Dinosaur bones

Z was not really wanting me to take pictures of her in her new sweater, but I managed to get a few! I didn’t get close ups of the buttons, but you can see them here. They’re adorable and Z was a little sad when I actually put them on the sweater because she had spent a day and a half playing with them before they were sewn on.

antler finished-3I made the 2-4 year size of Antler Cardigan. It’s definitely big on her, but wearable. Right now it’s a super long cardigan. antler finished-6
The yarn is Cascade 220 in Sunshine Heather. I adore this color. antler finished-4I told Z that the cables at the top were dinosaur bones to go with the dinosaur buttons. I normally don’t let her out of the house before taking pics of items, but she wanted to wear this to school today, so I let her. antler finished-5I got really lucky with this one. She actually likes the sweater so much she wanted to wear it to bed tonight. We wouldn’t let her and she had a little fit and I felt gratified at a final cardigan success. antler finished-2This pattern is easy to execute and even the cable part flies by. This is my second time making it and I’m sure it won’t be my last.

The little sweater that could…

I really had to psych myself up to finish this one. After the body was too large and I had to rip about 10 inches of it, I ripped it and grumbled my way through. On Christmas Eve I noticed the sleeves seemed ridiculously wide, but I just had to finish it anyway. I blocked it, and that didn’t make the wings that sprung up below the elbows magically disappear, oddly enough.

Behold, Easeease-2

I used Cascade 220 in Mocha Heather. I used about 5 skeins of it. Matt’s been wearing the collar rolled down. I offered to rip out the turned hem that forms a casing for a drawstring, but he doesn’t seem to care, so I’m leaving it alone. ease-3

To make this more masculine, I cast on for the smallest size (narrowest neck) and increased until I had about 40″ for the chest in a 16sts over 4inch gauge. I did a couple of waist decreases. I made the bottom ribbing a little less tall and less hip-hugging. ease-4It was crazy cold when we were outside taking these, thus Matt’s hands are jammed in his pockets constantly and it was hard to keep either of us still for good photos. easeHe’s already worn it about four times, so I’ll call it a success.

Another baby, another pinwheel blanket

pinwheel-2Please excuse the indoor light. I was far too impatient to hand this off to my friend, Canem, on New Year’s Eve for her baby that was due the following week. Luckily she and her husband have a very bright kitchen. I can’t seem to stop making Pinwheel Blankets when I want to make a baby blanket. I love the round shape, and the design works well for all kinds of wilder sock yarns.

This yarn is ONLine Supersocke in the colorway New York, which seems appropriate for this couple since they are recent transplants from NYC. I used two skeins for this and I think it ended up measuring about 36″ in diameter. Their baby boy was born on Monday and he is lovely. I can’t wait to see him in person. pinwheel

Christmas Hermiones

hermioneI’m still playing catch up with some projects that were presents that I haven’t blogged about. This is a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks in some Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks in the color Painted Desert. These were a gift for my friend Karen in St. Louis, to fulfill a special request from her husband. I wanted to make sure they got to her by Christmas, so I did a pattern that could be completed without extensive concentration, making it a bit faster. I was able to crank these out in a little over a week to ship them off in plenty of time for Christmas.

Karen is a huge fan of Harry Potter. She and our roommate, Genny, got me to read the first book in college after I scoffed at them a bit for reading a kid’s book. Now I’m also a huge fan. I thought Karen would really appreciate a sock pattern named after Hermione. I think these socks put me so much in the mood that I had to re-watch all of the movies.

I love this yarn. I made these socks for Matt out of another colorway in the same yarn a few years ago and they still look great. I had this in my stash and as I was knitting it I fell in love with it all over again, so I immediately had to replace the yarn for my stash so I could make another pair for myself…

 

My brother, the ham.

ham-7I made my brother a Howlcat for Christmas, and it turns out that he loves it. He was a real ham for the camera. ham-10 Howlcat can be worn as a cowl or a double thick hat. This is good for my brother, Charlie, because he lives in Minnesota. That seems like a complete frozen tundra to me since I live much further south in Arkansas. Just thinking of those winters makes me shudder. ham-4Charlie requested “a hat that actually fits” for Christmas this year, as two previous attempts were not large enough for his 23.5″ noggin. For this hat I added 10 extra stitched to the width, and a full inch to both sections.

ham-12I used some Cascade 220 Superwash in Summer Sky and some Knit Picks Essential Solids and Twists in Brown. Both are washable, which is a good thing for those that aren’t wool aficionados by nature. The hat took slightly less than one ball for each. ham-6It was extremely gratifying to see him wear it for hours each day at my parent’s house from the time he opened the package until we parted ways a few days later. Christmas gift success!

More examples to come soon…

NaKniSweMo 2014 results

I’ve had this Paloma finished for about a week now, but it always takes a little time to get pictures, so my reporting of it is a bit delayed. paloma-3I’m very pleased with the outcome. I did this pattern almost exactly to specifications for the 38.5″ size, I did add an extra 2 inches to the length because I’m somewhat long-waisted and usually add at least that much to sweaters. I wanted to make sure that it was the long and cozy length shown in the pattern, so 22″ on me did just that. palomaThis sweater knit up very quickly for me. Bulky yarn (Cascade Ecological Wool) on a size 10 needle flies by. I did add an extra increase to the top of the sleeves because I was hoping for more ease in the sleeves like my Oshima sweater has. Even with the extra increase, this didn’t really happen as I expected. It’s still totally comfortable, so no loss there. paloma-2For the remainder of the winter knitting season, any sweaters for myself will likely be cardigans or oversized pullovers. Shown above is a baby bump of 17 weeks. Cardigans seem like the best option at this point to stay warm and still be able to knit new things. Of course, in a couple of weeks when I find out the sex of the baby I’ll have a whole cadre of new things to start knitting…

paloma-4As quick as the knitting part was, the finishing took forever, or so it seemed. I spent all last Tuesday parked on the couch seaming, working the pockets, making the button band, and weaving in ends. I started at 8:30 am and kept at it with only bathroom or snack breaks until about 4:30. I had anticipated all of that taking about half that amount of time. Ha! I think it was well worth the work and I hope to enjoy wearing this for years to come.

Surely between this sweater and the two Abate sweaters I made for Z I must have hit 50,000 sweater stitches last month (the goal of NaKniSweMo). I love participating in that event and can’t wait for next year!

All clear!

abate again-2I finished Z’s Abate with probably 7 yards to spare. I ended up adding about 3/4″ to the body and made the rest as the pattern specified. It fits perfectly with the cuffs rolled back and will probably fit next year as well. Love it! abate again-3

The pattern is Abate by Alicia Plummer. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash (am I ever not knitting Cascade yarns?) in Lilac. This time I made the 2T size. abate again

Yep, she’s playing with scissors in these pictures. She was very interested in helping me cut the extra pieces of yarn when I was weaving in the ends. I think it’s good practice for her next classroom.

I’m so relieved that this sweater fits and that I had enough yarn to make it exactly as I wanted.

Um, speaking of Cascade yarns…I may have slipped and bought a couple more sweater quantities of some discontinued colors from WEBS. The purplish one is Goseille and the green one is Evergreen. The purple is even more vibrant and beautiful than I expected. The green will probably become something for Matt and I’ll definitely keep the Goseille for myself. cascade gosielle

cascade evergreen