FO ~ Shell Stitch Baby Headbands

Hi All,

How many times can I start the beginning sentence for this blog? Apparently 20 times. Okay…enough of that. Let’s get on with it.

Baby Rainy is going to be one styling little chickadee when she is born. In addition to her Rainbow Honeycomb Blanket, she’s got some awesome new headbands to wear. The first headband I made for her was the Tulip Stitch Headband, which I blogged about last month. I wanted to create a couple more that had flowers attached and came upon this YouTube video for a Shell Stitch Baby Headband with Flower.

You know I immediately had to pull out my scrap yarn and crochet hooks to try this. There is no written pattern; however it’s easily pulled together just by watching the video. This makes it perfect for those that don’t know how to read a crochet pattern. I wish I could write it out for you; however the designer has it written out for sale in her Etsy store.

The first one I made, I measured until I had approximately 13.5 inches (leaving 1/2 inch for stretch factor) to fit a newborns 14 inch head. I decided to make it in all white, allowing it to go with multiple outfits. It used about 12 grams of the Caron Simply Soft Snow Sparkle yarn that I used to make Rainy’s blanket, along with a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook.

The second one, I kept the white headband and made the flower red. I increased the size to 15 inches and decided to leave the ends hanging so Mama can tie them together and it will last longer. It used approximately 7 grams of Caron Simply Soft Snow Sparkle yarn for the headband part and 5 grams of Caron Simply Soft Harvest Red yarn for the flower.

They turned out super cute and Mama (and me) are excited to see them modeled on sweet Rainy’s head! Only 23 more days until her due date! (You can click on the images below to make them larger.)

Until next time, Happy Knitting (and Crochet)!

FO – Rainbow Baby Blanket

Hi All,

Mama (aka Megan) and the family have received their package, so it’s time to start blogging about everything I made for Baby Rainbow (aka Rainy). In case you missed it, here are the Baby Mitten Socks and Tulip Stitch Headband I made for her and blogged about in the past.

Let’s start with the Rainbow Blanket. I knew that Megan might like a rainbow blanket. The first thing I did was start a Baby Rainbow board on Pinterest and send it to her to get an idea of the colors she was drawn to. She really liked the natural colors of the rainbow versus the pastel palette that I liked so I’m really happy that I sent the board to her first. I did not let her pick the blanket itself because I wanted it to be a surprise.

Next, I had to decide if I wanted to knit or crochet. Knitting takes longer; however crochet uses more yarn. After thinking about it, I knew I was starting so far in advance of her due date that I could do either. After that it was a simple agonizing choice of which blanket. Guys…there are literally hundreds of thousands of baby blankets out there! I was very attracted to the Honeycomb Throw by Red Heart just because of the way it looked. While browsing pictures of others FO’s in Ravelry, I saw a rainbow one and was immediately hooked.

I knew that I was going to have to buy yarn, even though I’m on a yarn diet, because I didn’t have all the colors of the rainbow. A lesson learned here…I had Red Heart Super Saver Solids in Lemon and Pumpkin. When I went to the store, I bought Caron Simply Soft in the other colors I needed, plus the sparkly white for the cloud appearance of the border / honeycomb pattern. Don’t do this! I repeat…do not do this! Although everything worked out in the end, the Red Heart was a thicker ply than the Simply Soft, even though it was listed as the same ply and weight. It had me really worried the entire time I was making the blanket.

IMG_3684

One set of rainbow complete!

I swatched and didn’t like the fabric on the recommended needle size of US 10 (6.0 mm) so I went down to a size US 8 (5.0 mm). I also knew that I didn’t want it as big as the throw size from the pattern, so I had to do a little math to determine the proper size. I wound up casting on with 142 stitches. I needed 10 stitches total for both ends (the border is knit at the same time as the honeycomb pattern) and the honeycomb pattern itself was in multiples of 8 stitches + 4. My math was correct (yay me!) and the final blanket wound up being a perfect size of 32″ x 40″. She’ll be able to use this her whole life if she wants.

Also, this…for those who do not like finishing…this would be your worst nightmare. Look away if you must. Believe me, I was not going to wait until the end to weave in all those ends. I think if I would have waited, I would have never finished it.

IMG_3792_medium2

Ends Galore!!!

I washed the blanket in Newborn Dreft and then steam blocked it since it’s acrylic yarn. It turned out super soft and snuggly and smells so good. Normally, I would list out all the information, however I’m going to send you to my Ravelry link this time for the project because there is just too much yarn to list and too many notes 🙂 All in all, I really loved the pattern and would definitely make this again. The honeycomb pattern itself was easy to memorize and a lot simpler than it looks.

