FO – Baby Boy Blanket & Hat

Hi All!

Now that Mama & Papa have received their package, I can finally reveal all the yarny goodness I sent to them for the newest baby boy. You’ve already seen a hat I made, using the MJ’s Hospital Hat pattern. What you didn’t know is that the hat was way too small. I checked with one of knitting group friends who recently had a baby and she said it needed to be 14 inches around. I measured and the hat was only 10 inches unstretched and 11 inches stretched. Oops! So, I donated the hat for a Preemie. I’m sure some little one will get some use out of it.

You’ve also seen the Baby Mitten Socks that I highlighted in my monthly Once Upon a Sock post. What you haven’t seen is the new hat and baby blanket! I’ve made this hat pattern before for my great nephew, so I knew that I needed to make the Newborn size instead of the Baby size so he would be able to wear it home from the hospital. I love the rolled brim on this and it should fit him for a little bit. Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Simple Baby Hat
Started / Finished: 4/6/2017-4/8/2017
Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft in the color Blue Mint (35 grams)
Needles Used: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Size Made: Newborn (14 inches unstretched)

The other item finished is the baby blanket! It felt like I whizzed through this, taking it with me on my trip to Hawaii, and finishing it up at home. I love the feature of the garter stitch square and edging and Mama loves how soft it is. I washed it in the washing machine on Delicate using Newborn Dreft, partially dried it in the dryer on Gentle, then hung to finish drying. I didn’t have to steam block as everything fell into place from patting it into place as it finished air drying.  It is a free pattern from Tin Can Knits called Malt and was super easy. I highly recommend for the beginner knitter or for the more advanced knitter who wants something easy for tv / talk knitting. Here are the details (You can click the images to see larger pics):

Ravelled Here: Malt
Started / Finished: 2/16/17-4/5/17
Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft in the color Blue Mint (399 grams – 2.35 skeins)
Needles Used: US 8 (5.0 mm)
Size Made: 31″ x 36″
New Technique Learned: Icelandic Bind Off (Perfect bind off with Garter Stitch and stretchy too!)

That’s one baby boy down and one baby girl to go! Stay tuned for updates on her gorgeous Rainbow Blanket, pink socks and headband! *Check out my Instagram for sneak peeks 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Once Upon a Sock: WIP’s

Hi All!

My husband and I took a trip to Maui, HI a few weeks ago and that is where most of my sock knitting happened this month. I captured some pictures the last day we were there from our lanai; however it was a little cloudy.

I was able to complete one baby sock, using the Baby Mitten Socks pattern discussed last month. I wanted baby girl “Rainbow J”, affectionately known as “Rainy” to have at least one sock made in HI so she could have a beautiful view to go with the sock. Here’s a pic of the HO (Half Finished Object) to tide you over until they are finished. (Hint: You can click on any pic in this post and it will open into a larger version.)

I also made a bit of progress on my Smooth Operators. The Smooth Operators have been on the needles since the pattern first came out…July of 2016! Holy cow, batman! These really need some love; however it’s still gonna be a little while as I need to make a baby blanket and finish that other sock for Rainy. Maybe they’ll get some attention while road tripping. We’ll see!

My progress keeper shows how far I’ve come since you last saw these. They are almost ready for the afterthought heel to be started. I decided to take a couple more pics this morning to show the progress a little better. These were taken in my backyard on another cloudy day.

And I know that this is not technically a sock; however it is called the Sockhead Slouch Hat and uses sock yarn. I thought I’d update you on my progress here too. It’s my take-a-long project so it doesn’t get a ton of attention if I’m not waiting somewhere or being a passenger in a vehicle. I’m really enjoying the supersoft yarn by Forbidden Woolery in the Gluttony Sock base and the color Alchemy. The yarn came from the Yarnbox Sock Club and I would never have gotten to experience the pleasure of this yarn without the club. It’s measuring 9 inches from the edge, so I’ve got a few more inches before starting the decreases. Yep, it’s that slouchy!

That’s it for me this month! I post on the first Thursday of every month about socks, along with my friends that also like to post about socks. If you’d like to join up, let one of us know and we’ll add you to the link up party 🙂 After that, post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link to us. Easy, peasy!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – MJ’s Hospital Hat

Hi All!

I feel really bad that I haven’t been blogging as much as before. I guess just like there are ebbs and flows in life, there are in blogging as well. I noticed that I’ve only had four posts in the last few months. That makes me sad. The good news is that I am 100% healed from my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and am back in the knitting groove.

I talked a few days ago about a baby hat I recently finished and it’s absolutely adorable. It is in the same color realm as the Baby Mitten Socks I made for the same Mama and in the exact yarn that I am using for the baby blanket. It is truly a newborn hat and won’t fit him for very long; however Mama wanted something for him to wear home from the hospital. I will make him another hat at a later date since he will be born in May and won’t need one for awhile.

