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It was meant to be August 2, 2012

Filed under: FO,knitting,me — Emily @ 8:49 am
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Have you ever had a project that went so smoothly from start to finish?  I was fated to have this vest!  First of all, I had a suitable yarn in my stash, in just the right amount.  The magazine was the last one at the grocery store.  My admittedly meager swatch showed I had the right gauge with the first needles I tried.  I cast on 120 stitches only once and ended up with a tail in just the right amount.  Even the mistakes I made were able to be fixed easily, and I didn’t have to rip anything out!



Pattern: Planche Vest by Meghan Jones, Interweave Knits Summer 2012
Yarn: Araucania Pomaire Solid in Melon, 2.63 skeins
Needles: US 7 and 9 Harmony Interchangeables
Started: July 14th, 2012
Finished: July 31, 2012
Mods: The only adjustment I made was to not have quite so many knit stitches around the keyhole in the back. I tried what the pattern told me to do but I thought it was too thick.  And if I were to knit it again, instead of using the pattern’s directions for the applied I-cord, I’d just pick up the stitches as I went around.  I thought this way was a little too fussy, having to move the stitches back to the left hand needle each time.


Front view

The vest did sag a bit after wearing it all day (which is when the pictures were taken), but I’m still perfectly happy with it. I received so many compliments, two requests for one, and one request to teach someone to knit.



And Hubby loves it too. I wonder why?



He even agreed to take pictures for me! (Love my sunburn?)



For some reason he thought it was important to get a shot of the side of the vest. So this is the part that goes under my arm.



Raise the roof! Another successful project!



Everybody’s smiling.


While we wait for pictures to be uploaded…. August 1, 2012

Filed under: knitting,patterns — Emily @ 1:03 am

I have finished something else.  (I know, twice in the same month!  I really was motivated to get the finished product with this one.)  I’ll get the pictures uploaded soon, but until then, I’ve been having fun searching the patterns in Ravelry.  You may notice a theme….

Mashen’ka – this little dress is right up both of my girls’ alleys.  The contrast color really makes it.

Phoebe’s Party Dress – Tres Adorbs.  Too bad the book is so hard to find, because this is perfect.

Maxi Top/Dress – Lots of Ravellers can’t be wrong.  This is a very popular girl’s dress pattern.

Flora Dress – The pattern pictures are a little misleading, but if you look at other finished products you can see how great this looks with the right yarn.

Sweet Bluebells – This would be totally cute as a top.

Shades of Summer Dress – Another adorable dress.  A lot of these dress patterns seem to be similarish.

Anthro Inspired Scarflet – I threw this one in here to confuse you.  Actually, I like it and could see it for Ladybug, who doesn’t like scarves that get really tight around her neck.

Paint Me a Sweater – Very trendy dolman sleeved fall sweater.  Ladybug and Pigeon would both love it.  One in purple, one in pink.

Tabitha – I’m always on the lookout for things to do with leftovers!  Plus, we’re a cat household.

Wonder Wave – A very useful looking short sleeved sweater that comes in a great range of sizes.  I like that it’s not just stockinette.

Hello Kitty Hat – I’ll probably knit this one soon.  Ladybug is exactly the right age for it.

Daisy Chain – The embroidery makes this little cardigan.  Not sure if I’ll ever make it specifically, but might look to the embroidery directions for a future project.  (I like it in 1 color like the project picture.)

Houndstooth Check Mittens – I love my Chevalier mittens, but stranded mittens would be even warmer….

Twirly Girly Skirt – The name says it all.  (Actually, would be nice if it had larger sizes, but it would be easy to size up.)

Ramona Racerback Tank – Not so girly, but I really like the style of it.  Can be dressed up or down.  It seems like this Knitting in the Sun book might have some good patterns!


All your pink are belong to us July 16, 2012

Filed under: FO,knitting,Pigeon — Emily @ 9:17 am
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Another post, AND another finished object.  Meet Dot* the Dress Up Box Monster.

Dot owns this bed, and all the tinkerbells on it.

