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We're in the time of year when it's okay to forget the occasional hat or sweater, but it's quite apparent that the time to focus on warmth is now.  I never follow Elizabeth Zimmerman's advice to knit mittens in June (I think), so I'm scrambling to get to work on bigger knits for my growing children.

Here's a Baby Surprise Bonnet from The Opinionated Knitterblakdove helped me work out those pithy directions and it turned out very well.  I used worsted weight yarn on size seven needles.  This will fit Laurel for some time.  I'll make mittens to match next year, as she can now fit into the two year old ones (and they are nicely felted and warm!).

Baby Surprise Bonnet

And here's the beginning of another Tomten Jacket.  When I think of what's ahead, I feel like this is going to take awhile, but mindless knitting is great to have on hand while one is supervising work in main lesson books and romps in the leaves.

Avocado Tomten

I made this apron, too, though I don't wear it with such style as this little lady does.  I blame my very short torso and lack of shoulder gathers.  This was a project printed to cut and sew, must be more than twenty-five years old.  This is nearly an exact apron, down to the bird placement, and much easier to photograph.


For the coming week, I have my sights set on finishing up some doll clothes, making those mittens and getting to the arms on the Tomten.

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( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Oct. 6th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the baby surprise bonnet! Though Elizabeth is now a great big second grader, I am still wanting to knit her something to cover the ears and neck, but still searching for the right thing. And I, too, am scrambled to make and find warm things! I agree with you about having some mindless knitting to work on - I think it's nice to have when the children are doing parts of their lessons. - Stacey
Oct. 6th, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think this hat could work well for anyone looking for good coverage. Has a certain historical feel to it, as well. I might be kidding myself about the knitting--a good part of my time is also spent protecting the crayons from Laurel.
Oct. 6th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
I love that bonnet! Now I want to make one for Sophia! I feel so very behind on knitting. I need to take a wooly inventory. I had so many great plans, but I focused on baby knits until Elsie was born, and have barely knit since. I have a hard time knitting with a baby that stays in arms until late at night, and then I added homeschooling and all free time just totally disappeared. I haven't even finished her little booties. I'm almost to the end of Miriam's Sunday Sweater, but I intended to make all four sweaters! No one has mittens! I might be ok with hats - I've made so many pilot hats that there's bound to be enough to go around. I hope.

I've been thinking a lot about how important it is to model a life of learning and creating to my children, but it's awfully hard to find that time with these four particular ages right now. They all need so much, and such different things.
Oct. 6th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank God, really, for my grandmas friend in Ireland. She's knit each of my girls a wool sweater, and I've only met her once! She just sent one for Elisabeth home with my parents. So I guess I should focus on the booties, mittens, and hats.
Oct. 6th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
It was fairly simple to make and looks really warm. I want one for me, though it's always hard to knit for myself. We had a pilot cap get mowed up a couple years ago, sadly, so I have an excuse to make more. These are busy days now, for sure. Our current toddler is really keeping me on my toes!

What a blessing those sweaters are. We have a collection of inherited sweaters that a distant relative knit many years ago and were never worn. They now have a lot of miles on them.
Oct. 7th, 2015 07:31 am (UTC)
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

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