FO: Knitting from Holiday Season 2014 to Now

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.

FO: Passionate Meeting Point

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.

Blocking made easy with stretchy yarn

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)

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

 

 

 

 

 

FO: Jilted in Gray

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

Patterns: Jilted from Holla Knits!

Needles: Size 6 and 7 dpn and circular

Yarn:  Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel

 

 

FO: Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli Baby Gifts

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.

 

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

 

 

FO: Woodland Baby

These cute woodland knits were made for my co-worker’s soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.

 

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

 

 

 

FO: Bundles for Baby C

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FO: Big Sister Medal

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.

Finished and big sister friendly

Finished and big sister friendly

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

FO: Pink Baby Earflap Hat

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.

One pink baby earflap hat

One pink baby ear flap hat

Ending with a simple tassel

Ending with a simple tassel

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.

Adorable hat with matching booties

Adorable hat with matching booties

Ravelry Project Page: Pink Earflap Hat

Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat by Laura from Purl Bee (Booties – Chaussons mignons)

Needles: Size 7 and 8 dpns

Yarn:  Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine

FO: Rhythm Week Socks

During the coldest parts of the winter (and honestly, during the warm days of summer), I crave the warmth of hand-knitted wool socks. Nothing beats the warmth and love your feet feel upon slipping into a pair while cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Rhythm Week Socks

Rhythm Week Socks

I’ve heard people complain about hand-knitted socks ranging from hatred to disgust with one of my favorite garments. Honestly, I think that these people may not have worn a properly knitted pair of socks.

Yes, the inside of most knitted socks has a bumpy, garter stitch pattern. However, the softer the yarn, the softer the bumps. Yes, hand-knitted socks can be thick, but if they are knitted tightly enough, they can be worn with any shoe.

Broadripple socks with my favorite pair of heels

Broadripple socks with my favorite pair of heels

Yes, hand-knitted socks can have a tendency to fall down, but elastic can be woven into the band if you desire socks that stay up without fail. The band can also be knitted with a smaller needle for a tighter fit.

Knitting socks properly could be called an art. I haven’t mastered the art, but with each sock that I knit, I understand a bit more and feel a bit warmer.

My latest sock art creation was supposed to take a weekend. It took one full week. However, they are warm and soft. I can’t wait to slip my feet into them tonight and sip hot cocoa.

Warm, warm socks

Warm, warm socks

My Ravelry Project Page:  Rhythm Week Socks

Yarn:  Jojoland Rhythm

Needles:  Size 4 dpns

Pattern:  Weekend Socks

FO: Baby V Love

What is a better way to start a new year than with a baby and some hand knitted gifts?

I knitted up one adorable blanket, a newborn hat, a baby bonnet, and two pairs of baby booties. Most of these patterns took less than a few hours to knit and turned out so lovely.

Plus, an adorable baby wreath that can grow with the baby was crafted up for good measure.

My Ravelry Pages: Wolfe Baby Blanket & Estelle for Baby V

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus and Reef + Bernat Softee Baby Solids in Flannel

Needles: An assortment of sizes

Patterns: Brooklyn Tweed  – Tweed Baby Blanket, Basic Baby HatEstelle bonnet, & Chaussons mignons