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Biscuit’s Blanket

14 Aug

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I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath to see how this turned out. Truth be told, I kind of was too! My goal was to have it finished by his second birthday, and I cut it pretty close to the wire. As in, I wove in the last ends and trimmed them off the night before his birthday. So now he has a sweet blanket that he can’t use for several more months because we live in the South and it’s summer and there is absolutely no need for wool in the summer.

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At the start I had planned on knitting a bunch of mitered squares and then sewing them together when I had enough. Fortunately, Katie convinced me to just pick up and knit each square, which probably saved me time and helped me meet my goal. Each square was a pretty quick knit, but man, it was a boring project.

When I finally finished, I did a little finagling to get the edges all lined up, then did 2 rows of single crochet around the edges to make it really finished. During the process I was afraid it would turn out a bit too purple, but the colors blended really nicely and I am pleased with the finished result.

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The important thing is that Biscuit likes it! I couldn’t work on it in front of him, or he would insist on having it draped on him or wrapped around him. I took it on our trip to the beach, and didn’t get to work on it the entire car ride, because it was tucked around his little legs while he swung them happily and patted his belly, smiling about “my own blanket.” Hopefully he gets lots of use out of it this winter, either keeping him warm in bed or wrapped around him in the car for the trip to school on cold days.

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Started: September 20, 2013

Finished: July 11, 2014 (Hey! Less than a year!)

Yarn: Knit Picks Worsted Chroma, colorway Rainbow; Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, colorway Cloud

 

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A productive and crafty morning

18 Jun

This morning started out pretty poorly, what with Biscuit being ornery and me having to make an extra trip home after dropping the kids off at school because I didn’t bring water play clothes for Coco. So I was in a pretty grumpy mood by 8:45 am. Fortunatley, as the saying goes, music soothes the savage beast, and rocking to some tunes while pounding out 5 miles of speed work on the beautiful greenway did, in fact, raise my spirits. When I got home I began to execute a plan that has been fermenting in my brain for awhile. See, I have this really strange desire to learn how to cross stitch. But since I don’t know how, I decided that I really need to do some more embroidery. I did a tiny bit ages ago and really like it, and now I want to do more. Probably because I’m tired of working on Biscuit’s “baby” blanket. Which, by the way, looks like this now:

6.5 squares to go!

6.5 squares to go!

This Genius and Terrific Idea is to make little embroidered quilt squares with the kid’s names on them. Originally I thought to just hang them in their rooms, but I think it might be even cuter to hang them on the wall outside their room. A sort of “This room belongs to:” type thing, only more colorful and fun. At least until they are old enough to be embarrassed by the stuff their mom makes for them. I dug through my old fabric pieces and found some odds and ends of blue batik that works for Biscuit. Bonus: I already have blue embroidery floss that perfectly coordinates. Score 1 for me. Buried even further down were some leftovers from Coco’s baby blanket. I laid out some patterns.

A piece-y mess

A piece-y mess

Not so messy

Not so messy

For Biscuit’s I just went for random placement of pieces that would yield a rectangle. For Coco’s the goal was even color distribution. I dug out and dusted off my sewing machine, which has sat in a closet for about a year now. Then I sewed and I pressed and I sewed and I pressed and after about 30 minutes I had these two cute little quilt squares.

I like it!

Much neater, and Coco will love it. Because it has pink.

Much neater, and Coco will love it. Because it has pink.

The plan is to embroider the kid’s names on them and frame them, but not to actually quilt them up. Although I was attempting to make them 8X10, they both turned out slightly larger. Eventually I’ll have to trim them to fit a frame, but for now, I’m leaving them. Now I just have to brush up on my embroidery skills and get to work! This will either take a matter of weeks, or a year. Here’s hoping for the former.

Tales and Tails

17 Mar

Oooo, look at all the dust around here! I would say that things have been busy since I last posted, but that would just be a lie. Honestly, things have been mostly the same, only I have been lazy. But I do have a couple of updates for you all and a couple of pictures of something I have been working on.

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Pile-o-parts

First up, big news: I started my job at the end of January! Job searching was an arduous and defeating process, but this particular job fell in my lap. My postdoc advisor left his old position and took a new one at a contract research organization. He contacted me sometime this fall, asking if I would be interested in working for him, part time, from a distance. Well, that’s just about perfect! So the kids are in daycare/preschool 2 days a week and I get my work hours in whenever I can manage. It also means I still have 3 days at home with the kiddos for now! The goal is to make this position full time once the lab getsmore contracts and work, but for now I’m only needed on a part time basis.

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The headless Hobbes.

Second tale to tell is that, surprise surprise, we will be moving again this summer! I mean really, you’d think that moving is our favorite summer activity, but you’d be wrong. However, we will be at our next location for several years, if not forever, so we are going to do something new and drastic.

We’re going to buy a house.

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Hobbes doesn’t care about home buying. He just wants a body.

What?!? I know, I know. Between us we have 5 degrees, 2 kids, a dog, a cat, and lots of belongings, but we’ve never lived in one place long enough to justify buying. Now, at long last, we can join the world of homeowners. The thought was really exciting until we realized we know absolutely nothing about purchasing a home. Man, we have so much to learn. Got any tips? Leave them in a comment below or send them via twitter or facebook! We could use all the advice you have to give!

And for the tail: these pictures you see  are of Hobbes. Our good friend had a baby, oh, 6 months ago, and he needed a Hobbes all of his own. Naturally I decided to make a crocheted one, because I would be nothing if not over-ambitious in my crochet abilities. I made his head really quickly and then he just sat around in a bag until the past 2 weeks. Then I got to work and finished all the other body pieces.

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Making friends with Anna and Elsa.

I learned something very important in the making of Hobbes. I learned that I really despise crochet. I can’t “read” my work like I can with knitting. I can barely even count stitches, and since they seem to move every round I can barely keep track of where rounds begin. I just don’t get it, man. I can knit intricate and delicate pieces, but crocheting in a circle is hard. Real hard. Don’t even get me started on sewing crocheted pieces together. It took about 3 tries to get the head on right. Maybe more; there is a good possibility I have repressed some head-sewing memories.

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Pass me the coffee!

So now that Hobbes is done, I’m going to be making another toy. Coco, like every other girl in the world right now, is in LOVE with Frozen. She has Elsa and Anna dolls, courtesy of her Nana, but she does not have an Olaf. Having apparently already forgotten the torture of making Hobbes, I decided I could make her an Olaf. Then I went and told her I would, so now I’m bound by obligation. This time, however, I’m going to knit it. And since I am cheap frugal,  I’m going to design a pattern myself instead of buying one. This could take 3 days or it could take 3 years. Either way I’m probably going to need some more coffee first.

A blanket for Biscuit

8 Oct

Well, I finally got my act together and starting knitting a baby blanket for my not-so-little baby. I mean, winter is coming and all that. By which I mean it has been in the 80s the past few days but there is the chance that one day it might get below 60. Maybe.

Miters!

Miters!

I am using the rest of the yarn from the POP! blanket, because I accidentally ordered twice as much as needed! Since I don’t want to knit the same blanket twice I decided to go for a mitered blanket. I’ve wanted to knit one for forever, and I think the variegated colors with the white will look spectacular in stripes

Oooo, gradient!

Oooo, gradient!

I managed to knit 2 squares, then got sidetracked by a crochet project, then got lazy and kind of forgot to knit for awhile. Oops. At this rate he’ll have a baby blanket by the time he heads off to college.

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