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. 🙂
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. 🙂
Hard to believe that it already Sunday night. Where does the time go?!
Today has been a very blustery day, so I was grateful to be inside knitting on my son’s Moose Mitts.
The moose design is too cute!
I had used the Red Heart Soft yarn that was left over from the moose hat I had made him. I had loved this yarn when I made the hat, but I did not have the same fondness this time around. I found that it left an inconstancy in stitch definition and was difficult to get it to the ends secure.
I love the cute tree pattern on the palm side.
The pattern was easy to follow which made this project super fun. Not to mention the design is adorable. If I make these again I would make some changes. I would work it so that the moose design was on the back of the hand rather than the tops of the wrists. I realize that it was probably designed that way because the hand portion would be shorter as fingerless gloves.
My son says they are warm and comfy. 🙂
My son loves the mitts. He promises to wear them everyday and won’t forget them in school. LOL, I give it a week. 😉