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wip Wednesday

November 28, 2012

Wednesday work in progress update, I’m making a toddler scarf for Bailey since she is recently obsessed with scarves. It’s taking much longer than I expected but I guess it’s because of the small needles and life with a newborn.

The red yarn is so soft and fluffy, it’s really beautiful and I chose a simple pattern from ravelry

Thanks to Freshly Pieced for organizing this weekly WIP.

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birthday cowl

October 1, 2012

I found this beautiful wasabi cowl pattern and added it to the “to do” list. Coincidentally, Simon got me this exact type of yarn for my birthday in beautiful reds and pinks. So I took the pattern and new yarn to craft night, the night before my birthday (I had an accidental sneak peak at Simon’s bday gift so was able to request opening it early in time for craft night).

The pattern says it can be completed within an hour, but with such delicious cakes, pots of tea and friendly faces at craft night, I wasn’t as productive as I could be and only completed half of it.  (And inbetween cakes and conversation I also lost my place in the pattern and ended up with a mix of purl/knit on each side… still looks pretty though!).  The button was a gift from another crafter (the crafter who is responsible for my pattern mistake!)  on the night which works perfectly for size and color. 

I was able to finish the cowl the following day (on a ferry ride to France!) and although it definitely is different to how it should look, I love it and won’t be unstitching it to do it as intended!   I have two more skeins of this gorgeous yarn so I may make a matching hat or fingerless gloves.

Happy birthday to me!

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knitted frog & turtle

January 18, 2012
It’s a frog…

… and now it’s a turtle!
My first reversible project! I started this little toy almost exactly one year ago when I was on maternity leave and visiting my parents in California. I stopped it when I went back to work March of last year and only discovered it when I went hunting for yarn for my crochet-a-granny-square-a-day project. I couldn’t believe I had left this project for 9 months!! I guess when the quilt addiction took over, I forgot everything about knitting.

I picked it up again this weekend (had to remember how to knit and cast on again!) and finished it finally. Bailey wasn’t as impressed as I would have liked, but hopefully she’ll soon love switching from turtle to frog and back again.

It was definitely a testing project– multiple double-sided neededles, new techniques and time-intensive. But I’m in love with it! I’m already excited about my next project from the same book itty-bitty toys by Susan B Anderson– Princess and the Pea (I’ll start with three mattresses and see how it goes from there).
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knitted leggings

July 11, 2011

This is another creation from Erika Knight’s Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. I love the homliness of these leggings. I was in a rush to get them done in the winter so there are some very obvious mistakes (including a random stripe of purl in the middle of wall the knit!).

I wanted to use up my bargain brown yarn but wanted them to still be a bit girlie, so the pink ribbon worked well.

She got a lot of use of these over the cold months. We’d throw her in these most days over her normal clothes to keep her warm on walks or else on just cold mornings. They were basically her version of sweatpants.

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vintage cardigan

July 11, 2011

This is a beautiful cardigan from Erika Knight’s Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. I knitted this during my visit to California when Bailey was about five months old.

The lace detailing is beautiful all around the edge and I love the cuffed sleeves that are stitched into place.

As usual, I’ve added my label with the year.

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knitted bonnet

January 26, 2011

This photo doesn’t do this bonnet justice. It’s a beautiful bonnet which I thoroughly enjoyed making for a friend’s baby daughter (5 days older than Bailey).

As it was a Christmas present for Bailey’s friend, she of course helped in choosing the pattern…

… and making it…

The bonnet is knitted in so-soft Rowan Milk Cotton 4-ply and it makes a perfect gift for a newborn baby. The design has been taken from Natural Nursery Knits by Erika Knight and although it’s shown in the book in just one color, I think the two tones work perfectly. (I’ve actually seen the pattern offered for free here)

This was the most challenging knitting project I’ve ever done because of the beautiful trim. I redid it about 4 times and I was working on size 1 needles (American sizing) which was so tricky. The metal needles actually were bending. But the result is gorgeous. Here I think Bailey is sad I didn’t make it for her, instead she has to give it away.

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knitted cardigan

January 20, 2011

My great friend returned from her honeymoon with skeins of New Zealand wool for me while I was pregnant with Bailey. The wool was beautiful so I waited to see if I’d have a girl or a boy to make a specific item of clothing for him/her. Once Bailey arrived, I began knitting a special button-up cardigan and loved the simple garter stitch in this fine wool.

The pattern is from Erika Knight’s Simple Knits for Cherished Babies “garter stitch cardigan”.


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