"Think you can't change the world? Too late, you already have. It was changed for the better the minute you were born. There are more people than you can imagine who will never be the same because they came in contact with you, if only for a fleeting moment." ~Gail Purcell

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Knitter's Dilemma


I am working on my baby striped blanket with varying degrees of frustration. I put in a lifeline in a couple of different places since when I rip out I lose my stitches and end up ripping out more than I need to.
I also found a dropped stitch way back here.... but no "ladder" above it. So I am not sure what I did....

I have stretched it this way and that to see if it will unravel upwards, but it doesn't. So for now I have tied it off and I will see what happens.... after researching online I guess I can just secure it in place. Will keep an eye on it for now.

I also changed my mind on the order of my colors and opted to do the green next, followed by a cream color and finishing with a darker blue. Not sure how I like this.... My yellow ended up darker than I had thought and now with the green..... may end up ripping that out too.




Of course only I would knit a wool blanket in the summertime. HAHA.






Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stripes Blanket Update

Been busy with the last few weeks of school so haven't worked on this too much. PLUS I dropped several stitches and still have not quite mastered fixing them, so had to rip out some of the yellow.

The blue section is about 5" before I started the striping and overall it is about 40" wide. Hope to make this crib size-ish.  I love the Knit Picks Swish yarn I am using (super wash merino wool) It is so soft and easy to work with.

Pattern is on the Brown Stitch blog here.

Happy Summer!








Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Having a Great Week!


I entered a giveaway at Fat Quarter Shop and this is what I won! Sherri McConnell’s Oasis pattern and a jelly roll from her fabric line The Valley!
 SO much fun!




 AND I finished my baby girl blanket. (just have to weave in the ends). I decided to do the pink at both ends instead of transitioning to the grey.  SO cute. It came out 21x21" and next time I think I will make it a bit bigger. So nice and soft.





Off to find something else to knit!






Saturday, May 21, 2016

Blanket Update



Only really have time to knit on the weekends.... but the baby girl blanket is looking pretty good so far. I love the stripes!

Almost half way done now.






Saturday, May 14, 2016

Busy Learning This Thing Called Knitting



Been busy practicing my new knitting skills! After I finished the little "lovey blanket" I still had some of the Little Trees yarn left over. So I tried a different pattern that didn't have yarn overs.
Bias Blanket by Jennifer Casa  doesn't have yarn overs and has a nice knit stitch edging with stockinette stitch for the body.
I made a small doll blanket, but stitched the edging too tight so it tends to roll up! Guess that will be handy when swaddling a little baby doll. heheh  Like I said, learning as I go!

This little blanket took me about a week or so to finish. I am having fun tracking my projects and progress on my Ravelry page.

Next up, an actual baby sized blanket for a friend.... she really wants a girl so I am starting a heather rose and heather gray blanket using Diagonal Stripey Baby Blanket by Theresa M. Roeder. The yarn is Lion Brand Wool Ease in the rose and gray. Feels soft and squishy so far, and I am trying to be more mindful of my tension in the border area.

Baby is not due till October, so I will have time to make a boy version if need be! But I wanted to keep practicing.




Enjoy the weekend!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

My Second Finish


My practice piece is done! I tore this thing out a million times as I tried to learn how to follow a pattern, as well as increases (yo and k1f+b) and decreases (k2tog). I practiced a finished edge (slip first stitch p wise and k last) and giving my little buddy a cute face.

He is a bit raggedy and there are some loose areas and tight areas as I practiced my tension. And some rows on the head where I knit when I should have purled....plus some errors that I am not sure what happened! But I am proud of myself for sticking with it.






This little guy is a combination of 2 patterns.
The blanket is from the Lion Brand Baby Blanket Buddy

But I could not figure out the directions to make the head. So after looking around on Ravelry, I found the little pattern "Kitty Baby Blanket"  with a head that was much easier to do.

I used Bernat Soft Baby in Little Trees, size 6 needles.

So what should I try next?!




Saturday, March 26, 2016

On My Needles



Continuing to practice my very new knitting skills! I am making the Lion Brand Favorite Baby Blanket      using Bernat Softee Baby in Little Trees.




 

With this beginner pattern I am learning all about "yarn overs" and I am even trying out a finished selvage edge (with mixed results!)

Must have restarted this half a dozen times trying to get everything right. Now that it is a bit bigger it is a little easier to handle and I am beginning to find a rhythm.

Maybe I can do this after all.


Happy Easter!