One of my former coworkers recently had their second baby boy, and so of course I had to make another Big Baby Bento Box Quilt. I used the same airplane and orange dot fabric as in their first boy’s quilt. The other fabrics I picked up from my favorite store, Rossville Quilts. This project was one of several that I worked on during Rossville Quilts “Girls Night Out” retreat at their Mill House Retreat Center earlier this Spring. The special guest at the retreat was fabric and pattern designer Terri Degenkolb. And completely by accident, the green fabric that I had bought for this quilt only days before the retreat was from one of her fabric lines and I didn’t figure it out until after I left the store! So that was a fun surprise!
Here is a picture of the back, which is pieced like the original:
This time, since I had a yard of the yellow, I didn’t have a lot of piecing to do, so it went fairly quickly. Then I just did a large stipple and machine zig-zagged the binding on. The recipients loved it, and the older brother tried to claim it as his own until his mom brought out the one I had made for him when he was born!
If you would like to make your own, the link to the tutorial is here.
These bright blue socks were made with yarn from Blue Dog Fiber Arts in the colorway Pandora, which is 80% merino wool and 20% silk. These pattern is from Ravelry and is called L’Arpeggiata, which can be found here.
The cables and blue yarn remind me of the ocean, and since the pattern is fairly simple with an occasional 4 stitch cable, it was a quick knit.
Here are some colorful summer socks:
These were made using Knit Pick’s Felici in the colorway Hibiscus. This yarn is so super soft! When I took it out of the box I couldn’t wait to get started knitting with it since it felt so wonderful. The pattern I used is called Welt Fantastic, and it came from Charlene Schurch’s book Sensational Knitted Socks. I was pretty lucky that for the most part the pattern changes coincided with the color changes, even after I did the heel flap. The one minor issue I had was that the color repeat ran the opposite way on the second skein, so I had to rewind that one to get the colors to go in the same order. Other than that, the yarn was a delight to knit with!
My father-in law has a Christmas tree farm and his birthday was in December, so I had decided to make him a tree farm themed card. Since I’ve been buying a lot of dies for my Cuttlebug die cut machine, I figured it was time to try some of them out. Lawn Fawn makes a lot of really cute dies, and this particular card was made using their hillside pop-up die. I combined dies from three other Lawn Fawn sets: the trees from the Shadow Box Card set, the sun and clouds from the Hello Sunshine set, and for the front of the card I used the Stitched Hillsides die. The phrases are from Little B’s Handwritten die set. To make the snow on the trees I used a five petal flower punch and trimmed it to fit the trees. I also used a circle punch for the center of the sun. It was fun to create this cute little landscape!
I found a book in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby called “Animal Lovies” by Yolonda Soto-Lopez and decided I needed to add it to my library. It had lots of designs for knitted 12″ squares with animal heads attached to the middle. I made my niece and nephew each one for Christmas.
I like the little owl the best because of the texture on the square even though it took a little longer to knit. The dog’s square is the same pattern as the old knitted washcloth pattern you see a lot. I should have used smaller needles on the heads because you can see the stuffing in some spots, but other than that they were not hard to make. The dog was the most time consuming because there was a lot more parts to make and applique. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for both of the toys.
There are a lot of self-striping yarns popping up in the local craft stores, so I decided that I would try some of them out. The first thing I made was a crochet scarf for my sister in law for a Christmas present using the free pattern I found on Pinterest by Crochet Dreams: Ocean Waves Scarf.
I used a ball of Caron Cakes in Blueberry, which was a little scratchy to work with, but it seems OK to wear. For some reason, the gauge wasn’t making sense to me because the initial chain seemed like it would make the scarf way too long, so I went down a hook size, but still it seemed long, so I ripped it back again and started over with yet a smaller hook. Still too long, so I reduced the number of chains down to 258 from 302 and thought that I had it, but then the stitch pattern shrunk it down a lot so that it only ended up being 56″ instead of 68″ so the scarf can’t be looped as nicely as in the picture. I also made it 7″ wide instead of 7 1/2″ because I was getting down to the last of the yarn and the final color change and wanted to have enough to make the fringe. This is probably due to the fact that I ended up using a much smaller hook, but it is long enough to still be a good sized scarf. The stitch pattern was easy to work, but for some reason I kept wanting to make 2 double crochets in the stitch below instead of 3 so I had to keep double checking my work (and ripping back when I didn’t notice the mistake soon enough!). I will probably make another scarf with this pattern since it was quick to make; it only took a few days to do.
My niece is really into mermaids, so for Christmas I made her a playset with little figures knitted from Anna Hrachovec’s books “Teeny Tiny Mochimochi” and “Adventures in Mochi-Mochi Land”. Here is a picture of the bag they are in, which I made from a 9″ diameter circle of blue felt. The tabs are made 1/2″ by 2″ strips (16 total) that are sewn all around the outside, and the inside has a 4″ diameter circle centered on the inside. The bag is held closed with ribbon long enough to let the bag lay completely flat:
And here is the bag open with all the little toys inside. I included some fancy yarn as sea plants and some sand pennies, which is a free pattern on Anna Hrachovec’s website.
This is Gary the crab.
Here is the tiny octopus.
And here is the tiny mermaid and Bubbles the Dolphin.
I had a lot of fun knitting up the set, and it is a really good use for all the leftover sock yarn that I tend to accumulate!