Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Baby Gifts Complete!!!

Okay, so here is the finished Victorian Baby Jacket:
Yarn: Schaefer Anne
Pattern: Schaefer
It's kind of a slow knit, so I don't recommend it if you need something in a hurry. I had fun knitting it though, and I think it looks pretty and vintage.

Here is the Baby Kimono:
Yarn: Idena Bambino Bomull (very soft cotton! held double throughout.)
Pattern: Mason Dixon Knitting
Extremely easy knit, and the parents really liked this one. I changed a couple of things...I added a crochetted tie on the inside, and moved the ribbons to the left (pattern pic is on the right). It makes no difference, really. I wore kimonos when I was young and they go this way, so that's how I wanted to make it.

My weekend overnight project was this Petal Bib from One Skein
Yarn: Sugar n' Cream Yellow. Less than one skein was used.
This bib uses short rows. I had been avoiding those like the plague. Happy to say I can finally do them. (In a not so distant past, I had a major frogging incident trying short rows on socks...)

All the above mentioned yarns are machine washable. Yay!!!

Saturday, August 26, 2006


The jacket is in the process of drying. I made the hat called for in the pattern, and added some booties (Booties freebie pattern here). I still have a good amount of this Shaefer Anne yarn left over...at least enough to make another hat...

I went to MJ Trim in NYC, which was quite an overwhelming experience. Endless walls of ribbon and trim! I went to the store to buy some light pink satin ribbon to attach to the front of this jacket, and to go through the loops of the booties. They had at least 10 shades of light pink to choose from. Dizzying, to say the least.

I'm almost finished with a baby kimono from Mason Dixon Knitting. Hope to post pics soon.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Some Assembly Required

Luckily for me, the baby might come later than expected, so I have a little time to sew this together, block it, finish the matching hat, and see if I have leftovers for booties.

My summer job has been keeping me busier than I expected, so it's been hard to find the time to knit and post. The good thing about this week's concert program is that there is an extra long intermission for the orchestra, giving me a whole hour to knit on the couch in the orchestra lounge. But then, of course, curious people come over and want to talk and ask questions about what I'm knitting. I appreciate their interest, but I can't knit at all when I'm in a conversation. Anyone have tricks about getting around this situation? Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ballband Trio

Ballband Dishcloths from Mason-Dixon Knitting.

It's just a trio now, but I can see an army of these things evolving into a fun solution for Xmas gifting madness.

I experimented with how loose and tight I cast on and off. Left: loosely, Middle: less loosely, Right: squeezing stitches off the needle. The squeezed one looks the neatest, and still stretches, but I guess the true test will be when it goes through the wash. These were a fun knit, and I got to use up scraps of cotton yarn leftovers...and then I went online and ordered more...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Way too friggin hot

It has been waaaaaaaay too hot to knit anything of note. I feel like I've been living in the exhaust pipe of a car running on diesel. The subways have been disgusting. On the worst day of the heat wave, I somehow had to pull it all together and look purty for TV for Live from Lincoln Center. I did get some closeups, so it was worth it I guess. :)

I finished the log cabin blanket from Mason-Dixon Knitting. I did a different border; a few rows of single crochet followed by picot edging. I'm looking forward to curling up under this blanket when the weather gets cooler.

In need of a new dishcloth, I made this following a pattern from Criminy Jickets blog.
I crochetted the edge here too. Then I chained 10 to create a loop, and then sc'd in the loop as many times as it would fit.

I'm going for the Mason-Dixon ballband dishcloth next. I'm a bit stuck in the color combos I want to use. I have to promise myself to get to my UFO's after my kitchenalia addiction subsides.