Monday, October 31, 2011

FO: L cardigan

CO: April 12th, 2011
BO: April 21st, 2011

Pattern: Louise Cardigan

Needles: 3 mm circulars

Yarn: Cascade Heritage (75% Merino superwash, 25% Nylon), 0.8 of a skein in colour 5616. I should have probably better used some kind of slightly variegated yarn for this project instead. I got this yarn as I thought I would knit Blossom, but that pattern is all about embroidery skills that are non-existent round here, so I dropped the idea.

Size: 3-6 months

Mods/ notes: Looking at the schematics, it seems that the body is supposed to be only 4.5" or 11.5 cm long up to the sleeves. I think it is too short for a 3-6 month old baby, so I've extended this section to be 15 cm long. Sleeves knit in the round and are 14 cm long to underarm. Grafted underarm stitches. Used this sewn bind off to make sure the picot edging looks nice.

Fit: This is a very classy cardigan. I love the way it looks and it fits. She wore the cardi when she was three months, but it was on the biggish side back then. Now it's spot on.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

FO: Scroll lace

That's the fourth scarf out of these series. I know I have still to show you the first one. Time will come. 

The pattern: Scroll lace scarf by the talented Ysolda Teague. Now hold your breath: this was my first pattern from Ysolda!

Yarn: Schoppel Wolle On Touch. My sister is one of the people who even find Alpaca (!) scratchy, so really, only merino works for her. Thus, this is an almost summery (well, at least for London summers) version of the scarf.

Notes: There's really not much more to add, it was an easy knit, the directions are clear, the construction is quite interesting and I might have another go at this. Oh, the unusual bit is that the first knit row starts from the left in the charted instructions. Which was new for me. But I followed the written instructions and was ok with that.

Friday, October 28, 2011

FO: Summery pebble vest

I have quite a bit of catching up to do. There are so many FOs that have yet to be photographed. Some are not even blocked. I'm clearly a process knitter. Anyways, this vest was knitted in February when I was staying with Christine in Boston. My little one wore it towards the end of the summer, right before she discovered her feet. I think it might still fit her. It was a great and useful garment for those early mornings/ late evenings during not so warm Lithuanian August.

CO: February 18th, 2011
BO: February 20th, 2011

Pattern: Pebble
Yarn used: Cascade Cotton Rich DK, about 1.5 skeins
Needles: 4.5 mm circulars
Mods/ notes: I knit the vest longer. I used these notes from one fellow Raveler and also adopted Techknitting tips for bind off 1 and 2. The finishing looks so neat this way, I wonder how I did not come across this earlier. It'll definitely be used in the upcoming knits.

Fit: great. Good thing I knit it a bit longer as my little one is on the tallish side.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

skeinny dipping

It is nice to come home, but it is even nicer to get back and find some yummy yarns in one's mailbox. My very talented friend Christine has opened up an online yarn shop and an etsy store to sell her hand dyed yarns.

These are the three skeins that I got. Penelope sock in Dark Magic Carpet colourway and two skeins of Merisilk DK in Spritz colourway. Yes, I got some DK yarn. So if you remember this post, you know there's a giveaway coming your way. I just could not resist. I have a perfect project for this yarn. Today's a bit overcast, so my pictures are not the best. I'll leave you with some of Christine's pictures to drool over. Even better, head to her skeinny dipping shop and check it out yourself.

If you like some colour that's not available in your preferred weight, just email Christine and I'm sure she'll dye some especially for you. Oh, and she ships worldwide.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

knitting miscalculations

I ran out of yarn whilst knitting the new version of the Inspira Cowl. And while I wait for replenishment to arrive, I started knitting an Aviatrix hat for Liepa. In fact, I finished the one from yesterday's wordless WIP Wednesday post and started a new one. Right before finishing the first version I realized it was going to be somewhat too big. So instead of ripping back, I decided to go ahead and finish it. Too big is not a problem for a growing baby. Besides, there is enough yarn, so why not just do a smaller one, right?

To all of you who are thinking of what hat to knit for a baby, I tell you to forget all the strapless ones. They are useless since they come off too easily. Liepa's been wearing her Oma hat constantly and I have a feeling Aviatrix will be a winner as well. Otherwise I wouldn't be knitting a second one.

And here's a proof of my baby wearing handknits not only for the FO pictures.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

back to the beginning

That is what I had knit, but somehow it did not seem quite me. Thus, I ripped back to after the Baltic braid and try it a bit differently this time. Will show you progress shots next Wednesday. It is going slowly as I'm babysitting my MIL's dog this week as well.