Cute Pumpkin set for Baby J

I can't remember when I've had so much fun knitting something. Domino can't remember when he's had quite this much fun, either. Patient cat.

Take a look at these booties -

-they are so cute. These are Christina's booties, and they're easy to knit. The tie is ended with "Just a Leaf," a pattern that I found on Ravelry. I see lots of "Just a Leaf" projects in my future. These leaves are a snap to knit, and so fast and easy.

The little slipper and hat set comes from this flickr page. I used "Just a leaf" instead of the leaf recommended in the slipper modifications. You could actually do the icord as an applied i cord, but since it's not much sewing, I chose to just sew it on. I provisionally cast on and knit the i-cord, ending with Just a Leaf. Then, I picked up the provisional stitches and knit the other half of the i-cord, once again, ending with Just a Leaf. I used the tails at the middle and at the tip of each leaf to sew everything to the slipper. Fast and easy!

This little set is for a great niece who was born on my birthday! Woot! I turned 50 and she turned just-born on the same day (Oct 22)! I am quite amused by this.

Grace's Cabled Purse

A few weeks ago, my daughter wanted to know how to knit cables. I was busy cooking at the time, so I explained as best as I could, promising to actually show her just as soon as I was done in the kitchen. Later, I said that now would be a good time for a demo. However, she was already halfway through this little purse.

Clever girl.

It zips open to reveal a nice linen lining. The linen is reclaimed from a pair of pants purchased at the thrift store for just such a use. I can't pass up nice linen - I feel like we'll use it somewhere in the house.

The way she made it is really clever, I think. She provisionally cast on, and knitted back and forth for about an inch and a half, which would be the bottom of the purse. Then, she wanted to switch to knitting in the round, but instead of picking up across the sides of the back-and-forth-knitted part, she cast on the amount of stitches which would equal this measure and then she picked up the provisional cast on and knitted across it, and then cast on for the other side, and then proceeded to knit the body of the purse in the round. After she was all done, she stitched up the small slits left at either side of the bottom. Clever girl. You know how you can never quite match up the gauges when you pick up along a side edge? She got around the problem altogether.

She mounted this button on her purse.

Which pretty much sums up my daughter, Grace - a truly amazing person.