Thursday, July 9, 2015

FO: little striped cap

Little cap

When a friend requested a little hat to fit her soon-to-be-born baby, I was more than happy to oblige. This little cap took only a few hours and was a joy to knit. Per the suggestions of other ravelry users, I cast on a smaller number of stitches to achieve a newborn-sized fit, but it was still a bit too big for  baby Daphne. Oh well, it's not really hat weather right now anyway. :) Ravelry details.

The yarn used for the hat is the same as used for this sweater I knit a few years ago. I guess I'd forgotten about the sweater because I never used it when Erin was a baby, so I included it in the gift for baby Daphne. :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FO: Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi

A few weeks ago, I dressed Erin in a sun dress and had the thought: "She needs more cardigans to wear over dresses." And so naturally I went and cast on for this sweater. I made the 2 year old size with extra length in the body and sleeves. 

Right now she's wearing it with the sleeves rolled up a bit. I'm hoping this will fit through the winter. The yarn is Dream and Color Classy, from a sweater I knit for myself ages ago, then frogged because I didn't like it. Very happy with this little sweater, but if I knit it again, I'd pick up fewer stitches for the button band in the yoke section. Ravelry details.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

FO: Hey Little Sister

Made this little sister sweater dress for Baby Daphne, who was born a few weeks ago. Mostly mindless stockinette, worked in fingering weight yarn--pretty quick project, knit exactly as written. Funnily enough, this fits Daphne's almost-2-year-old big sister as a snug vest! So hopefully it will see lots of wear. :) Another project using knit picks stroll tonal (same yarn as the Maile sweater for Baby Hailey). I had fun watching the pooling on this. I've decided I'm firmly in the "I Love Pooling Colors!" camp. Other projects I've made with fun pooling: socks for Tracie, mitts for Melisa, more socks for Tracie. Ravelry project details.

And, the stuff of nightmares! A bumble bee landed in the sink when I was soaking this sweater. Obviously, the bee has good taste--but what the heck?!

Monday, July 6, 2015

FO: Larch

Pulled out this skein of lovely merino/cashmere yarn that was a gift a few years ago and decided it was time to make something for myself out of it. When someone gives you merino/cashmere yarn, you use that stuff for yourself, amiright? Chose a relatively simple pattern that would suit the colorway of the yarn, called "mallard" :) This pattern was a joy to work. Read all about it on Ravelry.

Friday, July 3, 2015

FO: Maile

Maile sweater

Made this lovely little sweater for baby Hailey. The pattern was (mostly) easy to follow and the yarn was lovely to work with. Love the bunny buttons! Read all about it on ravelry

Maile sweater

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sun bonnet success!

After that floppy, mis-sized sun hat, I climbed back onto the saddle of the sun-hat sewing horse (tortured metaphor!) and I'm so glad I did! This bonnet turned out great. It's a bit ridiculous looking but does a GREAT job shielding Erin's face from the sun. She likes it because it doesn't flop down into her vision. The pattern was really easy, too! I changed it just a little bit--did edge-stitching around the perimeter, and used my machine to sew down the little pleats at the back (vs hand-sewing them as called for).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mid-year check in!

The year is roughly half over, so how am I doing on my #15in15 goals??

- Hats: 6 done. After a bunch of hats at the beginning of the year, I've definitely slacked on hats since then. 

- Socks: 4 pairs done, 1 pair about half done. So that's about 9 socks. If I use 15 pairs as my goal, I've got a lot of work ahead of me... But if I use 15 individual socks as my goal, I'm well on my way!

- Other knit items: 8 done, 1 nearing completion. Doing great with this goal!

- Sewn items: Harder to keep track of since I don't enter them into ravelry. I've blogged 10 sewn projects and have definitely made at least 5 more, so I'm going to call this goal completed!

I have quite a few unblogged projects that need writing up, so watch this space!!