I finally knitted some mittens! And I’m happy to report that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. The toughest part, which I still didn’t get right after ripping back two nearly complete mittens, was figuring out the length and placement of the thumbs. They start a little too high on both hands, and they’re slightly too short. But just look how cute and stubby the right thumb is!
I don’t have much dexterity in these things, but they sure are warm. Get the free Cruiser Mitten pattern on Ravelry.
I got this neat vase at the I Heart Denver pop up store for my friend’s birthday. I wanted to have some flowers in the vase when I gave it to her, but wasn’t sure when we would have the chance to get together, so I didn’t know how long the flowers would last. Instead of risking drooping real flowers, I decided to knit some that will last forever! I used a free pattern at Odd Knit.
Matching bowties for my friend Lauren’s new baby boy and husband. I adapted the Cat Bow Tie Pattern I found on Instructables to make the bows bigger and fuller looking, and to make the necks larger. (Shhh, don’t tell Lauren the pattern was originally for a cat!)
My friend Lauren and her husband are huge Steelers fans. And so, as you can imagine, their new baby boy must be one, too. Or at least he will be decked out in Steelers gear until he can form his own team allegiances. To aide in their pursuit of adorable fandom, I knitted her a Steelers themed beanie, adapted from the free Barley hat pattern at Tin Can Knits.
I’ve found this zippered pouch to be an easy, fun gift for just about every occasion, and can’t stop making it for friends. For this one, I used some red linen that I’ve been holding on to for a while, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. And used some scraps of the sexy lobstah fabric that I had laying around from a previous wedding gift project.
Just two short years after The Summer of Weddings (I went to 13 weddings in 2011!), it’s now The Year of Babies. I know at least five friends that are currently pregnant, and a handful of others that are either trying or have recently had babies.
Tired of making knitted munchkin hats, I thought I’d try some new handmade gifts and turned to Pinterest for ideas (I wonder if my friends now think I’m pregnant after all the baby-themed pins. Good luck!). Conveniently, I had bought some adorable pig material at Fancy Tiger Crafts earlier this year, so I was prepared to make these diaper pouches.
I honestly do not know how useful they are—do you really need a pouch for clean diapers, don’t diaper bags have enough specific pockets for that? Regardless, they’re super cute and everyone has liked them so far.
The diaper pouch tutorial can be found at LuvInTheMommyhood.
And as you’ll notice, I’m still amusing myself with the A Beautiful Mess app.
I love my zippered doily purse so much, I decided to make a couple different versions of it. The first one (red flower lining) is a late Mother’s Day gift for my mom, and the second is a little something for me (yellow lining). I used the same folderover clutch pattern from Skirt As Top, but used 7” zippers. I reduced the dimensions to 8”x10” for the first one and 8”x6” for the second.
I also played around with the new A Beautiful Mess photo editing app to add the titles. It’s a cute app, but wish there were more options for fonts, doodles and filters.