FO 3/52: Emmaline!!!!

Well, I thought that it just could NOT be done, but in fact, I was wrong! I have knit a sweater THAT FITS!!!!

I have to admit that I am a little bit nervous about actually wearing it *somewhere* since I read so many stories about other sweaters that stretch out into an unrecognizable mess. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†Right now I am still living off of the high of actually completing something that didn’t end up in the garbage can!!

The only modifications I made are these, I had to knit for 3.5″ for the bodice instead of the 2″ the pattern called for. ¬†I was a bit surprised by this actually b/c my chest is very short and thusly, I have cleavage when I wear a scoop neck t-shirt. ¬†I am SO GLAD that I took the time to try the sweater on before just blindly following the pattern!! ¬†Since I had to knit for an additional 1.5″ at the bodice, I only had to complete 12.5″ underneath the bodice to achieve the proper length. ¬†I did this by only knitting 7 rounds during the last knit section, this section called for 12 rounds.

4 skeins of Araucania Nature Cotton was JUST enough to make the Small, leaving me a small amount of leftovers.

The only gripe I have about this knit is that the top is a little baggier than I would prefer and the back sort of puffs out when I stand up straight. ¬†Fortunately, or not, I typically have horrible posture so this probably won’t factor into being an issue. ūüėČ ¬†The waist increases and decreases worked for me, but I can see where a lot wouldn’t like them. ¬†I am pear shaped, therefore my waist is not typically a problem area for me. ¬†I did, however, stop and try it on after the first set of decreases to make sure that it wasn’t going to be too tight. ¬†It is definitely snug, but not **tight**. ¬†I can see where if you carry any extra weight in your stomach you’d want to do something differently there.

I did not knit a gauge swatch for this pattern; instead I used my Anthropologie Inspired Capelet as my swatch and knew that with size 11 needles I was going to end up with a really LOOSE sweater.  Something I did not want.  I opted for the next size down, 10 1/2.  If those had been too tight, I was going to have to break down and order some 7.00 mm tips from KnitPicks.

Now that I’ve completed a successful sweater I really feel like a knitter! I am feeling much more confident and ready to take on other sweater and garment patterns!


52in52weeks: Week 5

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to announce ANOTHER week’s project!!

This week, the focus is going to be on potholders! ¬†Since we’ve just moved into a new house, I have been wanting to make lots of household things – potholders being one of them. ¬†Our current potholders are ugly and ragged, to say the least, so I am hoping to make 3 potholders using the Scalloped potholder pattern. ¬†I am ready for some new, cute potholders!!

***Emmaline is finished! Check back later this week for details on that project. ¬†It’s definitely a winner! ūüėÄ

FO 2/52: A New Sock Monkey

I have been VERY busy over the last week and I have a lot of stuff to show off this week!! I meant to post about Week 2’s project before now, but it just didn’t work out that I was able, so I am here now! ¬†This is a 2-for-1 post.

Before I got so organized doing 52in52weeks I was waffling around all over the place!!  I had been wanting to make a couple of stuffies for 2 little girls I know, but could not decide on a good pattern for the oldest girl.  Finally I did  РA New Sock Monkey from Itty Bitty Toys.  I had already chosen (and made) a pattern from that book, Wrap Me Up Puppies, for her sister.

For the monkey, the pattern calls for fingering weight self-striping yarn.  I only have 1 skein of self striping yarn, which is fingering, but my gauge is also so much looser so I decided to order some Felici Self Striping Sport from Knit Picks and try it out for this pattern.  I really loved it!!

I went with the color, Garden Gate. ¬†I am pretty sure there aren’t any monkeys out there in nature sporting this color scheme, but for a little 3 year old girl, I think it works out just fine! ¬†I used 3 mm needles and ended up with a monkey that is about 7.5″ when seated. ¬†I was hoping that I would be able to make 2 monkeys from this 1 skein, however I ended up using ¬†about 2/3 it. ¬†What will I do with the remaining?? ¬†I guess that is a question for another day!!

For the baby sister that loves Puppy Dogs, I opted for the Wrap Me Up Puppies.

For this project I used Bernat Satin Solids in Camel Рleftover in my stash from the throw that I made my grandmother ages ago- for the puppy, and a combination of Hobby Lobby I love this Cotton in Aqua and Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Sunflower for the blanket.  Another good use of stash yarn!!

