December 16, 2008

Little Ruff

Another knitted gift! I made this for Caroline. The pale yellow reminds me of ducklings (she loves them)!

 JoAnn Sensations Dolcetto yarn in a pale yellow on sz 8 needles. Vintage shank button closure. Pattern based on "Little Ruff" from One-Skein Wonders.

November 27, 2008

Anthropologie-inspired Capelet

Anthropologie is one of my favorite clothing stores, but boy can I do without their prices. I always head straight to their sale section at the back of the store whenever I go. What can I say, a gal's gotta watch her wallet! So when I saw a pattern for this Anthropologie-inspired shrug/capelet on Ravelry, I just had to give it a try. Here it is, freshly blocked. For a Secret Santa handmade swap at work :) This was a quick and fun little project using bulky yarn on sz 11 needles. I decided to put the WS as the RS because I like the way it looks better (The pattern calls for the WS of the stockinette as the RS). I also added more rows on the bodice to make it longer so It looks more like a cropped cardi, since the person I'm making this for is tall and thin. I also decided to thread dark burgundy velvet ribbons along the collar/neckline as tie closures.

All packed up & ready to go!

October 27, 2008

Sweater Factory & Rusted Root

Ah yes. Baby(sweater) fever has been running rampant here at my crafting headquarters even though it's been a very, very warm summer. Someone on Ravelry saw this photo and sent me a message asking if I knitted these for triplets. Haha! I even made little hats to match every single one of these, and now two of them have gone to new homes. Hopefully will do their jobs and keep two beautiful baby girls warm and cozy this winter. The green set is supposed to be for my little niece this Christmas. I haven't seen her in a while, but I hope it will fit her. Having knitted three baby-sized cardigans had given me courage and confidence to follow and decipher knitting patterns. I actually got really brave and made something for myself!

Tada! I present my very first adult-sized sweater! Okay, so it's probably not obvious to anyone else, but I made a ton of boo-boos while knitting this. It's not even really my color, either - I only bought the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece because they were $2 a skein at the flea market (they're normally $6-7 a skein at yarn shops). I figured at $2, that's cheaper than the cheapest quality acrylic yarn at the local mega-mart. There's no pressure if I mess it up, right? After taking it apart a gazillion times, many nights of watching Heroes, Good Eats, Iron Chef, No Reservations, Bizarre Food, Fringe & Mad Men (my new favorite show), I finally finished my very first sweater. I almost always give my knitting away, and now I finally have a knitted garment for myself. For my first adult-sized sweater, it turned out a lot better than I thought. I learned so much from this project - I feel more confident about knitting and using patterns now. It was definitely a great learning experience to work it from start to finish. After nearly five years of knitting I am so dang proud of myself that I might just wear this out in public.

:: :: ::

Pattern: Rusted Root
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Tea Rose
Needles: KnitPicks Options in sz 6 and sz 4

June 15, 2008

Baby Love

This is the (nearly) finished baby cardigan. It just needs buttons and the ends weaved in. I can't believe I actually made my first human-sized sweater! There are a few booboos here and there but I'm really glad it turned out okay - I was picturing a sweater with three sleeves or something ;) The only problem is, I made it to fit Baby Natalie at six months, and er, she is six months now and it's the middle of the summer. *smacks forehead* So I've started another one in a really pretty light lime green. I think it'll end up being size 18 months and it'll be a good Christmas gift. I don't know what I'm going to do with this cardi though. Oops. The pattern for the cardigan is available for free at Knitting on the Net.

June 5, 2008

Baby Knits

I finally decided to be brave and venture into people-sized knitting after over four years at it. I know, I'm slow. It was after trying the piglet that something sort of clicked in my head, and strange algebraic formula-like knitting patterns started to make a little more sense. Of course, I can't do big-people knitting yet - with my patience I'll probably never finish the project. But baby-size knitting! That seems more manageable for now. I decided to get this really sweet pale lilac Italian yarn to make something for my niece Natalie. It's my sister's favorite color, hopefully the sweater will fit the little one. I'm really excited about making a bunch of baby sweaters now. I almost want a little one so I can dress them up in cute knitted garments. LOL. Do you recommend her books to a knitting pattern novice like me? Let me know!

February 9, 2008

Chocolate Cub

I finished my 2nd knitted animal today! This little cub took forever but I'm pretty happy with how he turned out. pattern from World of Knitted Toys by Kath Dolmeny. Bear cub's eyes from Clara/6060 on etsy.

January 24, 2008

Piglet for a Piglet

I've been knitting every Thursday at lunch with a few coworkers for nearly two months now. It's been really fun and interesting to see how the simple act of knitting in public attracts perfect strangers to stop and ask questions: "What are you guys working on?" "Is that knitting or crocheting?" "Is this a knitting club?" Hehe. Every week we get people asking us questions! So far a few people have shown interest and seem to want to join in on the fun. Today we did have someone who said she only knows one stitch and had been using Fun Fur. *shudders* Well, if she joins our group she'll have to leave that Fun Fur at her desk. :P Oh yes, check out my little piglet for a piglet (my niece), from World of Knitted Toys by Kath Dolmeny! I'm so proud of myself for following a pattern. I've been knitting for a little over three years now and have only recently started reading patterns without going cross-eyed. I bought the book exactly a year ago, tried one pattern, and gave up. Reading stuff like ""k2 tog, k(20), inc one st into next 4 st" used to make my head spin, but now it's like "Oh pfft, I can do that." What a difference a year makes!

I don't know what suddenly clicked inside my head, but now I'm not so scared of patterns anymore. Yeah yeah, it only took me three years to get here. I'm amazed at how quickly most people pick things up - My coworker Meggie was one of those "knit stitch/Fun Fur only" people until we started knitting at lunch. I showed her how to purl and combine her K and P to do ribbing, and suddenly she took off - so far she has done a ribbed scarf and now she's attempting a lace pattern! I still don't know if I'll ever do sweaters or anything complicated like that, but I'm pretty content just going at things in my own pace.

This little piglet is supposed to be for Baby N, but now I'm not sure if I want to give her away. Haha!