We recently moved to a snow-less area. The other day it was snowing back “home” and I was feeling homesick, so I crocheted a snowman.
I started a tradition a few years ago of making each of my 5 kids an ornament each Christmas. As soon as I finished this little guy I knew this year’s theme would be snowmen. They are so cute, and work up so quickly, that I have been making them for everyone else on my list, too.
A photo tutorial,
with short video (video to be added later,) on how to work cables on a tube (or panel) knit on a circular knitting machine. You could probably apply it also to loom knit ribbing.
Little Gnome Ornament
copyright Virginia Rogers, Five Monkeys Menagerie
Note: This pattern is my original idea. Feel free to share this pattern, but, please give me credit as the designer. Please do not sell the pattern or copy my words or pictures and claim them as you own.
Little Gnome Ornament on Ravelry
I said I was working on a project and actually finished it! Amazing.
My New Year’s resolution this year was to get over my fear of color work in knitting. I think it’s safe to say I have succeeded!
This pattern/recipe only requires beginner knitting skills. If you can knit a basic corner to corner washcloth, you can easily knit this poncho. The poncho can be made with any yarn, in any size, and with or without a hood.
After a year and a half, my alphabet book is finally done. I can’t believe it.
It was supposed to be a first birthday gift for my daughter, but son #4 stopped napping, and my daughter stopped sleeping at night, about a week before her first birthday. I couldn’t sew during their dual nap time anymore, and was too tired to stay up at night sewing. The alphabet book spent the next year in a drawer, waiting. I picked it up again about a month ago and turned it into a (belated) second birthday gift instead. I can’t wait to wrap it up and give it to her this evening.
It has been a while.
I have been knitting and crocheting as much as ever, but blogging has not been happening recently because my toddler hates when I try to use my computer. She climbs into my lap and then hits keys and fiddles with stuff on my desk until I give up. She makes it impossible to type up anything, including patterns. But, I did manage to get this post up quickly today.
She’s adorable, and I really should be playing with her instead, so I don’t mind too much. I do have a backlog of projects to share.
I finished this blanket back in November and gave it to a good friend who recently welcomed a second son. I love it so much.
I’ve been busy. Holidays and parenting and just life in general.
Then I had an idea for a penguin ornament. I made one for each kid. I know they’re not monkeys, but they made it to the top of the blog anyway. Maybe next year I’ll do monkeys.