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I made this little soaker sack last week to use up some Three Irish Girls Peregrine Merino that I had lying around. The variegated color is Rhiannon, the green trim is Dolan. This yarn is from when 3IG was still called Irish Baby Knits, so I think the colorway is a little bit different now.
It still needs the drawstring, but I’m making a little hat with the leftover yarn first and then whatever is still left after that I will use for the drawstring.
This thing is STURDY. It’ll be bulletproof!
Here’s the start of the hat. Baby heads are tiny!
I finished a pair of shorties recently and finally got the photos uploaded. They are really cute if I do say so myself. I knit them without looking at patterns, just sorting it out as I went, and I am pleased with how they turned out. They are Peace Fleece in a dark blue color. I forget how sensitive I am to Peace Fleece. I can’t touch my eyes at all after using it without washing my hands or they itch like crazy for days.
They have a pocket on one side and the drawstring is made of dark blue and grey Peace Fleece, braided together (one blue, one grey per strand). It makes for a sturdy drawstring. I still have not worked out how to precisely center the drawstring. I think I need to start with p2 instead of k2 on the ribbing for it to work properly.
I did a little bit different short row shaping than usual, I put some little short rows at the top back and then spaced out some wide ones over the rest of the rear. All in all there is about 1.5″ more height in the back than in the front. I think this will work out just fine. The cuffs are seed stitch cuffs and the top of the pocket is 4 rows of garter stitch.
I used stitch markers from my Twilight stitch marker club (from VelvetHippo on Etsy); on the sides I used the little black beaded ones (representing Edward’s eyes when he hasn’t fed recently) and for the gusset increases I used some of the flowers from the Meadow set. I love these markers. I have used some like this recently that are very flimsy; these are nice and sturdy and very pretty to boot :)
I finished the skirty last night! I tried a few different methods for the skirt before settling on this one, and I really like it. The ruffle is adorable, although it took forever to finish – doubling the number of stitches per row makes each row take a lot longer! The bind off probably took an hour or so, which is just crazy. But – it is really lovely!!
Underside of the skirty.
Close-up of the ruffle
This is a little blurry but I think it shows the ruffle nicely!
I’m working on a few things at the moment, all with the Three Irish Girls Carys BFL I got last week. I love this yarn. Sharon at 3IG helped me pick colors that coordinate well together, so I ended up with Maureen (pink/purple/brown) and Megan (pink), and Isla (green/purple/brown) and Isla Purple (uh.. purple). The Megan also works really well with the Nora on Springvale that I used for a baby sweater, and the Isla Purple goes passably well with the Maureen. Sharon gives excellent color advice and she is really great to work with!
Both projects are giving me problems, mostly because instead of using one pattern I am just putting together bits and pieces from lots of different ones. This post is very photo-heavy, although they are mostly all WIPs.
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The wrist pain is still bothersome, so I have not worked on much lately. I’ve got a few more rows in on my second “Edward’s Heart” sock; I’m now three repeats in to the leg of the sock – it’s a quick, easy repeat, but the tiny gauge gets me every time. I’ve only got a few more rows finished on “Bella’s Tears”, they are really pretty.
I am craving an easy-knit project but nothing on my list fits that category just now. A friend is having a baby girl later this year, so I’m thinking I’ll start something for her instead. The soaker sack pictured below is just not doing it for me, so it’s going to go bye-bye in favor of something else, I just haven’t decided *what* yet.
Details and photos of the Knit Me Up Twilight club April shipment are behind the cut.
I dyed some Knitpicks bulky yarn at the Eastside Spinners dye day a few months ago. It didn’t turn out the way I anticipated – the red washed out to become a kind of bright magenta – but it’s not bad. I started out making a Pinwheel Blanket. After finishing the first ball, I realized I wouldn’t have enough yarn to make it a reasonable size, and I didn’t want to buy coordinating yarn to go with it to make it bigger. Then I thought about making a child’s Pinwheel Sweater but again I wasn’t sure I’d have enough yarn, and I didn’t want to mess about adjusting stitch and row counts to take into account the bulky weight yarn.
So, I settled on my fallback project when I have hand dyed wool – longies. First, I attempted to make approximately medium-sized longies, but this resulted in absolutely hideous pooling/flashing:
I kept thinking it would stop on the next row… or the next one… or the next… but finally reconciled myself to the fact that it wasn’t going to change, so I ripped it out.
This time, I decided to go with a size small – if I have extra yarn I can always make a matching hat.
I’m much happier with the outcome this time, although it is tending toward a bit wider stripes than I would like now that I’m in the stockinette portion. Oh well – it’s not awful, and I am really enjoying the colors :)
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 am currently working on a slightly modified Zodiac sleep sack. I say slightly modified because my gauge is a little bit different, so I am adjusting the stitch count. I’m also adding some stripes to make the yarn that I have go a bit further. I’m using Peace Fleece in Hemlock and Father’s Grey.
I think the colors go well together. The Father’s Grey has faint flecks of the same green that is in the Hemlock so it ties together. I’m doing 14-row stripes because that is how often the decreases happen. I’m thinking I’ll continue the stripes for the bottom portion and then just use solid Hemlock for the top section.
The pattern calls for a zipper to be sewn in along the bottom. I’m not really thrilled with that idea, but I neglected to think about how to stop the bottom from curling when I started, and I am not about to rip back all of these rows. So, I may attempt to add some elastic or a drawstring to help keep the edges down; if that doesn’t work a few rows of some sort of crochet should work.
You may have noticed the needles in the above photo – yes, those are Knitpicks Harmony needles! I recently got these secondhand for a great price and I am thrilled with them so far! I must say I am not noticing a HUGE difference, speed-wise, from the nickel-plated options but they do feel warmer and they are quieter too. So far, I’m a fan. Unfortunately, all of the speedy stockinette I have been working on lately is really taking its toll and I’m rather sore… I may be heading back to physical therapy in the not-too-distant future.
At the same time, the baby this is intended for is a March baby so I had better get cracking to ensure it arrives in time! If I space it out a bit each day it won’t be too bad.
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.
I have been embarking on an organizational project. As part of this, I discovered a few UFOs and I thought I would share them here. One I think will be frogged. Another I don’t have the faintest idea what to do with it. The final one will eventually be part of a set.. eventually being the key word!
This is part of a washcloth. I am fairly sure it will be frogged. I am not happy with it in the slightest. I think it really needs a thicker yarn to be really happy.. but then it will be really big, so I’m not sure.
This is a little sock I made with some leftover hand-dyed Cascade 220 to practice a technique; it’s baby-sized, but I don’t have enough yarn for another one – anyone know a baby with only one foot?
Eventually I will have a whole set of little ornaments, in different colors/patterns. I’m practicing my fair isle, this one I did with both strands in my left hand.