WIP – The Baby Blanket

Hi All! I promised to post an update on the projects that have been keeping me super busy lately. Here’s one of them. I found out recently that my niece Brittany is having another baby boy and it made me super excited to see what I could knit / crochet for her. With past babies (friends and family), I always crocheted blankets. With my newish skill of knitting, the world is now open to me working with both of these mediums and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am.

Last year, another friend asked me to make a baby blanket for her first grand baby and she was positive it was a boy. I started on the blanket and was about 3/4 of the way finished (working 3 weeks monogamously) when she found out it was a girl. Oops! I put this into hibernation and furiously worked on the baby girl blanket to still get it to her in time for the baby shower. I met the deadline and this poor blanket has been in hibernation since. I am so happy to say that I am working on it again and can’t wait to see the finished product!

The pattern is the Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket by Bonita Patterns. It is free on Ravelry and so much fun to work on. I must admit that when I started it, I did not have a pattern for how many stitches to cast on, etc. At that time, I had signed up for Ravelry; however wasn’t using it. I didn’t know about all the wonderful goodness that was on there until I started knitting 🙂

I was watching my favorite YouTube crocheter, Mikey from The Crochet Crowd, who was making a scarf, and fell in love with the stitch pattern. Using his tutorial, I cast on what I thought were the appropriate amount of stitches and kept going. This thing is going to be huge! It will measure 46″ x 46″ (116.84 cm) without the border. It’s also a yarn hog! I have 5 more double rows to finish the blanket part before I start on the edging, so almost there! I hope my niece loves it as much as I do and I can’t wait to get pics of him on it. She’s due in September, so it will be a long wait 🙂

 

Ravelled Here: Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket

Crochet Hook: Size I (5.5 mm) from Furls Crochet Candy Shop line

Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport in the color Pale Blue (currently two skeins totalling 600 grams)

New Techniques Learned: Crocodile Stitch

Until next time, Happy Knitting (and Crocheting)!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hello All! I’ve been quite busy knitting and crocheting the last week…so much so that I haven’t been blogging my progress! More on those items in a later post 🙂 It’s Thursday and we’re here to talk about the socks…and nothing but the socks.

I will tell you the truth…I waited until last night before casting on another pair, due to said other knitterly happenings. And I wanted to show a lot of progress. So…this may not be fair to my other sock knitters; however I’m almost finished with one sock! How is that, do you say? Because it’s a Super Quick Baby Sock, which is a free pattern on Ravelry! LOL My niece Brittany is pregnant with her second child (a boy) and although I am crocheting him a blanket, I thought it would be nice to include a pair of knitted socks and a little hat. The socks are turning out super cute. I wish I had done them TAAT; however with something this little, I think DPNs are the way to go. I have another 2.5 inches and this one will be finished. There will be no chance of the second sock syndrome happening here 🙂

Ravelled Here: Super Quick Baby Socks

Needles Used: Size US7 – 4.5mm DPNs

Yarn Used: Bernat Softee Baby in the color Flannel

My good friend Hannah at unsophisticated+jejune has her sock post up for this week! Go check out her progress! And it looks like our good friend Alex at alexand knits is back in the sock game; making her socks fit her instead of the other way around 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hey All! I missed last week’s post because I was sick as a dog. I actually thought it was Wednesday and was planning a great post in my head when I realized it was 9pm on Thursday night…much too late to be writing a blog post. Especially when you are sick. It was a really bad cold and is lingering on a little; however I am feeling much better than I did. What did I do in between coughing, sneezing and blowing my nose? I knit socks!

Once again, I entered a KAL…this one is Harry Potter themed (#23HarryPotterKAL) and the deadline is April 30th. Everybody and their mother are doing Hermione’s Everyday Socks, so I decided to do the Shelves Upon Shelves pattern also by Erica Lueder. Since I started so late in the KAL, I wanted to try knitting the socks Two at a Time (TAAT). I really love knitting TAAT and will do this for all socks in the future.

The only thing that was difficult to figure out was the picking up of the heel flap stitches to complete the gusset. I had to take one sock off and put it on DPNs, complete the gusset on one sock, then move it to DPNs and complete the gusset on the other sock. Once they were both back on the needles, I got the bright idea to actually try the socks on. What a brilliant idea! Guess what? They wouldn’t go over my heel. Yep, you heard that right. I should have been trying them on as I went. I even tried them on my neighbor and they wouldn’t go over her foot either.

So what did I do? I frogged them. All that work down the drain. As I was frogging, I kept trying on the sock. The only time it fit over my heel was when I was back to the ribbing. Lesson learned…always try on your sock at various points in your knitting. Don’t be a dummy like me! And BTW, I also got 10 rows into my second Hermione’s EveryDay Sock; however I have put it on hold for now.

Ravelled Here: Shelves Upon Shelves

Needles: US 2 (2 – 24″ circulars)

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the color Wizard

New Techniques: Two at at Time

Status: Frogged

I know that Hannah at unsophisticated+jejune has her sock post up for this week! Go check out her progress!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Petunia the Patio Monster

Hot off the needles! I’m so excited to say that I have finally knit my first stuffy! I watch a podcast called LegacyKnitz, with Sue and Chelsea (a mother / daughter duo), and they are hosting a stuffy along. You can enter as many times as you want to and the prizes are super cute. You just need to join their Ravelry group and cast on. You can use the hashtag #lksal16 on social media to document your progress or finished objects. Crochet, knit, sew…all stuffies are welcome!

This was a really fun, fast knit from Rebecca Danger’s book The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. I’ve had the book for awhile and the yarn too; however needed that extra push to get started. I’ve got a head start on Christmas knitting, as this will be going to my BFF’s son Lockwood. Here’s the down and dirty…

Ravelled Here: Petunia the Patio Monster

Started 4/4/16 – Finished 4/11/16

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) DPNs and Magic Loop

Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in the color Lake Chelan Heather (.49 grams for the small version)

Other materials: scrap of black yarn, 12mm black pupil safety eyes, white felt, stuffing

Techniques New to Me: Three Needle Bind Off, using safety eyes

The next time, I will try the Invisible Stitch when sewing the bottom / legs up. This go around I used a Top Stitch.

Petunia and I had a great time taking pictures on the patio today! *You can click each image to make it larger, if you wish.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

What a tale of woe I have to weave today. It began when I put down my Hermione’s Everyday Socks in October of last year to work on grief knitting, which then turned into Christmas knitting, which then turned into test knitting, which then turned into ulnar nerve problems, which then turned into…you get the picture.

The good news is that I have one sock finally complete. So, I have a HO (Half Finished Object). The bad news is that it’s totally off pattern from where I stopped last year. I remember telling you how I had messed up the pattern and meticulously tinked back to where I had started. Well, this time it really caught me unaware as I didn’t notice until I was 8 rows into the toe decreases. Boo…hiss! I had a dilemma on my hands. Tink back again? Or just continue and finish the darn sock. You can see below what I decided to do, justifying that these are for me and no one, except my husband ,will see the foot of the sock. It fits perfectly and I learned the kitchener stitch, so that’s good news.

Now, I’m stuck on second sock syndrome. I desperately want to have a full pair of finished socks made from gorgeous sock yarn. I cast on and completed three rows on March 27th. Have I touched it since then? No. I really need to get out of my own head and just get on with it. I’m having a case of…well, I knit one…oh, look at all the other pretty things out there to knit. I’m even looking at other sock patterns! Yep, that just about covers it.

Some of our sock club buddies are offline for now; however do go and check out Hannah cause she’s rocking her socks, just like me!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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