Monday, May 30, 2011

my knitting time

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ruined FO: Boheme

CO: February 22nd, 2011
BO: February 23rd, 2011
Pattern: Boheme

Yarn used: Lana Grossa Merino Superfein Cool Wool, colour 571, light green, about 1.5 skeins

Needles: 3.5 mm circulars

Size: 6 months

Mods/ notes: Since I used 5 stitches for the button panels (to avoid the curling), I used the lace pattern from here as I found the instructions clearer than in the original pattern.

Fit: The cardi was just a tiny bit too big on my one-month old and got spat on pretty badly. Thus, I washed it and put it in the dryer. I did not check the cycle of the dryer and it was obviously in there for way too long. Now it is felted and is too small. So, I am going to recycle the buttons and throw the rest away. In general, though, I think the size might have been too small for a 6-month old.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

on how the baby knits fit

Or more precisely how they do not fit... Back in December I knit a newborn hat and socks. The hat fit for about 2 days before it got way too small and the socks were too small to begin with. I do not think my baby was especially large, I'd rather say it's the sizing of the pattern. Anyways, I never managed to get a picture of the hat actually fitting her, but here's a shot of how the socks worked for her tiny yet too large feet.

Any sock pattern suggestions out there for the little ones? Are there any socks at all that stay on the little feet?

Friday, May 20, 2011

FO: sweet bee; or wraplan take three

CO: Jan 24th, 2011
BO: Jan 28th, 2011

Yarn used: Austermann merino 160, 1 skein in light blue and Wolle Roedel Siena in yellow (9965)
Needles: 3.5mm circulars
Pattern: Wraplan
Size: 0 (newborn)

Mods: As in previous versions of wraplan that I knit, I made the body somewhat longer.
General notes: I really love this pattern, both the two previous versions got loads of wear and mommies were happy to have a cardi. I was told it was very easy to get it on and off. Austermann merino was a stash yarn and since I knew I had a skein left from previous baby projects, I got some Siena in yellow to make a cardi for my baby. Admittedly, back then I was convinced it'd be a boy, but still wanted to keep it as gender neutral as possible. Thus, the yellow. I got some buttons in a Kaufhof in Germany as I did not like any of my stash ones.

Fit: My baby girl is only two days old in these pictures. You can see that we've curled up the sleeves for these photo shots. However, she had the cardi on yesterday. And being three weeks old the sleeves fit her perfectly - no need of rolling up anymore! That is how fast the little ones grow. And the looseness of fit around the body is also already gone. It was a good decision to lengthen the body and the sleeves. I think she will still get another month's wear out of it before it gets too small. Another thing: it is good to choose colourful garments for the babies as they spit up so much. Variegated yarns work well, just as any type of stripes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

FO: Love swaddle

CO & BO: March 23rd, 2011

Pattern: Laurel Love Cocoon (Rav link here)

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Como (90% merino, 10% cashmere), Colour 19010, used 2 full skeins to the very last bit. This is a great yarn, it's a bit pricey and I would not buy it regularly, but, hey, Webs had it on sale, so I grabbed these two skeins for exactly this project. People have knit Wenlan Chia's designs with this yarn. It is definitely a nicer choice than let's say Cascade Magnum, but oh my one needs many skeins of this for a bigger project.
Needles: 10 mm circulars

Mods/ notes:
After about 5" I realized I would not have enough yarn to make the cocoon long enough, so I did the first decrease round after 5" (*k8, k2tog* across), the next decrease round after 10" of total length (*k7, k2tog* across). At 12" I started overall decreases, including a k row as I saw fit to make sure I use up all the yarn and get the cocoon as long as possible.
The Cocoon is a great and easy way to swaddle a baby. I've been able to use it a few times, but as it is getting warmer, this is also too hot for a baby. It'd make a nice gift for a winter baby, though.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

FO: Lilly melon bomb cardi

CO and BO: February 20th, 2011

Pattern: Lilly Baby Cardigan (Ravelry link here )

Needles: 5 mm (US 8) circulars

Yarn used: Dream in Color Classy, melon bomb colourway, about 1/2 of a skein
Cost: Yarn cost 19USD a skein

Mods/ notes: No changes whatsoever to the pattern. This was a super fast knit and the result is so adorable. I love this cardi! Total length - 23 cm (ca. 9"). Sleeve length from under the armpit - 12 cm ( ca. 4.5").

Fit: This is perfectly sized for a newborn. My baby weighed 3.363 kg (7lbs 6.6oz) and was 51cm (20.5") long, which is around the normal average for a newborn. My guess is that this will fit until she is about 3 months old as there is still some stretch to the garment. We'll see. The pattern definitely gets a thumbs up. Totally recommendable.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

our precious

Meet Liepa Marlene. She arrived on April 25th and made us fall in love with her immediately. She is perfect. And we are proud and happy.