Down with the sickness.

I am finally starting to feel after dealing with a cold that kicked my hind end hard. I started out with just a tiny tickle in my throat and the very next morning I was so congested I couldn’t breathe. I ended up sleeping for the better part of the next three days and started to feel more human and then I started to get a sore throat. Finally felt better from that and ended up with a nasty cough so I’ve been a walking hot mess for the last two weeks. So knitting and housework and sewing have been put on the back burner while I’ve been trying to get well. Luckily no one else in my family got quite as sick as I did. They all ended up with a case of the snuggles and that was it. I swear my immune system is the worse. I always get 10 times more sick than anyone else when I do get sick. It’s crazy and really annoying to just have a sickness drag on and on.

Of course, I never went to the doctor with my cold, mostly because I think it’s pointless to go for a cold and because I avoid the doctor at all cost. I have such anxiety when it comes to doctors and doctors appointment so the only time I go is when I am really, really sick. I have such doctors anxiety that I get all worked up when my kids are going to their doctor’s appointment. I am slowly getting better with the “doctor” anxiety but it’s been a slow process.

Now that I am feeling better I finally decided to paint. Not the painting like I was talking about in my New Year’s post…I mean painting the walls. We have lived in the house for almost 5 years now and we only painted the kitchen. When we moved in we had a 3-year-old and I was pregnant so painting just never got done. We kept saying we will do it next year and every year it just got put on the “to do” list for the next. I decided that since I am a weirdo and actually enjoy painting, that I would paint the living room by myself. So far it has been going great. I paint in that four hour time frame I have weekly that both boys are at school. I just started painting last Thursday and I have a wall and a half down…which doesn’t seem like much but it makes so happy to see the progress. I tried painting last weekend but the kids got paint on them in less than five minutes of being in the same room as the paint so I think I am going to stick with my kid-free painting. It just makes it more enjoyable for me too not to have to worry about the kids getting into it every few minutes.

Here are pictures of a little bit of my progress. I will post more craft content soon I swear It might be a little weak in the crafty department until I finish all this painting.

 

Big and Little and Pikachu.

I finished the boy’s shirts a few weeks ago it has just taken me forever to get a post up about them. Between days off and sickness sewing and blogging has been on the back burner. Of course, after sewing them all up both boys went through a growth spurt. The shirts still fit but they won’t for much longer. The bad part is I have another shirt for both of them already cut out in the old size. Live and learn I guess. It won’t stop me from pre-cutting large amounts of patterns before sewing but hopefully next time I do that I can actually get the time to sew them all up before a new growth spurt happens.

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I used the Pattern for Pirates Jolly Roger Raglan for both shirts.  Big wanted long sleeves with thumb cuffs and banded hem. It also has a lined hood and inseam pockets. 20180127_140440(0).jpg

For Little, I did short sleeves with a banded hem. He also had a lined hood and a kangaroo pocket.

The Jolly Roger Raglan is a great beginner project for sewing with knit fabric. It was the very first pattern I used and the first shirt actually looked like a shirt! She gives you great step by step directions in all her patterns. If you are on the fence about sewing with knit you should definitely give it a try.

Found a sweater to knit…maybe?

So I know back in my New Year’s Resolutions post I talked about knitting a sweater. I was talking to a friend and she told me that I had actually already knit a sweater. I personally didn’t classify the garment I knit as a sweater because it was full of holes and you had to wear it with something under it. To me, it was a like a vest or a poncho. It just wasn’t sweater material to me. The garment in question is a DROPS design pattern called Wonderful Iris.

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To me, that is definitely not a sweater. The more I look at it the more I see poncho. What do you guys think? I found a pattern that I love but could also be categorized into the “not a real sweater” category. When I think sweater I usually think wool but this is made with linen. I was actually thinking of going for a linen and cotton blend since I heard that linen can be a little hard on your hands to knit with. The “sweater” in question is Black is Back I think it might be more shirt than a sweater but I really love it. I would be knitting it in a purple color because I love purple I was thinking of using Willow Yarns Feather in Purple Martin. I really like that the pattern gives you hip measurements since I am mostly pear-shaped and had no clue how to go about making something bigger to accommodate my stomach and hips. I feel like it would give me a good jumping off point in learning how to knit something that will actually fit me. I think after I tackle this I might try the Flax Light that’s another pattern that has been on my “to knit” list for forever.

