Archive for the ‘Booties’ Category

So I’ve been doing a lot of writing (although not here) and a lot of working (also not here), but I’ve also been doing a fair bit of knitting.

 

I finished Ashur’s hat, using some scrap cashmerino wool for the top.  He didn’t mind

From Baby Stuff

 

I flew to California for a family visit, and managed to get in some good Train knitting on the Plane.  I’m now almost done with the first passenger car, and I’m getting very excited about it!

From Train Scarf

 

While I was in California, my sister-in-law asked for a hat, and after much debate about ‘good yarn’ and ‘yarn stores’, I agreed to *try* JoAnn Fabrics (I’m a bit of a yarn-store snob).  I found out that Lion Brand Yarn makes Cashmerino!  After the store, I cast on as soon as we were in the car, and 4 hours later, Natalie had a hat.

From Hats
From Hats

 

I also finished a bonnet and pair of booties for a friend of a friend who had a baby girl.

From Baby Stuff

 

I’m still working on my fingerless gloves.  Every time I think I’m close and try them on, I realize that they are NOT done.

From Adventures in Lace

 

However, sometimes, I need some simple knitting, and my shrug-bolero-thingie just wasn’t long enough… so I ripped out the cast-on edge and I’m gonna at least finish another skein of yarn before I decide what to do with it.

From Fun with Sweaters

 

 

 

So I was getting up to write a post about how I finished the socks that I’ve been working on… but I saw a link to my brother’s blog, and saw that my nephew is coming home today!

 

Look at what he’s wearing!   Those were his official ‘going home clothes’!   How awesome is that?!

From Baby Stuff

I’m so very glad that I decided on a hat pattern that could ‘grow’ from a ‘newspaper boy hat’ to a ‘skater boy hat’. He might have another day or two of use out of it…

From Baby Stuff

….and look at those FEETIES!

From Baby Stuff

Welcome home, Ashur! I’m glad that you had nice clothes to wear on your very first car ride. :-)

So apparently, it is Knitting and Crocheting Blogger Week.  I had no idea until I read the Bearded Knitter’s Post, and now I’m a few days behind – so let’s get to it, shall we?!  Catch-up Time!

Day One: 28th March. A Tale of Two Yarns.
Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.

Okay, so this should be an easy one.  Everyone knows I LOVES me some Malabrigo. (or they should know… and if they didn’t know until now, they should buy some for me to make up for it!  :-D)  Whether it is the super chunky, size-15-needles-and-done-in-a-few-hours yarn, or the super-soft super-wash wool to give to my little sister and niece; I love Malabrigo.

From Cowl and Hat Set for KK

 

From 2011 FOs

 

The issue with Malabrigo, though… as it gets smaller, it decides to choose its own destiny as a cat toy.  Seriously.  I bought some great Malabrigo ‘sock’ yarn (sock is in quotes because that was laceweight if I’ve ever seen it!) and as soon as we got it onto the swift, it saw the yarn-ball-winder coming… and that thing tangled itself up worse than gum-that-you-fell-asleep-with-it-in-your-mouth-so-it-fell-into-your-hair…  In the end, it took two dedicated professionals (yarn-store employees) and myself to somehow come up with three separate balls of yarn after about two hours.

From Misc Pics

However, even after all that, I still loves me some Malabrigo more than any other yarn I’ve tried.

 

 

Day Two: 29th March. Skill + 1UP

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

 

I started knitting a little over a year ago, so I’m trying to keep it in terms of as close to ‘exactly’ a year ago as I can, because the easy answer is I learned everything in the last year…

 

Let’s see… this time last year, I was knitting baby booties and hats for kids, a blackberry case, and a Mother’s Day Sweater for my (now) Mother-in-Law. (thank you, Ravelry and the list of FOs from 2010…)

From Finished Stuff

 

From Finished Stuff

 

From Finished Stuff

 

From Finished Stuff

 

The thing I can say about the difference between then and now is the yarn size.  Alex (the one who taught me how to knit) used to comment about how I loved TINY yarn… and I do!  However, I have seriously learned to love Worsted And Bigger yarn.  Don’t get me wrong, DK and smaller have their place, but I’ve accepted the fact that I am a ‘small thing with big yarn knitter’.  I do it for the FOs (finished objects) not the hand cramps!  (of course, I say that and look at my WIP of socks with laceweight-pretending-to-be-sock-yarn…)

From Socks

 

Part of being the Knitiot Savant is that I don’t turn away from a challenge… but I accept the kind of knitter that I am.  I don’t pretend like I’m going to knit a sweater, because that would take too long.  However, I have recently started dabbling in the sock arena.  Honestly, while I was making the first pair, I had decided that I didn’t ever need to knit a pair again. But then I gave them to my husband, and he won’t shut up about them.  I like making stuff that is loved and appreciated… so socks are probably going to stick around for a while – most likely in Worsted weight yarn.

From Socks

 

 

Day Three: 30th March. Tidy mind, tidy stitches.

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

 

I recently posted about the ‘ottoman rule’ for my yarn, and I have been trying to keep to that.  I also have my ‘knitting corner’ that has all of my knitting needles, books, and scrap yarn.  I keep each WIP in its own bag with all of the yarn as well as the pattern, presumably so that I can grab them on my way out the door.  the only problem is that my knitting accessories (stitch markers, crochet hooks for fixing dropped stitches, tapestry needles, etc) get forgotten if I don’t bring the same ‘travel project’ all the time.

From Misc Pics

 

From Misc Pics

 

From Misc Pics

 

From Misc Pics

For the most part,  Ravelry is my Stash/WIP management tool.  I can look at my ‘stash’ and see how much, what weight, what colors, etc.  I can also see what my ‘sleeping’ projects are, and try to re-dedicate myself to stuff that I’ve chosen to ‘forget’ so that I can be motivated to work on it by the time I get home… – and I can do it from anywhere!

 

 

Okay, all caught up now!  phew!

I finished the mittens!

From Baby Stuff

They’ve joined the hat and booties in their bath to get ready for Ashur.

From Baby Stuff

If they are dry by the time I leave for work tomorrow, they will be shipped tomorrow morning!

So now I’m not sure what to knit next. I feel the need for something with BIG yarn. All that lace-weight has cramped up my hands. Any thoughts on what I should do?

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