Friday, August 24, 2012

Episode 6: My Sizing

In this episode, I talk about fitting a garment. Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Episode 5: My Options

Help me decide what pattern I should pick to knit in September. Vote on the Ravelry poll!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Afghans for Afghans Knits

Cephalopod Yarns was hosting a great giveaway in the months of May and June. For anyone who donated hats, socks, or mittens were given a $32 giftcard to their shop. It was extremely generous of them!

I decided to use up some of my stash and make several little doodads for them.

Pattern: Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos from Coastal Knits (ravelled here). I need to knit so many more things from this book.
Yarn: Valley Yarns Huntington in colorway 24 Mustard, 0.76 skeins = 165.7 yds.
Made for: Afghans for Afghans.
Size: One size fits most.
Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) & US size 2 (2.75 mm)
Notions: None
Dates: 04.09.12-04.11.12
Cost: $3.22 (yarn cost) + $10 (pattern cost) = $13.22. The book cost me $30 at my LYS (quite steep compared to the retail price at other places). I have plans/yarn of knitting 2 more patterns (at least), so I'm saying each pattern is $10 for now until I  have completed the patterns I plan on making (Rocky Coast Cardigan and Bayside Pullover.)
Mods: None. I never look good in hats. Hence, the lack of face in the picture.

Pattern: Twirl by numma numma (ravelled here.) Numma numma was working on this design during the episode when the Knit Girllls went down to Atlanta for Stitches, I think. I remember falling in love with the pattern and immediately cast on after I saw the back episode. That's what I love about watching old shows--you can succumb to instant gratification more often.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Kale, 0.85 skeins = 335.8 yds. This turned out to be a much browner color than whatever was in my head. I'm such a good judge of yarn color, ya know.
Made for: Afghans for Afghans.
Size: One size fits many.
Needles: US size 1 (2.25 mm)
Notions: None
Dates: 04.19.12 - 04.27.12
Cost: $21.36 (yarn cost)
Mods: Shortened the whole thing a bit compared to the pattern. I loved the Dutch heel.

Pattern: Thorpe by Kristen Kapur (ravelled here.)
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite in colorway 2030, held double; 2 skeins = 272 yards; purchased in 2009 from Webs & Knit Picks City Tweed DK in colorway CH96 Porpoise, 0.48 skeins = 59 yards
Made for: Afghans for Afghans.
Size: One size fits large heads.
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm); Size I hook for the border.
Notions: None
Dates: 12.10.10-12.13.10
Cost: $12.98 (Noro Silk Garden Lite cost)
Mods: A few. I  had originally intended to keep the hat for myself, but I never wore it. The version of the hat that I made for my brother turned out very nicely.

Pattern: Simple hat pattern off of the top of my head (ravelled here, here, and here) and Kathleen by Jane Richmond (ravelled here).
Yarn: Valley Yarns Valley Superwash in Black, Brownie Crimson, and Natural, 1 skein each & Cascade 220 in 7827 Goldenrod, 0.75 skeins = 165 yards.
Made for: Afghans for Afghans.
Size: One size fits most.
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) for the st st hats, and US size 6 (4.0 mm) & US size 8 (5.0 mm) for Kathleen
Notions: None
Dates: 06.06.12 - 06.13.12
Cost: $16.48 (Valley Yarns yarn cost) + $5.25 (Cascade 220 yarn cost) + $4.50 (pattern cost) = $26.23
Mods: See Ravelry notes.

Overall, it felt really good to be able to knit for a good cause. And be selfish in return.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Baby Knits

If you've been following along with my blog for a little while now, you will know that I go through spurts of knitting one kind of project. As Mad May was finishing up, I was on a baby sweater kick. I was trying to use up those little 2-ball skeins of leftovers.

Pattern: Girly by Joji Locatelli (ravelled here).
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in colorway 6921 Yucca Mix, 2.64 skeins = 567.6 yds, made with leftovers from my White Pine (blogged here).

Made for: ?

Size: 4 yo
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm)
Notions: None
Dates: 03.25.12 - 04.30.12
Cost: $15.75 (yarn cost, not including the partial skein) + $6 (pattern cost) = $21.75, which is worth it for a 4 year old's sweater. The cuteness factor makes it even more worth it. I just need to find an adorable little girl to give this to.
Mods: I didn't have enough yarn to make the waist tie, but I think I am okay with that for now.

Pattern: Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates (ravelled here).
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Baltic, 1.55 skeins = 348.8 yds. This yarn was so perfect for the pattern. I loved working with it and the color was stunning.

Size: 12 months

Needles: US size 6 (4.00 mm) & US size 5 (3.75 mm)
Notions: 4 (expensive) buttons from JoAnn's.
Dates: 05.29.12-05.30.12 (Yeap-that sweater took 2 days. I was on a Mad May mission!)
Cost: $29.80 (yarn cost for 2 full skeins) + $6 (pattern cost) + $4.28 (button cost) = $40.08. That's an expensive tiny baby sweater. I love knitting these baby sweaters with gorgeous yarns, but I really should be more mindful of how much I'm spending on a sweater that the recipient can only wear for at most a few months. Why is knitting with nice yarns so expensive?
Mods: Knit body and sleeves 0.5” inches longer. Picked up an additional 4 sts on each side to compensate along the border.

Pattern: Rufus Textured Cardigan by Kristen Rengren from one of my most favorite books ever, Vintage Baby Knits (ravelled here). 
Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK in colorway 2104 Mushroom, 1.97 skeins = 567.4 yds 

Made for: Mo

Size: 12-18 months (My gauge was way off, so this turned out much larger than what it was supposed to be. Perfect for the 2 year old in mind.)
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) & US size 4 (3.50 mm)
Notions: Buttons from the stash
Dates: 05.31.12 - 06.04.12
Cost: $12 (yarn cost for 2 skeins). I'm not including the pattern cost and the notions cost because these have been in my stash for a really long time. I've used the book often already, so I felt like anything else I knit out of it is just bonus.
-Made the length up to the armholes 7.25” instead of the 6.5” indicated. I probably should have just made it 7.75”/8” long
-Made sleeves 9” before starting decreases.
-Knitting front bands along with the knitting using US size 5’s. Not bothering with having too many needles on hand.
-Knit 7 repeats of neck decreases instead of the 6 that are called for in order to get the final 2 sts the pattern states.

Yarn: Knit Picks CotLin in U043 Lantana, 2.88 skeins = 354.2 yds. This yarn has been in my stash as leftovers from my Tunic Dress

Made for: Chris Amick's daughter.

Size: 6-9 mos., but my gauge was waay off, so this more of a 12 month size.
Needles: US size 4 (3.50 mm) & US size 3 (3.25 mm)
Notions: 3 buttons from the stash
Dates: 06.04.12 - 06.06.12
Cost: $0! The yarn was in my stash for so long, I have no idea how much it really cost me. I suppose with current KnitPicks prices, it would have cost $8.97. The pattern was free, and the buttons have been in my stash forever. I have no idea where I got them.
Mods: Lengthened everything to make the sweater proportional to my gauge.

By the way, how cute are these little tags that I got made via I want to put them on everything! Shipping says it will be very slow, but I got my labels within a month of ordering. That's faster than some backorders I've had.