This is just one of those projects that stretches on and on. Four months, it’s been! I was thinking I’d be done in a month but life has been full of activity; it’s hard to knit when your hands are full. I’m onto the back now. Once the front and back are the same length I’ll pick up stitches around the edge and add-on a trim and then the hood is picked up and knit around the neckline. Add a few buttons under the arms and…voilà, it’ll be done.
I do like the visual effect of the pattern. It’s a 24 row repeat and now that I’m “in the pattern” it’s easy enough to figure out where I am and which row I’m on. This is actually speeding things up a bit since I don’t have to spend 5 minutes just figuring out where I am when all I have is 5 minutes. Good thing I started it with spring in mind!
Molly Stark is on the move! Crawling, climbing, cruising…she’s investigating the world. In front of the kitchen window is where Molly likes to stand and observe from. We’re in the kitchen a lot. The chickens, dogs and cats seem to always be hanging out around there too; I’m sure they’re quite amusing to watch.
I finished this sweater almost two weeks before Molly Stark was born. A larger version of this sweater she looks so cute in. The neck is a little too wide but I think she might grow into it and it won’t seem quite so loose. If you happen to be reading this and you think you might knit an offset wraplan I recommend making the neck opening a little smaller and cutting back on the number of buttons. Not by too many, buttons definitely add to the sweater, but it’s hard to find 9 and that many really isn’t necessary. I managed to find these pink ones with little gold lambs on them.
This isn’t a sweater I made but here’s Molly Stark in her spot, looking out the window, anyways.
The Bed Ped slippers just weren’t looking right so I frogged them and started over. This time I’m using Grandma’s Knitted Slipper pattern. They’re knit flat with worsted weight yarn held double.
To be honest, I’m not sure which part of the slipper this is. Perhaps the toe? The sole is knit separately and both pieces are sewn together. I’m sure, with time, it will be apparent. For now I’m trusting the pattern and knitting on.
I started on a pair of Bed Ped slippers for Noah. They’re simple (no heel shaping) and free on Ravelry. I kinda stalled out for a bit; they just weren’t looking quite like I thought they should. I’m not sure if it’s the way the change in yarn color (Camo, of course) breaks up or if this yarn would work better with a different pattern. Noah likes how they look so I’m going with it.
Kale,lettuce radishes,peas….they’re all growing so fast! My current harvesting basket just isn’t large enough to hold it all. I started this weekenders bag with harvesting in mind but it’s coming out so nicely that I’m considering making it a project/store/etc bag and finding something else to help carry the harvest back from the garden.
I just adore these baby Kanoko pants! I thought I’d knit another pair before Molly outgrows the pattern. Since it’s getting hotter by the day I made these out of cotton. Hopefully, I can make these a tad longer than the first pair but I have only one skein- which I’m working from both ends so that the legs will at least be equal in length. I’ve knit the waist as one piece and will be sewing an elastic in. I’m also making up my own pattern as far as the seed stitch/garter stitch sections go.
The BSJ (Baby Surprise Jacket): that infamous Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern. Knit flat, like a baby blanket, but fold it the right way, sew the shoulder seams and ta da- a jacket. The folding bit is the best part. I find the pattern itself simple, but figuring put how to mark the increases and decreases…it’s a puzzle I solve differently every time (because I can’t remember how I did it the first time!).
Because the BSJ is was designed as a jacket its a tad long, or the sleeves are a tad short, at least that’s how it seems to me. I had forgotten that or else I would have attempted a few modifications. There are pages on Ravelry, dedicated just to the BSJ, full of ideas and how-tos. I also haven’t figured out how to intentionally size the BSJ. In the photo above Molly is wearing the BSJ I made for Ishmael. It fits her well at three months, made out of self striping sport weight yarn and size 4 needles. Using the exact same pattern, but worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, the BSJ below is far larger – 24 months. Better to be too big than too small, I say.
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!
Luckily 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the crafting front, I give you a couple more baby knits. Which means more baby photos!
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.
And 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.
editing to add this photo, which gives a better view of the Kanoko pants:
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.
Both 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.
It’s also easier to put them on if you fold them over first.
The 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.
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