I was really sick (am slowly recovering on some strong antibiotics) when knitting the hat and misunderstood the decrease instructions. Note to self: when you see something within a set of asterisks that says repeat, you should start over again at the beginning of the asterisk. LOL. I don’t know how I read the instructions as * K2tog, K10, SSK, K10, K2tog, K10, SSK, K10 *. It was supposed to be *K2tog, K10, SSK*.  I’m such a dodo head. This resulted in a pointier, elf like hat. Since it had that type of look, I decided to finish it off with a 3 1/2 inch i-cord, which I then tied into a knot.

The designer saw my project notes and reached out to me to let me know how I had read the pattern wrong. She also, rather graciously, said that she liked the way mine had turned out. I will be knitting this pattern again for a girl baby that’s being born a little after this boy baby, so I’ll have another chance to do the pattern justice.

Ravelled Here: MJ’s Hospital Hat

Started / Finished: 2/23/17 (Yes, it was fast!)

Needles: US3 (3.25mm) and US4 (3.5mm) DPN’s

Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft Solids in the color Blue Mint (22 grams)

And here’s the finished baby hat! Isn’t it adorable?

Also, a quick side note. My hubby and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on Friday. We were really sick so we didn’t get to do anything; however he sent me the most gorgeous flowers! The fifth anniversary is wood so he bought me a gorgeous cherry bookcase and I got him a really nice guitar speaker box (something that you put a speaker in that projects the sound).

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

 

 

 

Once Upon a Sock: Baby Mitten Socks (FO)

It’s the first Thursday of the month so it’s all about the socks! First, I would like to welcome Kat from Felinity Knits to our little band of sock knitters! She has an awesome sock post this month and I’ll link it below.

I was able to finish the baby socks that I talked about last month! They are so adorable and so teeny, tiny. I’m hoping they fit a newborn, as most socks I make don’t fit until 3 months or longer…at least for babies. I was also able to get a couple of more rows done on my Smooth Operators; however again, not enough to show a new picture. Even though I haven’t gotten in much sock knitting, I have actually been knitting a lot! I’ve made a baby hat and am working on a baby blanket that I will blog about at a later date.

So, let’s talk about these baby socks.

Ravelled Here: Baby Mitten Socks by Barbara Prime (Free pattern)

Started / Finished: 1/26/17 ~ 2/18/17 (I was taking my time; however these are easily a 1-2 day project)

Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) DPN’s

Yarn: Kat’s Kettle Toes Etc. in the color Mana Pool (16 grams)

I did have a little snafu while working on the first sock. Why is it that although I find Kitchener Stitch easy, I can never remember it? I had to look it up on a YouTube video. Unfortunately, I was looking at a video for using the Kitchener Stitch to graft together two squares (wrong sides facing). So, I turned my itty bitty sock wrong side out and happily went on my way. I decided to turn it right side out to check my work before weaving in the ends…needless to say, I figured out I did it wrong. I had to remove it and start over. Argh! That was a pain that definitely needed daylight and a lot of patience…check out these progress pics! I put each stitch on an individual stitch marker, then I used cable needles to make sure they were oriented in the proper way before finally placing them back on the needles. I felt so accomplished when I finished it successfully!

And now for the final pics. Mama is super happy with them…at least pics of them. I will pack these up with the hat and baby blanket for a sweet little gift.

Would you like to join me and my fellow sock knitters? We post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link up with each other. Just let one of us know so we can add you to our list! Here’s my partners in crime and their most recent sock posts.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock: Baby Mitten Socks

Hi All!

How in the heck did I miss yesterday’s monthly sock post? I was reminded when I opened my email this morning and saw a very lovely post from Stefanie, one of our newest members, to link up. I think it may be because I have been trying to stay offline for a bit to allow my heart to settle back in and stay away from news that only makes it race again. I have tried to keep up and counter false stories with the truth; however it’s exhausting and I don’t think I can do it for four (or eight) more years. I will certainly have a heart attack.

I have made very little progress in the last month on socks. I’ve been working on a baby blanket and switching around between 5 other WIP’s. I did knit two more rounds on my Smooth Operators…not enough to post another picture.

I have a couple of friends that are having babies in the next few months, so I thought I would make some baby socks (and probably hats too) to go with their baby blankets. I saw this pattern, Baby Mitten Socks, when searching Ravelry and thought it was genius. It looks like a regular sock versus most bootie type patterns for babies. It’s also knit out of sock yarn and size US 1 (2.25mm) DPN’s. I’m using a 20 gram skein of Toes Etc. from Kat’s Kettle in the color Mana Pool. Her shop is currently empty; however she posts on Instagram when she has shop updates. This pattern was born out of the need for the Designer to find socks that actually fit her baby and didn’t fall off.

