Pull Gaspard Baby Sweater

I am slowly making progress on baby gifts for friends. Today I finished a 2 year old sized boy sweater using Malabrigo Arroyo in Glitter.(pattern here:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pull-gaspard)  This pattern is well engineered and knit up quickly (though it took some concentrating especially around the neck line to get it right).  The big pocket will be perfect for storing toddler treasures.

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Since it is Valentine’s Day, I tried adding one of my handmade linen boutonnieres. (Linen Flower tutorial here: https://entropyalwayswinsblog.com/2013/10/20/linen-rosebud-flower-tutorial/ )

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Only 6 more babies and mommas to knit and sew for.   :-/

Yarn Wrestling

Have you ever has a handmade project that physically abused you?  Last night I finished up a cowl of my own design.  I made Purl Bee’s Super Soft Fluted Cowl for a friend last year which by the way was not abusive at all (pattern here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/11/11/super-soft-merino-fluted-cowl.html).  I had three leftover Purl Soho Super Soft Merino skeins that were beckoning from my yarn stash.  After perusing some lovely stitches, I decided to make a cowl using the Lotus Flower Stitch (pattern here: http://www.craftcookie.com/knitting-stitches/knit-purl-stitches/93-lotus-flower-stitch).  My heart is happy, my fingers are not.

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I was hoping to send a tutorial out there but I’m afraid of all the hate mail that may come my way. So I will just let my fingers heal and snuggle in this yummy warmth and look forward to some more friendly knitting projects.

By the way, the backside of the pattern below I think is so much prettier then the front.  Wishing all a nurturing crafting weekend.

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