So thankful for knitting!

Thank you so much for your kind words about the Drake sweater. They have meant so much to me in my slightly emotional and sleep deprived state! 🙂

On that note, I have to say that I have been so thankful for the craft of knitting lately. I’ve been in a lot of discomfort (vs. pain!) lately, and needing to rest a little more. Knitting has helped take my mind off all the aches and pains, and helped me to relax. – I need to add that I’m not usually into relaxing, taking it easy – I love to be busy and so this has been a bit of a challenge for me. But more down time means more projects I’ve started!

Stitch Block Cowl: This is a really fun project from Purl Soho, using a fun and simple stitch technique. I used six different colors from my stash, and added seven buttons to join the cowl so it can be worn either as a scarf or twisted into a cowl.

Little Ancolie Cardigan: I started this for my eldest daughter, for her birthday in a couple of months. I’m using the recommended yarn, Madelinetosh Pashmina in Nectar, and I’m in love!! This is one of the most beautiful yarns and colorways I’ve ever used. This is going to be a work in progress for a while.

Milo Bambino and Tiny Pants: I used a colorway that I had wanted for quite a while, Tosh DK in Dachshund – a beautiful mix of brown, golden amber, with a splash of lilac. I mixed it with Cathedral in lace weight doubled up. They complemented each other perfectly, and I love these two colorways even more than when I started, if that’s possible! The cable used on the Milo is a subtle and sweet heart.

Don’t Skid, Honey Fingerless Gloves: These are for my dad for Christmas. I used Tosh Vintage in Mare, and paired with this pattern, they will make a great cold-weather gift.

Linking with Nicole and Ginny.

Finished – Drake Sweater

I did it! I finished my first adult-sized sweater and I’m extremely proud of myself. There was a bit of a scare at the end, though. Before I blocked the sweater, I had compared it to my husband’s favorite sweater and it was the perfect size. After blocking was a different story. When I layed it out to block, the length of the arms and body were much longer – maybe 4″ longer in the body and even longer in the arms! I don’t know if that’s common or not, but I took my chances and popped it in the dryer. It shrunk back to its original measurements, thank goodness, and I was so thankful for superwash wool! Come Christmas, we will see how it fits my husband – fingers crossed!

Linking with Nicole and Ginny.

Finishing up those unfinished projects

As I’m working through some organization (thank you, KonMari method!), I’m realizing that there are more unfinished projects living in my drawers than I care to admit… So here are a couple that I finished up this week.

Baby Sweater on Two Needles – I started this quite a while back, on a road trip on the mainland, and the only thing that I needed to finish up were weaving in ends, blocking, and sewing on buttons. These buttons are cute, aren’t they? I think the transparent red works with the thick, wooly grey fiber. Maybe I started this for someone specifically? but I don’t remember now, so off it goes to wait for gift giving. (I just noticed that I took these pictures before I sewed on the buttons – I promise they are attached now!)

Another Baby Sweater on Two Needles – I must have had an EZ phase a while back! All this needed were seven little buttons, and I thought the wood buttons complimented the soft pink color.

I still have a couple of unfinished projects, but they are both with laceweight yarn (yikes!) and I’m definitely not up to the detailed work right now, so they will have to wait a while longer.

Double Cascade

I needed to make yet another baby sweater for another friend’s new baby. The first sweater completed was the Cascade sweater, using Cascade 220 (appropriately enough!). I started this only to realize that it was going to run small. I decided to keep this either for myself or as a future gift, and make my friend a different, larger sweater.

There’s a lot of detail in this pattern, and I think a larger size would best emphasize these details. But it sure is cute!

The second sweater I finished was using the My Gift to You pattern.

I used the rest of the Cascade 220 skein from the first sweater, as well as most of the second skein. It has such a unique look, with the asymmetrical neckline and simple stitch pattern.

Linking with Nicole and Ginny.

 

Waldorf Doll Shoes and Birthday Crown

I’ve been working on some doll sewing and knits for the girls for Christmas and birthdays. One most requested item are shoes for the beloved Waldorf dolls. I had Saartje’s Bootees pattern in my queue for some time, and after reading a few reviews, realized they could be made small enough for dolls. So over the weekend, I made two pairs of little doll shoes. They are tiny and sturdy and stretchy, and after doubling the length of the straps, fit the dolls’ feet very well. They are a perfect way to use up some leftover sock or fingering weight yarn, and knit up quickly. I’m sure the girls will love them!

I also worked up this Princess Birthday Crown for my middle child’s upcoming birthday. I did it in crochet because I thought it might be a little stiffer and sturdier. Nothing like a little project with acrylic yarn to make you appreciate natural fibers! But I think the birthday girl will love it.

I’m getting down to single digits of pregnancy weeks, and I’ve had to be mindful about resting more often. So I’ve been passing a lot of down time with knitting new projects and finishing some unfinished projects – lucky me! 🙂

A Few Finished Hats

 

Last week I finished up two thick wool beanies to benefit Syrian refugees. I used my own pattern or formula, a simple ribbed opening with stockinette body and decreases every row at the top. The yarn was Madelinetosh ASAP in Shire and Cousteau and felt amazing light and lofty for a bulky weight yarn. The colors were beautiful and saturated, and I hope to use these colorways in different weights in the future. My girls thought the name “Cousteau” quite clever 🙂

I also completed a simple baby hat using leftover Madelinetosh yarn from all the baby socks a few months back. I’m not sure if it will fit a newborn – I never can remember how small (or big!) they are – but it will probably be used at some point. It’s a nice weight for warm weather or over air conditioned buildings, and reminded me that I wanted to cast on a fingering weight sweater for the baby…

Linking with Nicole and Ginny.

In progress – Drake Sweater

I’ve been diligently working on the body of the Drake sweater, one row, one inch at a time, and finally have reached the length where I’ve attached the sleeves! Whew it’s getting heavy now, which just means that I’m nearing the end – and also means that it’s getting harder to hide from its intended recipient! 🙂 I’ve been meaning to measure the one sweater my husband has, but I keep forgetting, so fingers crossed that the pattern measurements are going to fit him – or that I can block it according to his sweater’s measurements.

(Sorry for the poor quality of this picture – I was losing daylight and I’m learning that it’s a little harder to take pictures of large sweaters compared to tiny baby items!)