On the Go-veralls

After figuring out how to knit and purl my first project was a pair of On the go-veralls. Noah was 2 or 3 at the time. It was a bit ambitious but I wanted to knit something besides a scarf. Why not jump in with both feet!

100_1223 100_1224Luckily for me they turned out well. Now, I think the yarn drapes  a bit too much. They are super comfy!

Ever since, the On the go-veralls have been on my mental make again list. So when my Grandmother sent me a lovely knit baby blanket plus a skein of yarn I knew just what to do with it.

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Even though I made the 0-6 month size these are pretty big on Molly right now. I thought they might be as the leg was looking more like a sleeve for me! However, my gauge was spot on so I went with it. During the hip section I had an ominous feeling that I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish. Luckily I had a little wool left over from one of the Liza Rose scarflettes. So I added it in as stripes. Together they were exactly enough. Funny how that works out sometimes!

I expect Molly will fit into these in another 2-3 months (around 6 months).

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A Shalom-Inspired Cowl

 My Shalom cardigan is done! Well, except for the buttons. I used up every last bit of the Twiggy with just enough yarn left to weave in the ends. I found one never used skein of the same yarn – but its no where near enough yarn for two sleeves. So my Shalom will stay a vest. Since Spring has yet to show its face around here, and to use up that last skein, I decided to make a Shalom inspired cowl.

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Using the same twisted stitch pattern as the Shalom I cast on 78 stitches. After 3 ridges (of garter stitch) I knit 25 rows and ended with 3 more ridges. I used larger needles -size 10 rather than the size 4 I used on the Shalom. While this cowl won’t keep the stiff winter winds out it will be perfect for the (hopefully coming) warmer, but still chilly, Spring days ahead.

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Shalom

Several years ago, when I first began knitting, the idea of undoing an entire sweater was unthinkable. Yet, for the last week or two I’ve been knitting up my second Shalom vest (free Rav link) while simultaneously frogging the Twiggy cardigan (post) I knit up a few months ago. Since I was pregnant and in the third trimester it was hard to guess what size I would be post baby. While the sweater did fit, it didn’t fit very well. Due to the negative ease and the stretching of the yarn my Twiggy was laddering all over. Every time I wore it I was reminded of everything I didn’t like about it. Rather than  keeping a sweater I don’t enjoy wearing I’m ripping it out. Hopefully this vest will be that extra layer I’ll want to wear  (almost) daily. After all spring has not quite yet reached our neck of the woods.

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Once again I’m using different yarn and needles than the pattern calls for and making a few modifications- such as adding buttons down the entire length of the front. I was going to add sleeves as well but since I’m knitting the Shalom up on smaller needles, to create a denser fabric that won’t ladder, its looking like I’ll be running out of yarn by the time I reach the end of the body. Nearly there!

P. S. I do think I’ll knit another Twiggy but with different yarn and perhaps less negative ease.

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Pebble Vest & Kanoko Pants

On the crafting front, I give you a couple more baby knits. Which means more baby photos!

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Miss Molly Stark is wearing her Pebble Vest which I modified to make it super tiny and fit a newborn. She has just about outgrown it now. I made this pebble vest previously, which fit Ezra at 21 months, however I managed to put it through the wash and felt it. It shrunk a LOT; Molly will be growing into it in no time.

Since this pebble vest is so small I gave it 4 buttons and made a small loop to fasten the button over the shoulder. The back is also a tad wider than the front.

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DSCN5654DSCN5643And a few more photos just because.  As you’ll see Molly is also wearing these Kanoko Pants. I’d been meaning to knit them for the last two babies and now I finally have.

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editing to add this photo, which gives a better view of the Kanoko pants:

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Baby Booties

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With a new baby in the house there has been a bit of knitting for our tiny one. I’m sure no one is surprised about that- except maybe that it took me nearly a month to start posting about them! These booties take no time at all and they use so little yarn that you can use up those tiny leftover bits from larger projects.

DSCN5548Both of these booties are knit from the same pattern: Simple Seamless Baby Booties (free on Ravelry or as found on the Blog of Joy). The only difference is size, which you alter through changing your gauge (either yarn weight and/or needle size). The worsted weight multi colored booties are newborn size, Molly has since outgrown these, while the bulky green booties fit Molly now at nearly 1 month old. My only recommendation is that you use a bind off with a lot of give so you can easily get around those tiny splayed out toes.

DSCN5581DSCN5586It’s also easier to put them on if you fold them over first.

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DSCN5553The more my older kids grow the more I can appreciate knitting tiny baby items even if they don’t get a lot of use. These booties fly off the needles so fast I’ll surely be knitting up another pair or two.

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Another Liza Rose (or two)

I made two additional Liza Rose scarflettes for the holidays. (View the first here.) These weren’t for my gift giving; they were my first “commissioned” pieces. In exchange I received some yarn, which is always exciting (if you’re a knitter anyway)!

Here they are:

The yarn’s coloring looks a bit more brilliant in the first photo than it really is. If you’d like to see additional photos visit my Rav page: Liza Rose II  

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Depending on how the scarlet is worn you can either highlight the multiple colors or, if worn over the opposite shoulder, take the focus away from them.

