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Baby gifts from one skein of Berroco Vintage

I must thank Huggie Hugs Rudolph and CPK Poodle “Adoptimal” for modeling for me, LOL! I didn’t want to stick those booties on them for fear of stretching them out, but I think they’d fit perfectly, too!

The noteworthy thing about these 2 hats and 2 pairs of booties is that I carved everything out of one skein of Berroco Vintage! That’s amazing!

Patterns: hats are Little Pip’s Acorn Cap by Kyrie Mead, and booties are Baby Hausschuhe by Ines M. I mucked with the stitch counts and gauges for both in order to make a set to fit a newborn, and another set to fit a 3-month old (ish).

Yarn: Berroco Vintage in “mocha,” precisely one skein for all these pieces! Vintage is my go-to yarn for all baby projects.

Needles: US 5 and US 7 throughout.

 

If the hat looks familiar, it’s because once upon a time, toddler Sonya had one, and looked so adorable in it!

 

Linen towel and washcloth

While in-between some big projects, I decided to whip up a quick linen towel and washcloth. Linen is a great change of pace; it’s strong, not stetchy, and holds its shape wonderfully to create a very textured fabric. The feel through the fingers is very different than wool, and even different than cotton. And Euroflax linen, in particular, from the lovely folks in Louet, is a standard go-to for many knitters because it’s so lovely!

Pattern: Slip Stitch Dishtowels by Purl Soho, “three-and-one tweed pattern” worked over 75 stitches (as written) for the towel, and over 51 stitches for the washcloth.

Yarn: Louet Euroflax in cream (rescued from this 10-year old UFO – love how blogs keep us accountable!) and French blue, about 275 yards/102 grams and 90 yards/33 grams (total, of both colors) for the towel and washcloth, respectively.

Needles and finished dimensions: I used US 3 needles, as specified in the pattern, and the finished dimensions after blocking are is 11″ x 18.5″ and 8″ x 8″.

I made a nifty mod along the right edge of the fabric – where you switch colors – to create a tidy edge for the border. I put the steps in my Instagram stories. I hope you got to see it!

Satsuma Street Secret Springtime Stitchalong

Back in February, I signed up for the Satsuma Street Secret Springtime Stitchalong. I had never done a mystery stitchalong (and I don’t think I’ve ever done a mystery knitalong, either), but the stakes are so low with cross-stitch because the supplies are really affordable, so I thought, why not? Plus, it’s designed by Jody Rice – I’ve stitched several of her designs, and have always loved the experience.

For several months, I received mystery charts of a springtime-themed design, and stitched and stitched until I was done!

As you can see, I chose the “cool” color palette. The canvas is MCG Textiles 28 count white evenweave, which I purchased at my local Joann’s, along with DMC embroidery floss. When stitching “over 2,” (in other words, 14 crosses per 1″), the design is about 7.5″ wide x 8.5″ high.

A note about the canvas: after starting, I noticed a visible imperfection in the weaving, and chose to start over on a new piece of canvas. It was the right decision because that portion of the canvas would have definitely been noticeable. Now it’s a lesson to myself to carefully examine all canvases before starting my stitching!

I did enjoy making this design, though I must admit I wouldn’t have chosen it if I had seen it in its entirety first. For one, I like the warm version better because I think there is more contrast in the elements. For another, all the little “confetti” and single stitches were abundant and maddening to execute. I learned how to work pin stitches, and that helped a lot, but I still found the back of my work to look a-mess, no matter how hard I tried to keep it tidy!

There was a Facebook group organized for this stitchalong, as well as a Satsuma Street FB group, and some folks had remarkably neat backs, I cannot comprehend how they did it!

When time came to finish my work, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money getting it professionally framed, like I had Pretty Little City. I saw someone on Facebook finish their work like a banner, and then also saw another banner design on Jody’s Etsy page. Armed with 11-year-old grosgrain ribbon and sundry supplies from Joann’s (totaling less than $2), I created this lovely banner! I think this was also a good solution for a fairly complicated shape to frame.