FO: Sock Yarn Pram Blanket

People always say that when you have kids the time goes by so fast and BOY ARE THEY RIGHT!!  Today MY BABY is 12 weeks old.  I honestly feel like we were just bringing her home yesterday (although some days it feels like a lifetime ago as well).  Time is a tricky thing!!  So imagine my shock (and horror!) when I realized that I had knit nary a stitch in over 3 months!!   My baby did not arrive until 11 days after her due date, and by that point knitting was not on the top of my ‘to-do’ list.  That mainly consisted of worrying that I would be pregnant forever and dreading the inevitable – having to be induced.

After she arrived, my hormones and baby haze did not really allow for much concentration on other things.  If I had ‘free time’ I spent it sleeping!!  Thankfully, we are starting to get adjusted around here, so I was able to pick up my needles and finish a project that I had hoped to finish before she was born.  Six months after starting it, I am happy to have completed the sock yarn pram blanket!!

I am SOOO happy to have finally completed this!!  I used size 6 needles and lots of different scrap amounts of sock yarn and completed about 45 repeats of the 4 row pattern.  It measures approximately 29″ x 32″ – the perfect size for draping over her carseat or stroller.  (Not that we need a wool blanket in Mississippi right now!)  It really was a VERY quick knit.  Once I picked it back up, it only took me about 3 days of knitting when I could (3o minutes to an hour, here and there) to complete about 20 or so repeats.  Fortunately, I had been weaving in ends as I went along (for the most part) so that was not such a daunting task at the end.

Huge thanks to Michelle for sending me some of her left over sock yarn!! I am not a sock knitter, so the few projects that I have made that used sock yarn would NOT have made a complete blanket.  She was a lifesaver for this project!!

 

A New World

2 months ago I met this little girl

and nothing has been the same since!!

Some Christmas Knitting

I have to admit that I did not do a lot of knitting for the holidays this past year – you are supposed to have more energy in your 2nd trimester (which I did) but that did not mean that I had any more FOCUS!!  Therefore, Christmas gifts hand knit by me, were few and far between!!  This dishtowel and 2 hot pad set was sent down to Debby in Key West – b/c really, they don’t exactly need hats and scarves down there!!

Dishtowel pattern is a free pattern from Lion Brand, Cottontail Dishtowel and the hot pads are ALSO a free pattern from Crochet Today! magazine, Your Nana’s Potholders.  These were all very satisfying projects that were finished quickly!!  The backs of the potholders worked up a little looser then I would have liked, thereby making them a little ‘puffy’ when they were attached together.  I would not use them as proper potholders for this reason, but they will make great hotpads!!

Yarn used: Bernat handicrafter cotton in Soft Yellow, Lily Sugar N Cream in Ecru and Soft Teal. 4.5 mm hook

More to come!

 

Baby Bear goes to her new home

It’s always nice to give someone a knitted gift that they really appreciate!

FO 6/52: Baby Bear

I **finally** have a finished object to show off.  I cannot even begin to tell you how behind I have gotten! :(  Happily, this is a Christmas gift that I can get crossed off of my list AND blog about.  This cute little bear is going to be for my new little cousin, Addy, who was born this past February.

The pattern is from the book, Itty – Bitty Toys, and I used just a little over 1/2 skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Happy Valley.  Since my gauge is SO LOOSE, I used 2.5 mm needles – I always have a problem with my knit toys being so stretchy and therefore hard to stuff, so I really have to go down a couple of needle sizes from what most patterns recommend.

This was a relatively quick knit until I got to the feet – so fiddly and boring!!  The legs and feet are worked in 2 pieces and then the foot is sewn onto the leg.  It ends up with a cute result, but not very fun to actually perform.  I kept on putting off finishing it up, but I finally bit the bullet, and just did it!!  I have so few FOs to show off right now, it felt good to actually finish something even if I didn’t not enjoy the final finishing process!!

I am still plugging away on all of my weekly projects (I started #13 on Saturday) – still currently working on a lot of stuff that I can’t blog about until things are given to the intended recipient, but quite frankly, I’d have to finish something before I could do either…

FO 5/52: Scalloped Potholders

I have to say, this is one pattern that I am REALLY happy with!!  (If you are interested in making your own potholders, you can find the pattern HERE.)

Yarn used is Sugar N Cream confectionary colors in Cupcake, Cinnamon, and Pistachio.

I started out using a 4.0 mm for the Pistachio & Cinnamon potholder.  However, when I went to join them together and sc around the outside I quickly decided that for any subsequent potholders made, I would move up to a 4.5 mm hook.  I did this for the other 2 and while they are only marginally bigger, the fabric produced was much easier to work with – especially when working the FPDC.  My hands thanked me!

These definitely pass the “hot pan out of the oven” test as they are super thick, and I am dying over my color combinations! I LOVE THEM!!  Definitely turned out much better than expected.

You can expect to see this pattern again for gifts.  I don’t know anybody that wouldn’t benefit from a nice potholder!

Christmas in July

How is it already July!?!  Time is moving on, so that means MORE projects to announce! I am going to take a different approach this month, as I am labeling July ‘ Christmas in July’!  I am going to work diligently to get a lot of Christmas presents under my belt and out of the way so that when October, November, and December roll around I am not scrambling to get those last minute gifts accomplished.  Will it work?  We’ll see!!

Since I will be working on some items that can’t be shown on my blog until after they are gifted, what I am working on will be relatively secretive.  However, when I can post my FOs I definitely will!!

To keep everybody relatively satisfied until my next FO post, I will leave you with some Nine-Patch Dishcloths that I recently completed.

Even though these produce about 20 ends to weave in, they are quickly becoming my favorite dishcloth pattern!! Such a great way to use up those small bits and scraps of left over dishcloth cotton! Definitely recommended!!

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