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Wow, it’s been nearly 3 months since my last update! Well, I do have some FOs to report. Here’s what I’ve been up to…

DadSocks

Dad’s Socks (Birthday Gift)

First up… I made my Dad a pair of socks for his birthday. I never know what to get him for gifts, and I have even less of a clue when it comes to thinking of what to knit for him. So I figured I’d take a stab at knitting him a pair of socks. They’re too thick for him to wear with his dress shoes, so they’ll be “around the house” socks for him.

  • Pattern: Gentleman Socks by Kristi Schueler
  • Size: Men’s Large
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm), Magic Loop one at a time (didn’t do 2 at a time because of the number of stitches)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy, Flax colorway
  • Modification: I didn’t do the eye of partridge stitch on part of the sole as the pattern directed… mostly because I totally missed that instruction
  • Started 7/22/09, finished 8/4/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I also made another pair of footies for my Mom for her birthday — same as the first pair I made, but in solid purple (sorry, no FO pic). For those on Ravelry, here’s a link to my project page.

Just last week, I finished a new project I started as car-knitting in September: my Clown Barf Scarf.

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Clown Barf Scarf

When we took a trip to Pennsylvania the weekend after Labor Day, I needed a simple project to work on in the car. I’ve had this yarn in my stash for quite a few months now, earmarked for this particular scarf. So I cast on and worked a few inches to get started a couple days before we left. It’s finally finished — I used 3 skeins of yarn, but wish I’d bought a fourth. It’s just barely long enough, and I would have preferred it a little longer. But it’ll work.

  • Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
  • Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
  • Yarn: Mirasol Hacho, colorway #300 (muted rainbow hues)
  • Modification: The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and US 11 needles; the yarn I used is more of a DK weight, so I used smaller needles and cast on more stitches (45, I think).
  • Started 9/9/09, finished 10/6/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

I’m calling it clown barf because I admired the yarn on several trips to the yarn shop, but held off buying it because I wasn’t sure if the colors were too bright and “clowny”. Turns out the colors look a bit more muted, especially when knitted up, but I already had the name in my head so that’s what it is!

And finally, I was able to knit something for my husband. He’s always warm, so there’s no way I ever need to knit him a sweater. And forget about socks, a scarf, or gloves. But his head is practically shaved, and now that we live in New England he needed a warm hat for winter.

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Transformers (Autobot) Hat

  • Pattern: Transformer Inspired Autobot Symbol Chart by Nancy Fry (not really a hat pattern, just a chart for the graphic); referred to Seaman’s Cap by Brenda Zuk for sizing/stitch count only
  • Size: Mens Large
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) for ribbing and US 6 (4.0mm) for body of hat, Magic Looped
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, Black and Coast Grey colorways
  • Started 10/7/09, finished 10/12/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

In hindsight, I probably should have used smaller needles. The hat fits fine in the circumference, but it’s just a wee bit tall. The motif takes up quite a bit of space. I think you’d have to use a lighter weight yarn to use this motif on a child’s size hat.

I also finished another pair of socks for myself… but haven’t taken pictures of them yet. So that will be a finished object post for another day!

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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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