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Progress!

Last time I posted I mentioned how I signed up for Homespun Podcast‘s shawl KAL for the month of January.

Well I am happy to say that I am making some progress on my Color Craving shawl, I have just finished knitting the first section, and later tonight I will be picking up the stitches in order to start the second part.

My Color Craving Shawl today after I finished the first section!

The first section has a hairpin turn in the middle that was difficult because I had to push all the stitches around the turn close to the end of my needles making them tighter then my usual tension. This made my hands and wrists sore and slowed me down. As the rows got longer the easier the turn was to make, but was still outside my comfort zone.

I am a little nervous about finishing it up before January 30 and wish that it didn’t require me to think so much. Not being able to knit on when the kids are up really limits the amount of time I can actually work on it. I am hoping that the second section requires a little less concentration. πŸ˜›

 

I am happy to say that I went out and bought a new charger to my real camera! However after taking a bunch of great pictures I sat down to upload them to the blog and I realized that I don;t have the USB cord to connect it!! Ugh!! 😦 Β So I am sorry I am still using iPhone pictures…maybe next week. sigh

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Color Craving and Tiny Hats

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.

Ooh, so pretty!

I love the rich saturated colors of the yarn! (It is not red but a bright pink!) πŸ™‚

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!

Color Craving

My Color Craving Shawl, only 25 rows knit so far. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

preemie hats

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. πŸ™‚

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)

 

 

 

First Day of Spring

Ah, the first day of spring. It is time for warm breezes, birds singing and rain showers that encourage flowers to bloom.

Fist day of Spring

Spring where are you?!

Umm…. well maybe not quite yet, but at least I know that warmer days will be here soon.

I ordered buttons from an Etsy shop, for the In Threes Cardigan I have been working on. The name of the shop I ordered from was Handmade Buttons By Ayarina .

I started to worry that they weren’t going to get here before my niece’s birthday when I received an email that they had shipped on the 11 and would take up to 14 business days to arrive!Β  I totally forgot to see where they person I bought them from was located, and it turns out they were being shipped from Romania!

However when I saw a small padded envelope in the mail my fears were eased. I couldn’t believe it, the buttons had arrived quicker than I expected!

Ooh,what can be inside?!

I love the way it is packaged πŸ™‚

Hungry Catipillar Buttons

Look what was inside!

 

The buttons are definitely reminiscent of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle. Which is one of my niece’s favorite books. πŸ™‚ I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

Now I just have to finish the sweater on time and everything will be perfect. πŸ˜‰

In Threes

About 3 more inches to go!

 

In Threes

I am sorry for the unexpected hiatus that the blog has been on for the past few weeks. I lost my bag with my knitting, my camera and all my other important belongings 2 weeks ago. Luckily someone I know picked it up and held on to it for me until I saw them a few days ago.Β  πŸ˜€ So now that my world is back in order I can once again start blogging again.

The knitting project that was missing in action was my InThrees Baby Cardigan by Kelly Herdrich. The pattern is downloadable on Ravelry for $6 US.Β  I am planning on making 3 of these sweaters so it totally was worth the price. The one is going to be for my nieces 2nd birthday, which is this Saturday coming up.

Ooh, so Springy!

Progress so far on my first In Threes Cardigan.

I am knitting it out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted in the peapod colorway. This is the first time I am using this yarn and I really like it so far. I think it is super soft and has great stitch definition. Plus the color is so bright and Spring like.

Right now I am hoping that I have enough yarn to finish. I bought 3 skeins of yarn in hopes of knitting a size 3t. I have knit 1.5 inches (4cm) below the armpit and have come to the end of the second skein. With 5.5 inches (14cm) still to go I am more than a little nervous.

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. πŸ˜‰

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. 😦 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.Β  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.Β  πŸ™‚

Some Knitting and a lot of Waiting!

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. ThisΒ  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!

Almost finished!

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).Β  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!

Oooh! Look at all the pretty colors!

My first yarn order from Knit Picks ever! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€

 

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″. 😦

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. πŸ˜›

Side profile of the elefante.

Side view of elefante.

 

front view of elefante

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

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. πŸ™‚