Pocket Octopus?

A knit of another kind was found on the needles recently. I was commissioned to make an octopus, which is something I never imagined that I would find myself knitting. Turns out, it was a very fun knit. And now, The Boy wants one, too, so there may be more! Ravelry project page here.

IMGP9243_mediumThis is Cephalohedron, an Interweave Knits pattern, and it has a clever secret. Instead of stuffing the head, he has a pouch shoved up in there. Pull the pouch out, and…

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tuck the octopus in and…

IMGP9247_medium2Viola! An octopus in a pocket! He is knit in Knit Picks Shine Worsted, which is one of my favorite cotton yarns. It has such a nice sheen to it, and I think it was the perfect yarn for this under the sea creature. It came out smaller than I had anticipated, even though my gauge was larger than the pattern called for and with the way that his head is stuffed, he is really floppy. But, the recipient was happy and that was the real goal. If I were to knit it again, I would double the yarn and knit on larger needles…. maybe. He turned out pretty cute as is.

The Princess thinks so, too.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Liar! Liar! Gauge Swatch On Fire!

It isn’t often that I work a gauge swatch but I have been known to do so when it really counts. This was one of those times.

It is going to be Dreamcoat, a one-size-fits-all technicolor coat, knit with two strands of fingering weight held together. There are many colorways included in the kit and the yarn is randomly changed as you go, making a multi-color, one of a kind garment.

The pattern called for size 11 needles, but my swatch said otherwise.

The swatch lied. 

I was almost finished with the front, left piece when the thought pinged in my brain. This looks kinda small, doesn’t it?

Kinda small?!? Kinda small?!? 

Try four inches too small!

AHHHHHHH!!!!!!! (that was me running and screaming with my hands in the air and yarn flinging everywhere)

Ahem.

I am better now. I have recovered from the shock. I have almost reknit the entire piece on size 11 needles (which, by the way, gave me perfect gauge when worked over a large area and not a small gauge swatch. Stinking liar of a swatch).

The good news is that on a larger needle, the knitting will take less time…. if you don’t count the time I wasted knitting an entire piece on the smaller needles.

Carry on, then.

This project is a “Knitter for Hire” project. For more information, see my custom knits page here.