Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

merry Christmas to me!

So, David and Nina gave me this lovely yarn for Christmas:

It’s from a local farm in Colorado.

I decided that its fate was to become a pair of fingerless gloves, so I dug up the Fetching pattern from Knitty.

I finished the second one last night. I had to rip back the last rows of the first one, because I decided I still don’t like that picot bind-off; it looks sloppy–at least when I do it–and it makes the glove too loose around the knuckle. I did a few extra rows instead, with a decrease to make them tighter around the knuckles, and I like them a lot! Mary obligingly took a modeling photo:

finished objects: baby sweaters!

I don’t think Katie or Sarah reads my blog, so I will post pics of their baby gifts!

These are both from the Simple Baby Cardi pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple, although I made a couple of modifications:

* My sleeves were coming out strangely pointy, so I reduced the frequency of the decrease rows.

* I forgot to start with the collar or hood on the red one, so I had to go back and pick up stitches to add one. I like the result better than the collar that’s written, though, so I think I’d do that again next time. For comparison, the red sweater is the picked-up added collar and the blue and brown sweater has the regular one.

* I added snaps (functional) and buttons (for looks) instead of the knitted ties that it calls for. I can’t quite imagine wanting to tie it together every time I put it on a kid, plus, since these are 9-12 month size, I’m guessing that the babies will be old enough to untie things all the time. Incidentally, these are much bigger than I expected. 9-12 months…well, suffice it to say that the red one fit Mary when I tried it on her before  I added sleeves. I hope that means that the babes will get plenty of use out of them.

This one is for Sarah’s baby (we don’t know whether it’s a girl or a boy, so I went with red, which I think is cute on either!):

Somewhat wonky photo (it hangs a bit better in real life, but what it really needs is a baby inside to make it cuter).

Here’s the afterthought collar. I like how it stands out a bit from the body of the sweater.

And here’s baby Lola’s:

Collar:

Raglan shaping!

Here they are, ready to go meet their new owners!

These were really fun to knit–easy, but still interesting to me because I’d never done raglan shaping. I need to work on my snap-and-button-sewing skills, though. I don’t know how people make them look so neat. They’re all hidden by the buttons, so it’s not too big a deal, but I’d like to figure it out.

latest knitted object

Mary wanted a “Spiderman sweater.” So we found Spiderman-colored yarn and she got this: 

It’s the child’s pinwheel sweater by Shelley Mackie (I’d link to it, but you have to sign up on Elann’s website to view the pattern). I seem to have gone a bit small on this one, so it’s more like a shrug…but she loves it!

(Note her strawberry plants, coming back from last year–she’s fascinated.)

knitting update: sweater!

I’ve been working on this forEVER. It was intended to be for Mary, but I think it’s going to be shared, since it fits both kids. The pattern is the ChildHood from Knitty.

Crazy kid.

Chickadee Cowl: complete!

I finished the cowl! It is totally cute, if I do say so myself. But here’s some proof…

I used Conor’s built-in iSight camera to take these pictures…so, well, you’ll see the difficulty. The first couple went okay:

Then Wesley said, “Dude! Is that a camera?”

“Let me see too!”

Mary said, “Mary wear cowl!”

She stole it.

I got it back, though. I love it.

WIP: cowl

Here’s a glimpse at what’s on my needles right now: a linen-stitch cowl made from hand-dyed yarn from the lovely Amy of Cajun Fiber Co.. These pics are not very true to color, but I’ll take better ones when it’s finished. This yarn is YUMMY–organic merino, very soft, not itchy or rough at all, even next to the skin. I love it. And the colorway [called Fish Pond] is lovely. I wasn’t sure how much I would like the gray that’s in it, but it turns out that I like it a lot. Plus it will pick up the color of my gray winter coat.
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sheep and wool! and new shorties

On Saturday, the kids and I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. It was packed! A couple of pics:

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Swoon:

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note the knitted pants–the perfect environment for them!

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Gorgeous, no?

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Wesley wanted to pet a sheep:

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In a slightly-related note, I finished a pair of shorties for Mary:

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drawstring waistband with tassels; ruffled cuffs.

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And, in case you’re wondering what Wesley is making these days–check out his teeth!

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