Baby Sweaters

Don’t you just love knitting for babies? Everything is just so cute and tiny, and it knits up pretty fast too.

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A few weeks ago, I got a hankering to make a Baby Surprise Jacket. I used some ugly green Sugar ‘n Cream that I had no other plans for, since I was mostly just experimenting with the pattern.

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The pattern was confusing, and it was difficult to alter for a different gauge, but the end result was pretty cute.

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The bottom tow buttons won’t button, but I sewed them on anyway for decoration.

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So after I made this one and knew what I was doing, I made a better baby sweater using leftovers from my Hobbit Robe.

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This time, since I knew what I was doing, it ended up much better.

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I used about half a skein of I Love This Cotton in Burnt Sienna (reddish  color) and scraps of Antique Gold, Brown, Taupe, Auberguine, and Forest for the stripes.

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The green buttons match the Forest color almost perfectly.

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The last sweater that I have pictures of isn’t a BSJ, and I actually finished it back in January.

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It’s just a simple bottom up raglan. I love the little red buttons.

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It might be a little bit out of proportion (too wide and too short), but a baby won’t care.

Months of Knitting

So I didn’t post any for more than ten months. I didn’t knit much for a while there, and for almost six months I lived in another city where I had terrible internet service and no camera. So I’ve finished several projects since last I typed here, and now I have some pictures to show for the last several months.

First, I started a blanket back in April. I was my “I-had-to-work-on-my-day-off-and-hated-it-so-this-makes-up-for-it” gift to myself.

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The pattern is Hap Blanket by Ysolda. I’ve made one of these before, but this one is going to be bigger.

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The yarn is Knit Picks Reverie. It is the softest thing that ever existed.

The colors are Hawk and Regal. Very pretty together.

 

The yarn store here went out of business in June, so I bought a bunch of stuff on clearance. Including the yarn from this hat.

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The pattern is Bramble Beret from Vintage Modern Knits.

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The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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It is quite warm and I love it.

 

Not long after I moved, I bought some yarn at Michaels that was on the clearance rack. I think I paid two dollars a skein, so it was a pretty good deal. I didn’t know what to make at the time, but I ended up making a very simple blanket.

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I had four skeins of the multi colored yarn, so I made four granny squares out of those. I had one skein of cream, so I crocheted the squares together using a thick band. I had one skein of brown, so I did a few rows of border stitches.

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Very cute, if I do say so myself.

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The yarn is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.

 

I made a scarf/shawl back in July or August. I love it to pieces.

I just came up with the idea for the pattern, but later realized that is was almost the exact same as the Baktus pattern.

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The yarn is unknown. I got it at a Colonial Fair back in May. I think it’s wool, but I’m not sure. I should set a scrap of it on fire to find out for sure.

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In this picture you can see that I’m still wearing my arm guard from shooting my bow.

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Last September I started a sock. I finished the first sock sometime last year. I didn’t start the second one until this summer. Cause I’m lazy like that.

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The yarn is Patons Stretch Socks.

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The Pattern is Coupling.

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I made my mom some socks for Christmas. They really didn’t take that long to make, and they fit her perfectly.

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The yarn is Premier Serenity Sock Weight.

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The pattern is just seed stitch.

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More than a year ago I started a baby sweater in hopes of giving it to a couple that was having twins. I soon realized I wouldn’t have time to make two sweaters so I made booties instead. So the sweater just sat there. For like a year. Then I saw it when I was cleaning my room and decided to finish it.

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I haven’t, but considering all that I had done was the sleeves and part of the ribbing, I think I’ve made great strides. I’m taking a break from it now because I messed up twice, and I don’t really want to rip back to the start of the yoke. I’m attempting to do seamless set-in sleeves.

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The yarn is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.

 

Last week I started crocheting a table runner/centerpiece/placemat with some more yarn that I got when The Yarn Company went out of business. It’s just a giant granny square.

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The yarn is Cascade Luna.

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I haven’t decided if I want to do a picot edging or not. Hence the unwoven in ends.

