Monthly Archives: September 2010

Finished Vest

I finished my vest last night! It fits Molly perfectly! I still have a teensy bit of the yarn left, but that’s better than not having enough yarn!

Pattern: Very Easy Pullover for American Girl Dolls or 18″ Dolls

Yarn: Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight, colorway Amethyst, I think

Needles: size 4 dpns (knit flat on dpns, sleeve ribbing knit in the round)

Modifications:

I knit the front and back separately so the stripes in the sock yarn wouldn’t become really narrow. To do this I cast on 44 instead of 86 or whatever the regular amount was.

On the last row of ribbing I increased 4 stitches evenly, instead of 6 because I was only doing it one side at a time.

For the front I used the cable pattern supplied in the pattern, and my cable rows were k19, p2, k6, p2, k19 because I had a different stitch count than the pattern.

I knitted for 3 inches, and then I bound off 2 stitches on each of the next 2 rows for a little bit of armhole shaping. This helped in seaming later because I knew where to stop seaming.

Then when I was nearly finished with it I picked up 32 stitches in each armhole and did 3 rounds of ribbing and bound off. The rest of the vest was the same as the pattern.

In other news, I have a new stash photo to show you.

This is in comparison to the stash photo my sister took a few months ago. This was taken on the day I began my Sock Yarn Blanket – June 16.

emily's stash

There’s quite the difference, isn’t there? Here’s my current stash without the new Cascade 220.

My new project is a 5 hour baby sweater, which I thought was going well until I realized I purled the 3 border stitches instead of knitting them on the FIFTH row! I was on row 12 or 13 at least at this point. Ugh! Oh well. I frogged it and will spend my day working on that.

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Doll Vest and new yarn!

I’m almost done with the doll vest! All I have left to do is knit the ribbing in the other armhole, weave in ends, and find three cute little buttons for the left shoulder and sew them on. I tried it on my doll this afternoon and it fits her!

I seamed it last night at my knit night. I’ll post my modifications and notes tomorrow when it is finished.

I bought 6 skeins of Cascade 220 last night in the color 8400 for my Central Park Hoodie! This is the first time I’ve bought yarn since July, when I bought a cone of Peaches N Cream. I’ve been trying to use up my yarn, but this was an exception. I’m really excited to start but I need to swatch first and I also can’t start it until October 1st because it’ll be the new 4-H year then. 😀 I’m eager to start this because I really want a nice cozy wool hoodie (except I’m doing a collar instead of the hood).

In the meantime, I’m going to make this baby sweater: Five Hour Baby Sweater with brown and pink Caron Simply Soft.

Apparently I’m on a sweater kick right now. haha!

Central park hoodie

I bought the pattern yesterday for the Central Park Hoodie! I’m going to buy yarn at my knit night on Thursday but I can’t start it until October 1st because that’s the start of the new 4-H year, and if I want to show it at the fair next year, it has to be completed during the 2010-2011 4-H year which is October 1st to September 30th. I’m going to use Cascade 220. This is made easier by the fact that my sister and I puppysat some puppies in August and got paid, or otherwise I would have no yarn money. I’m really excited to start it though! Maybe after I buy the yarn I’ll spend the next week swatching.

The sweater I’m making for my American Girl doll is going swimmingly! I finished the front (I’m doing them separately so the stripes the yarn makes aren’t so narrow) and am a few rows into the back. I made a few modifications so far. One was to bind off a couple stitches on each side to create a little armhole shaping. I thought this would work better because I wanted to put a little bit of ribbing on the armhole (it’s going to be a vest, so no sleeves). I really like how it looks so far. It’s too dark in my house now to take pictures but there will definitely be pictures tomorrow. 🙂

Also, I have a partial skein of brown Caron Simply Soft which is going to become a little sweater for my church for Lutheran World Relief. I’m pretty sure it won’t be enough for a whole baby sweater, but that’s okay because we have a almost whole skein of pink Caron Simply Soft. I’ll make stripes. 🙂

And all this time that I just spent writing this post should have been spent doing my algebra homework. Guess I’ll do it now. Bye!

Finished Bunny Nugget

Here he is. I took a finished picture of him today! He is sitting on my (dusty) monitor (which is on the front page of Ravelry!)

Also, I am going to try to use up my purple/grey sock yarn. I can never remember the name of it. Okay, looked it up on Ravelry. Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight.

