Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Yarn Along and a Handmade (Handknit!) Holiday

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It has been a while since I have been able to do a Yarn Along post, very happy to be joining Ginny today! And this can even count as my first official Handmade Holiday post for the season.

It seems most of my gift ideas for the girls this year are knitted gifts. I want them to have new winter hats and I found this really cute bonnet-like pattern. Here you see Chloe's, in dark red to match her cardigan. It is not blocked yet and I still need to knit the ties. I had a lot of fun knitting this bonnet, and learned quite a bit too, like how to do a neat attached i-cord binding. Chessa's hat will be green to match her cardigan...

Another gift will be a set of felted nesting bowls for each of them. They seem to be always in need of containers, baskets, boxes, bowls...

(I will try to include Ravelry links next time...)


Oh oh books! Wonderful wonderful books! Have any of you ever read the All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sidney Taylor? I had heard of them a few years ago but we only recently checked one out from the library. And we all fell in love with them! Our library has only two out of five from the series, and then I discovered that most of them are out of print. Tragic! Being as book obsessed as I am I of course had to hunt down some used copies. Even used they can be quite expensive, but fortunately I was able to find the first four books for us. These will be saved as Christmas gifts for the girls as well. They know that the books are out of print and they will be so excited and truly appreciate how lucky we are to have them. My book loving girls!


So I know I never even posted pictures of Chloe's finished cardigan, and here I am showing you Chessa's. Or part of Chessa's. I wasn't up for spending too much time on photos...
Chessa of course wanted a green cardigan. I wanted her to choose light green. She really wanted the dark green. I kind of had her talked into doing the lighter, but then I felt bad since I knew she really wanted the other, so I went ahead and knit it with the dark. We both liked the idea of adding the light green trim. Still waiting for buttons for the sweaters, so they really aren't 100% finished yet....

When I first went outside this morning this big boy deer (yes, I know really he is called a buck) was standing right by our fence. Later I looked out the window and saw that he had decided to stay and make himself comfortable. Always nice to have visits from our deer friends!


Oh, and happy November to you all!


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20 comments:

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Renee,
All you do is so beautiful and focused... I admire that.
The nesting baskets are a wonderful idea! THe sweater is just precious too.

Thank you for sharing all - thinking of you.
Warm wishes, Tonya

Mama Ash Grove said...

Dear Renee, I am so glad you found the first four books! They really are wonderful books aren't they!
And, I am so glad you are knitting so much! I also love the pale green lining the sweater, is that the "green tea?" Oh and the sweater itself is so beautiful! That is the same green I did for second boy of mine, isn't it? "jalapeno?"
Oh and I really do think that is a big boy deer. Definitely.
<3 <3

a little crafty nest said...

Renee, You finished the sweater! Mine will be off the needles tonight to be blocked so my big boy can have his birthday sweater on Friday. Yours is beautiful, and the different greens are a lovely idea. Your knitting looks very tidy and accomplished ~ wonderful! And really, that big stag or buck is magnificent! That he would nestle down so close to your home....hmmm...an omen, in a good way perhaps! Hoping all is well with you right now, stay cozy :)
xo Jules

The Provincial Homemaker said...

I love the dark and light green sweater - it is just a beautiful combination. Congratulations on a successful book hunt too.

rainblissed said...

Look at your new friend! So fun :-) The cardigan is gorgeous and I'll look forward to checking out the All-of-a-Kind Family :-)

Kelly said...

And Happy November to you too! Renee, I always love your creativity. Your girl's knitted garments are beautiful. We love our books here too. Good for you on managing to get copies of the books you all loved. I love that deer so close to your home. Have a happy day today.

Laura said...

I love the colour of the yarns you chose, and the sweater pattern is gorgeous :-) that is soe deer wow! much love x

Taira said...

I love the idea of bonnet style hats. I have been searching for a pattern like this myself. Becoming a follower today! x

purplepear said...

It was lovely to have you come visit my blog. I have visited you often in the past and love the way you are bringing up your beautiful daughters. I have no doubt that Your children are NOT missing out on their childhood.

Anonymous said...

Dear Renee,

I would like to knit bonnets for my girls too and hope i find a pattern.
This green cardigan is wonderful.

It must be very special to get visits from deers.
Do you live so close to the woods?

All the best to you and your family,
GreenMama

(the google account still do not work on your blog)

W-S Wanderings said...

I'm all about a Handknit Holiday too this year :-) Your knits are beautiful, as usual. I can't wait to see that bonnet being modeled. And good call on adding that light green trim to the cardigan. It makes for such a beautiful blend of colours.

And what a magnificent visitor you had!!!

Swanski said...

You are a very productive knitter! I am amazed at all of the knitting you have completed. The sweater is lovely and I love the contrasting color for the button bands.

Pumpkin Pie Baby said...

Your daughters are lucky to be getting some handknits from you for Christmas. I'm still trying to find something to make each of my girls, and time is passing quickly! That buck in your yard is enormous. We've had deer in our yard before, but none as imposing looking as he!

anushka said...

what a sweet buck and lovely knits from you renee! i'll have to remember these books for the future. i can't wait to see your felted bowls.

Proud Mama said...

Wonderful gift ideas. I just put a set of nesting bowls in my queue to make for Christmas. I love the idea of a place for my children to hold their treasures.

amanda {the habit of being} said...

I am not at all familiar with those books but I plan to try and track at least some down. Sad to see all of these lovely, twaddle-free books out of print because the other options out there are simply less than.

Thanks for the kind comment on my blog!

Mama Gone Green said...

what lovely fall colors you chose! And that is a great sweater!

Lisa said...

What a huge animal!! Lovely sweater!

Lori ann said...

how pretty all your knitting is, the sweater is just beautiful. i had a wee bird fly in my room yesterday, but what i wouldn't give to look out my door at a deer like yours.
:)

suzanne said...

Hello my dear friend

I have been in the land of home and gardening...SO lovely to see your comment. How are you. I am sure you are receiving your colder weather now. Just seeing your knitting is cozy and comforting. In the throws of making gifts for Christmas. I just love it. wish I had more time though. Why oh why do I leave it too late. I thought I started early this year but time is running out. Next year I am starting in January!

Love to you and your wonderful girls and husband.

Lots of love
Suzanne
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