Monday, May 20, 2013

Obsessively Knitting

Thanks Deina for the phone call. I have been obsessed with knotty a Lopi sweater this holiday weekend. I want to get it completed before the really hot weather comes. That is why I haven't updated my blog. We will be meeting at Reads on Tuesday, the 21st at 6 p.m.
Back to the sweater

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Off the Needle, On the Hook and On the Needle

Well here is the story. In 2008 I decided to knit a ripple afghan. So I found a free pattern bought the required yarn and needle, worked on it for about a month and then put it away until last Friday!! That's right folks about 5 years. I dug it out last week and worked on it sporadically through the week and completed it this morning. The pattern was free from Bernat, Worsted-Pink Blanket. After 5 years it's off my needles.

Continuing the story. The afghan may have been hibernating for 5 years not so the pattern. While searching for it on line I came across a picture of a lovely crochet afghan pattern for sale. I knew that I had the pattern and suddenly I had to find it and make it. Just an FYI here this particular pattern was a courtesy or free pattern with a subscrbed magazine from 1985. Five years ha, try 28 years! Well after much searching of my hobby room I found it!! I wouldn't call myself a pack rat but a pattern from 28 years ago.

Pretty Pastel Afghan
Now this is a crochet afghan that requires 80 ounces of worsted weight yarn. I am using ivory 2 ply 20oz purchased at a yard sale, 8oz each of Cascade Eco yellow color#8457, Cascade 220 color#9478 pink instead of coral, Briggs and Little Regal Fundy Fog color#60 lavender,40z each of Briggs and Little Regal KnitEast NB Green as green, Briggs and Little Softspun Honeydew color#15 as light green, Cascade 220 color#9456 as blue, 16oz each of Briggs and Little Softspun Wedgewood color#40 as light blue and Briggs and Little Softspun Flamingo as peach.
Pretty Pastel Afghan blocks

Yarn for Pretty Pastel Afghan  

I started a Lopi sweater at the end of March and set it aside in April to make baby items and because I had to order a few more balls of yarn in the main color. They arrived on Thursday and so the sleeves for the sweater are happily back on my needles.

We are meeting tomorrow night at Reads, Riverview. See you there.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Baby Projects Completed and Gifted

My friend Nicole is having her very 1st baby. This week was her baby shower so I made her a few items. Nicole enjoys those photo opportunity hats . You know like in the Anne Geddes photos. I made her a hat out of my thick and thin handspun wool from the pattern Uptown Babe designed by Rae Lynn Chase.

I also knit her Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Jacket Surprise. I have the pattern in her book Knitting Workshop. I made it to fit an older baby and used Snuggly Wuggly 100% acrylic Baby Sport weight yarn in Pixie Prints. I used Lorilee Beltman's You Tube tutorial.
I made this cute hat also for an older baby using the same yarn. The pattern is Pixie Hat by Diana Chan Taylor and is very easy to knit up and so cute.

Below is a lovely open on the side cardigan for a newborn. The pattern is Eucalyptus by Helen Rose. I made it in Berroco Pure Pima. A dk weight cotton yarn that is so soft. I changed the cuff by crocheting the edge and I also crocheted an edge on the bottom of the cardigan.

Nicole liked a particular pair of booties she saw on Pinterest. I combined to patterns together to achieve a similar pair. The actual bootie pattern I used was Magic Slippers by Caroline Hegwer and the Crocodile stitch cuff is from Laura Tegg's crochet pattern Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties . Both patterns are quite lovely. I used a tiny bit of sock yarn and made them in a pink colorway. Nicole didn't want to know the sex of her baby but I really wanted to make something in pink.
Well that is all for today.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Baby Set

Two weeks ago soon to be first time Grandmother JoAnne brought in for show and share this lovely baby set. This set is a very nice complement to Bunny blanket she has crocheted to welcome her grandbaby.