Both scarf lets were knit in Lion Brand’s Amazing.

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Ribbed Watchman’s Hat

Struggling_along finally has his hat! After studying a slew of hat patterns for men, many of them with interesting stitch patterns or cables, I went with what should have been the obvious choice: the ribbed watchman’s hat. Maybe it was obvious all along as I did have this pattern in my favorites for a LONG time. When knitting (or crafting in general) for others sometimes its hard to separate what appeals to you,the maker, from what the recipient would like. In this case no fancy stitches or cables, just a hat that serves its purpose – to keep his ears warm.

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I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (this means it’s machine washable) in color 888 or what we refer to as Olive Drab Green. This pattern can be knit flat or in the round. I went with flat because I didn’t have the right size double points. It works out fine although it does have a seam down the back. The seam isn’t very visible with the ribbed pattern but I’d rather it wasn’t there. Also, I did modify the pattern so it’s K1, P1 not K2, P2.

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Twiggy Cardigan

DSCN4647This is the second, or third, Jane Richmond pattern I’ve knit up (her Oatmeal Pullover is a favorite of mine). As I’ve come to expect of Jane this pattern is easy to follow and is knitting up fast.  Although that last bit likely has something to do with using bulky yarn….

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Hot Pads

Hot pads live a hard life, or at least they do in my kitchen. Stains, rips, thin or burnt(!) spots, are inevitable. I needed a few new hot pads so I decided to sew some. While I was at it I thought of a few friends and family on my gift list who might be able to use a set too. They spend their fair share of time in the kitchen cooking and baking. My boys guessed on the first try which hot pads were for who. So rather than completely give away their gifts I’ll share just the hot pads I made for my kitchen. The first two are just fabric scraps I like and then I made some to match my new apron.

I looked at this tutorial to get me going. The square ones are a cinch; the mitts are a tad more complicated but doable. Go ahead, get the sewing machine out, make your own kitchen a bit more festive this holiday season, or make a few new hot pads for the cooks in your life.

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Another Scarf and a Scarflette

 Just like his older brothers, Ishmael needed a scarf. I went with the suggested “sparkly green” yarn (which I also used in the mini-gnomey hat).

DSCN4311_medium2After all that plain ol’ knit a row, purl a row I was ready for something a bit more interesting. Maybe something with cables, or a lace pattern. I found the Liza Rose Scarflette pattern, free on Ravelry, a perfect fit for a skein of Malabrigo Rio that I had been debating what to do with.

  The Liza Rose is a surprisingly quick knit. I cast on Saturday night and finished on Sunday. It does involve 2 different lace patterns, 2 different styles of binding off and a picking up stitches on 3 sides. Despite that I still say it’s a quick and easy pattern. Picking up stitches took the most time but picking up stitches has never been a strong suit of mine. Apparently I had been going about it all wrong.

Now, I did take some photos of myself wearing my new scarflette. However, my arm’s length doesn’t capture my face and the whole scarf so I focused on the scarf. Plus, I’m not very photogenic. I have this horrible tendency to wear weird expressions and have my eyes closed.

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As You Wish

Satisfied with their hats, my boys have moved on to requesting additional winter wear. Scarves! Simple enough. Noah immediately specified his was to be in Hunter Orange. Happily, I have some bright orange Red Heart Super Saver. Not my favorite yarn to knit with but it was free and it’s machine washable. At least that’s what I’ll remind myself when I find it lying outside or tied to various things.

Ezra asked for a blue scarf. Another freebie acrylic yarn found in the depths of my stash box. I do think the rich blue color with suit Ezra. Ishmael’s scarf is, as of yet, undecided. Although his brothers say he wants the sparkly green yarn….

These are simple scarves. Just 30 stitches cast onto size 10 needles. Knit a row, purl a row, knit a row, purl a row.  A bit mindless, good for watching documentaries and planning to do lists.

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Silver Wire Earrings {KCCO}

I started creating wire earrings quite a few years ago, around the time struggling_along and I got married. That’s 10 years now! I think I thought it would be interesting to learn how to turn some beads and wire in jewelry. Plus, I kept any earrings I wanted in the process. Somewhere along the way I decided to start selling them. I definitely remember selling wire jewelry while we where hitchhiking and traveling the west coast. A few years later, back on the east coast, we had Noah. Curious babes and tiny beads don’t mix well so the beads went up on a shelf and have mainly stayed there.

Oddly enough many things that seemed impossible with one child have become manageable with three. So when I recently found myself looking through my old beads it didn’t seem quite so daring, as it use to, to think I might make myself a few new ones.Using beads, wire and findings I already had I made eight new pairs. The photo below doesn’t show the nuisances in various beads but you’ll get the idea.

