The first weekend of the New Year, how exciting! As the first few days of the year come and gone I have been busily working on and planning knitting projects.
Molly and Clare from the Homespun Podcast are hosting a shawl KAL (knit along) this month. That means that on January 1st (or after) anyone participating casts on a shawl of their choice and has until the end of the month to finish the shawl. I have chosen to knit a Color Craving Shawl by Steven West. I bought this pattern way back in August to knit, as part of the mystery knit along that Steven West had designed it for. However I was way too busy then to actually knit it.
I am using Knit Picks Pallette yarn in the color ways rouge, heather marble and alfalfa. Pallette is a fingering weight yarn made out of 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.
I love the rich saturated colors of the yarn! (It is not red but a bright pink!) 🙂
I was so excited to get it cast on that I was starting to worry after several false starts, but I finally got the shawl cast on late Thursday night. This pattern definitely takes a lot of concentration but I am loving seeing how the colors are looking together!
My Color Craving Shawl, only 25 rows knit so far. 🙂
I have designated this as my after the kids go to bed knitting. There is no way that I have the brain power to knit this while the kids are around without making a ton of mistakes. So while the kids are up and about I have started making preemie caps for The Precious Preemie Project charity group that collects and distributes preemie hats to NICU’s in the United States.
These little hats are so tiny and quick that I am able to crochet or knit one up in no time at all! It is a great project to fill in the gaps in between household chores and kids random requests. 🙂
It is so much fun creating these little hats!
I can’t wait to see how many of these little hats I can make this month! I love the fact that my love for knitting and crocheting will make a difference in someone’s life. 🙂
I would like to apologize for the crummy pictures there isn’t enough natural light available this time of year to take good pictures. It doesn’t help that these were taken with my phone camera because I have yet to locate the charger for my camera since the move. I promise to look for it more this weekend though. :O)
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Wow, I am seriously ashamed of myself for my lack of posting the last 3 months. It has been so long since I posted I am not even sure where to begin! So today I am going to talk about the progress I made on the WIPs I had in progress back in *gulp* April.
For those of you who remember, I was in the midst of a ton of baby knitting for my sisters baby shower this spring. I finished the Baby Pears the Blanket Buddy by Julie L. Anderson.
His ears a little off but I think it adds character. 🙂
I made him out of Knit Picks CotLin yarn, which is 70% cotton and 30% linen. He is 100% machine washable which I think is a must for baby toys. I thought the pattern was such a fun easy knit, but sewing on the ears was a huge challenge!
I am not sure about anyone else but I am always very nervous about gifting hand knits to people. However I had nothing to fear because my sister loved the gifts. 🙂
My beautiful sister opening one of her gifts from me. 🙂
Since this picture was taken in April my nephew has been born. As a matter of fact he is almost 2 months old already! I was lucky enough to have been asked to make him a photo prop costume by my sister for his first professional pictures.
My adorable baby nephew in his turtle costume.
My sister asked me to make a turtle cape by Eliabeth Spivey. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Green and Lion Brand tweed stripes in the Tundra colorway. The yarn was held double so it crocheted super quick.
I should be all caught up on projects that I was posting about way back in March and April now. I am going to make every effort to post at least weekly for the remainder of the year. 🙂
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It’s Sunday, another weekend has come and gone! Time seems to be flying lately, not that I can complain too much the quicker time goes the faster spring arrives. 😉
This weekend I have been super busy. I took the kids roller skating on Saturday. I didn’t get any knitting done but had I had a great time watching the kids learn how to skate.
DS taking tentative steps in his skates.
DD zooming by!
DD seemed to catch on so much quicker than DS. I think because she is younger she had less fear of falling.
As for my knitting, I have started on the Baby Pears the Blanket Buddy by Julie L. Anderson. I am using Knit Picks CotLin yarn (from the recent shipment I got).
The unstuffed head and one ear for Baby Pears.
I zipped through knitting the head and ear but spent the good part of today seaming the front and back of the ear together. 😦 I am glad I decided to seam as I go, at this rate if I had to do multiple seams at the end of the project then the baby might get this blankie pal as a graduation present. LOL
I have also made progress on the sheepy applique for the Baby Sophisticate sweater I made.
