Monday, December 31, 2012

Double Trouble



These have actually been done for awhile but waiting on buttons. The original ones I ordered were too small and I had to order new ones.

I picked this pattern out before I knew the twins' genders so the colors are very gender neutral. 


The project traveled with me to Ireland and all over before I stopped traveling. 


Pattern : Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer
Needles: Size 8 for body and Size 6 for cuffs
Made for: Baby Girl and Baby Boy H
Size: Newborn
Started: July 1, 2012 and September 1, 2012
Completed: December 30, 2012


I chose to do the Grow With Me cuffs that can be folded over to adjust as they grow.


Overall, I was very happy with this pattern, and I like how the heathered yarn fits the project. It won't be long now before they will be here and wearing some of these knitted items!


You can also glimpse the beautiful cradle my cousin made me in some of these pictures!  We have many talented crafty people in the family.
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Monday, December 24, 2012

In the Zone and Even Seasoned Knitters Make Mistakes

I am officially in baby knitting zone. Here is a new project I started. The pattern is Pembroke and it is a vest I am knitting in Knit Picks Comfy. I love the deep blue color and Comfy is so soft!



I think little boys in vests have an irresistible preppy adorable look and therefore it is only fitting that I should make a vest for my son.

I cast on this project after I realized I couldn't begin a Fruit Cap I was planning to match one I already knit for baby girl. I ordered the color yarn I wanted from Webs, but when it arrived I realized instead of Tahki Cotton Classic, I ordered Tahki Cotton Classic Lite which is actually a sport weight and not the DK weight of the contrasting yarn I already had in my stash. Doh! Rookie mistake, but new yarn is now ordered and while I await its arrival I needed a new project, and cast on the vest.

Here is the infamous yarn.  It will go in my stash for another project down the road.



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Swaddle Cocoon

A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this pattern, and it just may become my go-to gift for new babies.  It is quick, easy and beautiful.  And once I have two infants at home, quick and easy is a must if I am to get any gift knitting done at all!


Pattern: Laurel Love Cocoon by Melissa Riley
Needles: Size 13 Circular 40" Needles (I used the Magic Loop Method)
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande
Made for: The Twins (Baby Boy and Baby Girl H)

First Cocoon Started: December 14, 2012
Completed: December 16, 2012

Second Cocoon Started: December 16, 2012
Completed: December 18, 2012


I learned the Magic Loop Method for this project, and while I found the method easy enough, I think I prefer the Two Circular Method of knitting for in the round to Magic Loop.  I did have a little bit of difficulty with laddering/loose stitches at the sides, but I found if I paid close attention I could eliminate this as I was switching sides. I do prefer Magic Loop to the more fiddly double points for small circular projects.


If you are interested in learning Magic Loop, here are two tutorials I found helpful:

1. Knitting Daily
2. Commuter Knitter

I will have to take pictures of the cocoons with babies in them.  I think the effect it lost without proper models to show them off. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

February Baby Sweater

Until recently, I have not blogged in a very long time, mostly because I had not been knitting much at all.  But now that I have twins on the way very soon, I have been on a mission to finish old projects and get some items done for them.  This will be for Baby Girl (We are having a boy and girl).


Pattern: Baby Sweater on Two Needles from Elizabeth Zimmerman's
Knitter's Almanac

Needles: I wrote down US 2.5, but I think I actually used closer to a US 5 but I can't remember for sure.
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport colorway Grass
: December 18, 2010
16, 2012

 I used modifications made by PAKnitWit as described here. Namely:
-Widening the neck hole by Casting on 62 stitches.
-Work 8 rows in garter stitch. 
-Work the first increase round as follows: K7, (M1, K6) 8 times, M1, K7 (71 sts)
-I also Slipped the first stitch of each row for a neater edge and only worked 3 buttonholes, as many other have.


Blocking really gave some shape to this sweater and I am pleased with the results.  And as always I love working with Shine Sport.  It is just so soft and has such a nice drape!



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blue Bonnet

I have knit this pattern many times before, but it is always more fun to make something for your own, soon to arrive, child.


Pattern: Baby Bonnet by Joelle Hoverson from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Made for: Baby Girl
Yarn: Rowan Calmer
Needles: US size 10.5 for cast on, 9 for body and 10 for I-cord
Started:  July 19, 2012
Completed: December 14, 2012

As I was linking the yarn to a Ravelry link, I noticed that Rowan Calmer may have been discontinued which is a shame.  I have used this yarn several times and I love its softness and drape.  I have found it the perfect yarn for this bonnet and also used it for my February Lady Sweater.  I think I may have enough in my stash for one or two more of these bonnets.

There is lots of other blocking and finishing happening this week, so be on the lookout for more posts to come.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cozy Movie Knits

On Friday, I started a new project.  The pattern is Laurel Love Cocoon and I am using a yummy Alpaca that has been in my stash for awhile.  And who says you can't teach an old knitter new tricks?  I am using Magic Loop, a technique I have never tried before for this project.


This is quick and easy, which is good, as I will be knitting two of them!  These would also make great gifts for friends having babies, without investing a lot of time to an involved project.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Stash Enhancement

I just received some new yarn stash from Knit Picks that was so pretty, I had to share.


The first (above) is some Comfy Worsted in a colorway called Planetarium.  I plan to use this for a vest for a new arrival coming soon.



Next is Shadow, a lace weight yarn with a beautiful Autumn feel. 

More posts to follow.  I have had some time on my hands to knit lately, so you may see a little bit more posting on here (as opposed to none).


Monday, February 28, 2011

Avocado Gelato

I have lately been inspired to try more new recipes. I have always loved to cook, but with my small kitchen and work schedule and I am sometimes not in the mood for innovation in the meal prep department.

I broke out the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer last night to make this unusual Avocado Gelato.


The original recipe is here.

I substituted 1 tbsp fresh lime juice instead of the vitamin c tablet and grated the peel of 1 small orange instead of the strips. I left the peel in instead of removing, but this makes the orange taste a bit overpowering, so if I was to make again I might not use as much peel or I might try to strain it out after cooking.

Over all, this has an unusual and enjoyable flavor and delightful color!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sidetracked

Just a quick one today. Those of you who are EZ fans should recognize this one.


And yes, this means the baby Mary Janes are on hold for a bit. I just couldn't get excited about them with those Size 0 needles and K1 P1 ribbing. This new project was a welcome diversion and I have already made quite a bit of progress in just one day.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Getting closer.....

I am dangerously close to having no projects on my needles, except for the long-term Never-ending Sock Garden Blanket, that I expect will be a project for years to come.

Today I show you my completed Electric Fruit Loop Socks, which are now dry after blocking.


Pattern: Fruit Loop by Kristi Geraci from Knitty, Spring 2008
Needles: US 1 Circular
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering Weight - hand-dyed with Kool-Aid (for details on how to dye your own see my tutorial)
Started: October 24, 2009
Completed: December 3, 2010
 

The yarn is delightfully squishy and soft knitted up and I think the hand-dyed yarn worked well for this pattern.  And just in time for some very cold weather, I will definitely be getting some use out of these socks sooner rather than later. 
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