f.o. | baby mocs.

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I made these Purl Bee teeny, tiny little baby mocs for Sean’s newest niece, Sadie. I’ve made a whole bunch of pairs of these in the past (and here), which are more like baby socks than structured booties, which is why I like them so much.

Quite frankly, I haven’t met a Purl Bee pattern yet that I haven’t liked.

I used small bits of Juniper Moon Moonshine in the Lazy Sunday and Flan colorways. I love how they came out and how soft the combination of wool, alpaca and silk is–perfect for delicate baby knits.

Of course, I used the Lazy Sunday colorway to make a Purl Bee garter stitch ear flap hat to match.

See more of my baby knits here.

blocking | christmas in july.

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Despite having knit this sweater at the end of the summer (getting ahead on Christmas gifts!), I finally got around to wet blocking it this past weekend.

Isn’t it a beauty? Tanis Lavallee has the best patterns; easy to follow, cool techniques, and beautiful end results.

The Christmas in July sweater was no exception. I absolutely want to cast on another one. This version is for my 4 year old nephew (I envision it as one of his go-to ski sweaters when he hits the slopes this winter) and now I want to make one for his little brother and myself.

Endless color combinations. Have you knit one? If not, you should. What’s more, this version I did was a complete stash buster. If you have odds and ends of mostly used sock yarn and the like, this is the perfect project to eat away at those bits.

Finished snaps, soon.

fabric | block printing.

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I recently took a block printing class, and despite my obsessive compulsive tendencies getting in the way of carving a perfect block, I learned a lot about the process and my work habits, too.

One of the most important things I learned about my own making adventures has to do with how much I have changed perspective throughout the years about what I’m creating, why I’m creating it, and how I’m creating it. When I was a teenager and in my early twenties, I desired to make certain things. The end product was what I coveted and I would learn whatever skills were needed to create that thing. And while I learned a whole bunch during the process, I didn’t focus on process.

This fabric block printing class showed me how much I’ve changed. While most in the class had a concrete idea of what they wanted to make and why they were taking the class (“I want to make hand printed napkins for my Thanksgiving table”, for instance), when it came time for me to share I hadn’t a plan in mind–I just wanted to gain the skills and come up with the ideas later.

I think I spent as much time in my sketchbook coming up with ideas as I did carving and printing on muslin.

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This type of printing is pretty meditative. As a child, I loved stamping and took a number of classes, became and embossing expert, and developed a pretty robust set of stamps. Now, I can make those stamps.

And while my initial block featured a really small pattern that was hard to execute on the first go around, I learned a lot about manipulating the materials to do what you want and need. It’s challenging. But I think I’m going to do more of this.

Have you ever tried fabric block printing? What have you created?