I just finished my own pair of 3 X 1 socks in Malabrigo and they are every bit as comfortable as Sweet Baboo said they were. This yarn is truly fabulous. It knits like a dream and is so, so soft and smooth.
First sock -- a little over half done.
One down and 2/3 done with the second -- but starting to get a bit nervous. Not a lot of yarn left at this point!!
A really close finish!!
By the time that I got to the toe, I was checking and re checking my yardage (or should I say footage!) hoping that I had enough to finish. That little loop of yarn in the upper right corner is just about one yard of yarn. I had another ball, but I really wanted to keep that one for something else and now I can!
Not long ago, having hit a knitting brick wall, and not knowing what I wanted to do next, I told my sister to send me measurements for her husband’s foot so that I could make a pair of socks for him. He’s big on outdoorsy stuff, bow hunts, makes maple syrup, farms, etc. A pair of wool socks would be a good choice. However, sister hasn’t sent me the measurements yet — have you sister? ;)
Anyway, after some thought I decided Sweet Baboo could use a pair. Off to Woolworks, found some fabulous yum yum yarn called Malabrigo which is pure Merino wool and superwash to boot. I knit socks with two circular needles rather than 3 or 4 or 5 or whatever is needed for double points. What’s nice about that is that you can stretch the sock in progress over the foot of the intended recipient. I must have asked him to try the first one on 43 times. Good natured as he is, there was no complaint. He’s been down this road before and knows what he’ll get at the end.
There is nothing like being able to measure and re-measure a foot during knitting. The fit is fabulous and if there’s any tightness or looseness anywhere, it’s not a hardship to frog a few rows back and knit it correctly, rather than finding out at the end that there’s a problem. These are like a second skin for him, plus the yarn is so smooth and itch-free. The colors aren’t even close, but he’s happy!
This pattern is a mishmash of several that I have, but mostly starts with Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi. Love her pattern, just kind of improved on it for these socks. Plans are to add the pattern here.
Pretty yarn, isn’t it? Thursday was a day from hell. This is my version of a middle of the week margarita. After feeling like I had been beaten up at work, I had stopped at my LYS, Woolworks on my way home on Thursday and picked up a couple hanks of Malabrigo Rios. Believe it or not, they are from the same dye lot (sort of) but Jen & I unwound all the hanks and chose two that were somewhat close, without any lime highlights. Aesthetically, I’m really the only one that cares about how close the shades are. This will be socks for Sweet Baboo, and he wouldn’t care if one sock was blue and one was orange.
Next was picking a pattern that would be different from the one that I’ve been making socks from for a couple of years now. I love the pattern from Cat Bordhi (Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, the very first pattern in the book, just a basic crew sock) but I thought I’d look for something else. Well, that something else turned into a huge search (incredible how many patterns there are out there) but I didn’t want anything too complicated. Then I found this pattern Quick Knit Socks and it was a free pattern — two of my very favorite things!! Check out Chris’ site, Chris Knits in Niagara — lots of really cool knitting patterns.
Anyway — I don’t do dpn’s, so I’ll do a little shuck and jive with the pattern so that I can use my two circular needles. Nothing like creating something to clear out the cobwebs and drive away the poor little me’s!!!
Cute as a bug’s ear and takes practically no time to finish. This pattern is The Little Flap Cap #109 and can be purchased here at Cabin Fever. They have lots of patterns here, including an adult version of this one, which is a baby size. I used Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed Medium Blue and size 7 needles. And I actually swatched it so that I knew the gauge was correct!!!
Just a side note — if you linked through to this post hoping to find the pattern — sorry!! This pattern costs $5.00 through Cabin Fever, so I can’t write out the instructions. At the time I bought the pattern, there weren’t many flap cap patterns (like none!!) floating around the internet. Since then, there have been a lot of very similar patterns listed on Ravelry, if you’d like to take a hop over there and look around.
ARGH!!!! I am having technical difficulties with my camera — the images are totally subpar, but I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.
Anyway, two pairs of slippers down, and a few more to go. One pair definitely for daughter and one pair definitely for the GrandLad –
These are for GrandDolly #1. I can’t seem to get a crisp pic out of my camera, so this will have to do. They really look cute on her — I had a picture of that too, but it was even worse than this one. :(
This one is just a little bit better. I made them from my original pattern (click here) but with larger needles — a lot larger, size 10.5. She hates anything even remotely itchy. These are nice and soft for her, but I’m sure that they will wear out sooner.
These are for GrandDolly #2 — note the square toes!!! I made them a little bit tighter than #1’s, because #2 is an avid barefooter. Hopefully, these will be harder for her to get off. I kind of combined several different patterns that I have and kitchenered off the toes so that they would be more square. #2’s feet are VERY square — I guess most babies feet are.
