felted chevron christmas stocking

A great first "sock" project – with the chance to practice short rows, but with the forgiveness of felting to hide any mistakes you might make.

worsted weight, feltable wool yarn, 10.5 dpns, 10.5 circulars (opt.), two stitch markers

Sample shown is knit in Paton's Classic Wool Leaf Green, Winter White and Cherry, with Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe in a hot pink.

Gauge is not important for this project. The stocking will be huge, with large stitches, but will felt into a nice, thick fabric. You can control the finished project size by the amount of felting. (For reference, my finished stockings are nearly three feet long, but after felting are more like 18 inches long)


pixie hat & leggies

After spending much of our last vacation (and weeks more after) knitting a beautiful pixie hat for a friend's new baby, only for it to come out on the small side, I decided to take a shortcut for A's pixie hat, inspired by this project. I found this beautiful lambswool sweater at Goodwill and decided it was perfect for this project. After felting I realized that the arms were the perfect size for leggies (even for A's chubby little legs :)

The ribbing along the edges did not felt as much as the rest of the sweater so left a lovely, slightly ruffled edge for the hat. I made a simple lining for the hat from a scrap of fleece, then cut slits all around the hat to weave the ribbon through. And stitched a piece of lingerie lace elastic around the top of the leggies to help them stay on.


yo, ho, ho, it's a pirate's life for me!

Halloween 2012... a family of pirates! Thrift store clothes, homemade boot toppers and pixie sticks for all!


t-shirt to toddler dress

There is a surprising lack of college team wear for babies & toddlers, so I've been snagging men's t-shirts off the clearance rack to make little girl dresses. This one was for my neice, Jane (and entirely constructed while my husband was at work so he wouldn't have a cornorary over an IU shirt being in his house :)  Loosely based on the Prudent Baby Snappy Toddler Dress.


pillowcase dresses

I found this material a couple of months ago and was just in love with it, and bought a yard without knowing what I planned to do with it. After sitting and looking at it for weeks, I finally decided to make matching dresses for A and my niece, Jane (who is 9 months old). I started out with one in A's size, following the pillowcase baby dress pattern from Prudent Baby, but in true Jenn Maple fashion, ended up making it all up as I went along. I thought the material seemed a little sheer, so added a lining (which I've now decided was unnecessary).

This morning I starting work on the coordinating dress for Jane (which was, btw, supposed to be an Easter present, so I'm only two months late...). I loosely cut the pieces out following an actual pillowcase pattern, so it will be styled a bit differently than A's, but I still think they'll be cute in pictures together. If I ever finish.


hanging book sling

One of the items that I have finished for C's Big Boy Room was a hanging book sling - tutorial courtesy of Megan Cooley at Penny Carnival. I made two - one with her original dimensions and another that is half the height, for smaller books (like his favorites: Boynton board books)


Whew. It's been a busy couple of months. Here's what I've been up to:

... not posting to my blog. (I hope to take it back up again as time allows)

... having a baby. (we welcomed sweet baby girl Avery (A) in April)

... relearning how to sew. (thank you to my wonderful husband for surprising me with a sewing machine tune-up for Christmas!)

... crocheting baby booties. (Baby Brown, Baby Bryant, my new niece, Jane, and of course, A) 

... redecorating the nursery for A. (okay, so my plans are grander than my actions at this point, but I do have lots of inspiration from ohdeedoh.com)

... converting my "studio" into a Big Boy Room for C. (see note about redecorating nursery - grand plans, few actions)

... condensing the "stuff from the studio into a 10'x3' space in what was once our dining room. (a large chunk of which is still in C's closet for the time being... luckily he has a walk-in and few clothes that need to hang)


awareness ribbon scarf - free knitting pattern

A subtle way to show your support. The ribbon is a combination of several existing ribbon patterns, modified to blend within the rows of cables. I worked this one in a neutral oatmeal color, as a gift for my father-in-law, but you could use any color.
sz. 8 needles
approx. 350 yds. worsted weight yarn
(sample was knit with Lion Brand Wool-Ease, 2 skeins with some leftover)

18 sts x 24 rows = 4"