Monthly Archives: April 2014

FO: More baby stuff!

A knitting friend of mine is having twins!  I planned on making little sweaters, but then I ran out of time.  (Story of my life!)  When I was with her at the local JoAnn’s I bought some rainbow yarn that she agreed was a little crazy but awesome.  So I decided that that was close enough to a yarn approval!

Rav page here.

Pattern: Christine’s Stay On Baby Booties by Christine Bourquin

Yarn: Premier Yarns Serenity Garden (Sport?) in Gems

Needles: 2.5mm DPNs

Start Date: April 10, 2014

Finish Date: April 13, 2014

I just made all four in succession without worrying about what color came up next.  I love that they are all different!

Look at these cute little garter stitch soles!:

I did 3-stitch I-cord for the ties.  The ties were maybe 11 inches long each. A little bit longer might be nice.  It is hard to tie a nice looking bow.  I need to invest in an I-cord maker/crank.  I did a lot of I-cord for these little guys.

For two pairs, I used just a little over 1 skein of yarn.  Which worked out perfectly because I used just under 1 skein of yarn to make the matching hats!

My Rav page for the hats here.

Pattern: Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap by Gro

Needles: 2.5mm and 3.0mm.

Start Date: April 5, 2014

Finish Date: April 9, 2014

I had a little bit of confusion reading the pattern.  It is a free pattern…  There is a section in the beginning of the hat where you are increasing and decreasing to create the chevron shape.  You do the shaping every other row.  The instructions say to “Repeat these increases and decreases every other round for 8 (9) 10 more rounds.”  I couldn’t tell if that meant to do the shaping 8 more times, or if it meant to knit 8 more rounds (4 more shaping rounds).  From looking at a ton of different pictures I decided that it meant to do the shaping 8 more times, for a total of 16 more rounds.  I think I only did it 7 more times just to be different.  I think I also omitted the last row of decreases at the crown as well.  This made it slightly less pointy.  Though still pretty pointy…

My I-cord ties are again 3-stitches and about 9 inches long.

What a cheerful little set, if I do say so myself!

I’ve been doing a ton of knitting but nothing to show for it yet.  I started knitting my wedding veil.  I went with Lyra by Herbert Niebling.  I’ll show you guys a progress shot soon.  I am making good progress but it is still in “shower cap” phase.  I also finished a sweater that I don’t really like that much.  Be back soon!

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FO: Camden Hoodie and Peerie Booties

My close knitting friend Lauren is expecting a baby any day (minute?!) now!  I had been planning on making stuff for the baby and I thought I had so much time.  But man, does time fly sometimes!  In any case, I was able to finish up the main item I had planned.  (I also thought I was going to have time to make a sewn blanket.  What was I thinking?!)  When I bought the yarn we didn’t know the gender of the baby, so I went with a non-gender specific color.  Though I’m not all that interested in sticking to color stereotypes, etc.

What I ended up with was the Camden Hoodie in green and white:

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Camden Hoodie by Kristen Fanning

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sport in Everglade Heather and White (3 balls green and 2 balls white)

Needles: 3.5mm (4US) for the garter body and 3.0mm (2 1/2US) for the cable edging.

Start Date: March 15, 2014

Finish Date: April 6, 2014

Yes, almost a whole month for this little sweater!  I don’t know how it almost took me as long as an adult sweater!  Though I kind of do.  I didn’t spend as much time on knitting that month, plus striped garter stitch sleeves in the round.  Yuck.

I made the 6-12 month size.  It looks fairly big, but I don’t really know baby sizes.  I didn’t make any modifications except maybe I made it a little longer to end with the proper striping.  I had to go down 2 needle sizes for the cabled edging.  Even then I felt it flared out a little more than I would have liked. It blocked out fairly straight though.

