Everything else can wait until I finish this row…

Fresh Off The Needles: Baby Hat

I just finished a little baby hat for my husband’s coworker.  It turned out great! Except for one itty bitty little detail… it’s too small!!  We were going to give it to them at the office holiday party yesterday, but when I looked at Baby D’s head, I could tell it wasn’t going to fit him.  So the present stayed in the car all nicely wrapped.  It will be ready for the next baby that is born and now I have to find another pattern for Baby D.  Not that I mind, it was so great to have an instant satisfaction project considering all my other WIPs are ones I have been working on for months!  Here is how the hat came out:


attern: Baby's Cabled Milk Silk Cap Designer: Susan Boye Source: Luxury Yarns One Skein Wonders Yarn: 127 Print by Filatura Di Crosa

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Fresh Off The Needles: Cashmere Tie

I just finished knitting the tie that my hubby requested as his first father’s day gift.  (Ugh, I am terrible with deadlines!)  There is no one more knitworthy in my life than him.  He sees how much time and effort I put into the things I make.  He enjoys and takes good care of the knitwear I gift to him (I’m surprised his socks are still holding up!).  And unlike the dog and the baby, who have no idea as to what is going on, he appreciates the handmade items.  So when he asked for a knitted tie, I was so happy to oblige him that I busted out the fancy cashmere yarn to fulfill his request.    All he asked was that the tie be a solid color so he could easily pair it with his striped work shirts.

The pattern is a free Ravelry download called Father’s Day Necktie by Mary C. Gildersleeve.  The yarn is Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply in a light sage green color.  The pattern called for a worsted weight, so I did an extra pattern repeat to add width to the tie and repeated it 25 times before starting the decrease.  By the time I got to the end of the tie, I just made my own decreases and casted off – I had the pattern memorized and was too excited to cast off to go looking for the proper way that the designer ended.  In the end the hubby loves it and I am excited that I have enough of this luxurious yarn left over to make something for myself!! Here is how it came out:


PS: Did you know that some designer brand cashmere ties can sell for over $200!?  So don’t feel bad if you have to splurge on the yarn, you’re getting a very good deal!

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Fresh off the needles: Baby Socks

Tuesday was the 6 months birthday of my little Japazilian and his little friend, M.  M’s parents watched them while the hubby and I went to one of his work functions (kinda sucks that it fell on this date).  So as a little thank you/ birthday gift for M, I’ve made these little socks for him (his mom loves the color orange).

Pattern: Baby Socks Designer: Marie Connolly Book: The Expectant Knitter Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Apricot

Pattern: Baby Socks
Designer: Marie Connolly
Book: The Expectant Knitter
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Apricot

I knit them holding the yarn double and followed the 12-18 months instructions since there was no 6-12 months. I also continued the ribbing until it was time to turn the heel.  The only other mod I’ve made is when decreasing for the toes I always ended up with 8 stitches instead of 6, so on the last decrease row I K1, Double Decrease, K1.  The Double Decrease was slip one, K2tog, psso – for some reason I can’t remember the abbreviation for that technique right now.

Loved the pattern; quick and easy and simple!  I could have finished it in one day, if hubby was able to watch the baby for a few hours. Will definitely make it again.

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4T and WIPs

I learned a new Trick this week at my knit night!  A fellow knitter was working with a yarn that I just bought to make a purse, and since it’s a different weight yarn from the pattern and an accessory where the gauge doesn’t really matter I asked her what size needles she was using.  Her answer shocked me, she was using a size 6 AND size 7 tips  on her interchangeables.

I gave her a look like that said “are you out of your mind!?” but instead I said outloud, “That’s weird.”

Wrong answer.

Like most sassy knitters she said it’s not weird at all and went on to explain that she is a tight knitter – I thought, “Well so am I, but I have never ever done anything so bizarre!” – and that her purl stitches are even tighter than her knit stitches, so to get gauge she uses the larger needle on the wrong side when she has to purl.

My. Jaw. Dropped.  GENIUS!!! Why hadn’t I thought of that before.  Made perfect sense once it was explained.  Doesn’t it?  I hope this trick helps some of you out there, I might have to try it out one day to see if it helps my gauge.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!!  I hope you’ve had a fantastic holiday season and that the new year has started out in a positive way for you.  Personally, I had a quite Xmas and an exciting New Year’s Eve, which is just how I like the end of the year to be.

Xmas was just spent at home with my husband, and as you know I was working on a sweater for him as a gift.  Despite my knitting marathon, I did not finish his hoodie in time, when we exchanged gifts he ended up receiving a one arm sweater:

One Arm Sweater (2)

That’s just me living up to my blogging name, I am terrible with knitting deadlines!  But I did finish it in time for New Year’s Eve, I got that second sleeve done really nicely… except for the cuff.  In my excitement to cast-off I did the cuff in a 1×1 ribbing, instead of the 2×1 rib pattern used at the hem and first sleeve.  That’s also typical of me, I get so excited to finish off a project that I make stupid mistakes.   Thankfully its an easy fix and my husband has a good sense of humor.

