Working the angles

graham hat-3I had some fun moving my bathroom mirrors around today to get a picture of Graham from different angles. The bathroom is the brightest and whitest room in my house, so it seemed like the perfect place for some slouchy hat selfies. graham hatI’m pretty fond of this hat already. I downsized the brim by 4 stitches for a more snug fit. I knit until the hat was 9 inches before I did decreases, and then I did them as written. graham hat-4The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Highlighter. I love it. graham hat-5This feels like a hat I could keep on my head nonstop. It’s comfortable. It stays in place. It will be easy to locate. graham hat-2Enough said. Go make one.


charlotte kitty-2This post has too many pictures because I just can’t help myself. I made this hat for Zooey, really, but it fits Charlotte too, and she was such a willing model. There are only so many times you can bribe a 3 year old to do stuff to earn her Halloween candy in one week before you begin to feel like a crappy parent, but I digress.

charlotte kitty-9I stuck some kitty ears on my Magic Hat. The threat to hand off unworn items to Charlotte will now be real for Zooey, because this hat is so dang cute on Charlotte. charlotte kitty-12The hat has 8 fewer stitches than in the pattern, and I knit for 7 inches before doing decreases. Someday if I’m feeling super motivated I’ll write up the information for the ears, perhaps. This is not one of those days. charlotte kitty-10When Charlotte actually saw our outside cat and the grumpy ol’ thing meowed at her she immediately started crying. Our cat does have this ancient and curmudgeonly meow sound, so I don’t blame her. charlotte kitty-13She can’t believe she’s 7 months old in 5 more days! Crazy. charlotte kitty-23Smells like fall. charlotte kitty-24No leaves were consumed during this photo session, despite her best efforts to explore everything with her mouth.

Warm creatures

warm creaturesI recently made a rash of toddler hats. The base of these are very similar to my Magic Hat pattern (with fewer stitches). I decided Z’s friends with September and October birthdays needed warm hats with ears. The ears were a little freeform. I knew what general shape I wanted and made them one at a time, taking notes after the first of each ear. warm creatures-2I’m pretty happy with the outcome, although I think I’d make the ears slightly smaller on the ear width at the base for the darker hat. These were all made with Cascade 220 Superwash for the body of the hat and Madeline Tosh DK in Flour Sack for the inner ear. warm creatures-3I apologize for these super dark pics. I snapped these at the last second before heading out the door to give them away so I would at least have some evidence of their existence. I hate when I can’t get pics in natural light.

Let me distract you with a cute baby to make up for it: warm creatures-4Check out that major drool, y’all.

Magic pants?

magic pantsAs you can see, I made more baby pants. Obviously they’re too fun and fast to resist. I also think these might be magical. The other day Charlotte was lightly snoozing and woke to eat. I slipped the mostly finished (ends not woven in) pants on her to see how they fit. She fell back asleep and slept another TWO HOURS. The same thing happened today, except for longer. Okay, it could also be a growth spurt, but why not say it’s the pants so I have an excuse to knit another dozen pair of these…magic pants-3

These are very similar to the last pair. I cast on 98, but used a size 3 needle for the top ribbing this time. I used up the rest of my gray Laines du Nord Baby Milk (soooooo soft and I wish it wasn’t discontinued) for the waist ribbing and an inch of ribbed cuff at the ankles. I had some Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in Blue Moonstone left over. I switched to that after the waist ribbing and only increased by 8 stitches this time to keep it more like a 6 month size for Charlotte. I knew I wouldn’t have enough of that so I threw in some Koigu KPM (color 2339) for stripes. You might notice that I like pairing these kinds of colors together based on this sweater for me and this one for Zooey. I really should get a group shot while these all fit us.magic pants-2I swear I will knit other things besides baby pants… magic pants-4But look at her smile!

