Monday, January 12, 2009

Have you seen this book yet?

French Girl Knits


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Oh my goodness! I love it. There are about 4 or 5 things I HAVE to make. Including a beautiful shrug that has this really interesting construction. I had to cut the shape out of paper and tape it together to completely understand it, but you make a t-shape and sew it together to make a circular shape that you then knit the sleeves from the provisional stitches you cast on for the t-shape. The photo garment is made in Rowan Kidsilk Haze, but I am thinking this calls for cashmere. I might even have to make it in a few colors!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Catch Up

Hi everyone. Hope you all had a good holiday season.

Here are just a few of the things I have been working on during my absence.

I made this dress for one of my co-worker’s new baby girl.

Baby Dress Front

I had some leftover yarn from the dress I made for Peanut. I wanted to make something cute with minimal finishing. So I applied the EZ principle of top down, cast on some stitches and just kind went with the flow. The heart pocket was an afterthought, but a cute addition I think :-). If I were to make it again, I won’t make the ruffle quite so ruffly.

Another baby gift was for a vendor for the school. I didn’t have much advance warning on this one, so I needed something quick. What better than a Baby Surprise Jacket?

BSJ Front

Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn
Needles: 2 US

This is the perfect yarn for this pattern. I had about 5 yards left when I was done. Not to mention the way the stripes work up.

BSJ Seam

I only took me a day and a half. If you need a quick baby gift for someone, I highly recommend this pattern and yarn.

I also made some Christmas gifts this year.

Hats for the nephews:

J and S Noro Hats

Pattern: Ribbed Caps by Judy Gibson
Yarn: Noro Kureyon
Needles: 7 US – Magic Loop

Socks for Mom:


Pattern: My Basic Toe Up
Yarn: Tofutsies
Needles: 0 US - Magic Loop

I also made some dish clothes for my Stepdad, but forgot to take any pictures. Just the basic garter stitch corner to corner dishcloth in a natural color cotton.

I am currently working on several things. My friend Amie just finished knitting her first sweater (I am sooo proud) and I told her I would sew it together for her. I have one sleeve and side seam in, so almost half way. I hope to have it finished for her this weekend (no promises though Amie, it may be next week).

I am also working on a sample/pattern for the store. I have a Seed Stitch Neck Warmer I made for myself a few years ago. Everyone always comments on it. So I am making the same one in Noro Yuzen for the store.


Aren’t the colors lovely? It will have 5 buttons to keep it closed. You will still be able to pull it over your head though. Once I write it up I am going to offer it as a free pattern on the side bar and hopefully Ravelry too.

I am also working on a cardigan for myself. This was in the Gedfria book from this summer.


I am using some Ultra Alpaca Light from my stash in a charcoal grey. Nothing too exciting, but it will be very pretty and very wearable.

Murray and I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

Murray 001

I think he hit the cap nip a little too hard last night.