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Dish Cloths, Cafe au Lait, and a GIGANTIC HARRY POTTER CROSS STITCH!

I’m pretty buried in Holla Knits knitting right now – the last sample for the Holla Knits Special Collection: Warm Weather Accessories Collection is on the blocking boards, and I’ve got 2 Summer Collection samples on the needles with 3 waiting in the wings. Sadly that means there won’t be a lot going on around here besides vague WIP shots and, now that baseball season has started, some baseball talk if you’re lucky!

ZicZak Dish Cloths

ZickZack Dish Cloths

I did manage to knit up three quick dishcloths over the past couple weeks while I’ve been running around or at knit night. I used my friend Stacey Winklepleck’s pattern ZickZack Dishcloths, part of the super fun Knit Picks 52 Dishcloths program. These dishcloths are for Shane’s cousin Michelle, who we stayed with when we were in Florida last month. I knit them up in various Florida inspired colors I had around my house!

Pattern: ZickZack Dishcloth by Stacey Winklepleck

Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (yellow), Knit Picks Dishie (pink), and Lily’s Sugar and Cream (green)

Needles: Size 7 straights

Ravelry Project Page

And speaking of Florida, the last time I had a Holla Knits KAL project, Cafe au Lait sweater update was when I was in Florida last month. Which is about the last time I worked on it until this week!

Cafe au Lait!

Cafe au Lait!

I took this progress pic of the second side of the cardigan last week!

More Progress!

More Progress!

And just yesterday I shared this picture on Instagram – I was able to finish up the second side, so now all three of my sweater pieces are finished and blocking! All I’ve got left to do is seam them up, and make the button bands. So close!

Gigantic Harry Potter Cross Stitch!

Gigantic Harry Potter Cross Stitch!

And I’ve already found my reward project for finishing these Holla Knits samples – Gigantic Harry Potter Cross Stitch! My mom caught this for me on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It’s like 3 feet long but holy crap I want to start working on it! Knowing full well I’ll be working on it for the rest of my life. Stay tuned, readers. Stay tuned!

FO: More Baby Bibs!

Last month I shared a couple I Love St st Baby Bibs that I knit up for a friend.  Today I’ve got more! To mix it up I took a couple Velma kitty bomb shots.

Baby Bob Bibs!

Baby Bob Bibs!

KP Comfy Worsted in Jalapeño and Marlin

KP Comfy Worsted in Jalapeño and Marlin

Kitty Butt

Kitty Butt

Pattern: I Love Stockinette Baby Bib by Laura Treadway

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Marlin and Jalepeno, just over half a skein of each

Needles: Size 7s, 16″ circ and 2 dpns

Ravelry Project Page

Velma LOVES These Bibs!

Velma LOVES These Bibs!

So Sweet in Yellow!

So Sweet in Yellow!

KP Comfy Worsted in Creme Brulee and Hawk

KP Comfy Worsted in Creme Brulee and Hawk

Pattern: I Love Stockinette Baby Bib by Laura Treadway

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Creme Brule and Hawk, just over half a skein of each

Needles: Size 7s, 16″ circ and 2 dpns

Ravelry Project Page

This was one of the rare projects where I’ve made multiples and haven’t gotten super sick of the project half way through. Which is perfect because I think I’ll be making these for every baby born at any point in the future! So cute and quick. Now I just can’t wait to see a baby wearing one of these!

FO: Jamie and Diana’s Baby Bibs

I’m up to my eyeballs in friends having babies this fall, so prepare yourselves for a barrage of baby gifts, starting with a set of adorable baby bibs!

I Love Stockinette Baby Bibs by Laura Treadway

I Love Stockinette Baby Bibs by Laura Treadway

Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

Greens!

Greens!

I found this cute baby bib pattern – I Love Stockinette Baby Bib by Laura Treadway – and I loved the way people were choosing two colors and then alternating MC and CCs, making a nice set of bibs. So I stocked up on some Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in nice baby colors that weren’t SUPER baby, so I can have baby bibs ready for a baby shower at a moments notice.

What’s great about these is that they are totally washable and pretty quick knits. I knit one of these at a White Sox game a couple weeks ago! The shaping at the top is nice, and the applied Icord will never not be magical. Look for more of these in the future!

Pattern: I Love Stockinette Baby Bib by Laura Treadway

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Peapod and Jalepeno, just over half a skein of each

Needles: Size 7s, 16″ circ and 2 dpns

Ravelry Project Page

Christmas Presents Revealed: French Press Cozy

And last but not least, a PT branded French Press Cozy!

Your Coffee is Nice and Warm!

Your Coffee is Nice and Warm!

Just a Couple Buttons in the Back!

Just a Couple Buttons in the Back!

PT!

PT!

The pattern is ‘CAFE’ French Press Cozy from the book Knitted Letters. This pattern isn’t up on ravelry, but here is a pic from the book.

PT > CAFE

PT > CAFE

So instead of “CAFE” (lame) I traded them for PT’s name – PT! I stash dove and used Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Ranch Lhasa Wilderness in Grey and Bumblebirch Wellspring in Glacier for the letters. I got a report from PT that his coffee is both stylish and warm, so I consider that a win!

Pattern: “CAFE” French Press Cozy from Knitted Letters by Erssie Major and Catherine Hirst

Yarn: Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Ranch Lhasa Wilderness in Grey, Bumblebirch Wellspring in Glacier

Needles: Size 2

Ravelry Project Page

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Christmas Presents Revealed: Feed the Animals

Still working through featuring the handmade Christmas gifts I made over here! Today I’m sharing with you the most challenging and out of the box project I made this season – 4 coin purses from Straight Stitch Society!

Straight Stitch Society: Feed the Animals Pattern

Straight Stitch Society: Feed the Animals Pattern

Straight Stitch Society has a lot of really fun sewing patterns, an as I’m always looking to get better at sewing I decided to try my hand at actual instruction! And I wasn’t disappointed. Feed the Animals, a pattern for little adorable coin purses shaped like a cat, dog, and monkey, was super clear, really easy to follow, and the results were pretty awesome!

Open mouth little monkey!

Open mouth little monkey!

Monkey!

Monkey!

A made the monkey for my friend Lily.

Open Mouth Dog

Open Mouth Dog

Dog! ... kinda

Dog! … kinda

I made the dog (that kinda ended up looking like an alien?) for my knit night group’s secret santa exchange. I put some stitch markers inside! It’d be a cute knitting notions little bag too, right?

Two Kitties with Open Mouths!

Two Kitties with Open Mouths!

Two Kitties!

Two Kitties!

And I made a cat for my grandma and a cat for my baby niece Ryenn.

I loved making these! I did them assembly line style and knocked them all out in about a day in a half. I’m super excited to try more Straight Stitch Society patterns! They come highly recommended by me.

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