Must. Knit. Something.

Funny story.

She came over that evening and she actually brought her knitting. She always forgets her knitting, but on this night she remembered. Then she actually knit on her project as we visited! She hardly ever does that. Usually I’m the one knitting and she knits a few stitches and then talks and then knits a few stitches and drinks her tea and then holds the baby and then… This time she was really flying across her rows, knit. knit. knit.

So there she is knitting in my living room and I had nothing in my hands at all. I had two projects on the go, and both of them were colorwork and I don’t like to knit colorwork while I’m talking (remember the socks? Yeah. That lesson was still fresh in my mind).

So I was sitting idle.

Watching her knit.

Weird, right?

Right. Totally weird.

Desperately, I grabbed the nearest ball of yarn and cast on some longies. Then as I talked and without any planning or thought, I started switching colorways from my scrap bag.

And I was knitting, too.

All was right with the world.

And The Blessing was getting another pair of longies. One can never have too many longies.

Win, win.

I am giddy with happiness at how lovely these scrappy longies turned out. They took days to dry after lanolizing, but this morning they were ready for the photo shoot.

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The Blessing, however didn’t want to do a photo shoot.

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No, she’d much rather crawl around and put leaves in her mouth.

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Or grab for the camera.

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When I finally got her to stand, it was only for a second and then she was down again.

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But she did like climbing on her chair that Uncle T made.

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I realize that this post started out as a knitting post and has quickly turned it’s focus to a cute baby. Can you blame me?

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I didn’t think so.

Okay, so knitting details. Well, for starters, the Ravelry project page is here.

Just for kicks I decided to try Russian joins. It’s clever and I like eliminating the ends to weave in later, but it isn’t very smooth as far as the knitting goes. It leaves big bumps. It’s only longies, so it’s cool, but I doubt I’ll use it again.

The yarn is all Mosaic Moon Targhee Aran. Some of it I picked up in a scrappy swap and some I had on hand. I did use one bit of Mosaic Moon Licorice Twist Aran (the pink zebra at the knees and just before the cuffs) as the legs were looking too blue for my girlie-girl.

These ended up being just a tad too big, you can see that I rolled the cuffs. And I should have used a smaller needle as the gauge is looser than I usually like for longies. But she will grow and they are just too cute.

I am extremely happy with the results.

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Gramps

I love knitting baby things. They just fly off the needles and they showcase beautiful yarn in such an adorable way.

Gramps Cardigan in Madelinetosh Tosh DK Saffron (Ravelry page here) (recipient is going to pick out buttons for it later)

 

Three things about this knit.

1. The pattern – It left a lot to be desired, but it was also well written, if that makes any sense. I was frustrated when I found out that when I was “knitting in pattern till piece measures 6″ from CO edge” that I was supposed to pick up x number of stitches on it later, for example. And I was unhappy with the way the cables were forgotten during the shaping. I am kind of tweaky when it comes to cables and I want them to blend well with the sweater around them. Other than that, it is a lovely pattern, and when it is followed by someone who can fill in some of those gaps, it produces a lovely little sweater.

 

2. The yarn. Madelinetosh. Who could complain? It is lovely and the color is so deep and alive. It is expensive, yes, but it is worth the extra cost to use such a gorgeous yarn. I have had issues with pilling with Madelinetosh in the past, but this yarn is an 8 ply that seems much more sturdy than the single that I made this sweater out of two years ago (a sweater which, by the way, I am still in love with and willing run a stone over every time that I wear it). Also, it is superwash which is a plus for a baby.

3. It is leaving my house. Shipping this sweater off and marking it finished on Ravelry today feels very good. It was fun while it lasted but now I am ready to knit something else. You gotta love baby things for that reason alone!

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Me Busy

My days are so full. This is the short list of the things that I have been working on.

  • My sister and I set up a booth at a local craft fair. She is an amazingly talented jewelry maker and had so many beautiful pieces to sell. I had been sewing headbands and little tote bags for a week, as well as knitting some headbands and market bags. I also had some needlefelted toys to decorate the table that had price tags on them, just in case someone wanted to buy them.  It was a ton of work and a total disappointment. I sold only enough to buy us all lunch, and my sis didn’t do much better.  Plus, it was hot and the kids were great until near the end when they started getting cranky. I confess, I was getting cranky too. I was pretty bummed, but I am still excited about the next booth. It’ll be better.
  • I am test knitting for NEEDdesigns again. I love testing for her and have tested two of her baby things in the past (one is blogged here and the other never got blogged, but the Rav page is here). This is it so far. It’ll be a newborn sweater for my knitting buddy who is expecting.
  • I also knit this for the same baby. I should think of more to say about it, but I am not in the mood. See my Rav project page for details.
  • There are three new patterns in my head, swirling around and begging to be written. We will see what happens with that.
  • The garden is coming along nicely. I gave each of the kids their own plot of land in which to plant whatever they chose. They are responsible to weed and water and tend to their gardens. We are all very excited (me included) to see the sprouts and we are dreaming of strawberries and tomatoes and zuccini. Now if only we could keep the deer out.
  • Crochet may be the stupidest invention ever, and it hurts my wrists to even think about it, but when I saw this pattern to make flip-flops, I didn’t even hesitate. It comes in handy that The Man works at a hardware store and can bring home jute twine for me whenever I have the need.
  • The magazine (book? newsletter? whatever) that I am writing is in testing and I eagerly await the verdict. Will my testers like it? Will they think that it is crap? Did I work all that time on something that no one will want to read? We shall see….

