A Matched Set

March 20th, 2015 by swatchless

I’ve been working on this ensemble for a while now.  It’s a combo of bonnet and sweater for the newborn baby of a former student I taught close to 10 years ago.

The sweater is Sweet baby sweater, knit from superwash sock yarn.  It was knit to match the bonnet, and it sort of does.  As usual for me, I just start knitting, and my projects tend to evolve without a great deal of planning.  I had fully intended to make a completely striped sweater, until I ran out of green….and then I realized that I didn’t have enough light grey to finish the body in that solid colour.  So, after an emergency trip to the yarn store, where I held he work in progress up against all other sock yarn and decided on charcoal as it’s close to grey, I finished up the sweater.

I had some trouble with the garter stitch edging flipping up.  In my research, reducing the stitch count by 10% before starting the edging keeps it flatter.  I tried it, and there was a slight improvement, but nothing permanent.  If you know of any miracle cures for a flipping garter stitch border please let me know.  I think I will stick to seed stitch in future.

In any case, I dropped off this ensemble today, and hope that it will keep baby Theo warm this spring.

So apparently I was Hacked!

February 22nd, 2015 by swatchless

I’m not sure why a hacker in Bangladesh cares about a tiny knitting blog, but there you have it, for a while my site looked like this.


It’s all good now thanks to my brother who hosts the site, and his tech support consultation.

Now for some knitting!

I made up this little sweater for the daughter of a woman I sing with. She doesn’t know a sweater is coming, and sometimes that’s the best kind of gift…completely and totally out of the blue, from someone that you wouldn’t expect.

I added some eyelets to the neck and hem edges of my basic top down raglan cardigan. The sleeves are knit plain to avoid getting tiny fingers caught in the holes. I happened to have enough buttons on hand so I didn’t have to venture out this weekend. These past 6 weeks have been very busy, so having a quiet weekend to knit, finish some projects, and get caught up on others was a very nice thing indeed.

Robot Hats

February 14th, 2015 by swatchless

This is one of a few hat’s I’ve made this season.

I have to do a better job of taking pictures of them before I give them away. I’ll document the rest as I see them being worn.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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.


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.

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)

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

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

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!