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“Good morning, Wu Tang”

A dear friend gave Mr. Baby this New Yorker illustration of the current Wu-Tang Clan in a frame for Christmas.

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For whatever reason, Mr. Baby took to it like bees on honey. The colors? The Staten Island? The bass lines? No idea. But he loves it and it hangs right outside his bedroom door, and this is our new morning routine:

“Good morning, Wu-Tang.”

I like to iron on as much as the next girl. Such an easy way to put beloved images onto one’s front. So it was a no-brainer to give this a shot onto a baby t-shirt with some thrifted iron-on paper.

Also needed: a St.Patrick’s Day shirt for a party next weekend.

There were all of two baby appropriate images online of Shane McGowan, i.e., no booze or cigarettes or vomiting. Pretty sure we’re voting iconic.

shane glasses

 

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Whenever you’re ready, little girl

Little niece, you can come out now.

cardigan because niece is born

Plain cardigan by Heidi and Anna Pickles. White cotton, pale pink dome buttons from the button box. Smallest size – NB to 3 mos – so she can wear it right away. The little girl, who now is a few days overdue, lives in the desert and by 6 mos won’t really need a sweater!

I like the garter edges and the overall simplicity of the pattern. Should be easy to button her into.

cardigan because niece is born

cardigan because niece is born

Will wrap and mail once we know she’s out safely.

cardigan because niece is born

This pattern gave me a whole bunch of trouble (details here) but I’m pleased with the result. The asymmetry is unintentional but cute.

 

Happy Birthday, little friend

The friend in question is growing up in a super fun, amazingly colorful — some might say psychedelic — household. His parents took down their backyard zipline so they could put in a climbing wall. Giant gardens, lots of bonfires, a million choices of tea.

In sum, his family’s a total hoot. I often wish we lived closer.

Hence this sweater.

cardigan because joel is one

Color-changing rainbow yarn, simple cardigan pattern, vintage blue buttons from the stash.

cardigan because joel is one

cardigan because joel is one

 

cardigan because joel is one

I ended up knitting this on 11s instead of 10s. I wanted the knit to be loose for the spring rather than tight and bulky for winter. That might have been a misstep; it’s a bit big.

cardigan because joel is one

One skein did it. Here’s all that remained.

cardigan because joel is oneFull details on my Ravelry page here.

 

Wrangling pins and such

Right before this baby was born, a lady friend sent me a present. For me. Which was rare at that time. So very appreciated.

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It’s a happy bunch of Peruvian ladies. For pins and such.

I just keep them by my machine. They’re good for morale.

For pins and such, I like a knife bar. It’s magnetic, so everything sticks. I almost mounted it on the wall, but realized while it’s free, I can use it like a wand to pick up spilled pins and needles and all.

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Seam guide. Scissors sharpener. Machine foot. Washers for weighing.

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Pins.

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We’re all beautiful

Playing all day today, on loop.

And it only took until October

Moonflower! How beautiful. You were worth the wait since March when I planted those seeds…

moonflower!

So those old beaded appliques

I was looking at this little cardigan, wondering how these beaded appliques happened. Since, you know, I haven’t seen them anywhere.

Like this one:

pearl cardigan

Ah! It’s a backing, like a Bedazzler backing,

pearl cardigan

hooking in the stone PLUS a bead on a wire on the bottom prong, the kind of wire not unlike an earring or a charm.

pearl cardigan

Now I know why I haven’t seen these anywhere. You have to make them yourself…