While I was at it I had to face the facts. I needed a new way to display all my earrings, so I could easily access them. I’ve tried jewelry boxes, tacking up fabric and using a picture frame lined with chicken wire, but it didn’t hold many and the earrings always seemed to be sliding around or falling off. Enter the large embroidery hoop. Covered with a piece of upcycled lace the earrings go in and out easily and the hoop keeps it just far enough from the wall that the wall doesn’t interfere. Additionally, it holds many pairs of earrings. Now to find a solution for my necklaces and bracelets and rings…..

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the new additions

If you’re interested, here are some of the previous earrings I have made and wear regularly. The five in the upper right hand corner are earrings that are missing their mate. Eventually the missing earring will turn up so I just put them aside. At the bottom is one of the few bracelets I’ve made and one of my favorites.

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A Wurm Hat {KCCO/ Yarn Along}

I decided to go ahead and knit myself a Wurm hat next, as it used up some leftover yarn bits I already have. Since I like Zanetta’s Wurm I followed her guidelines for the number of repeats and decreasing. I used size 3 needles and CO (my Rav page) only 88 stitches (instead of 112) because the yarn I used, Hayfield Ibiza in Hessian, held double, is quite stretchy. For the knit stripes I used a miscellaneous blue that I picked up, somewhere, sometime ago. It’s a bit thicker, being worsted weight yarn, and I think it’s likely an acrylic, and maybe cotton, blend.  I was going to do multicolored stripes but I didn’t have any other yarn that would work for this hat. Luckily, the remainder of the blue skein turned out to be just enough.  I do like these two colors together.

Given how chilly it is, inside and out, I skipped blocking and went straight to wearing. I’ll have to remedy that soon.

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Three {KCCO/Yarn Along}

Out of the blue Ishi requested “knit me hat”. After I was sure that I had heard him right, and wasn’t hearing what I wanted to hear, I asked him what color. “Red” he replied quite confidently. How could I refuse?!

While hats are rather simple I decide to peruse Ravelry for inspiration and a better idea of how many stitches to cast on. Ishi climbed right up to take a look. Then Ezra had to see what we were up to. Soon the air was filled with “I like that one”, “No, that one” from Ezra and “that one”, “that one” from Ishmael. Soon Noah joined in. After narrowing the search parameters a bit and scrolling through many pages of patterns all three of the boys had picked out hats and the yarn to knit them with.

In a personal best, which I doubt I will ever beat, I have completed all three hats for my three boys, in three days at that! It helped that they were all rather small projects and two of them were knit with bulky weight yarn. It really does make progress go so much faster.

the details:

Ishmael choose the Techno Slouch (ravelry pattern page, my page here). In red, of course. I used some leftover Berroco Comfort (worsted) that I had gotten for the Steggie Hoodie (my ravelry page or this post). Using size 9 needles I cast on 80 stitches and followed the pattern as written except I knit 4 inches instead of 7 1/2 after the ribbing and before decreasing.

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Noah was immediately drawn to the mini-gnomey (ravelry pattern page, my Rav page for Noah’s here) because it looked elfish. It’s quite fitting for him too. The mini- gnomey uses size 13 needles with a strand of bulky weight and a strand of worsted weight yarn held together. For Noah’s we choose Cascade Yarn  Baby Alpaca Chunky in monterey bay blue with Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted in gray.

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Ezra took the longest in choosing a pattern and changed his mind many, many times. After seeing Noah’s mini-gnomey he decided he wanted one just like it, but camouflaged. I had some leftover Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca grande Glow, a  dark green with a silver shimmer running through it (seen here on Ravelry or this post in the oatmeal pullover), and Cascade Yarn Baby Alpaca Chunky in  Van Dyke brown which looked camouflage-y together. They are both bulky weight, rather than one bulky and one worsted. It doesn’t seem to make much difference.  I didn’t have enough Van Dyke brown for the whole hat so Ezra decided to make the top of the hat the same Cascade Yarn Baby Alpaca Chunky in monterey bay blue we used in Noah’s hat.( Both Cascade Yarns were also used in this Cushy Baby Blanket; Ezra’s hat here on Ravelry). I wasn’t so sure of the color change mid-hat but Ezra loves it.

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Now I must make a hat for struggling_along. Not sure what pattern for his yet. Suggestions anyone? After that I think I’ll need one for me too. I’m thinking perhaps Wurm (Ravelry link). I do so like this one,and it might actually accommodate all my hair, we’ll see…

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Crafting for the Giving Season {KCCO/Yarn Along}

I’ve noticed that even though it isn’t Halloween yet, never mind Thanksgiving, a lot of stores have aisles of Christmas decorations on display. It seems earlier every year. While I don’t understand it I do find it to be a good reminder to get started on crafting gifts for the holidays. This way there’s a chance I might finish them all in time.

Now, for all my friends and relatives this will be a spoiler for somebody. I won’t say who but if you don’t want any clues to what you may be receiving this year then look no further.

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The Prismatic scarf (free pattern on Ravelry)  is great for those multicolored skeins. The colors are high lighted yet not over whelming. The pattern is a fairly simple 12 row repeat. I find a row counter to be a handy way to keep track of where I am between rows. I have a little ways to go yet so the scarf hasn’t been blocked.

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