Oh, if only I had more time for … fill in the blank. Is everyone saying that or is it just me? I feel like I could put a million things in that blank. Today it’s knitting. Because if I had more time for knitting then I wouldn’t be admitting that this is the first hat I’ve knitted for Baby T. Otherwise she’s been wearing handmedowns. Lucky gal / poor gal destined to always wear handmedowns. Lucky because who doesn’t love handmedowns? Poor because so many of our handmedowns are pink or red and to be honest, hot pink is not sister’s best color. Poor gal, amen? Therefore, I chose blue. She looks positively Frilling in blue.
(She has these dark blue eyes. The color is hard for me to catch in photos because the blue is so deep. We think they’re here to stay.)
This sweet hat has a fun basketweave design. It’s the “Flower Pot” hat from Itty Bitty Hats (which I’m forever knitting from); I just left all the flowers off. Instead I embellished it with one large crochet flower. I like cotton yarn for baby hats – it doesn’t itch like icky acrylic (yep, yarn snob, that’s me) and isn’t too warm (or itchy for that matter) for Texas like some wools.
It’s a rainy day here. Lately it’s been seasonably chilly and damp. B and I woke up today with our creative juices flowing. She decided to start with her favorite activity: watercolor painting.
We also got a head start on our Valentine decorating…
Incidentally, aren’t these alphabet magnets nice? They were a Christmas gift. You can find them here. I have them on a magnetic strip we use to display artwork.
For myself, I’m wishing for a few extra minutes to get a little hat finished for Tiny T. Nothing like a rainy day for knitting and drinking tea. Here’s hoping…
The temps are marginally cooling, I’m swimming in nesting hormones, and the yarn is calling my name these days. Aside from crocheting little hearts for bunting, I’ve been knitting hats.
This is one I finished for B several weeks back. I started it a long time ago, but then when I moved from SF, I accidentally packed away the pattern book I was working from, which was in storage until we moved into our house. So, I only recently picked it up again and finished it. It turned out bigger in size than I anticipated, but I love the stripes and the pointy elvish-ness of the knotted top. The yarn is 3 colors of soft Karabella 8 extrafine merino.
This one I already mailed away to a new little guy. It’s just a simple rolled-brim baby cap pattern topped with a pom, but really sweet I think. The yarn is self-striping Sugar N Cream 100% cotton. (I’m a snob about yarn: I hate acrylic. I’m only willing to use natural fibers like wool, cotton, and bamboo. Acrylic is cheap, washable, and has its uses; but I love the feel and handling of natural fibers. Knitting, for me, is a lot about texture and feel; and I also think the natural fibers wear better long-term.)
Sorry, B, this one’s not for you.
It’s occurring to me as I write this post that I’ve yet to knit any hats for Tiny T. Better get on it!
Why, Fran, where have you been? Well, exhaustedly pregnant to tell you the truth. At this point, getting anything done beyond basic necessary tasks and childcare is just… hard. My plan each day is to get through each day, and hopefully that involves taking a nap. Ugh, I don’t want to be the lazy, exhausted pregnant lady, but there I am.
That isn’t to say I haven’t done anything at all FRILLING or creative or fun lately. I have, just more slowly. Like…
…creating healthy appealing toddler meals in our PlanetBox lunchbox, complete with Raw Cookie Dough Bites…
Keepin’ it Frill, people. That’s what it’s all about.
Happy Labor Day! We spent the entire weekend at our house doing the 3-day Potty Training program, with great success; Little B is totally enthused about using the potty. But I did manage to work in some knitting in between Potty Dances, and I took the opportunity to finish up this adorable bunny hat for a sweet little boy who is yet to arrive. I hope he and his Mama love it. I know I do, and plan to knit up the pattern a few more times for the small crowd of new arrivals we have amongst our friends these days.
The pattern is from my much-loved (ok, well, I stole it from my mom) copy of Susan B. Anderson’s Itty Bitty Hats, and I knitted it in Sugar ‘n Cream self-striping cotton yarn. I have a great love for self-striping yarn.
Can’t wait to see this hat on the little guy. (I’m totally spoiling the surprise, but if your initials are P.D. this hat is coming your way!)
More hats to come….
And check back tomorrow for our first-ever completely Frilling blog giveaway!
Here’s a project I’ve been working on, off and on, for about 9 months. I’m so excited to have finally finished it, just in time for fall. The pattern, which I got from my local yarn shop, is called “Latticework Cowl”(what’s the difference between a cowl and an infinity scarf?). I came across this gorgeous Misti Alpaca yarn in the store one day, and knew it was my yarn; it is so soft and delicious, and the colorway is one I can’t resist.
I love the latticework pattern, which was a little tricky to get used to at first, and I admit, part of what took me so long was that I got about 5 inches knitted and had to pull it all out and re-knit due to some uncorrectable mistakes. I had to put it away for awhile after that
I’m glad I persevered. I think I’ll be wearing this piece for years to come.
My mom sent me a link to this post at Houzz with a collection of lovely knitted household goods compiled by Lori. I love seeing the art and craft of knitting applied to more than just wearables. Knitting appeals to me so much; it’s textural, practical, and can be so beautiful – all the things I find FRILLING. And of course, you know I love handmade, especially if the item is useful; I’m not a “just for decoration” kind of gal (unless is decoration or frills on something useful *wink*). I’d love for any of these items to be in my home.
I’m going to have to figure out where to get some of this giant yarn!
Check out the full post here, and see where to get the goods. What about you? Do you go out of your way to make or buy handmade goods? Do you have an affinity for crafting practical, beautiful items?
A sweet friend of Huzz’s knitted us this Raspberry Hat. We have been waiting to grow into it. Finally, it mostly fits. Baby B is very difficult to photograph these days, since she mostly just tries to grab the camera. But I managed to catch her unawares.
She wasn’t really in the mood for hats after that.
…But Mama, I don’t…
…really want to…
wear this anymore. So, there.
We try to keep toys to a quality, happy minimum at our house, and we try to opt for well-made, long-lasting, imagination-inspiring toys; as opposed to cheap, plastic toys that are more for entertainment than for actual play. (I could go on and on about my toy philosophy, but suffice it to say:) Huzz and I agree that, for the most part, we want B to have toys that are beautiful to see and touch. Plus we’d both go nuts if our home were overrun with garish plastic.
I love that Baby B has (a few, so far) toys that are lovingly hand-made of natural materials. Which is part of the reason why I’m currently hooked on toy-making, ever since my first little crochet birdie (which I keep forgetting to post a photo of). Now, I’m inspired to try my hand at knitting a toy or two, so I picked up this book, Knitted Toys: 25 fresh and fabulous designs_, by Zoe Mellor, at my local yarn shop:
Her designs are adorable, and I can’t wait to knit up a few of them.
Huzz really wants me to make the robot next…
But for now I’m busy working on…