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Two years?! Where’d they go?

My youngest is two years old today and I’m kind of reeling… I can’t believe it’s already been so long and that he’s entering the not-a-baby-anymore phase. It’s amazing, for sure!

How do they go from this:

to this:

in only 2 years?

Happy Birthday, Blue Eyes!

(sorry for the edits–issues with pics)

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The anticipation of a big knit

Not a whole lot to report this week. I was able to finish the February Sweater on Friday morning. I briefly considered making a pair of the ever popular Saartje’s Booties to match, but because I had promised the hubby that “just as soon as the yarn gets here” I’d make him the sweater he requested, (not the best photo, my apologies–can’t find a good pic of it right now) I figure I need to make good on the promise. I’ll be using most of the yarn shown in the photo from my last post. I’ll admit that I’m nervous about this sweater because it’s a pretty fine gauge for a man’s sweater and it employs a unique construction method I’ve never seen before. I only hope I can make it work because hubby seems really excited about it!

Here’s a pic of the February Sweater in all it’s newborn-ish sized glory:

And a closer view of the buttons I chose:

The Specs:

Pattern: Practically Seamless Baby Sweater (aka February Sweater) from the Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Yarn: Lanett Superwash in pastel pink, ~1.5 balls

Needles: US3 (3.25mm)

Gauge of approx 7 stitches per inch over stockinette

Started September 12 and Finished September 21. Probably would have been sooner if I hadn’t spent so much time in my car this month!

I made a few modifications to the pattern after seeing so many being made with the stockinette/raglan yoke. I added two stitches to the original cast on so my numbers would be spot on with the pattern when done with the increases. In hindsight, I wish I had started the sleeves sooner–the yoke seems to long/deep for me, but it may be perfect. I won’t know until I gift this and get feedback from the mom. I also added that one extra stitch on each side of each sleeve as selvedge for seaming. The final measurements were: chest= 16.5″ circ and hem to neck = 9.5″ and the sleeves were as long as the pattern specified. I’m hoping against hope that this will fit a ~4 week old baby girl.

I also finished a simple Scrunchable Scarf for a school mom. This is my second Scrunchable Scarf (pattern found here)… both were made using Wool Ease held double on size 13US needles. The first, I cast on the 30 sts per the pattern in Natural Heather. For the second, I only cast on 20 sts using Ranch Red.

I hope you all had a great weekend!  With any luck, I’ll be back with some progress on hubby’s sweater later in the week.

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Repair job and an FO

I am very happy to report that I was able to fix the CPH’s ribbing and I’m very happy with the results. I’m honestly shocked that I forged ahead on the original ribbing, knowing that I had WAY too many stitches and that it wouldn’t look right. Isn’t that what’s often referred to as Knitter’s Denial?

Anyhow, I also finished another Baby Bobbi Bear. I have plans for making 4 of these, identical except for a mini monogram for each recipient, for a family at school… I’m wishing I hadn’t committed to that. This would be another form of Knitter’s Denial, I think. I know that I hate knitting the same pattern more than once. Well, that’s not entirely true…. It’d be more accurate to say I don’t like knitting the same pattern more than once consecutively. So of course I went ahead and told the mommy of this school family that I would be making the bears. Oops. I think that makes me 1) Committed to finishing, and 2) Nuts.

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Pattern: Baby Bobbi Bear by Bobbi Intveld (Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern)
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Pink of some sort, ~2.5 ounces
Needles: Size 6 (4.00mm) Knit Picks DPNs
Final Measurements: 9″ armspan, 12″ tall, 13″ chest
Cast on Sept 9, Finished Sept 17 (I got a little bored with her once I had an arm and the face… so she sat with a single arm and no ears for a while.)

I do think this little bear is absolutely one of the best toy knits ever. It’s a little fiddly, but NOWHERE near as fiddly as most toy knits are. I love that it’s knit almost entirely in the round and stitches are picked up to create a little butt. *snicker, snicker* I also love that it really doesn’t use much yarn. In fact, with the exception of some of the higher end yarns, you could probably call this a one skein project. Maybe.

We’re going to carefully forget that I still have a Big Bobbi on the needles, almost complete, waiting ever-so-patiently for ears, arms, and a face. Sigh. Soon, my friend. Soon.

As a mommy who transports her kid(s) to school and home at least half of the time, I certainly must have a car knitting project. As of yesterday morning, I didn’t have anything, so I thought it would be a good time to try my hand at knitting socks with two circular needles. Because I’m not adventurous enough to try the cuff-down two circular method just yet, I though toe-up would be perfect. All the shaping is done to create all the little stitches you need for the foot section… all on one little needle. So easy to pick the provisionally cast-on stitches onto one needle than two little dpns! So far, I really love this method, but I don’t know if that will be the case for cuff-down socks. I am hoping that this method might help me alleviate the laddering issues I’ve been having. I’ll report back once the sock is done (or at least has measurable progress.)

