All For Me: A Felted Ice Cream Pint Cozy

ice cream cozy
We all do it once in a while…eat right from those handy little pint containers, right? I know my Grandpa considers ice cream to be one of the essentials in life, so I created this quick little felted cozy for him! Now to make one for myself…

Needle size: 10 1/2
Yarn: Cascade 220 or any worsted weight wool

CO 6 sts
Join for knitting in the round
R1: *Kfb* =12 sts
R2: *Kfb, k1* = 18 sts
R3: *Kfb, k2* = 24 sts
R4: *Kfb, k3* = 30 sts
R5: *Kfb, k4* = 36 sts
R6: *Kfb, k5* = 42 sts
R7: *Kfb, k6* = 48 sts
R8: P all sts
R9-34: K all sts
R35: BO

Felt until all stitch definition is gone, pull over empty ice cream pint (Tofutti’s pint is plastic so it’s great for this) to shape & allow to dry.

So Many Things…

I’m not sure where my blogging mojo has gone…I’m still knitting, but lately stringing together more than a single sentence for a facebook update is just too. much. work. It could have something to do with my sweet, dear 2 year old boy, who is NOT sleeping in his own bed, as we speak.

spencer in his new bed!

It isn’t a space issue:

our room

We have 2 full size beds with a frame built around them…it’s the…invasion? of my space. And the nursing. Yes, I have a 2 and 1/3 year old child who still nurses. At night. And most nights, it’s incessant from 2 or 3 am until morning. This has actually started in the last few months, and my ability to sleep through it depends on how exhausted I am (read: whether or not I simply pass out, or have enough fight in me to be uncomfortable). With my first two, they had to learn nursing limits/manners because another child was on the way/here by this time in their lives. I’m finally getting over my guilt that I want him to night-wean (at least!) just because I. don’t. like it. It’s wearing — I keep telling myself that he’s the last one, I’ll miss it when it’s over, etc. etc., but really? I’m just starting to not care anymore.

I hope this isn’t too ridiculously depressing, because my life isn’t that terrible — I know I need to enforce some of the limits I’m starting to set with him (although when not allowed to nurse last night he proceeded to be awake from 2:30 until 4:45, when I gave in and nursed him for less than 1 minute & he passed out until dawn (when he’s “allowed” to nurse again). It would probably get better quite quickly, at least that’s what I tell all my Mom friends when they need advice! I’m also going back on the (cow) dairy-free diet, to see if that is causing his night-waking (it’s a suspected “minor” side effect of food allergies). That would make a lot of sense, actually — since the amount of dairy he gets through my milk is quite small…still — I’ve been (with the exception of the occasional cheat) completely dairy free for most of his life, and I was just beginning to enjoy eating cheese on a regular basis again (and pizza…oh, pizza, how I missed you!).

Anyway, there are good things (many, actually!). I’ve had lots of visits with friends & family (the pic above has a few of my nieces in it), lately, and I’ve made it to every knit night this summer, with the exception of last week’s. Here, these pics will make everyone smile — my nieces taught my boys a few things about mugging for the camera!

cousins visit 4 cousins visit 3

cousins visit 2 cousins visit 1

cousins visit 8 cousins visit 7

cousins visit 6 cousins visit 5

I’ve also just received a(nother) Knitpicks order that included a pattern book & yarn for my first ever (concretely planned) knit top for myself!

french girl knits -- delphine
French Girl Knits: Delphine

french girl knits french girl knits -- wrenna
Wrenna is on my short list, too. 🙂

Here’s a sneak peak at the “secret” project my friends and I are working on:
blanket squares

Although I had a bit of a false start on my own first square…see the needles sizes? Doh.
duh

I also got a hair cut! Once every 2 years is my norm — then I try to get it chopped enough to donate — Wigs For Kids this time (please research Locks of Love before you send your hair to them — there are many, many allegations to be found about them selling hair instead of making wigs with it). This time I went shorter than I’ve ever had it before (except at my own birth, as my husband insisted on pointing out *rolls eyes*).
new haircut!

I’m knee deep in knitting a kitchen ensemble for a family friend who is getting married in September.
kitchen ensemble
In addition to the above, I have 3 plain washcloths planned (stockinette center with moss border), as well as a couple scrubbies & maybe some pot holders as well. Of course I’ll knit up a market bag or three, too! I hope she likes it, but I’ll admit that I’m being careful not to put myself out & put too much into it — it’s just too sad to have your knit/homemade items less than loved. So I won’t be making 2-3 hand towels, just the one you see, and I’ll only sew matching napkins if the mood strikes. I’m trying to keep my crafting to things I want to do — not things I “have” to do.

