Tuesday, February 13, 2007


I've been busy on a finishing streak and last night I kitchenered the toe shut on my Jitterbug socks.

Jitterbug Socks

I love these socks and can't wait to wear them all over England. I'll be grabbing more of this yarn as soon as possible!


Project Details:

Pattern: Jitterbug Sock Pattern
Yarn: Jitterbug by Colinette
Gauge: 30 sts x 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Started: January 2007
Finished: February 2007
Things I would change: I'd make the cuffs longer but otherwise, I love this pattern!

Hourglass Sweater - Big

This weekend, I accomplished two near impossible tasks. I finished my Hourglass Sweater and my Jellybean Pillow.

For some reason, these two projects had become huge insurmountable tasks for me to accomplish.

Jellybean Pillow Front

I couldn't finish knitting the intarsia and the thought of tacking up the seams on my Hourglass Sweater brought me to tears.

I sat myself down and had a heavy discussion with me. I said that I had to tackle the intarsia and that I had to tack down the seams. Also having Jessica read the instructions to me helped oh so much since I guess actually reading the instructions proved too difficult a task!

Hourglass Sweater - Closeup

After some long nights of knitting, I finished my Hourglass Sweater and my Jellybean Pillow. Sadly for the pillow, the drama was not yet finished. I discovered that I had actually knit the pillow cover too BIG for the pillow form I already had. I knew this was a potential hurdle, thrown up to see if I could take on the task which I did. I laughed in the pillow form's face and purchased a larger one, one that fits my pillow case. Then with the help of Carrie and other Village Yarn and Tea knitsters, buttons were selected and sewn on. Crisis diverted!

Jellybean Pillow Back

Hourglass Sweater Project Details:

Pattern: Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Noro Cash Iroha in Color 101
Started: August 2006
Finished: February 2007
Things I would change: I love this pattern!

Jellybean Pillow Project Details:

Pattern: Pillow from Debbie Bliss Home
Yarn: Rowan Cash Cotton DK and Angora
Started: April 2006
Finished: February 2007
Things I would change: I would make the pillow form the right size!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

The "ok it's done so the baby can come at any moment" Blanket

Seven months ago, my college roommate called me to tell me she was pregnant and that she expected a knitted baby blanket from me. I launched into action and began researching baby blanket designs. I knew it had to be washable and brightly colored. I also didn't want to spend a million dollars on the yarn. After searching the internets, I found this beautifully colored pattern which called for yarn from Knitpicks (though I used Shine Cotton instead of Wool). Armed with my order of yarn, I began knitting and I figured out how many stripes I needed to do each day to finish the blanket in time for the baby.

I knit and I knit and I knit some more. Then I bound off and I began weaving in the million ends (which I must say that designer did say to weave in as one went but I ignored that wise advice).

Once all the ends were woven in, I began sewing the backing and the blanket edge onto the blanket. My sewing skills are a bit poor so this part didn't turn out 100% like I wanted but it is still cute. The original pattern calls for French Knots and Running Stitches to be added but I've decided to leave them off for now. I will ask the Mom if she wants them added and if she does, I'll gladly add them. For now though, Baby Gabby, you can come out NOW!

Project Details:

Pattern: Wild Stripes
Yarn: Shine from Knit Picks
Gauge: 21 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Things I would change: I'd give myself more time on the finishing so that it is done right and beautifully.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Oh Baby!

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I finished this baby sweater for a friend and found a wire body figure at the house I'm watching in which to model the sweater. I think this sweater turned out so very cute.

Yarn: Cotton Fleece -- Color CW-550 Mariner Blue
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch
Pattern: Last Minute Knitted Gifts -- Child's Placket Sweater
Things I would do differently: Nothing, this was a very nice and fast sweater to make.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Baby Sweater Knitting

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This morning I headed out to the fabric store to select a ribbon for Kim's Baby Sweater. I think the sweater has come out adorable and I can't wait to make the matching hat!

Yarn: Mission Falls 1820 Cotton
Gauge: Spot On!
Pattern: Plymouth Yarn Baby Raglan Cardigan
Things I would do differently: Nothing! I love making this sweater!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Warm Leg Warmers

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During Mot's Finals, she avoided studying by reading some of my knitting books. After looking at them for awhile, she announced that she wanted me to make her leg warmers (if it wasn't too much trouble). Since the pattern was from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts", I knew they wouldn't take too long and so I quickly ran off to the yarn store for supplies.

This weekend, I finished the leg warmers and Mot agreed to model them for me. She even called me late last night to thank me for keeping her legs warm. Mot lives in a drafty house and anything that keeps you warmer is a great treat.
Project Details

Yarn: Cascade 220 and Madil Kid Seta
Gauge: Spot On!
Pattern: Easy Leg Warmers from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Things I would do differently: See if the pattern has any corrections before starting!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

International Scarf Exchange

Slip Stitch Scarf

Project Details

Yarn: Fonty Serpent Ribbon and Fonty Ombelle Mohair
Gauge: Unknown
Pattern: Judy Russi Soft & Simmer Scarf
Things I would do differently: Nothing! This came out very nicely.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Secret Swap Socks

Project Details

Yarn: Lorna's Laces in Shepherd Sock in Icehouse
Gauge: 7 sts to the inch
Pattern: My Own!
Things I would do differently: Nothing! I love these socks and so did Molly!