48 hour pants

48 hour pants-4I started these pants around noon on Wednesday and finished them around that time on Friday. Last week I attended a conference and was lucky enough to be a passenger in a carpool situation, giving me ample knitting time. Knitting during conference sessions and in the hotel room during down time also gave me some good hours of knitting. 48 hour pantsThe pattern is a much altered Ze Tiny Pants. You can read a previous post for basic construction details. For these I used two full skeins of Koigu P237S. With a size 4 needle I cast on 98 stitches for the ribbing and increased to 108 after the ribbing. I made mirrored increases every six rows three times. After the increases in the front were finished and I was satisfied with the length, I did some short rows in the back to make a nice baby booty curve. This was all pretty fast and loose and I didn’t write down all the details. After separating for legs I did decreases every 4th row until I had 50 stitches for each leg. I continued until legs measured about 9″ from crotch to bottom of leg, then did ribbing for about 1.5 inches until I was almost out of yarn. 48 hour pants-2I would call this a nine month size. I started out making these for Charlotte, but then thought they would fit my friend’s kiddo, Henry, much better so gave them to him. They are cozy soft and will hopefully last him until spring. On Charlotte the pants needed two large roll ups at the bottom to work. On Henry a fold just a bit past the ribbing was required to make them fit well. He also wears cloth diapers and I was very happy to see they still fit with the added diaper bulk. 48 hour pants-5Of course, I immediately cast on a new pair for Charlotte. Look at me, already distracted from Keaton! There’s nothing like a cold snap that makes me want to start warming up little people with knits. 48 hour pants-3I just hope little Henry is as pumped about these as Charlotte is!

I can almost smell autumn.

I’m hardly ever wishing for cold weather, despite having an arsenal of sweaters. Right now I’m longing for temperatures with a wee bit more chill. Hovering around the 50’s and 60’s Fahrenheit would really be my cup of tea. That’s good playing outdoor weather and is just barely sweater weather. I’m at least ready to wear this Carpinocarpino

I used Cascade 220 Fingering in Olive Oil. I have almost 6 full skeins left out of the 10 I purchased since I wasn’t sure if I’d be doing a larger project with it. If you’re interested, I’m offloading the rest on Ravelry. I love this color but I can’t imagine having two sweaters in the same color since it’s pretty distinctive.

The raglan shaping is a little more interesting than the standard every other row increases, but definitely not difficult. The lace is four rows and memorizable fairly quickly. I enjoyed knitting this, but towards the end I was ready to move on. I didn’t get a great shot of the back, but it’s all stockinette, so you’re not missing much. carpino-2

I knit the 39″ chest. I’m really missing my pre-baby bust size. Nursing is a fabulous thing that I’m not longing to end anytime soon, but I miss the days of a less ample bust line. I am often struggling to pick a sweater size that will look good on me now and later when the rest of the baby weight and baby-related bust have gone away. carpino-3Up next is Keaton!

Proof of sweater

I wanted to get pictures of my brother in his finished Hugo, but I gave him the sweater when I saw him over the weekend and it just didn’t work out. It does fit, though it has some negative ease in the chest and arms I wasn’t quite anticipating. All in all my brother is happy with it and I got to hand it off before he goes back to the soon-to-be-tundra Minnesota. Fortunately, as a precaution for the upcoming busy weekend, I took some shots of Matt in the sweater. Here he is looking a bit like a Sad Etsy Boyfriend.


Hugo-3 The yarn is Cascade 220 in Japanese Maple. I used about 6.5 skeins of it for this sweater. This time I used snaps instead of buttons as I did for Matt’s. I like the snaps. I think I’d stick with that if I made this sweater a third time (but I probably won’t).  Hugo-2 I love this color on Matt. See how much he loves modeling for me when he’d rather be drinking coffee on a Saturday morning? HugoI’m glad this is off my knitting plate. I’m thisclose to finishing Carpino and I think I shall be starting something new soon. I keep thinking about doing some baby knits for Charlotte, but I haven’t really been inspired by something I have to make right this minute (which is about as long as a knit for a 5 month old takes compared to adult stuff) so I’m waiting to be struck by a gorgeous piece of pattern inspiration. Or maybe I’ll dream something up.