Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kiwi Baby Sweater and Hat

We have a new grand baby due in early July.  My daughter decided that she wanted this baby's gender to be a surprise, so I decided to knit a baby sweater in the green family.
Unblocked.  True color.

Casio camera: daylight.

(Looks Mint color, but it's Kiwi.)

Color:  Kiwi

Cardi and Hat (Photo taken with Samsung tablet) Color is true.)

I found the pattern and the yarn  at Mary Maxim.

Baby Raglan Cardi & Hat
 The pattern directions were written for the sweater to be knitted flat, the back, the 2 fronts and 2 sleeves, then sewn together.  I really dislike sewing things together, so I knitted both the sweater and the hat in the round and I like the way it tuned out.

The sweater consisted of stockinette and seed stitch which I think is perfect for a baby boy or girl.  I knitted in the 18-mon. size, because my daughter already has newborn and smaller sweaters .  The bigger size will allow for some growing room.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lilac Sweater for Granddaughter

I finally finished this lilac sweater for my 5 YO granddaughter!  I saw a baby sweater done in this yarn and I had to have some.

This sweater was a learning experience for me.  I've made a lot of baby sweaters from the top down & practically seamless, but was the first sweater in a very long time that I knitted in pieces then had to sew together.  (I hate to sew.  I really do.)

I knitted the back first, then the right front & the left front, then the sleeves.  Well, actually before I started on the sleeves, I had to sew the fronts to the back.   Uh oh!  They didn't match.  The were different lengths!  (I hate when that happens, don't you?)  So, back to the drawing board.  It's Ok, it was a quick knit.  Bulky yarn & size 10.5 needles.

Since I had a couple of skeins to play with, I knitted both fronts simultaneously, reversing the decreases for the sleeves.  I did the same for the sleeves, I knitted them simultaneously, too.  I'm please at the way it turned out.

Sweater (unblocked)

Sweater (blocked)

Back of sweater

the sleeves

close up

the yarn
 The yarn is an import from England. Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky.  I bought the yarn & the pattern from Jimmy Beans Wool.  I really love this yarn & I look forward to making a baby sweater or a baby blanket with it.   The yarn does all the designing.  

the yarn


It was so much fun to see the flowers show up in the sweater.


Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky Yarn - 352 Little Lavender

Size 10.5 straight metal needles, because I knit stockinette faster on straight needles instead of cirs.

Buttons:  from Wal-Mart

Size:  Girls 6/7 (Granddaughter just started wearing size 6.)

Approx. 1 month to knit, and a couple of nights seaming & weaving in all the ends & sewing on 6 buttons.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sweater Wheels!

My dear Mum taught me how to knit when I was 6 yrs. old.  It was a rainy day & I was bored & I guess I was making her nuts.  So, she did what any knitting Mama would do, she grabbed some old fashioned wooden knitting needles & some Red Heart Variegated yarn.

from Google Images

from Google Images

I remember it like it was yesterday.  My Mum all kinds of neat knitting things.  She had some of those cardboard Sweater Wheels from the 1960's.

She made a lot of original sweaters using this wheel.  This was the Set In Sleeve Sweater Wheel.  I inherited it when she passed, but I've never put it to use, mainly because I don't like sewing sweaters together.  So, I've been on the look out for the other Sweater Wheel; the Raglan Sweater Wheel.  They don't made them anymore.  I've been looking on Ebay & finding the Set In Sleeve Sweater Wheel for $50-$99!

I just happened to mention to my hubby about the Sweater Wheel & I told him that I quit looking on Ebay, because the price was too steep.  Well, wouldn't you know....he just happened to look on Ebay & found the Raglan Sleeve one for $12!  I grabbed that baby up in a hurry!  Ebay is my friend!  Not to mention that I have the most awesome husband.

In the original package.  (When Zipper bags were coming in.)

Great Ebay find!

Both wheels.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Little Lavender Shrug

My young GD asked for a crop top sweater with short sleeves.  Pink or various shades of purple are her favorite colors.

I found a very cute free pattern on Ravelry:   Vanilla Sugar Shrug by Julia Stangeland.  I used Michael's Arts & Crafts yarn:  Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly in Lilac & size 7 needles as per instructions.  It turned out super cute, if I do say so myself.

