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My kids are always looking for secret little spots to stash their precious things. I find rocks under the couch cushions, marbles in my shoes, my big girl’s journal stashed between the cookbooks and matchbox cars behind the milk in the fridge. This pillow was created to be a better, safer place for their special treasures.
fun lace in bright colors is just the thing to welcome the warm spring breezes. the lace stitch pattern is both written and charted so you can choose your poison. a good pattern for the ‘lace newbie’ since it’s only an 8 line repeat and comes together quickly on size 9 needles.
one of the trapped chilean miners became the father of a tiny girl while he was still underground. modern technology allowed him to watch his wife give birth even though he was not yet freed to be physically at her side. they named their baby ‘esperanza’ (which is spanish for ‘hope’).
Knitting: Beret, Tam
I was out and about one day when a snuggly beret with ribbing at the brim and a cabled crown caught my eye. Started me to wondering just what it might look like the other way around. Inspired by the shape of the cozy winter hat my Mum wore when I was a child, I set to working out the details. This is the slouchy beret that emerged.
Knitting: Drawstring Bag
a reversible bag with cabling detail and pockets. after the cabled stripe is done, stitches are picked up to knit the rest of the bag in just one piece (not including the strap) so there is very minimal finishing involved. there is no need to even block it!
this pillow is built on the different textures of the two yarns, not difficult stitches or techniques. the knitting itself is relaxing and all the loose ends (or carryovers) from the color changes wind up on the inside so there is room to not be overly meticulous about them. ahh.
Knitting: Earflap Hat
i really like hats with earflaps. i really don’t like how the flaps are inevitably knit in a different stitch than the rest of the hat. i also really don’t like how the flaps tend to, well, ‘flap’ in a wind (which is when you least want them to move at all). so, here is my answer to both problems.