

This is turning out very pretty. I LOVE the colors! Enjoy mama!

UPDATE: This one is all but finished and I LOVE IT! I'm usually not a character lover, but the colors are so cute on this and when we tried it on my next door neighbor, well, the pictures speak for themselves. There is still a tiny bit of finish work to do, and I'll get better pictures tomorrow, but yeah, I totally love this.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Boy Owlies

These are my very favorite longies that I've made so far. I'm totally not kidding, I would make 100 pair of these! I think I've said before that things are getting harder and harder to send off, but this one was the hardest. My favorite yarn, and they turned out SO INCREDIBLY CUTE!! Sunnybunny, you're one lucky mama, and if you ever want to get rid of them, I'll trade you back!! :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I made these at the request of the mama. She found a soaker that's supposed to fit from about 8lbs to about 35 lbs. I was skeptical. So I tried it on my 39lbs 3 year old. You can see the results! I think I'm gonna have to frame that pic of him folding his arms. He's just too cute!  The girlie above him is my beloved Princess Addy, my sister's little girl. She weighs about 20 lbs less than Lucas and the soaker fits her like a dream too! We make cute kids in our family :).

I have a cottage license for this one, so I'm authorized to make and sell as many of them as I want. I can tell you one thing, I'll definitely be making at least one for my next baby!

The leg warmers are so she can use them when the weather gets cold. My kids are really into Wallace and Gromit right now. In Wallace and Gromit, Wallace gets dumped down a hole in the morning when he gets up, right into his pants, and then he has a machine that slides his sleeves on (which aren't attached to a shirt, apparently) and then plunks a sweater over his head. Anson, my older boy, LOVES dress ups, and he's decided that these leg warmers are his "sleeves". It's heartbreaking to have to send them off! I might just have to make him a pair... sneak a few hours away from knitting for others and knit for my sweet little boy. He also needs a green sweater vest, and Lucas needs a dog costume and I think we're set for Halloween! :)