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IMG_2156a portrait of my children. every week. once a week. in 2013.

Piper: so girly. loves new shoes, having her hair done up pretty, and getting her nails painted. how did I end up with such a girly girl.

Bridget: switching from nursing every 2 hours to every 3 hours. ah, relief! also as you can see she’s getting stronger.

 

 

knitting friday

I said I would post my knitting once a week. This way I can show you if you’re interested. If you’re not, you only have to endure it once a week, and not EVERY DAY!

Here is some of my pre-Christmas knitting:

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1. baby booties!

2. girl version baby blanket (still need to finish my boy blanket)

3. leaf garland headband that I improvised (my husband is a good sport)

4. a mounted deer head given to one of my nephews

5. a commissioned hat I knit for a friend to give her husband for Christmas (my first paid work!)

I had put down my needles pretty much from Christmas till this week. It has been rough because I had volunteered for a test knit (so sorry Justyna!), have a a baby hat swap hat to make and mail out by the end of the month, 2 items still to knit for my niece and nephews (Andi, the gifts will arrive, I promise) and send, and a KAL (knit-a-long) project to finish by the end of the month. Phew! I feel like I have more knitting to do this month than I did for Christmas!

Not to mention that I have yet to take our New Years Photos and have those mailed out (so sorry family). 3 weeks of either being off your feet or taking care of others really puts you majorly behind!

Well I picked them up again this week, and knit a couple of things to get myself motivated to to fulfill my knitting obligations . I felt absolutely overwhelmed by the things that are left to do, and yes, I am going to try to get them all done in less than 2 weeks (I’m insane). Each project I tried to get back to, I had zero motivation. No inspiration for what patterns to pick for a special niece and nephew, no desire to pick up any already-started project (or WIP as we say in the knitting community). I needed to get my head in the game.

This usually means a bit of quick baby knitting. It did just the trick to get me back in the knitting groove.

IMG_1370My little Knit-a-Long group is hosting a mitten pattern donation KAL right now (Click here for details, there’s still time to join!), and I had started the project. So I picked up my half finished mitten and figured I’d better at least finish one of them!

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1. Camilla Babe Sweater

2. Dew Drops Mitts

That’s all till next week where I plan to have ALL of my required knitting DONE!!

spring knitting pattern giveaway

Happy Spring everyone! As a welcome to my very favorite season, my friend Alicia Plummer of twolittleplums‘ “Buy American” blog is hosting a pattern giveaway.

Today is the release of her pattern “Dancing in Puddles” boot liners and can be purchased on Ravelry.com

Alicia is a very talented knitter and designer. All of her patterns are so beautiful! You can check out the rest of her work here!

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Also, If you would be interested in future giveaways on this blog please leave a comment on this blog so that I can get an idea of how big of an interest there is and how large my readership is. Thanks!

Also if you have an online store or business that you would like to have advertised, please email me at: hipsterhomesteading{at}gmail{dot}com

the husband hat

Like I said in a previous post, the husband has been after me to make him a knitted hat for a long time now. We picked a pattern out at least a year ago, and I said I would do it. He hasn’t pestered me about it. He’s watched me make things for myself and other people.

Sorry it took me so long to make this for you, honey. Thank you for being so patient!

Joe absolutely loves this hat (or so he tells me).

I think he looks rather dapper, myself, and I couldn’t resist posting so many of the photos!

I found the pattern for Joe’s hat free via Ravelry.com with an account. Sign up is totally free, and then click on the side bar here on the blog to add me as a friend!

up to my elbows in knitting!

Remember that ball winder and swift I talked about? Well as a result I’ve been way more excited about my yarn and knitting as of late. I literally have 7 different projects going right now!

If you check out my Ravelry account you will see (in order of importance):

  1. 1 of 2 pairs of socks being knit for bartering
  2. [not pictured] a scarf for my brother that was supposed to be his Christmas gift
  3. a hat for Joe (he’s been after me to knit something for him for over a year)
  4. a baby hat for 1 of 2 babies I know being born this summer
  5. [not pictured] boot liners to test knit for the very talented Alicia Plummer
  6. a sweater for Piper (has been lying untouched since October)
  7. a shawl that I discovered unfinished that I was originally going to wear in my wedding

Apparently I’m not very good at staying on top of things…

Fortunately with this lovely weather we’ve been having, I’ve been making myself get outside with Piper. So while she plays on a quilt or sits out in her play pen, I get to just sit and knit while enjoying the sunshine!