Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rekindling an Old Love

What happens when an obsessive crafter knits and crochets so much that she has persistent fatigue and pain in her hands, arms, and shoulders? She looks for other things to do that feed the craft obsession that give those tired, sore muscles a break! In my case, I stumbled back into counted cross stitch.

I had started these little animals back when I was pregnant with my oldest child (who is now 8). They were meant to be nursery decor. Last week I found them in my craft storage closet while rummaging around looking for something to work on, and I decided to pick up my cross stitch again and finish the set and hang them in the play room.

I'm using the Prairie Schooler patterns "Best of the Barn" and "Prize Country Animals"



Here are the three I completed during that first pregnancy:



I began working on these around last week Tuesday (Pardon the hoop marks and wrinkles):

(The rabbit's head had been started during my first pregnancy, but the rest has been done in the last week.)

Here's my most recent start. It's the goat!

I found six neat little square frames that I hope will work really well for these. Now I have to decide if I want to go ahead and stitch the final two designs and hunt for matching frames (which wouldn't be too hard, I don't think -- they came from JoAnn's) or if I want to stop after the goat and move on to something else. (Yes! I have new projects planned!)

I'm having such fun rediscovering cross stitch.

Monday, August 24, 2009

One for the Road

I knit or crochet or sew every single day, but I no longer feel drawn to blog about it, so I've decided to discontinue this blog. I'll leave it up in it's present form so people can access my patterns, links, or anything else that might be useful or interesting.

I've been hanging out on Ravelry quite a bit lately, and I plan to start cataloguing my projects there. Stop over and say "hi" if you're a fellow "Raveler" (and if you're not, you really should be--it's fantastic!)--I'm kelleyjogirl on Ravelry. I'm also still on Etsy.

So . . . one final project to share here: K's long-awaited "lovey."




Yarn: Filatura Lanarota Circus, colorway #4 (85% cotton, 15% acrylic--very soft and drapey and wonderful, but a REAL PITB to work with because of how it's spun/plied)
Hook: size H
Thanks for reading!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Dishcloth Love!

I have a new favorite dishcloth pattern. It's quick and fun to work up, it lays flat, the edges are neatly finished, and it looks good on both sides. What's not to love?

Front:


Back:


Pattern: Double Bump Dishcloth
Yarn: Sugar and Cream, Summer Splash colorway
Needles: US size 7
Mods: none

It makes a lovely scarf too, so I'm using this pattern and my old stash of Red Heart Super Saver (left over from the kids' crocheted play food) for some charity scarves for the coming winter.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

My Latest Frantic Mama



Pattern: Frantic Mama Soaker
Yarn: Malabrigo, Apple Green
Needles: size 3 and 6 16" circs for body; size 3 12" circs for leg cuffs
Mods: used changes for babies with chunky thighs

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July!



My latest dishcloth project. I love it! The pattern is available on the Monthly Dishcloths group. (It's the June KAL, if I remember correctly.)

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Monday, June 29, 2009

I *have* been crafting . . . See!







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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Crocus

Here's a new dishcloth pattern for you. I've been sitting on this since spring. I meant to post about it as my Crocuses were in bloom, but . . . well, life happens, especially when you have small children. :-)



Materials
Worsted weight 100% cotton yarn, one 2 oz skein
US size 6 knitting needles

Finished size: approximately 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches

Stitches
K=knit
P=purl
YO=yarn over
P2tog=purl 2 stitches together
P3tog=purl 3 stitches together

Cast on 43.

Rows 1–6: Knit across.
Rows 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19: K3, P37, K3.
Row 8 (right side): K6, *YO, K2, P3tog, K2, YO, K1. Repeat from * to last 5 sts, K5.
Row 10: K6, *YO, K2, P3tog, K2, YO, K1. Repeat from * to last 5 sts, K5.
Row 12: K6, *YO, K2, P3tog, K2, YO, K1. Repeat from * to last 5 sts, K5.
Row 14: K5, P2tog, *K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P3tog. Repeat from * to last 12 sts, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P2tog, K5.
Row 16: K5, P2tog, *K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P3tog. Repeat from * to last 12 sts, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P2tog, K5.
Row 18: K5, P2tog, *K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P3tog. Repeat from * to last 12 sts, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P2tog, K5.
Rows 20–55: Repeat rows 8–19 three more times
Rows 56–61: Knit across.