Both patterns are super easy, the monkey is a little bit fiddly when working on the arms/hands/thumb, but nothing unmanageable.

Monkey and Puppy all ready to go to their new home!!!

52in52weeks Update: Week 4

Since I was very busy last week working to complete the last Mother’s Day scarf, I did not get a lot of extra time to work on Emmaline. ¬†I have completed the pattern through the two eyelet rows and am close to being able to separate and work on the sleeves – I thought about taking a picture to show off my progress, but there isn’t much to see other than a jumbled up mess!!

I was also able to squeeze in a quick hour to finish up week two’s project, A New Sock Monkey, from Itty Bitty Toys. ¬†I will have a post dedicated to that project later this week, so stay tuned!

This week’s project is one that I am pretty excited about: Annette by Dawn Toussaint. ¬†This pattern is beautiful and I only hope that I can do it justice in some way. ¬† I’ll also get to whip out my sewing machine for this project and showcase my utter LACK of sewing skills – should be interesting!! ¬†Can’t wait to get started on this one!

Mother’s Day 2010

I thought it would be a good idea to knit Mother’s Day gifts this year so I chose a scarf pattern for each of the mothers that I was going to knit for, mine and Jason’s. ¬†Finally they are both finished and with their intended recipients!!

I DID start them in plenty of time to be able ¬†to give them ON time, however we moved into our house at the end of April and my knitting time suffered greatly – my mother recieved her scarf on Memorial Day weekend and Jason’s mother received her scarf on Father’s Day weekend – the next time that I saw each mother, respectively.

For my mother, I chose the Koigu Ruffle Scarf (Rav Link). ¬†I have never had to cast on so many stitches before in my life!! There was also an unfortunate incident that resulted in the deaths of about 8 stitch markers. ūüė¶ ¬†A very sad tale.

For this scarf, I used approximately 1 3/4 skeins of Koigu KPPPM color P431 – I enjoyed this knit and if you like ruffles you will love this finished piece!! VERY ruffly!!

For Jason’s mom I dove into my stash and found 1 skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in colors that I thought she’d like for the Drop Stitch Scarf. ¬†The skein I chose is Gold Hill.

This is a GREAT scarf for 1 random skein of sock yarn b/c it looks complicated but isn’t!! ¬†A good blocking really helped to make this a good sized scarf. ¬†(Sorry, but I forgot to measure!!)

Tomorrow I will be back with my 52in52weeks update and newest project!!  These weeks are coming up on me fast!!

Week 3 Already!?!

Even though my week 2 project, A New Sock Monkey, isn’t *quite* finished up just yet, it’s time to move on to week three’s project: Emmaline! ¬†I am excited to start this project and hoping that I will end up with something else that I can wear – not another failure that will end up in the county landfill. ¬†ūüė¶

I am going to be knitting the Small, using 10.5 needles and 4 skeins of Nature Cotton. ¬†This might work, it might not. ¬†My bust is 38″ around and the Small measurement is for 36.75 – I like negative ease, so hopefully using the smaller needles (I don’t have any 7.0 mm needles anyway, and 8.0 mm gives too loose a fabric) I will get the fit that I want. ¬†If not, ¬†I will rip back, order some needles and start again! ¬†My new motto — It’s only yarn!!!

Stay tuned, together we shall see what happens!! (Also, I hope to be back soon with week 2’s finished project – A New sock monkey!!)

Easter Cloths

After I finished up my Anthropologie Inspired Capelet last week, I used my ‘free time’ before starting project #2 to finish up a WIP that was being ignored. ¬†Since I did not get these finished in time to use them around Easter I did not stress myself on finishing them up quickly. ¬†I was, however, ready for them to crossover from the land of WIP to the land of FO. ¬†Each cloth is such a quick knit that I didn’t have to spend much time finishing up the 2 or 3 that remained.

Easter Cloths, design by Kris Knits…

I love going through my stash of cotton yarns and choosing the color for each cloth.  I always think that I want to use up the majority of my cotton and have a smaller stash, but then that would take away so many of my color options Рand for some reason I *always* want to have a lot of cotton yarn to choose from.

For these cloths I used a size 4 needle (b/c my size 3 was occupied) and used Sugar N Cream in Rose Pink, Yellow, Hot Purple, Cream, Tea Rose, Hot Green, Robin’s Egg Blue and Soft Teal.

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