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Crafting On :: Martinmas and Gnomes

A finished sweater!  Always a triumph.  Here are the girls in their Martinmas sweaters, getting ready to go out for a walk.  Laurel's has plenty of room to grow, and Willow will need another one next year.  I really enjoyed this pattern and I feel like it could be customized in many ways.  It's certainly my favorite pattern that I've used to up to now.  I love that it is truly seamless and there is very, very little finishing work.

Martinmas Girls

This is what happens when you ask Laurel to smile.


And here's an action shot.
This is an acrylic sweater (cost me $2!), but steam blocking gave it wonderful drape.
I'm very happy.  It's an easy care, moth proof sweater for a wild little girl.

In the Leaves

Not to leave Roan out, I've started on a pull up for him, from The Children's Year.
It's been awhile since I've made anything from this book,
and this seemed the perfect answer to his requests for a knight hood.
It will do well to keep his ears and neck warm, as it's nice and thick.

Pull Up

Here are our stick gnomes from The Gnome Craft Book.
These are some wee ones, not representative of the whole batch.
They are little ends left from when our kind neighbor made the cuts.
The children helped me and we painted many gnomes yesterday afternoon.
What do you all think?  Are these worthy of the etsy shop?

Stick Gnomes

I've got a few more creations from the past week, but I'll save them for another post. Today is Autumn cleaning! I hope!

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( 7 trees — Plant a Forest )
Oct. 25th, 2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
I love the Martinmas cardigan pattern, it's so easy to knit up and it looks so pretty - alas my big girl's beautiful ruby red version encountered her little brother and the washing machine so I need to knit another one one of these days!
Oct. 26th, 2016 10:37 am (UTC)
Re: Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
It is a lovely pattern. :-) I would be so sad about the sweater!
Oct. 26th, 2016 04:53 am (UTC)

I love the goldenrod color of her sweater. So perfect for fall and the grey days of winter.

Oct. 26th, 2016 10:37 am (UTC)
Me, too, such a bright, happy sweater.
Oct. 27th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
Love the sweater, especially the action shot! The gnomes are adorable.
Oct. 27th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
What lovely handwork you do, Brandy! I love Laurel's new gold sweater--such a pretty color and pattern. The gnomes are definitely shop worthy! They would look pretty cute on my windowsill.

Oct. 31st, 2016 10:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you like the gnomes. I need to do a photo shoot.
( 7 trees — Plant a Forest )

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