My niece sent me a picture of a knit dress she had bought for her baby with a note to the effect of, "Wouldn't this look cute in candy cane stripes for Christmas?" After searching around, I couldn't find a pattern that I liked, so I pretty much winged this one:
This is the first time I have done pleats and I am proud for figuring out how to make them on my own, since I was working the pattern from the top down, and all the instructions for pleating that I could find were from the bottom up. Next time I will make the pleats deeper I think, but overall I am pleased at the results and can't wait to see my 1 year old great niece in this.
Like many knitters, I often find myself with small amounts of yarn leftover from various projects. Sometimes it's only a few yards, sometimes almost a whole skein is left. After collecting these in a bag for the last several years, I have finally started putting them to use making some stripey hats. These incorporate a mix of commercial, hand dyed and handspun yarns. They are so much fun to make, except for the whole weaving-in-all-the-darned-ends bit.
I had a hideous old magnet board sitting around my house. Originally it had a "beach" theme but it was really unattractive. I finally got around to repainting it, with a silhouette of a tree, and made leaf shaped magnets to go with it. I also added the hooks along the bottom, for hanging keys or whatever.
Had another dyeing party recently (we were going through something of a phase), and I ended up with 4 more colorways. All of these are from the same batch of really soft and fluffy merino roving, that I had totally forgotten I owned, and have no idea where it came from.
Anyway, first up is Bramble:
Mostly burgundy and emerald, with bits of sky blue, and fuchsia.
Has pretty much all the colors, was trying to use up the little bits of everything left over from other projects.
Emerald and Chestnut, meant to spin up into a self striping yarn.
and last, but not least, Walden:
Sky blue, chestnut and teal.
Now I just have to get back to the spinning wheel.