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!!

 

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A Long Time Coming

This is a project that I started almost 1 year ago! and finished up on Saturday.  It was however wrought with complications which I will happily detail.

I love this potholder! I love this pattern!! However, during what must have been a ‘blonde moment’ my starting center had 7 – not 6- sections which were not noticed until the back section was completed and I was busily trying to connect them wondering all the while, “Why is the front so much bigger than the back?”  I will not go into *how long* it took me to realize this grave error, but once I did I had to rip out the whole thing and start over on the front section.  Well, I ended with the correct counts the 2nd time around, but the back must not be correct because then it was too big!  Clearly driven to nearly screaming frustration, I simply MADE IT WORK!  And I am happy!  And I will make this pattern again! Because it is beautiful!! (If you look closely in the top photo you can see some pink peeking through (from the back piece being a smidge too big – but I know you wouldn’t want to do that!)

Yarns used: Lion Brand Wool in colors : Rose, Lemongrass, Teal, Cocoa, Purple and Pumpkin.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!

The time has come where we discuss what might be coming up in 2009.  I think the only goals I really want to have are:

1. Knit a lot of yarn from my stash.  This will probably include a lot of baby items and charity items.

2. Knit 1 pair of socks per month.  I got 2 new sock knitting books for Christmas, Knitting Vintage Socks and Favorite Socks.  I hope to use them both a good bit this year.

3. Knit a sweater that I don’t have to throw away.

Since I haven’t been very good at keeping up with a detailed set of goals in years past, I am trying to keep it simple this year.

***I really could not resist the photo mosaic, so here are a few of my projects from last year:

These are fun!  Maybe one of my 2009 goals should be more of these! 🙂

London Beanie #1

I’ve been a bad blogger lately, but that is really because I can’t show a lot of what I have been working on. If you are terribly curious, you can always check me out on Ravelry – I am religious about staying updated on there. ha ha.

On to what I can show!!!

Other than my grandfather, there are 3 men on my mother’s side of the family. One adult and 2 TEENS – ugh- I’ll talk about them at a later date – I cannot believe they are teens! (I was 12 and 13 when they were born!!!) To date, none of these guys have been lucky enough to receive a handknit from yours truly. That is about to change!!

My uncle (Mother’s BIL) is a Auburn fan, so when I was digging through my stash looking for colors I thought this would be appropriate. It’s about 1/2 skein of Lion Brand Lion Wool in Pumpkin and some left over Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Charcoal. Next to the orange, it looks almost blue…I won’t tell if you won’t.

This was such a fast knit!! I’d been seeing the London Beanie pattern around ever since I started knitting, but just now decided to make a go of it. I think this took me about 4 hours – so it was nice Saturday afternoon knitting! I am going to be making 2 more, for the cousins, so you’ll get to see some more color combos from my box of scraps. 🙂 I followed the pattern for this one as written. I wanted to make one just like the pattern so I could then determine if I wanted to add a knit round between the decrease rounds. For this one it works out fine – since it fits me I think it should fit my uncle who has dramatically Less hair. 😉

My super nice photographer was kind enough to humor me and take a few more photos:

I like this one, I think it looks artsy.

What’s the point of spending all that money at the hair salon if I can’t show off my newly dyed locks???

Here you can see where I did a jogless join. I didn’t know that it would just make ONE loop – really which looks better? I guess this, but honestly, I don’t love how this looks either.

FO: V-stitch Baby Blanket

I am SO happy with the way this blanket turned out! Finally a project that I can consider a winner!!!

The pattern is the Little V-stitch baby blanket from Lion Brand patterns. My row gauge was WAY WAY off (8 rows = 4″ rather than 5 rows = 4″), so I had to compromise with my materials. Instead of being able to get the entire blanket and border out of my 2 skeins of Cotton Ease in Terra Cotta, I had to complete the blanket in that and then use the Almond for the border. I think I like the way that this turned out better than if it had been all in one color!  I was a little doubtful at first.

The finished measurements are approximately 26″ x 26″, which is still smaller than the pattern dictates (28″ x 30″). I am ok with that, since this is still a good size for a stroller, crib, or car seat.

This was my first time at doing a crocheted picot border and I really love it.  So much easier than I thought it would be and the result is just adorable – I am going to have to come back to this edging in the future for other baby items!

I am not sure who I am going to be gifting this to just yet. I mainly decided to make it so that I could use up some of my stash AND have a gender neutral baby gift ready for any upcoming showers I might be called to attend.  One of my friends from college just found out that she is having a baby in December so she just might be the lucky recipient, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

Back at It.

I haven’t been anywhere, I just haven’t been knitting/crocheting and posting like I should! The summer really makes me useless – it’s HOT here and when I get home in the evenings all I want to do is sit and stare at the wall. Couple that with all of the things that I SHOULD be doing, and I get nothing accomplished! 🙂 😐

But I did manage to turn out a FO this weekend:

Kate the Cat from knitty! I am not 100% pleased with this at all, due to my yarn/needle combination and my still crappy embroidery skills. (I really need some more practice!) But I think that this turned out Ok, despite the obvious flaws. I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease, and while my fabric is way too stretchy, I really like the colors. (Almond, Berry, Lake and Lime) I used size 7 needles and really, should have used 5s. This was so hard to stuff! The face is really so stretched out, and that makes me sad. 😦

This will be my last amigurumi for a while, unless they are to give away (which incidentally this one IS). I am really going to try and get some yarn used up since I will be moving in with J at the end of next month. I found a few afghan patterns I’d like to try, but first things first, I am going to attempt to finish up some projects that are ongoing and NEVER ENDING.

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