Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Snow Child, baby washcloths & more cabled mitts... {tending my yarn garden}


After seeing The Snow Child on several yarn along posts over the past couple of weeks, I decided to check it out from our local library. How excited was I to pick it up Tuesday afternoon in time to read a few pages and capture a photo with my knitting for today's post! The opening line is simply delicious: "Mabel had known there would be silence." I'm hooked -- thanks ladies for the recommendation. :)

I mentioned last week that I needed to knit up some baby washcloths for several upcoming baby showers. The yarn I like to use for these is Bernat's CottonTots which is super soft. I'll be wrapping each washcloth with a miniature bar of mildly-scented homemade soap and will have several baby gifts ready for giving. (I'm thinking of listing some of these on my Etsy market; if you're interested, please leave a comment.)

In other knitting, I worked up a pink pair of my cabled mitts to check my pattern before sending it off to be tested this week. So exciting! Thanks for all the encouraging comments last week. :)  I'm still trying to decide what to cast on next... maybe this or this or this???  I know, I know. I've got baby knitting on the brain. What can I say? My first grandbaby is due in FIVE weeks!!!

How about you? What books are you reading? What's growing in your yarn garden? Please share in the comments and join me at Ginny's.

~Lisa

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24 comments:

  1. It is understandable that your mind will be geared towards pretty little clothes ... how fun! I have not cast-on any new projects yet. I am waiting to finish this week and then, begin again :) m.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Maria. Wishing you many blessings this week!

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  2. Love your cabled mitts and your baby washcloths. I use cotton tots too for baby items. I have actually knitted a Plain Vest and it was super soft. Enjoy all that lovely baby knitting! Can't wait to see what you cast on. Happy Knitting!

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    1. Patterns are printed; now all I need to do is figure out which one! Thanks for visiting. :)

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  3. I think I might be the only woman left who has not read The Snow Child. I shall have to bump it up my wishlist.
    I love your baby shower gift idea, simple, practical and made with love :o)

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    1. Simple & practical -- a perfect description. :) Thanks for stopping by, Hannah. :)

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  4. The Snow Child has been on my list for ages! I have to get it, I don't think I have seen another book so universally loved on Yarn Along!

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    1. It is really popular, isn't it. I finished chapter one last night and can't wait to see how the story will continue to unfold. :)

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  5. how exciting! a new baby! i would be knitting too! the snow child is one of my very favorite books, glad you are enjoying it!

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    1. Exciting, indeed! So many knits, so little time...

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  6. I vote for tiny tea leaves,and I loved that book very much :)

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    1. I purchased it last night before going to bed and will be casting on today while my kiddos are at piano lessons! :)

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  7. i love the idea of making washcloths for a baby shower and adding homemade soap. unfortunately i don't make my own soap but i might think of an alternative...

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Sylvia. :) Alternatives abound!

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  8. Washcloths and homemade soap make a perfect baby shower gift. Mild citrus sounds like a lovely scent too. I have never made soap but it's something I've been thinking about trying.

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    1. Soap making is truly not difficult! There are many simple, easy to follow tutorials on the web. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Your projects are beautiful! I love the soap and washcloth together. I am going to have to try the Bernat yarn. I've never been able to find cotton that I like. Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday! I can't wait to see what you get started on next!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Jen. Isn't yarn along the funnest way to meet fellow stitchers? :)

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  10. What fun gifts! I'm planning to BUY The Snow Child... I never buy books, but this one is just so good! I hope you love it!

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    1. So far I'm only one chapter in, but I hope to get to bed early so I can get some reading time in. :) I'm hearing so many good things about The Snow Child, so I'm glad I got a copy from the library. Blessings, ~Lisa

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  11. Oh, I know, I know.. The girls are hosting a baby shower for their sister tomorrow and we are just getting so excited the closer we get to meeting our dear granddaughter/niece! I'm going to pick up some of your yarn recommendation as I wanted to make some baby washcloths myself, of course they need to be super soft. I'd whip her up some home-made soap too but that's a skill I haven't tried yet. :)

    Blessings, Debbie

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    1. Can't wait to see pictures (assuming you'll share!). Such a precious time it is, isn't it, to be a grandmother -- oh my! :)

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  12. I have a question for you- when you finish a pattern, where do you send it off to be tested? I'm wondering because I'm interested in designing knitting patterns.

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    1. Lisa, I have a dear friend (someone who attends our church) who is a knitpicks designer who not only offered to test knit these for me, but also encouraged me to submit them to Knitpicks and publish on Ravelry. I've seen gals ask for test knitters on their YA posts (and, in fact, I've done the same with a good response, although I wound up using my local friend). I also understand that there's a group on Ravelry for designers/test knitters... This is all new territory for me, so I'm learning as I go. Perhaps we could test knit for one another?

      Best of wishes to you! ~Lisa

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