Monday, November 24, 2008

Knits in the wild

An almost too small Baby Surprise Jacket on a one month old
and a sock puppet.

Yarn: Leftovers of Soy wool stripes and Patons Kroy sock yarn
Pattern: Skacel Collection Sock Puppet - Bird 1
Needles: 3.5 mm and 4.5 mm

What you can't see in the above photo is the tail (located on the heel). These puppets are for babies not yet walking.
This pattern pamphlet has a bunch of cute puppets to make. I think more will be popping up on the blog.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Tale of Two Hats

or Part 3 in my series of trying to catch up on my current knitting.

I had two balls of Lana Gatto Baby Soft in my stash that were just begging to be knit up. This is soft yarn and these were colours were muted. The first ball was chosen as a hat for Ali.
This is a simple 1x1 ribbed hat, it took me three attempts to get cast on number/needle size correct for his hat. As I was knitting along and deciding on how I was going to do the decreases, I remembered a series by TechKnitter on how to get a flat top in a hat instead of a pointed top. I thought that would be the best for this basic hat.
I used her instructions for the decreases just modifying the first decrease to accommodate my use of 1x1 rib instead of 2x2 rib that she uses. I liked the final result.

Yarn:Lana Gatto Baby Soft
Needles: 4.5 mm
Pattern: TechKnitting's method of decreases in the 8 trick pocket hat

Next up a hat for me
Back in September I discussed making a hat for myself and even purchased yarn to make myself a hat (and one for NB). As I started thinking about using that yarn for Foliage, and the changes I should do to account for the gauge difference. I remembered the second ball of the Baby Soft. It would work beautifully for Foliage.
I added an extra 1/2 repeat and ribbed till I ran out of yarn (4 rnds)

Yarn:Lana Gatto Baby Soft
Needles: 4.5 mm
Pattern: Foliage by Emilee Mooney

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hedera Socks

In my on going challenge to get some FO blogged, I present finished Hedera Socks. You may not remember but I originally blogged about these socks back in February when I had finished the first one. The second sock slowly languished until the beginning of October when I finally finsihed the second one. After proudly finishing the socks it took until this past weekend for me to finally photograph the socks (since I wanted to wear them).

Project Details
Yarn: Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn
Needles: 2.25mm /US1
Pattern: Hedera by Cookie A
Mods: None

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A baby blanket

I am going to try and get caught up with posting some FO and progress shots this week. We will see how that goes, it is great to have goals, it is another to finish them.

Back in June I started a baby blanket out of Rowan Cotton Rope. It went with me on the trip to the Dominican, where the modular nature made it great for beach knitting. In September I put a push on to get the squares done. I started the seaming using a crochet seam and I was not happy with how it looked. I wasn't sure on how best to seam it so I continues on till the blanket was 1/2 done. At that point I tried the whip stitch seam and immediately liked it better so I ripped what I had already done and reseamed the blanket. Hundreds of stitches were picked up around the edges, and the border was picked up and knitted. The octagon shape was chosen as I would not have enough yellow to make the enough squares for a square blanket.

The idea came after going to the Woolly Thoughts workshop hosted by Shall We Knit in May.
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Rope
Needles: 4.5 mm /US 7
Pattern: My own