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…

Christmas Morn 2009

While all of the other knit bloggers are doing their year end/Happy New Year reviews, I am still firmly planted in 2009!!!  I will get caught up eventually! 🙂

For Christmas this year I really had to scale back on what I could knit for gifts.  Every year previous to this one, almost everybody on both sides of the family got a knitted gift from me.  It would almost kill me trying to get everything finished so this year I just decided that I WAS NOT going to do that this year…It made for a much less stressful time!

Naturally, my mother is one of the few that ‘made the cut’ – so she was the lucky recipient of her much desired “Harry Potter Scarf” and some cabled footie socks from the book One Skein.

For the slipper socks I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Lilac from my stash and size 5 needles.  For me, these socks were a TOTAL SUCCESS!!!!  I have learned this year that my gauge is horribly loose so I am a bit unsure if I will ever be able to knit a normal pair of socks with sock yarn,  but I am a bit more confident that I can make a pair of socks that FIT with heavier yarn.  These socks fit great and I was really thrilled.  Jason was so impressed with them that he is actually wanting a pair! 🙂

The most anticipated knit item of the year was the gift that I am pretty sure she’d given up on ever getting- her Harry Potter scarf!!!

I had put off knitting this FOR SO LONG (about 4 years!), but once I started it I realized that it wasn’t so bad.  It only took me about 1 week of dutifully knitting on it!  And thanks to my pal, Maria, I had a handy-dandy pompom tree to help with the fringe!!

I chose to use sport weight yarn for this scarf – don’t ask me why!!-so it was knit in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport in the colors Sunburst Gold and Burgundy.  I used size 5 needles on this project as well.  To make up for my smaller gauge, I knit 27 rounds per color block instead of 22.

I don’t have a picture of Mother opening her scarf b/c I am notoriously BAD about surprises and I ended up giving her this early on Christmas Eve.  But she loved it and wore it on Christmas Day.

Wisp

I decided not too long ago that I don’t really enjoy knitting socks – after buying A LOT of sock yarn.  Therefore I need some projects that use sock yarn, but don’t make socks.  The current trend seems to be SCARVES!!!  So, in the next couple of months, don’t be surprised if you are bamboozled with tons of fingering weight scarf projects from me.  I have about 20 in my ravelry queue.  I am also ready to try my first lacy shawl.  I am all about scarves/shawls at the moment.

My first fingering weight scarf off the list is Wisp from Knitty.

I used 1.7 skeins of Koigu KPPPM – my first time using Koigu!!  I like it.  I am going to be giving this to my piano teacher, Donna.  (I am a budding musician currently on hiatus in case you didn’t know!)  I forgot to measure it but if I recall correctly it was  12.5″ wide and about 55″-60″ long.  (My row gauge is always bigger.)  This is a great pattern and I might consider making one for myself or for my mother, she also likes this kind of thing.  (Although, I prefer this as a scrunched up scarf as opposed to a head wrap/poncho/wrap.)

Another first – it was my first real experience with blocking out a lacy design.  I did not take any pictures, but I ran string through all 4 sides since I don’t have any blocking wires.  I tried to find another wire alternative, but didn’t have much luck.  However, the strings worked just fine, so I will be using this method for the time being.

The Year of the Cowl

Alright.  So I am not so big into cowls (because I don’t really ‘get’ them I guess)- but everybody else in the knitting community seems to like them so I am jumping on the bandwagon.

This is the Chickadee Cowl (free Ravelry download) that I made for my friend, Amy, for her birthday.  I used about 1/2 skein of Malabrigo in the colorway Little Lovely.  I like how this turned out a lot, but I think I look very uncomfortable wearing it.  This is the problem with me and cowls.  I think they are supposed to be on my neck like a turtleneck.

With my remaining 1/2 skein of Little Lovely, I am going to make myself a Scrunchable Hat.  I think Maria’s turned out so cute, I need one for myself.

WIP Count

I currently have 5 WIPs if you count Jason’s recycled grocery bag.

I am working on my 2nd pair of socks for 2009 – Broadripple, from Knitty.  I really like this pattern, so thanks to Andrea for suggesting it!!!  Also, I’m about halfway finished with a patchwork afghan WHICH I LOVE.  I can’t wait to get that finished and show it off.

Question

I am really getting into some of the handspun yarns that are for sale on Etsy.  Please suggest to me some patterns for handspun yarn!!  I am getting about 145 yards of worsted weight and 176 yards of thick/thin DK-worsted weight.  Maybe a hat or a short scarf.  I need some suggestions!!!

2009 Socks: #1

So, this is ‘sort of’ cheating, because I started these socks back in October 2008. BUT they are the first pair that I completed in 2009, so that has to count for something.

These are the Quill Lace socks from Knitty.

Unlike my first socks, these have an eye of partridge heel. They are also TOO BIG! Hopefully I have learned enough about basic sock construction to fix that for next time. The heel is way too long, which I can attribute to my row gauge – I know how to fix that now. And now I have more tiny needles to choose from.

These are knit on #3s with Bernat Softee Baby in Her Jeans Ombre (stash-buster). This is another practice set. I am finally ready for a ‘real’ pair of socks!!

I saw on Ravelry where a lot of the projects using this pattern did not use sport weight yarn – they used fingering and knit the pattern as is. They seemed to fit much better than mine. These are on par with loose fitting slipper socks. Which is fine with me, but I do hope to accomplish 1 pair of socks this year that I can actually wear with shoes. 🙂

This was also my first time doing Kitchener Stitch. Thanks to a youtube video, I think I did a magnificent job!

I wanted my next sock to be Impressionist Socks, since I love footies and I have some single skeins of Koigu. But it is toe-up – I’ve got to find a video for that, and it had to be magic loop. Therefore, I think my next pair will be Rainy Day Socks – also using sport weight yarn. I have some Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in a very pretty French Lavender. I guess I am going to have to break down and to a gauge swatch.

Suggestions Welcome

Apparently now that I’ve knit my footies I am feeling invincible and wanting to knit more socks. I have a limited amount of sock yarn currently, but I do have enough Koigu KPPPM to make 2 pairs of socks, as well as some Colinette Jitterbug, Patons Kroy, and some sock yarn I got in a Secret Pal swap. All is variegated except for the Kroy.

So…I am opening this blog up to suggestions!!! Please leave me some suggestions as to what a suitable 2nd sock choice for me should be. (Please note: Thuja is on the horizon for my beloved…)

Thank you all for your time and consideration. 🙂

First Sock!

Back before I got married, I was hoping that I could make Jason a pair of socks to give to him on our wedding day with a ‘in case of cold feet’ note, but since I wanted to make a pair of practice socks first to make sure I knew what I was doing that meant that I was going to end up making 2 pairs. It would have been possible, but I just wasn’t up to it. Now that things that settled down more, I am able to concentrate more on my knitting and what I want to accomplish. Yea!

So, with much excitement, I present to you my first sock!!

I used the pattern from Knitwit’s Heaven, Alli’s Anklets since it called for some yarn that I already had in my stash, Bernat Cotton Tots. Since I hate to use DPNs, I did magic loop – which was not a ‘fiddly’ as I’d expected. So I am happy with my result!!! I now feel confident that I can make the pair I want for Jason – Knitty’s Thuja.

Now, this sock is a little big on me, and I did get gauge, so….I guess this means that my foot is a bit smaller than Alli’s! 🙂 I am hoping it will draw up some when I wash it. (If it draws up *too* much, I will just give it to my mother since her foot is one size down from mine. )

Here’s hoping that I don’t get 2nd sock syndrome!!!