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!

 

 

 

 

 

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Wanderlust Baby Cardigan

Another test knit under my belt. Another baby thing made for my knitting buddy (who is about to pop!). Another great design from one of my favorite people on Ravelry.

She calls it Wanderlust. It is a cute little top down, round yoke, baby cardigan with lattice detail. (My Rav project page here)

Three things about this knit.

1. The pattern calls for Springtree Road Coquina DK. I bought a skien of it for this knit. I don’t usually do that. I like to use what I have on hand or substitute another yarn just for kicks. But, the designer requested (not required) that testers use this specific yarn and I figured it was a good excuse to try something new. Well, as yarns go, it was okay. I don’t really like one-ply merino. It is fuzzy, and thick, and pills too easily. If I am going to go that route I much prefer to use Malabrigo Worsted because it is cheap (half the price of the Coquina DK) and has an amazing selection of colors. As it was, I had a choice between five tonal colorways, none of them very inspiring. Also, it was supposed to be a DK, but it was more worsted feeling and I had to go down a needle size to get gauge.

2. The pattern itself is well written, easy to follow, and turns out lovely results. The lattice work has a lot of stitches in each row, making this 0-3 month sweater take a lot longer than I had anticipated. But it was worth it. I love the detailing on the sleeves, especially, because it makes the top part poof out just a little like princess sleeves.

3. Test knitting is so fun. I enjoy the interaction with the designer, the solicitation of my opinion, and the exclusivity of knitting something that very few people have even seen yet. It is very rewarding.

Now all I need is a baby to put this on. Come on, July!

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!)

Tired of Taupe?

Me, too. I just realized that the last mumble posts have been of a boring, taupe, stockenette stitch sweater. That is in pieces. Boring.

Sorry about that.

So, in the interest of being, well, more interesting, let’s do something in pink.

Expecting my first niece in April. Baby shower in two weeks. I can handle that.

Louise Cardigan (not pictured here) from Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren in Dream in Color Smooshy, Ruby River

If you are not my sister in law, feel free to click on that link and check it out. Tessla, don’t you dare click on that link. That is all the hint you get. 🙂