Friday, December 27, 2013

FO: Christmas sweater

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in "frost gray"

Love this little sweater! So happy with it. I think I'll make one in each size so E can always have one to wear. :) This one is size 6 months, and used just shy of the full skein of yarn.

Love the yarn, too. So soft. It's not machine washable, but I don't mind.

I planned on adding one pair of buttons to an owl off-center, but decided I liked it without any buttons. Plus, I didn't want to give anything for E to grab/pull. 

Maybe I should cardiganize the next one...

Also, happy 4 months to Baby E! Aside from some lingering congestion, she's back to her usual state of health, thank goodness!

FO: Unoriginal Hat for a big head

Yarn: Punta Tarns Meritwist Hand Paint

For the first time in a long time, I didn't make Christmas gifts, except for E's Christmas sweater, and this hat which I made for a friend in Iowa. The yarn had been in my stash since NYC, I think; glad it finally got used.

This pattern was easy enough; I basically knit this hat twice. :-/ I didn't do a gauge swatch, and was working crown decreases on the first attempt when I went to try this on--WAY too tight. So I frogged, added another chart repeat. I also changed the crown decreases so that the hat would be long enough to cover my ears. It's still tight on me, but my head is big, so hopefully it'll fit my friend. All details of my modifications are on my ravelry page. I would definitely knit this again, though either with bigger needles and bigger yarn, or repeating the mods I used for this one. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Mission accomplished!

Baby E's Christmas sweater was under the tree this morning. Unfortunately, Baby E has her first cold, and is not in modeling spirit, so glamor shots will have to wait. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Xmas sweater update

(drafted Sunday evening) With only about 2 days left until Christmas, things are coming along with Baby E's sweater. Here's hoping I can finish it tomorrow, let it block overnight Monday so that it's ready to be packed up when we hit the road Tuesday morning. 

Monday update: finishing up the knitting now, then to graft underarms, weave in ends and block. Yea!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

FO: Twinkle Cardi

Pattern: Twinkle (ravelry)
Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock in "magnolia leaf"

An autumn cardi for Baby E. Charming pattern. I made a few mods, which I detailed on my ravelry project page. I did plan attaching 2-3 buttons and using little crocheted loops to secure them, but ultimately I don't think this cardi needs a closure.

The yarn was purchased in Cannon Beach while on a visit there with my mom and sister last Memorial Day weekend. 

All in all, a great little cardi pattern; I would certainly knit this one again. Fits 3-month-old Baby E perfectly. This pattern is only for one size, but would be easy enough to size up by using different yarn or adding stitches.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Operation: Christmas Sweater

Today, less than 2 weeks until Christmas, I decided that Baby E absolutely must have a handknit sweater for Christmas. I want this to be a tradition: a handknit sweater each Christmas. And when we have another kid, they can match!

I've recruited Rose into this crazy endeavor. We're going to have a 2-person knit-along! 

My mission: turn this pile of beautiful yarn...

Malabrigo Merino Worsted in "Frost Gray"

... Into a cute little sweater adorned with owls. I knew that if this crazy mission would be doable, worsted weight yarn would be a must. Back in my pre-baby days, I could have probably whipped out this sweater in 2 days. But now, knitting moments are few. 

Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

FO: baby jeans

Pattern: Blu from knitty (ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Denim

One year ago today, I found out I was pregnant and the first thing I wanted to make was these little baby jeans. The knitting was super quick, but I procrastinated doing the finishing on these for a few months. All the finishing on these was really fiddly, and I'm not pleased with how it turned out. I made these once before, for a kid who is now 6, and I guess I forgot how annoying it was in the intervening time. 
Baby Jeans

I added short rows to the bum area to make extra diaper room--and so glad I did! I made the 6-12 mo size, but Baby E fit them at 2.5 months. :-/