August 3, 2011

Cuteness!

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:01 pm by merknits

I thought that when I was on leave, I’d have some time to do a bit of knitting. Ha! I’ve barely had time to shower or eat lunch. But I did finish a hat right before Miss G was born, and I finally took a picture of her wearing it. It matches her outfit pretty well!

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Pattern: Cotton and Wool Hats from “Easy Baby Knits”
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport

Easy knit, though I’m not sure it will fit her in a few months when she actually needs it.  Oh well!  Hopefully I’ll have some time to whip up a few more baby items before I go back to work in September.

June 22, 2011

She’s Here!

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:38 pm by merknits

Miss G was born June 13, 2011 at 2:45 am. She weighs 6 lbs 14 oz and is 19.5 inches long. We’re all doing well and are very happy to have her here!

May 11, 2011

Even more gifts

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:33 pm by merknits

I went to visit my parents last weekend and received even more fabulous handmade baby gifts that I wanted to show off!

teddy bear

This little guy has a good story – I actually picked out the fabric for this teddy bear when I was 7 or 8 years old.  My mom cut out all of the pieces but then never finished putting it together.  She pulled it back out and finished it up for our little one – very sweet!

knit booties

baby sweater

My mom can not only sew, she can also knit!  She made us the cute knit booties and sweater.

fabric booties

I actually had these from the earlier shower but forgot to take a picture – my mother-in-law, the talented seamstress, made these cute booties too.

diaper cake

Finally, my co-workers had a shower for me and another co-worker who is due two weeks before me today.  They made this summer-themed diaper cake – I love it!

I do actually have some finished projects of my own, but haven’t gotten around to taking pictures.  The nursery needs some decluttering first, but I promise I’ll share soon!

April 6, 2011

Nursery Art

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:46 pm by merknits

Hi there!  Sorry for the long absence – things have been busy around here.  Although we haven’t gotten the baby’s room quite as ready as I’d like at this point, I did make some cute artwork!

fabric photos

owl close up

I bought a set of fat quarters in MOMO It’s a Hoot fabric on etsy and put them in a set of frames we had sitting around unused.  Cute, huh?  And so easy!  I had enough fabric left to make quite a few of these birds, which I still need to do something with as well.  But we’re getting there!

February 27, 2011

Hanging Laundry Bag

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:34 pm by merknits

Yay for quick projects!
laundry bag

Pattern: Hanging Laundry Bag from One-Yard Wonders
Fabric: Sprig by Jessica Jones (1 yard)
Notes: This turned out quite a bit larger than I thought it would (though if I had checked the finished dimensions I would have known the size)!  But, it will still be useful.  I’d rather hang it somewhere visible since it is such a cute fabric – I’m thinking perhaps the back of the door.  Not entirely visible, but better than in the closet!  The pattern is very easy and well written, the only slightly tricky part was attaching all of that bias tape.

October 2, 2009

Placemats!

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:30 pm by merknits

My exciting sewing project for this week – placemats!

Placemats

Nothing too fancy, but I think they go nicely with our table.  I should have actually measured the store-bought placemats that I have to find out the ideal size, but I used a pattern from Home Sewn as a guide instead.  As you can see, they turned out a bit big.  I didn’t actually use the Home Sewn pattern, I just cut out rectangles and sewed them together with some interfacing in between.  I could have been more careful with my cutting (this fabric really makes crooked cuts obvious) but overall I’m happy with them.  The fabric is Alexander Henry’s Maxfield cotton.

The weather has gotten cooler, so I’m hoping to finish up some knitting to wear!  The Gathered Pullover is coming together quickly, but I’ve stalled on it lately.  Hopefully I’ll have an FO post for it soon!

September 22, 2009

Just in time for fall

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:36 am by merknits

I think I may still get to wear this a few times before I need to pull out the fall clothes:

josephine top finished

Pattern: Josephine Top from Interweave Knits Summer 2007
Yarn:Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine, 8 balls in color #27
Notes:I’m quite happy with this!  I wasn’t too sure if the sizing would work out, because I used a thicker yarn on small needles (size 4) and, because my gauge was off, knit a size small hoping to get a slightly smaller size than that.  It turned out well, despite the fact that it was looking rather big on the needles.  As I mentioned before, I knit the bottom portion in the round and split to flat knitting after the eyelet round.  I lengthened the distance between the eyelets and armholes by a little bit and I’m glad I did, otherwise it would have fit awkwardly.  And I used a ribbon rather than the knitted cord in the pattern, though I may buy a different colored one at some point.

