Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Both of these are my Baby Ribs pattern. The pair on the left came first -- seeing as Rainbow is going to be born in the middle of football and hockey season, he or she just had to have a pair of black and gold socks. They're Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, colorway Bee Stripe, knit with size 1/2.25 mm needles. On the right, some handspun superfine merino on size 0/2.0 mm needles. These have been good lunchtime knitting, as each sock takes only a couple of hours to knit.
Meanwhile, in the evenings, I've been working on another sweater. This one is a Sirdar pattern; I bought the booklet at Natural Stitches when I fell in love with the sample. There are several sweaters I want to make, but this adorable cabled cardigan with a shawl collar was the first one on the needles.
I'm using a slightly thicker yarn than called for and (shhh! don't tell anyone!) I didn't swatch, so my gauge is a little off and I'm having to wing the collar. I should have only a handful of rows left and with any luck will finish it up tonight!
I'm not quite sure what will be on the needles next, but whatever it is, it'll be coming with me to Hurricane Knitting tomorrow night, Waterworks Barnes & Noble starting at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
As usual, I went for a traditional three ply in a fingering weight (I'm starting to think that I can spin this kind of yarn in my sleep). My 4.3 ounces of fiber yielded approximately 390 yards.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Now that said news is out and on the Internets, I can finally share that project I alluded to last week (but was afraid to show you because I knew someone would guess why I was knitting it).
Pattern: Little Bubbles (Ravelry link) by the Knit Picks Design Team, 6-12 month size
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Sport (75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic), colorways Seafoam, Planetarium, Ivory, Marlin, and Jalapeno (one skein or less each)
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: June 7/June 19
Mods: I added extra rows to the striped section of the body for added length
In spite of the many, many color changes and resulting abundance of ends to weave in -- I joked with The Mister that only for my child would I make something with so many ends to weave in -- this was a very fun knit. The "bubbled" yoke is my favorite part because of the wonderful texture.
The Mister thinks it's a cute sweater, but he was most impressed by the inside, so I have to show you this "guts" shot. The one-row stripes do make for an attractive wrong side!
After finishing this up, I had to make a trip over to Natural Stitches to get some more baby-friendly yarn for the next round of sweaters. If there's one thing I can say about baby garments, it's that they sure do knit up quickly! I have a feeling there will be quite a few little things on this blog in the months to come.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Remember that period of blogging ennui from a few weeks ago? This secret project is the real reason why. I was dying to tell everyone, but I knew it would be better if I waited.
I'm sure you're all wondering just why this project is so special. Well, the truth is, it's not just my project. It's a collaboration with The Mister. He had a lot to do with getting it started, though I've been doing the majority of the work since then.
Have I dragged this out long enough? Okay, I'll let you in on the secret.
Meet Rainbow, due to make his or her appearance this December:
Expect to see a lot of baby knits on this blog in the near future!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I've started another project since finishing the Tangled Yoke, but I'll have to show you that in a few days. Right now it's just a big mess of ends to weave in before I can go any further.
In the meantime, I've been making steady progress on my sock yarn blanket. I finished two more squares since last you saw it (and I promise the red square isn't nearly that electric in person).
I also have a partial square in purples that's on hold until I can find some more purple scraps. Seems I have plenty of blue, black, and gray to go around, but I'll have to be a little more creative with the other colors. I guess it's a good excuse to clean out the stash thoroughly!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
The color in these shots is much more accurate:
Yarn: Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, color 0008, approximately 1,666 yards/656 grams (including two gauge swatches)
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) Knit Picks Options and US 3 (3.25) and US 0 (2.0 mm) fixed circs
Started/Completed: April 24/June 5
I first swatched for this sweater sometime last year -- so long ago that I don't even remember when. Luckily I had the foresight to note my gauge with my chosen needles on a Post-It in my copy of the magazine, so when I was ready to cast on, I didn't have to start from scratch.
My gauge was a little off, so I decided to knit a size larger than normal in order to ensure a little bit of positive ease (I usually wear sweaters with one or more layers underneath, so I didn't want this to be tight). I gained some additional ease in blocking, as the yarn stretched ever so slightly, resulting in a very comfortable sweater that will be cozy and soft to throw over my shoulders come fall.
As to the buttons, they're a dark gray that came from the grab bags I bought at a big-box store months ago, and as luck would have it, I had exactly the number I needed. I think they're a perfect fit.
Overall, I'd say this sweater was a success. Perhaps I didn't do the best job of substituting yarns, but I'm happy with the result and I know this sweater will be worn many times during the colder months of the year.
And, as predicted, as soon as the last stitch was cast off and all the ends were woven in, we began experiencing temperatures in the 80s.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
And here's the same view, after the first day of
Monday, June 01, 2009
Why? Because I'm getting close to finishing my Tangled Yoke Cardigan, and I'm sure the minute it's done we'll get full-blown summer weather, forcing me to put it away until the fall.
I finished the cable section last week. It looks nice, but it's clearly in need of a good blocking.
Meanwhile, in non-knitting news, The Mister and I (along with my brother) spent a good portion of the weekend clearing out the kitchen in preparation for the big renovation. We're actually gutting the entire room, closing up a mostly unnecessary pass-through to the dining room, and putting in new cabinets and new appliances. I'm very much looking forward to an oven with more than one rack that will actually heat to the set temperature (two of them, actually!) and a gas cooktop. The demolition starts tomorrow morning, and the whole process is projected to be complete by mid-July. Stay tuned for progress pictures!