Check it out – there’s even a video – it’s a knitting machine made out of legos!
Check it out – there’s even a video – it’s a knitting machine made out of legos!
I finally finished the socks! These were originally supposed to be socks for Jon, but after I finished the first one, I belatedly realized why they were looking so small – I was knitting on size 2 needles (this is worstened weight yarn that I dyed up ions ago), instead of the usual size 4 or 5. So of course they came out a lot smaller. They fit me perfectly. Jon tried them on, and though he could probably have forced them on his foot… they really just didn’t fit. So, these socks I have now claimed for me, me, ME!
Size 2 needles
Self striping, worstened weight Wool of the Andes, kool aid dyed
Scraps of gray, 100% wool for heels & ribbing
Toe up, 48 stitches, 2 by 2 ribbing
so here for your viewing pleasure, it’s a photo of Jon & I down in CT yesterday. We went with both sets of folks for Jon’s birthday – a little buffet place we like to eat at. Good times which ended with much cake.
Yes, this photo is me as a kid – not sure how old I am. That’s the first cat I ever owned, who died when I was like 4 or so, so that dates the photo a little bit. Back then, my mom still crocheted every day, and here we are playing with yarn on the floor. Kind of dates how long I’ve loved yarn!
The original photo, btw, was a slide – my mom just took a photo of the slide, so that’s why the date is from 2007.
The latest baby knits are done! I finished the white & purple BSJ & finished one more 5-hour sweater, motified for a smaller gauge so it was more like a 7 hour sweater… I made the sweater out of a tweedy white superwash wool, and the other one was a wool/acrylic blend, also from the stash. Though I didn’t join the stash-alongs this year, I mostly knit from stash anyways. I don’t buy a lot of yarn, except at yard sales, thrift stores, etc., and am only rarely gifted with yarn. I have a big stash of acrylic from yard sales that I use for my nursing home afghans, which I’ll be getting back to sometime. Right now I’m having fun with the baby knits, but I think now that 5 are done, I’ll stop for a while. The other babies aren’t due for a good while.
So, another 2 sweaters for the sweater KAL! I’m having a ton of fun knitting sweaters, and I look forward to lots more! I’ve been kind of dreaming about what to make, I need to play with the yarn a bit.
Not much to say tonight.
I spent yesterday knitting a baby sweater which I ended up frogging. I spent a couple of hours playing with yarn & hooks to find a combine I liked, and tried finding a pattern. I finally settled on yarn, hook, and the EZ baby sweater from Knitter’s Almanac, which is also on my to-knit list.
Alas, I just wasn’t happy with it. So after working on it most of the day, off & on, I frogged it.
Sigh. Back to the drawing board, I guess.
I did cast on for another BSJ this morning – the adapted pattern, that is. I’m happier with how this is coming out, and since it’s my third BSJ, it’s coming along very fast. I’m past the halfway point. I’m making it out of purple & white, hoping it’ll be unisex, but if not, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that one of the babies I have to knit for (I have 4) will be a girl. Otherwise, my church is starting to collect clothing for the needy, so I’ll donate it there.
I know I said I wouldn’t write any more short posts with the new blogger, but I also said I’d blog more regularly (not necessarily more often, just more regularly). So, even though I don’t have much knitting to report, I will share the photo of Zorro & I that I snapped earlier to send DH, who’s working a double today. Yes, everything you see in the photo was knitted by me – sweater, shawl, fingerless gloves/wrist warmers, and hat. It’s COLD in our apartment, as we have electric heat, and the room where the computer is, is not heated. I’m too cheap… and I’d rather wear layers of wool, anyway.
I made it out of worstened weight acrylic baby variegated yarn that was hiding in my stash. I used a slightly different version of the jacket than EZ’s original. I made on with EZ’s original, and knitting as tight as I could, I couldn’t get it baby sized out of worstened weight yarn. I think it came out toddler sized. This one looks much more “baby”! And the variegate yarn, which normally I’m not a huge fan of, actually looks really cute in this jacket.
I still need to add buttons to the jacket, which I’ll do one of these days!
I’m also counting this as my “official” January sweater.
These are 2 of the baby sweaters I am knitting for various babies.
Julie & Brian, my sister-in-law & her hubby, are expecting in late March & they DON’T want to know what they are having. When Julie told us they were expecting, my typical knitter’s response was “Yeah! I get to knit baby things!” I’ve knitted a few things for them so far, but frogged or donated elsewhere everything I’ve made, at not being good enough for them (these are the people that had a $40,000 wedding mommy & daddy took out a second mortgage to pay for, while Jon & I paid for our own wedding, and we spent less than $5000. That includes borrowing a wedding dress, and $4 shoes I bought on clearance at Walmart. Most of the money went towards the reception for 150 people – mind you, 135 of them were my relatives/friends). Anyways… at Christmas Julie & Brian bought me several skeins of variagated acrylic yarn, because they said they knew I liked lots of colors. Yes, I do – but not necessarily acrylic variagated! They then ammended their statement by saying, “We know you wanted to knit for the baby, so we picked a girl color, a boy color, and a neutral color.”