Without further ado…the FO!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 10

Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

I absolutely love Rebecca Danger and her book The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. I’ve made two of the patterns so far and they are really easy to follow. They make excellent gifts for my great nieces / nephews and are easily customizable. For the first monster, I followed instructions and used white felt for the mouth. For the second monster, I crocheted “teeth” and sewed them on. You can mix and match parts and once you’ve made one, you want to make more.

IMG_1761

Hugo the Couch Potato Monster and Petunia the Patio Monster

I’ve test knit a lot for Linda Browning and I love how each of her patterns can be built upon to make them larger or smaller, based on your preferences. She tends to write smaller shawlette patterns that fit her very petite ballerina daughter; however I’ve always sized up for someone that is a “regular” size. Last year, during the month of December, she offered one free pattern a day. So, if you look in my Ravelry library, you’ll see that I have most of them. Here are a few pics of the ones I’ve test knit for her. I have another one that is super gorgeous and was my first project with beads; however it’s still in stealth mode because the pattern hasn’t come out yet. (The pattern names are added to the pics, dependent on which method you use to view the content.)

Another designer I love is Joji Locatelli. I’ve purchased two of her patterns so far and really enjoy the ease of her patterns. You’ve already seen the picture of the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl that I blogged about on Day 6 and Day 7 & 8 of the challenge. I also purchased the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl. For now, I’m waiting until I have a few more projects completed before I purchase her ebook titled “The Authentic Collection“. I want to knit every single pattern in the collection, so I feel it is a fantastic deal.

And last, but not least (because I seriously could go on and on…like yesterday’s post on yarn), Tin Can Knits. Because how could you have a post about favorite designers and not include them? I’ve knit two of their patterns so far (the Barley hat twice) and I adore their sense of color and style. Their pictures make me drool and wish that I lived in their neck of the woods; if only so I could wear everything they design.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Days 7 & 8

I actually made it 48 hours without being on the computer. Let me tell you…it really helped a lot! I went and got a pedicure on Tuesday and relaxed the rest of the day; catching up on some shows on my DVR. Yesterday my husband and I went on an afternoon date to see Star Trek Beyond and grab a bite to eat. It was his last day of vacation and we wanted to do something outside of the house. The movie was great but the company was even better.

Day 7’s question piggy-backed off of day 6 and asks:

Your least favorite? (as in your least favorite project you’ve knit)

Melinda Cloth by Norma Wampler

I think if I were to knit this again, it might be enjoyable. I was only a couple of months into knitting and wanted something that was quick and easy…instant knitting gratification. The only reason why I did not enjoy knitting this was because of the yarn. It was my first time knitting with 100% cotton and I decided at that point that I would never knit with it again. It hurt my hands. Or so I thought. Now I know that I probably had too tight of a gauge and that was what was causing my hands to cramp up. I am happy to report that I am knitting with cotton again and may even attempt this pattern again at some point.

img_8091_medium2

Peaches & Creme Solids in the color Orchid

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

Stepping Stones Kit by Iris Schreier

If you click on that link, you will see copious notes on my Ravelry page for this project. I don’t know why I thought I was ready for short rows and lace just a few months into my knitting journey…I was being brave and adventurous, I guess. I frogged so many times that I think I could have made three of these shawls in that amount of time now. Just reading back through them makes me shudder. I still have the shawl and have only worn it a couple of times. Maybe it needs to go in my gift pile? Or maybe I should keep it for the memories? I do remember it was the first time I was ever featured as a photo on a project page and that made it really special to me and worth all the hard work.

I blogged about the project here and here.

img_9048_medium2

I had a request by Bekki from The Dartmoor Yarn Company to show my 3 Color Cashmere Cowl worn properly instead of pulled up as a tube over my head (as shown in Day 6 of the blogging challenge, so here’s your pic Bekki!

img_0862_medium2

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

And since Thursdays are usually about the socks, here’s my list of fellow sock knitters. I desperately hope to be rejoining them soon!

Check out Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance and see what they are up to this week!

Also on our Thursday Sock Buddy list, however away on break are:

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

 

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 6

What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

This question is a hard one because I’ve loved almost everything that I’ve knit. I wouldn’t go into a project without first loving the pattern itself, or at least thinking I love it. I have knit with some yarn that I didn’t love; however that’s a question for another day. If I had to go by what do I personally wear the most?

