In a very short while I will have completed 1176 rows of lace border on a shawl sample for my cousin’s shop. For anyone who knows me, knows that while I appreciate lace, and can ooh and aah over it, I am not particularly a lace knitter. Lace barely makes sense to me; I can barely find the flow of it and can never guess the next step or understand where I made mistakes to be able to fix it easily other than a complete rip-back. So truly, this is a pretty big accomplishment for me.
But in all honesty, aside from the tediousness of 1176 rows of lace, I really enjoyed knitting the pattern: Kaldbakur from Ístex Lopi No. 37 (a book I pretty much want to knit half the patterns in) in their lace weight yarn Einband. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Einband; it didn’t really feel like a lace weight yarn and had the signature Lopi roughness without actually being rough.
Aside from the Einband becoming a new delight to my senses, I think I’ve found a new favourite yarn: Blue Sky Fibers’s Woolstok Worsted. Oh my goodness. Not only is it a cushy wool, but it’s delightfully soft and wonderful with a ton of colours to pick from. I pretty much just want to knit everything in it. And so far I’ve knit 1.5 hats with it.
And one of the great things about it is that the are bigger 100gr skeins sold, mostly in neutral colours, with smaller 50gr skeins of contrast colours that makes colour work projects super convenient. Like I said I’ve knit 1.5 Yukon Campfire Hatsout of three skeins of yarn (1 100gr. skein in Midnight Sea and 1 50 gr. skein each of Cranberry Compote and Red Rock) and I’m pretty sure I could still squeeze out another one. Or even manage a cardigan for Miles. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! I’ll definitely be buying more regardless my next time at the shop; I’m completely enamoured.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got 58 rows of lace to complete during someone’s nap time.
Did you know that WordPress has an app?! I truly didn’t and now, voila! I’m currently one-handedly typing this while breastfeeding a sleepy babe and I’m quite impressed with myself (and the app)!
Anyways, in knitting news I’ve been surprisingly productive. I managed to finish a baby sweater gift while at the cottage yesterday, and am halfway through the Lovely Ribbed Cowl I wrote about last time.
I’m pretty in love with Luma and want to knit everything in it. I can’t wait to see how it blocks out.
And surprisingly I haven’t gone stark raving mad from the continuous ribbing. I think it’s mostly from the fact that I’m just happy to be knitting.
I do have to admit though that I am getting slightly excited/anxious to finish this project and move on to the one I’m planning for some of the Dovestone I bought. There’s just something about roughspun wool yarns that always call to me, and lately it’s what I crave. This is one of the things I love about Luma: it’s not a pure wool but it satisfies me in the same way a traditional wool yarn would.
Don’t get me wrong: I love the beautiful, special-dyed yarns like Sweet Georgia, Fleece Artist, or Koigu, just to name a couple of my favs. But for me there is nothing more satisfying or more knitterly than a classic sweater in a good, sturdy wool. And right now since sweater knitting is a little out of the picture other than baby ones, I’ll have to settle for accessories.
Over the last week I’ve been both incredibly productive in my knitting – finishing the second piece of my Floral Jumper, finally (if albeit lazily) blocking out the baby knits I’ve been meaning to, and finishing my Walk in the Woods shawl – and yet so fickle all at the same time since I cast on another new baby sweater (a Little Baby Sweater by Purl Soho, which is one of my favourite things to knit for babies and that even I had been surprised I hadn’t cast on for Boy yet) and a pair of Hooties by Kedi Kedi.
Really I blame the Hooties on my swatch for the Little Baby Sweater, which I used mostly to debate colour combinations – knowing I wanted to use some leftover Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids as the MC but unsure what would be a good contrast to the extremely vibrant red.
So I surprised myself and swatched and I’m glad I did because I went into thinking that I would totally end up using the mini skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock (in Crybaby) that I’ve been dying to use since I bought it only to decide I liked the grey contrast of the leftover Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock (in Thomas Circle) much, much better.
But…the Crybaby! It called to be used. Needed to be used. I had already used most of the skein of Pollen I had bought with intentions of pairing with it for that Playdate cardigan, where was my empathy for Crybaby? So I did the only rational thing I could think of: cast on a pair of Hooties.
I do have to admit these were a wee bit frustrating to start; 26 sts in fingering weight on 3.25mm needles (yes, I upped my needle size because I have never seen a set of 3mm needles before) can be super finicky and annoying and thank gosh there’s only 26 sts per row…but luckily the finished results were totally worth it.