 

Last but not least, I started a new project last week. Let me give you a little background. A couple of weeks ago I thought I would sew a bathrobe. But I’m kinda terrible at sewing. So I was thinking over how to go about sewing a bathrobe without it looking terrible. Then I saw the first Hobbit movie. And in the beginning, when all the dwarves came to Bilbo’s hobbit-hole, he’s wearing a patchwork robe (or maybe it should be referred to as a dressing gown?). And I said “I love that robe!” And over the course of like a week, ideas muddled in my head and I decided to crochet a patchwork robe made out of granny squares (yes, I seem to be on a bit of a granny square kick here of late).

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I just bought seven skeins of yarn (each in a different color) last week so that I could know how many squares I could get out of each skein. I’m know I’ll get one more color for the edging, but I’m not sure if I’ll just keep it at eight colors or get more.

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I’m needing to make large squares, rectangles, and small squares. I don’t know how to make a good looking granny rectangle, so I just did a little lacy stitch instead.

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I’ve already made eight big squares and I’m working on the ninth. It makes for good travel crocheting and good for watching TV too. I’ll have a bajillion ends to weave in when I’m done, but itll be worth it.

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The yarn is Hobby Lobby I Love this Cotton.

Well, that’s about it for yarn related stuff in 2013. Or at least all that I took pictures of. Don’t know when I’ll be posting again. Have a Happy New Year, and hope MMXIV is nice for you.

To Done List

Happy late Thanksgiving! I hope yours was nice! Mine was; I got a lot accomplished, so I’m going to type out everything that I did this long weekend, kinda the opposite of a to do list, this is a list of what I’ve already done.

Start making worsted weight mittens: A week or so ago, I went on a hayride, and I was wearing my mirror mittens, but my hands were still kinda cold, so I said that I should make some medium weight mittens, so that I could have something in between thin sock yarn mittens and bulky huge mittens. So I started making some striped mittens yesterday evening.

Yup, that’s right, I’ve knit everything except the thumb on one mitten. Ah, that sounds too braggy. I should add that I didn’t have anything important to do today, and I have kinda small hands, so that’s why it went by so quick. Don’t feel bad if you’re a slow knitter, usually I am too.

It kinda took me a while to figure out how exactly to get the gusset right; I think I have weird shaped hands because I had to knit 26 rows before splitting the thumb from the fingers. It’s probably going to take me a million years to weave in all the ends on these; they’ll be a total of 48 when I’m finished with the pair.

Wash, block, and sew on buttons to Versatility: I never mentioned this before, but it’s too dark for pictures right now, so you won’t get a finished product post today. But I can say that I finally sewed on the buttons to a scarf that I started back in August. And I’m going to wear it tomorrow!

Clean bathroom, take down recycables, clean loveseat and table, wash clothes, bedding, and hand knits: Uh, I’m just talking about normal everyday things as if they’re something huge, but hey, they’re successful accomplishments!

Finish first lacy sock: just one sock finished, but yay, it’s finished!

Sew buttons onto baby booties: Another thing just sitting around waiting to be finished.

Take pictures of knitted stuff and put on ravelry: I don’t think I’ve added any pictures to my ravelry projects page since this summer, so I took a bunch of pictures yesterday and uploaded them today, I’ll put them here too.

Three log cabin projects, first is a washcloth, which is how I learned log cabin and what started my addiction. Second is a blanket, which is my go to mindless knitting project. It’s going to be so snuggly warm when I finish! Last is a scarf, that I need to bathe in conditioner to make it softer.

Set up and decorate the Christmas tree: I didn’t do this all by myself, but it was still a lot of work. But definately worth it, because it looks good.

Wrap presents: I am the resident gift wrapper in this household; I’m to only one who likes to do it, so I wrapped all of them! Except a few that my mom put in bags.

