Socks in bed

Dear readers, I am officially on bed rest until my second kiddo comes. I’m 34.5 weeks, but yesterday I started feeling some contractions and went to the doctor to get checked. I’m a few centimeters dilated so my doctor ordered me to be on bed rest until baby girl number two is a bit more well done. She’s hoping I’ll make it at least another week. When pregnant with Zooey I was this dilated at 34 weeks and she came at 35 weeks and 6 days. I’m hoping this baby stays in at least that long or longer to avoid stays in the nursery. Last time I didn’t have bed rest, so hopefully rest will keep her in there at least that long or longer.

What’s a girl to do? It’s day one and I’m already restless mostly because I know this could be awhile. I’ll pass the time with a combination of knitting and reading or knitting and Netflix bingeing I’m sure. I’m still working on the baby blanket of course, as well as Breezy. I thought I might take up these socks again.shibui socks

They’re my pattern, Kiddo Kicks, in some Shibui Sock in the color Sand. I got this back in 2007 at ImagiKnit when I traveled to San Francisco. shibui socks-2Though the yarn is gorgeous, I never could get it to work for adult socks without major pooling. Kid socks it is.

I started these when we traveled to St. Louis last week and I made myself take only small projects like baby pants and socks. I knew the projects would have to be small to be carted around in my camera case. Since I had 36 grams of this sock yarn left and I used 37 grams on the previous pair I made for Z, it seemed like a perfect fit. If you don’t already own a small scale that measures grams and you’re an avid knitter of socks or small items where each gram really counts, get one. They’re tremendously helpful.

Now Z will have at least two pairs of socks for next season.

Back to resting. Wish me luck to make it another week and a half at least!

A good little neighbor

Neighborly-3Zooey has a new Neighborly sweater. This was almost as instant gratification as it gets, being about a 3 day project. That’s also with me ripping out the same 10 rows twice as I debated about the contrast stripe color. If you follow me on Instagram you likely witnessed that deliberation.Neighborly-2I went with Cascade 220 Lavender and some leftover Nashua Creative Focus Worsted in Oatmeal. I believe Creative Focus Worsted is now a Rowan yarn and Nashua is no more. That demonstrates how old that leftover is. I’m thinking I got it around 2006…

Neighborly-6The striping contrast is very subtle, but I think it’s elegant that way too. Neighborly only comes as a one-size project (size 4-5yr). Last time I made it I modified it to be much smaller. This time I used the stitch count and just made the body as long as I wanted. Right now it’s more like a dress, that can morph into a tunic, and eventually the vest it’s meant to be as she grows. Neighborly-5I got the button from Wood Buttons. I’ve gone little crazy over their natural and lovely wooden buttons a couple of times. I was happy to use one on this project. I made the buttonhole two stitches smaller than the pattern called for and I picked up the button band from the opposite side suggested in the pattern because I like the tab pointing to the back rather than the front. Neighborly-7For the contrast stripes I knit 8 rounds in the main color past the increases. Then I knit contrast stripes in increasing widths each time, increasing them by 2 rows each time. After the contrast stripe was 10 rows wide I decided the top looked long enough and I did 8 rows of the main color again for some symmetry. Then I finished as specified in the pattern. Neighborly-4It’s so much easier to get pictures of Z in a knitted garment if she also has a task to do. She has been very fond of scissor practice lately. She loves to make little cuts along the edge of paper.

I love this pattern and I think it will make a nice transition piece from winter to spring.

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A little Neighborly

I thought I was done making Zooey sweaters for this year, but it turns out that I might just have an urge to make a little vest. I’m several inches past the armpit on Breezy (update soon), but that feels like sloooow progress and I needed some instant gratification. She’s been crazy in love with the color purple lately, and I had one skein of some Cascade 220 in Lavender Heather that I used for a Nanook last year. It’s perfect amount for a Neighborly. I made her one when she was pretty teeny still and altered the pattern to be about a 12 month size. I always meant to go back and add length to the bottom, but still haven’t yet. Instead, I’ll just make her a bigger one. NeighborlyThis time I’m using the recommended needles for the project and I’m going for the 4/5 yr size. It will likely be big, but she will likely be big soon too. I think I will make the stripes similar to the way I did the first time, because I like the look of them. I’m still contemplating which contrast yarn is the perfect one. It will likely be some fairly neutral yarn, but I could get crazy ideas before I get to that part…

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.

A little sunshine in the winter

Zooey has not been a fan of cardigans lately. The Peachick Eyes Cardigan was the last one I made her, and I’ve never even gotten her to put it on. I’m attempting another one, which may be foolish, but I’m still hopeful. This time I ordered some excellent dinosaur buttons because she likes dinosaurs. She also seems to like orange, so I’m putting some Cascade 220 Superwash Sunshine Heather that’s been in my stash to use: sunshine sleevesI’m making an Antler Cardigan. I’m making the 2-4 year old size and will likely add a couple of inches of length to the body. I love the look of this sweater and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Z will enjoy it too. She’s been interested in learning how to work buttons lately, so that gives me hope as well. If all else fails, I can try to make her future little sister wear it someday.

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

Do I dare to add an inch?

abate2I’m working on the second Abate for this month, this time in the 2T size like a sane person might make for my 2T child. I described the results of the first Abate in my last post, but suffice it to say I decided to make the 4T size and it was down to her knees and needed the sleeves to be rolled twice. It will fit someday, and could even be worn if really necessary, but since I had a couple of skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash in Iris on hand, I decided to go ahead and make a 2T size that would fit her right now.

As for that one, I wouldn’t mind adding 1/2-1″ to the length on the body. This is my progress with one ball of yarn, and I think I could get away with at least a 1/2 inch. I’m feeling daring. At worst I can add some contrast cuffs or collar or something if I run out.

Want to see how the first Abate turned out? I bribed her with Curious George to get the sweater on her and get a pic. abate1It doesn’t really show off the extensive length here, but you can see the wide and rolled sleeves. Her pink sweater will have to wait a year or so to get some serious wear, but it’s good to be prepared, right? I’m on track to have a finished Paloma and two finished Abates this month for my NaKniSweMo 2014 goals. As soon as those are finished I’ve promised Matt that I’ll cast on an Ease (the adult version of Abate) for him and make it masculine.