Junior’s First…

I can hardly believe what I’m about to say, but rest assured it’s true: I have two finished objects to show you!

The first is a little sweater that was a fun and satisfying knit.  This was my very first cardigan and button band experience, so I’m glad I got to try it out in a baby version.  The knitting and finishing were done on Saturday (you know, on the deck with a peach cobbler in the oven!), but I just blocked it yesterday and got the buttons sewn on today.

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There are so many wonderful colors in this yarn that I new I wanted to have multicolored buttons to help show them off.  I ended up going to Michael’s (which is not known for its button selection) and was happy to find a bag of purple, green, and blue buttons of different sizes.  Here is how it all came together:

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  • Pattern: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith (Ravelled here) 6 month size

  • Yarn: Purlsoup Fibers Worsted Weight, special edition colorway Sonia

  • Needles: I did the ribbing on size 6/4 mm and the body of the sweater on size 7/4.5 mm needles.

  • Mods: I knit the sweater in one color instead of stripes, but other than that I followed the pattern to the letter.

The second finished object is a product of my current “baby fever” knitting trend.  Another hat from the Wee Woolly Toppers collection.

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  • Pattern: Kilkenny from Wee Wooly Toppers by Wooly Wormhead, size Medium (Ravelled here)

  • Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino, awesome yet unknown colorway, 104 yards/50 grams

  • Needles: US 4/3.5 mm circular and double points

  • Mods: I knit this as written until I got to the crown decreases.  I started off in pattern, but quickly realized it would use up more yarn than I had.  So I ripped back and did more swift decreases in garter stitch.  Made away with under a yarn of yarn left!

This was another fun and fast knit.  It starts out with the purled i-cord, which is something I had never come across before.  But I love how it matches the garter stitch.  You then work some increases to make the ear-flaps (twice) cast on some new stitches to connect them, and start knitting in the round.  That bit was a little fumbly for me, but once everything was connected it was smooth sailing.  The textured body of the hat is also very visually interesting but dead simple to knit.

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One of my favorite things about both these projects (besides their obvious cuteness) is that they were each knit with one skein of yarn from my stash.  That’s a great thing about little knits, and I plan to do more stash-busting/baby knitting this way.

I have about 1 1/2 more baby projects to knit and then I’m out of ideas.  If you’re getting sick of mini knits around here, rest assured that I am in the beginning stages of an adult sweater for myself: Coraline.  More on that later…I’m actually headed off to do some swatching for that right now!

Early Bird Gets the Mojo

The Early Bird paid a visit to our house this morning, and as a result we had homemade zucchini bread in our bellies by 8:30 am.  I’ve been wanting to bake up a batch of this kind of goodness since Saturday when we visited a friend’s farm stand.  Because of all the rain we’ve had this summer, many of her veggies didn’t exactly thrive.  The squash, and specifically the zucchini, have loved this weather.

Here is where I would put a photo of the mammoth vegetable we purchased, but I forgot.  It was at least 2 feet long and weighed about 2 pounds.

So up early with my Betty Crocker cookbook, I made this simple and delicious quick bread.  The recipe makes 2 loaves, so I wrapped one up and threw it in the freezer for later.  Of course, Sweetie and I demolished half of the other loaf for breakfast…

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On to knitting news, I have two works in progress to show you.  I also noticed, as I was updating my Ravelry projects, that I have a few older and abandoned works in progress.  These are hibernating for now, and I have no plans to get to them any time soon.  This is very out of character for me, as I usually can only stand to have 2 things on the needles at a time.  Onward and upward is my current motto!

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This is my second Ishbel shawl in Malabrigo sock yarn, color Abril.  I have finished the stockinette center and am currently waiting for inspiration to strike before I get started on the lace charts.  It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve knit on it.

Instead, I got excited to start a a baby cardigan.  This is the Little Coffee Bean Cardi in a hand-painted yarn from Purlsoup Fibers.  I am really enjoying the pattern and the yarn together.  The yarn is more lavender than I had realized before I started knitting with it, but I love all the bright flecks of colors that pop up.  All I have left is a sleeve and the button bands.

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So that’s where my knitting is at today.  I am also making plans to start a cardigan for myself as well as more baby knits.  I don’t want to jinx things, but I think my knitting mojo may be creeping back!  Shhh…we don’t want to scare it away….

Influx of Wooly Goodness

This week I was lucky enough to receive some beautiful yarn from two separate sources.

The first came from a travel companion and knitting mentor, Kimberly. My mom and I have traveled with her and her husband twice in the past 8 years, first to Scotland and then to India.  I was a very new knitter when we met up for our second trip, and had a lot to learn.  Kimberly was the first person I met with an extensive library of knitting books, and access to a local yarn shop where she also taught classes.  She let me look at her books, took me to the LYS, and helped me crack the code of moss stitch!

For the past few months it has been fun to reconnect with each other through our blogs and Ravelry.  Kimberly and my mom were at the same conference recently, and she passed on a parcel of yarn from Scotland for my mom to mule to me.  Thank you!

  Pam Murray Fibres & Yarns 100% North Ronaldsay Wool

Pam Murray Fibres & Yarns 100% North Ronaldsay Wool

The second yarn came to me from Purlsoup.  She had contacted me on Ravelry about buying some yarn from my trade/sell stash.  One look at her hand-dyed yarn and I was instantly convinced a trade would be in order.  So we swapped!  Her package arrived on a day where I really needed a little sunshine, and it delivered.  The yarn was nicely wrapped and tagged, and there was an additional surprise for me on the ball bands.

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Special Edition Colorway: Sonia!

Just about every color I love made it into this yarn, and I am looking forward to knitting up a fun shrug or wrap for myself.  After I finish a couple of other things, of course…

I may have also  purchased a couple of Ravelry T-shirts for myself for Christmas.  I guess Christmas came early this year because I’ve already worn one of the shirts!  Well, why not?!

Love is in the air.

Love is in the air.

Hope you have a great weekend!