Friday, September 22, 2017

Baby Sweater

I've had this pattern in my queue to make for awhile for Reuben, but on a whim decided to knit one up in the 0-3 month size for January Baby before tacking a toddler one.

I really love how it turned out. The Almost Seamless Pullover was not an easy knit, but it wasn't hard either. The pattern was free, and well put together. I love the yolk. As it's the first sweater with sleeves I have completed, I am extremely happy. After I knit this, the yarn arrived for my Christmas knitting, and the complicated lace sweater I am wanting to create for all the girls in my family, so it's nice to have one sweater done, for just a tiny bit of reference. I plan on creating the almost seamless pullover for the males in my family, as lace just does not sound like it would suit my father or my husband. Hahaha.

This sweater was knit on 4.0mm knitting needles with knit picks worsted weight yarn. I used exactly two skeins for the 0-3 month size--there was about two yarns left! I totally played yarn chicken with this one. I also learned a new skill--Kitchener stitch! It was complicated, but not so much that I felt overwhelmed. I did figure out that tension is very important when binding off with kitchener stitch, but I still feel I did an okay job, for my first time, anyway.

I hope my January Baby likes it. I know I do.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 101

This week started with Reuben eating Windex, causing me to switch to all natural cleaners that I purchased from Thrive Market. It was a whirlwind week of stress (due to the ingestion of aforementioned chemicals) and also fun (because life is fun with a toddler). Enjoy!

One year ago is here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wee Fast

So I received this chunky wool yarn from a knit picks mystery box, and I didn't know what to do with it. I don't buy chunky yarn much; my stash is full of worsted and fingering weights. But I wanted to use it, and since my last two knits had been really disappointing, I decided that I would knit something fun, free and easy with this yarn. I knew that my box of Christmas yarn was coming and that a difficult project was looming, so quick, easy and fun seemed the right choice.

I searched the Ravelry pattern database and found this cute pattern called Wee Fast. And thus my own wee fast was created, all in three hours and mostly knitted in nap time. I love it! The pattern was easy, free, and also simple. I love how the yarn pooled, and I love the soft colors. Definitely a win/win. Also, no sleeves. I love no sleeve patterns. Easy. I didn't realize I hated picking up stitches, but apparently I do.

After knitting this, I felt refreshed and ready to tackle something harder.

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