His gifts to me were knitting related, the man knows what I like.  He got me a little jar that has a little needle-yielding ninja saying “don’t mess with the yarn fund” and a button that says “Working on my PhD (Projects Half Done) in Knitting”.   There is also the shoe rack converted to yarn storage, he made it sturdy and cleaned it up nicely for me to be able to store my yarn.  I just haven’t gotten to that yet because I am unsure how I want to lay out the yarns in there; part of me wants to put only sock yarn in there, or maybe yarns for which I have projects queued on Ravelry, or just stuff whatever fits!  When I come up with the best way to utilize that shelf I’ll be sure to share it.

The other project that I was rushing to finish was the beaded lace shawl to wear to my friend’s wedding on December 30th.  I finished on the 28th and was all ready to block it open on the 29th when disaster struck – the yarn snagged in 3 different rows!

Lace Shawl Snag

I could have cried, but chose to curse instead!  After I got over my horror I spent all morning on the 29th with my crochet hook trying my best to pull the stitches back in place in a manner that matched my gauge.  Once I completed that, I blocked it and stood over it with a hair dryer to make sure it would be ready for the wedding the next day, and it was!

Lace Shawl Worn (2)

I know that’s not the best photo to showcase the shawl (I snatched it from my friend’s FB page) I’ll get a close up of it with my camera another time.

I swear that getting these two projects done in time for major events has left me burned out.  We are a week into 2013 and I have hardly knitted anything this year.  I need to get my knitting mojo back on track and soon!

(End Part 1, decided that this year I gotta keep my posts shorter)

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End of the Year Knitting Delusion

Xmas is next week and I still have to finish my husband’s sweater – ACK!  I am no good with knitting deadlines (terrible actually), but I am hopeful to get this sweater done in time.  At the time of this post , I have just finished seaming one shoulder and I swear that I will not go to sleep until I have the other should seamed as well.    That leaves only the sleeves and the hoodie to complete and with a bulky yarn, that actually seems plausible to me.  (I hope I haven’t just jinxed myself.)

The work of mischievous Knitting Elves

The work of mischievous Knitting Elves

If anything prevents me from finishing this sweater in time it will be my need to Procrastaknit.  Because I am trying to keep the final look of this sweater a surprise from my husband until Xmas morning, I casted on a pair of socks to work on when he’s home (and to count towards  my 2012 New Year’s Knitting Resolution).   But the knitting elves around my house didn’t like that idea so much and gave me a really hard time with winding up the yarn.  I am using Dream In Color Smooshy for these socks and on my first attempt to divide the skein into two balls created a tangled mess on my winder.  I am not sure how it happened, but it wrapped around the bottom of the winder’s base.  To fix that mess I had to recruit the hubby, and together we dealt with the yarn barf that ensued.  It took us a few minutes, but we got the yarn under control and I was able to start the 2-at-a-time socks while we watched the newest version of Casino Royale.

As if a new pair of socks weren’t enough to keep me from finishing his sweater, last week I worked on the last beaded row of my lace shawl.  This is the pattern I worked on during my cross country drive (I don’t recommend beaded lace projects on roadtrips) and then couldn’t find the beads after unpacking the move.  All that’s left to that project is the short row shaping and blocking to show off the lace work.   I hope to get this project done in time to wear it to a friend’s wedding on 12/30.

And then all of a sudden, the idea that I should knit something for me to wear on New Year’s Eve popped into my head yesterday afternoon after an unsuccessful shopping trip.  I keep thinking of how the New Lace Tunic, a crochet pattern by Lion Brand, would look great in the beautiful yellow yarn I got on my Cross Country Yarn Crawl.   And crochet works up quickly, so I can get that done by the 31st, right?  If not that, at least a quick cap inspired by the Lion Brand’s Russian Faux Fur Hat (publication is out of print, but you can see it on Ravelry).  I am not one for using Fun Fur yarn, but I have a skein of Plume by Prism Yarns, that is just super soft.

Then there are the other two hats that I have in the works.  One is for my husband’s colleague who commissioned a cap shaped like a brain.  The basic hat is done, now I just have a TON of I-cord to knit and attach to make it look like a brain (new car project).  The other is a hat that I want to make for my dad so that he has something to keep him warm while he is in New York in January.    Well, I haven’t started on that one yet, but it is on the back of my mind as one that I need to get going on.  Thankfully, these two can wait until after the holidays to be completed, I just have to stay focused on this sweater!


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