Bind off knitwise.

© 2009. This pattern is for noncommercial use only. Please do not sell the pattern or post the pattern on the Internet without prior written permission from the designer.




This has been test knit by me, but an error or two may linger. Please let me know if you run into any snags.


Enjoy!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Grand Reopening at Dutch Baby Dudz

I will soon be reopening my Etsy shop. I have lots of new things in store. I'll be offering some new products along with the old favorites.

I'll continue to offer crocheted longies and shorties, and you will also be able to purchase the following new products:

knitted shorties and longies
knitted soakers
crocheted soakersPUL
cover and mini diaper sets (and covers and mini diapers sold separately
Fattycakes diapers and covers

I am working on becoming licensed to sell Hippy Hippy Snap diapers and covers as well.

Watch for me to reopen by June 1. Stop by and check out my new inventory!

I have also started a Yahoo Group where you can hear about all the goings-on at Dutch Baby Dudz. Be among the first to know about stockings, custom slots, sales, special promotions, and new products.

~Kelley
http://www.dutchbabydudz.etsy.com/

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Froggy Hippy Hippy Snap

A gift for an online friend who's expecting a baby girl:




The nitty gritty:
flannel outer
killington flannel hidden (*love* this stuff!)
cotton velour inner
Aplix closures
lay-in contour soaker of terry topped with matching cotton velour (not pictured)

I hope she likes it!

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

My New Favorite Soaker

I have a new favorite soaker pattern--the Frantic Mama Soaker from Crazy Hat Lady. It's so easy to knit (gotta love pure mindless knitting for sleep deprived mommy brain), and it looks absolutely adorable on K.



(Pardon the "flashy" photos--I'm no photographer, and it's really hard to take a decent pic in winter in MI.)


Pattern: Frantic Mama Soaker (pdf)
Yarn: Wool of the Andes in Winter Night and Tomato (I think that's what the red was called--long since lost the ball band)
Needles: Knit Picks 16" circs, sizes 3 and 5 (plus a 24" circ in size 4 for the flat knit portion of the crotch--my gauge is looser knitting flat)
Mods: None

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Balsam




Here's a new knit dishcloth pattern I've been working on. I call it Balsam because it reminds me of evergreen cones. One of my testers knit it in turqouise, and it looks like peacock feathers! Enjoy!

Materials:
Worsted weight 100% cotton yarn, approximately 2 oz.
US size 7 knitting needles

Finished size: approximately 9” x 9”

Stitches:
K=knit
P=purl
YO=yarn over
K2tog=knit 2 stitches together
PSSO=pass slipped stitch over

Cast on 39.

Rows 1–6: Knit across.
Rows 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21: K4, P31, K4.
Row 8 (right side): K5, *YO, K3, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO, K3, YO, K1. Repeat from * to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 10: K5, *YO, K3, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO, K3, YO, K1. Repeat from * to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 12: K5, *YO, K3, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO, K3, YO, K1. Repeat from * to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 14: K5, *YO, K3, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO, K3, YO, K1. Repeat from * to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 16: K4, K2tog, *K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO. Repeat from * to last 13 sts. K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, slip 1, K1, PSSO, K4.
Row 18: K4, K2tog, *K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO. Repeat from * to last 13 sts. K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, slip 1, K1, PSSO, K4.
Row 20: K4, K2tog, *K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO. Repeat from * to last 13 sts. K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, slip 1, K1, PSSO, K4.
Row 22: K4, K2tog, *K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO. Repeat from * to last 13 sts. K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, slip 1, K1, PSSO, K4.
Rows 23–38: Repeat rows 7–22
Rows 39–46: Repeat rows 7–14
Rows 47–52: Knit across.

Bind off knitwise.

© 2008. This pattern is for noncommercial use only. Please do not sell the pattern or post the pattern on the Internet. (You may link to this blog post.)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

HUGE HOLIDAY SALE at Dutch Baby Dudz

Get your woolies now!

All Dutch Baby Dudz inventory will be 25 percent off through Christmas.

www.dutchbabydudz.etsy.com

Etsy
Buy Handmade
dutchbabydudz


I will be adding lots more inventory soon!

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Throw-Back Wipes

I just had to share this fablous stack of retro cloth diaper wipes!




