Friday, March 28, 2014

A bit of knitting.

I feel like all of my posts on the blog lately have been either book or film related. That's not a bad thing exactly, because books and movies are two of my favorite things. :) I just feel like it's been forever since I've had any sewing or knitting projects to share!
 
I have been making things this month. And last month. I started sewing checkbook covers for the shop (plus some new wallets), knit my dad a pair of socks for his birthday, sewed myself another Renfrew t-shirt (which I will hopefully get pictures of soon), and sewed a skirt for someone else.
 
But the only thing I actually have pictures of to share so far is a knitted set I made for a new baby in the family! My cousin Amy and her husband have an adorable new baby girl, so here's what I made for her...
 

First up is a bonnet from this pattern. This was my first time knitting this pattern, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out! It does have a sweet, vintagey look, I think. The only changes I made were to join in the round for the back, so I didn't have to seam it up (I hate seaming in knitting) and to attach an I-cord tie instead of the button band (I used this tutorial). After a lot of fiddling at first with the attached I-cord to figure out how to pick up stitches so it would look neat, it was pretty simple and I'm happy with how it turned out.
 
 
A swirl hat. I made one of these for my niece Stella, but she's since outgrown it. I made this one in a bigger size than the bonnet, so it would fit later on, too. This is a nice little pattern that looks really cute on babies but not so cute flat...it always looks crinkly when you try to get pictures. :)
 

A pair of baby mitts...


And now for my favorites...the little baby boots (or Baby Uggs, according to the pattern). I've made two pairs of baby booties before, and they were little Mary Jane type ones. I wanted to try something new, and I absolutely fell in love with these little boots.

It took me a while to wrap my head around how exactly they were going to come together...because they're knit flat and seamed up, but the way the shaping works, they sort of start looking a little 3D before you seam them. It's a really unusual construction, but hey, it works! I think they're just adorable. :)


And just to show you an update of what I've been knitting on exclusively* since March 1st:

*Exclusively except for a few evenings of spinning when I really just needed a break from this project.


Sorry for the really bad picture, but this is the most recent one I have. My Lady Marple sweater is coming along nicely! So far all of the parts that I thought were going to be super difficult (for me, anyway) ended up not being pretty simple. This sweater is actually fitting me, which is an awesome feeling since my last one was so big! I took this picture about a week ago, and since then I've completed one sleeve and started the second one. After that, the neckband and the button bands are all I have left! :)

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful! The baby ones are so sweet, and the sweater you are knitting is gorgeous (love the color!).

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    1. Thank you! :) I think I may have been subconsciously influenced by Call the Midwife when it came to my color choice...

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  2. You do beautiful work! The baby items are adorable! I have just started learning to knit and its not as easy as it seems. I hope one day I can be as good as you :)

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    1. Thanks! Knitting didn't come easy to me, either. I've been knitting for two and a half years now, and I feel like it's just now becoming a bit more intuitive for me and I'm finally figuring out how exactly it works. :)

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    1. Thanks! Yours is, too! (Love the updated picture on Ravelry.) I can't wait to see your finished sweater. :)

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  4. Thank you so much for all of the knitted goodies! They make for quite an adorable little girl when they are all on! The bonnet is just perfect since its shape keeps it out of her eyes, and its ties keep it on despite her wiggling. The booties are wonderful as well. They keep her feet nice and toasty on our walks. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them and that she's getting use out of them! :) I had never made the bonnet pattern before, so I wasn't sure how the sizing worked. I was hoping it wouldn't be too small for her to wear this spring! :)

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