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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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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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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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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A Few Tops {KCCO/Yarn Along}

Back before we had this shift in the weather, and it was still hot out, I found myself needing a few shirts that were not stretched out beyond wearing and were cool enough for summer. I just happened to be perusing  One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. I had this book for years but for some reason had never made anything from it. This time through I noted several patterns to make, after all they only use one yard of fabric, and to satisfy my actual need for shirts I made myself a Pintucked Top (pgs 130-131) and the incredibly easy Mother-Daughter Halter Tops (pgs 142-143). Although since I don’t have a daughter I just made one adult sized top. Having no bias tape on hand nor wanting to take the time to make any I resorted to doubling some bulky yarn and crocheting a simple chain to use instead. I used this same crocheted chain instead of ribbon on the halter top as well.

My and my 2 yr old’s attempts to take photos of me:

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Milking the goats. Pretty good photo for a toddler.

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The fabric up close- one of my favorites!

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The halter top. The back is just a simple tie, which my hair covers anyways.

Also, I’ve finished Sea and Sky Planet X which was a knitting project from earlier this summer. The cooler weather makes this the perfect time to wear it. This was my first time knitting with Noro. What took me so long!? I love the colors they use in their skeins.

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Yarn Along :: On the Go-veralls

The other day I was sorting thru the hand-knits when I came across this Pebble Vest I originally knit for Ezra when he was 21 months. It fit him well but on the snug side. I thought I’d see how it fit on Ishmael (soon to be 9 months):

Just about perfect. And he looks so darn cute in it too!

Between the cuteness and the realization that the time period where he’ll happily wear any hand knit item I put him in is already rapidly growing short I knew I had to cast on something. And that made me think of these On the Go-veralls I knit for Noah way back when I first started knitting.

Suddenly it all fell into place- I had the perfect yarn stashed away just waiting for the right project.

The yarn is Mirasol- an alpaca and bamboo blend. It’s gorgeous. I just love the yellow and gray; it’s knitting up fast too. It will be interesting to see how complicated these seem this time around. Thus far it’s been way easier….maybe because this time around I  know that circulars come in different lengths.

Oh and what have I been reading? Lots and lots of Berenstain Bears.

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Keeping Warm

About two weeks ago I finally finished my Oatmeal Pullover. What a great sweater! It knit up so fast (when I got the chance to work on it) and the yarn – baby alpaca- makes you want to knit it. I just love it. It fits great and is exactly that extra layer I’ve been wishing I had.

You can’t really tell from the photo but the yarn has a silver thread running through it. I knit the body using size 10 needles and dropped down to size 9 for the ribbing to help reduce the bulkiness.

So what’s on the needles now?

These fingerless mitts for my MIL. I’m just starting the thumb gusset.

These are cotton. The pattern is called Fallberry fingerless mitts (Winter 2011 in Knitty) but these colors say spring to me! I’m using size 2 double points.

What are you knitting?

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