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Finished Objects: Bebeh Stuff

Monday, March 18th, 2013
I have a rule when it comes to knitting:
 
I don't knit for people/pets I'll never meet. It's a self-preservation thing, really. If I won't meet these people, how can I tell they're knit worthy to me? They might be to the person asking but if that connection isn't there, than I can not make something for them. Same with pets too, believe it or not. If I won't meet their dog (most of the time it's dogs), then that says something about our relationship. If we'll never be in a position where I'd meet your dog, then, one can gather we're not friends. We might be totally cool but we're not friends. And if we're not friends, I'm not making something for this puppeh I'll never meet. (or cat but I can't say I've gotten many requests for cat stuff. And I certainly know how that'll end…making a cat a sweater….
 
Babies are the exception. Why?

THEY'RE HUMAN BARBIES TO KNITTERS!!!!

 
I can't think of another way to say it, really. I love making cabely-cardigans but I also appreciate that there isn't the pretty significant time commitment as there is with an adult. I must know the parents well enough…so as to avoid random requests “hey Laura, can you knit my neighbor's kid's granddaughter this?” and luckily, I've been able to gift two cardigans and a pullover to the short people in my life. :-D

First off, I'll start with lil Eva's Sweater:

 
Remember Hurricane Sandy? Well after that massive storm we had last summer, and this happened a few doors down from me:
 
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So needless to say I was FREAKING OUT when Sandy came through. I was nervous that the above would happen to us and then my brain started to get really creative–our stuff! our cats! where in God's name will all of us stay if that happened?!?!
 
And then I see that my ex-co-worker and his wife were heading into the hospital to give birth to their first child in the midst of this craziness:
 
 
So naturally I used their kid as a coping mechanism to get through the storm, if I can be completely honest. Instead of having a panic attack over things that may or may not happen, I made this:
 
 
Apply anxiety to a good cause!
 
Pattern: Assisted Hatching by Elizabeth Ditchburn Dew
Yarns(s): Cascade 220 Superwash
Colorway(s): Purple
Needles(s): US 7 – 4.5 mm
Casted On: October 29, 2012
Casted Off: November 25, 2012
Modifications: None
 
The one thing I nag…I mean ask for when I send bebeh items is a picture of them wearing it. I looooooooooooooooooove pics of babies swimming in an item I've made them because it means they have a lot more time to enjoy it, right? But with this particular sweater, I was nervous because it's a pullover and therefore harder to get the little one in there. dooh. So when John and Kyley sent me this picture, I was quite pleased that no bones had to be broken to get lil Eva in there:
 
 
Wook at heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Evidently she liked wearing this at a ski lodge.
And since knitting this for John's and Kyley's cutie pie, I have enjoyed getting to know Kyley. They're good peeps. Keep the pics of Eva and their adorable dog comin'!!

Secondly, we have Emily's Cardigan

 
I love me some fair isle. People think it's hard. It's not. It's fun. I found this pattern on Ravelry and this just looked like something my friend's Megan's and Stephane's youngest would like.
 
Bláithín (junior)
 
Pattern: Bláithín (junior) by Kate Davies
Yarns(s) & Colorway(s):
Patons Classic Wool Worsted – Natural Mix
Cascade 220 – Purple
Elann Peruvian Highland Wool – Green
Needles(s): US 7 – 4.5 mm
Casted On: December 9, 2012
Casted Off: January 23, 2013
Modifications: None
Buttons: I got them at G Street Fabrics. If you can believe it, this was a hard sweater for which to find buttons. I ended up with a pretty basic button, which is good given the smallness of the recipient.
 
I sent it out to my friend's house and then I got the PICTURES. Look at lil Emily!
 
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There she is…keepin' it real.

Finally Lil Mikey's Grandpa Cardigan

 
First off, making a cardigan named a Grandpa Cardigan for a fourteen month old kinda cracked me up. It cracked up his mom too, my cousin's fabulous wife, Jeannie.
 