This is the second sheep I made. The first sheep I used size 7 needles as suggested and the sheep was so large that I would have taken up the whole back of the tiny sweater. I started over using size 3 needles and switching from a worsted weight yarn to a sport weight. The face is (a little hard to see in the picture) made out of left over sock weight yarn. I still have to add the legs to the little guy and the button search is still on. :-\ I have now looked in 3 different stores and no luck yet. I am hoping that I can make a trip to a Joann’s or Micheal’s some time this week. 🙂
It seems like forever since my last post! The past week has been filled with some knitting and a lot of waiting!
First I’d like to talk about the Baby Sophisticate sweater I was knitting. This is knit from top down, so that it is seamless. I think this is the first time I have ever knit a seamless sweater, and I have to say that I love it! It is amazing that when the knitting of the sweater is finished you actually have a sweater, not just pieces of a sweater!
The knitting part of the sweater is done!
I did make some adjustments to the pattern. I picked up 4 stitches in the armpit of each sleeve to avoid the hole the would need to be sewn (can you tell I hate seaming knitted items). Then to avoid the wrist opening from being to large I decided I would decrease the 4 extra stitches out just before the cuff.
I have found the grosgrain ribbon that I am going to use on the button band, but the search for the perfect buttons is still on. :-\ While on a button hunt this weekend I thought I came across the perfect buttons, only to be disappointed to find out they only had 2 of the buttons in stock and I needed 4! Also I am planning on adding a sheep applique to the front of the sweater.
I had placed an order from Knit Picks and have been waiting for what seems like forever for it to arrive. Today after sending 2 people to the post office to check the mail it finally arrived!
My first yarn order from Knit Picks ever! 🙂
I am not sure if you can tell, but I am super excited! I have never ordered yarn from Knit Picks before and I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed fondling all the yarn this evening! The colors are amazing and the textures are great! Definitely worth the wait. 😀
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Last week I mentioned that the month of February was going to be mostly baby knits, and I have finished my first baby project for the month. Shortly after posing last week I cast on for Elefante by Susan B. Anderson, using size 3 dpns (double pointed needles). I used an array of worsted weight acrylic yarn.
Working with stripes is a challenge especially when knitting in the round. Often the stripes don’t line up exactly where they join. I tried to use the jogless stripe technique (the tutorial I used can be found here) and I think it turned out alright.
You can still see where the stripes join but not as noticeable as if I hadn’t used the jogless striping technique.
Everything was going great until I was almost done with the head of the elephant and my boy friend points out that if it is supposed to be an elephant shouldn’t it have a long trunk. After taking a good look at it I had to agree it looked more like a pig snout then a trunk. I reread the directions and noticed I overlooked a tiny part in the directions that said – continue knitting until trunk measures 1 1/2″. 😦
Of course I frogged and re knit the head. Better to redo your mistakes then to hate the finished project, even though I had thought about leavening it the way it was. 😛
Side view of elefante.
The elefante is all finished! Ends weaved in and all!! 🙂
I still have to order the yarn for the other projects that I had planned on doing this month. Which left me with nothing to knit! :-O So I spent a good part of the night last night looking for a baby pattern that I could do, while waiting, with yarn I had on hand.
I decided on knitting a Baby Sophisticate sweater by Linden Down. This is a free pattern on Ravelry and has been knitted than 4,400 times! I have just cast on today using red heart yarn in heather grey. I am also ordering buttons now, hoping they will arrive around the time the sweater is done. 🙂
When I found out that my sister was pregnant back in September my mind immediately flooded with all sorts of things I wanted to knit. Of course, by reading blogs and checking out Pinterest, I also found a few things I wanted to attempt to sew. So when I was told that the tentative date for my sister’s baby shower is going to be the first weekend in April I was both delighted and surprised. I mean that leaves what about 8 weeks for knitting and learning how to get along with my sewing machine! Scary!!
I am so glad I got so many of my WIPs done in January, because I am declaring February to be the month of baby knits. Last night I cast on for Elefante by Susan B. Anderson, and I am planing on knitting Free ‘n’ Easy Striped Baby Blanket (ravelry link) and Baby Pears Blanket Buddy (ravelry link). I need to go yarn shopping before I can start them (Yay, yarn shopping!!) and while I am yarn shopping I will be checking out some cute fabrics too. I am thinking about starting simple with sewing maybe do a couple of burp cloths or bibs.
What are some of your favorite “go to” baby projects?