Sometimes the easiest way to have a new knit garment is to reuse a knit that’s already made. I was given a sweater and a pair of handmade socks that didn’t fit anyone in the family. Rather than tossing them aside I decided to turn them into something new. After removing the sleeves (sewing the armholes closed) and cutting the top of the sweater down into a waistband the sweater fit nicely as a skirt. The sleeves I made into legwarmers.
As for the socks I transformed them into wrist warmers. I cut off the toes, which were quite worn and darned once already anyways. Then I was able to unravel the socks. I left about an inch above the heel, before the ribbing. Using a small crochet hook I worked a simple bind off. This part is the wrist warmer’s bottom.
Strange how some projects fly off the needles while others take far longer than I initially thought. A couple weeks ago I finally finished Ezra’s pullover, the one I thought would be done for Thanksgiving, then by winter Solstice, then by his birthday…. My slow progress didn’t faze Ezra though. He still loves his sweater and since it’s in fingering weight yarn it’s still cool enough for the warmer temperatures. The only downside is that warmer temps means that Megan is shedding- everywhere!- and the black yarn seems to attract it.
His pullover is pattern #12 Boy’s Pullover from Knit Simple Magazine, Spring/Summer Issue 2010, in size 4, minus the collar. This one is knit in pieces and sewn together. See my ravelry page here.
A neighbor passes us down some clothes recently. One of the items, a blue sweater, was way too big but I liked the knit pattern. It made me think of a bag I saw on Pinterest. Coincidently, sitting right next to the sweater was a plaid shirt that didn’t fit anyone either. The two went together so well I grabbed up both and got to work.
After “borrowing” some handles from another bag it’s ready to go! I’m super pleased. It’s big enough to hold my knitting and whatever I’m reading at the moment yet it’s not too bulky either. Just right to bring along in the car- just in case the little guys decide to take a nap.
I’m making good progress! Just a little more then I’ll shape the shoulders and the back will be done. We’ve been having some gorgeous fall weather so we’ve been trying to take advantage of it: going on hikes, hanging as much laundry as I can process out in the sun, cleaning out the pig pen, prepping the compost bin for the worms come spring, trimming the goats’ hooves….a million and one things to before the snow is here to stay. That doesn’t leave much time for knitting (much less getting those dishes done). But I find that once dinner (and the dance party) is over, and I read the boys a book, or five, everyone settles down and I can get my knitting out. One by one the boys drift off to sleep and I tell myself “just one more row then I’ll go to bed….just one more row.”
I had just finished binding off Noah’s sweater (well more of a vest really) when Ezra asked me, in a rather injured tone, when I was going to knit him something. So I asked him what he had in mind. A shirt, he replied. So I pulled up some patterns on ravelry (of course) showing him a few that I thought might fit what he had in mind. No! he said not like that. Oh.
Of course! How silly of me to suggest those other patterns. This one is so very much Ezra.
A while back struggling_along came across a yard sale with a box of free yarn. Being the kind husband that he is he picked it up for me. This black is one of them. And it’s exactly what I needed. I did a swatch and now here is the beginning of the back.
I have a feeling there will be a lot of sweater knitting this winter. In less than a week we went from summer to fall:
How did the boys feel about it?
There was much rejoicing, and a box full of Christmas ornaments were found and hung up!
While I’m not crazy about the recent weather it does have it’s perks:
Last week I finished my second oatmeal pullover. I began this one right after we found out we were moving (cause ya gotta have a project when your in the middle of moving). It’s come in handy during long scouting drives (once all the kids stop fighting/fussing and fall asleep) and fittingly I’ve finished it just as we’ve entered into an agreement on what I hope to soon introduce to you all as our new digs. I dare not say more now as we have had worst (or maybe best from were we stand now) luck with real estate and I’d hate to jinx myself now.
Once again the sweater came out great. Last time I shortened it a bit – which I did not do this time. The only changes I’ll probably make in the future would be to make the neck just a tad less wide and maybe add an inch or two in length.
I also finished the child-sized raglan. Once of these days we’ll be dyeing it along with, hopefully, Noah’s raglan- which I just began. Speaking of Noah, he took all of these lovely photos. Thanks Noah!
I’m making slow and occasional progress on the springberry fingerless mitts as moments quiet enough for focusing on lace repeats and increases are few and far between these days. Of course that doesn’t mean no knitting- just cast on a few projects that are mostly mindless knitting in the round. So I cast on another Oatmeal Pullover, this time in my favorite fiber- baby alpaca.
It’s going fast as you can see…..
Noah noticed I began a new sweater and asked hopefully if it were for him. He seemed quite dejected that it was not and requested one- and how can I say no to that- of course I’ll knit you a sweater! Somehow there seems to be a lack of simple raglan sweater patterns knit in the round for children. So I averaged the number of cast on stitches for my gauge and used my oatmeal pullover for inspiration- to well -as it’s now quite apparent the neck is too wide and low not to be “girly”. So poor Noah this sweater is not destined for you- but I will cast on another…
Our goat, Ells, is hugely pregnant. Just by looking at her (which is in no way an accurate gauge) I’m thinking she has to be having twins, possibly triplets- and soon too. I feel much better this year with the temperature being so relatively mild but the first few days are hard enough for a newborn without battling cold winter nights.
Enter goat sweaters!
Last year I modified one of the kid’s (mine) vests for one of our kids (goat). Hopefully I can find it and, with luck, also knit up a sweater in time for Ells kidding. I found the pattern over at Fiasco Farms- an excellent site for goat info.
Reading wise I just finished The Birth House which I enjoyed immensely as the subjects of birthing and midwifes vs doctor are definitely topics near and dear to my heart.
I’m also reading bits here and there from The Beekeeper’s Handbook (great resource). One of these days I will have bees….one of these days…..