I had a few minor hiccups with it, but nothing too bad.  I noticed that my gauge seemed to change from one sleeve to another.  One feels much denser than the other one!  And it’s pretty tricky grafting the ends of the cable edging together, but I fudged it the best I could.  In the ball the Everglade heather color is very dynamic.  Pairing it with the pure white kind of tones down its brilliance, but oh well.

I had at least half a ball of yarn left over of each color, so I made some matching booties.

My Rav page for them here.

Pattern: Peerie Weerie Booties by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Needles: 3.25mm (3US)

Start Date: April 4, 2014

Finish Date: April 5, 2014

These were made while the hoodie was blocking.  I thought they would be larger than the newborn size in the pattern because I used sport weight yarn.  But they still seem pretty small to me.  I didn’t have time to block them though, so probably they will bloom a bit.  Of course now I am looking at the pattern page and realizing that the pattern called for sport weight and not fingering weight anyway…

I love the three color version in the pattern, but I wanted these to match the hoodie.  Plus there are considerably less ends to weave in with just two continuous colors!  Of course now these will have to be worn immediately and the hoodie won’t fit for another six months!  I should probably stop mentioning all the ways that I am disappointed in these projects since Lauren reads the blog!

It is pretty satisfying to knit baby stuff.  So cute!  So fast! (Well, sometimes.)  And I can’t wait to meet the new baby girl!

I just finished a little stack of other baby knits for another friend.  Do you guys have any go-to baby items?  I can’t stop queuing baby patterns!

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FO: Campy and the Mallows

Long time, no see, guys.  I’ve been crafting, but just finally got some photos of things!

Last weekend we had a big camping trip planned.  There were going to be nine of us (mostly Lucas’s family) camping at Joshua Tree National Park for three nights.  Five of us planned on driving out late Thursday night to make sure we could get a campsite (first come, first served) for the weekend.  There were a few hiccups leaving on time, including a call to the paramedics for back pain and breathing problems (not for me, and it ended up being nothing serious).  By the time we left Los Angeles (down to just four of us) it was midnight!  And it took longer to get to Joshua Tree than I remembered!

We stopped at the Jelly Donut to regroup outside the park and saw these little wonders:

Filled buttermilk bars!  This is a total anomaly to me.  I love old-fashioned donuts and thought I would love Buttermilk Bars, but recently they have been much too heavy for me.  But this is taking it to a whole new level.  Filled with custard!!  I didn’t try one, but kind of wish I had now.

When we got into the park at 4am, there were no campsites available!  Apparently it was spring break.  In advance, the park ranger told us we would be safe arriving Friday but we had left early just in case.  We thought we found an open one and set up camp, only to realize four hours later that the campsite was taken!  The campers had just left to sleep in town for the night.  Thus began an long frustrating morning of trying to find somewhere to stay.  Eventually we told the other half of our group not to bother coming out.  The four of us that were already there decided to do a night of backcountry camping so that it wouldn’t be a complete loss.  It was a lot of fun, but we weren’t allowed to have a campfire, and we had only brought big bulky car camping equipment.  Nonetheless it was an enjoyable little adventure.  We left the next morning to spend time with the family back home.

The reason for the trip had been the birthday of Lucas’s cousin Clay.  Because we were going camping, I decided to knit him a little camping themed present.  Of course the rest of his family was with the second group that never made it out to camp!

 

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Campy and the Mallows by Anna Hrachovec.

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Bark, Orange, White, Basalt Heather, and either Semolina or Safflower.

Needles: 2.5mm, US 1 1/2

Start Date: March 25, 2014

Finish Date: March 27, 2014

Can you believe I already owned this pattern?  I spent a lot of time trying to find good worsted weight yarns from my stash to make this in, and then remembered that I have a gazillion colors of Palette.  And things are always cuter smaller.

Here are some shots from the weekend:

The Birthday boy, in a randomly configured Hipstamatic photo.

What we learned is not to go to camping during Spring Break!  And if you must, leave mid-week.  Before Thursday for sure!

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