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.
I know I’m sharing this to the point of bragging, but I’m just so honored and grateful that Jessica Grace and I were included in the sixth issue of THOM Magazine. A gorgeous publication put out by the Thomasville Center for the Arts, this issue features those who are building community in creative ways, and those who began their work with a creative collision of sorts with another like-minded individual. That describes Gracie and I to a T – we met over coffee at The Bean Cafe one morning, and about 3 hours later we left with dreams of opening a shop in our heads. A few months later, Maiden South was born.
If you’d like to read about all the other insanely talented folks featured in this issue of THOM, and would like to read our little article, too, stop by the shop this weekend (open today 10-6 and tomorrow 10-2). We’ll have plenty of copies to share with ya. They’re also available all over Thomasville, if you’re in the area. Thank you to everyone who has supported our crazy little business venture over the past year and half or so. We consider you a part of our tribe and are so grateful for your help in building our creative little community.