Well, I’ve been knitting and finishing things like gangbusters around here!
(I originally named the post “Gangbusters!” but since it took so long to get all the photos loaded, etc., I’ve changed the title!)
First, I (actually) finished my baby boy cardigan - buttons and all. This completes my 12 in ‘12 goal!
Pattern: Sirdar Snuggly DK 1897
Size: 2-3 years, shawl-collared version
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly DK, 4 skeins
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) & US 5 (3.75 mm)
Some trouble with oddly worded instructions for collar, but easily resolved. This sweater was started when we were out in California for Molly’s graduation from law school. Some difficulty with attaching sleeves, but worked out in the end.
I’ve been working on charity items for the MKG 2012 charity project (including de-stashing some of my completed items that I knit for fun but don’t really want to keep), as well as for the Cheyenne River Youth Project. There was an annual “Mittenz Blitz” for them in September, but they also need hats, slippers, afghans, etc. and take them pretty much throughout the year. There is a Yahoo! group dedicated to their support with purchased and handmade items, and they have various months where they concentrate on providing items for certain needs. I joined the group primarily to get the timing of the items, and have been surprised at the quantity of purchased goods that individuals send out.
In addition, I’m still trying to finish up UFO’s around here, and to use up
a large portion some of my stash. Years ago, my friend Michelle had purchased some yarn for her daughter to use (but at the time, the daughter was not comfortable knitting with thinner yarns) and when she didn’t want it, she sold it to me. It’s Jaggerspun on cones, and it’s waxed so I think it was intended for knitting machines. I’m not sure how many yards are on the cones, but I’m sure it’s in the thousands of yards. I went online to try to figure out what this was (it has one of those labels that says stuff like 3/10.5 or whatever). Apparently this is a fingering weight yarn, 70% Lambswool 30% Baby Alpaca. Of course, hand wash. I’ve been staring at these 2 cones off and on ever since, not having a clue what I wanted to do with it. I’ve now decided to knit with both cones combined so it’s more-or-less a sport weight yarn. I made this hat (my 13th project for the year - and will be sent out for one of the charities):
Pattern: Junior Ski Hat from Patti’s Creations
Size: as written
Yarn: semi-mystery Jaggerspun held double, color Steel, and KnitPicks Brava Sport, color Black (for lining)
I didn’t bother with pom poms or funky braid with tassel for the top. I’m guessing in a dark color like this, it will likely go to a boy, and he probably won’t want all that girly stuff on his hat.
#14 This hat is the same wool I used on a sweater I made (#8 of my 12 in 12, posted here), trying to use up the left over yarn to make hat(s) and/or mittens. This will go to the MKG charity drive.
Pattern: Boreal, size L
Yarn: Cascade 220 (lost label, red heathered color)
Needles: Size 8 (5.0 mm)
Ski hat - can’t find pattern. Bought at same time as the Junior Ski Hat above, so probably still published by Patti’s Creations (I bought several of them, the difference being the patterns for the decorations).
Yarn: Lion Brand Microspun - I bought this eons ago (probably around 10 years ago!) and got on a kick to try this hat and the fair isle knitting. Turned out really well, feels great. Will send this to CRYC, even though it’s not wool, it should still keep someone’s head really warm with the thickness of the fair isle. This used 1 skein each of the blue (turquoise), red, yellow, orange and green (kind of a lime green), and 2 skeins black - needed 2 because of finishing and tassle + ties. I think this was when Microspun first was released, and they had all these very bright, almost neon colors. Very fun.
I have no idea what needles I used or anything. I don’t even think I could make that fabulous tassle again! This was all finished except for weaving in the ends, sewing down the lining, and making the ties. But completed before 12/31/12, so it counts! (Plus it’s no longer a WIP and will be out of my house shortly! Win, win!)
