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FPF (Finished Project Friday) 12/02/2011

Holy s**t crap, how is it already December? Apparently time flies when you’re an adult.

So for my second Finished Project Friday post, I will keep it brief. I finished Max’s hat for his first birthday!

All done!

Thanks to Vashte from MakeOne (@makeone on Twitter) for another great pattern.

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The baby blanket

I decided to sit down today and rip the stitches out of the blanket and start over. If you missed the last post, I managed to sew the knitting and material together so that the right side of the fabric was showing but the wrong side of the knitting. Just can’t keep those beautiful cables on the inside.

This pattern is for MakeOne’s chunky baby blanket, but made with bulky yarn (for the next baby that comes along to friends, I will adjust the pattern a bit for a better knit). Vashte creates some beautiful patterns that I have loved using. If you’re not following her on twitter, you should now @make1inc.

Without me blabbing on more, here are a few pictures (all can be seen here):

Finished baby blanket with fabric side up and baby pillow

Rolled up and ready to go

P.S. I think cable knit has become one of my favorite knit patterns 🙂

Great at knitting…suck at sewing

So this week I’ve kind of taken a break from knitting a bit. Not that I don’t still enjoy it, I just wanted to spend some time reading and programming (my profession that I am also quite decent at and really enjoy).

The break started last Sunday. I finished knitting the baby blanket last Saturday and despite turning out a bit smaller than intended, it still looked great (I’ll adjust the pattern for bulky yarn if I ever decide to do it again [not because of the knitting, read on to see why]). I was a little bored Monday evening and decided to pin together the blanket so that I could sew it together.

If you’ve read the post about the baby pillows, you can see that I got an awesome knit and colorway and I couldn’t have found a more perfect fabric to match. The pillows were easy: sew together 3.5 sides, stuff, whip stitch closed by hand.

Now, if you’ve been following my progress on this blog, it’s not hard to tell that I’ve picked it up pretty quickly and can create rather nice looking knit items. In the form of a MasterCard commercial:

  • Knitting the knit part – easy
  • Pinning together – took 3 tries
  • Sewing – attempt number 6 and still not right

Getting it sewn together and realizing the you pinned the knit part in wrong so that when you pull it inside out the wrong side is showing…priceless. Well, maybe not priceless, I think my already thin hair has become thinner.

So tomorrow (or Sunday), I will rip the seams out and go for another attempt and hopefully get it right. I will have this blanket done and looking great in time for next Sunday afternoon.

Despite my love for this pattern, I think may stick to pillows and knit wear that doesn’t require sewing for a while and get some more practice at sewing. I love the MakeOne pillow pattern and definitely can see more baby gifts in the future when those I know have babies.

Finished! Mom’s scarf

After needing a break from doing stuff around the house, I decided to add the tassels to my Mom’s scarf and finish it up. I wasn’t sure at first, but once I got them added, the combination of the tassels and the pattern really made the scarf.

I would definitely use this pattern again and I’m planning on putting it up on Ravelry (I’ll post the link when I do). I might be making a scarf for a friend and I’m thinking about using this pattern as a base. The yarn is KnitPick’s Wool of the Andes Tonals in Nevermore (possibly Swish tonals if she wants it to be washable) and is worsted weight. Since I used bulky for this pattern, I’d have to add stitches for the worsted weight and think I know exactly what I’d do.

And now the part you’ve been waiting (possibly impatiently) for, the pictures!

The finished product. It's show against a dark background here, but it could easily fit in just as well with light clothing.

This photo is a close up to show the pattern of the knit. If you look closely (probably easier to see on the picture of the full scarf), you can see that the colors also make a zig-zag pattern down the scarf.

I took this photo so you can see how the pattern runs to the end and how the tassels look a bit closer up.

Mom’s scarf: better pic

As promised, here is a better photo of the single cable scarf that I’m working on for my Mom. It’s roughly 6 feet long right now. I’m not 100% sure how much longer it will have to be (at least another foot and a half in order to be usable). I’m also debating on whether or not to add tassels to it when it’s done. I’ll have to see how it looks after it is blocked and decide then.

I’ll have another post soon, but for now, here is the better pic:

Much better picture of the scarf taken in the afternoon with good natural light

Single Cable Scarf for Mom

One of my current projects is a scarf I’m making for my Mom as a gift for the holidays. Yes, I know that the holidays are a long way off, but I plan on making lots of gifts this year because I want to do and give something useful and fun.

I got parts of the idea for the pattern from a pillow pattern I was working on and kind of came up with the rest on my own. It has a cable running down the middle with a wider rib on either side and 6 stitches along the edges. The pattern is a set of 8 rows that just gets repeated for as long as you want the scarf to be. So far it’s turning out really well, but I am definitely going to have to block it like crazy.

I’m using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky Hand Dyed Yarn in Uptown. I’m pretty new to knitting and found KnitPicks and so far I really love their yarn. It’s soft and knits really well. Plus, the colorway (despite my crappy pictures below) is beautiful. Despite being variegated, the mix of colors actually really helps to bring out the pattern.

Please excuse the crappy quality of my photos. I have the bad habit of using my iPhone’s camera in crappy light.

The scarf with 2 sets of stitches done.

It may not look it in this pictures, but it's actually about 4 feet long now. It's really going to need to be blocked when it's finished.

I will definitely post more (and hopefully better) pictures when the scarf is done. I’ll definitely try to do a picture of the same section both before and after it is blocked to show the difference.

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