FO: Pinky reindeers

Just popping back in to say that I finally DID manage to finish BK’s hat (and block both mine and hers). And remember how I complained that it wasn’t cold enough to wear mine? Well, it is now! Winter arrived on Sunday, and we had a fresh, beautiful layer of snow.

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BK and I celebrated by bundling up and going outside for a little play. She has been desperate to play in the snow for weeks! We’ve had a couple of outings this week in her hat to play in the snow. It finally melted yesterday, but we’re meant to have more this weekend.

She loves her new hat. I put it on her to take her to my mom and dad’s the other day, and when we arrived, my dad playfully asked, “Who’s in my driveway?” BK announced, “Me and the pinky reindeers!” Hence the name of the finished product. :-)

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I did make some mods to make it more shallow for her little head. The circumference seemed right on when I had her try my hat on, so I left it the same and cast on the same number of stitches on size 2 needles like I did for mine, and switched to 4s for the colorwork, just as the pattern said.

  • My ribbing is only 1″ long.
  • After the ribbing, I knit three rows in grey, instead of the 1 row called for in the pattern to have a bit more of a break since I knit the ribbing in the CC. (As a note, I originally was going to make this hat the opposite of mine. But as much as I LOVE this pink color, my eyes were about to bleed after the ribbing, and I decided there could be too much of a good thing. And switched back to grey as my MC :-)).
  • I skipped rows 1-2 of the chart.
  • Then I skipped rows 4-9 of the chart.
  • After that, I followed the pattern exactly.

At 2.5 years old, she still has some growing room in this hat, and I think it will fit her for at least another year or two.

Sine we both have a little extra space at the top of our hats and they are not quite beanies, I keep wondering if we need pom poms. Still undecided. What do you think?

FO: Reindeer wish you a happy new year!

I LOVE reindeer. Just love them. They are the main theme of my holiday decor, to be honest. I think it stems from my obsession with the 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie. It is tied for my favorite Christmas movie (original Miracle on 34th Street is the other). And nothing says Christmas quite like Santa’s support staff. :-)

So even though I had a couple of projects on the needles that I planned to take to England when we went in mid-December (a Playful Stripes cardigan and Adrift fingerless mitts), my plans changed rapidly the day before we left when Ravelry displayed Donder and Blitzen in my pattern highlights. Reindeer, hearts, colorwork – I was already on board. I knew immediately that I had just what I wanted in my stash already, and it happened to be very similar to an already completed project. I had grey left over from my somewhat ill-fated Wildflower cardigan in Cascade Venezia, and some pink that I had been hoarding dyed by my good friend Mary Ann from A Good Yarn a few years ago.

I cast on in JFK airport during our layover, and powered through the ribbing. Then I attempted (and failed miserably) to sleep on the plane. Once I hit the colorwork at my in-laws house, I thought I was going so fast, I should have packed a few other projects. That progress slowed down significantly during the week, as we had activities of some sort nearly all day. So on the plane ride home, I didn’t watch any movies and just buckled down on this sucker. I wanted it done before Christmas, and we were flying on December 21. And I finished it! Boom!

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Then we got home, and it was nearly tropical. I didn’t even get to wear it before Christmas. :-(

But I’ve worn it once since then. Even though I would normally celebrate this strangely warm weather, having a lovely finished hat I can’t wear is making me a bit irritated. I guess you can’t have it all!

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These are unblocked shots, because honestly, if I wait to block it before taking pictures, the pictures will never get done! So here it is. I LOVE IT.

I love it so much I’ve started another one for BK. Though I’ve made so many foolish errors on the colorwork it’s unbelievable, so progress has been slow. I would like to blame it on the few mods I’ve made to the chart to make the hat more shallow for her little head, but that’s not been the real issue. I just need to focus! Hopefully, I’ll be back soon with a wee coordinating one!

And happy new year! Wishing everyone a fantastic 2016, filled with joy and fun!

 

Sadie the dinosaur

Back in mid-November, BK declared that the ONLY thing she wanted for Christmas was a pink cuddly dinosaur.

That’s easy, I thought. And then I started Googling pink dinosaurs. And it turns out that it’s not that easy.

Amazon had a couple, but they were literally being shipped from China, and the delivery day window went all the way to December 28. No good, especially not if it’s all she wanted for Christmas!

