I made some bibs for our friends Lisa and David’s twins Weston and Brennan. I think you can see that Weston, on the left, might have the size advantage, but Brennan has the moves!
Woke up on a Sunday morning to an email from friends Stephanie and Dan that now they are 5! Koah joined his 2 brothers Northern and Denver on May 26th! What a surprise!
Hey Steph and Dan, what’s going on there in Copenhagen?
to make a nice selvage edge on the garter stitch side which made it easy to pick-up the stitches when I made the turn for the log cabin strips.
All in all, lots of fun with color, and lots of ends to weave in.
Let someone else knit the sock.
Then make really cute sock toys. These are only a few. Simple, effective, creative results.
My version. A gift for a friend who made my shoulder better.
The view from the back.
This adorable bunny
(photo from the book)
from Simple Knits for Little Cherubs called the "Velvet Rabbit", by Erika Knight. The bunny pattern was pretty straightforward. All garter stitch. I knit both front and back pieces at the same time to ensure that they were the same size. Same strategy as for sweater sleeves. Also, when you are done, you are done, except for the arms, which are very quick. The ear shaping works quite well.
The instructions for sewing up the bunny don’t seem (no pun intended) as if they will work, but follow them and they do! I’m making another one in Cascade Ecological Wool (a gift for the son of one of my knitting friends).. This one was made using Cascade 220 Superwash since the recipients were busy parents.
Note: The pattern calls for Rowan Fine Chenille, which appears to be somewhere between fingering and DK weight yarn, using needles that are several sizes smaller than normally used for the yarn, (pattern calls for a US 1 needle, yarn recommends US 2-5 needles). So, where I am going with this is: Whatever yarn you choose to make this adorable bunny out of, go down several needle sizes from the recommended needle for the yarn. What this produces is a fabric that is denser and more "velvet-y" (especially if you are using a chenille yarn or cotton yarn), it keeps the stuffing from showing through and helps keep the garter stitch from stretching too much.
And of course, this bib (free pattern)
before photos on the "board". Blocking makes a big difference when you are sewing together pieces that are supposed to be the same size. I bought this one
and it makes all the difference. It folds in half for easy storage and well, you can read about on Webs. Enjoy.
Put them together and you get:
A caterpillar of bibs.
Made for my friends David and Lisa’s new twin boys from various yarns and patterns using my Button Knot Bib Pattern as a template. Some Fibonacci striping (bottom row on the left) going on and a Barbara Walker "String of Purls" pattern (middle row on the left) from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. You will recognize the first two patterns from Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures.
Along with the lengthening and warming days comes the thawing of my shoulder. Recently I noticed I couldn’t move my right arm, (my knitting arm!!) with the same range of motion as my other arm. I also was experiencing aching pain. I won’t go on and on but after a visit to my internist and a referral to a physical therapist the diagnosis was: Frozen Shoulder!!!! It turns out it is VERY COMMON in women of "my age"!
My first question to the physical therapist was, " Do I have to give up knitting?" Fortunately, no. But no "hunching" my shoulders so I have to hold my knitting way down in my lap.
The therapy is slow but I am told the success rate is high and I haven’t stopped knitting!
I am thinking of starting a new tradition: the Solstice Stocking. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere (especially here at the 47th parallel), we celebrate the winter solstice or midwinter. Midwinter is the day when we have the shortest number of daylight hours, but after that, the days start to get longer . I think we all need a stocking filled with goodies to celebrate the returning of the LIGHT!!! All in the Southern Hemisphere, how about a Summer Solstice Stocking?
Why a stocking, you say? Especially a striped one? Well, another tradition that goes along with this Solstice Stocking could be stash busting! Check out this fabulous looking example my friend Michelle made for her son, Grant, from pieces of Cascade 220 , Cascade Pastaza, and other mystery yarn from her stash and a pattern from the book, Christmas Stockings.
She brought this to our knitting group the other evening and we all went crazy. We couldn’t take our hands off it. It’s big enough to get your hand inside of it (!) and long enough but not tooooo long. Just right.
And, since I (and several others in our group) have yet to knit a sock (!!!) what a great way to learn sock basics than on a really big sock, that doesn’t have to fit and is going to be felted so that any minor mistakes will be somewhat obliterated!
A couple of interesting items to note:
Michelle tells me she knit all the stripes the same width/same number of rows.
As you can see, they didn’t felt the same. Which, actually, I think, adds to the visual interest of the stocking. If (no WHEN) I make my stocking, and if I use all the same yarn, I will vary the widths of the stripes so that the end result is like Michelle’s.
Shaving the finished product made a huge difference in the look. The consensus among the group (and most importantly, from Grant’s point of view) was the shaved look was superior to the fuzzy look. Here are the two sides, you decide.
The Wonder Washer. I just recently read about this product on Craft Gossip, a new site for me. I will be checking this site out for tips. Back to the Wonder Washer, it looks like it might be a good solution for those of us with front loaders that take forever to felt items.
He’s playing soccer now, but come December 21st, he will be looking in his stocking to see what the Solstice has brought him.