Slippers Revisited

I found another slipper pattern which, while very simple, was also very customizable. I am really quite happy with the outcome, which not only keeps my toes inside but is also blessedly warm. Next on my list? Slippers for Snort, who kept wanting to try mine on.

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My feet are cold. Really, this is a common problem and I always seem to misplace last winter’s slippers by the time I need them again. As such, yesterday I went to make a new pair. I found a really cute pattern that looked like it would work up fast and got to work.Image

And then got distracted.

Then wound up eventually finishing one.

Unfortunately, even though I was able to easily adjust the pattern for size eleven feet by adding in two more straight rows (repeats of row 6) when I put it together it’s just not cute and not at all what I wanted. I think this might be fixable by changing the finishing so that you edge five stitches and work into the forth stitch on the other side (instead of the fourth and third) but … the double stitch isn’t really nice for my toes. They keep poking through. So I’m looking at other slipper patterns and will make up something else …

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Merry Christmas 2012

Well, the world didn’t end yesterday, and I have some projects to share! I have some bags I made, but I need to figure out where I put the pattern and take some pictures …

Anyway, Christmas means special crocheted presents for the boys, you know, now that I’m not pregnant and exhausted. Snort (who will be four in a few months) is getting a sheep made using this pattern (although mine came out looking distinctly Shaun the Sheep-ish) and his little brother (ten months old today and dubbed Sharptooth for this blog and Ravelry) is getting a stuffed lion. Here’s some lovely pictures!

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You remember those projects I told you about?

baby hat

Excuse the bad pictures, but yes, that is what you think it is! I’m having a second baby! It’s been fairly miserable so far, which has brought reactions ranging from people assuring me it’s going to be a girl to my grandpa’s question about whether or not they’ve taken a census in there yet.

Haha, really funny.


Well, we had an ultrasound, and there’s only one baby. We have a second one (which should tell us the gender) in a little under a month.  I have so much to do (including finishing Snort’s sheepie and hopefully making the baby blanket I want to) but nothing’s getting done. I’m constantly exhausted, nauseous, and weak. We actually thought for a bit that I was going to get put on bedrest, but I was just told to move more slowly and to eat better. I’d eat more if the baby would let me.

Anyway, if it’s a girl the hat is getting a flower, but I sort of am expecting a boy. Either that or I’m just really, really sick of people constantly telling me that I’m having a girl. I leave you with my other completed baby project, and hopefully I’ll get more crocheting done between now and February.

baby sweater

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I Taught my Son to Double-Dip

It’s amazing what children will pick up and how fast they’ll do it. My son was sampling the pizza crust last night (my DH doesn’t like to eat it with the pizza and will dip it later) and after biting two crusts I thought that it might be best just to dunk it in the marinara sauce we had with our bread sticks and let him have it that way. Not only did he love it, but he also kept dunking and biting through the entire crust.

Although I’m still not sure why he wanted the crust instead of another piece of pizza.

We’re also working on potty training, which is interesting. So far our success mostly consists of Snort telling us right after he’s peed in his diaper, sitting on his potty chair for a bit, and then flushing the toilet. Someone suggested that it might help to put him in big boy undies instead of a diaper, but first we need to learn the sign for potty. I think he’ll probably pick it up quickly and be less frustrated with it than if we tried to get him to actually use a spoken word. He’s right where he should be on speech according to the milestones, but he’s really not as advanced as I somehow expected. Of course, a few days ago I asked if he wanted mac and cheese and he said, “Mmm, cheese! Uh-oh, hot-hot!” So he’s getting there.

I’m still working on the sheepie. I’ll update about that later when I have something to really say about it.

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Ladies, Count your Stitches.

Last night I finish round 25 of the sheepie I’m making — the last round before the seven decrease rounds to finish off the body. The problem? I only have 45 stitches, and I’m supposed to have 48. I find 46 and 47 before I hit round 22, but I have to frog a total of 12 rounds of double loop stitch to find stitch number 48. Those 12 rounds represent a day and a half or maybe even two full days of work. I’m now redoing the rounds and painstakingly counting each stitch because I really don’t want to do it a third time. I think I’d just … frog the whole thing.

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Wow, it’s been a while.

I had a wrap I was working on, but I’m going to frog it … it’s not really something I want after all. A bit torn, though, between snapping a pic of it and marking it as frogged and just deleting the project since it doesn’t have any hits.

There’s been a lot going on in my life lately, made some things I’ll discuss later … and I’m currently working on a sheepie! There’s only one thing to say about that: IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE!

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Meet Arnold

So, this is (as far as I remember) my first softie. I really love this pattern, though I wish it had been a bit easier to follow. His arms came out crooked, and it took me a bit of fudging to get his legs straight. Plus I think I overstuffed him … but for a first attempt, he’s pretty good … and unbelievably cuddly. Pattern is “Arnold the Friendly Dinosaur” and found on Ravelry. It’s free, so try him out!

He was a gift for Snort’s second birthday, though he wound up getting him the same day he was finished … Snort just wouldn’t let Arnold go. So it was an early birthday dinosaur. We also went to Chuck E. Cheese’s … which was really, really traumatizing (for me) but a total blast for Snort. We aren’t going again until he asks specifically and very, very nicely. Because it’s loud and scary and full of rude children … though the kid check at the door was nice. They have a black light stamp that sets to different numbers like those old library stamps, and they stamp the kid and the parents with matching numbers and then check on the way out to make sure you have your kid. It made me feel like they’re at least trying to have a kid safe environment.

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They’ve been done for a while, I just hadn’t gotten around to posting any pictures … or taking any for that matter. One pair hot pink socks, worsted weight, for wearing around the house.

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Five Penny Neckwarmer/Headband

Five Penny Neckwarmer/Headband

This pattern is untested. If you see any problems, post a comment or contact me on Ravelry.

K hook

small amount (estimated 25-50 yards) worsted weight yarn (Knitting Acrylic Yarn pictured)

Gauge: 1 shell measures 1 inch by 2 inches at widest points

ch 55, join without twisting chain

Round 1: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, * sk 5 ch, 5 dc in next st *, repeat from * to * 7 times, sk 5 ch and 2 dc in last st; join to starting ch 3

Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, * sk 4 st and 5 dc in next st (top of shell) *, repeat from * to * 7 times, sk 4 st and 2 dc in last st; join to starting ch 3

Round 3-5: repeat round 2; finish and weave in all ends.

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