I am making my American Girl doll (Molly) the Very Easy Pullover, but with no sleeves. It will be a sweater vest. Also, since I’m using self-striping (kind of) sock yarn, I’m making the front and back separately. Also, if it looks good, I might put a teensy bit of ribbing on the armholes to make it look more sweater-vesty. Then all I have to do is locate the blouse that came with her school outfit that I got a long time ago for Christmas and she will have an outfit and I’ll have a smaller ball of yarn! I am including the cable on the front as well.

By the way, it’s a good thing I don’t buy things on Etsy ever. There are so many cute clothes for American Girl dolls on Etsy that are WAY cheaper than the real American Girl clothes that cost like $25 for one outift. Anyway… I don’t play with Molly, I just knit clothes for her. 😉

Some more FOs!

I found my camera. It was sitting there, in plain view, on the floor in my room.

Pattern: Monteagle Bag from Mason Dixon Knitting: Outside the Lines

Needles: Size 10 16″ circular (and dpns in the beginning) for the body and size 8 dpns for the strap (knit straight, I just used dpns because there were only 14 stitches).

Yarn: Peaches N Cream Solid, colorway Apple Green

This is before I stretched it out with things. The stitches from the veil stitch row are taller now because I was fiddling with them. I really like this bag and it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I would definitely make this again! One tip though, if you are going to make this you have to make sure you knit it loosely, or otherwise the double wraps get too tight to move around the circular needle. My favorite stitch on here is the horizontal stitch because it was really neat-looking. I used the seamless way to start it out, which I linked in the previous previous post. 🙂

Behold, the Bunny Nugget who can see!

See, I found my camera after the sun set so I had to take a crappy picture in my room. A better picture will come tomorrow.

Pattern: Bunny Nugget

Needles: Size 4 dpns

Yarn: Berroco Peruvia (green), Lion Brand Wool (dark blue), Cascade 220 (purple, light blue)

I really like the Bunny Nugget! He is so cute! I didn’t like sewing on buttons onto a tiny tube. It was a bit fiddly, but worth it. I love the buttons for eyes! Also, I love how his antenna flops down a little.

Fair pictures

I was going to post about my finished Bunny Nugget and my Monteagle Bag but I seem to have temporarily misplaced my camera so that will happen later. I’ve got some pictures from the fair that my sister posted on Facebook and I’ll post them here.

Waiting to go into the ring. I was the only one in my class! (HHG Advanced Showmanship)

Trotting.

Walking towards the judge. I was having issues so she wasn’t completely straight which contributed to my red ribbon.

Here I am trying to get Missy to stand square.

It wasn’t as good as last year when I was showing my coach’s other horse, DC, and I got a first blue in HHG Beginner Showmanship, but it was still fun to show at the fair. There’s always next year, too, since I am doing 4-H next year.

Let’s hope I find my camera soon! I’m running out of daylight to take pictures with!

Lots of knitting

I’ve been knitting a lot lately. I even had to pack up all my knitting stuff and put it away so I would do my homework. Out of sight, out of mind.

I finished my Tadpole socks last Friday!

Pattern: Tadpole (ravelry link)

Needles: Size 1.5 dpns

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Stripe, colorway Lucky Stripe. I had 2 whole skeins which are each small balls now.

They were really easy except I kept screwing up near the end and having to rip it back a little. I love them! They fit perfectly.

Then I started a Bunny Nugget. He’s a little visually impaired at this moment, and he doesn’t have any guts. But he’s still cute. (In other words, I misplaced the little purple button that was going to be his other eye.)

By making the Bunny Nugget, I used up my purple Cascade 220, and light blue Cascade 220. 🙂

Then I kept wanting to make a shawl-type thing out my mostly-whole skein of Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro but I kept getting nervous I would run out of yarn partway through. So then I came across the Mustard scarf which I really liked.

Pattern: Mustard

Needles: Size 11 straights

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro

It’s 29 inches long by 7 inches wide. At my knit night yesterday I bought a button to sew onto it. It’s not sewn on yet though. 😉

Right now I am working on the Monteagle Bag from the second Mason Dixon Knitting book.

It was much easier than I thought it would be. All I have left to do is the strap. I used this way to make it seamless which was fiddly at first but will save me time in the end (I think).