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My Favorite kind of day

December 28, 2012

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I love the days between Christmas and New Years.  The stress and hussle of getting ready for Christmas is over, but there is still a festive attitude in the air, with the upcoming new year. I also gave myself permission to do selfish knitting and baby knitting, instead of filling my to do list with knitted gifts.  I never got around to posting my last knitting projects, which is a shame, because I think I’m hitting my winter knitting stride. Oh, well, I’m here now, right?

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First of all, Molly got a stocking this year. Yes, the cat got a handmade stocking.ImageI know I know, this propelled me into crazy cat lady status, as if i haven’t done that already. I couldn’t help myself! Her name looks so cute knit into a little stocking! You may be wondering why I’m not getting a head start on Baby Joesting’s stocking. Well, the way I knit stockings, I knit the name into it it right away, and since we won’t know the gender or the name till at least April, I’ve bought myself a little time. Smart, huh?

For those interested, I don’t really have a pattern for the stockings I’ve made. I just knit them with a basic sock recipe, but I shorten to instep area of course. And I knit with worsted weight yarn, using needles much smaller than called for, like size 3 and 4. Maybe next time I will write down a pattern, because I will want to match Mark and I’s stockings better than Molly’s. I wanted Molly’s to be smaller than ours.

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Next, I conquered my mitten curse! I have never completed a pair of mittens for myself, (I’ve come close before) and I knew what I needed to do. I have to crank them out, from start to finish, with little interruption. Whenever I put a mitten project on hold, that is when the curse would go into effect. I used The warmest mitten pattern from Ravelry. I knit very tight, and thought they would end up way to snug, which is how they felt when I first completed them, but after a few wears, they have stretched into the perfect size, yet still fitted enough. I have to remember that handknit wool ALWAYS stretches.

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And on the needles right now, An adorable little wool soaker for cloth diapers. We are going to give cloth the old college try. I think I will use the wool soaker for more of a decorative cover, but I guess you can use it for an actual diaper cover, with those white cloth diapers that you mostly see used for burp cloths now. You know what I mean? we will probably use the kinda that come with their own water proof cover. I love the look of a cloth diaper, and love the cost savings, as well as many other benefits. Time will tell if I love washing a million diapers…

Another baby sweater is sooo close to completion too. This baby is already to spoiled! What are the rest of you knitting/making?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2012 5:14 pm

    Look at all that knitted goodness! Awesome!
    We used cloth with J and it worked out well. I just got into a routine of doing a load of diapers everyday. We tried when C came, but J was just 18 mo. and it was too crazy. It’s a good gig once you find your rhythm. A friend recommended we wait till the baby was a bit older- I think about 2 mo. That seemed a bit more sane.

  2. January 1, 2013 1:15 pm

    Those stockings are so cute and fun! Love the wide stripes. I used cloth on my little one for the first 4 or 5 months but things get grosser the older they get, maybe I wasn’t cut out for it. I want to try them again if we ever have another one though.
    Happy New Year!

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