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Noro Socks

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Short Row Toe and Heel Basic Socks Yarn: Noro ... something. Lost label, reused yarn.
Needles: 4.5mm circulars
Ravelry: Comfy Cozy Noro Socks
Almost six months ago I put this photo on Instagram with the caption "I'm going to turn these never-worn arm warmers into my new favourite pair of socks." And then I knit them two-at-a-time in some large circulars, and in a week, I had them. They're amazing. They're so comfy, so cozy, such delicious yarn. I put them on and my feet rejoice. They are by far my favourite pair of socks. Perhaps ever. It's all owing to the yarn, and I can't even remember what kind it is. The brand is definitely Noro, but beyond that I have no idea. Oh well. The sock pattern is the Short Row Basic Socks from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson. I'm really glad I bought this book, and I've already made two pairs of socks from it. Both were hugely satisfying to make. The best part about these socks is that with the heavy weight y…

Turtletoes Afterthought Heel Socks

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Afterthought Heel Socks Yarn: Turtlepurl Yarns Striped Turtle toes (colour: Om) – 1 skein
Needles: 2.25mm circular (40″)
Ravelry: Two-at-a-time Afterthought Heel Socks So… Here are some socks. I have mixed feelings about these socks, there were some ups and some downs in the making of them. But in the end, I have my first pair of totally wearable everyday socks, and it’s whetted my appetite for more! Firstly, I learned a few new techniques while making these: Norwegian Cast-On; Two-at-time Magic Loop, and the afterthought heel. So that’s all good stuff. But there were some challenges!! For some reason (I’ll blame it on sleep deprivation) I just COULDN’T wrap my head around the two-at-a-time Magic Loop. I would watch Youtube videos over and over again to try to get my yarn to do what it was supposed to, and yet, it just would turn into a big twisted mess after the first row. I almost gave up on it, but then one day when Nico was at his playgroup and Louisa was napping, I sat down and b…

Basic Kids Pants (in black)

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Shortly after making Nico’s wearable muslin pants, I quickly sewed up another pair, this time in black fleece. Complete with cat hair and lint… Oops! Nico doesn’t like to wear pants, and I thought maybe it’s because all he has are stiff jeans (not the easiest thing to wear for jumping, crouching, and general cavorting). I wanted to make a pair of pants that were comfy cozy and a lot more wearable for an active little kid. Uh, and good for lounging too… Dana Made It‘s pattern is great, but I did modify the width of the pant legs. I tried to make them as narrow as I could, while still giving Nico a full range of motion. I think I succeeded: Sorry for these terrible photos. Black pants on a brown couch. Yuck. But I’m really happy with these pants, and they are in heavy rotation (especially with the late winter we had and cold spring) and holding up quite well. Now that summer is sort of here, he’ll be switching to shorts, but I’m grateful for the practice and I now think I could make these…

Basic Kids Pants

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I made some romping pants for Nico. They’re pretty basic, really just a wearable muslin to test fit. My son does NOT like to wear pants, like AT ALL, but with the very cold winter we’ve had, he’s been forced to reluctantly keep a pair on for more than 10 minutes together. However, he always asks to wear pyjama pants because (duh) they’re way more comfortable than his jeans or cordoroys. So, I’ve decided to fit him out with some comfy pants that aren’t pyjamas. I used a pattern by Dana-Made-It, and I really like it. As she says, she’s adjusted the waist so that it hangs below the belly in the front. Her tutorial is great, and easy to follow. Perfect for a soft reintroduction to sewing. I’m very rusty, so I needed something E-A-S-Y. Such a cute belly! I used my serger and was able to complete the pants in seriously less than one hour. That includes printing the pattern, choosing fabric from my stash, and fiddling with my serger when one of my threads broke (arg!).  So you know… doesn’t …

Owlet

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Owlet Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted (Colour: Conch) – 3 skeins
Needles: 4.5mm / 5mm circular
Ravelry: Louisa’s Owlet I had a hard deadline for Louisa’s Little Sister (her birthday) so I pushed hard to get it done in time. But another huge motivator was the promise of this project. I bought this lovely squishy yarn especially for this piece, and the owlet pattern is one of the most popular on the whole internet. It’s easy to see why – it’s absolutely adorable. But more than that, it’s a pleasure to follow and so intuitive. The subtle details like the shaping of the neckline, the way the owl pattern is laid out, everything about it is top notch. Not only does this first rate pattern show in the constructed piece, it’s also a testament that I was able to finish this garment in about ONE WEEK. Seriously. Me, the world’s slowest knitter had a completed item before my child outgrew it. I can’t even! The pattern calls for buttons for every owl, but I didn’t have 30 of the same (there are 15…

Little Sister

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Little Sister Yarn: Bernat Cot’n’Soft (discontinued) Cotton
Needles: 4.5mm
Ravelry:Louisa’s Little Sister This project came about when I tried to find something to do with some discontinued yarn that I’d been gifted a while ago. I had one skein of each colour, so I had to find something small and receptive to colour blocking. I had thought about making stripes, but I was worried I’d run out of one colour or another, and I didn’t feel like doing a whole lot of math to figure out my yardage. Besides, I had this idea of making an ombre-esque dress that that went from dark to light, and the cutie bows were part of my original idea for it. I love turquoise and yellow together, and I think the colours here really make this dress. Little Sister is an easy no-sew pattern, and aside from a few gauge issues that had me starting over THREE times, this came together relatively quickly. Louisa wore the dress for her first birthday, and I think it’s perfectly fitting, since she actually IS a little si…