Gramps CardiganAll this cabely goodness in one little sweater!
 
Pattern: Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates
Yarns(s): KnitPicks' Main Line Yarn
Colorway(s): dark blue
Needles(s): US 6 – 4.0 mm & US 7 – 4.5 mm
Casted On: January 27, 2013
Casted Off: February 19, 2013
Modifications: None
Buttons: I got the buttons off Etsy here. In my picture, they appear to be more grey but they weren't when I received them and that was a good thing! They were a blue-ish grey, which, as you can see, matches slightly better with the rest of the sweater.
 
Now darling Mikey, very much like his dad, my cousin, has issues staying still for photo time but here's a pic, nonetheless of the recipient wearing this sweater:
That's it for baby stuff for a while at least. It feels odd making baby sweaters as temps start to increase.
 
Next entry might be about hats, books, more socks or about a lil Monster I made…..
 

I made my first toy

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

He’s/She’s a minion!

My Minion
Pattern: Mah Minion by Kat Lewinski
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Scraps of Cascade 220, Cotton Ease and I have not idea?
Colorway(s): Yellow, Light blue and black
Needle(s): US 3 – 3.25 mm (body) US 1 – 2.25 mm (arms)
Casted On: March 26, 2011
Casted Off: March 26, 2011
Modifications: none

I loooooooooooooooooooove the movie, Despicable Me. Sure it’s incredibly predictable as are most animated movies but I still love it. The minions are adorable and become even more adorable with the three children, Margo, Edith and Agnes, come to live with Gru. So when I saw this pattern on Ravelry, I just had to make one.

My Minion

Layla sniffs him/her out

Now the eyes….a Ravelry user can notice a wide variety of different kind of eyes people used. Some knit little eyes. Some painted them on buttons, as the pattern instructs. I used buttons with googly eyes. :-) There was a small button lying around that I used and I asked my darling husband if I can take a spare one off a tshirt I haven’t seen him wear in years. He was fine with it. (husband win!)

Now there’s a part of the craft world that I start to feel uncomfortable with. That is anything having to do with paint and adhesives. Paint isn’t that bad but often when I need paint, it involves going to three different stores till I find what I need. Projects that deal with glue always get messy for me. Luckily, with this project, I used Pioneer’s Embellishment Glue Stick (that I got at Michaels) to glue the googly eyes to the buttons and the buttons onto the body. To “paint” the buttons silver, I used a Pilot Silver Marker. Originally, I went to the grocery store hoping to get some nail polish. They didn’t have silver, as one can imagine. I went into their small school supply section and found the silver marker and went PHEW!

Jermaine was very excited when I got this little guy done. Because, after all, HE’S ADORABLE!!!! He asked me where I was going to keep it and I said “At work. It’s appropriate–we’re all minions” He looked a little disappointed so me thinks I might be making another one–one for the home (and hopefully the kittehs won’t turn it into a toy) and one for work.

And with this, I leave you with a Minion Movie. Unfortunately, I can’t embellish this into my blog because this is straight from the Despicable Me Channel. But here’s why they’re so damn cute! I had a growing joke with my boss Gina and my coworker buddy Andrea about this particular movie. I used to be obsessed with Skittles. With the red and purple ones only because they’re the only flavors that matter, as far as I’m concerned. I’d then give the other, less-important, flavors to Andrea and Gina. I then showed them that movie about bananas with the premise “Replace bananas with skittles and you got us!!….only we share” :-D

Now thoughts on a name for this minion???

FO – Waving Lace Socks

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I finished another pair of socks! YAY

Waving Lace Socks

Pattern: Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn Clark from 25 Favorite Socks
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM)(s)
Colorway: P608
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: August 20, 2010
Casted Off: September 15, 2010
Modifications: I knit these from the toe up and did a short row heel.

Waving Lace Socks I knit these socks for another coworker, Andrea. She loves reds and oranges and purples and I think this yarn did the trick!