Pattern: Mrs. Beeton by Brenda Dayne (free on Knitty or link through Ravelry)
Yarn: Classic Elite Fresco, color Oatmeal #5336
KnitPicks Aloft, color Oat
Clear AB beads, size 8
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm)
Made these for Anne for Christmas - despite an expensive gift, just felt the need to add a little something, especially if it could be handmade. Wonderfully soft! I’ve loved these wristwarmers since Angela made a pair and showed them to us back in 2007!
Pattern: Mrs. Beeton
Needles, etc. the same as Anne’s (above)
Yarn: KnitPicks Aloft, color black
KnitPicks Swish DK, color black
Beads: Size 8 multicolor Iris (from firemountaingems)
Had to knit these for Jenny, since I made a pair for Anne! Was considering changing the beads out to be plain black ones, but Jenny saw them in-progress and liked them as they were. Finished these with a day to spare!
Next I’m using the same Jaggerspun (as the plain ski hat above) held double to create a sweater - the same pattern that won at the fairs last summer. The knitting was done long ago, but didn’t get assembled until after the end of the year, so I’ll count this for 2013:
Pattern: Ready to Go! from Patons Little Darlin’s booklet
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) and US 5 (3.75 mm)
Dave has asked me to make something for a friend’s soon-to-be-born baby. We talked about a sweater, but the baby was due in December and probably won’t wear a sweater until next winter (most likely in warm sleepers and wrapped in blankets for this year). So it eventually evolved into a sweater sized for next year and booties plus a hat for this year!
We chose a pattern I have made before, with yarn left over (so no
new expense except buttons)!
#2 (This also was not completed before year end. All the knitting was done, but assembly not completed. I was also madly trying to find buttons that work. Thanks to DD, I was able to use these buttons that she brought from California!)
Pattern: Sirdar Snuggly DK 1897, size 1-2 years
Yarn: KnitPicks Swish DK, marine heather, 4 skeins (123 yd/skein)
Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm) and size 5 (3.75 mm)
and fun booties
Pattern: Baby booties cars by Oksana Mik, size 0-6 months
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft, 2 shades of blue, white
Vanna’s Choice, Cranberry
Needles: Size 1 (2.25 mm)
These booties were a lot harder than they look! Knit on very small needles, using worsted weight. Had some conversation with another Raveler and she made hers with DK, and said they turned out much better. Seems the trick to a really cute bootie is in the choice of buttons for the headlights! (Dave nixed the buttons for headlights, worried about the choking factor.) I did knit an extra “sock” portion, because I felt the opening on the bootie was loose enough that they could be easily kicked off. The sock portion will help to keep them snugly on the feet!
Then he wanted to add a hat! :) The booties and hat were “for now” and the sweater for next fall.
Pattern: I Heart Cables by Justyna Lorkowska
Yarn: Caron’s Simply Soft - Dark Country Blue
Needles: Size 5 & 6
I thought originally that this would be waaaay too big, but it’s actually just about right. Recipient is 3 months old now and it fits great. Should be just enough to see him through the rest of the winter.
Pattern: (not yet named)
Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Bulky, Forest Shadows
Needles: Size 8 (5.0 mm)
This is a test mitten pattern - no name yet! I volunteered for this because the designer used Lamb’s Pride Bulky. I have two skeins that I bought eons ago to make Bella’s Mittens when Yarn Harbor was doing a monthly mitten KAL. While the pattern calls for bulky yarn, I think the Lamb’s Pride is bulkier - and Ravelry has it listed as “super bulky.” At any rate, I just about broke my needles and hurt my hands trying to use it for the Bella’s, so I gave up. I’ve been trying to find a pattern to use it up, and every time I’ve started, I’ve been unhappy with the results. By the time I use a needle big enough to not be a super-tight knit, it seems so loose I can’t imagine it would keep anyone warm. This pattern needed some sizing work, but I finally got a pair that fits me well - and they are thick and warm and fantastic! But, I can guarantee I’ll never use this yarn again!
I’m still working away - several works-in-progress! I’m even crocheting some booties for the same baby who received the cars booties. By the time they were all finished, I think the baby had already outgrown them. So he gets another pair of booties - this time a crochet pattern that I think is absolutely darling. Stay tuned!