Sunday, September 16, 2007

2 more are now finished

I just sewed the buttons on this evening and took pictures before the sun went down! My camera takes better shots in natural sunlight, the flash distorts the colors of yarn and I am currently shopping for a new digital camera. So far the Canon Powershot SD800 is the one we are considering but will keep looking.

Anyway, here are the sweaters, first one up is the bahama ombre color of Bernat's Satin, love this yarn, so soft. The sweater measures 10" in length from the shoulder down, it looks squatty to me in the picture which I think my Adobe program I use for pictures is to blame.

I created the hat to match myself which has satin ribbon ties but somehow I hid them in the picture. The sweater pattern comes from B. Dillon Designs, she's a designer that lives in Bellevue, Washington. The name of this design is Baby's Knitted Lace Cardigan which is neck down featuring old shale or feather & fan.

I started the second one a few days ago because I really enjoyed the knitting and I came across some Paton's Astra in a soft peach shade in my stash, 3 balls and I have very little left. I modified the pattern a bit by changing the 3rd row of the feather & fan pattern to a purl row which produced a nice
smooth fabric. And I also changed the decrease row at the end of the sleeve from K1, K2tog: to K2, K2tog which widened the cuff some. On my first sweater it just looked too tight!

and again I made the hat pattern up myself.
Chest measurements on these are 20" about a 1 year size.

Hubby and I are hitting the road yet again, this time to Nags Head, NC for a week. We planned this months ago with our oldest daughter and new SIL along with his parents. The 6 of us are renting a beautiful home complete with a pool, hot tub and everything we need! We only have to bring ourselves, food and drink. Only 5 minutes from the beach, lots of shopping ( hopefully a yarn shop.....fingers are crossed!!!!) oh and dining too!

Of course I will take some knitting, just have to decide do I start something new? or take along something in the UFO basket???
There will be plenty of knitting time too, we will drive down to Richmond, Va where the kids are just moving into their brand new built home. That is a 9 hour ride and then in a few days we leave for Nags Head another 3 hour ride. Plenty of knitting time, well when it's not my turn to drive, which I love to do too!

This sure is my year for traveling, I am so blessed and these are wonderful memories with my daughters, husband and family!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

knitting but only UFO's

I am home again ( YAY!) and ready to show the latest projects, first is a Bev Dillon design which is Baby's Knitted Lace Cardigan ( neck down). I am using Bernat's Satin in bahama. I love the way the pattern is written which makes a nice smooth edge along the garter border, and that is to end each row slipping the last stitch as if to purl. As you can see I have the sleeves to knit and it will be done. I have 3 skeins and only into the 2nd skein and I just might have a bootie pattern with the old shale pattern. or I'm sure I could incorporate that design into a bonnet....

This is the eyelet knit baby cardigan and worked up on size 3 needles working with over 200 stitches in the body has been a challenge but I have enjoyed the knitting! The middle section of the yoke is done a fancy lace pattern and it's not shown well in my photo. When I get this completed I'll take a close up of that pattern, it was all new to me and I love the look! So delicate & perfect for a little girl.

YES, I do have one sweater & hat I was able to finish!

Would you believe this is same sweater? One pic is with the flash, one is without. The bottom picture is the true color of the yarns, I used 2 strands held together of Red Heart Baby TLC in an ombre and banana yellow on size 9 needles. This the baby jiffy knit sweater from Cathy's blog. I have made similar "jiffy" sweaters before, the pattern on her blog is nice as she gives several options for needle sizes and yarns. I made the I-cord for the ties just as she did and used her idea for the hat, it was a quick project!

okay back to unpacking and laundry.............