She gave me some WONDERFUL advice when I was doing a lot of transitioning during my job and because I followed her advice, I’m back to doing what I really enjoy and what I’m good at with people that appreciate what I have to bring. So thank you, Andrea. I show my love with knitted items so here you go. :D

Waving Lace Socks I just loved the colors in this yarn but I do not think I’ll be making more socks out of Koigu in the future. Andrea wears a size 7 shoe, two sizes below me. I was a little unimpressed with the yardage of this gorgeous yarn. That on top of the fact that it’s not exactly cheap. But hey…who knows more people will be entering my life with smaller feet so I guess I shouldn’t completely write the whole line off, right?

This was a nice pattern even with the multi-colored yarn. Again, from my most favorite sock book–25 Favorite Socks

Next I hope to be showing off some knit items for my favorite little person, Abby Nadeau whose birthday is coming up. I’m making her a wrap from Interweaves Holiday Knits Magazine, 2007.

Dragon-Skin Wrap

Good night, All.

Madison’s Dress

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I won’t speak for all knitters but I’ll certainly speak for this one–We view babies as our own Barbie dolls, only way way cooler.

I have kept in touch, thanks to Facebook, with Good Counsel’s Class of 2000’s Best Dressed Female, Cassie Martell, now Cassie Diehl. She gave birth to this enormously cute cute kid. I’ve always ohhhhhhhhed and awwwwwwwwwed every time she or her hubby posts pics of lil Madison on Facebook. This kid is So. So. Photogenic.

So….I start to get the itch to make something for a lil bebeh. A lot of my friends have kids approaching the toddler age. No. I wanted an instant gratification project. So I think to myself “Why not make something for lil Madison??” and I did.

Behold Maximum Bebeh Cuteness:

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Had NO IDEA the yarn almost exactly matched the color of her eyes. I can only wish I was that clever. But how awesome is this?!

Pattern: Elenka by Inna Alesandrova from Knitty, Summer, 2009
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Cotton Ease, Lion Brand & Cascade 220
Colorway(s): Light Blue and Purple, respectively
Needle(s): US 6 – 4.0 mm
Casted On: July 6, 2010
Casted Off: July 10, 2010
Modifications: This is very very minor but I just did single crochet stitches as opposed to double crocheted stitches for the border. Not really a big deal

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This project was exactly what I thought it would be–instant gratification. Kids grow so so fast so I’m not entirely sure how much use lil Madison will get from this dress, but I know that lil Abby has turned her dress I made for her when she was about a year old into a tank top so there’s always that idea too.

This project was also a little bittersweet. I took the picture above right outside my apartment and went back inside and heard my cell going off–It was my mom calling me to tell me my dear granny had her fourth stroke. You look up the words “kind soul” in the dictionary and you will see my granny. Mom went down to Atlanta to be with her for her last few weeks, I sent this to Cassie. Yesterday she passed on and is now with my grandpa. They’re both in heaven now–he’s reading a Tom Clancy novel…Granny’s bitching about the squirrels in her tomato plants (she was kind to everyone but squirrels ) and they’re both watching the Atlanta Braves game. Needless to say I’ve been pretty sad. Seeing this new picture of Madison certainly did bring a smile to my face when I thought nothing could, so Thank You Cassie.

Well up next I’ll be showing of pictures of a cardigan that has been in the works for over a year! =D>

Abby’s Cardigan

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I finally finished Abby’s Starlight Starbright Cardigan and it’s gorgeous

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Pattern: Starlight, Starbright by Kirsten Jensen from her Ravelry Store
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Sport & Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Colorway(s): Romantic Rube & Grey
Needle(s): US 2 / 2.75 mm
Casted On: November 29, 2009
Casted Off
: February 22, 2010
Modifications: none

I test knit this for Kirsten on Ravelry when I saw her finished sweater. I asked her if she needed test knitters and she took me up on it. I don’t think I’ll volunteer again to test knit a pattern. I had a wonderful time knitting this, don’t get me wrong, but I guess I don’t knit fast enough. The last few weeks, I held up Kirsten and I still feel terrible about it. I do not like holding things up and I did this during the test knit process. It didn’t help that I had a ton of Christmas knitting too during this time.

