Tag Archives: Knitting

Cowry Hat

2 Jan

Over the winter recess, I knit a Cowry Hat using Finch by Quince and Co.  I seemed to make a terrible mistake when I started the bubble stitch pattern.  You get the neat bubble effect by dropping a series of stitches.  When I dropped first set of stitches, they dropped all the way down to the ribbing.  The hat was knit on teeny tiny needles, so I wasn’t about to rip it all out and start over.  I’m not sure exactly what I did wrong, but after a some much needed time with my crochet hook, I was able to repair the damage I had done.  I haven’t blocked it yet, so don’t mind the lumpy knitting in the photos below.

I’ve already managed to put the hat to good use since we are getting hit with our first snow storm of the year.

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Summer Knitting Projects

17 Sep

I have become rather lazy when it comes to finishing let alone posting my knitting projects. Now that we are into fall, I suppose it is time for me to post some of my knitting projects I finished over the summer.  I finally blocked the small pile of completed knitting projects that started accumulating in our guest room.  Here is a run down of my summer knitting projects.

Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl knit using Madelinetosh merino light.

I knit the Maluka shawl using a cotton/silk lace weight yarn.  This is for my mom.

I doubled up the length of the Tuesday Night Cowl, so I could wrap it around my neck twice.  I used two skeins of Madelinetosh merino in charcoal.

  

I used two skeins of Madelinetosh DK in Nutmeg to make Avery Cowl .  I used a smaller needle size to accomodate the yarn.  I probably could have gown down another needle size, so the pattern would pop a bit more in the finished cowl.

I made a few more pairs of Fetching Wrist Warmers to add to my gift stash.  These were made using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

  

Most of these summer knitting projects will be given away as gifts.

My favorite knitting project this summer was the Rocky Coast Cardigan.  To make the sweater a bit longer, I added a few extra rows.  I knit used Madelinetosh merino in charcoal.

  

The cable pattern gets a bit lost with the variegated yarn.

  

I wish I would have made the adjustments to add a bit of extra room in the upper arms and yoke, but all in all, I still love the cardigan.  This is one summer knitting project that won’t make it into the gift pile.

Over the summer, I picked up the Valiant sweater again and finally finished it.  This poor project had been hibernating for over a year. I’m not thrilled with the results.  It just seems so heavy and unflattering.  I haven’t even bothered to really take photos of it since it has been too warm.  Perhaps once the cold weather hits, I’ll actually wear it.

Recent Knitting

19 May

Here are a few knitted items I recently finished.

I made H. the Tiny Leaves Cardigan using Madeleine Tosh Vintage in Molly Ringwald.  I wouldn’t probably have chosen this bubble -gum pink color if it weren’t for the fact that is made by Madeleine Tosh and, well, the name of the color yarn!  That alone brought back many fond memories of John Hughes’ movies.

  

  

H. picked out this crazy colored skein of Madeline Tosh Merino that last time we were at JP Knit and Stitch. I knit her the Birthday Cowl.

This is how she wore it to school the other morning.

  

I also knit up another pair of Fetching wrist warmers to give away.

I still can’t seem to find where I put the Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl I made.  I set it aside to block, but can’t remember where I put it.

Replacement Mittens

27 Jan

Oh snow, when will you go away? We’ve been hit with a ton of snow this month.  It has gotten to the point where we have all come to expect weekly snow storms and weekly school cancellations.  I won’t use this forum to vent on how the snow has been impacting my work productivity and my overall outlook, but I will let you know that it has resulted in threadbare mittens.

I have already mended two  paris of mittens, only for new holes to pop up.  I finally decided it was time to retire my old handknit mittens and make a few new pairs.

To replace my beloved Peekaboo mittens, I modified the pattern and used a skein of Morehouse varigated yarn to make these:

The cuff is a bit too short for me, and the placement of the opening on the left glove is a bit off.  I think I may make another pair out of some extra Ella Rae yarn I have.

Since the peekaboo mittens weren’t ideal for sledding, I made these Peacock mittens.

I added 10 extra rows to the cuff  to help keep my wrists nice and warm.

These should be perfect for the endless amount of shoveling we seem to be doing these days.

 

Portable Knitting

25 Aug

Alas, I have come to the end of my summer vacations.  This past weekend, I left the children, dogs, and husband at home and went to Cape Cod with some of my closet friends.  Since this trip came at the heals of my first week-long solo trip with H & J to Houston and Austin, it was nice to have a short mom-cation.

During both trips, I worked on some Fetching Wrist Warmers.  This is portable knitting at its finest.  Since I used the Magic Loop method for all my circular knitting, I am able to get in a row here and there when I have a few free minutes.  Using one hank of Malabrigo Worsted (color: 35 Frank Ochre), I made two pairs of wrist warmers.  The first one was completed on a return flight to Boston.  The second pair were completed this weekend while I was in Chatham. I think this may have been the first time I ever done a little beach knitting. Miraculously, I managed to keep the sand off the yarn.

For both pairs of wrist warmers, I added a few extra rows here and there to make them just a bit longer in the wrist and to cover a bit more above the knuckles.  I’m planning on keeping a pair for me and giving the other ones away as a gift.

Firefly biased scarf

19 Aug

Back in July, my sister-in-law and I took an afternoon to do a little mama shopping while I was in Portland.  We stopped by Close Knit next to Bolt and were immediately drawn to the Firefly Bias Scarf. Since the scarf is knit on the bias using super soft linen and rayon blend yarn, it had such a nice drape to it.  I purchased 3 balls Classic Elite Firefly in natural and another 3 in hot pink.  I finished this before we left for vacation, but hadn’t had a chance to post it.

This scarf took me about a week and a half of knitting a wee bit every night.

H. took this photo of me trying it on this morning.  I guess I should have knelt down so the photo wasn’t taken at such an odd angle.  Now, I know how she sees me!

I made this scarf for my amazing sister-in-law in Portland.  Given the weight of the scarf, it should be a nice transition piece for those breezy summer nights right on into fall.

On a totally different subject: Thanks to Liesl of Oliver and S for the  nice shout out on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog today 😉

Travel Knitting

26 Jul

We’ve been traveling a bit over the summer, and have been knitting a new sweater for H. when the kids are occupied either in the car or in planes. On the way back from New York last weekend, I was able to finish the Child’s Knit Tunic by Morehouse Farms in size 6.

I may try to reblock it and see if I can stretch it out a bit.  It fits her perfectly now, but may not once winter hits.

H. picked out the buttons from her great grandmother’s vintage button stash.  When J. gets old enough to wear the sweater, I’ll change out the buttons.

Since the sweater was knit in the round, it went fairly quickly. I may try to make one for J., so he can wear it this winter. I just worry he will refuse to wear it–he is a t-shirt and hoodie kinda kid.  Recently, he asked me to make him some pants, so I jumped at this request and purchased some corduroy for him over the weekend.  Hopefully, J. will actually wear something I make for him.  I’ll start on a pair of pants for him just as soon as uniform sewing is complete.

Speaking of which, I started sewing uniforms for H. this weekend.  I’m hoping to finish a dress tonight, so photos will follow soon.