Pattern: Dot, the Dress Up Box Monster from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease, MC Azalea, CC Berry
Needles: US 4 DPNs and Harmony interchangeables
Started: I don’t remember, but not long ago – Sometime in July
Finished: July 14th, 2012
Notions: stuffing from big bag o’ stuffing, 15mm safety eyes.
Mods: I misread the decreases, so there’s a little biasing around Dot’s* lower belly. I realized my mistake but decided it wasn’t worth it to rip out, so I did a little reverse biasing until I was back to center. I left out the belly button and mouth; Pigeon doesn’t miss them at all, and Dot* has enough character without them.

Speaking of Pidge, here she is snuggling with Dot. My baby turned 4 this year!


See this project’s Rav page for more pictures!

*Dot is her name until she receives a new one.


Two FOs are better than one July 7, 2012

Filed under: FO,knitting — Emily @ 8:15 pm
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I didn’t mean to vanish like that, but life keeps intruding into the blogging time.  I did keep knitting, though.  I don’t have a lot to show for it; I was working on a pair of baby pants that just didn’t work out (mainly because I wasn’t going to have enough yarn, but can I be blamed for that?  Yes, yes I can.)  I started them at the end of April, right after Sahara was finished.  I didn’t decide to euthanize them until the second week of May.

I guess I can show you a picture of them.


The idea was cute, right? Oh well.  (You see the needles placed so that I can rip out all the leg above the cuff?  Well, that was just the first time I ripped it out.  It just wasn’t a pleasant project for me.)

But you didn’t come here for dismantled pants, did you. No, the title claims there will be 2 finished objects, and 2 finished objects you shall have!

Pattern: Garter stitch scarf from inside the ball band
Yarn: Yarn Bee Chrysalis in color “Red Rim”
Needles: US 8, but it really doesn’t matter
Started: May 14ish, 2012
Finished: May 24ish, 2012

I had a 40% off coupon to Hobby Lobby.  These novelty yarn scarfs are all out there, so I thought it would be fun.  It was simple and a nice diversion after the failed pants.  I’m not sure that this scarf is for me; it’s kind of screaming “GIVE ME TO YOUR MOTHER!”  I may force it to stay around until Winter, though, to see how it looks with my coat.

Pattern: Duck Feet (free Rav download)
Yarn: Knitpicks Essential in Pumpkin, left over from My Very First Socks Ever
Needles: US 1, 2.5mm
Started: May 25ish, 2012
Finished: June 21st, 2012

These are hard to photograph without a baby to put their feet in them.  Sleeping Beauty tried her best, but her feet are too small and dainty.


I hope the recipient in Germany likes them – baby is due this month, and finally today I got everything all boxed up and ready to ship.  If baby doesn’t wait until the box arrives, all will be well.  Most of the package is more suited for the fall; there won’t be anything he will outgrow before it arrives.


Not Suitable for the Desert May 15, 2012

Filed under: FO,knitting — Emily @ 10:36 pm
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It’s done!  It’s done!  (It’s been done for a couple weeks!)


Pattern: Sahara
Yarn: Cascade 200
Needles: US 6 and US 4 (for ribbing)
Started: February 4, 2012
Finished: April 26, 2012
Mods: The sleeves, silly. Also, I added a couple of short rows at the boobs, to add just a touch of length.

I think I’m a little too boobtacular.

Pondering, what next? Should I rip out the ill-fated baby pants that are driving me insane?


Arm number 3 April 14, 2012

Filed under: knitting,WIP — Emily @ 6:32 pm
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Ding ding ding!  We have a winner!

I know, crappy self-shot Android picture

It’s just what I always wanted.  Now I just need to knit the second fourth one.


Arm Number Two April 8, 2012

Filed under: knitting,WIP — Emily @ 5:50 pm
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So, for arm #2, I used the directions for the size Large sleeve cap.  It actually matched the number of stitches I picked up (OK fine, I picked up 83 and it called for 82 stitches.  So decrease 1, whatevs.)  I had read someones note on Ravelry stating that they just continued decreasing every 7 rows for a normal sleeve, so that’s what I did.  Here’s what it looked like:


Want to see that closer?


The sleeve was nearly twice as big as it needed to be at the wrist.  Does it look like it got smaller at all?


I have applied some knitterly maths, and will be decreasing 2 stitches every 4th row.  Third times the charm, right?