Saturday, January 30, 2010

Baby Blanket




Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby color 2003, lemon
Pattern: Knitted Baby Chevron Afghan

The pattern is actually the one on the back of the skein's label. How original. This is once again some acrylic that I had sitting around and needed to use up. Because the pattern asked for 3 balls, and I only had 2, I didn't make it as wide. It'll be a good size for a newborn/premie or for a carseat. I'm not sure if I'll keep it for myself or if it'll be given away.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bath Fish

I knit these four fish on Sunday after church. I wove the ends in last night after I went out and bought more tapestry needles. I keep losing them!
Pattern: Bubbles
Yarn: Worsted Cotton

The yarn came to me secondhand and without a label, but it may be Peaches n Creme in Lemon Lime.

I made these to be bath toys for Margaret, so they are smaller than the pattern says for washcloths. The smaller fish are 20 stitches across at the middle and the larger fish are 25 stitches across.

These were very quick and easy. I still have more of the color- I may make a few more.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fonty

Margaret can't say "elephant" so she calls this little one "Fonty."

Pattern: Elefante
Yarn: Acrylic scraps, mostly Red Heart

I made this elephant because Margaret loves her Duplo ones and has insisted on sleeping with them a few times. Obviously this is uncomfortable for me, so I made her a soft squishy one.

The colors are the same (approximately) as the ones in the pattern. I had a tighter gauge because I used slightly smaller needles- 3s instead of 4s- and because I knit toys tightly to make sure stuffing stays inside. Hence mine has more stripes.

It was a nice pattern, though I had to experiment when attaching the head.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Duck Feet

It's cold and rainy today. It's weather fit for a duck.


Pattern: quack! from Cute Knits for Baby Feet
Yarn: Encore Worsted that I had in my stash. Sorry, I don't know the actual color.


This was not a stash-busting project. It was just a small project so I could get some immediate relief after knitting that sweater. The pattern was a little confusing, but not that bad. Very quick. Margaret wanted to wear them, but they are too small for her feet. I guess I should make her some socks some time soon.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Baby Sweater

Pattern: Jo Jo Basic Crew Sweater in size 9 months from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Soft in Key West (another project to use up the acrylic in my stash)

This is my first sweater-sweater. I've done the BSJ and other cardigan-like sweaters, but not a actual "knit the back, knit the front, knit sleeves, put it together" sweater.

And holy cow does putting it together take time! My husband commented, "Imagine if it were an adult sweater!" Um. Yeah. That doesn't motivate me to knit a sweater any time soon. I have one in mind for the future, but the yarn will cost like $70-90, so it'll be "later."

It needs blocking, but you can't really block acrylic.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rainbow Moonbeam the Sheep

In my attempt to use up all the acrylic I've been gifted over the years, I present to you: Rainbow Moonbeam the Sheep.

Yarn: Red Heart Multicolor SuperSaver in Starbrights and Red Heart Kids Solids in Blue
Pattern: Sheep Toy from The Knitter's Bible

I got to learn the looped knitting technique. It took so long and I can't imagine needing the technique ever again, but who knows?

The pattern has some mistakes, but the errata can be found here.
I was hoping the loops would prevent pooling, but unfortunately you can see Rainbow has a rainbow clown wig on, apparently.

I stuffed it with some fluff and some of the scrap fabric from cutting up the tarn. It means it's slightly heavier than expected, but it means less stuff in the landfills.

Monday, January 11, 2010

WIPs

Here's a baby blanket. It is my knitting for when I'm away from home. The pattern is simple and I don't need to think about it.

Here's part of a sheep toy. This is one of my attempts to lower the amount of acrylic yarn in the house. Because it's tough and washes easily, it makes great toys.

I also have the back and the beginning of the front of a baby sweater started.

Monthly plans
January: Toy-making
February: Ravelympics. Once that's over, I'm going to spend some time finishing some UFOs. For example, I have a pair of socks that's just waiting on me to finish the second sock (I'm at the heel flap).
March: Sewing. Lots of fabric I don't want to take with us to California.
April: Destashing the yarn and the fabric for the move.

Here we go!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Monster

So in my attempt to use up gifted acrylic yarn, I made a monster.

Yarn: Moda Dea Cheri in red. Gifted from someone I used to tutor in math.
Pattern: Simple Knit Amigurumi

Not entirely happy with its feet, but hey. It was just a knitted rectangle. And I didn't have the Internet open to check the pattern while I sewed it.
The eyes and mouth are cut from felt and sewed on.

Christmas knitting

I don't have many pictures of my Christmas knitting. For the nieces and nephew we were in charge of getting presents for this year, I knit them all a set of fruits and vegetables: pumpkin, corn, tomato, celery, carrot, strawberry, apple, lemon, lime, peach. I meant to get a mushroom or two in, but ran out of time. And I didn't get a picture of it all because we had to rush the set over to the post office ASAP. I'll be making the same ones for Margaret, so I'll post pictures of those when I get around to making those.

I also knit Margaret's doll a hat. I tried to do a sweater, but the first attempt resulted in sleeves that were too tight for the arms and the yoke wasn't big enough. You wouldn't think this doll would require much yoke but it does apparently. So the sweater got frogged and the hat was the only thing that got finished. Maybe I'll work on the sweater for Margaret's birthday.
In the mean time, I'm prepping my stash for the Ravelympics. I'm on Team Graffiti and I plan on using stash for it. So much acrylic- none of which I've actually spent money on! I'm spending the next few months knitting with it so I can get rid of it (either for toys or for Ravelympics) and then whatever I don't use will be freecycled before we move. Of course, my nice yarn will come with us. :)

FO: Basket

What happened to that tarn? It's a basket for our winter things: gloves, hats, etc.

Pattern: Twined Basket in Blue (warning: Ravelry link)
Yarn: 4 skeins of my tarn
The purl rows were especially time-consuming along with all the twisting. It does make a sturdy fabric, though. It's bulgy because it's really stuffed. I wish I had done the orange on bottom and the gray on top. Oh well.

Margaret decided it was a hat.