Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jaywalker Progress Report

I love the Jaywalker socks I gave to my mom so much that I'm making a pair for myself! The pattern is knitting up so fast - I already have one nearly complete. Yay!


p.s. because I'm behind on FO posts, here are what my mom's socks looked like:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

new sock yarn = new socks!

Knit Picks sent me a horrible email announcing that a ton of discontinued colors of sock yarn were on sale and blatantly reminded me that sock yarn does not count as stash. Vixens! So, of course I stocked up! Yay!

I loved the Jaywalkers that I gave my mom so much that I bought two more colors of the felici self-striping yarn to make some for myself. I love the pattern because it knits up so quickly. I started knitting on Friday and I already have probably 1/4 of a sock finished. (On the other hand, I am totally neglecting my classy socks #2 because the pattern knits up very slowly!)

Now I'd better stop blogging and go get ready for a mother's day brunch I am attending this morning, hosted by my sister not-in-law who is possibly the world's best cook. Happy day!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

FO posts!

Yay! As you may have noticed, I got two FO posts up this weekend. I'm very proud of myself. I think one of the many things that has kept me from post on the blog recently is the big backlog of FO posts I've had, so - yay for me for getting them done!

FO: Teddy Bear Blankie

I made this darling blanket for my newest niece Kadyn. I was tempted to knit a lacy heirloom blanket but I thought a more utilitarian blanket would be more fun. No one wants the lovely blanket from Auntie Pepper that you can't use and is a pain to store... forever. ("Saving it for your own baby someday.") This puppy is made from double stranded, acrylic, machine washable, soft yarn. And because I didn't spend 200 hours painstakingly knitting lace, my feelings won't be hurt if it doesn't survive to another generation.


Close up pic of the teddy bear:


yarn details
Berroco Comfort in Raspberry Sorbet (9728)
Worsted Weight
50% super fine nylon, 50% super fine acrylic
dye lots V1884 and V1584
Machine wash on gentle cycle in warm water. No bleach. Tumble dry on low heat. Do not over dry. Do not iron.
$7.00 per 100 g /210 yd ball



project details
pattern: "Teddy Bear Baby Blanket" by Barbara Breiter, available for free at http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/baby-child/merino5-bear-baby-blankt.html
dimensions: blanket 31.5'' wide and 25.5'' tall; each teddy square is 9.5'' wide and 8.5'' tall, border is 1''
needles: size 10.5, long circular needle, knit flat
yarn used: 5 balls - 1050 yards (double stranded)
time span: October 2010 - December 2010

notes
  • changed border to 5 rows of seed stitch at top and bottom and five stitches of seed stitch at the sides - meaning I cast on 106 stitches instead of 104
  • knitted with two strands held together throughout
  • I did this kind of nifty thing to help me follow along on the chart - I wrote a number in front of each stitch change to tell me how many stitches I had to knit on that part. Observe: