After nearly 8 months, my Shibui Knits Slope Tank is FINALLY finished!
I think the little lady is a better model than Mama is. :) But this is my biggest project to date and this girl is SO excited! It turned out much shorter than I had anticipated (perhapssssss I should have done a gauge swatch after all…) BUT I really adore it! I love the drape, the shape, it fits perfectly, and the yarn is divine. However, the next time I want to make my own tank top, I’m probably going to sew it. And lesson learned: Saturday night and Sunday morning, I gauge swatched for the Bracken sweater by Little Woolens for AG. It’s going to be gorgeous, I think!
To save this for myself, I researched my favorite knitting blog, Fringe Association, for gauge swatching tips and as always, I found exactly what I needed. These are super helpful links if there’s anyone else out there in need of them!
I have been steadily knitting away on my Slope Tank (I might finish before winter?) so that I can start some fun new projects for my little one… but all that will merit a queue check later on! In between to cure the boredom of row upon row of stockinette stitch in the Slope Tank, I’ve been whipping up these adorable knitted pacifier clips. Thanks to the inspiration and guidance of a fellow Instagrammer and pattern designer, @jenishopeknits (check out her Ravelry page here!),
I knitted a few of them and have it figured out enough to share what I’ve done. It’s a quick little project that is perfect for using up scrap yarn and makes the perfect baby gift.
Knitted Pacifier Leash
Tools: pacifier clips, double pointed needles in size appropriate for your yarn
Knitter’s Tip: I used worsted weight yarn and size 5 DPNs. I preferred the tighter (and sturdier) fabric the smaller needles created since pacifier clips tend to take a beating!
Cast five stitches (or any odd number, depending on size of yarn) directly on to the clips edge.
K1, P1 (seed or moss stitch) every row until pacifier leash reaches desired length (I like them a bit shorter at 6 inches or so).
Once leash reaches desired length, bind off all but 2 stitches. Work i-cord from those two stitches for 3 to 4 inches, break yarn and pull through. Attach the end of the i-cord to the other side of the fabric and weave in ends.
Add a pacifier and a baby and voila!
Improvised Direct Cast On: Create a slipknot and secure around one DPN. Loop working yarn over needle from the front and around the back of the clip’s bar and through the opening. This creates the first “stitch.” Wrap the working yarn back around the DPN from the front, then through the clip opening again from the back (stitch two). Continue until you reach the desired number of CO stitches.
If you’re local (aka near Bainbridge), I’ve got some uber-last minute gift ideas for all of Santa’s elves out there!
Some of these are re-shares from our Maiden South Gift Guide last week, but some are new. Maiden South is open today until 4 pm – so run by for your last minute gifting needs!
For the Gent:
Duke Cannon Big Ass Brick of Soap ($10, for laughs and for stockings), Wrong Side Pocket Square/Hanky ($for classy gents), Lake Seminole Creations turned wood pen ($20 to $40, for the business man), Maiden South Koozie ($5, for the social butterfly), Gang Warily leather key chain ($15, for the one who keeps losing them), Lord & Lady Shotgun Shell Tie Tack ($24, for the dapper professional), My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg ($27.95, for the bookworm), Lake Seminole Creations hand turned wooden bottle opener ($45, for Christmas festivities).
For the Cook:
Southern Restoration tobacco slat cutting board ($120 – only 1 left! – for the historian), armadillo cookie cutter ($6, for the baker with a sense of humor), The Southerner’s Cookbook ($37.50, for inspiration), Heartwood Forge small batch petty knife ($245, for the serious chef), antique re-seasoned cast iron skillet ($40, for the classic cook).
For the Lady:
Vintage Pendleton wool clutch with leather tassel ($70, for the girl on the go), Fuzzy Goat/Maiden South Chunky Martha Cowl Knit Kit ($45, for the crafter), Nest Pretty Things bee bobby pins ($20, for the romantic), Dear Mushka single pearl necklace and verse ($30, for the spiritual gal), Sea + Stone Oyster and Amazonite Necklace ($144, for the mermaid).
For the Frazzled:
Flora Fresca Revival Bath Salt Soak ($18, for the one who needs to relax), Refinery candle ($20, for the hostess), Spritz Sweet Dreams spray ($24, for the one who needs to rest). Side note: pregnant people and tired people really like these gifts. All available at www.maidensouth.com or www.therefineryga.com
For the Baby:
Tiny Vines “this little light” romper ($25, for the light of your life), Tree Hopper Toys wooden jalopy ($15, for the little boy), Tree Hopper Toys wooden puzzle blocks ($20, for the fast learner), Tree Hopper Alphabet art on cloth ($40, for the nursery).
For the Hostess:
And the ultimate last minute go-to hostess or Christmas gift is my personal favorite to give and receive: WINE. With an ornament ($6), cookie cutter ($6), or tea towel ($18) tied on in festive ribbon.