 The pattern was knit from the top down & all in one piece.  The short sleeves were "pick up stitches" & knitted in the round using the magic loop.  No seaming. No sewing.

My GD liked it, but it was too small, so I'm going to knit it again with heavier yarn & size 10 or 10.5  needles.  It's a quick knit, so I don't mind.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Knitting Cables; substitutes

I didn't realize that it's been so long since I've posted, so this is going to be a long one.

I've been knitting for a very long time, since 1st grade.  My Mum & I had the same Wright Boye Interchangeable Knitting Needle set from the 1970's & the 1980's.

(1970's or 1980's)

(Year: 2000)

The set comes with several US sizes:  1 through 15.  Sizes 9 through 15 required a special connector to connect to the stiff nylon cables.  My Mum & I used this set for years.  

(Boye Interchangeable set connecting to a knitting needle tip with a tapered end.)

(The connectors on the tips.)

Then, early in the year 2000, I bought a brand new Boye Set with a rare 50% off coupon from Michael's.  The newer set, all the ends are tapered and don't require the special connectors that are very easy to lose & very hard to buy replacements.

I love my kit that I bought in 2000, esp.; the tips, but since I've been using Addi Turbos, Addi Clicks & Knit Picks knitting needles, I'm not so fond of the hard stiff nylon cables of my original set.

Through the many knitting groups that I belong to online,  I've made the most wonderful discovery!  I found out that the ChiaoGoo cables, (the ones labeled "small") are a perfect fit for the Boye Interchangeable with the tapered ends.

I found ChiaoGoo Cables & connectors at Handsome Fibers & Paradise Fibers.  This being said, neither site or company advocates or recommends using the ChiaoGoo products with other brands.  So far, so good.  I haven't had any problems using the CG cables with my Boye set.

(Cable & Connector.)  (Small)

(Nylon cables)

Now, you might wonder why I don't just bite the bullet and buy yet another interchangeable set & just get the ChiaoGoo Interchangeable Set?  Well, because I just love the look and feel of my original set & all the pretty colors.  It's like a box of new crayons for me as a kid.

(ChiaoGoo Cable with Boye needle tips, size 6.)
Today, I made another discovery.  I also have the Knit Picks Nickel Platted set.  The needle tips are nice, but the cable keep breaking, so I don't use them very much anymore.  However, I found out through other knitter that the cables to the Knitter's Pride set works with the Knit Picks.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Green Dishcloths

I have several projects in the works, time consuming projects.  So, I wanted to take a break from working on those & knitted up a couple quick & easy & very satisfying dishcloths .

The 1st is called, Kitchen Dishcloth ~ Noni's Favorite by Joan Laws It's free & it's easy & works very well with variegated yarns.

The other is from Knit Wit's Heaven called, Four Leaf Clover by Lisa Vienneau.  My 5 year old granddaughter already claimed this dishcloth, because she liked it so much.

Lisa & Ally have wonderful patterns.  Please check them out.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sock Love and New Yarn Winder

It's been awhile since I've knitted socks.  It's not that I didn't want to, but I just hadn't seen a pattern and/or yarn that called to me.  

A few months ago, one of my LYS was closing up shop and I had a gift card that needed to be used before it expired, so I purchased some Addi Sock Rockets & some Regia Pairfect Cotton Sock Yarn in “Beach”.  I loved the yarn, but I just never found the right pattern to use.  I didn't want to do just plain stockinette.  In the process of fooling around the yarn, I sort of messed up the skein.  I had wrapped it around the paper band & that eventually fell off & the yarn was an undesirable mess.

I had ordered a yarn winder online from Michaels, which was a great disappointment & it was promptly returned.  My knitting friend Joan, who has a wonderful blog called, Knitting  By The Ocean, set me on the right path & I got a better yarn winder.  This thing is so much fun to use, almost as fun as knitting...almost.  So, I re-wound that skein of Regia Pairfect Cotton Sock Yarn into a cute little cake!

(Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-A Hand-Operated Yarn Ball Winder. yarn bowl, &  Regia Pairfect Cotton Sock Yarn in “Beach”)

And, here's the sock that I've started.

The pattern is called, Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder.  This pattern is everywhere & it's so fun & easy.  I don't want to put it down.

Kiwi Baby Sweater and Hat