Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Still here...

I am still around. I am still knitting. Just also very busy taking care of the three kids.... finding time to hop on the computer is challenging.  I am also in a bit of a rut knitting wise.  I started a rainbow sweater for Sawyer, and despite the tell-tell signs that it would be too small, I kept going.  It was a very fun knit, and in the end it was too small..... BUT it became a rainbow sweater dress for Lucy! So, win?


She loves it, and I love it on her, but I was apparently pretty bothered by my gage issues.  I have since started another sweater for Sawyer (Crazyheart from the Heart on My Sleeve collection, I would link but I have to leave in three mins for school pickup!!) and I am again worried it is too small.  My gage is spot on (even after blocking) so I am hoping it is just because it is jammed on the needle.  I am knitting him the 8-10 year size, which should be plenty roomy for my skinny kiddo. Hopefully. I am half way through the first sleeve. I also need to get some baby things on the needles.  So many new babies are expected this fall!! Exciting! And Dorothy needs a new hat (well, maybe, really all I need to do is go through our hats and find one that fits her, but I like making new things for each kid as well as having them wear things they have all worn).... ANYWAY. Off to pick up Lucy from preschool. I hope to get back into the groove of blogging more...and knitting more...maybe life will settle down next month. HA!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

First FO of the year!

I will have to do my year end wrap up soon...I got a lot of knitting done last year! But today I wanted to share the first thing I have finished in 2017.  It is a vest that I knit with a skein of handspan yarn that was gifted to me by a lovely and dear friend.  I love knitting with handspan...it is lovely to work with.  The pattern is Milo, which is a great pattern. I love the construction of this vest, it is a simple and quick knit.


Monday, December 12, 2016

A little sweater

When I finished the hats for the kids I still had quite a bit of yarn left.  So, I decided little miss Dorothy needed a sweater for her first Christmas.  It will only fit for this month (as she is getting quite big!), but that is fine.  I love it (minus the mistake with the short rows...turns out reading isn't my strong suit when I am under stress) and she has been wearing it to all of the events around town.


I have also finished a scarf for Sawyer that just needs buttons (the scarf has a dog head on it, so it needs eyes and a nose) which I think he will love. I am hoping to finish Lucy's super lion in time for Christmas, but there are still a lot of little parts. We will see. 

The other sweater Dorothy has been wearing all winter is her "Rain or Shine" sweater that I test knit. It is a fun knit and my only regret is that the grey is not a super wash yarn...normally I wouldn't care about that but Dorothy loves to chew on things and she has actually felted the front of the sweater! Oh well, it is her sweater and she can chew it if she wants....



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Radio Silence

I am still here. A little baby has been taking up a lot of my time.  Dorothy showed up a month early with quite a lot of fanfare, but was perfectly healthy and wonderful.  She is a delightful baby and I am really enjoying spending my days with her.  I am still getting some knitting finished...not as much as I would like, but that is ok! My latest project was a set of matching Christmas hats for the kids.


And a little snapshot of the baby that has been getting most of my attention....


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Striped Mittens

And just like that, two pairs of mittens flew off of my needles....



I had the kids pick out the yarn for these and they are both very pleased with them.  I bought far too much yarn so I think they might be getting socks in their stockings or something.... 

I cast on a hat this morning for Josh...hopefully.  I'm playing yarn chicken (it is leftover yarn from another project) and I'm not sure it will be big enough, but hopefully it will all work out! If all else fails, the yarn is from my LYS and I am sure I can get my hands on more, but that will leave me with another almost full skein, so I am really hoping it doesn't come to that. 

Until next time, happy knitting!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

So much knitting...

I am still being far more monogamous with my knitting than is typical, which has led to quite a few finished objects this past month.  That combined with spending eleven days on a mom-stay-cation (the kids went with Weston up to town) and I have quite the pile of things to show!

First up, a small shawl I knit for myself.  I have had this yarn in my stash for about two years.  I fell in love with it when I first traveled to Cordova, but didn't buy it then.  When Weston and I traveled down for his job interview, we went to the yarn store and I was tempted to buy it again...but I didn't.  When Weston came home from that interview (I had to come home sooner than he did) he had purchased it for me.  He is amazing. Anyway, I had tried to knit it into a few different things, but none of them worked. This is wonderful.  It is the Wild Goose Shawlette by Paula of the Knitting Pipeline podcast and it was a simple knit. I love the way the pattern is written, using a percentage system that allows you to weigh your yarn so you can knit the biggest shawl possible using up your skein.  I have already worn it once, and it is the perfect size to use as a scarf under my coat for the rain and wind.