DSCF1182 I knit this cardi using a 9 stitches/inch gauge as opposed to the 8 stitches/inch gauge the pattern states. That’s ok though, Abby’s a little on the small side. I really hope Rose and Abby like this. :-)

I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this cardi, as I often love me some fair isle. The yarn I used, Brown Sheep Sport, was a pleasure to knit with as it is tightly spun.I found it easy to knit two colors with this yarn and I hope to use it again in future projects.

This pattern was very well written and it’s a great first steaking project for anyone wanting to do it for the first time.

Up next some more works in progress. I like this starting thinngs thing :-D

Snowcopolypse Knitting

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Knitters would think of any reason to start a project and/or have a knitalong. So….there are two blizzards headed your way?? Yes, I think it’s a great reason to cast on something.

I present…….my Snowcopolypse/Snowmageddon 2010 Shawl:

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This is the Conifer Shawl from the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Knitscene. It would have probably been done if I didn’t leave it at mom’s house when I was at her place on Sunday the 7th. opps. But I got it back and hope to finish it soon.

I also finished the first sleeve on Abby’s Starlight Starbright Cardigan

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and I finally finished Courtney’s socks.

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Pattern: Serpentine Socks by Wendy D. Johnson from Socks from the Toe Up
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Fiesta Yarns Boomerang
Colorway(s): Sapphire
Needle(s): US 2 / 2.75 mm
Casted On: December 23, 2010
Casted Off: February 11, 2010
Modifications: I did a short row heel instead of a heel flap. no biggie

DSCF0934 This was my first time knitting with Boomerang. It’s a warm thick yarn for socks and I’m sure Courtney will love them. I have another skein in my stash and I’m sure they’ll making warm socks. But it wasn’t the most flexible or giving yarn. The resulting socks will be warm and very appreciated so that’s all that matters, right?

Ravelympics

The opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver will be starting at 9pm EST and that is the precise time the Ravelympics will commence I have decided to knit Seneca out of Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Woo. Progress pics to come!

Happy Ravelympics everyone! Be safe!

Seriously, as someone who has had her share of tendonitis issues due to flute playing, if your hands hurt, STOP!

2009 in Review!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Happy New Year!!

I hope you had a great New Year celebration. J and I welcomed two friends to our apartment we haven’t seen in a while. It was a great new years.

In the idea of nostalgia, here is what I completed knitting-wise in 2009

FOs for 2009 So, in review:

1 Cowl
2 Baby Sweaters
3 Pairs of Gloves
9 Pairs of Socks
2 Shawls
1 Hat
2 Cardigans

There is a part of me that is a little disappointed. Last year, I made 29 items and this year, it was 22. That said, I made more sweaters and cardigans and I’ve learned a ton. See…lookie. This year I also:

Steeked:
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Learned how to knit fair isle on two hands
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Learned Double knitting for a future finished object for Jermaine
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So yes, I wasn’t popping out finished objects as I used to in previous years but I’m still proud of myself and what I did in 2009.

As far as goals for 2010, I want to concentrate on sweaters, pullovers, cardigans. I seem to be in a huge sweater kick. I joined the IntSweMoDo2010 group on Ravelry. Sure, working on a wool sweater in July in DC won’t feel that fantastic but that’s where lace sweaters might come in :D

I have some sweaters in mind for this KAL but I’m still getting my thoughts together for it. But I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a KAL with very little rules as that is up to the individual knitter, which is nice, seeing as how I have work deadlines, not knitting ones :-)

Happy new year, everyone! Stay warm and happy knitting.