Complete one homework assignment: Uh, just one, but that’s better than nothing right? After I’m finished typing this post, I may work on a presentation that’s due monday (ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! because I’ve barely started working on it and I always stumble over what to say and I’ll get points docked for that and did I mention that I’ve barely started working on it and and and and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)

In addition to this amazing list of things that I’ve accomplished this long weekend, I’ve also watched like 4 movies and listened to lots of music (but not Christmas music, unless you count Father Christmas by the Kinks, because I don’t like to listen to Christmas music too early. Or at all, except mayb the Burl Ives tape. But I think I’ll wait until after finals week (and graduation!) to do that. I’ve also taken several walks, which was really nice earlier this week when it was warm enough to wear a t-shirt (I love Tennessee, where else is it almost 60 degrees in November?) but it was also nice yesterday and today when I had to bundle up a little bit (just a sweater and accessories, no coat).

I may make a few finished project posts later, but I may not, because I’ll likely be busy during the next two weeks of classes (wow, only 2 weeks?) and finals week. I tell you what, this semester has flown by. Or spaceshiped by? Fast, really inconceivably fast is how it’s gone by.

Fiber Festival

Yesterday my parents and I went to a fiber festival in Georgetown.

We got to see a small variety of fiber bearing animals, such as this alpaca who grunted a lot.

We also got to see double weaving, which looked like it would require too much focus and concentration for me to enjoy.

(This is possibly the same alpaca, or it might be the other one, I’m not sure.)

This is a sheep who made weird sounding noises, which I mimicked; the other people there probably thought I was strange…

We also got to see a sheep being sheared, and this is all its wool. The sheep was squirming around a lot, making it difficult for the Shearer to shear.

This is an English Angora rabbit, and it was very soft. I got some fiber from it blended with some alpaca, and after I’ve spun it (in about 4 years or so) I’ll make a hat. It’s gray with pink, and very pretty.

After the festival, we went to Cumberland Mountain State Park, because it was on the way home. This is a bridge there.

I took a picture of our shadows, because that’s fun.

I got some red lamb’s pride to make my dad a felted hat, and I got some green lamb’s pride to make myself a Talia.

My Last Semester

So I don’t have any pictures to post right now, because since my last post I’ve only completed like 4 things. All pretty interesting things (scarf, better chap stick holders, log cabin washcloth which started my log cabin addiction, and a log cabin scarf), but I haven’t had time to take pictures of them yet. Why? Because I’ve been busy. With school. It’s my last semester. Graduation is approaching. Very exciting but also kinda nervous inducing at the same time, ya know? Although I haven’t decided if I want to walk across the stage or not. On the one hand, I spent 4 years studying my butt off for this diploma, I want to wear the clothes walk to pomp and circumstance and get the fancy diploma cover and throw my cap in the air. On the other hand, I know of less than 10 people who are graduating this semester, and some of those aren’t even walking, so do I really want to spend 2-2.5 hours of my life in a probably hot gymnasium watching close to 700 people that I don’t know get there names called and shake people’s hands and bla bla bla. And we’ll have to walk down that tiny staircase, who knows how long I’ll have to stand in that claustrophobic inducing atmosphere? And there will be so many people crowding around each other, yelling, parking will be a nightmare (oh wait, isn’t it always?). I wish that they had the graduations split up by college. Because then you could go to your friends’ graduations if you wanted to, but your family (and you) doesn’t have to endure such a hassle some ordeal.

But anyway. That’s not for a while yet. And I don’t have to know whether I’m walking for a few weeks, so I’ve got time. Time to do homework, write crazy long papers, learn CPR, act in scenes from plays, and listen to boring lectures. And time also for the important stuff in life, like reading my Bible, spending time with friends and family, and knitting. Right now I’m working on a log cabin blanket (I told you I was addicted) and some baby booties, because everyone is having kids right now. And since everyone was getting married this year, everyone will probably be having kids a few years from now too. I’m not sure if we’re fixing to have another baby boom, or if this is just what happens as you get older.

This weekend, I’m going to a fiber festival, so maybe if I get off my lazy butt and finish my homework, I’ll be able to make a post about it. And also maybe I’ll be able to make a post about the aforementioned stuff that I’ve finished. But I might not be able to make regular posts, because I have a job interview tomorrow. So I may be fixing to get even busier. So, If you’ve been checking back periodically for the past 2 months looking for a post and ending up disappointed, sorry. Although I doubt that anyone’s been doing that.

Summer Summer Fall

The fair was a couple of weeks ago, and I entered some of my knitted things and won!

