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This is my go-to pattern for the baby girls in my life.  When this gray yarn didn’t look as shiny as I expected, I added some color with these adorable buttons.  Love.

Pattern: Aviatrix baby hat by Justine Turner

Yarn: Queensland Collection Merino Spray in #3 Tan

This is a wonderful pattern for a quick and cute knitty gift. I only spent about two hours on this little hat after my mother asked me if I had anything she could send today to a family member.

The yarn is my favorite (so far) to use on baby items.  It is 100%  extra fine merino wool in a DK weight.  It normally runs about $10 a ball, but I came across it at Ross for $2.50.  Needless to say, I bought everything they had and took home a large bag full of several colors (pink, violet, lime, and brown) for around $40.   The colors are bright, and the yarn does look as though it has been sprayed with color.

It is also important to note that the yarn is flame resistant.  The other day I took long bits of the different yarns I’ve been using to make my baby gifts and compared their flammability.  This particular yarn barely caught a flame before it died out without traveling at all up the piece of yarn.  I was horrified to find that another yarn I’ve been liking to use – Naturally Caron Spa – caught and lit so fast that the flame reached my finger and burned me before I could even drop it.   As pretty as it is, I don’t know that I’d use it again for anyone – much less a child.

  This little bunny was an Easter gift for my soon-to-be one-year-old niece Rosalyn.

Pattern: Margaret by Joanne Jongsma

Yarn: Naturally Caron Spa and Naturally Caron Country

Mossimo sweater from Target

This cropped gray cardigan is probably one of my most worn items.  I love the fit and color.

I was browsing sweater patterns on Ravelry when I came across  a similar sweater by Kim Hargreaves.

I love the idea of replacing my store-bought item with a hand-knit version (as the pattern can easily by modified).

Rosa by Kim Hargreaves

 

*** All Knitty Winter 2011 patterns can be found here.

I love getting pics of my knitty gifts being used.  This is 8-month-old Rosalyn wearing her Christmas present.

Pattern: Capuchine Hat

Yarn:  LionBrand Homespun

I made this hat for my brother’s girlfriend who (I recently found out) likes to knit and crochet.   I will always make something for the crafty people in my life.

 

Pattern: Felted Mittens

Yarn: Paton’s SWS

This was a quick knit for a friend that was gifted along with a box of chocolate candy.

I was excited to open my mail and find a Christmas card with this little cutie wearing the sweater I made her.

And I just realized it’s already December.

PatternLittle Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth F. Smith

Yarn: Naturally Caron Spa in Misty Taupe and Rose Bisque

 

My brother and sister-in-law refer to this sweater as my niece’s Pooh sweater, so I made her one inspired by Piglet.   I know Piglet has pink and dark stripes, but I didn’t like that sharp contrast so I chose a gray color instead.

This is a simple pattern to follow.  My only future modification will be to knit the button band as I go instead of picking up stitches later.  It is a better finish for those of us who can’t seem to pick up exactly the right number of stitches for a smooth, even band.

Pattern: Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van Der Car

Yarn: Naturally Caron Country in Foliage

My Happiness Project

1. Set a bedtime.
2. Make my bed every morning.
3. Always be reading something.
4. Move more.
5. Toss and organize.
6. Give proofs of love.
7. Leave the past.
8. Fight right.
9. Don't expect praise or appreciation.
10. Kiss more, hug more, touch more.
11. Aim higher.
12. Find some fun.
13. Ask for help.
14. Smile.
15. Realize it's possible.
16. Don't compare;be inspired.
17. Focus on what I have.
18. Beware of drift.
19. Take a chance.
20. Listen.
21. Be mindful.
22. Cultivate gratitude.
23. Spend out.
24. Do good, feel good.
25. Show up.
26. Have the courage to be imperfect.
27. Find joy in the ordinary.
28. Work smart.
29. Enjoy now.
30. Talk to strangers.
31. Go outside.
32. Start where I am.
33. Show up on time.
34. See art everyday.
35. Love with abandon.
36. Be colorful.
37. Dress the part.
38. Revel in accomplishments.
39. Learn something new.
40. Fear less.
41. Take pictures.
42. Speak with integrity.
43. Don't be critical about small things.
44. Manage my pain.
45. Surround myself with creative people.
46. Practice, practice, practice.
47. Don't force it.
48. Deal with something once.
49. Trust my instincts.
50. Avoid gossip.
51. Choose to see the best in people.
52. Take time to be silly.
53. Throw my own party.
54. Be a mentor.
55. Lean into my fears.
56. Find the others.
57. Do the unexpected.
58. Don't break the chain.
59. Do things others aren't.
60. Slow down.
61. Be cool with not being cool.
62. Be kinder than necessary and more generous than reasonable.
63. Pretend I'm good at it.
64. Keep in touch.
65. Row my own canoe.
66. Do what only you can do.
67. If it doesn't work out, find something that does.
68. Dream bigger.
69. Notice what's right.
70. Stop talking. Start doing.
71. When in doubt, choose laughter.
72. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
73. Respect everyone.
74. Be early.
75. Delete the unnecessary.

Three Simple Rules

1. If you do not GO after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be no.
3. If you do not MOVE forward, you will always be in the same place.

All I Need

1. Someone to love.
2. Something to do.
3. Something to hope for.

What I’m Reading

Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

U.S. States I’ve Visited

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Georgia
Florida
Louisiana
Maryland
New Mexico
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
Virgina

Countries I’ve Visited

Mexico
Colombia
Thailand
Vietnam
Bermuda (British territory)

I write about…