Friday, January 27, 2006

Latest of the Diaper Covers

I know, I know, I've made a ton of these already. So tough, you get to look at another one!

I dyed the yarn with kool-aid, and it was bright and ugly and looked like a strawberry threw up on it. Then I overdyed it with Wilton's blue, and I washed it and rinsed and rinsed and much it even started felting to itself a little bit. AND I lanolized it; that was smart because I was able to use it immediately after finishing it instead of waiting two more days for it to dry again.

And, it seems to be a bit more colorfast than the last time I tried dyeing with this method. Yay!

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Oh, and here is a better pic of the booties I had up ages ago.

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Sweater, Continued

Here it is, finished this time.

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My first seams with the beloved mattress stitch:
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My child is a boy! I swear this sweater doesn't make him look that feminine in real life!
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I couldn't leave this one out. <8^D
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Yes, that is a gamecube controller in his hand. What'd ya expect?

My New Toy

Look at it, it's so cute! I was so addicted to it for the first week that I used up all the wool that came with it before I could be bothered to pick up the this is the second run.

I get to take an actual class to learn how to spin in March. If I can just get the dyeing thing down this could really get to be a lot of fun.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

I'm a Slacker

Sorry I'm so slack. It's teething days here at la casa del Sebastian. But since you've been so good I have some pictures of one last Christmas present for you. This was a hat I made for our niece (18 months old). The name of it is Frivol hat, I've linked it below and in the sidebar.

Some progress pics...
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And the finished article.
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It looked really cute on her, but I didn't manage to get a pic of her wearing it. The pattern is Frivol Hat.

I also made a black and blue hat for my dad, at my mom's recommendation. He was just like "oh, thanks" until Mama said "she MADE that." He thought I bought it.

I also started a cotton baby sweater the day we left for Christmas. I'm completely finished with it but I want to wash it once before I get the pic. Here's what it looked like on the blocking board.

P.S. - Is it completely obvious that I've never blocked anything before and didn't really have a clue??

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With the dry, unblocked sleeves beside it.
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I used exactly one ball of this cotton denim stuff. Notice how much was left.
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Now that I have Jade Dragon hanging out, this blog will get updated a little more often! Thanks Jade!


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New Knitter on the Block

So, as you'll soon figure out, I'm not Lystessa. I'm the mother of the recipient of the acorn hat (scroll down). As part of her diabolical plot for world domination, Lystessa taught me to knit this past November and now I'm completely hooked on yarn. As penance for her dastardly deed, she invited me to join her blog. At long last, I have a post-worthy project, I am...The Jade Dragon.

A little quick bit about me: I originally wanted to knit so I could make my own diaper covers, but I've discovered that I have way too much fun playing around with different kinds of yarn. I've been knitting three months and I already have a sizeable stash...I'm on a "yarn diet" until I use up some of the yarn I inherited from my late grandmother, an avid crocheter. I am seriously considering taking up crochet as well. I have learned a few basic stitches and it feels so natural I wonder if I didn't absorb some small amount of knowledge from watching my grandmother crochet for the last twenty years. My boy is just about two months older than Lytessa's, so we get together whenever we can to share tips (she does more sharing than I do) and try to keep our boys from mauling each other while we knit.

So, on to my project. A friend's sister just had a baby, and I wanted to send a gift. I don't know them well, so I didn't want to spend a lot of money, and the baby had arrived before I got around to starting the project, so it had to be quick. I decided to pull some yarn out of my stash and use up some bits on a few pairs of socks. Sure, I'd never done socks before, but I had a book. "Quick-to-knit," it claimed. How long could a couple of pairs of baby socks take?

Too long, I found. I got about 15 rows in before I dropped a stitch between my double-points, but I decided to rip the whole thing out when I realized that the long-tail cast-on wasn't working for the top edge of the tiny sock. Picot would have been more appropriate, but before I even finished ripping out the desire to start over was gone. A couple of pairs of socks, however cute, isn't going to be appreciated as much as something really unique and cute. So I flipped open my copy of Stitch 'n Bitch Nation and One-hour baby booties, knit in bulky yarn on largish needles.

Great, I'll just go to my stash and whip out my ball of bulky white lambswool...oh, wait. The closest thing I have is this crummy acrylic my grandmother used to make dishcloths for church craft sales. You can't put that on a baby. But -- I do have some Patons Allure in Lapis...I bought it to make some slouchy fuzzy socks for myself but gave up when I couldn't keep it from sliding off my dp needles. Inspired, I cast on and had whipped up my first bootie by the time my son woke up from his nap. As the bootie took shape, I realized two things: (a) fuzzy slippers are really, really cute in baby sizes and (b) this yarn is almost exactly the same color as cookie monster. Hence, Monster Feet were born.
I'm deciding whether or not I'm going to add a cookie monster face to the toes or just leave them plain. I'm leaning toward adding the face, with little felt cut-outs. In case anyone reading this wants to make a pair, here's what I did.

I can't post the whole pattern because it's copyrighted, but if you own or can borrow a copy of Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, you've got the stitches. I used No. 10.5 needles to achieve a guage of 3 st./1", but I knit tightly so your results may vary. I used the knitted-on CO because it's difficult to pull the yarn through for the long tail method, and this worked pretty well. It's impossible to see the individual stitches once they're knitted, so instead of sewing the heel and instep with mattress stitch, I turned the toe inside-out and whipstitched, incorporating the cast-on tail when I got there. I left off the button and the crocheted strap, but you could certainly do it with the same yarn and an I hook. You can't really block these because the yarn is 100% nylon, so I just stuffed them with tissue paper and shaped them by hand. That's pretty much it.

I'll post more pictures when/if I get the faces on. You could do Cookie Monster or Grover in blue, Elmo in red, and Oscar the Grouch in Green. Or you could ditch the Sesame Street theme and do a polar bear or bunny in white (I have some white and may try this just for fun). I would also like to add that, except for the finishing, these really are a one-hour project. I did the first one while my son napped, it took me about 40 minutes to figure out the pattern (I've never done short-row shaping before). I put in a Baby Einstein for the boy to do the second one, and I was already binding off when the end credits started rolling. So if you need a cute baby gift in a hurry, there you go.