Wednesday, January 10, 2007

ooooh baby!

Is it just me or has there been a recent baby boom? It must be the weather because quite a few people I know are pregnant.

Can I just say how much I love knitting for babies? All the knits are so small and gratifying.

I've just started a new job this month, and since I'm in training, I have had PLENTY of time to knit. Here are a few of my finished baby knits.

Hooded Cardigan
Finished December 2006- took approximately 5 days- on and off
Pattern: Hooded Cardigan Pattern (still missing the buttons)
Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style in Storm
Alterations: This pattern originally calls for knitting in pieces, but my seaming is pretty horrible. *please see below. So I just altered the pattern as a (almost) seamless raglan pattern- the only exception is the hood, although as an afterthought, I should have made the hood seamless too so that the baby won't be uncomfortable sleeping on it.

I know it looks funny in the picture- hubby says it looks like a KKK hood; but take a look at the baby posted on her website!
Isn't she adorable? Go ahead and take some time to buy some of her baby patterns. I can't say enough about them.
Shescrafty Vintage Baby Knits

Floral Wrap Cardigan
Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style Natural
Finished January 2007- took approximately 4-5 days
Pattern: Floral Wrap Cardigan from Shescrafty Vintage Handknits
Alterations: Same as the hooded cardigan, instead of knitting the sweater in pieces, I just guesstimated the number of stitches and knit it seamless raglan style. I absolutely love this sweater. I'm knitting another one in red.

Earlier I mentioned my lack of seaming skills:

Please see below for reference. This is the first hooded cardigan I knit. I knit this one in pieces like the pattern suggested, but after seaming, look at the seams! That looks hideous! Can someone tell me how to fix that?

My new knitting project is a pair of footsies from One Skein for hubby's grandma in Hong Kong. It's cold over there right now, and her apartment is like an icebox. I'm knitting it in Knitpicks Dye your Own worsted weight yarn, and I'm going to attempt to dye it after it's finished.

Has anyone ever tried that? I guess it will be a good trial and error run.

first post

Don't you just hate first posts? You have to think of something clever to talk about, and frankly, I can't think of anything. :)

It's the beginning of a new year, and I figured I really needed to start "delurking". I LOVE looking around at some of the crafty blogs, full of knitting pictures that I adore, and of course the generous free patterns.

Last year was a big year for me. I got married to my boyfriend of 2 years in October! Funny thing is, we met online. Online dating worked for us, although it was probably because we lived near each other, but chose to talk online and get to know each other well before we actually met.

We got married in beautiful Maui, on October 20th. The day before we left there was the earthquake in Hawaii (which of course has not occured for over 30 years). Luckily for us, all was not damaged, and our wedding proceeded without a hitch.

Alright. Enough cheesiness.

On with the knitting.