I looked on eBay and found similar ones with shipping windows that would work, but between cost of the item and shipping, it was taking a cuddly pink dinosaur up past $50. I declared that insane.

So… I thought about knitting one. And dismissed it as taking too long (as I mentioned in the previous post, I was on a time crunch since we had an England vacation planned).

And then, I thought, I kind of sew. I could probably make a dinosaur!

So I found this adorable Sam the Dinosaur pattern and purchased it off Etsy. I then took myself to JoAnns to find pink fleece and pink felt, and I was off.

Well, kind of. I got a bit scared by some of the directions about the bottom of the body, so I called my Craft Genius (my mom) and had her come sit with me as I got started on the sewing part.

Once I gained a little confidence, I finished it off on my own.

She has one foot that’s a bit wonky, but I declared it gave her character, and if we ever lost her, we could always tell if it was her, since how many pink dinosaurs with a wonky foot could there be??

Anyway, after I finished her, I named her Sadie (since the original pattern was an “S” name) and wrapped her up.

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Sadie the pink dinosaur

I then worried that BK had forgotten that she asked for it. But there was no doubt on Christmas morning when she immediately cuddled her and then proclaimed she needed the dinosaur’s help to open her next few presents. She also took her with us to my mom and dad’s on Christmas afternoon (the only toy she took along), and slept with her that night.

I think Sadie is very loved. And certainly worth getting out of my sewing comfort zone!

Back on track

I know no one wants to hear my excellent excuses for not posting for 6 months, so we’ll skip that part. I have missed blogging, and literally think about it every day. Sometimes I even take pictures for the blog… and then they never make it here. Mr Snips even asked recently why there were so many photos of food and knitting on my phone, and I told him I keep taking pictures because I am going to share it all with you (recipes I’ve tried, good dinners we’ve had out, knitting projects I’m working on during my lunch hour). Maybe some day you will even see some of them. :-)

I managed to wrap up all of my Christmas knitting in plenty of time. I know I keep telling you that I don’t do Christmas knitting, but hey! sometimes I do!

I whipped up 5 dishcloths for my cousin and 5 for my parents, and a pair of mittens for my sister. My cousin was the only one who truly loved the dishcloths I made during the Christmas Knitting Debacle of 2010, and told me that any time I wanted to make her more, she would use them. So when I was trying to decide what to get her this year, and I saw my healthy stash of kitchen cotton, I knew what to do. I buckled down and churned out 5 and wrapped them up in ribbon. My parents had a few dishcloths that I literally watched come unravelled, so I knew they also needed a re-stock.

I can’t even believe this, but I forgot to take a picture of the mittens I gave my sister. I made Cloisonée mittens and used yarn leftover from the Gramps sweater and my Tantramar Toque (which I made in the club colors – looks exactly like the main project page)  and some dark grey I had from something else (honestly can’t remember!). The HiKoo yarn is super great because it doesn’t feel wooly at all, and to me, that’s a plus. It has zero itch factor. The blue I used is very similar to the color of scarf I gave my sister last year. We both have our dad’s blue eyes, and I like to give her things that will really make her eyes shine!

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One thing we did before leaving for England was visit the Circle of Lights downtown Indianapolis. BK loved it! And yes, we are in matching hand knit Santa hats. :-)

Christmas was interesting this year, as we jetted off to England for 10 days in the middle of the month. That means I wrapped up (literally) everything beforehand, since we weren’t returning until late on the 21st. I finished knitting, sewing, shopping, wrapping, cards… the whole deal… before December 10. We then had a really lovely holiday with the whole of Mr Snips side of the family, and even had a “Christmas Day.” We all felt a little let down after that, as it seemed Christmas really was over. :-( It was a bit hard to get back in the spirit, but BK was so excited about Santa once we got home, it certainly helped bring back some of the joy of the season.

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“Christmas Day” in England.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll be back soon (really!) to share my current WIPs and some things I’ve made this year while I’ve been MIA.

Catching up/time to knit!

Wow.. I have missed blogging! I can’t believe how long I’ve been away. I have a really good excuse though. We moved house!

At the beginning of the year, Mr Snips and I started talking about whether we would do some work to our current house or if we would buy a new one. Since we were both going back and forth on it, I started checking in with him every day. “What do you think today? Move or stay?” and most days he’d say stay.

Until we went to the home and garden show. And it became apparent the changes we would make would be very expensive, and we already had one of the nicest homes in the neighborhood. It would be over-improving on a grand scale.

