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FO’s Galore, WIPs, and Sweaters

FO’s – I’ve got them! I finished a beret this weekend (I don’t think I even posted progress pictures here), I have pictures of my finished Springtime Bandit, and I’ve knit two doll dresses.

Pattern: Springtime Bandit (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: October 13, 2009
Completed: October 20, 2009
Yarn: Tilli Thomas Plie in “Midnight Borealis” (I used about 2 2/3 skeins)
Needles: US 6 bamboo circular
Notes: I added one body repeat to the shawl since I knit this with smaller yarn/needles then the pattern called for. Still made it a decent size and you could really add as many body repeats as you want without messing up the last chart (as long as you knit a full repeat of the body).

Springtime Bandit
Springtime Bandit

Springtime Bandit
Springtime Bandit, detail

309/365: Me and the Bandit
How I usually wear it.

I finished up this beret on Saturday. It’s the first beret I’ve knit and first hat I’ve knit for myself that I think I’ll actually wear.

Pattern: Periwinkle Beret (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: October 29, 2009
Completed: November 7, 2009
Yarn: Oasis Farm Fiber Mill Angora/Silk/Merino (I think this yarn is 170 yards)
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) Knit Picks DPN’s and US 2.5 (3.00 mm) Addi circular and Knit Picks DPN’s
Notes: I purchased this yarn at Rhinebeck and I can’t remember what the percentage fiber content or yardage is. I believe the yardage is around 170 yards per skein and I didn’t use up a full skein on this hat (pattern calls for 200 yards DK/Sport weight). I will say to trust the pattern for the tubular cast-on. I couldn’t figure out how it would work, but I trusted the pattern, did what it said, and I really like how the edging turned out. I will definitely make another beret with this pattern sometime! (Pictures are all pre-blocked, it’s currently drying.)

My Beret
My new beret!

My Beret
Side view.

My Beret
Back view.

Last week, I knit Olive a dress. I used some left over yarn from my Secret Garden shawl (Unique Sheep, Green Sheep Fingering in the “Hearts on Fire” colorway) and the Lati Yellow Dress pattern. I modified the pattern to fit my Dal (Olive) by adding 4 rows after the sleeve bind off, then joined it in the round to work the increases then skirt portion. I added a piece of yarn to tie a bow around where the increases are to add some waist shaping. The edge of the skirt rolled a bit, so I blocked it which helped a lot. I closed it in the back with a snap, but next time I think I’ll do buttons instead. It gave me a good idea of how to knit clothing for my dolls and I think I’ll be able to use what I learned to knit clothing for them in the future (since there aren’t a lot of knit patterns out there). My Ravelry project page can be found here.

"Do you like my new dress?"
Olive shows off her new dress.

I didn’t get a picture of the back of Olive’s dress, but it looks similar to Penelope’s (see below).

Friday, I started what was going to be a top for Olive, but turned out to be a dress for Penelope. I made this pattern up as I went. I wrote down what I did and I want to make another one, but with more waist shaping, then I’ll probably put the pattern up on Ravelry. I did two button holes on this one (instead of snaps), but I haven’t sewn on buttons yet, so I’m not sure how I like those results over snaps. Here’s Penelope modeling the dress pre-blocking. I did block the dress to hopefully spread out the skirt some. We’ll see how that turns out once it dries. My Ravelry project page can be found here.

Penelope's Knit Dress
Penelope shows off her new dress, pre-blocking.

Penelope's Knit Dress
Here’s what the back looks like, pre-blocking.

Since I finished up the beret, I started on some Christmas knits, which I can’t share until after Christmas, just in case the intended recipients don’t see it. Aside from that stuff, I’m working on a pair of socks and a shawl for myself.

The shawl I’m working on is Mulomah in Little Red Bicycle’s Cupcake Sock (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) in “Princess Whatever.” I think I’m in love with this yarn. It’s great to work with and I definitely want to get another skein to knit socks out of sometime.

Multnomah
Beginnings of Multnomah.

The sock I’m working on is a plain striped top-down sock. I’m using Vesper in “Spooky.” I know I’m a little late for Halloween, but I did start them the week before Halloween and I still plan on wearing them regardless of if it’s Halloween or not! 😛 I’m actually getting close to the heel of the sock, though I don’t have an updated picture of it.

305/365: Halloween Sock
Spooooooky sock!

I do have the Featherweight Cardigan on the needles, but I’m kind of board with it and thinking about ripping it back to do the increases differently, so it’s been put aside for now. I’m considering casting on for a different sweater since that one is on hold. I can’t decide if I should wait until my Christmas knitting is done or just start it now. I also can’t decide on which sweater to start! The three I’m wanting to knit are: Little Birds Cardigan, Climbing Vines Pullover, and Cottage Garden. I also have yarn I want to knit the February Lady Sweater with, but I’m planning on doing that for the Ravelympics in February. Thoughts anyone?

Off to a fairly good start this week. It’s only a 4 day work week, there will be sushi on Wednesday, and a game day on Saturday. Hope your week is a good one!

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

4 thoughts on “FO’s Galore, WIPs, and Sweaters

  1. What a busy bee! Then again, I completely understand. You and I always have about 3 projects within arm’s length.

    Your bandit looks AND FEELS fantastic. you should be very proud of yourself.

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