Quite a few things have been really inspiring me lately and I want to make them all. I just don’t have enough time
I think knitted and crochet baby items are so adorable! However, I rarely find the time to make them. I have had many friends have babies but, most of the time I’ll just make a trip to the store and buy something. If it were left to me, by the time I would get to making the item the baby will be a full adult 😉
When I first started crocheting in 2007, I made a baby blanket for a friend of mine while we were in college. That is the only baby-related item I have ever made.
However, that will quickly change with the addition of this little vest. I had planned on having a vest or cardigan done by the time my friend, Vivian’s baby boy was born. But, as I mentioned I am horrible with finding the time to make baby items. And they grow so fast! So, the baby is now over 6 months and I have just cast on for this project.
I decided to make a vest because it is straight and to the point. I don’t have to find any buttons, there is minimal shaping, and no color changes. I want to finish this before the week is out and get it in the mail to her.
I have decided to make the 12-month size since the baby is now 6 months. Hopefully, he can grow into it and get some use out of it. I am using Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Royal. This is a nice, soft, and durable yarn. So, if baby spits up on it just throw it in the wash.
I checked my gauge this morning and it was perfect so, I have now started the project. I’m thinking of purchasing a little bow tie to go with the vest, which will be super adorable. I’ll update you with pictures when it’s finished…
This is a free pattern from Red Heart, which can be found HERE.
This previous weekend I also finished my Rustling Leaves Beret from Coastal Knits. This book is pure inspiration to me so, I was eager to cast on something from the book. I dream of making the Rocky Coast Cardigan but, I just don’t have enough time to start another cardigan right now. So, I chose something small.
I purchased this yarn from the Yarnhouse Studio and I really love the squishy feel of it. It was a true pleasure to work with and I am thinking maybe I’ll treat myself to another skein of it for another hat. I also loved the color of it. Considering, this was a pattern with leaves being the feature. I chose this gorgeous golden green color. It worked out perfectly.
The pattern has written and chart directions. I referred to them both and it made the process so much simpler. I used size 16-inch circulars until the work got too tight then, I switched to double pointed needles.
Yarn – Malabrigo Finito
Color – 031 Mostaza
Needles – Size 2 (2.75 mm) and Size 3 (3.25 mm)
Level – Easy to Intermediate
So, this previous weekend I finally finished and blocked my Shell Net Cowl from the book Crochet One Skein Wonders. I initially picked up this pattern to have a mindless project to work on while at the Yarnhouse Studio‘s Sit N’ Knit on Saturday. Well, this turned out to be not as mindless as I would have liked.
First off, I had to chain over 350 chains. And counting chains that small was making my eyes go wonky. I ended up ripping back twice and I still ended up with an extra chain but, I moved on and got over it.
Also, for some stupid reason I did not initially work this in a continuous round. And this was my idiotic mistake because this is clearly a moebius, which means it should have been a continuous round. By the time I caught this mistake I had completed about 7 rounds. So, I had to rip back. And that was a major pain! The yarn kept breaking and I was getting super frustrated. But, I finally got it all ripped back, started over, and completed the cowl.
I blocked my cowl, which gave it more of drape when compared with the original photo. I am pretty pleased with the end results.
Yarn – Knit Picks Shadow
Color – Opal Heather
Hook – 2.25 mm
Level – Easy
While working on this cowl in the knitting group, a member made a request for me to make her one. She bought the yarn and I’ll soon be casting on another. I kinda wanted to take a break from this pattern but, hopefully I will hook it up quickly and get it off my mind. I’ll update you with the progress of that future cowl…
As I have told you all previously, I am participating in the KAL for Hetty by Andi Satterlund. You may click the badge to the right of the blog for more info.
I started doing my gauge swatch over the weekend because my yarn arrived on Friday. Yay!
However, I was making stupid and careless mistakes with the lace pattern. And it is not even a hard lace pattern. But, I was trying to do the swatch near the end of my full days and I think I was just tired and zoning out. Well, I finally got on track with the lace pattern. I first swatched on size 7 needles–even though the pattern calls for size 8. I had entirely too many stitches for the 4 inches. I moved on to the size 8 and I had 18 stitches per four inches. Then, I saw that Andi stressed the importance of doing a swatch and blocking it. So, I did this and I was able to get a perfect gauge of 15 sts X 24 rows = 4 inches. It was also good to swatch because then, the lace pattern really popped. At first it wasn’t that noticeable and a bit bunched.
The swatch also gave me a good idea of how the yarn will look with this lace pattern and how it will block. I really like it. I am using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Papaya Heather.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I had been working on some projects for the Missionary Department at my church. They requested matching hats, bags, and scarves. I chose simple, basic, and straightforward patterns that would not require a lot in the thinking process.
For the hats, I chose the Flower Hat from the book Mr. Funky’s Super Crochet Wonderful. For the scarves, I chose the free pattern by Red Heart, Heartwarming Crochet Scarf. For the bags, I went with the Spiral Mesh Bag from Crochet One Skein Wonders.
These projects were worked up in a little over 3 weeks. I for one am happy to be done with it because I really don’t enjoy the process of making the same thing over and over and over and over again. I start to loathe the repetition and I start to feel like a sweatshop.
In the end, I am pretty pleased with the results. Hopefully, they will like them.
Here are a few pics of me wearing a couple of the items.
Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver
Colors – burgundy, carrot, soft navy, amethyst, grey heather
Hook – 5.00 mm/H for scarves, 4.00 mm/G and 5.5 mm/I for bags, and 4.5 mm for hats
Level – Easy to beginner
So, I have been pretty busy these past few weeks with projects that I am creating for the Missionary Department at my church. They requested that I make some scarves, hats, and bags. The scarves and hats went by pretty well (I made 5 of each). However, the bags proved to take the most time. And what is funny is that I chose a pretty simple pattern so, that it could work up quick. I knew I wanted a bag that wouldn’t have motifs that needed to be joined. Also, I didn’t want anything with a lot of color changes. So, I chose the mesh bag from the book Crochet One Skein Wonders. Bags always take a little extra time because even after the crochet is done the lining still needs to be added.
Last night, I started the process of adding the lining. Tonight I will hand stitch it to the purses. I just need to settle in with a couple of good movies and get started.
I am using Red Heart Super Saver in carrot, soft navy, grey heather, burgundy, and amethyst for these projects.
Now, as for my personal knitting and crochet. I have been working on some accessories. I started the Shell Net Cowl from Crochet One Skein Wonders and I also started the Rustling Leaves Beret from Coastal Knits. These projects do not take long but, since I have been busy with the Missionary Project they have been put on the backburner. Coastal Knits has so many lovely projects but, I didn’t want to start anything big from the book because I already have quite a few sweaters queued that I want to get to. So, I thought this hat would be the perfect thing to start. I am using Malabrigo Finito in Mostaza and man do I love this yarn!!! It feels divine and the color is beyond beautiful. For my cowl from Crochet One Skein Wonders I am using my Knit Picks Shadow Lace in Opal Heather. I bought this yarn before I had a project in mind for it. Then, I bought the book and knew this was the project for this yarn. I love the grey color of this yarn with the pinkish/purple undertones.
I really want to finish these up because soon I will be starting the Hetty KAL and that will be taking up most of my time.
I will update you with pictures of everything I have made from the Missionary Project when I am done…