So we both quietly and separately started surfing the Realtor app. Neither of us would admit it unless we saw a really good house that may be in the running. We were still on the see-saw of stay or move. And we weren’t officially “looking.”

And one Friday night, Mr Snips said out of the blue, “Look at this house. I think we need to go see it.” Which is not something he says lightly AT ALL. If Mr Snips wants to go see a house, we really need to go see it. Like now. So, we emailed our realtor late at night and asked about getting in that weekend.

She got us a viewing early Saturday afternoon, and we knew immediately this was our long-term home. Where we would raise BK, where she would graduate from high school, where we would stay for years and years and years.

And so the stressful dance of house buying and selling began. We got an accepted offer on our new home. We accepted an offer on our old home. We found out at closing on the new house that our old house closing would be delayed. We moved house. We went to England for 10 days to my brother-in-law’s wedding. My in-laws came home and stayed with us. They went home. We worked like crazy on the house, fixing little things, figuring out stuff we’d never had to before (we have some new toys at this house!). Juggling somewhere in there caring for a toddler and going to work.

We are exhausted.

But I am happy, and I can’t believe this is my home! I am so lucky.

In between all of this, I have still been knitting ! Obviously not loads, but every stitch adds up!

Right now, I am revisiting a sweater I started in 2012. I made enough mistakes that I ripped it out and put it in time out until early this spring. But I am now on the home stretch and doing the bottom ribbing (it’s a top down). I even tried it on yesterday and it fits. Which is a miracle. Because I didn’t swatch :-o

So your picture today is the sweater in progress, my Harry Potter stitch marker and the cool bright pink Swatch watch I got for Mother’s Day.

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Now it’s “time” to knit. Get it? ;-)

Ten on Tuesday: 10 types of footwear I own

  1. Short leather boots. They’re definitely getting a lot of outings recently. I got a new Ecco pair a few weeks ago that I really love!
  2. Casual trainers. I have an old pair of Pumas that I love dearly and still wear a lot.
  3. Boat shoes. Because who doesn’t need at least one pair of Sperrys?
  4. Flip flops. I live in Reef flip flops during the summer.
  5. Knee-high leather boots. Because that’s what you need to rock when you have a great dress or skirt and tights!
  6. Snow boots. So there are a lot of boots on this list! But every Midwestern girl needs a pair.
  7. Flat dress shoes. I have a pair of gold and pewter toned flats that I wear with nearly every work outfit during the summer.
  8. Dressy sandals. I have 4 variations of the similar sandals that I wear with my summer dresses.
  9. Heels. I don’t wear heels much, but I have a couple of short-ish black pairs that I wear if there’s a good reason.
  10. Basic nude wedges. I just bought these for myself on super sale from Nine West. I think they’ll be great to go with everything once it gets a bit warmer!

Ten on Tuesday: 10 ways to make winter less bleak

  1. Knit! Easy one first, right?
  2. Sit snuggled up on the couch by my fireplace. I do loooove my gas fireplace that I can turn on with a switch. Right next to it is my favorite place to do #1 (knit)!
  3. Drink a lot of hot beverages. Preferably while knitting by the fireplace. My favorite is coffee, followed by tea and hot chocolate.
  4. Wear my favorite handknits. Some of the things in very heavy rotation this year are my Snowfling Mittens and a Hermione hat my mom made me years ago and which is still my super favorite hat ever.
  5. Celebrate happy stuff. We have a few family birthdays that hit during winter, and being able to meet up every couple of weeks for cake and family time certainly brightens the days.
  6. Re-watch Harry Potter movies. ABC Family is almost always having an HP marathon, and I have all of them on DVD, so… pretty much the best thing ever to watch while knitting by the fireplace with a hot drink (are you noticing a trend yet?)
  7. Wear flannel pajamas. So they’re not very fashionable, but I have two pairs I love very much and they are pretty fabulous and make me happy.
  8. Wear these new flashy slippers. I’m thrilled with my new bling bling slippers. They are soft and warm on the inside and fun on the outside! I just got these for Christmas and I’m wearing them nearly every day.
  9. Go to knit night. Catching up with my friends every week nearly makes me forget it’s freezing and pitch black outside.
  10. Play with BK! I saved the best one for last. She’s my little ray of sunshine all year long.