Well, put it that way, and I had to knit something out of acrylic yarn! So these are the 5 hour baby sweater.
I wasn’t very happy with the pattern, and sort of changed it up a bit & didn’t leave in all of the lacey yo’s, but it’s the same basic pattern & they look like they are about the right baby size. The seams under the arms sewed up well (though I did a better job on the boy version than the girls), so they will definitely go to Julie & Brian. I’m debating about making some matching booties or a matching hat or something with the leftovers; I’m just not sure I have enough yarn.
I still have 3 more babies to knit for: a friend from church, my cousin’s wife Anita, and my cousin’s daughter, Shawna, who’s barely out of high school & not married (just like her mother, her mother’s mother, and her mother’s mother’s mother. Yes, that’s right folks – my grandmother will be a great-great-grandmother when this baby is born, and my parents will be great-great-aunt & uncles!
I’m currently knitting an Elizabeth Zimmermann’s baby surprise jacket, paired down a little in size. I made one already & knit as tight as I could, and I still ended up with a toddler size. So I’m making this using less stitches & not knitting as tight. I’m hoping it’ll be newborn size; if it’s too small, I’m putting it on one of my naked Cabbage Patch Kids! I’m using variagated baby yarn that’s been perculating in my stash for several hundred years. If it comes out well, then I’m planning on making one more at least. Then it’s off to knitting another EZ pattern, her baby sweater pattern from Knitter’s Almanac.
So since I joined the sweater-a-month KAL, this is officially 2 sweaters towards the KAL! Or do they count since I finished them BEFORE I signed up?
IÂ justÂ joinedÂ myÂ firstÂ officialÂ KALÂ ofÂ 2007Â &Â myÂ firstÂ KALÂ withÂ myÂ ”new”Â blog.Â It’sÂ aÂ sweaterÂ aÂ monthÂ KAL.
IÂ justÂ aboutÂ knitÂ aÂ sweaterÂ aÂ monthÂ anyways,Â butÂ IÂ thoughtÂ itÂ wouldÂ beÂ funÂ toÂ trackÂ myÂ progressÂ aÂ littleÂ bit,Â andÂ ofÂ courseÂ it’sÂ alwaysÂ aÂ lotÂ ofÂ funÂ watchingÂ whatÂ otherÂ knittersÂ areÂ knitting.
MyÂ goalsÂ forÂ theÂ year:
KnitÂ anÂ AnastasiaÂ sweaterÂ outÂ ofÂ theÂ AnastasiaÂ yarnÂ IÂ gotÂ outÂ ofÂ Christmas,Â sinceÂ myÂ nameÂ isÂ Anastacia
KnitÂ matchingÂ hisÂ &Â hersÂ sweaters,Â probablyÂ outÂ ofÂ theÂ patternÂ IÂ sawÂ fromÂ KnitPicksÂ &Â WoolÂ ofÂ theÂ AndesÂ yarn
theÂ restÂ rightÂ nowÂ willÂ probablyÂ beÂ CICÂ sweatersÂ
Of course, after I signed up for this, and added the link to the sidebar, I realized this may be difficult to do when I’m trying to only knit 3 projects at one time! Since I’ve only been knitting one at a time lately (very scary), I think this is still realistic, but we’ll see what happens. I do know I’ve been struggling not to cast on for a hundred projects. I keep saying I could cast on for one or two things, and still be in my challenge rules, but I’m also enjoying getting projects done in a timely matter.
The broadripples are finished.Â Yes,Â I’mÂ wearingÂ pajamas.
I used up every single scrap inch of this yarn. Thank goodness I used plain black essentials for the heels & toes, because the cuffs to these are still only about 5″ long.
I used size 1 double points, and they are toe up. The main color was recycled sweater yarn, kool aid dyed by me several years ago, and the pattern is Knitty’s Broadripples.
The fit is pretty good, but I made the gusset a tiny bit too short. I think if I had increased 1 or 2 more times, they would feel much better on my feet, and would be easier to get ON my feet!
So since these were finished up last night, I cast on for the 5 hour baby sweater (by the way, if you go to make these, they are FILLED with mistakes. Everything’s easy enough to figure out if you’ve got a bit of experience, but it has ton of mistakes in it which slows down the knitting time a bit. The yoke is finished, and I’m about ready to cast off for the first sleeve. Though I don’t think I’ll quite finish in 5 hours, it won’t be much longer than that – I think I spent an hour or maybe 2 knitting on it last night, and about an hour today.
I’m using a variagated acrylic yarn my sister-in-law & her husband gave me for Christmas, specifically for use to make them something for their baby, which is due the end of March. I have a couple more skeins that I’ll use for other similiar sweaters (the sport weight I’m planning on using an EZ pattern for, and the other variagated worstened weight, may be the 5 hour sweater again, but reworked a little differently).