I disappeared for a few weeks there, but fear not, all is well. I’m sitting here on my couch sipping the first cup of coffee of the day (of many to come) with two purring kitties on my lap, so you could say life is good.
Sometimes you get so busy, something has to fall through the cracks. Unfortunately, for the last couple of weeks that something has been this blog. I’ve been running around like a crazy person trying to keep up with social obligations, freelance obligations, and of course my compulsive need to craft.
Knitting and crafting have not fallen through the cracks, however, so I wanted to share some recent makings!
We are heading to the East Coast at the end of this week to visit our new baby nephew, Carter (and his mamma and dad of course, but they’re secondary). I have obviously been going absolutely nuts making baby things. I already had a cute pair of summery bloomers, and then made a pair of socks with the remaining yarn. You can never have too many socks.
I got a little inspiration to make a sort of romper/onesie, so I used some leftover Spud & Chloe sweater yarn to make that. I like how it came out, but I’m afraid it might already be too small when we arrive. It’s also a little tiny bit feminine. What do you think?
I’d like to work out some of the kinks and share the pattern, regardless. Maybe this finished piece won’t end up being Carter’s, but I feel like some baby somewhere might enjoy it. 🙂
Then I used the beautiful yarn I got from The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers as a perk for doing some sample knitting for her to make a cute sweater/pants set. The pants are still in progress, but the sweater is finished and oh-so cute!
I made them a bit big, intending them to fit Carter this winter, when he’ll be about 6 months old. The sweater is a simple top-down yoked style sweater with just a bit of stranded colorwork detail. The pants are also top-down, nearly-seamless, with a bit of colorwork accents.
Can you tell I absolutely hate seaming? I avoid it at all costs!
I love how the colors came out on this set – I chose Warm Melted Butter and Newcastle in Squish Worsted. I’m not quite done with the pants yet, but it looks like the whole set will require 1 skein of each color for this size.
If you’re interested, I’m looking for test knitters for the sweater pattern! You can check out the Ravelry forum thread about it here.
As I mentioned, I also did a craft fair at the beginning of the month, bringing my handmade soaps along to sell alongside my dear friends’ ceramics.
We had such a good time that we’re doing it again on July 8! So I’ve of course been cooking up more soap and getting ready for that. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was convinced by my friend to set up an Etsy shop for my soaps, and I even came up with a little company name to operate under – Gay Aunts Home Goods. You know, because everyone has a gay aunt.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. Anna’s not really digging the fact that our kitchen has become a soap workshop, so if this thing takes off I guess I’ll have to rent studio space somewhere. For now, though, it’s just fun.
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Obligatory kitty pictures: