At last, a cardigan

December 17th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

As one of my knitter friends likes to point out, I knit a lot of items for other people (and not just when Christmas rolls around either).  You could chock it up to the fact that I’m not a selfish person by nature, but honestly, I can’t (or don’t always like to) knit for myself all the time.  There’s only so many items you can make for yourself before you realize that no you don’t really need another hat/fingerless mitts/scarf etc  for yourself.  Or maybe its just me that feels that way. Anyway, I finally (finally!) finished a project for myself just last week.  This lovely green cardigan was started back in mid-June and I kept picking it up, putting it down, and picking it up again while I worked on other projects.  I finally gave myself a push a few weeks ago when I convinced myself that I should finish the damn thing and wear it on Christmas Day as its such a lovely green colour.  Well the mental deadline was apparently all I needed, as I finished it faster than I thought! 

Some glamour shots (but please don’t judge my dark under-eye circles, I was crazy tired yesterday):
cardi 1

And another pic, as I do indeed have a head on my body:
cardi 2

And a blocking photo that shows off the colour a bit better than the two photos above:
cardi 3

Project Notes:
Project name: Emelie (Ravelry link only)
Size: 34″ bust, and 13″ length
Yarn: approx 866.3 yards of Knitpicks palette in grass colour
Needles: 2.75 mm circular for all ribbing (borrowed from a nice Raveller), 3.5 mm circular for the body, and 1 x 4.0 mm dpn was revolved through the sleeves to ensure that they would fit well without being too snug (tight knitter, yo)
Buttons: 11 x plastic pearl buttons in a mock abalone finish

I gotta say, I’m pleased as punch with the final outcome. Huzzah!

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Gifts for a new nephew

December 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

My little sister had her first child just last week, a bouncy baby boy named Ronan.  They live in Ontario, so I had to wait for photos to come in via email/Facebook, and I gotta tell you, this kid is cute.  To help welcome baby Ronan into the world, I’ve made him the most adorable hat & bootie combination that I hope he gets lots of wear out of.

First up, the hat.  I really liked the peak at the back of the crown for this pattern, as well as the earflaps/chin ties.
hat

Pattern: Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap (external link)
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Micro Bamboo in navy & baby blue
Yardage: used up 80 yards total (forgot to weigh the yarns before and after, oh well)
Needles: 3mm and 2.5mm dpns
Size: 4-8 months (bamboo yarn is better for Spring anyway)

And matching booties!
booties

Pattern: Christine’s Stay-on Baby Booties (external link)
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Micro Bamboo in navy & baby blue
Yardage: used up 63.25 yards total (again I forgot to weigh the yarns before and after)
Needles: 2.5mm dpns
Size: not actually sure!

I get points for stash-down, which is good because I haven’t done any stash-down projects since I finished my Fall Back socks a couple of months ago.

Here’s the package that I’m going to put in the mail today:
gifts for Ronan

In other news, I’m having a Lunch & Learn event at my work this Friday for my co-workers on my crafts.  I’m going to be doing an overview of the crafts I do, including some history, demonstrations, and samples.  Looking forward to it!  I have a certain soft spot in my heart for teaching people about crafts…it fits with my artist philosophy – that craft work keeps us connected across time and cultures to make something functional and beautiful.  So far, I have 11 confirmed coming to this event.  I’ve made my first ever PowerPoint presentation, and I’m going to be hauling in a few things to show off as sometimes pictures just don’t do justice to handmade items.

With regards to my Christmas projects, I have 1 more knit hat to make and I am almost done weaving the scarf for my boyfriend’s mom.  I’m still working on my Emelie Cardigan, and my goal is to have it done & wear it on Christmas Day.  So that kind of counts as holiday knitting, even though its for me.  The pressure is on to get these done!

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