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Spring Knitting Spree

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Spring has finally arrived in Minnesota, in a fashion. It’s quite brisk outside (low 50s), but there is actual evidence of greenery and sunshine. Don’t believe me?

We went to the park near our apartment, and it was quiet as can be. I guess going to the park is too tame for most people on Mother’s Day. For those of you who don’t know, Minnesota is called “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but there are many many more than that. You can walk about 1/4 a mile in any direction and find water here. They are cratered across the state from when the glaciers scraped the land in the Ice Age.

I’m as big as a whale so I just sat in the shade and watched Andy and Aidan play soccer. Nice and peaceful way to spend an afternoon, watching the birds chase each other along the shoreline.

Knitwise I’ve got a ton of projects that I’ve finished in the past couple weeks.

Rose’s Wristwarmers (Doctor Who)
Pattern: http://www.christinaslattery.com/
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in Aqua
Needles: US 5 circular

Notes: This yarn was so delicious, that I’d like to roll around in it nekked…ok, probably TMI. This is the second time I’ve made this pattern, and it’s much lovelier on a solid color than a variegated yarn. If you’ve never used a chart before, the designer makes it super simple to follow so it’s a good learning opportunity. The only thing to keep in mind is that this yarn isn’t very elastic, so if you stretch it out it could be problematic.

Next, in my efforts to knit through all my yarn before buying more I used up the rest of the yarn from my floor pillow to make a layette for el baby-on-the-way.

Yoda Kimono
Pattern: Baby Kimono
Yarn: James C. Brett Marble Chunky
Needles: US 5 circular
Notes: Yes, yes, my son isn’t due to be born until the disgustingly sticky and sweltering days of early July, but I figure with the A/C he’ll still get some use out of them. The sweater is very quick and easy, and I ended up going with a shorter sleeve due to the time of year it will be worn. I also added a moss stitch border to the sleeves and hem so so that the stockinette wouldn’t roll. I used a crochet hook to do a single crochet border along the neckline too, to add a little color and contrast. The buttons were in my sewing basket, and while I thought they were a bit fussy at first, they kind of give it an heirloom look I like.

Baby Booties
Pattern: Saartje’s Booties
Yarn: James C. Brett Marble Chunky
Needles: US 5 circular
Notes: I altered the pattern since I was using a bulky yarn and newborn sized. I cast on 23 stitches on a size 5 needle, and did the math to subtract how much the pattern changed. They may be a little bit too big for my son when he is born, but we will see! I’ll post an action shot when the time comes. It’s really hard to capture the colors of this yarn accurately. It’s much prettier in real life than in the photos.

Doll Blanket
Pattern: Giant Granny Square Blanket
Yarn: Various wool and silk blends
Needles:
Size G hook
Notes:
This is a great project for stash-busting. I’ve made another in the past, but this one was just to use up some leftover yarn I had sitting around. It’s mostly wool blends, and I made it for my friend’s 3 year old niece. I added an improvised shell edging to make it a bit fancier. One tip I have is that you should definitely try to sew in the loose ends as you go, it makes your life a lot easier!

I’m having a hell of a time getting my next project off the ground. I bought 3 skeins of DreamBaby 4-ply by Plymouth Yarns to make another baby sweater, but it doesn’t seem to be working for the pattern. I may just knit too loosely, but it seems like there isn’t much elasticity to it. Since it is a ribbed pattern, that’s not good. One more attempt tomorrow, and if it doesn’t work I need to find another sweater pattern.

<—Ze pattern which will not cooperate. (Knit Simple Fall 2007)

Anyone have a suggestion for a simple baby sweater pattern that I can use this yarn for? I need a break from cables, and it has to be ok for all in cream colored yarn. Any ideas are welcome!

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Written by Milwaukee Knit Chick

May 11, 2008 at 11:50 pm