Monday, January 4, 2010

Jake's Christmas Hat

When I found out that my sister was expecting, I immediately began planning out some baby knitting.

Kim had started a raglan roll-neck sweater a few years ago when she taught herself to knit. She abandoned knitting for quilting after finishing only the front and back, and sent me a big package with her knitting needles and the unfinished project. I finished the sweater and then made a grey Ribbed Baby Jacket by Debbie Bliss. When I get photos of those, I'll post them.

In the meantime, here's a shot of Jake wearing my favorite project - Susan Anderson's Candy Cane Hat.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mary's Birthday Wrap

I haven't put anything online in awhile, so there are a bunch of projects to catch up on.

This was supposed to be Mary's Christmas wrap, but I could only do so much knitting on our honeymoon cruise. Fortunately, Mary's birthday is in January, so she got her wrap then :)

The pattern is Voyager Stole and it's knitted in Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk Aran. The yarn was really springy until I blocked it -- then it stretched out a lot and I was able to just about get it to the measurements in the pattern.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New addition to the Tiger family

Sheldon Turtle Tiger was born last night at 10:24 PM. Turtle, Andy, and Knitting Tiger are recovering and resting.

After almost a year of watching me knit sweaters, scarves, and bags, Andy put in a special request. Sheldon. Since it'd take me forever to knit him a sweater... and it'd cost a fortune... and he'd never wear it, I was intrigued by the request for something so small.

"What will you do with him?," I asked.

"I will take him everywhere," he replied.

"Really, you're going to take him places?"

"Yes, and I'll take pictures of him everywhere we go. Can you finish him before December 13 so I can take him on the cruise?"

I ordered Sheldon's yarn and some needles and the anticipation in the Tiger household began to build.

Sheldon's pattern was a bit of a challenge -- I hadn't used double-pointed needles before, and working with something so tiny made me a little crazy. After about 15 tries, things starting working out like I had hoped. We left for a camping trip the morning I started him, and I knitted in the car o
n the way to/from the campground. His little legs took about 2 hours of semi-distracted TV watching. And, his shell was packed carefully in my carry-on bag this past weekend when we headed up to Cape Cod. I finished his shell on Monday on the way back to the airport and after messing up the I-cord that was supposed to attach his shell to the belly panel, I gave up and tigered some crochet around the edges.

Sheldon is made from 1 skein each of KnitPicks Sport Shine in Green Apple and Grass. He required US3 DPNs, and US4 straights. He knits happily on KnitPicks harmony needles -- so pretty!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Katie's Birthday Bag

I found this pattern online and decided that Katie needed one for her birthday. It's made from Lamb's Pride Bulky, and was very hairy after felting. Once I figured out how to do it, it was really fast to knit up. It definitely needed a flower, so I knitted two and stitched them together.

Here it is pre-felting:And, here it is after:

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Central Park Hoodie

Since I finished the Leaf Tee, I'm getting into my next project -- the Central Park Hoodie for the knit-a-long. So far, I've only knitted my swatches. I didn't realize how much they'd change after blocking (first time with wool), so I had to knit swatches using US7s, 8s, and 9s. Naturally, I'm going to use the 8s -- the first ones I swatched!

I'm using Ella Rae classic in grape -- I like the grey-ish purple color.

Finished Sweater(s)

Finally got around to taking pictures of the finished sweater. It's pretty frumpy -- the sleeves are way to wide, but it was the pattern for the beginner class.This one took much longer than I had expected -- almost 2 months -- since I had to keep ripping out rounds and rounds of stitches while I was learning how to do raglan increases. I used Debbie Bliss Cathay and found the pattern on Knitting School Dropout's blog. Not sure I got the sizing quite right, but it'll do :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sewing it together

The knitting is done -- here's the sewing-up in progress:
Ella examines the sweater to make sure I'm doing it right.Picture of finished sweater coming when I can find it. I know I have one of me modeling my masterpiece somewhere!