Boiled Wool + Polka Dots

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This is one of those projects that sat in my to do pile for a long time. In fact, I first blogged about it here almost 2 years ago! I love boiled wool, and it is so soft any easy to work with. Upcycling a ladies jacket is ideal as buying boiled wool from the fabric store is quite costly. There is no shortage of old lady boiled wool jackets at the thrift store though. The only issue is finding ones that don’t have wildlife embroidered on the front!

I was able to use the existing jacket front and also the pockets and the lower part of the sleeves. The hood and pockets are lined with a grey polka dot t-shirt. Pippa loves her coat and calls it her “red riding hood coat”. I’m keeping my eye out for more jackets as I think Nell needs a cozy boiled wool bunting like this one.

Yarn Along

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I finished my Age of Brass and Steam Shawl! Once I had figured out that I was missing a yarn over in the eyelet row things went a lot quicker. My next project is a pair of child sized Bulky Yarn Booties. It is a quick knit to keep ever growing feet cozy. With this extreme winter, boy do we need woolies to keep our feet warm.

My latest read is yet another Kate Morton book. There is a comforting familiarity about her books that make them a perfect read for this tired mommy. Yes, thrush is still rearing it’s ugly head, but after a tear filled internet search for remedies I think we are beating it. I was not being aggressive enough with the treatment and poor little Nell was so sad and uncomfortable. Happier times so far today.

Linking up today with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along. Yes, knitting and reading are two of my favourite things too!

Birthday Hat

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A hat for Abby’s birthday with colours inspired by the gorgeous colourwork on the Muita Ihania blog. How amazing are her patterns and colour combinations? I would love it if she published her patterns, especially in English! I find that Google translate does a terrible job at translating the site.

This was my first attempt at colourwork and I am pretty chuffed with the results. What doesn’t look great with a bright pink pom pom? My floats are pulling a bit, but thankfully it is not to noticeable. I used the Little Scallop pattern and altered it to have two repeats of the scallop pattern.

Oh Abby. You are a sweet little five year old!

Pattern notes found here on Ravelry.

Yarn Along

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Working on what should be an easy to knit shawl, but for some reason I keep getting the wrong stitch count. I blame the lack of sleep. Once Nell and I have kicked this thrush infection I anticipate getting more rest. Thrush seems to be something that plagues me with my newborn babies no matter what preventative measures I take. I’m ramping up my kefir and coconut consumption which seems to be helping.

I have been reading a lot of Tracy Chevalier books lately, including her latest. A comfy chair, nursing baby and a good book? Oh joy! Trying to drink in and savour these fleeting moments.

Age of Brass and Steam pattern found here on Ravelry.

Linking up today with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along. Yes, knitting and reading are two of my favourite things too!