Several months ago, I decided to make my kids each an article of warm clothing for Martinmas, in the spirit of St. Martin sharing his cloak with the beggar. (I can't claim originality on this idea. I fell in love with Grace's Martinmas knits last year.) I've been working on felted slippers for the boys for a while and those are all finished and ready for Martinmas. Elizabeth's Martinmas knit began it's journey with me back in July while I was in my bread making class. I'd finish a panel, then work on something else for a while. Eventually, I ran out of yarn and needed an extra skein of the begonia pink. Finally, a little over a week ago, Elizabeth's sweater seams were sewn and her buttons attached...but I just couldn't wait until Martinmas to try it on her!
So you get an early preview...and I have to come up with a quick-y Martinmas knit for Elizabeth!
First, I just have to show you these gorgeous Indonesian-made buttons that I found on etsy. I love the delicate and simple flower design, and the fact they matched the brown trim on Elizabeth's sweater just perfectly!
All of the adjustments I made (or issues I had with the design...ahem, button placement) can be found in my ravelry notes. (Friend me on ravelry if you're a knitter!)
Overall, I think the "Libby" was a perfect fit for Elizabeth (almost 10) with great sleeve and sweater length.
A sweater you can hang upside down in, now that's a cozy knit!
Over the last couple of weeks, I've been playing around with a few autumnal patterns that I found online, and you get to benefit from it! This giveaway includes 3 knitted leaves, a knitted, stuffed acorn, and a felted rock. All of the items are from scrap yarn (all cotton and wool) and stuffed or felted with wool.
You might choose to decorate your nature table, cozy up a nook on your porch, or use them for an autumnal table centerpiece.
All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post. To earn an extra entry you can become a new follower or blog/tweet/Facebook about this giveaway (just be sure to leave me another comment with a link, if appropriate).
I'll draw a winner on Monday, Nov 1, at noon. International entries welcome!
I hope these little bits of autumn will be able to brighten someone's week. :)
The winner (as drawn by random.org) is #34:
the sweater is stunning joy! what warmth a love elizabeth is surrounded by! the giveaway is amazing, it would be incredible to win!!