Archive for the ‘FOs’ Category

Daisy; or, In Which I Run Out Of Green Wool

June 15, 2009


Here is the second sweater for Doc Swatchy to take to Botswana. Never one to do something before the deadline is breathing down my neck, Adidas and I packed up the sweaters and will send them Priority Mail tomorrow.
Daisy Baby Sweater
This is the “Daisy” pattern from Knitty, designed by the Yarn Harlot.
It is a very cute raglan pattern. Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn half way through the sleeves, and had to dip back into the stash for some gray. I tried to tie it all together with the gray chain embroidery around the neck, center fronts, and bottom. It think it came out OK – maybe even better than if it was a solid green.

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Raspberry & Chocolate

June 15, 2009

This is a top-down raglan baby sweater made from stash wool.
Raspberry and Chocolate Child Sweater
When I saw these 2 colors together I thought of a raspberry dessert with chocolate sauce.
Here’s the back:
Raspberry and Chocolate Child Sweater
This is the first of 2 sweaters for Doc Swatchy to take to Botswana.
Sorry about the fuzzy pictures. Those of you who read my other blog will know why.

Blue Wool Socks Done!

May 15, 2009

These were actually done a while ago, but spring has come to NJ and I have only worn them once. Out of sight, out of mind, you know?
Blue Wool Socks
This picture shows how long ago it was: this is the first camilla blossom, and now there are too many to count. Well, I lie: there are a lot, but not really too many to count, however I have way better things to do than to count the camilla blossoms.
Blue Wool Socks on Camilla
They are just simple stockinette socks, with green reinforcing thread at the toes and heels (the green makes the heel look lumpy, but it isn’t in real life) and a 1×1 rib at the top.
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I haven’t cast on a sock since these were finished, which feels weird. I have A LOT on the needles, just no socks. You’d have to be a sock knitter to understand, I think.

Fingerless Gloves

February 28, 2009

One of the advantages of having stash yarn is the ability to make things with no prior planning.
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This is some Chinese Cashmere I bought on eBay from Ewephoria.
My hands were cold.
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Here are the fingerless gloves I made.
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Yes, this yarn is as soft as it looks. And my hands are no longer cold.
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Green Beaded Bag

January 27, 2009


A Turtleknits Classic – I started this in August, thanks to Tracy who took me to the bead store and helped me pick out the perfect beads.

Typically for me, I got it 90% done then got distracted by socks, blanket knitting, and Christmas present making.
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It was inspired by a Librivox project to have a cadre of knitters record all the chapters in a book called “Exercises in Knitting” and then knit swatches to go with each item in the original book. (I can’t link to the audiobook because it isn’t complete yet.) Each knitter then rewrote the pattern using modern knitting terms and included it in Knitwiki.

Some more pictures. I found it hard to capture this bit of knitting photographically. The beads are very sparkly, and that doesn’t come through in the photos.
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Yarn: Crystal Palace Baby Georgia, mercerized cotton, fingering weight.
Needles: US 4’s

Comfortable Socks

December 28, 2008


I fixed the 90 degree-off toe, and these socks came out nicely:
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They are a little too big for the model’s feet, but they will fit the recipient fine:
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The top rib isn’t as stretchy as a regular 1×1 or 2×2 rib. Poor choice. I like the yarn choice, though. It is Berocco’s Comfort DK. Since Jill can’t tolerate wool, and cotton socks are too hard to knit, I think it’s the perfect solution. It’s a little splitty; I should have been more careful while knitting it, because when I had to rip back the toe, I noticed I’d knit only some of the strands sometimes.

Baby Alive

December 28, 2008


Our church partners with a local elementary school to give holiday gifts to the children. The kids write their “wishes” on hand-drawn ornaments and we pick which one of the toys or gifts to get for them.

Spragoon picked the ornament this year (there’s a picture of it in the bottom photo). It was for a “Baby Alive” doll which he helped me shop for.
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It turns out there are dozens of Baby Alive versions – this one sips from a bottle and naps.

I was surprised that there weren’t patterns all over the Internet for that particular doll. I only found one which didn’t fit into the time we had for the project (2 weeks). We made do without a pattern: I made a small blanket, a hat, and a poncho.
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I also made a bright blue shawl that is folded under the doll’s arm.
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(The poncho will fall down and not look like a weird Elizabethan collar as soon as the doll is taken out of the packaging.)

Botswana Blocking

May 19, 2008

I have never blocked more than one thing at a time, but last Friday was the day. I had rested up (the washing machine is in the basement) and was ready to go. No one else was home, so I took up the entire sunroom floor. I used beach towels (and realized that a blocking board would be really useful to get the blanket edges straight). Things were slow to dry on Friday, a rainy day, but the sun was out by Saturday. Between the glass slider and the sunroof, everything dried pretty quickly on Saturday. Everything is 100% wool except the orange and yellow sweater which is 70% wool and 25% acrylic.
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I’ve already shown the Baby Surprises, but here are the other things:
Knittah’s blanket – she knit 2/3 of it and I finished it up.
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It is Elann Highland wool which I’ve never used before but will again. It’s great to knit with.

A crochet blanket made from Paton’s Classic Wool from my stash:
Doc Swatchy Blanket
Here it is modeled by Spragoon (he is 5 feet tall, to give you an idea of its size):
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A Beach Beanie:
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2 red hats and a pair of mittens (also Paton’s Classic Wool):
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There was supposed to be a second pair of mittens, but an accident befell them — I forgot to change from the size 4’s for the ribbing to the size 7’s for the main part of the mitten – so they would have fit a crayon, but not a child! I didn’t even take a picture, they looked so silly.

Baby Surprize #2

May 19, 2008

Here it is:
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It went so much better than the first one, thanks mostly to Dawn Adcock who wrote out a row-by-row description with stitch counts and other helps. Do check out this page if you are counting-impaired and want to make this sweater.

Finished Bamboo Socks

May 15, 2008

I finished these about a month ago:
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Mostly Crystal Palace Bamboozle, but I couldn’t buy the needed 3rd skein, so I used Berocco “Bonsai” for the toes and heels. Both are lovely yarns.

I made a bad choice of pattern for a sock with contrasting toes and heels, however. I used the same pattern I’ve been making for a while now, “You’re Still Putting Me On,” but with the color changes there were SO MANY ends to weave in — and bamboo is really, really slippery. They were a gift to my sweetie, and I told her not to worry if they unravel, it’s likely to happen. The report back is that they are very comfortable, and I’ve been asked to make more! A compliment a knitter (at least this knitter) loves to hear. But in a single colorway next time.