Colour Experiment

January 6th, 2015 by swatchless

I’ve got a friend who will soon be the father of twins. I’m knitting up a pair of fraternal sweaters using the brightly coloured yarn I have in my stash.

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It’s a top down raglan cardigan with brown as the contrast colour. The stripes will start with gold on one sweater, and the other will start with blue.

As usual I’m working without a real pattern, just a general idea. Working in stripes not only keeps things interesting, it also chunks the work into manageable sections…..i can sit down and knit a stripe or two, and in a few days it is half done! I’m not sure what size they will end up, but the good thing about knitting for a baby is that babies grow.

New Year, New Mittens

January 1st, 2015 by swatchless

After sewing up the Trellis sweater last night, I cast on for a pair of mittens to knit out the old year, and knit in the new.

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They’re Fox and Geese, knit in grey and maroon (school colours) for a friend who is in town for the holidays. The first mitten was knit in 2014 and I cast on for the second one after the ball had dropped to ring in 2015.

It was a stormy day today, perfect to stay in and knit. It has been a relaxing start to the year.

Baby Trellis

January 1st, 2015 by swatchless

All it needs is some buttons.

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I’m pretty sure it needs plain wooden buttons. The sweater is Trellis, knit in worsted weight acrylic from my Michael’s shopping spree. It is the 18 month size, knit in one piece whenever possible (fronts and back together until the arm separation, and the arms in the round rather than flat)

I sewed it together during our new year’s eve party.

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Here are our candles….we light a candle and make a wish on new years eve.

Best wishes for 2015!

Green Christmas

December 28th, 2014 by swatchless

It’s rare to have green grass as a background for the Christmas knits. Here’s some of the gifts I made this year.

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My cousin’s little one will make good use of this rugged Tomten sweater. He’s a big boy, but not yet big enough for this sweater. It’s good to have something to grow into!

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These mittens are Fox and Geese, made from scraps of yarn paired with black-a good way to use up odds and ends.

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Here’s another pair of fox and geese, knit from Cascade EcoWool. They’re soft and stretchy, but still a sturdy mitten.

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These last ones are again fox and geese mittens, but made from my handspun yarn. The green I dyed with food colouring, but as it turns out, I didn’t quite have enough to finish the thumbs in the same green. It’s a good thing my aunt doesn’t mind having slightly greener thumbs.

My Boxing day yarn adventures were fruitful, and I have completed the sweater. Here it is before the ends got sewn in and before blocking.

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I’m now trying to adapt Trellis to be knit in one piece up to the arms. It’s been a while since I made a cable sweater, we’ll see how it goes.

Boxing Day Sales

December 26th, 2014 by swatchless

This is the first time that I’ve gone boxing day shopping. Ever. I wasn’t even thinking of shopping until last night, when after an early Christmas dinner I decided to make this sweater.

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I cast on, and knit until I ran out of yarn. I thought that there was more navy yarn on my shelf, but apparently that had turned into a hat or something else this fall.

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With 7.5 inches of plain boring knitting complete, I started figuring out where to get more yarn to finish it up. One thing led to another and I saw that Michael’s was having a huge sale starting at 7am on Boxing day. Fast forward to this morning when my mom and I set off (with travel mugs of tea) to stock up on acrylic yarn. (I may also have a lot of robot hats to knit in the near future)

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Reduced prices paired with a 20% off coupon meant that we got a pretty amazing deal for a rather large quantity of yarn.

I’m hunkering down to knit a bit today before we resume Christmas festivities. We’ll see how much can get done before I’m on potato duty at 3pm.

Advent Socks Complete

December 24th, 2014 by swatchless

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After 24 days of knitting, my advent socks are done. I followed instructions on this site

It was exciting to watch them grow incrementally (quadratically actually), and the daily prompts were so creative.

I hope the two Finnish knitters continue to do this next year in English, it is a lot of fun.

A wee Giraffe is Coming Soon

December 20th, 2014 by swatchless

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There’s nothing like a deadline to crack the whip. Tonight I will be meeting the grandma-to-be of the little giraffe, and realized that it’d be my last chance to hand over a gift. It turns out that a giraffe hat can be made in a morning! I used this pattern as inspiration, but knit the ears doubled in the round to give them more structure.

It turned out better than I had expected!

Secret Santa

December 18th, 2014 by swatchless

Tomorrow is a knitting deadline for me. I’m in 3 different Secret Santa exchanges, and I’m happy to say that my 3 pairs of mittens are done!

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All are fox and geese mitts because they are the ones my fingers can make without much brain involvement. At this time of year, that’s a key feature of pattern selection.

Neon is cool

December 14th, 2014 by swatchless

I was advised that neon is cool again way back in the summer, and I hoped, as I knit so many tiny fluorescent stitches, that this fact would hold true at Christmas time when the wee munchkins would be big enough to fit into the sweaters.

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The babies like them…. The sleeves and the zipper seemed to be particularly tasty.

The pattern is Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Tomten knit with yarn rescued from the GAP window display from when neon was being reintroduced a few years ago. A student of mine who worked at the gap managed to divert about 10 brand new balls of yarn out of the bag headed to the dumpster and brought it to me at school. It was a very sweet gesture, and I’ve been working bits of neon acrylic into projects whenever I can get away with it. The good thing about acrylic is that it can be put through the wash…key for baby clothes!

Elves came to help

December 13th, 2014 by swatchless

Tonight we gathered to decorate a big Christmas tree.

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We had a few wee elves help out.

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One little elf turned 4 months old, so we turned it into a party.

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If you’re looking for a cute seasonal gift for your own little elves, these booties are a good project for elves big and small. I knit them in the infant size, out of Cascade 220, and Patons Classic Wool. It’s key that the wool is NOT superwash. The boots are knit big and loose…

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And then they go through two full wash cycles in hot water, and they shrink right up.

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Some ended up pretty furry, but you can just snip off the extra fuzz with scissors. You don’t have to worry about cutting the ends too close because it’s felted, so it wont unravel.

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I made a pair for my dad several years ago, and he’s been wearing them as slippers all year round.

One word of caution, if you make these for a little child who is walking or running around, you should put some anti-slip paint on the sole to prevent them from wiping out and getting hurt.