A very belated Christmas

Luckily, for Alex and I, Linus isn’t one to complain too often. So when his Christmas gift wasn’t finished on Christmas, he didn’t put up a fuss. Well, it’s been off the needles a while, but the ends are woven in, and it’s blocked. Finally.

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Pattern: Arlo’s Christmas Stocking by Antje Karl

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers (didn’t save the colorways, sorry!)

I really love how this came out. The hearts are just SO cute and it’s super classic and vintage-y. I know Santa will stuff it to the brim next Christmas ;).

Happy knitting!

COZY MEMORIES BLANKET & Sock Adventures

This may end up being a longish blog post. My knitting life has changed forever (for the better)! As you know, I’ve been on maternity leave for a while. So what have I been doing (aside from A LOT of dirty diapers and breastfeeding and baby playing)? Basically, early on, I ran out of good shows on Netflix. The only show worth watching right now is Star Trek: The Next Generation. Data is SO adorable; I can’t handle it.

Rather than trolling for new shows, I delved into the world of knitting video podcasts. Listed below is what I am currently watching.

A Homespun House

YarnGasm

The Fawn Knits

Little Bobbins Knits

Tiny Paper Foxes

Killtocraft

Sticks + Twine

Andre Sue Knits

Knitting Expat

Seriously, check these out! I really wish I had enough time to provide a description of each, but Little Linus just isn’t going to give me a long enough break to do that. I will say that some of these people have their own shops that sell BEAUTIFUL project bags and hand dyed yarn, among other things. Also, as I am caught up on all of these (at least from December to present), please, please let me know if you have any others you recommend!

Something that ALL of these podcasts have in common is a mitered square blanket, which has lovingly been dubbed the Cozy Memories Blanket by Molly, the host of A Homespun House. There are tons of patterns for this on Ravelry and so I won’t link to a particular one. Naturally, I had to start one. It’s SO addictive. I did have an abundance of leftover sock yarn, which is where most of my squares came from, but I also joined a swap group in Ravelry, and received some minis for Christmas. Here’s most of mine so far.

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I’ve also finished 2 pairs of socks so far this year. I’m participating in the Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by Kristin of the YarnGasm Podcast. This means a minimum of 12 pairs of socks over then entire year. These two were from some subscription yarn I’ve been hoarding.

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Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner / Hedgehog Fibres Sock (Hummingbird) – I started these when I was pregnant, and actually knit on them a bit in the hospital when my labor was being induced.

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Very Vanilla Socks by Jo-Anne Klim / Life in the Long Grass Fine Sock (Candlelight)

Alright, time to cast on some Valentine’s Day socks! Thanks for reading <3

Knitted Gifts

At some point during my pregnancy, I got tired of knitting baby stuff. I think it was autumn. I wanted longer projects. I would have loved to knit a myself a jumper from Pom Pom Quarterly, but I wasn’t interested in doing a whole bunch shaping for the growing baby bump only to wear it for a couple of months. So I knit a few gifts for people.

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Mom’s Birthday – I asked Mom what she wanted  me to knit her and gave a couple of options. She chose a scarf. I haven’t actually knit a scarf in forever. Unfortunately, I had just fallen in love with Winterlong by Bristol Ivy, but it’s a cowl! I looked through some of the past projects on Rav and found a user with notes about converting it to a scarf. I followed their directions. Once I finished, I realized that I probably could have done it seamlessly if I hadn’t been so hasty to cast on. The yarn I used was Amano Yarns Warmi in a cream colorway. It was so, so soft. I definitely want to knit with this yarn again.

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Janet’s Birthday – I also asked Janet (my step-mom) what she wanted for her birthday in November and gave her a couple of options. She wanted socks (yay!), so I knit her up a pair called Mirkwood by Rebecca Wilder. It’s a lovely pattern, but was published in chunks for a kal, so that was a bit annoying. I tried some new sock yarn: Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet, which is 100% merino. Since I didn’t have her foot measurements, I had to estimate and convert to cm using her shoe size and information from the Craft Yarn Council. It worked out perfectly (THANK GOD)! For Christmas I got the book Custom Socks to Fit Your Feet, so I won’t ever have to estimate again once I get everyone’s feet measurements!

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A Thank You Present – My SIL Teagan was so, so, so nice to illustrate invitations for my baby shower. And she wouldn’t let us compensate her, so I knit her a hat. The pattern is There’s a Rabbit on my Head by Stephen West. Yarn: Ístex Létt-Lopi. Two of the colorways she brought back from Iceland. The other few I had in my stash. I actually knit a second one of these in slightly different colors for a coworker who was moving away because the first one was so much fun.

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The Hat That Was Too Small – I fell in love with this pattern Screaming Floral by Thea Eschliman and decided I had to have it. I bought some yarn, Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo, but didn’t realize that it was a sport weight yarn. Oops. Anyway, the hat came out too small. It just kept slipping off my head. My coworker has a young daughter (with a smaller head than me) who has a love for fiber arts, so I gave it to her! I bought some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in colors that are higher contrast (so you can see the design better) to make another, larger one for myself. Hopefully soon!

