When I bought my birthday yarn, this project was what I had in mind. I didn’t get to start the sweater until September and almost well out of the warm weather that it was intended to be worn in.
Birthday Yarn from The Yarn Mart!
More purple knitting
Starting the bottom of the sweater in September
I used Size 7 knitting needles which are smaller than the pattern originally used because, everyone said that this linen yarn stretches a ton and I didn’t want a sweater that reached my knees. Before I blocked the pullover, I had been a little worried that I had made it too small. However, the linen yarn shocked me with the stretch-ability in the blocking process.
Blocking made easy with stretchy yarn
I had a few mistakes while knitting the bottom front that resulted in my meeting point being a little off-kilter in the front. In addition, I had some issues with knitting the right sleeve. When I was half-way through knitting the right sleeve, I realized that I had been knitting the sleeve backwards as the sleeve pattern on the right side didn’t match either the pictures of the sleeve or the rest of the sweater body. I frogged the right sleeve and reversed the sleeve directions to have a right-side-out right sleeve. My copy of the pattern doesn’t mention a difference between the sleeves and I’m not sure if there needs to be an errata (or if I just need explicit instructions when knitting).
I bound off with a size 8 knitting needle due to my tight binding off tendencies.
My Passionate Meeting Point sweater (and me)
Despite my mistakes and confusion with the sleeve, I love this pattern and the resulting sweater. I can’t wait to layer it with other long-sleeve shirts to wear for the remainder of the cold fall and winter seasons. It will look equally lovely as a swimsuit cover up in the summer or a light pullover in spring.
Ravelry Project Pages: Passionate Meeting Point
Patterns: Meeting Point from Holla Knits!
Needles: Size 7 dpn and circular (Size 8 to bind off)
Yarn: Berroco Lago in Passion Flower
With lots of my friends and coworkers being either pregnant or having adorable little babies, it seems that I have been knitting baby items for awhile. Here are some of the little helm-protectors that I have finished lately:
Little Pumpkin hat
Little scallops for a little head
Little Pom-pomed Earflap hat
Gender neutral for a little one
Also … I’ve been drooling over knitting needle bracelets or bangles ever since I saw them on Etsy years ago. A few weeks ago, I managed to make one of my own. I used this online tutorial, but the temperature setting for the metal needles only worked well with the smaller gauge needles. This bracelet was a size 1 needle.
Knitting needle bracelets – beautiful and dangerous ;)
Back in April, I finished a sweater that been on my knit wishlist for a few years. Alas, it has been too warm to wear the adorable sweater. However, with fall upon us, I am enjoying this warm knit in the chilly weather.
Dropped stitches are scary – except for this sweater
More dropped stitches
April 2014 Jilted
I only altered the ribbing from the pattern. I omitted four rows of ribbing at the bottom of the sweater and on the sleeves; however, my measurements were roughly the same as the pattern’s finished measurements.
My sweater was even featured in Holla Knits! KAL (knit along) finished object highlights!!
Ravelry Project Pages: Jilted in Gray
Patterns: Jilted from Holla Knits!
Needles: Size 6 and 7 dpn and circular
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel
Some Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli baby knits happened. Hayao Miyazaki is the Japanese film director who has created such gems as Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away.
Kiki’s Bow Booties
Little Calcifer Rattle
Totoro Baby Hat
These cute knits were made to pay homage to the fire demon, Calcifer, from Howl’s Moving Castle; Kiki’s big red hair bow in Kiki’s Delivery Service; and My Neighbor Totoro. Let me know what you think.
Ravelry Project Pages: Calcifer Rattle, Totoro Baby Hat, and Kiki’s Delivery Bow Booties
Patterns: Top Down Bonnet with Anime Character for the totoro ears, My Basic Baby hat, Bows Before Bros, and Blue Flame Special
Needles: Size 1, 3, 5, and 6 dpn
Yarn: I Love This Yarn! Sport Weight in Red; Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel; Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta; and I Love This Cotton! in Black
Notions: Red satin ribbon; Yellow, white, and black felt; black embroidery floss; needle and thread
These cute woodland knits were made for my co-worker’s soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.
Baby Fox Hat and booties
Mushroom or Toadstool Rattle
Ravelry Project Pages: Baby Fox and Mushroom Rattle 2
Patterns: Woodland Fox Baby for the foxy ears, My Basic Baby hat, Chaussons Mignons, and Toadstool Baby Rattle
Needles: Size 1, 3, and 6 dpn
Yarn: I Love This Cotton! in Buttercup, Black, and White; I Love This Yarn! Sport Weight in Red; Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta; and Bernat Softee Baby in White
Almost a year ago, I got a new and interesting job – which meant getting a new office to decorate. Finally, I had a reason to make some of my glittery Pinterest dreams come true and I can definitely say that creating office art is fun.
To honor my state, I choose a DIY State art. It was one of my simplest art projects – a 10″ x 10″ canvas painted turquoise with scrapbook red glitter paper in the shape of Arkansas glued to the middle.
I also made another artwork similar to Papery and Cakery’s Sprinkle Artwork. I used another 10″ x 10″ canvas, tons of craft glue, two different type of red glitter (micro and normal), and blue glitter letter stickers. My kerning isn’t the best, but I like it.
Tons off glue, glitter, and love
More baby knitting … But these precious items are for a friend whom I have known since fifth grade and who is expecting her first child. The colors and chevrons were chosen as a surprise to match her bedding.
Chaussons mignons in light blue
Light blue hat with a beautiful purple flower
Love these booties
Grey and White Chevron
An adorable headband to grow with Baby C
My Ravelry Project Pages: HBC Hat and Booties, HBC Fancy Booties, and Baby HBC’s Chevron Blanket
Patterns: Saartje’s Booties, Chevron Baby Blanket, Chaussons mignons, headband based on Baby Headband, Owl: Two Ways, and my basic hat
Needles: Size 8, 6, 3, and 2 in straight needles
Yarn: Bernat Baby Coordinates Solids in Soft Grey, Bernat Softee Baby Solids in White, and Berroco Vintage in Gingham
Notions: blue and purple felt flowers, white felt and black felt (for owl’s eyes), Shibui Sock Yarn in Orange, and 4 buttons