BUDGIES: The First of Fall knitting : )

August 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Posted in 2010, baby knits, Finished, Knitting, Sweaters | 3 Comments

Budgie Striped Baby Sweater by Grumperina

Yarn | Cascade 220 Superwash in Blue (810) & Orange (5323)
Yarn |
Cascade 220 Superwash in Green (2424) & Orange (7619)
Needles
| US 3 24″

As I scrambled to finish these in a timely manner, I misread the labeling on the zipper packages and realized too little too late that the PERFECTLY color-coordinated zippers I purchased were designed for pull-overs…and didn’t separate.

Crum.

Just goes to show that I should always side with my gut…and in this case it was telling me to use buttons and not zippers. And if having to exchange them for separating zippers that are not even remotely close to the color of the sweater wasn’t proof enough of my gut’s amazing ability to predict epic knitting disasters, my sewing skills (i.e., patience for sewing) sealed the deal. The lack of hem detail shots above is not a coincidence ; ).

But non-the-less, how adorable are these! I couldn’t be any more happy with the pattern construction or the color palate. And my favorite is the completely fortuitous i-cord edging that does an amazing job to hide the un-matching zipper fabric, almost as if it wasn’t there at all! I only hope that my sister loves them as much as I do and that the Boys get a good use out of them. I plan to see them in October, so perhaps a set of modeled photos will pop up around then!

I’m still plugging away on my Redhook, slowly but surely, and have left off at the back short-row shaping. On the needles now is a stranded mitten pattern for my LYS that I’ve been miserably delayed in completing.  I knit up the first prototype over 3 months ago but wasn’t quite in love with it…and then 3 months turned into 4 and I was left sitting on this pile of Shetland, not knowing what to do with it. However, after one day of “almost” fall weather, my inspiration peaked it’s sneaky little head and now these mittens are all I can think about. So, time willing, they should be done very soon. But, sorry, no pics till they’re published.

And speaking of fall, I’m crazy over the moon that it’s just around the corner. I’ve been preoccupied with striped scarves and see many in my future. What fall knit-accessory can you not live without?

Happy knitting : )

Cast-on Love

August 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Posted in 2010, Knitting, Sweaters, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Enter: my love affair with the 2-color long-tail cast-on.

Nothing is more exciting that discovering fun new techniques to incorporate into my knitting, and this one just about takes the cake. It’s remarkable simplicity also means that I’m kicking myself for not figuring it out sooner! This 2-color method leaves behind a perfectly roped cast-on edge that gives the hem an exciting punch of color. I am so tickled by this tiny detail that you can be sure to find this technique popping up in some of my own designs soon enough : ) In addition, I’m knitting these bitty sweaters with the no-muss/no-fuss Cascade Superwash and am in love with how deliciously Crayola the palette is. Perfect for a pair of adventurous 1-year olds, wouldn’t you say!

(Try it! To execute the cast-on, knot together the tails of two different color yarns using a slip stitch, then slide only the loop of the main color onto your needles, pull taut. Wrap the MC around your index finger and the CC around your thumb. Continue casting-on in regular long tail fashion—easy as pie!)

These Budgies have practically knit themselves, and with all the long-term projects I have in the mix, it’s been a treat to have something just fly off the needles. Woosh! I’d definitely file this one under “I’m hanging out and eating Chinese and need something simple that won’t require counting.”

Being fond of stripes, babies in wool, and now incredibly fun cast-ons, I’m sure I’ll be knitting another before long. In the meanwhile, these two are in the queue for a set of zipper panels, sleeve seams, and a good soak block before being wrapped and sent out west. I haven’t yet purchased the zippers…and on that note….I’ve been hemming and hawing about whether I want to follow the pattern as written and sew in the zippers, or rather, knit a button panel like this one.

What do you think?

On Monotony

July 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Posted in 2010, Knitting, Sweaters | 1 Comment

I was well aware of the miles upon miles of stockinette that I was in for when I began this (knit flat, no less!) so I’ll spare you the complaints of one sore thumb and just let you oogle at some progress shots : )

I managed to lose a stitch in there somewhere between the ribbing and my last set of waist-shaping decreases…and I’m more inclined to say that I decreased twice in a row at some point, as opposed to dropping it altogether. So, I plan to skip the next prescribed decrease in that area to remedy it. You can’t see it from where you’re sitting, but I’m trying hard to suppress the perfectionist in me for the sake of all the lunch breaks lost if I went ahead and tore it all out!

Off topic…in case you haven’t heard, Quince & Co. launched just over a week ago! Check it out if you haven’t. I learned about Pam Allen and Carrie Bostick Hoge’s new creative endeavor (to provide American raised, shorn , and spun yarns in several quality weights in gorgeous colors, at an affordable price!) a bit over a month ago through the knit-blog grapevine, and I’ve waited very eagerly for it’s debut. My first order should arrive soon!

Lastly, my twin nephews are about to turn a year-old next month and because they live all the way out in Spokane, WA, I thought, what better than hand-made sweaters from Auntie? I had hemmed and hawed with different pattern’s I found on Ravelry, and whether or not I just wanted to crunch the numbers and make my own…but then I was reminded of Budgie on Elinor’s blog who plans to knit one herself. How fabulous! I adore Grumperina’s attention to fine detail and technique, so this should be an engaging knit. I plan to pick up some yarn and get started strait-away!

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