This would be a great project for a beginner — it’s knitted all in one piece, starting at the lower edge back, up over the shoulders and down the front, leaving just side seams and under the arms to be sewn up. I learned a new technique for sewing up the side seams called a mattress stitch. (Check out this video for the how-to. It’s about 2/3 of the way down the page.) It gives you an invisible seam, even for a first timer like me!!! I was very pleased with the result.
The yarn that I used is Lion Brand Baby’s First, an acrylic and cotton yarn that is absolutely mouth-watering and comes in 6 or 8 colors. The pattern is a free Lion Brand pamphlet that I got at Michaels, Jasmine Kimono. You can pick up this pattern here or here, no dinero needed!!
A size 10 needle is recommended, but I ended up with a 10.5 after swatching a few inches. Because of the nature of the items that I knit and crochet, I don’t usually worry too much about swatching, but I did do it for this item. I also did a light steam blocking just to square everything up when I was done and before I sewed the seams. During that light steam blocking, I found out that my very nearly new Rowenta steam iron leaks like a sieve!! That does NOT make me a happy camper. More on that another time.
And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of GrandDolly modeling the sweater, would it? She’s such a ham for the camera!!
All in all, a great pattern that really didn’t take very much time at all — maybe 3 nights in front of the TV and with very little frogging!!
Josie has been asking me for a new hat and scarf, but they had to be blue and they couldn’t be itchy. This is what I made based on her specifications.
Pretty cute don’t you think? I used S R Kertzer Northern Chunky acrylic yarn — Josie proclaimed it comfortable!! The pattern is “Baby Rollin’ Beret” by Wooly Wormhead and is extremely easy.
And to match the beret, I whipped up this keyhole scarf from “Off Jumps Jack”, also a very easy pattern and in the same yarn as the beret. I tried to get a picture of Josie wearing it — perhaps the phrase “like nailing jello to a tree” gives you an idea of how that went!!
And finally, here is a diaper cover (soaker) that I made for Jillie girl. This can be made with any worsted weight wool yarn, as long as it doesn’t say superwash — it won’t be absorbent at all if you use that. I tried to get a picture of this too — refer to jello comment above again. The pattern is a freebie from Tiny Bird Organics and is very simple to knit — it’s knitted all in one piece and then you sew up the sides and add the ruffles, which by the way are just way too cute.
I’ve had a very productive weekend. Friday evening I started a sweater for GrandDolly called Girls Cap Sleeved Spring Top. I have had this yarn forever, it seems like, and didn’t know what I would make with it. Then I found this great sweater tutorial. (The pattern is here at Soulful Hues Hobbies & Random Thoughts.) I finished it tonight, blocked it and can’t wait to put it on GrandDolly tomorrow. Check this out!!
And this is the finished sweater on GrandDolly — loves to have her picture taken with her Pepe. When I put the sweater on her, she kept saying “Meme, for me??” like I’d never given her anything before!! Poor deprived GrandDolly!
Pepe and GrandDolly
So, yeah, I haven’t added anything to this blog since December. But don’t think that I’ve been laying on the sofa eating bonbons. I have been knitting and sewing and crocheting up a storm!
This is my sewing/computer room — my very CLEAN and organized sewing/computer room. Clean as the proverbial whistle. Well, except for the cat in my yarn box under the table. Can you see the white paw?
I was going to post the before pictures but it was just too depressing to document. Suffice it to say that it was just impossible to find anything that I wanted. Not necessarily a fun thing to do, but it had to be done.
In my case at least, having a room so clean makes me just itch to do something!!
Shortly after the holidays, I received an email from Connecting Threads advertising Mama’s Cottons 2 Sampler fabrics. I tell ya, this fabric positively shrieked at me to buy it!!Yummy, yummy! There haven’t been many times when I ran to get my credit card to buy something, but this was one of them. I didn’t even know what I would make with it, but figured I would hear another shriek when I found it.
As luck would have it, I stumbled across this .pdf file for burp cloths at the Michael Miller Fabrics website.
I also found a darling bib pattern on Etsy at jcasa and this was the result of that chance encounter. This is one really great bib pattern — doesn’t take long and cute as a bug’s ear. I’ve started trying freemotion quilting on them (which always scared the daylights out of me) and it’s working pretty well – of course it’s a small area to quilt, but it’s good practice.
This is how the bibs looked after washing and drying. Just love that old quilty look!!
And this is just the first round. The burp cloths and bibs are for my niece who is having another boy in April but there are plenty of pink, green and lavendar fabrics still left from the fat quarter package. Darling Daughter is having another GrandDolly or a GrandWeeLad in September so perhaps I’ll be using those pink ones. Or maybe not. We won’t know until next month.
. . . . . for Sweet Baboo this time. I’ve been making quite a few things (and giving most of them away) and he was starting to feel left out. Can’t have that, now, can we?
He was so happy when I finished them this past weekend. I think that it took about 10 days to knit them, start to finish. Look how excited he was!!