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We Survived!

November 11, 2014 No Comments by Heidi

I write this with the cry familiar to parents worldwide of teething children. I’M SO WEARY! And there is so much drool. Seriously, how much drool can a toddler produce?! I’m sure the toddler could have filled his paddling pool twice over at this stage.

Now that I got that out of the way on to other business. We survived a week without himself. I wasn’t sure we could do it and remain sane without additional help besides the days a creche but we did. Actually the toddler and I had a great time out and about me on foot and he on the cycle. That is until I sprained my ankle on Thursday afternoon. Even then we had a very lazy Friday watching all the Wallace and Gromit movies we could find between the BBC iPlayer and Netflix and coloring. How did we survive before these things?

During the quiet moments last week, I finished up my Dancing Trees hat and start some Christmas decorations. I’m really pleased with how the hat turned out and it was so enjoyable I’ll make another one.

crochet heart

I also worked up some mittens for the toddler (it was freezing on Tuesday). My first go at mittens. No reason for not trying in the past just one of those needs must things. Out of all the patterns I tried, Mrs. Murdock’s Mittens were the best. The pattern is easily scalable by changing yarn weights. Or if you’re not as pressed for time, doing up a swatch and rejig the math. I’m going to make a couple more pairs just to have to hand. They took me 2 days with interruptions to make so they could be easily made over 2 movies if you can get a good run at them.

They are another project that I’d do again in a heartbeat. I preferred the texture/less stiff fabric created by the DK with an 3.5mm hook over the dense fabric created by Aran/Worsted Weight with a 4mm hook. Though saying that, the denser fabric mitten would be great for snowball making.


I’d like to make a pair of mittens for myself next and I’m caught between these three pairs. I most likely will make the 1st two because they look so incredibly cozy. I know the crochet cable phase is still with me.

White on Black Mitts by Sanna-Mari Pihlajapiha – I love the geometric patterns in this one. Digory Mittens by Brenda K. B. Anderson – Don’t these look lush. Deep Forest Mittens by Brenda K.B. Anderson – The color work on these are so 70’s tastic, love it.

© samapifi

© Interweave Crochet 2011

© Joe Hancock


pinned pattern & fabric pinned fabric finished stocking

AND I got my sewing machine out! It wasn’t a fruitful session in terms of a finished project but I learned lots about how a stocking is constructed, why a 1/4″ or 3/8″ seam allowance is better than 1/2″ and how to make the curves work a bit better. I’m going to try another mock up but this time following the instructions properly (One shouldn’t sew when one is tired/fuzzy.). Then Saturday I’ll pick up some Christmas fabric as the bundle I purchase last year didn’t have enough fabric to do both sides of the stocking in the same fabric but there’s enough to make gift bags or other christmas decorations.

Now that all hands are back on deck, I’ll start working on another tools of the thread post!

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