Friday, April 11, 2014

Tiny Sweater

There's a new little one in our family! My sister-in-law and her husband welcomed little Emerson Adele into their family a few weeks ago. She's so tiny and cute! I always feel the need to knit something to welcome babies and I know a lot of other people feel the same way. It's nice to have something handknit to give to them.  

Emerson is an Arizona baby, which means she's not going to be needing to many wool sweaters. But I just love to make little baby sweaters, so I hunted down some soft yarn that was a nylon blend and washable, which is a nice perk for her mom! 


Pattern: Chloe by Alana Dakos of NeverNotKnitting
Yarn: Berroco Comfort in "Vintagy Light Green," "Chalk" and "Purple" 
Buttons: Little duck buttons from JoAnn Fabrics
Size: 3 months


Here's the back. Love that ruffle! 


This should give you a better look at the buttons. Aren't they sweet? 

My sister-in-law, Julie, was kind enough to try to get some pictures of Emerson in her sweater and send them to me. Apparently she's a little wiggle worm! But you definitely get the idea. It's a little big, but she's not quite a month old yet so she'll grow into it. 


That's all for now! I'm working away on another pair of socks - just plain ones for me. I have a new ball of self-patterning sock yarn that I'm dying to try out, but I'm trying to finish this pair first. 




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Off the Needles


Here they are - the latest socks off the needles! 

Pattern: Old Joe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Yarn: Wandering Wool North Counrty Sock in the Aurora Borealis colorway, purchased at the For the Love of Fiber event in February

Needles: Size US 1 dpns, bamboo



I think the variations of color in this yarn are really lovely and they work well for a men's sock, too. This pair now belongs to my husband, who is not able to model them for me right now. He's sick, and I think asking him to stand about and model socks when he's feeling badly is a little mean (even if I did just make incredibly nice, new socks for him). Perhaps I'll manage to get modeled pictures later on. 


Even the color of the socks was a big hit. I may try something even more colorful in the future!

I've been thinking a lot about what to do with my tiny bits of leftover sock yarn. I always seem to have at least a small ball left over, but can't seem to part with it. The fingering weight yarn leftovers I have are beautiful, so I'm trying to find a way to use them. 

One option in contention is the Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle of the Knitting Pipeline podcast. She teaches how to attach the leftover yarn together to make a striped shawl. 

However, I'm also intrigued by the possibility of using the leftovers to make some sort of knitted blanket or quilt, like the Beekeeper's Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits or a mitered square blanket like Molly from A Homespun House is currently making. Both sound like really good ideas and they're both really beautiful. I'm just not sure I'll have the attention span to follow through and actually finish the blanket! 

Perhaps the Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl is the way to go. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I Had the Best Day

Last Friday, I got to meet Stephanie Pearl-McPhee! 

My mom, my husband's aunt, Nancy, and I drove down to Baltimore to hear her speak at her book signing event in Baltimore. The talk wasn't until 7pm, but we got there early to get good seats. 

Here's our group patiently waiting at 4:30pm. We were in the 4th row!! By the time Stephanie got there, all of the seats were filled, plus people were standing in between the bookshelves. She is definitely loved.



Here she is taking a picture of her sock in progress with all of us in the background. I would imagine that getting the angle right is a bit tricky. 




The wait was totally worth it. Stephanie was amazingly funny. She made us laugh so much! If you haven't had a chance to read her new book, "The Amazing Thing About The Way It Goes," I totally recommend it. She read a chapter from it that had me in tears from laughing so much. You'll know what I mean when you get to the part about the skunk.





After her talk, we all got a chance to get our books signed. 




I brought the sock I had knitted for my hubby from her "Socks for Old Joe" pattern. Stephanie wondered where the other one was. (It wasn't quite done - I actually just finished it tonight!)







It was just the best day.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Charts & Post-its


Here's my super high-tech system for keeping track of where I am in the chart. Sometimes I also add something on the line above the one I'm working on, just to keep things interesting. 

What's your method?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sock 1 of 2


Almost done with the first sock! 

Pattern: Socks for Old Joe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Yarn: Wandering Wool North Country Sock in the Aurora Borealis colorway

Size: large (for the hubby) 

Check out my Ravelry page!

Will cast on shortly for sock #2 to avoid the dreaded second sock syndrome. 

I'm hoping to be a total fan girl and go see Stephanie when she visits Baltimore on Friday for her book tour!! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Almost


Just need a few pieces of embroidery thread and this guy will be done. 

Monday, March 3, 2014