Now, time to begin some winter knits!
Merino Style

I’ve had some Merino Style in this lovely color (Storm) for a while now to make the Gathered Pullover from Interweave Winter 2007.  I’ll have to do some fudging with the gauge, but I think it can work!

Oh, and speaking of fall, my husband’s family has an old cider press that hadn’t been used in years, so we drove out to the farm the other week to clean it out and make some fresh cider.  It was a lot of work, but worth it for the delicious cider!
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Apples…

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…and more apples

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Pressing the cider

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The apple remains after 19 gallons of cider!

February 21, 2009

Changes!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:15 pm by merknits

All sorts of new things going on around here, but I’ll start out with the knitting:
juno regina finished

Pattern: Juno Regina from Knitty
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss, about 3.5 balls, I think
Notes:  Quite happy with this one!  It is fairly easy but still somewhat interesting (except for that long middle stretch) and using a slightly thicker yarn made it go rather quickly.  I also made use of blocking wires for the first time with this project, and I’m glad I did!

By the way, I took a ton of pictures using the self timer and this was the only one that wasn’t blurry.  I have to figure out how to use this new camera!

I’ve decided to make some knitting-related changes – the Lacy Cardigan has been abandoned, as I decided there was no way I could do a whole sweater in that lace pattern with mohair yarn.  I would like to try it again in a smooth yarn someday, but in the meantime I think I’ll use the lovely purple mohair for this sweater.

Bigger, life-related changes include a move to Chicago in about three months!  We’ve known for a while, but it’s just now started to sink in and I’m kind of stressing out over everything that needs to be done, including finding a new job (at least my husband will have a job – that’s why we’re moving).  It doesn’t help that my current job and my volunteer “job” are extremely busy and stressful right now too.  I am excited about it, especially since our families and many of our friends are in Illinois, but I will actually be sad to leave Houston.  But hey, now I’ll have an excuse to knit with wool and plenty of opportunities to wear handknitted items!

January 10, 2009

Meet Steve

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:56 pm by merknits

Probably my favorite gift that I made in 2008 had to be this guy:

mr squirrel

mr squirrel side

mr squirrel ate some acorns

Pattern: Gray Squirrel Pattern 
Yarn: Wool of the Andes in Amber Heather, just a bit over 1 ball, and Yarn Bee Haute Fur
Notes: Despite all of the little pieces and the seaming required, this was really a quick knit.  He’s so cute – he even has a cheek pouch so that it looks like he’s storing food (either that or the pattern has a weird issue with the decreasing on the head)!  And I think my sister liked him – she decided to call him Steve.  This was a much better squirrel-themed gift than the mittens that I attempted to make her before!

December 21, 2008

If you’re a relative, don’t read this!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:47 pm by merknits

I think it’s pretty safe for me to post a few completed gifts here – I doubt the recipients would be reading.  I enjoyed these little projects and finished pretty much everything I had hoped to make with time to spare!  Here are a few highlights:

chevalier finished

Pattern: Chevalier Mittens
Yarn: Patons Merino, almost exactly one ball
Notes:  Love this pattern!  I took out one repeat at the top and probably would have done the same for the bottom had I realized how long the wrist parts are.

tree finished

Pattern: Oh Christmas Trees! (Seussy Tree)
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool and some Paton’s Merino and SWS
Notes: Also a fun pattern!  I bought a toy wooden wheel to use as the base and it seemed to work out well.

fun fur trees

fun fur forest

Pattern: Fun Fur Kitschmas Tree
Yarn: Homespun and Yarn Bee Party Girl!
Notes: I made a little forest of fun fur trees!  They don’t stand up so well because I didn’t do anything to flatten the bottom, but they’re pretty darn cute!

There is at least one more gift, but I’ll write more on that after the holidays.  I probably won’t check back in until 2009, so hope everyone has a nice New Year!

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