When visiting Knitterella & meeting her new little one at our LYS (sooo sweet & squishy!), I picked up a pattern booklet I’ve been lusting over for, well, years — I cannot believe I’ve been knitting long enough to say that, but I saw this thing at least 2 years ago, and I’ve been knitting for about 4, now!
great american aran afghan
Someday…!

Then I (slightly guiltily) sneaked over to Hobby Lobby (for my first time ever!) and bought some sock yarn I’ve wanted since it was released:
finally! sock-ease!
That place is amazing! It’s like Michaels & JoAnn’s all rolled into one. 🙂 I also picked up the square basket that the kitchen knits are going to go in for $6 (they had an entire aisle of clearanced out baskets — the awesome square ones, not just the (pretty much useless, imo) shallow oval types, either!), some fabric that was inexpensive to begin with & marked an additional 30% off…AND they had retracting tape measures for $1 each!

In other happy news, the sweater I knit for my Florida friend, Jaimee, fit her baby!
jaimee's baby sweater again
He’s already wearing (or did she say out of?!) 6 month clothes, so I was certain that the arms would be too snug for him. I was so happy to be wrong! This sweater was also a good reminder on gauge differences for me. Notice how the stitches seem to lean to the right? It’s actually bigger at the bottom, because when I joined the sleeves (this was knit bottom up with raglan sleeves), my gauge went down! Knitting on double points and magic loop I knit much tighter — especially when doing raglan decreases — I’m always worried they’ll be sloppy, otherwise. The only reason the sleeves weren’t also smaller is that I knit them on 2 1/2’s instead of the 2’s I knit the rest of the sweater on!

How’s everyone doing? Give up, yet? Because I have MORE! lol I recently ripped out the Chevron Scarf I started knitting last year:
frogged chevron scarf
I couldn’t figure out why it was all bunchy, with the vertical lines running down it…then I checked Last Minute Knitted Gifts out of the library again (probably my favorite knitting book that I will never buy because I can always check it out! lol), and noticed that I was doing the kfb/k2tog row every OTHER row instead of every FOURTH row! *smacks forehead* That scarf was over 3 foot long! Oh well…the colors were gorgeous together, but they weren’t “my” colors, so I wouldn’t have worn it as often as it deserved, iykwim. Bye bye, scarfie…

Hello Socks!
happy feet socks 1

happy feet socks 2 happy feet socks 3 -- riding bike!
Pattern: stitch pattern from the Harris Tweed Sock pattern, although I knit them toe up with a short row heel over 64 sts.
Yarn: Happy Feet
Needles: size 1 (not 1 1/2) magic loop

These poor socks rode around in my knitting bag for months! I just didn’t have the mental brain power to turn the heel of the 2nd sock (how pathetic is that?!); thus, the 7 market bags were born. So far I’ve withstood the urge to cast on anymore (although it was a close thing once last week); I’ve been keeping to my list of things to do so far. Now I just have to undo the bind off on the 2nd sock & do it more loosely — I have to fold the sock down because the top won’t fit over my calf, right now! It did come in handy when I needed a way to secure my pants for the bicycle ride home after knit night at the park, though! 😉 Spencer is also waiting, slightly less than patiently, for his second sock. I’m sure I’ll finish it up quickly, as I won’t let myself start a knit-a-long with some Ravelry friends until I finish his sock!

Whew…I think that’s all the updating…I have started on one other project, but I don’t have any pics, so I’ll tell ya’ll about that one another time! I do have a bunch of random links for you, though!

Summer Knitty is up (and has been for weeks — see how behind I am?!) — Elenka is my favorite, I think. I also stumbled upon another knitting patterns site — Petite Purls. It’s devoted to young child knits & I believe this was their premiere issue. Someone on Ravelry posted a great site filled with knitting charts for popular cartoon characters…a mother’s dream! lol On a current events note, someone had this link about a dangerous new form of “prank calling” called “swatting.” The caller uses internet services to make it look like they are calling from someone else’s home, then they call 911 and claim to have just killed someone, which of course, lands Swat at the door of unsuspecting innocents. There’s also a “call to action” regarding an important mom/breastfeeding friendly bill being considered nation wide (as opposed to the hodge-podge of individual state bills). Also on the parenting front, I did a little research into corporal punishment and the Bible, again. It’s good to find my beliefs in line with the Word! lol To be clear, all three sites have to do with explaining that God does not command that we strike our children, among other things.

Okay folks. That’s all I’ve got! It took me so long to write this that it’s actually “the morning after” now! Spencer woke up a little after 2, which is the norm, and I told him he could nurse, but then “all done ’til morning.” He did, then slept until just before 5am. We had about 15 minutes of his obnoxiousness, then I noticed enough light coming in the window for me to call it dawn & give in. I drew his attention to it & told him that, but I don’t know that he cared, lol. Ah well, we’ll make it, right? And on that note, my friend is on the phone — playdate!