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Where Do I Begin?

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, Iย  was in the midst of a ton of baby knitting for my sisters baby shower this spring.ย  I finished the Baby Pears the Blanket Buddy by Julie L. Anderson.

 

Elliot the Elephant

His ears a little off but I think it adds character. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yay! She Like it!

My beautiful sister opening one of her gifts from me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Can he get any any cuter?!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sheepish Sophisticate

As April blows in so does the urgency of finishing up the baby knits I started in February. My sister’s baby shower is this coming Saturday.ย  It didn’t hit me exactly how close it was until I sat down Easter night to relax and I pulled out my new In Threes project that I cast on the night before.

I quickly put aside the cardigan and went to get the Baby Sophisticate Sweater that I knit several weeks ago.ย  The only thing I had left to finish on it was to sew on the buttons and add the legs to the sheep applique.ย  I ordered the buttons from Etsy. The name of the shop is Forbeadin’ Treasures, there is a lot of cute buttons to check out.

Sheepy buttons

I used the same technique to sew on the buttons as I did for the Hungry Caterpillar In Threes Cardigan.

For the legs of the sheep applique I used the duplicate stitch, which is a new technique for me. I can’t say that I am absolutely thrilled with the way the duplicate stitch came out. Yet at the same time I don’t hate the results either. I am sure that, like most things, the more I use the technique the better the results will be.

Sheepish Sophisticate

From a distance the misshapen duplicate stitch is hardly noticeable. ๐Ÿ™‚

I paired the sweater with a pair of longies, that I had made after I first found out that my sister was expecting. As well as a pair of lamb booties that I recently finished up the seaming on.

Sheepish Outfit

I think the set goes really well together. :-D.

I am hoping to sew together the elephant blanket in the next day or two. I am a little disappointed that I didn’t get to all the projects I had planned to make for the shower, but I at the same time I am thrilled with the ones that I did get to. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

In Threes Finished

This morning I finished up the In Threes Cardigan that was working on. Just in time too, this afternoon was my niece’s 2nd birthday.

In Threes

Yay, it’s all done! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am always a little nervous when it comes to attaching buttons. I am afraid that they will fall off or sag and not look the way I envisioned. So when I put the buttons on this cardigan I decided to used the grosgrain and button tutorials that the Knitmore Girls made.

Back side of button band

The backside of the button band with grosgrain ribbon and backing buttons.

I have watched these videos a few times over the past couple of months, then watched them again while sewing the buttons on. I have to say that I found the videos to be very helpful. I managed to get the buttons to line up perfectly with the buttonholes and the ribbon on the back of the button band provides excellent stabilization so the buttons don’t sag on the knitting.

In Threes

I couldn’t be happier with the finished results.

I am also very pleased with how great the sweater fit my niece.

It's hard to get a toddler to stand still for a picture!

My niece happily wearing her new sweater. ๐Ÿ˜€

Weekend Update

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 learns to skate

DS taking tentative steps in his skates.

 

DD skating!

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).

elephant parts

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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.

Sheepy Applique

Sheepy Applique

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.ย  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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Elefante

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.

Body of elefante (work in progress)

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″. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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. ๐Ÿ˜›

Side profile of the elefante.

Side view of elefante.

 

front view of elefante

The elefante is all finished! Ends weaved in and all!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Button Band Done!

Tuesday I blogged about how it was so cold here and how poor little old me didn’t own a hat. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ However I had a plan of action: I was going to knit myself a hat. The next day while I was rummaging around to find the yarn I would use I had this nagging guilt almost consume me. How could I cast on for another project while I still had WIPs that need my attention? My New Year’s goal to only have 3 WIPs on the needles was coming back to haunt me.

I had no other choice; I put down the yarn and picked up the oldest WIP in my basket.ย  I ma sure you all know which WIP I am referring to: the Ancient WIP! The sweater that I had tried to pick up the stitches for the button band over and over again in the beginning of the month, without success. This time I was determined to not let the sweater get the better of me; I would not let it win! Then without even thinking about it I went to work picking up stitches along the edge of the sweater. Heck , I didn’t even count the stitches. I figured that I would pick up what I thought looked like a reasonable amount and then just knit it up and see how it looked.

Button band

Doesn’t look to bad for just winging it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well fate must have been on my side that night because when I bound off I was amazed to see that it actually didn’t look half bad( I would like to add here that I will probably never approach a button band this way again, nor do I recommend anyone else try it).ย  Now I just have to find buttons and seam it up, but it is such a relief to have the knitting part of this sweater behind me. ๐Ÿ˜€

I have started my Sanpo hat but haven’t had much time to work on it. Today was my son’s Pinewood Derby race. We spent Friday night getting his car ready for the race. When we got to the race one of the leaders helped my son fix the wheels on his car, apparently I am not as good at building race cars as I am knitting. LOL After the quick alignment my sons car managed to do fairly well. Which he was very excited about.

pinewood derby

My little guy’s pinewood derby car. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that all the excitement is over I can go back to my knitting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 Sanpo

Here is what my hat looks like so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

Moose Mitts

Hard to believe that it already Sunday night. Where does the time go?!

Today has been a very blustery day,ย  so I was grateful to be inside knitting on my son’s Moose Mitts.

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 andย  was difficult to get it to the ends secure.

Moose Mitts

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.ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

My son loves the mitts. He promises to wear them everyday and won’t forget them in school. LOL, I give it a week. ๐Ÿ˜‰