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Mittens for Newtown and Little Bunny Penny 2.0

This past week, I’ve been super busy with a few projects: knitting mittens for a wonderful charity project called The Kissing Hand Mittens Project to benefit the families of Newtown, CT, improving the Little Bunny Penny hat, and preparing for Miss Penelope’s first birthday party (I’ll talk about my crafty projects for her party in another post).

The Kissing Hand Mittens Project caught my attention last month, and I’ve been wanting to make something to send for a while. Moving into a new house and taking care of three little ones hasn’t exactly been conducive to knitting for charity. However, I took a couple of days and dedicated all my free time to churning out a couple pairs of mittens to send.

I love the way they turned out, and I’m excited to send them off to warm the little hands and hearts of a couple of children whose endured heartache that no child should ever have to go through. There’s still time to knit/crochet/donate to the project, so please take some time to read about it and consider contributing.

In my previous post, I shared a photo of Miss P in a bunny hat. Not long after I took the photo, the ears flopped down and no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get them to stick out again, so I took on the task of Version 2.0. This time, it work out much better. It also fits her so much better, and I’m overall much happier with the outcome. I’m excited to write the pattern–you know, when I have time… :-p Frustratingly, I don’t have a photo of her in the hat and the little peanut is sleeping now…so photos to come soon.

Now, it’s time for me to call it a night…

Ruffles and Ruffles

I’m feeling particularly proud of myself today. I started and finished something on the sewing machine–something terribly cute! I used the tutorial available at Dana Made It (a site that I’m loving these days), and here’s the finished product:

There are definitely quite a few mistakes in it, but the nature of the ruffles helps hide them! I can’t wait to try it on Miss Penny when she gets up from her nap–not that I want her to wake up from her nap… 😉 What I love even more about the skirt is that I upcycled an old crib sheet. I only used a small amount of the fabric, and since it’s a crib sheet from the boys’, I have two of them! What to make next with this great fabric???

Digging myself out!

In the past few days, I’ve managed to dig myself out from beneath the mass of boxes, packing paper, damaged furniture, sweat and tears that a move the the other side of the world with three children under the age of 4 inevitably brings with it. Our house still needs a lot of work, but it’s now our home, which after two months of travel and living out of hotels–I couldn’t be happier.

With the new house in its various states of unpacking chaos, I haven’t really had a chance to work on much. I did find time, however, to design a new hat, cowl and fingerless mitt trio. I still have a few finishing touches to put on the pattern, but here are some photos of my handiwork!
I’m really excited for this pattern to go live, mostly because I haven’t had a chance to put anything new up in a while. I’ve had so many ideas swirling around in my head and not enough time to really dedicate to it.
Also, in the early phases of pattern writing is a hat I worked on with leftover yarn for Miss Penelope. Penny really needed a hat that she couldn’t pull off because she pulled a hat off while on my back in the Ergo. It’s so sad to lose something that you spent so much time making. Anyway, Penny can’ t just have any little hat. It needed to be extra cute to match the ridiculously cute hats her brothers go out in! 😉 So I worked on this bunny hat, and I worked especially hard to get these ears to stand up.
It still needs so work, but I’m hoping to have it all worked out in the next couple of weeks.
And finally… I managed to get my new sewing machine out of the box, and best of all… I actually sewed something!
It’s just a tiny little thing for Penny, but it’s a start. And I’m happy to say that I made it out of a pillowcase. I now have all these new ideas for how to use old sheets and clothes that the kids have grown out of. If only I could sew better. 😉
Anyway, I suppose it’s time to call it a night. There’s a load of laundry to fold, and my bedtime is fast approaching…

Finishing Up Projects!

It’s so frustrating when I’ve got a million different projects going at once… But so satisfying to get things done! Recently, I’ve not only finished the entire Star Wars amigurumi collection I was working on, but I’ve also completed a newborn monkey costume for a friend expecting any day now (pattern to come!), a Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf costume for a friend expecting boy/girl twins, and a star afghan for my SIL, who is due in December. I’ve been busy! And I just received some beautiful alpaca yarn as a gift from Harvest Moon Hollows Alpaca in Dallas, PA… So I’m trying to decide on a cute winter cardigan pattern for Penelope. I’m so sad that she won’t fit into the things I made for her when she was a newborn…but those items will be really nice to give to her when she grows up. 🙂

Anyway, here are my recently completed projects:

Toys for Little Boys!

After the first Zoboo was completed, my boys decided that they needed OTHER toys… And the Mama Toy-Making Factory cranked out two new softies in the form of Muno and Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba. If you’ve never seen this show, it’s a must-see! It’s SOOOO WEIRD, but very entertaining. Musical guests include bands like Weezer, and Biz Markie (Yes! THE Biz Markie) has his own little segment called Biz’s Beat of the Day.

The Mama Toy-Making Factory is now closed.

A Second Set of TWINS?!?

Not me! A friend of mine is having her SECOND set of twins. Naturally. Her first set are identical boys who are about 3.5 years old now, and the new set of twins are fraternal BOYS. If they’re half as cute as her first 2 boys, these new babies are going to be absolutely adorable. So I had to make them some equally adorable hats.

I made them in 6-12 month size, which should work out well since they’re due to arrive in early July.

So many of my friends are pregnant right now… I have lots of knitting to do! However, my baby knitting had to be sidelined in order to make a crochet/amigurumi Zoboomafoo for my boys–at their request!

One Zoboo down, one more to go!

Cute Giraffe Hat

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Worsted weight yarn in appropriate colors
(golden yellow, tan, brown)
Size 8, 16″ circular needles
Size 8 double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
1 stitch marker
5 mm crochet hook (optional)
Makes sizes: 6-9 mo (1-2 y, 2-3 y)
Gauge: 17 st x 24 rows = 4 in. in stockinette stitch
CO 56 (64, 72)
Place stitch marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch until work measures 3.25 (4, 4.5 in).
Begin decreases:
Round 1: *K5 (6, 7), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [48 (56, 64) sts]
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *K4 (5, 6), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [40 (48, 56) sts]
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *K3 (4, 5), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [32 (40, 48) sts]
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *K2 (3, 4), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [24 (32, 40) sts]
Round 8: knit
Round 9: *K1 (2, 3), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [16 (24, 32) sts]
Round 10: knit
For 6-9 mo size, k2tog around (8 sts). For 1-2 y and 2-3 y sizes: continue with decreasing pattern until 8 sts remain.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining 8 sts. Pull tight.
Ears (make 2):
CO 6 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, kfb, k2, kfb, k1 (8 st)
Row 5: k1, kfb, k4, kfb, k1 (10 st)
Row 7: k1, kfb, k6, kfb, k1 (12 st)
Row 9: knit
Row 11: k4, ssk, k2tog, k4 (10 st)
Row 13: k3, ssk, k2tog, k3 (8 st)
Row 15: k2, ssk, k2tog, k2 (6 st)
Row 17: k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 (4 st)
Row 19: ssk, k2tog (2 st)
Break yarn and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining 2 stitches.
Antennae (make 2):
CO 5 on dpn
With 5 stitches, make i-cord until length is approximately 1.5 inches.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the 5 stitches. Pull tight.
Assembling the hat:
Sew ears and antennae onto the hat.
Using the appropriate color, create giraffe spots on the hat using duplicate stitch. I prefer the duplicate stitch in this instance because the spots are relatively small and intarsia in the round is rather annoying. Plus, I think it’s nice to see the main color peak through.Optional:
Pick up stitches along the brim with a 5.0mm crochet hook and single crochet around.
Weave in ends.