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I have just been dying to blog this one, but had to wait because it’s a Christmas gift for my nephew who just turned 1 year old on Christmas Eve.

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Not a particularly attractive pic… hopefully I’ll have a modeled shot to add once Billy actually grows into it. This is the “Striped Top” pattern from Debbie Bliss Quick Baby Knits. I cheated a little and used a self-patterning yarn (Trekking XXL sock yarn) instead of two shades of solid yarn alternating for stripes. The whole project went a little faster than I thought it would, considering it’s a seamed sweater and I had to reknit the neck/shoulder shaping on the back because I missed the “work on these stitches for 9 rows” part… twice (left and right sides). Plus, there were times when I had to let it sit to finish up other projects. And let’s not forget that I left it on the spare bed with blocking pins stuck in it for a whole week before I seamed it up all in one afternoon/night.

This is the 24-month size. Had there been an 18-month size in the pattern instructions, I would have made that. But it went right from 12 months to 24 months. And when checking the pattern measurements (of the finished sweater — and mine matches that) against Craft Yarn Council sizing standards (actual body measurements, so you need to allow for negative or positive ease, depending on what the item is), I think this is sized a bit large for 24 months. Granted, several of the photos in the book show the various garments looking a bit oversized on the kiddie models, but this one looked more normal. Anyway, CYC states the actual chest measurement of a 24-month-old child (for clothing sizing purposes) is 20 inches. The chest measurement of this sweater is 29.5 inches. I think nearly 10 inches of ease on a toddler garment may be just a wee bit too much, no? Well, at least the bright side is that he’ll eventually grow into it. Better that than make something he’s already outgrown!

billysweaterbuttons_xlI was also very happy to find just the perfect buttons for this. It would be a great sweater with jeans or olive/tan/brown pants, and the buttons (not sure if you can see it that well in the photo) have sort of a denim-y look to them as far as color and texture.

For those on Ravelry, here’s a link to my project page for the sweater.

billyssweatersox_xlSince I had about half a ball of Trekking left over, I made a pair of socks to match the sweater. I decided to keep these on the larger side, too, in anticipation of him possibly wearing the sweater next fall/winter as well. These are just simple toe-up socks knit two at a time on magic loop, with a stockinette stitch foot, short-row heel and ribbed leg. Made the leg a bit long so they could be worn with or without a folded cuff.

Up next… I’ll be knitting a sweater (Ballerina Top from the same book as the sweater above) for a friend’s granddaughter who was just born last Friday. And I’ll finally be starting an adult-sized sweater for me as well. Hopefully that will turn out better than my first attempts at adult-sized sweaters!

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The last charity scarf is done!

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  • Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia (Ravelry Link, Web Link)
  • Yarn: Patons Rumor, Hibiscus Heather (discontinued yarn — and I’ll add that it sheds a lot)
  • Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm) straights (Boye, I think)
  • Time: Started 11/29/08, finished 12/13/08 (barely, in the wee hours of the morning)

The pattern calls for aran or worsted-weight yarn, but Patons Rumor is considered “super bulky”. So I used the size 10.5 needles the yarn label called for (instead of the US 8/5.0mm size called for in the pattern) and omitted one of the cable/rib repeats going across so it wouldn’t be too wide.

This was a very easy pattern to memorize, and it moves along quickly. At times, though, it felt as if it was taking forever to get done — probably because I really didn’t like working with this yarn. (I struggled to stick to the plan and get this finished rather than working on the Fearless Monkey socks that have been on the needles since August.) The yarn is pretty to look at, but it sheds like crazy and my hands were itching after handling it for hours at a time. Should be fine for a scarf worn over a coat, though (except for the shedding part).

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beret1My favorite yarn shop owner, Kim (aka “Yarnmamom”), had a birthday this week. So of course that means a knitted gift for her, in mostly her favorite color, purple. Voila! The One-Day Beret (pattern by Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops). Although it took more like 9 days for me… but not knitting on it every day, and I did have to rip some out and reknit.

Pattern: One-Day Beret by Kirsten Kapur (Ravelry pattern page here)

Time: Started 11/19/08, finished 11/28/08

Needles: US 10.5 bamboo DPNs & 16″ circular

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flammé (lavender — although it’s really darker than that), Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran (25015 and 25020 — one is lavender and one is pink… but I forget which number is which)

Notes: I originally followed the directions for figuring the decreased number of stitches for the brim, but it came out waaaaay too big. So I ripped out nearly half of the hat and redid it from there to a lower number of stitches for the brim.

Kim’s had it rough lately since her son was in a bad car accident last month, so hopefully this cozy hat will help warm her heart as well as her head, and make her feel just a little more loved during this special birthday week.

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About a month ago (actually, exactly a month ago), the knitting group at the LYS was alerted to a need for handmade scarves for a charity event. The Hamburg Area Woman’s Club and the First UCC Church in Hamburg host an annual holiday dinner for needy families selected by the Salvation Army to attend. Every year, they give a gift to each person that attends — this year, they decided to give scarves. So several in our group got to stashbusting and whipped out more than 15 scarves for the event. Fortunately, I had some stash of novelty yarn I picked up on clearance several years ago, just before I decided I’d had it with garter-stitch novelty yarn scarves. I’m glad it’s finally been put to use. I’ve been able to bust out four so far, and my fifth is about two-thirds finished (I only have until the 13th to finish it, though!). I forgot to take a photo of the one I just finished today, but here are the three I finished earlier.

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I forget what some of the yarns are, since I threw away some of the ball bands before I could write down what they were. But I do know the blue one on the left is Patons Allure (turquoise), Patons Cha Cha (reggae, a green that’s just a tinge on the bluish side), and Bernat Boa (peacock). The burgundy one in the center is Patons Allure (ruby), Moda Dea KickX (curious), and Moda Dea Ticker Tape (sunset). The orangey-pink one on the right is Moda Dea Ticker Tape (some orange-yellow variegated colorway), and two other yarns I can’t remember.

I’m still working on an Irish Hiking Scarf in Patons Rumor (a discontinued yarn — and that’s probably a good thing since it sheds more than my cat). That pattern calls for aran or worsted-weight yarn and size US 8 needles; Rumor is considered bulky, so I’m only doing two repeats of the cable pattern and using US 10.5 needles. Shedding aside, it’s turning out nicely. Photo of that one to come when it’s finished.

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