Second Time Around

After a rather disappointing first attempt at this pattern, I have achieved success!  This is another knit for sweet baby M, in the same color palette as the first.  Her mama and I both love purple, so it’s an easy choice.

The second time around was faster and more successful because of the first fail.  It’s amazing what we can learn through failure, right?  Must keep that in mind in life as well as knitting.  Anyway… This time I knew what to look out for with sizing, modifications for fit, and the amount of yarn I had on hand.  First, I chose the smallest size, 3 months (p.s. it’s still big, more like a 6-9 month). I knew there wasn’t enough to make a dress, so I did fewer increases and a single repeat of the reverse stockinette band at the bottom.  I also opted to continue knitting in the round after binding off the sleeves, creating a smaller (neater) armhole. You can see all the details on my Ravelry page.

Things got a little dicey at the bind-off, and despite my best efforts at knitting quickly and pulling yarn tightly, I ran out of yarn with about 10 stitches left.  In what can only be described as a genius move of knitterly desperation, I clipped a long tail from the cast on and used it to finish up.

Since I ran out of the violet yarn, I had to choose a coordinating color for the crochet edging and button loops.  Purple and green are a classic favorite of mine (hello, blog colors!), so it easy.  My crochet skills are a little lacking, however, and I struggled with these simple details.  It’s not perfect, but it will do.

The yarn, Be Sweet Cotton Candy, was soft and a lovely color, but super splitty.  This proved most irritating on the body as I like to knit without gazing upon every stitch.  Sometimes I’d come back around and see that I had split a stitch on the last row and would have to stop and fix it.  I also noticed that after blocking some of these spots still stand out.  Overall, the fabric is soft, drapey, and machine washable, so it’s a good option for kidlet knits.

We’re finally expecting some sunshine and warm weather this weekend. In between playing softball, hosting a birthday BBQ for Sweetie, and taking a trip to visit Yarnia, I hope to fit in a little knitting!  It’s bound to be a fun (yet exhausting) weekend.  I hope yours is shaping up to be a good one, too.

Frogged.

I’m trying not to look at the time spent knitting this ill-fitting top as a waste.  I’m trying to be all peaceful about it, telling myself that “time spent knitting is never wasted”, and “I get to knit something new with this lovely yarn”.  But shoot.  I wanted little PB to have a new summery mama-knit top!  Now that the ripping (and whining) is over, it’s time to start thinking about what this yarn wants to be next.  What would you knit with 328 yards of Aran weight cotton?

What’s Next?

New Finished Object!

This was an especially fun knit because I improvised it as I was knitting. That’s right, no official pattern, just a little sketch and a dream of uniting this turquoise and red cotton into a perfect union. I’m pretty happy with the results.

  • Pattern: Improvised. If you’re interested, I’ll translate my notes and share it, just let me know!
  • Yarn: Sugar n’ Cream, 1 skein turquoise, about 10 yards of red.
  • Needles: US size 7, 4.5m
  • Notions: 1 fun button and a tapestry needle

I was on the lookout for a fun button, and happened across this one on my visit to The Point. A perfect match!

So here’s my dilemma: I just finished a project, and I have all this new yarn that wants to be knit. And yet I cannot seem to decide what to make. It’s too hot to start a large project, and I’m experiencing a little knitter’s ADD anyway…Second Sock Syndrom has struck, and while I am a couple inches into Hedera #2, it feels so done. I’m also still working on my granny square afghan, so that is more of a long term project. I need something fairly quick and satisfying that I can knit from my stash. Any suggestions? Help!

Quick Knits

Here are a couple of quick knits I have managed to knock out during the past week of moving and unpacking.

  • Pattern: Baby Fern Stitch Dishcloth
  • Yarn: Sugar ‘n Cream cotton
  • Needles: US 6
  • Modifications: I pretty much knit this up as written, stopping when the color patterning seems symmetrical.

I really enjoyed this pattern. I think the simple lace is beautiful and elevates the dishcloth to a more special face cloth! The colors match my new bathroom, so it will be put to good use there.

I made a companion washcloth with the remaining yarn. I ran out with an inch or so to go, so I just kept knitting with some white cotton I had on hand.

This pattern and I never seemed to understand each other. I guess you could say I never had the Oprah “Ah-ha” moment with the stitch pattern and had to refer to the directions for each row. Not what I necessarily needed while trying to relax after a day of unpacking and entertaining house guests. Did I mention my mother-sister-and grandmother-in-law were all here this week? Right after we moved in? On the bright side, it was nice seeing them and it helped push me to get things put away lightening quick. On the flip side, I’m tired and feel like I haven’t been able to relax in my own house since we moved in!

Needless to say, I haven’t been able to spend as much time knitting or thinking about knitting as I usually like to. So my plans for future projects are kind of nebulous at the moment. I did start the Funky Sock Monkey using leftover sock yarn, not a kit. There are plenty of patterns out there for funny little critters made out of fingering weight yarn, and this one caught my eye on the Yarn Harlot’s blog. I think it’s a great way to use up some of those leftovers. So far he just looks like the finger on a glove, but I imagine once I start the mouth and appendages he’ll start looking more lifelike. Here are the colors I’m working with:

What do you do with your leftovers?