I had big plans friends, big. I love making ornaments for our tree and for gifts. And this year I wanted to make mice, specifically mice in fairisle sweaters. Nevermind that I don’t have much practice with fairisle. And that I knit extremely slow on small dpns.
Well needless to say it was not exactly successful. Sweater design just blended together because the color didn’t vary well enough. It was massive, so didn’t resemble a mouse and would look monstrous on a tree. I tried a smaller scale version, with a variagated yarn and raglan sweater, considered a sheep head instead of a mouse, but it was just not working.
While exasperated and searching through the stash for just the right mouse color, I found two colorful skeins of Noro Kuryeon that whispered sweet nothings to me. Phrases of “quit with the toys” and “so you like big needles, that doesn’t make you less of a person” and my personal fave “if you knit something with me, we can be finished in hours.”
So I dumped the toys and knit myself a shrug- and it’s warm and colorful and just what I needed to restore my confidence. Ta-da!! What can I say, aran yarn is powerfully seductive!
Long time, no see, friends! I was sick most of November and December came through like a hurricane. But good news! I finally have some finished projects to share!
I may have been sick in November, but it didn’t impact my knitting too much. I managed to finish a hat for each of the girls.
Anna specifically asked for a hat with ‘bear ear’ poms, and I have been wanting to knit Elena Nodel’s Rivulet hat for months. It is an easy knit, but lovely and well-designed. I used Shepherd’s Wool in Misty Blue and stash for the poms.
My eldest daughter, Sarah, requested something simple and without too much drape, and this soft blue-gray matches her school colors and compliments her beautiful face! I took some quick measurements and made this one up as I went along. The yarn is Cascade 128 Superwash in Dusty Blue, and it feels so soft and silky, yet quite sturdy. I only used one skein for this, but I think I would need two for most other hat designs I have in my library.
I will be back tomorrow to share my December knitting woes. Spoiler- I hit a wall. Does that ever happen to you?
I finished a simple baby hat for my neighbor’s new son, Barrett. He is only a few weeks old, but the temperatures have cooled enough that he needs a good, light wooly hat. I was leaning toward a red pom but asked my friend at the last minute to confirm. I’m glad I did, because she requested blue.
I am finally to the point where I divide for sleeves and knit the body of my Effortless cardi. Slow progress is progress, right?
For Christmas last year, my mother gifted me enough Quince & Co Lark to make the Effortless Cardi, designed by Hannah Fettig. I chose the color Slate, which is a saturated gray/blue.
I swatched (and washed) and realized I need to go down a needle size. I am at 3.5 sts/inch with US 9, and the pattern calls for 4.75 sts/inch. (Yay for swatching! I rarely swatch, but I know it’s a waste of time and yarn to knit a sweater without a swatch.)
Trolling Ravelry, through others’ project notes who also used Lark, it appears many also had to size down to 8. Additionally, I think I will use 7 on the button bands to keep the ribbing a little more crisp. This yarn is generous and floppy while wet.
Off to wind and begin…
What are you working on right now?
July has passed in a total blur. With camps, holidays at the lake, and family vacations, the month is ending and I have very little to show for it except for this cute baby hat and some fast fading tan lines.
The pattern is Bunny Tail by Susan B Anderson, from the book Itty-Bitty Hats. The yarn was Quince Chickadee. The little booties I just made up as I went, on a bored day without internet at the lake.
We hosted a baby shower for my cousin and her sweet girl and my other cousin that moved all the way across the world to Utah (well, anyway it feels like it’s all the way across the world) came and brought with her my newest cousin, sweet Abraham. Made my summer I tell you! (And no, his blanket is not finished. But as you can see, he has forgiveness in spades.)
Abraham and I were fast friends. I hope your summer has also been as peaceful and perfect as this little chunk of miracle.
My daughter and I finished her wall hanging!
She picked shades of blue and aqua from the bulky yarn section of Joanns, and it took about a hour or two last Saturday to pull it all together.
We used these instructions from A Beautiful Mess, and the most complicated part was the wire and hanging the piece. Altogether about $50, but we have a lot of yarn leftover, so we could have economized a bit better.
Happy Crafty Monday to you!
My Entrechat sweater is finished. It barely took a minute for the newborn size!
Now I need to decide on the hat… Should I use my bunny button as inspiration and make Bunny Tail by Susan B Anderson in more Quince Chickadee pink?
With a few solid white gowns (my personal favorite baby pj), won’t this make a perfect baby gift?