Normally I would knit TAAT; however thought it was overkill with this pattern. Hopefully next month I’ll have a complete pair and some more progress on my Smooth Operators so I can finally take an updated pic. Look how freaking adorable these are!

If you would like to join our merry little band of knitters to talk about socks on the first Thursday of every month, please let one of us know so we can add you to our little link up party! Join Maggie at Project(s) in Progress, Katherine at fiber and sustenance, Stefanie from Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons and myself as we talk about our sock adventures!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock: Simple House Slippers

Hi All!

Happy New Year to all of you! I am very, very behind on everyone’s blogs as I decided to take a little holiday while I got my knitting mojo back. It’s back, I’m healed from my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and I’m ready to get back to catching up with old friends, visiting some new friends and knitting once again!

So, let’s start the new year out right and get to the new format of sock posts for my blog. This means every first Thursday of the month will have a sock post instead of every Thursday as it was in the past. It’s much easier to provide an update on socks once a month instead of writing about the teensiest bit of progress every Thursday as I do not solely (get it!) knit socks. This month, we do not have socks per se; however, I did knit something for the feet and am going to include it just cause it’s my prerogative. Presenting the Simple House Slippers!

Ravelled Here: Simple House Slippers

Started / Finished: 12/22/16-1/1/17

Needles: US 7

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls in the color Flannel

Size: US Women’s Size 9

I didn’t learn any new techniques with these slippers, which must mean that I’m retaining knowledge from past projects. The free pattern has been in my queue on Ravelry for a really long time and I decided that it was finally time to make them. They were super easy, are very comfortable and I can see myself making some as gifts in the future. Paired with the super soft Bernat yarn plus the pattern being free and you’ve got yourself a winner, winner chicken dinner. I definitely want to make these again using a luxury yarn so you may be seeing them again in a different color / yarn in the future.

Also joining me on my sock knitting journey (at least I hope they still are!) are Katherine from fiber and sustenance and Maggie from Project(s) in Progress. Go check them out and see what they’ve been up to! If you’d like to join along too, let one of know so we can link up with you, post on the first Thursday of the month and have fun knitting socks!

Until next time, Happy Knitting! (P.S. It’s good to be back!)

Knitting Updates & Low Carb Cooking

Hi All! You may have noticed that I haven’t really had a lot of knitting posts recently. That’s because I haven’t been knitting much. I’ve gotten a few rows knit here and there…however most days are spent not knitting. Yep, the CTS flared back up and since I work full time on the computer, knitting has once again been put on the back burner.

I did sign up for a Craftsy class called Knit Faster with Portuguese Knitting by Andrea Wong and tried my hand at it this past Saturday. It’s a very interesting technique and will take awhile to master; however seems like it might be easier on my hands and wrists once I can figure out the proper technique.

I have to remember that when I first started knitting, my tension wasn’t great and it also took time. My stitches are extremely tight using this method and I need to figure out the correct way to hold the yarn to maximize tension. I’ve worked on the same swatch over and over…pulling it out as I get frustrated and then re-casting on. The cast on and purl stitch are pretty easy…like I said, it’s a matter of getting the tension right. Does anyone familiar with this technique have any tips or tricks? I do have a knitting pin that I’m using instead of wrapping around my neck.

In other news, I have been trying out some new recipes that I wanted to share with you. I’ve gotten a few from Whole 30 and some from South Beach (low carb) that have been really delicious. With this post, I’ll share what I made last night.

Fried Cauliflower Rice with Shrimp, Sugar Snap Peas, and Red Pepper by Kalyn’s Kitchen

My hubby is on a low-carb diet, which makes finding new recipes a must to keep things interesting. He does not like eating the same thing every week. I often find myself heading to Kalyn’s Kitchen to source new recipes because almost everything I’ve tried from her has been delicious. This was amazingly full of flavor and also hubby approved. He has requested that I make it again and since it made four servings, we are having it for dinner again tonight. I can easily see this being a side dish to a low-carb beef and broccoli stir fry. Even if you don’t like cauliflower, I urge you to give this a try. It’s that good!

I will warn you that this is a lot of prep because you must have everything ready to stir fry before you begin cooking. I made this exactly as the recipe states; however used raw shrimp, which I deveined and removed the outer shell. I left them whole instead of cutting into bite sized pieces and cooked directly after the onion / cauliflower rice. BTW, if you like caramelized garlic and ginger…don’t throw the pieces away after you flavor the oil. My hubby is Italian and loved the addition of the whole garlic cloves to his bowl.

Sorry for the not so great lighting on the images. These were all taken with my iPhone, which doesn’t take the best pictures at night. Either that, or our lighting really sucks in our kitchen 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Cooking!