Ornaments – I started watching the A Homespun House podcast with Molly. I LOVE IT, and totally want A Homespun House project bag SO BADLY. I can’t wait for the next shop update. It’s also pretty cool that she’s originally from Wisconsin, like me. There was a meetup going on in late December, but I had just given birth, so I wasn’t in attendance. The podcast inspired me to knit some ornaments for the holiday season, though, for the KAL. These were gifted to one of my aunts for Christmas.

Alright, so now you’re almost caught up on all of my knitting. There is one more long-standing project to introduce in another post, on another day.

Happy Knitting!

I’m back! An Update.

Oh my goodness. Well I haven’t posted since April 29th of last year, so I should probably give you all an explanation of what I’ve been up to since then. Believe me, I’ve definitely still been knitting. There have been NO knitting breaks! If I share what I’ve been knitting, I think it’s going to give the news away. So I’ll just tell you and then share all the projects. I GOT PREGNANT AND HAD A BABY!

I already knew I was pregnant in my last post, but nearly right after I finished Sólja, I started knitting for the baby. And then I kept telling myself I would post on the blog at 12 weeks, or 20 weeks, or 24 weeks… and then I never did because I was just way too nervous.

This is me in October at 30 weeks pregnant.

This is Linus. He was born on December 16th.

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So those were just a few GORGEOUS photos taken by Katie Killebrew Photography. I LOVE THEM.

Less beautiful, but pretty hilarious is the photo of us immediately after birth.

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Anyway, I’m not going to go into detail on each project because there are so many and I just don’t know how long this baby is going to sleep. Each is linked to my Ravelry project page. Some of these were knit before 20 weeks, so we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl. So Linus will be wearing some pink in the future!

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Purl Soho Friendly Fair Isle Sweater by Purl Soho

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Colette by Kate Gagnon Osborn

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Zeke the Aloof Alpaca by Rebecca Danger

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Baby Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker

Garter Stripe Baby Socks by Jennifer Hoel

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On the Go-veralls by Heidi Lehman

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Playdate by tincanknits

Fly Away by tincanknits

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Bumble by tincanknits

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Knotted Newborn Hat by Ann Donovan

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A bonnet for every little princess by Linda Castles

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Knubbelchen by pezi888

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The Heartskull Hat by Siouxsie Stitches

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Tiny Trees Baby Vest by Kylie Bates

Love, MB

PS: I didn’t only knit baby clothes while I was pregnant. I’ll post my other projects from the last 9 months when I get a chance.

Sólja

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Pattern: Sólja by Anna Maltz in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 8: Spring 2014

Yarn: Navia Trio

I think this is my most favorite thing I’ve ever knit. I finished and blocked it last week after only about 12 days of knitting and finishing work. My mom is already asking for one, and since this pattern is so much fun, I’m definitely looking forward to knitting another. The yarn is a very wooly blend of Shetland and Faroese wool, which blocks nicely and is super warm, meaning I’ll be wearing this to work once a week.

The pattern is knit in pieces from the bottom up, and then the sleeves are joined to the body at the yoke and is knit in one piece from there. There is minimal seaming under the arms, which was pretty simple as there was mostly stockinette around the seam-area.

I went down two needle sizes in order to obtain gauge. The first swatch I knit only one needle size down. I usually do this because I knit loosely. I met row gauge, but not stitch gauge with that swatch. So I went down another needle size and cast on. This worked out well, however, since now my row gauge was off, I did end up knitting one extra repeat of the lace pattern on the body. Fortunately, that was the only modification I had to make. The rest was perfect, despite the row gauge difference.

Although I knit the size 1, I did only end up using about 6 skeins of the gray instead of 7. I bought 8 because I was planning on possibly knitting a size between 1 and 2. Anyway, now I have some extra yarn to stash. In the natural white, I was concerned at the end that I would run out, but I had just enough to squeak by, with a few yards extra.

I think the most difficult part about the sweater was the 3-color portions. This only ended up being 6 rows, so I managed. The thing that made it hard was remembering when to carry the floats for all three yarns. Initially, I had decided to carry floats if there was more than 4 stitches between colors (so if there were 5 stitches between, I’d carry the float on the 3rd stitch, in the center of the strand –does that make sense?). This meant a lot of float carrying, especially in the 3-color portion of the largest flowers, but I mapped out a plan and did it. And of course I was just way too stubborn to just do 2-color for those rows and then add the yellow with duplicate stitch.

Alright so onto the next projects – more socks! Here is the yarn I’m planning to use.

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This last one is the April SGY Club I received this month, and it is SO soft.

Elske means love

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Pattern: Elske by Merrian Holland

Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering (Canary, Silver Shimmer, Lakeside Liz)

So happy these are finally done drying because I love these socks. They are just so adorable. I’m happy I went with these colors, too, because they’re great for springtime. Maybe this autumn I’ll make another pair in some deep jewel tones.

You may have noticed that I’ve been on a sock kick, lately. And yeah, I have another pair on the needles from my last post. Soon, SOON, it will be Sólja time and I’m excited!