I thought some details were warranted on my biggest DIY for baby K’s nursery: this hand knitted Moss the Sheep baby mobile. I actually knitted the little sheep back in November, over my birthday weekend at the beach. :)
I knitted 5 little white sheep and one black sheep, for good measure. ;)
And for all the knitters, here are all the details!
I tied them all on to an old basket weaving willow frame/circle I had leftover from a basket weaving goodie bag from the Georgia Basketry Association Convention a couple years ago. I used leftover Shibui Knits Silk Cloud to wrap the basket frame, as well as to tie the sheep on and to hang the mobile itself. It isn’t super sturdy though, and the silk is slippery and the knots keep slipping out, so this may change down the road. But until then, it’s real cute. :)
And that’s it! I can answer any questions in the comments! There’s also a larger, toy sized sheep that I have knit the body for but haven’t added the head and feet yet. :/ We’ll see when and if that ever happens! #7thsheepsyndrome
This weekend wasn’t full to the brim, but it was nice. I like them like that more and more these days!
I’ve been in Thomasville all week for work and Wheat was in Atlanta Thursday night for a meeting, so Friday night we laid low and cooked a steak from Jones’ Meats at home. I wound up my yarn and cast on my Slope tank top by Shibui Knits (I know, I’m wild and crazy!). I have been saving a gift certificate from Christmas, a little Valentine’s Day treat $ from my parents, and some Thomasville Downtown Dollars for a while now, and I thought I would knit the James Sweater as my first garment for myself. But then I started thinking about how I want something to wear this summer, and I’ve been eyeing the Slope tank for a while now… so here I go. I’m learning short rows and some garment shaping with it, but otherwise it should be a fairly mindless and pretty quick knit. Shibui Twig is indeed a bit twig-like to knit with, but I can already tell it’s going to drape beautifully and the linen will get softer and softer over time. I cannot wait to wear it already!
Saturday I worked at Maiden South, and it was a quiet, beautiful day on the Square with lots of people in town for Swamp Gravy.
I managed to sneak in a couple repeats of the antler cable in this Tin Can Knits Antler Hat, which is starting to really look pretty! I love the variation in the yarn, and since it’s 100% undyed alpaca, it is insanely soft. Going to be so warm and squishy and cozy!
Saturday morning I also perused the latest Anthropologie catalog, and I fell in love with this dress… specifically the knit overlay. But with a $168 price tag, it ain’t gonna happen. But I can totally knit that to wear over my own maxi dresses, right? PS I’m also kind of obsessed with her hair.
And thus began a new obsession: to find a pattern to mimic that overlay to wear over maxi dresses all summer. Any suggestions?
Meanwhile, in Babyland, we passed the 30-week mark last week with baby K! I’m starting to get a bit uncomfortable, but most of that has to do with this baby’s head being stuck under my ribs most of the time – ha.
Despite that, I still feel really great and I’m fortunate to have been able to stay really active, which I know has helped. With an expected arrival the first week of May, we’ve got about 9 weeks remaining. Not that anyone around here is counting.
And last but not least, I had finished these little Moss the Sheep for a mobile back in November, but as a finishing touch in the nursery, Wheat helped me hang it up finally on Sunday after we did a bit of yard and house work. I LOVE it SO much. It turned out just as I had hoped and imagined, thanks to a bit of help from my sweet friend Cadence at Fuzzy Goat in the form of some leftovers of that gorgeous Shibui Knits Silk Cloud yarn she shared with me. She gave me enough that I could wrap an old grape vine basket form (leftover from a Georgia Basketweaving Convention a couple of years ago) in it as well as use it to hang the entire mobile and all the sheep. I ADORE it! And of course, my favorite part is the lone little black sheep, who ended up turning out a wee bit husky. A little reminder for baby that it’s okay to be different. :)
PS I promise a sneak peek at the entire nursery soon… Pinky promise! Until then, consider this another sneak peek. ;)
And to start your week off right… sharing a bit from my devotional this morning.
Happy Monday, friends! We have lots of my college girlfriends coming into town this weekend to throw us a baby shower, and I couldn’t be more excited for some girl time with them! I’m such a lucky, lucky gal, and baby K is going to be so lucky to have them in his or her life, as well.
Then on Sunday it’s Elah’s FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!! I absolutely cannot believe she is one year old. I love that little girl so much, and every time I get to see her she is more and more fun. Time flies, folks!
Tonight is Knit Night at the shop, so come knit with me from six to eight at One.Two.Three!
It’s going to be a busy, fun week full of creative endeavors, work, family, friends, and celebrations and I have a heart that is so full!
I thought I’d revive my random mish mash of iPhone picture posts for what I’ve been up to, mostly over the weekend. I recently finished and blocked this Ceridwen scarf to give my mom. She spends SO much of her time knitting for her new and soon-to-be grand babies that she didn’t have a hand knit scarf of her own! I had just under 2 skeins of gray Shepherd’s Wool leftover from my Ceridwen Shawl, so I kept the party going and knitting her the scarf version. If you want to learn cables, this is a great way to do it. It’s a simple, repetitive pattern that you’ll quickly memorize, which makes it a good to-go project. Plus, it’s so pretty all finished! Especially in my Julie Guyot yarn bowl from Fuzzy Goat.
Another view of the cables while I was blocking it.
I was fortunate enough to meet the sweet Leigh Ann Hurst at the shop Thursday morning – we are thrilled to have her gorgeous handmade Cross necklaces at Maiden South now!
Her crosses are so fun and funky – they’re perfection!
I also finally used a sample of this Smashbox Photo Finish Primer this week for some pictures for our office website. It’s amazing and now I want a full-size. It makes your skin feel like silk and your makeup goes on so smoothly. I need it!
Friday night we met my dad, sister, brother-in-law, and niece at the The Whip at Lake Talquin for supper. Elah just keeps getting cuter and cuter! I love her so.
She’s obsessed with looking at fans and lights right now.
We spent the weekend in Bristol with my dad, and I wasn’t feeling up to going with the men folk hunting, so I spent some quality time working on my Rivoletto Cowl in Maisie Daze Fleecery alpaca yarn.
I finished it Saturday night and blocked it Sunday! It’s SO pretty and such a quick lace knit.
We got home around lunch time on Sunday and I spent the afternoon hanging some things in the nursery, cleaning up around the house, and getting a pedicure. :) Overall, it was a restful, relaxing weekend! I hope your weekend treated you well, too!