Baby set- cap, sacque or sweater, and booties. Won 2nd place. I forgot to take a picture of the hat, and I already gave the set away.

Doily, didn’t win.

Scarf, didn’t win. I don’t want to sound whiny, but I really don’t understand how they judge the scarves. Last year the first and second place scarves were the exact same cable pattern. And my entrelac scarf, and another really cool looking scarf didn’t win. I don’t really get it, but it’s no big deal, because I won plenty of other things.

Socks, won first place.

Sweater, won first place.

Stole or wrap, won 3rd place.

Lady’s skirt, didn’t win, but I didn’t expect it to.

Hat, won 3rd place. Pattern is Escargot.

Toy, won 2nd place. I did weave in the ends before entering it, but this is the only picture that I have. Pattern is Big Snowy Owl.

Baby booties, didn’t win.

I entered a total of 10 items and won 6 ribbons- 2 first, 2 second, and 2 third, which is pretty good in my opinion. I won a total of $36, which is I believe the most I’ve won at the fair, even more than the year that I got best of show for my pea coat.

Unrelated to the fair, I am totally loving the slightly cooler weather that we’re having right now. Okay, it’s still pretty warm (85 right now) but compared to the murderously hot 100 degree days that we had back in June, 85 feels amazing. When I take walks in the evening, it’s kinda cool. Not quite cool enough to wear a jacket, but still kinda cool. And he other day, in the morning, I was outside reading, and I had to alternate between the shade and the sun, because it was kinda chilly in the shade. I’m calling this time of year summer summer fall, kinda like north-northwest, ya know? It’s not quite summer-fall, but it’s no longer full-blown summer, so it’s summer summer fall.

School starts back on Monday, and I guess I’m ready. I’m taking 12 hours: Advanced Nutrition, Intro to Sociology, Intro the Theater, First Aid, and Professional Development somethingorother.

I had an interview at a fast food restaurant last week, and I’m going to call them back this afternoon to follow-up. I’m not sure if I’ll get the job, because the manager said that she needed someone on Mondays, which is my busiest day, and I’m not really looking forward to filling out more applications if I don’t. If just feels like a waste of time to fill out a gazillion applications and not even get called back for an interview.

I’m making a Versatility right now, and I’m more than halfway done.

Also, the calico is a cutie pie.

Finished Stuff

Since it’s summer, I’ve been kinda productive.

Back in May I made a baby sweater.

Isn’t it cute? I just love knitting baby things. Because they’re so tiny and adorable. And because they knit up much quicker than adult sweaters. And because a perfect fit isn’t crucial. And did I mention that they’re so cute?

Pattern: Made up. I cast on enough stitches,knit alternating stripes, raglan shaping for the yoke, and the button bands attached afterwards. I wanted to do set in sleeves all in one piece, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it with the stripes.

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

Color: Yellow and Ecru

Needles: size 6

The white yarn was from a huge cone of yarn, but the yellow was from normal sized skeins. I used one full skein, and some of the second skein, so I had a lot left over to make a pair of booties.

Pattern: Gansey Booties

Yarn: Same as the sweater

Needles: Size 5

Size: I forgot…

I took this picture on the tomato trellis wire thingy. I really like this pattern. This is the fourth pair of baby booties that I’ve made using this pattern. I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for a baby bootie pattern.

I made another set of wash cloths for another set of friends getting married.

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth

Yarn/ Color: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (Ecru) and Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! (Taupe)

Needles: Size 8

Modifications: I cast on 39 stitches instead of 45. I also did a knitted cast on, which I think I have fallen in love with. It looks much more similar to my bind offs than a regular cast on does.

I really like the look of these washcloths. I think the light brown/ taupe (how do you pronounce that word? I always thought it was tawp but I’ve heard some people pronouncing it tope, which sounds kinda stupid sounding to me) looks really good with the cream, but I wasn’t sure if it would at first. I also like the pattern. Easy, but looks amazing.When I give them as a gift, I think I might have them tied up in the ribbon like that, but I may not.

I have another finished item that I’ll show you soon. But I think I’ll let this post be just the cotton things that I’ve finished recently.