Next is a flurry of baby knits. I knit a bit for each of the previous children, but for some reason I really want this one wearing wool at all times. I have finished a number of things and have the yarn for three more sweaters already wound and ready. Knitting for little ones is so quick and satisfying! 


This is the Melting Rainbows hat that I whipped up out of some neon yarn I had in my stash.  I am pretty sure all of the kids will have these soon.  They are so bright and fun, it will be the perfect hat for the winter. And I can't resist matching things for the kids...


This is the Stripey Duffle Coat by Kate Oates. I have found the perfect wooden anchor buttons for this sweater, I am just waiting on them to arrive.  I loved knitting this little coat (minus the sleeves, I sweat baby sleeves take for-ev-er to knit for some reason) and am tempted to make matching ones of these for the other kids as well. 


This simply flew off of my needles.  This is Prairie Fire by Tin Can Knits.  I love their patterns, and this one was no different.  The lace was simple, but also interesting, which kept me motivated to keep knitting.  This pattern is sized from NB to adult L, so I am half tempted to knit myself one, but I know my track record with adult sweaters isn't great, so I am holding off.  This was yarn from my stash I had leftover after knitting a hat for Sawyer, and this used up every last bit of it (hence the awkward sleeve length) which felt great. 


This is another hat I whipped out for the baby. It is Charlie's sock yarn hat and I know you have seen this pattern before since it is the FIFTH one I have knit! I just can't get enough of it.  And with the self-striping Felici yarn from Knit Picks, it is just a joy to knit up. I whipped this out in two days. The stripes keep me interested, and since it is just knitting I can work on it whenever I have a free moment. 

One other thing I wanted to quickly mention. I hope you will notice the quality of my knitting pictures improving.  I recently took a class with Bonne Marie Burns (and if you have the chance to take *any* class with her, do...she is amazing) on photography and it was wonderful.  I still need a lot of practice, but I am learning more about how to take better pictures every time I put some time into staging my knitting shots now.  I am particularly proud of the one of my shawl up top in this post. Alright, hopefully I will be checking in again soon with more FOs. I still have the romper for tater tot on the needles and today I started a pair of mittens for Lucy, which should be finished in a few days. Until next time, happy knitting!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Hats!

Apparently I am going through knitting spurts....the past couple of weeks it has been hats. So many hats! I finished a hat for Lucy, one for my niece, and one for myself (!).  Plus, I have a number of little preemie hats on the needles! I have just been knitting these at the park and keeping a bag of them to donate to a hospital my friend is a nurse at.  They are so little and satisfying. The pattern I have been using is the Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat by Greg Cohoon.  He is one half of the podcasting duo of the Unraveling with Greg and Joey podcast...if you haven't listened, hop on over to iTunes and download an episode!

The hats I knit for Lucy and my niece are both from the pattern I linked to last time, Charlie's sock yarn hat.  I knit them out of KnitPicks Felici yarn that I bought at Christmas. The colors are great and the yarn was very soft.



The hat I knit for myself is one that I am sure you have seen a million times.  It is a free pattern on Ravelry, the Baa-ble hat, and it is super cute. I ordered a kit for it and it just flew off my needles.  I think it would fit better if I knit it out of worsted weight yarn, and I am thinking of knitting a set of them for the kids (my flock...ha!). Either way, I love my hat and it will be perfect for the winter. 


I did finish one other project this week which I am very happy with...Lucy's dress! I was so happy to see it finished.  I started it last year, but it kept getting shoved to the back of my closet because it needed more attention than I could give to it while watching the kids.  All I had to do was pick up and knit the arm holes and collar. It took maybe an hour to finish and Lucy is in love with it. It fits her great and I just loved seeing her run around in it today.  I do wish it didn't have as much white at the top (as she is quite the messy child) but I guess it will have to do. 


Hopefully I can keep up this pace and continue to finish things! I cast on a little romper for tater tot today and I am trying to decide on a pattern for matching hats for all the kids.  I loved when Sawyer and Lucy had matching hats when she was born. Until next time...happy knitting!