garter stripe baby socks

Whipped these little guys up this weekend so that baby would have something to wear home from the hospital. Can’t have chilly toes, right?

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Quick to knit using fingering weight yarn and US0s for a gauge of 8sts=1-inch. The socks feature short row heels and toes, a garter strip in front, and a garter “seam” in the back.

Here’s the pdf.

Here it is on Ravelry.

Enjoy and please let me know if you find any errors.

groovy

How ’bout an update on the slowest living room reno ever?

Exhibit A – the chair. This is a chair from B’s college days, originally covered in a poop brown canvas. Poop brown no more.

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Picked up this crazy  upholstery fabric on the clearance table at Hancock’s – $5/yd or something. Amazing, right? Who does not have a use for red/turquoise, yellow, lime, and white upholstery fabric?

The front is channel quilted with wool batting and the back has a zipper for easy removal and machine wash. Oh, you bet I prewashed this stuff on hot with a high heat dry.

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chair3Thor (pictured) and Mickey both love it and it holds cat fur like a dream. Ugh.

The flokati arrives tomorrow. Perhaps a shot of the new sofa and rug at the end of the week…

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi

I started this little guy on August 29 and finished it on September 9. So why did it take more than 2 months to post about it? Because I was too lazy to type up the 2 page pattern. Anyhoo. Here it is, with plenty of time until Chrismas.

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gyr_raglanIt’s a  simple little cardi with super speedy top-down, seamless raglan construction and an optional I-cord button band.  My version was knit with less than 3 skeins of Knit Picks Andean Treasure sportweight alpaca on US 4 (3.5mm) needles at a gauge of 22sts = 4″ in stockinette. It’s silly soft and a little fuzzy and toasty as can be. The finished measurements are 20″ at the chest and 10″ in length. So a 6-12 month sized baby? Or older or younger or something. 

gyr_buttons1The sweater is a very basic, easily adjustable pattern. Tweak ’till your heart’s content. Use thinner yarn and smaller needles for a smaller sweater or thicker yarn and larger needles for a bigger one, just be sure to adjust the length accordingly.

This pattern has not been tested. Please let me know if you find any errors.

Here’s the english pdf, here’s the German version – Baby Cardi Kraus rechts gestrickt (courtesy of Susanne at Stil-Blüte in Braunschweig, Germany), here’s the Italian thanks to Marica at La Maglia Di Marica, here it is in Spanish on Copper Kettles and Woolen Mittens (thanks to MJ in Barcelona), and here it is on Ravelry.

hey mickey!

Oy! Toni Basil will be warbling in my head all day now…

Here’s the very late, promised photo of Mickey with his favorite toy, the crinkle frog. I finally figured out how to take a decent photo of Pan and Thor (all white is tough!), obviously my black cat pics need some serious work. Someday I’ll get a shot of all three boys together – as soon as I figure out how to expose for 2 white cats and 1 black one in the same frame. Someday.

In the meantime, here’s a flash photo of Pan investigating Mickey’s second favorite toy, the crinkle snake…

Welcoming Mick into the family has been a much easier transition than feared. The age difference may keep the boys from playing together (Mickey’s 15 year-old body is not interested in the wild and crazy tackle-tag of the 5 year-olds), but they have no worries about napping in the same room and eating side by side.

Most importantly we can now be sure to have visible cat hair on everything we own, white fur on black clothes and black fur on white. Yay.