Abby’s Christmas Sweater

Monday, November 9th, 2009

is complete:

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Pattern: Cherished Pullover by Renee Sparkes
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): KnitPicks Pallette
Colorway(s):
Mist – 1.42 skeins, 328 yards
Marine – .26 skeins, 60 yards
Cornmeal – .08 skeins, 18.5 yards
Garnet Heather – .22 skeins, 51 yards
Pool – .12 skeins, 28 yards
Rainforest – .24 skeins, 55.5 yards
Liptstick – .34 skeins, 78.5 yards
Needle(s): US 1½ / 2.5 mm
US 3 / 3.25 mm
Casted On: July 18, 2009
Casted Off: November 8, 2009
Modifications: None–I followed the pattern to a tee because I don’t really know how to modify a stranded sweater. The only thing I changed was that I didn’t do the K2P2 ribbing at the neck because I was nervous the neck hole would be too small.

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This pattern was so fun to make! The pattern was written so so well (Thank you Renee!) and the color combination just pops.

There was one area where I think I could use some help/practice and that would be in the sleeve area. Perhaps all I need are 12 inch circulars but I did notice some bulkiness. Hopefully that will go away when I block it? This sweater is quite dense so I don’t have a huge ton of confidence in the blocking process as I would if it were lace. But oh well. This is still a great sweater and I learned a lot.

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I called this “Laura’s Experiment” on Ravelry because even if it doesn’t fit Abbey, which, I hope, is doubtful, I’ve learned a lot about steeking and more advanced fair isle techniques. So much so, I’m test knitting this wonderful cardigan from Kirsten for lil Abbey too. She’s going to be spoiled Christmas afternoon!

Knitting Accomplishment – Steeking

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I have compared steeking to going on a roller coster for me. First time I did it, I was very nervous and scared. Afterwards, I was like “That was so awesome!”

Well steeking is the same. The sweater and me before the cut:

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Please Bob

Was I nervous? OF COURSE but I did a ton of research on Eunny’s blog and Mary Ann Stephen’s blog. I decided to do two sew lines on each side of the steek cut area. I did that because I was that paranoid and I can’t say I was doing a great job of sewing.

This was the end result. Everyone was right. It really wasn’t that bad.

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I was nervous that things would start unraveling but it didn’t, lo and behold. Everything was fine.

As of now, I almost have the first sleeve done. This will be finished soon. I can not wait for Christmas to give it to Abby. I can’t wait to see her in it as well as show it to Rose.

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I’ll be posting some FO’s soon in addition to this. I’ve also started some Christmas gifts with new yarns that I’d like to share as well.  Many of my Christmas presents will be knit. I seem to be on track with everything so that I don’t feel like I’m in Santa’s Sweatshop December 24.

Two BFFs

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

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Friday before last, I got this cell phone pic from Jermaine who had the day off. He was at home and there was a slight draft because it was one of DC’s chilly days. He put on his BFF socks I made him and sent me a pic of him wearing them. That was so extremely sweet.

Then I went home and casted on a pair for myself. Yes, it was partly sentimental but I also remember making them for Jermaine and going “I wanna a pair.”

So I finished mine this past Friday

Pattern:
BFF Socks by Cookie A. from her blog
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Socks that Rock, Heavyweight
Colorway(s): Tanzanite
Needle(s): US 3 / 3.25 mm
Casted On: September 30, 2009
Casted Off: October 9, 2009
Modifications: I did this pair of socks toe up and used a short-row heel.

I tried very hard to use all the yarn and I pulled out the scale and made two even yarn cakes. Guess that didn’t work because one of the socks is about an inch taller. Oh well.

DSCF7177 I love these socks. They’re so warm and I know my feet will really appreciate them when it starts to get cold.Our apartment is very drafty.

This past weekend was a very low key weekend. I made some nice progress in Abby’s Christmas present. I’m about to cast on the steek stitches. This is Laura=

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Next weekend is Rhinebeck. I still don’t know what sweater I will wear but it will either be Stilwell or Climbing Vines. Looks like the latter one in my poll though. Hmmmmm

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