3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

I love this thing and get so many compliments when I wear it. I seriously need to knit a hat to go with it so I have something that matches a bit better than what I normally wear. I have yarn leftover from all three skeins and could easily knit a hat to match. I adore the colors I chose and the pattern was extremely well written. Just when you think you’re getting bored with one color, you switch it up. I did make a few modifications, which I listed on my Ravelry page. Also, using DK weight yarn instead of fingering really made this project fly off the needles!

img_0852_medium2

How gorgeous is this?

The second piece that I wear constantly is my very first Sock Head Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure. I love the color (Partie) in this so much and dearly wish this yarn had not been discontinued. I’ve looked everywhere for it and can no longer find it…believe me, I’ve tried! It’s my go to hat, which doesn’t match my cowl whatsoever. I do have yarn that would coordinate…maybe the skein of Neon Peach from Madelinetosh Tosh Sock that I recently won? See why I need a new hat and a new cowl? I would like to match at least a little 🙂 This is another one that gets a lot of compliments and is a ton of fun to wear and style.

img_9124_medium2

It’s like a party on my head!

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 4

How did you learn how to knit?

For my very first project, way back in 2011, I purchased a kit titled “I Taught Myself How to Knit“. I made the scarf that I talked about on Day 1 of the challenge and promptly stopped knitting after that project. I couldn’t figure out the purl stitch and knew that I didn’t want to make a bazillion scarves. I went back to crocheting, which is something that is near and dear to my heart. My Grandma taught me when I was 8 years old and it’s something I’ve always loved because of the great memories associated with being able to craft with her.

Let’s talk about how I got started again and why it’s turned into such an obsession. I work from home and we had moved from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San Jose, CA in April of 2014. For those of you who work from home, you know that you don’t get to interact with people in person. You don’t get to make friends like you would if you were in a physical location and since I’m an introvert, it’s really hard to get out there and try to make new friends. By February of 2015, even I had had enough of just my husband’s company…plus a book club once a month.

I joined a Meetup group for knitters and nervously brought along my current crochet project, as the group description said that all crafts were welcome. I became fascinated watching everyone with their knit projects, asked a few questions and the journey started. I came home that day and Googled “how to knit”. That’s when my entire world opened up and I found YouTube videos where I could actually pause and rewind over and over. Now, I had used YouTube for crochet but had never ever thought to look up knitting!

I proudly went on to knit a Slip Stitch Honeycomb Ear Warmer for myself all by following this YouTube video!  I was so proud of that Ear Warmer and I got to show it off at our next knitting Meetup during Show and Tell time. That’s how my obsession with knitting started…buying all the things to see what I liked, what I didn’t like, as well as amassing a humongous, gigantic yarn stash. YouTube has really taught me everything that I know about knitting and is a great tool for those that are beginners or getting more and more advanced every day like me.

IMG_6259_medium2

Bulky Yarn and Big Needles make for a fast project!

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 1

Hi All!

Since I’m not currently knitting, I’ve decided to participate in a 30 Day Knitting Challenge, where I answer a prompted question each day about my knitting journey. Please know that everything that I post with a picture may have been posted before. These are not new projects. So, let’s start with the very first question!

What was your first finished project?

My very first finished knitting project was a garter stitch scarf (not that I knew that’s what the stitch was called) for my Mom knitted in 2011. I had purchased two skeins of this yarn (Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick Solid in the color Purple from WalMart) and brought it to the nursing home to show my Mom. My Mom loved the softness of the chenille and I wanted to try something new. Up to this point, I had only crocheted.

I didn’t follow a pattern. I just cast on however many stitches I thought it should be wide and kept knitting until I ran out of yarn. It was too wide and not long enough once I got to the end of the second skein and I didn’t want to start over. I was absolutely freaked out that I had knit two skeins of yarn and it wasn’t long enough!

I had purchased the yarn while I was in Indiana and didn’t finish the project there. I searched and searched for more yarn in Florida and couldn’t find it. Who knew that the yarn would be discontinued and I couldn’t get anymore? So, I bound off and sent it on it’s merry way. My Mom loved it because it was her favorite color, super soft and I made it for her. It was also really warm folded in half and fit under her winter coat perfectly.

After I finished the scarf, I decided I didn’t like knitting (I couldn’t figure out how to purl) and went back to crochet. The chenille also made it difficult to see the stitches and may have contributed to my disenchantment; however it covered up a multitude of sins.

Garter_Stitch_Scarf_medium2

FO – Pic taken before mailing to my Mom

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Normally, you know that Thursdays are all about the socks. With that in mind, I will link you to our merry band of sock knitters.

Check out Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance and see what they are up to this week!

Also on our Thursday Sock Buddy list, however away on break are:

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Hopefully, I will be back to knitting soon! I’m resting / icing my wrist and elbow and although the progress is slow, I can feel a difference.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!