Thursday, March 29, 2012

Commisoned Bay Hat Set #2

Today I:
  • Stayed home from work with a sick toddler.Such is life!
  • Aren't feeling so hot, myself. 
Baby Hat Set #2
This is the set of three hat/scarf sets I made via an etsy shop commission. This one is for a one year old girl, in 100% wool, with matching embroidery on the hat and scarf. I used Paton's Classic Wool.
Hat and scarf together

Close-up of hat
Close-up of scarf

The remaining hat/scarf set was for a three year old boy, and is of a slightly different style. I really liked how it turned out, so I am likely to write up a pattern for it once I do what I consider my final version. :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Comissioned Baby Hat Sets

Today I:
  • slurped a little kefir and then grabbed a coffee by work and ate the rest of V's breakfast sandwich;
  • ate a cookie;
  • had a pre-lunch turkey sandwich;
  • am still hungry. Go figure!
Around Thanksgiving I was commissioned via my etsy shop to make three sets of baby/toddler beanie and scarves. Here is the result:

Set #1:
For a one year old girl. Yellow 100% wool beanie and scarf with hand embroidery. It was really difficult to find an economical but good 100% wool yellow yarn quickly, but a vigilant search yielded a single ply wool that is relatively soft after washing.
It really is this yellow!

Hand embroidered flower

Note hand embroidered flower that matches hat embroidery
Tomorrow: Set #2.

Monday, March 26, 2012


Here's a better picture of the garter stitch WWI Scarf I finished this weekend:
I've always found it interesting that garter stitch was so popular near the beginning of the 20th century. It's easy to see why - when knitting flat, you just knit the whole way, it is one of the simplest stitch patterns possible. However, it uses a lot of yarn and it can get very, very monotonous... yet it remained popular.

Bed Socks
I'm reviving a UFO that I started back when I was pregnant, a pair of Bed Socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Sicks in a purple variegated alpaca sock yarn.
I'm knitting them for my Grandma, who has been hinting for a while now about wanting another pair of hand knit socks. I'm using my new resolve to reduce stash by knitting it up to finally get these socks back on the needles and then out the door.

I had, of course, forgotten since I last knit a pair of these socks that there is an annoying *yo, k3tog, yo...* that happens every four rows. K3tog is NOT FUN. Especially not with splitty yarn. But I will perservere through pig-headedness once again!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

WWI Scarf

Recently I've been delving a bit more into historical knitting and found a free online e-book about knitting for soldiers during WWI called "Knitting and Sewing: How to Make Seventy Useful Articles for Men in the Army and Navy" by Maud Churchill Nicoll (1918) (Ravelry link; direct link to ebook pdf.)

I've started with the "scarf", pg. 43.
The scarf drying on my newly scrubbed bathroom floor
The scarf is extremely simple - garter stitch all the way - with an option for using fingering weight yarn, or a dk/sport weight yarn. Not feeling like making it a HUGE commitment, I opted for dk weight, esp. since I found a good yarn for a reasonable price at my LYS.

Since the stitch and styling is so generic, I strove to make it more authentic by trying to achieve proper gauge and, more importantly, using a plausible yarn. This pattern called for "Thibetan Llama Wool", so I opted for using llama. I've never sought out llama yarn before, and an internet search was kind of depressing me, but then I lucked out. My LYS had some Plymouth Yarn Co. Dye For Me Baby Llama DK in the basement. (It only took two skeins to make this scarf, which is about 636 yds (542 meters)... you know how garter stitch really eats up the yarn!) The pattern calls for using either khaki, navy, or a natural color, and this being undyed yarn, it's "natural" color as far as I'm concerned. I'm not sure if there's a massive difference between baby llama and adult llama wool, but baby llama basically feels and works like alpaca. The pattern said it would make a soft scarf, and it certainly is, so good enough.

There wasn't a lot of variation to entertain me with this scarf - no color changes, or stitch patterns, so I essentially got through this project on willpower and pig-headedness, which I fortunately have in abundance. (Well, at least as far as the pig-headedness is concerned.) According to my rough calculations (CO 52 sts, 50 ridges = 12 inches, 1 ridge = 2 rows, total scarf length = 72 inches) I knit 31,200 sts. I believe a sweater is something around 50,000. So, this project is not quite quickie mittens, nor a sweater, but something in-between.