I ended up using some of the Pollen colourway for the soles (and I still have some leftover again!) and to embroider little x’s on for the eyes. I basically spent a good ten minutes gushing over them to Husband when I was finished them because
a) I can’t believe that there’s someone with small enough feet to fit into these, and
b) It only took me an hour and 20 minutes to make one. It’s true. I timed myself.
I’m seriously considering making another pair, although now I’m really trying to refocus and finish up completely some of my other projects. Like sewing snaps on the freshly “blocked” dungarees (I’m dreading this), and buttons on Playdate (I don’t think I have enough) and possibly the worst of all: properly blocking and pinning out the Floral Jumper and Walk in the Woods shawl.
Now, you might be wondering why I’m worried about blocking these. Blocking is generally my friend and a great ally for making my handknits look fantastic, and I was actually quite excited to block out both to see the differences….until I realized that somehow….in some way….I was going to have to finagle a way onto my hands and knees to shuffle around to pin them out….with an almost 9 month baby belly in my way.
Let me just emphasize a fact for anyone who has never been in this knitting or biological predicament before: I can barely roll myself out of bed in the morning without getting out of breath. How in valhalla am I going to heft my weight around to pin on the ground? But the thought of waiting to block these until after the baby is here makes inner-rational-Tor laugh and laugh and laugh because when will I ever have time to block with a newborn baby?!
Maybe my grandmother will take pity on me as that’s where I’m planning on blocking again if I decide I can actually manage it…
As promised, I’ve decided to write a post composed of my top favourite baby patterns that I’ve either knit myself previously or that I’m dying to knit (because if it looks adorable on the pattern page, the pattern itself must be great, right?).
First I’d like to start with one of my all-time favourites to knit and gift:
I’ve knit this blanket three times now, and every time I’m surprised at how much I love the end results. There’s just something fantastic about having a squishy garter stitch blanket for a baby to get snuggled up in. There’s different weight variations of this pattern available and a bunch of suggested colourways sure to suit any discerning babe (the colourway shown above was one of theirs).
This hat is an adorable addition to any wee one’s wardrobe. I’ve knit it a couple times for a few of my nieces (one of whom is going to need it in a bigger size soon!) and I think Baby Boy is going to need one too. This could also be really cute with a little nose and whiskers embroidered onto the front of it!
Who doesn’t love Kate Davies’s designs? And honestly who doesn’t love a good bulky pattern? As I write this, I’m considering taking a pause in writing to go get my wallet so I can buy the pattern (No, Vic, patience! Patience!) I’m considering knitting this in the leftovers from the Super Easy Crib Blanket with a neutral yoke.
There is almost nothing I love more than a baby in moccasins! This is also an incredibly versatile pattern when it comes to picking colours, designs, etc.and is great for using up some scraps. You could make ten pairs of them with different results each time! For example:
The title of this pattern says it all: it’s so sweet! As I’m sure you remember, I just finished knitting a version of this myself, but I figured rather than posting another picture of that one, you’d probably prefer seeing the pattern example on an equally sweet baby.
I loved knitting this sweater; it’s a bottom up construction and then join all the pieces together for the yoke. There is something infinitely satisfying to have everything done with only the yoke left.
Think of the colour combinations! On top of that I’ve heard that cardigans are a baby’s best wardrobe piece and with only one little tie to worry about, how could you say no?
I just recently bought this pattern and am SO EXCITED to knit one for Baby Boy! But you know the best part? When you purchase this pattern, you get sizes from (as they call it) baby to big. Meaning? Matching sweaters for baby and parent! Sqeeeeeeeeeee!
I could see this becoming a staple in everybody’s wardrobe.
If you want more of an outright “grandpa” sweater, Baby Sophisticate is the perfect pattern for you.
I learned from experience when knitting this, it’s better to go with a lighter weight – like worsted weight – than heavier, as in the chunky weight I chose. I would definitely suggest if you do decide to use a chunkier weight, size up! Regardless this was still a great pattern to knit. Imagine adding some elbow patches or pockets (or both!) to this sweater!
Let’s just admit that tincanknits are pretty badass designers. There are very few designs of theirs that I don’t want to cast on immediately for. Flax and Flax Light are the same pattern just written for worsted and fingering weights respectively. I personally love these patterns because of how customizable they are – whether it’s through colour choices, switching out the garter panels for other stitch patterns, even just knitting it in different yarns can create completely different sweaters!
And the sizes! Oh the sizes! Once again, both patterns come in baby to big patterns, which makes it really irresistible not to knit one up for the whole family.