Thursday, September 4, 2014

Baby Cardigan, Easy as 1,2...3!

I once said I would never make baby stuff....never in a million years. I never even made any baby stuff for my son who is now a 23 year old eating machine. My mother-in-law made him baby stuff. Later on in my son's growing life I made him an afghan and perhaps again I'll make him another afghan.....

Until a few weeks ago I was texting with my British sister-in-law, now American citizen about her sister in the UK now pregnant with her first child. My sister-in-law is relatively new to knitting and has made her a blanket. My inner voice said, 'make that newborn something!' Huh? Me? So I asked my sister-in-law if it was ok if I knit something up for the lad (yes, it's going to be a boy due the end of October), and so here is my blog entry of the pattern 'In Threes'.

I overheard someone at my local yarn shop recommend this pattern because it is so easy and knits up quickly...they weren't kidding. In Threes pattern is available on Ravelry. The link to the pattern is here: In Threes: A Baby Cardigan

Since this baby gift is going to an English lad, I had to accompany my knitting with some classic British chocolate!

The cardigan is a top down construction without seams....good grief, how much easier could this get? The yarn is Cascade 220 worsted weight in brown heather. One skein was just enough to make this garment. You can use any smooth worsted weight yarn to make this.
As you can see, the progress went quickly. 

Then the stitch markers went in to indicate where the sleeves will be placed.

A few rows later, the sleeves began to take shape.

The finished cardi! I decided to embroider some color in for interest. The embroidery was not in the pattern, I thought a plain brown cardigan just looked too boring. 

There it is....if I get any pictures of the baby wearing this, I'll post it here. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Colour Quest with Zauberball Crazy

Beautiful morning and a beautiful holiday weekend. I decided to sit on my back porch with my Mama Mocha's coffee and knit up some hats for this fall's Kentuck Art Show coming up quickly. This is Schoppel Zauberball Crazy fingering weight yarn and is available in a wide array of colors. The finished toque on the right shows quite the array of color progression that did not repeat.

If you plan on making a pair of socks from this yarn, be prepared to not achieve color symmetry from one ball. You may have to buy a second ball to do this, which will lead to a pricey pair of socks. Thus, knitting a hat or shawlette would be a better option. Below is a close up of the color progression.

Pretty colors! 

The Alabama summer sun cut short my morning on the back porch and the hummingbirds were chattering at me as I was too close to their nectar feeder. So I had to retreat back into the house. 

Have a beautiful day and enjoy the world around you.