Here’s a minimal progress shot of the February Sweater:

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Hope you have an excellent Tuesday!

OhOHOh… I almost forgot. My booty!

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Right before my birthday last month, I was able to obtain mucho yarn at a really great discount. Take a look here if you want to see the details of which is which. Most of this actually has intended purpose, but not all of it. 🙂

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I know, I know.

I’m a bad bad blogger. I’ve been busy doing nothing–running around with the kids to and from school, then had a little run in with a horribly rude, condescending speech therapist who apparently thinks it’s A-OK to try to demean a parent who is obviously already worried about communication issues. I would have very much liked to have given her more than I did, but I think I made my disgust apparent. I may well send a letter to the school district, but I doubt it would have any effect whatsoever. Ahh… The joys of living in a backwoods village. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the Homeowner’s Association letter informing us that our trampoline is in violation of the HOA rules. Of course they failed to note that the tramp has been there for 14 months already, but what the heck. I vow here and now that I will NEVER buy another home in an area with an HOA again for as long as I live. NEVER!

As for knitting, I’ve actually gotten some stuff done! YAY! I finished a toe-up pair of socks using A Swell Yarn Shop’s Duet in Lemonade Stand for me:

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Toe Up Calculator by Lucia knit at 7 stitches per inch on size US3 (3.25mm)

Since I had some leftover, I had to make a pair for E:

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(I had to skip the coordinating heel for the E because I ran out)

I found some buttons for the Tomten using Lanett Superwash:

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What’s that? You can’t see them? Well here’s a close-up:
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I have almost finished the Big Bobbi Bear for my oldest son–all it needs is arms, ears, and a face. Since I was so close to finishing that, I did what any knitter would do: Cast on for a baby bobbi bear. I just have to finish the second arm and sew on a face to this one. Thinking that I didn’t have nearly enough WIPs, I chose to cast on for the February Practically Seamless Baby Sweater by EZ using more stashed Lanett, this time in pink. Unfortunately I just didn’t like how it was looking, so I ripped it back.

On another front, I had knit myself a Central Park Hoodie toward the end of this last Spring, but in doing so I got a little carried away with the ribbing stitches. I knew I had too many, but I was just so darned excited to wear it that I forged ahead. I’ve been stewing about it ever since, so I figured since the weather is now changing (rapidly, I might add!) here in Chicago-land, it’s a fine time to rip the ribbing and try again. I hope to have that done this weekend.

I’d love to hear advice from anyone and everyone–dd started preschool and the only girl in her class has just become a big sister (about 3 weeks ago) and I would love to knit something for the baby. Trouble is, I can’t seem to find a good pattern to use–the February sweater was going to be the winner, but I just didn’t like the yarn/pattern combo. I need suggestions!!!

I’ll do my best to get back at least once a week from now on!!

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Knitting Progress

I finally managed to get to my LYS this weekend to pick up another ball of Lanett so I could finish the baby tomten. I’ve finished all the true knitting and now just need to attach the I-cord and sew on some buttons.

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The gift is intended for a friend’s first grandbaby… due late January.

I’ve also knit one and a half socks using a generic toe-up pattern and Duet by A Swell Yarn Shop in Pink Lemonade

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I’ll have a real-life modeled picture later this week.

I decided that I was done with the Log Cabin/Joseph’s Blankie of Many Colors

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It doesn’t have a border because I.AM.DONE.WITH.THIS.ONE. My oldest is good with the size of it, and I’m happy to have it moved from my WIP to FO list! I used Red Heart Super Saver in Orange, Cherry Red, Light Periwinkle, Blue, Spring Green, and Bright Yellow–about 4 ounces of each, plus or minus a bit. I knit it up on size 9 Knit Picks options and it measures 29″ square even after washing and drying!

I am almost ashamed to admit that I have made absolutely zero progress on the Big Bobbi Bear #2. I just have no desire to knit it lately. There’s no knitting mojo in that project right now. Bummer. I’m sure the mojo will be back soon.

In other, non-knitting news, we went to the Morton Arboretum on Saturday:

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My middle child starts her first day of preschool tomorrow, so wish us all luck–I think we’re going to need it! 🙂

Hope you all had a great weekend and enjoy your last work-free evening (if you’re in the US, that is!)

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