Grumperina

for modeling for me, LOL! I didnt want to stick those booties on them for fear of stretching them out, but I think theyd fit perfectly, too!

The noteworthy thing about these 2 hats and 2 pairs of booties is that I carvedeverythingout ofone skeinof Berroco Vintage! Thats amazing!

Patterns: hats areLittle Pips Acorn Capby Kyrie Mead, and booties areBaby Hausschuheby 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 Vintagein mocha, precisely one skein for all these pieces! Vintage is my go-to yarn for all baby projects.

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

While in-between some big projects, I decided to whip up a quick linen towel and washcloth. Linen is a great change of pace; its 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. AndEuroflaxlinen, in particular, from the lovely folks in Louet, is a standard go-to for many knitters because its 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 Euroflaxincream(rescued from this10-year old UFO love how blogs keep us accountable!) andFrench 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 myInstagramstories. I hope you got to see it!

Back in February, I signed up for theSatsuma Street Secret Springtime Stitchalong. I had never done a mystery stitchalong (and I dont think Ive 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, its designed byJody Rice Ive 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 isMCG Textiles 28 count white evenweave, which I purchased at my local Joanns, 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 its a lesson to myself to carefully examine all canvases before starting my stitching!

I did enjoy making this design, though I must admit I wouldnt 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 workpin 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 hadremarkably neat backs, I cannot comprehend how they did it!

When time came to finish my work, I didnt want to spend a lot of money getting it professionally framed, like I hadPretty Little City. I saw someone on Facebook finish their work likea banner, and then also saw anotherbanner design on Jodys Etsy page. Armed with11-year-old grosgrain ribbonand sundry supplies from Joanns (totaling less than $2), I created this lovely banner! I think this was also a good solution for a fairly complicated shape to frame.

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