In the past year, I haven’t been able to post much due to a very hectic schedule. It’s strange how life will suddenly get so busy that it is dizzying thinking of the things to do and see. Despite the busy schedule, I have managed to knit a few little items here and there.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
After finishing the pink earflap hat and booties set, I realized that they would be a perfect fit for a couple that is expecting their second little girl. I started to knit up a cute rattle when I remembered what it was like for me when I became a big sister. When you become a big sister at around three or four years old, it’s like you have lost your audience. All the cute things that you do become eclipsed by the new baby and the cute things that the new baby does. That’s when I decided that being a new big sister deserves a medal.
I’m not too proficient in children’s cartoons these days, but I hear that one of the children’s cartoon characters has a badge/medal and this particular little girl is happy that she can be like that character.
My Ravelry Project Page: Big Sister Medal
Pattern: Military Medal Deux
Needles: Size 2 in dpns and straight needles
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpacas Silk in White, Caron Simply Soft Solids in Plum Wine, Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Rogue, and random scrap yarn
Notions: Sticker with ribbon and pin clasp
After Baby V was born, I decided that she needed some Easter eggs although she would only be two months when Easter came around. Thank goodness for Purl Bee’s Easter Egg Ornaments pattern! Within a few hours, I had a rattle Easter egg and two Easter maracas eggs that were just perfect for developing new skills.
My Ravelry Project Page: V’s 1st Easter Eggs
Needle Size: 3 dpns
Yarn: Red Heart Heart & Sole in Berry Bliss, Regia Design Line Ombre Stripes in Blue-Purple, and Shibui Knits Sock in Roppongi
More of my friends are having little bundles of joy this year. More baby knitting is on the horizon and this is just the start.
I enjoyed knitting this hat. The design is beautiful and results in ear flaps without joining lines. The short rows reminded me of turning the heel for knitted sock patterns and were not overly complicated. The ending tassel was a simple embellishment to an adorable hat. I will definitely be making more of these – Maybe one for myself.
Ravelry Project Page: Pink Earflap Hat
Needles: Size 7 and 8 dpns
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine