Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Nathan's Dino Sweater

Pattern: "Steggie by Julia Farwell-Clay"
Yarn: 3 balls of Ella Rae Classic in green (29)
about 13yds of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in tomato (red)
about 13 yds of Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted in blue (11)
needles: US 6 and 7
started: March 12, 2009
finished: March 16, 2009

When I saw this pattern in Knitty on March 11th I knew immediately I HAD to knit it for Nathan. I started contemplating yarn right away. I looked online, thought about ordering. Then I just went to the yarn store with Nathan and came home with a green he was happy with. I had blue and red in stash (Nathan decided it had to be just like the boys on knitty...). I started knitting it the next day after measuring him several times. The body worked up fast. I went to get the red and blue for the sleeves and realized I didn't have "the blue". Another trip to the yarn store. I came home with a blue and finished up the sweater. My first time with intarsia, and I must say a lot easier than I was fearing myself into thinking. 4 days for a sweater which included having to run to the yarn store for more yarn, and a day blocking so I could seam it properly. I'm pretty proud of this one. It came together very nicely and quickly. Nathan says it needs a zipper, which I'm having no luck finding local so I'll order it. no big deal to make him happy. But he also says its not a sweater but a costume. I'm pretty sure he thinks its Halloween only... but I did manage to talk him into wearing it today out and about. Several people commented on how cute it was. And then off to the knitting group to show it off. :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Another Tulip Baby Sweater

Pattern: "Tulip Baby Cardigan from Dream in Color"
Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Tesoro in white, pink, purple, and blue (its discontinued)
needles: US 5 and 7
started: Feb 24, 2009
finished: March 5, 2009

This one is for a dear friends little girl. Would have finished this faster but I ran out of blue yarn and since its discontinued took me a bit to track some down. I love this pattern. Its so cute and such a fast easy knit. I'd recommend it to anyone and will most likely knit several more up before I'm finished with it. I still love this yarn too. So sad that its discontinued. Its such a nice squishy soft superwash wool. Perfect for little baby knits.

little brother blankie

Pattern: Tender Blankie by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Peru Naturtex Partners Pakucho Organic Cotton in vicuna and natural
needles: us 7 (4.5mm)
started: February 25 2009
finished: March 1 2009
Notes: Totally can't tell that I used 2 colors but they are both there. Its washed and wonderfully soft. But I'm not 100% thrilled with it. I dont care for how I joined the yarn (I haven't found a fantastic invisable cotton join). And the seams aren't perfect. The yarn was about the best cotton I've ever worked with tho. I used a tiny bit over 6 balls to complete the blanket, which measures about 30 inches square.