Knitting Away

February 11, 2011

I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who have placed orders this past week!  I am thrilled to know that you enjoy my work and want to take it home to keep.

Come by tomorrow for pictures of what I’ve been up to.  Look forward to a gaggle of girls, a family of monsters, and more!

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{this moment}

February 4, 2011

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


My sweet little Charlie boy.

Last week I had the honor of working with the super-talented Nancy Merkling, a completely wonderful friend and amazing photographer.  I brought my bag of yummy knits to her studio, located in the Starline Gallery in lovely Harvard, IL, and the rest is history!  She and her fabulous intern Katie got to work, bringing a new perspective and amazing life to my work.

Hello there, ultra cuteness!!  Here are the latest creatures to come off my needles–a sweet little dolly (my own creation!) and a mama + baby monster (pattern courtesy of Rebecca Danger).

I think she was ready for her closeup!  Can you believe her hair?  I love the pigtails!  Nancy did such a fabulous job capturing her sweetness and snuggliness.

The pattern for this blankie is one that my grandma used to make blankets for my boys when they were born.  Since she isn’t with us anymore, I knew I had to make one for my dear cousin’s new baby girl.  I love this pattern because it’s so classic.  I won’t look at it in 10 years and say, “What was I thinking??”  It’s soft and warm and just right for babies.  I’m getting excited to get started on another one soon.

Okay, doesn’t this totally make you think of a little Italian villa?  I am AMAZED at Nancy’s creativity!  She took these shots in the boiler room at the gallery.  I think I could spend all day every day following her around and soaking up all her creative energy and excitement.  This little guy is a lovie, aka a mini-blanket.  It’s good for tiny ones who want something to snuggle with but can’t have a big blankie yet.

Wow, all this talking about babies and blankies and snuggling is making me want another baby.  Uh oh.

What a treat it was to work with Nancy!  If you ever have the opportunity to spend time with her, you’ll see what I mean.  So so so great to be with!  She offers several different workshops out of her studio for anyone who is looking to learn how to use their camera or hone their photography skills.  I HIGHLY recommend checking them out!  And if you go for a workshop, you’ll get to spend time in the sweetest studio ever.  Really.

Just a note: If you would like your very own sweet little dolly or mama + baby monster, just let me know!  I am able to do custom color combinations and many different sizes.  Email me (sweetlittleknits at gmail dot com) or comment and I will get back to you.  You can also check out my shop at sweetlittleknits.etsy.com.  More monsters are coming soon!

March and April have been very busy here in our house!

My sweet baby Ethan turned 4.  I can hardly believe how grown up he is!  (Check out those dimples!!)  Some noteworthy things about Ethan: he loves to build with blocks, and is very creative with his inventions; he hates wearing pants; he knows all the words to about 10 different hymns and sings them with me at bedtime; and his favorite movies are Ponyo and My Neighbor Totoro.  He is a very intense boy, to say the least.  He feels so very deeply and has such a wide range of emotions.  He’s my sensitive little one, but such a strong leader.  I am so excited to see the man he turns out to be!

Charlie will be 2 already next week.  He’s our little charmer!  His favorite things right now include copying everything Ethan does, trains, trucks, yelling HI! out the window at everyone who walks by, playing outside, and dancing.  He’s always happy to oblige when I say, “Charlie, do a little dance,” putting his elbows out and moving his shoulders all around.  He’s our little snuggle bug, always wanting a quick hug or kiss and saying, “Love you mom-mom” or “Love you Da-eeee.”

Could we be any more blessed?

Almost finished!

March 29, 2010

Here’s a sneak peek at my latest baby blanket, made especially for little miss Lucy.

I just can’t wait to wrap this up and send it to it’s new home!  Oh, just the thought of a sweet new baby snuggled up in it melts my heart.  I hope you enjoy your new Katie-made blankie, sweet baby Lucy.

…I would pick these!

I am so so pleased to introduce wool diaper covers to sweet*little*knits!  Many cloth diapering mamas use wool covers on their babes because of wool’s complete and total awesomeness.  Wool has antibacterial properties, so wool covers do not need to be washed after every use.  You can let them air dry (unless they’re poopy!!) and reuse them without any smell.  Wool can hold an incredible amount of liquid before it begins to feel wet to the touch.  That makes these covers an awesome choice for nighttime or for heavy wetters.  Wool is very breathable, and will keep your baby warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Can you imagine wearing a pair of plastic shorts in the summer?  That can’t be comfortable.

The best part about these sweet covers is that they are SUPER soft.  I pulled one out during a visit to my mom’s last weekend, and no one believed me that it was wool.  My family kept feeling it over and over and asking me if I was SURE it was wool.  Yes, indeed.  It’s really wool and it’s really that soft.  My preferred wool is Malabrigo.  It is produced in Uruguay and hand-dyed there by a women’s cooperative.  They have some really fabulous colors.  I think if I could knit my entire wardrobe out of Malabrigo, I would.  I find that most wool has at least a little bit of pickiness to it when I rub it up against my neck or wrists.  Malabrigo is one of the only wools I’ve found that doesn’t feel picky at all.  Hooray for amazingly soft wool!

I’m working on getting more covers made for the shop right now, and I will have an option for custom-knit covers soon.  That way you can pick whatever size/color combination you want!  I’m also working on getting a cover made up from Shepherd’s Wool.  It’s every bit as soft as Malabrigo, but it’s made at a farm in Michigan!  I’m always a fan of supporting the motherland as much as possible.  The economic situation there is unbelievable, especially near my hometown.  There are still a few kinks to work out with the Shepherd’s Wool covers, but as soon as they’re ready, I’ll let you know!

There are so many cool things I’m working on for the shop.  I wish I could knit faster so I could show them all to you right now!  But for now, enjoy these sweet little diaper covers.  Too bad I can’t let you feel them through the screen!

Birthday Quilt

February 24, 2010

I have the best best best boys in the whole world, I’m convinced.  They are sweet, caring, creative, funny, and just plain wonderful.

Ethan, my oldest, is turning 4 in a few weeks.  I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, and this is what he said.  “Mama, all I want for my birthday is for you to make me a quilt.  That’s all I want.  Nothing else.”  My heart melted!!  No toys or books or movies.  Just a mama-made quilt.  So we went to work together to pick out a pattern and some fabric that would be just what he had in mind.  Here’s what we came up with!

The pattern I’ll be making is the pinwheel one at the bottom.  Ethan has a special place in his heart for “spinners.”  I found it at http://www.etsy.com/shop/thimbleblossoms.  I think I could have purchased every pattern in that shop!

And here’s the fabric we chose.  The red & yellow flowers will be the quilt back, the solid yellow will be the background for the pinwheels, and the Happy Campers charm pack will make up the pinwheels themselves.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out!