These are made from hand towels that my mom had in the master bathroom when I was a kid. I just love taking old, well-loved things and turning them into something new.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Whoops!

Earlier this summer, I had a little piece of denim left over from another project and decided to make T some shorts out of it. I very cleverly maneuvered the pieces to fit them onto the fabric and use up that itty bitty piece. But . . . I neglected to pay any attention to whether or not the right sides were facing up! LOL!

I let the pieces sit in my sewing basket until a couple nights ago, when I decided to say "heck with it" and sew them up and consider the mismatched pieces a "design element" instead of a flaw.





I *love* them! I wish I had sewn them up right away so T could wear them this summer. At least we usually have plenty of warm days in September.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Real Diaper Week

The Etsy Cloth Diapers street team is at it again! This time we are hosting Real Diaper Week, and our goal is to help bring real diapers to a baby's bottom near you! There will be introductory packages containing everything you need to get started using cloth. Already a cloth user? You'll find packages to boost your stash. Each participating shop has something different to offer, but some of the promotional listings include:

Multi-diaper packs at discounted prices
Easy to use diapers that are 'just like sposies'
Getting started packs
Variety packs
Cloth diapering travel packs with wetbags and wipes
Sew-Them-Yourself kits

Real Diaper week runs September 19-29 (yes, it's a long week--it includes both weekends!) and all the details about who is participating will be available on the team blog on September 18th. Come, visit, shop, tell your friends, and most of all, give your baby real diapers!

This promotion coincides with our new series of posts of information about cloth diapering. Many members of the team are writing the posts, and we hope that our combined knowledge and experience will be helpful for our readers. If there is a topic you would particularly like to see covered, please leave us a comment.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Couple More Woolies for Little Peanut

I had juuuuust enough leftovers from my Purewool longies to knit a couple of size medium soakers. They should fit Little Peanut next summer (fingers crossed).



For some reason my camera really doesn't like this yarn--it's fairly true to life colorwise, but it looks so flashy . . .

Pattern: free Fern and Faerie soaker, size medium
Yarn: 100Purewool 3 ply in Festival colorway; this looks a bit better knit up, but I still don't really love it. *shrugs*
Needles: US size 3 and 5
Mods: knit the ribbing a bit shorter and the stockinette portion of the body a bit longer



Pattern: free Fern and Faerie soaker, size medium
Yarn: 100Purewool 3 ply in Warm Ice colorway
Needles: US size 3 and 5
Mods: knit the ribbing a bit shorter and the stockinette portion of the body a bit longer

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Passel of Woolies for our Little Peanut

I've been working away on some woolies for the new baby. Here's what I've got so far (none of these have been washed or blocked yet--I was too eager to share):


Pattern: Ladybugz Morning Glory Longies, size small
Yarn: 100Purewool 3 ply, Warm Ice colorway
Hook: G
Mods: Made straight leg instead of flared. Worked a few extra stitches at the crotch join to form a small gusset.

Pattern: Ladybugz Morning Glory Longies, size small
Yarn: 100Purewool 3 ply, Festival colorway (this colorway looked gorgeous on the hank, but it pooled really weird in crochet--very long color repeat); I'm not sure like this pair that much, but they'll be warm and soft and water resistant. :-)
Hook: G
Mods: Made straight leg instead of flared. Worked a few extra stitches at the crotch join to form a small gusset.
Pattern: Sheepy Sack (pdf)
Yarn: Patons merino, denim colorway
Needles: US size 3 and 6
Mods: none

Pattern: Sheepy Sack (pdf)
Yarn: 100Purewool 1 ply, Colibri II colorway
Needles: US size 3 and 6
Mods: none

Pattern: Punk Knitter's soaker, size small
Yarn: Fisherman's wool, Kool Aid dyed by me
Needles: US size 3 and 5
Mods: none
We're not finding out the sex again, since it was so much fun to be surprised the first time, so I'm sticking with yarns that I would happily put on either a boy or a girl. However . . . I have a funny feeling that this peanut may be a girl, so I think I might work up a few girly things too just in case. Lots more knitting and crocheting to do . . . And I need to buy more wool!
I also recently tried out a new pattern to make a soaker for T. I like it!
Pattern: Adirondack Babie soaker, size large
Yarn: Fisherman's wool
Hooks: E and F
Mods: None (but smaller hooks to get gauge)

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