Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Leaf Pattern Sweater Set

Here is the pattern from Designs by Jeannine
#41 her Leaf Pattern Sweater Set, oh what fun to knit! And the pattern is written for preemie, newborn or 3-6 months. Preemie requires fingering or baby yarn, newborn- sport weight , 3-6 months is worsted weight.
Which is what I made using Red Heart TLC Lustre from the stash, the shade is true in the first 2 top photos, a nice bright lavendar shade. To me it looks like the color of lilacs!
Top down with all garter stitch except for lacey leaf. And there is an option to make the bonnet (which I made with crochet ties) or a skull cap. I will have to see if I have a bootie pattern that would compliment the set.

I am working on some petal dishcloths in between, I'll get a picture of those and post soon.

Time to put the sneakers on and go for a walk!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Cabin Fever Homecoming Layette

This is a new pattern from Cabin Fever 615 Homecoming Layette
Only took a few days to knit and I really enjoyed the knitting!
Yarn is Patons Astra in a pretty peach using size 5 needles, the construction is top-down- knitting the sleeves before you finish the patterned body section. Of course I had to do-it-my-way and use straight needles for the sleeves, no double pointed for me! The hat comes with the pattern but it's not very visable either on their website or on the actual pattern. I was surprised the lacey pattern wasn't used on the hat but the garter stitch rolled up brim compliments the sweater, don't cha think?

I have another sweater and hat almost done, this one is from Designs by Jeannine. I hope to post a pic tomorrow.

My finger is healing nicely and I'm staying away from sharp objects!

Friday, April 20, 2007

another new project

I have started this vintage style baby jacket from the Spring/Summer issue of Vogue Knitting magazine, see the cover here. What you see is the back and one sleeve. This is a little slow going on size 2 & 3 needles but I really like the project! It's a Debbie Bliss design calling for her baby cashmerino yarn which I don't have access to and didn't want to mail order, so I found Lion Brand Microspun in my stash, I swatched and got gauge so here we go!

Of course I have 4 or 5 ( I've lost count) other projects on the needles and I'm jumping around planning on finishing them all so I can get to my stack of to-do patterns and books.
Note: Yesterday in the kitchen I shredded the inside of my middle finger on a mixer blade, stupid move , I don't why I stuck my fingers in there!! so for now my knitting has been slowed down!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Basket Weave Newborn Set

click on the photos for a close up view

While looking for the March 2006 issue of Creative Knitting magazine I came across the Premier Issue September 2004 and remembered making this baby set. Well, I found it in a knitting bag of UFO's! All I had left to do was set the sleeves and add the button, done!
I used Bernat Softee Baby..............yes, my favorite baby acrylic.

But there were a few mistakes in the pattern and I emailed the magazine back in 2004 and they sent the corrections , you can find them here.

I made the sweater first but as I continued to knit the set, I discovered a problem with the booties pattern.

rows 14-20: Beg with a purl row, work in stockinette stitch

rows 21-24: Knit

rows 25-28: K 3, P3 rep across

rows 29-32: P3, K3 rep across

rows 33-36: Knit

I don't remember exactly why I had to change the row sequence but it worked!

In the meantime I finished these booties a few weeks ago while I had to sit and wait for someone. They are from the book 50 Baby Booties to Knit by Zoe Mellor. Page 109 Lacey Leaf Booties. I used Bernat Softee Baby ( again! ) in the color "prettiest pink", great pattern, I love the edging!

I started another new project, I'll post my progess soon!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Petal Sweater & Hat to match

I finished this set that I started last Saturday. It's a fun knit that requires a worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles. I used discontinued Red Heart TLC Lustre in color Butterscotch. It was a leftover in my stash from a baby blanket I made a few years ago.

You can find the hat pattern here

And I managed to knit even more bunnies last week. they just seemed to multiply daily!

I came up with the idea to make a chocolate knitted bunny, see below.

This is a butter lamb from the holiday & as we used the butter we discovered they actually start with a whole stick and then build around it. This one was made by a Polish woman who sells them every year at the market. I didn't actually see her working but would guess she uses a cake decorating bag and a round star tip to do the piping. The eyes were peppercorns, how unique and it was delicious on our homemade bread!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

cute bunnies!

I have made a few things in between outpatient surgeries and tests.
I'm getting back on track now and so happy they are over!
Hopefully what was done will correct my severe anemia problems.

The bunnies are little plastic egg cozies! Fun to make and great for using up those odd ball stash amounts.

This is the right angles dishcloth found here http://www.geocities.com/blossomknitwear/rightanglesdishcloth.html

I used the new Sugar n Cream Twist in Rose Twist

I think mine came out sloppy, I will have to try this one again.

AND I got this in the mail today!

Nashua Handknits Bloom spring summer 2007, new book, beautiful designs!

I ordered the book from yarnandfiber.com, only $13.50 and free shipping! arrived in 3 days, awesome service! You know us knitters we are impatient when we are waiting for yarn or patterns! Ha!

14 patterns for newborns and small babies , they range from 0-3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months . There are yoke down designs and some are bottom up and of course front, back, sleeves versions too.

They are all just darling, can't wait to start one!

I must go now and drool over my new book!
Happy Easter everyone!