Knit Toys for Boys.

My kids have been playing “military” a lot lately. It is 100% because my husband is currently addicted to the game Battlefield 1 and has been playing it most nights before we go to bed. So, of course, the kids have taken to throwing random things and yelling “Grenade!” which makes me mad because it’s usually a hard toy that could hurt someone or break something. So in my quest to save the house, I found these adorable knit grenades.

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I usually get frustrated with toys easily because of all the fiddly bits but this only has three pieces to knit and I was able to finish one during a football game…however long that is. It’s a quick knit and my boys love it. The best part is that the pin comes out like a real grenade.

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I was able to make 3 grenades out of scrap yarn. Another win for knitting down the random stash! If you’re interested in knitting your own grenade the pattern can be found here it’s also free which is another bonus.

The pattern does call for a straw for the pin and a sewing machine for the grenade handle. I am sure you could hand stitch if you didn’t have a sewing machine available and it would work out fine. I was thinking of using wooden dowels in my next batch of grenades to make them more durable but I hope this batch last for a long time because I am all out of this green now and it was the perfect color green.

 

Tiny balaclava for my tiny people.

Back in 2013, I knit a toddler-sized balaclava for my eldest. Suprisenly we are still kicking it around but because there is only one the boys are constantly fighting over it. It’s not because it’s super warm or anything they just both think they look like a ninja wearing it so they wear it inside and outside the house. It has to be one of the most used winter knits I’ve made so far. I finally decided to end the fighting and knit up a few more of those balaclava. I use a free pattern that you can find here. The pattern fits from 2-4 years old but my 7-year-old still wears the original one with no problems. There is a tiny error toward the end when you are doing the setup pattern for the ribbing around the face. It’s on the last repeat it calls for 7 stitches but you really need 9 like you had it the first corner repeat.

I made mine using Red Heart acrylic yarn that has been kicking around that stash for over five years. I usually use acrylic for kid hats and wool for mittens or gloves or things for myself. Kids hats are always being thrown in the wash here so that’s why I tend to knit them in acrylic. Minutes after knitting the hat in the picture my youngest wore it while eating Doritos so needless to say it’s already been washed. 20180102_131904.jpg20180113_183202.jpg

I ended up knitting 3 of these hats altogether. They are a great project to knit while watching tv. I usually watch a movie with my husband after the kids go to bed and it’s nice to have something to knit and still be able to pay attention to the movie. I used stash yarn for all of these so it was nice to get rid of some random skeins that I had no plans for.

 

 

Second worse part of sewing.

Ripping things out! I was busy sewing along trying to finish my eldest sons Pikachu shirt because he is supposed to play in a Pokemon tournament this weekend. In my hurry to finish it in time I sewed the bottom band on backward. The big seam was right in the middle of the front of the shirt. So seam ripper to the rescue and now I am back on track and will hopefully get this shirt finished in time. 20180125_155617.jpg20180125_160430.jpg

The pattern I am using is Jolly Roger Raglan with the add-on pack. You can’t really tell but it has inseam pockets, thumbhole cuffs, and a lined hood when I am all done. I can’t remember where I purchased the fabric but I did get it on a great sale because the red on the cheeks and mouth didn’t line up correctly and it’s slightly fuzzy. It was considered flawed fabric so I bought it really cheap. The solid colors were bought at Purpleseamstress Fabric it’s where I buy almost all of my solid colored knits.

Wooly mail!

My roving arrived for my mittens! It’s not the same wool I used last time but it will work for what I need. I wasn’t exactly sure what I had ordered but now that I have the new stuff here I realized I ordered superfine merino last time. It was years ago so not too shocking I didn’t remember. I am also not very good at keeping tags for things after I start using it. Not a big deal still loving the colors. The new yarn I chose has some purples in it and I love purples.

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So close to being finished but of course I have other projects going on so it will take me forever to finish that tiny bit and the thumbs. If you are looking for the pattern is was posted in my other blog post Mittens full of clouds. It’s a great pattern. Now to finish these and enjoy them before the winter weather is done for this year.