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I finished the sleep sack over the weekend. I am not thrilled with it, but it is reasonable. I think I have some disagreements with the pattern author but maybe I am just confused about what a sleep sack should be like. I did find the most adorable wood buttons which I love – but I’m unhappy with the buttonhole placement. Of course, not unhappy enough to re-do it, but still.
If I were to do this pattern again, I would put the buttons on the straps I think; or at least make a significantly longer placket. I think I would also knit a facing hem, which can be folded over to hold some elastic, rather than a zipper, ribbing or drawstring or any other kind of closure on the bottom.
I did manage, rather unintentionally, to have precisely even stripes – down to the last one! I tried to plan this in advance but was not completely sure what my row gauge would end up being, so I wasn’t completely sure frmo the beginning that it would work out the whole way – I was pleasantly surprised that it did!
Cute buttons! (does anyone know where that shadow on the bottom comes from?? It happens frequently when I am taking macro shots)
I also finished a quick little ribbed hat tonight, using the same green Peace Fleece. I’ll take/post photos of it later this week :)
I had a skein of some rather shockingly bright yarn hanging around, it was the December selection from the Three Irish Girls YOTM club. I have to admit I thought it would be a bit more muted when I chose it, but I actually rather liked it when it arrived.
(This is not quite as bright as it is in real life!)
I knew it would take a special project to pull off this level of brightness so when I learned that a friend is expecting a baby this September I came up with just the thing. I have been wanting to try out Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) pattern for quite some time now, but haven’t had any babies to knit for, nor have I had the right yarn. However, it turns out that using this Lancelot sport/DK weight yarn with size 3 needles produces just the right gauge to knit the BSJ pattern in a 3-6 month size – perfect for a September baby. I still have to sew the shoulder seams and add buttons, but for the most part it is finished. It’s a fascinating pattern and I cannot wait to make more.
Decreases (it’s a straight line, I promise!)
Nearly finished, blob-like sweater (see my lifeline? I stuck that in there in case I ran out of yarn, so I could take out the five ridges of lengthening stitches easily).
Unseamed and unblocked – but still adorable! This yarn really works in this pattern, I think; there was not a ton of pooling thank goodness.
Leftover yarn – not much! I was getting a bit panicked toward the end; I only did 5 ridges of “lengthening” stitches to conserve yarn, and I’m glad I did. I should have enough to seam the shoulders, sew down buttons and possibly crochet an edging around the sweater.
The coronet is finally finished, complete with pompom. I love it! It’s a tiny bit on the large side which I prefer, I just hope it fits my hat swap partner.
The cable band was a lot of fun to do. I slipped the first stitch of each row to help make a more defined edge. I am pretty sure I like it it better than not slipping, it almost looks like an i-cord edging.
My grafting job was reasonable, not fabulous but reasonable, and I did go back in with some duplicate stitching to better define the cables where they met.
Here is the teaser photo I sent my swap buddy. I included a neat little snowflake tin (she said she likes snowflakes), some stitch markers, some autumn-inspired novelty yarn (enough for a scarf – she said autumn colors are favorites of hers), some fabulous notecards from my friend Rachel (with snowflakes!) and a few other bits and pieces.
Here is another Esther Williams hat. I had been meaning to look up Esther Williams and try to figure out why this hat is called after her, but I found out why at my knitting group on Wednesday so now I don’t even have to look it up! Apparently she is a competitive swimmer of some sort (so she wears swim caps), and someone thought Laura’s prototype looked like a swim cap. Aha!
Again, this has no crochet edging yet. I might try to add it, though. I used Mission Falls 1824 superwash wool. It’s really soft and squishy but I actually don’t like it all that much. I suspect it would be better with a larger needle (I used a 6, recommended is 8), but mostly it just feels super processed. Which it is, of course, but still. Also, it was really incredibly splitty, especially the few times I had to rip a bit and re-do.
I did make a modification to the pattern, due solely to not paying attention at my knitting group! Instead of doing three full repeats and then starting the decreases (per the pattern) or four full repeats and then starting decreases (as I did on my last version of this hat, to make it longer), I did one and a half repeats and then started the decreases. I had to slightly reposition the decreases to take this into account. Basically, I forgot to keep track of how much I had done so I did not start the decreases when I meant to, and once I had gotten that far I didn’t want to rip it back out.. but I thought four full decreases would be too long.
Anyway, I really like this pattern still and think it makes a fabulously warm and cosy hat. This one is also a Christmas gift but I might make one for myself sometime… with some really nice wool.
Well, I finished Bella’s bed last night and felted it today. One trip through the wash cycle, and it was good. I let it spin out in the washing machine and then stretched and shaped it. It’s dark and gloomy today so the photos are not the greatest but here we go:
Here is the bed pre-felting. That’s my 15-pound cat in the background, on a twin bed, for scale.
I used all, every single little bit, of the variegated and almost all of the navy. I have about 3 yards left. There is a tiny bit of shaping in the navy, to help encourage it to fold over and make nice thick sides.
Post-felting. I’ve folded over the sides here and stuffed it lightly with plastic bags. When it’s dry I’m definitely going to stuff the sides – and either just sew those shut, or add a sturdy fabric bottom and stuff the bottom also. I’m not sure what, yet. The variegated does come up a little bit onto the sides on the inside.
Here’s the underside – it’s actually fairly sturdy, you can tell that the fabric is not really collapsing much in the middle. The navy sides come down to be just even with the base.
Bella explored it briefly; it’s still wet but it doesn’t feel too bad, the spin cycle worked fairly well.
Then she sat in it. It’s definitely big enough for her!
I have finished my first Solstice Slip sock. I really like it. The more muted, less varied yarn is beautiful.
First, my lovely garter stitch heel. It’s nice not to have to pick up wraps on a short row heel!
Against the pattern, I decided to do three rows of 3×2 rib before binding off. I think this was a mistake. The cuff would be plenty loose enough without that step. So, I am pretty sure I’ll be undoing my cast off and ripping back three rows.
I’m not a huge fan of the yarn in stockinette. I like that it didn’t pool or flash or stripe TOO badly, but it is just a little boring. It really paired nicely with the more complicated pattern!
It really is hard to take a photo of your own foot!