All of that on top of homeschooling (almost done with this school year!), housekeeping (I rearranged the furniture and don’t think that I like it), cooking (what is for dinner tonight, anyway?), and throwing a little baby shower today. Whew!

What’s keeping you busy these days?

Oh, Baby (knitting)

I finished a few really cute baby things recently, but as they were gifts for people who read this blog, I had to wait to show the rest of you what I have been up to. My sister’s baby shower was Saturday, and this is what I made for her.

As she wasn’t going to find out her baby’s gender, I made this little neutral sweater:

Geordie Stripe Yoke Jacket by Louisa Harding in Dream in Color Classy Dusky Aurora

Then, to make this more feminine if she has a girl, I knit this:

Cora Cloche by Kate McDaniel in same yarn.

Or, if out comes another little nephew for me, this hat:

Baby Newsie by Bekkah Knits in same yarn.

At the shower, my dear sis had a surprise announcement – she found out that she is cooking a little boy!

Perfect.

Three things about this knitting:

1. Recognize that yarn? I had three balls leftover after knitting this:

it is fabulous, and washable and the colors are so gorgeous. I was so glad to find a good use for my extras – and I still have almost a whole ball left!

2. The Newsie Hat was a really interesting knit. If you have a little boy to knit for and you enjoy knits that keep you guessing, this is a good one to try! I don’t know how a person sits down and figures out something as complicated as that. And, it is way cute.

3. The sweater pattern, on the other hand, was a pain in the bootie, and I won’t ever knit it again. Too fiddly, too many things I didn’t want to do, too much sewing (even after I converted as much of it as I could to knit in the round). But, she likes it and that is all that matters. Too bad I have to wait till next winter to see how it looks on the baby!

And, lastly, a baby shower for a friend of mine two Saturdays ago (that I missed because I was sick…) had me knitting a diaper cover:

In case you missed it – this is the cute part:

This is the Picky Pants pattern that I always follow (loosely), and I used some wool that looks like Wool of the Andes, but I can’t remember exactly.  And, she loves it. So do I. It was hard to give away. 🙂

So that catches you up on my baby knitting. None for my baby, but I still have till June. (I keep saying that – but oh, my! I will be EIGHT MONTHS this week!)

Knitting For Baby

I finished my stack of little baby tank-tops. These are the gender neutral ones:

Here is the pink one (just in case) – The color is not accurate, by the way. It is not nearly this bright and glowing in real life. My camera doesn’t do well with pink or red…

… with cute buttons:

The elephant one is the only one that isn’t plain. It was the last one and I was getting bored with this very boring pattern. Here is a close-up of the elephants because they are so very cute:

I used the chart from this pattern. I should have swatched first, though, because I think I could have made them a little better if I had. Oh, well.

These were made following the Baby’s Bamboo Singlet pattern out of the book 101 Luxury Yarn One Skien Wonders. I used Knit Picks Risatta. (Ravelry Project Page Link) I did change the pattern to knit in the round, but other than that it is a perfectly fine pattern, if not a little boring.

I have some left over yarn that I am experimenting with to see if I can get one more little shirt out of it. I didn’t want to do boring stripes, so I am playing with some slipped stitches. I don’t know if I will have enough to make the whole shirt, but this is what I have so far. Slipped stitches take less yarn, right?

Now, if I have a girl, I will just add some flowers to the blue tops, and if I have a boy, I will give the pink one to my new knitting buddy who is having a girl that same week. Lots of babies are on the way! Yippee!

The Hardest Knit

This year I have done a lot of knitting. I have knit a man-sized sweater, I have knit cables and I have knit lace. I have even found some time to work on some complicated colorwork mittens.

But all of those were easy compared to this – the hardest knit this year so far:

Baby’s Bamboo Singlet in Knit Picks Risata, Buttermilk

See how hard that is? See all the entrelac? The cables, bobbles and twisted rib? The lacy yarn overs and the complicated stitch patterns? Me neither.

And yet, this one little top, which is newborn sized and used less than 190 yards of yarn, gave me so much stinking trouble! I didn’t like the pattern, so I started to wing it… but failed miserable and had to pull it out. Did I change my ways and follow the pattern after that? No, I did what I thought best… and again pulled it out.

I frogged this stupid little thing 5 times! Stockenette and Seed stitch proved too much for my pregnant brain, and converting it into a knit-in-the-round pattern about caused my head to explode.

So much for being a knitting genius.

Being the glutton for punishment that I am, however, I have decided to continue to torture myself and proceed to knit the other 4 tops that I have planned. Same pattern. Same modifications. Same yarn. Boring, and yet, somehow, the hardest knit so far this year. Weird, huh?

Knit Picks Risata, Buttermik, Waterslide, Woodland Sage, and Babydoll