Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pretty in Pink- The Bonnet & Some Blocking

Let’s get right to the good stuff. . . A blocking photo!

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The sweater and (mostly finished) bonnet are happily drying on the couch cushion I use as a make shift blocking mat.   The bonnet still needs its garter stitch bottom edge.   I couldn’t decide wether to block before or after adding the edge.  I even posed my query to my friend, Meghan, for her opinion. In the end, I decided to pick up the edge stitches post-blocking because the edges of the lace were a tad wonky and curled quite a bit.  I think I’ll have a much easier time getting a neat, clean edge. 

The bonnet is basically a rectangle.  After 5 lace repeats, you cast on 11 more stitches and join for working ITR.
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Then, it’s just a bunch of rounds of decreasing until you end up with 10 stitches.

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Easy peasy.

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Photo Friday

*****New Skills*****

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(Very proud of herself)

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(It got a whole lot messier than this shot shows. . .)

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Singin in the Rain

One of my favorite movies, by the way.  I need to figure out how to set up my dvd player so Hannah can experience the joy of an old Hollywood musical.  I think she’d love the singing and dancing. I’m not the most “tech savvy” person, unfortunately, so that could end in complete failure.

Anyway, most of New Jersey has this forecast in their futures:

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Yeesh.  Lots of summer showers have come-and are coming- our way.  Thankfully, our heatwave is over and all this rain is making things nice and green.  : )

Tomorrow is my usual “Photo Friday” post. . . except that I never came up with a theme and I don’t have any new photos worthy of posting.  If I feel creative today, maybe I’ll come up with something.

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Pretty in Pink- The Sweater

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I finished up the knitting, but it’s still in desperate need of blocking.  I can’t wait to see how the lace opens up once that’s done, but I’ll wait until the matching bonnet is completed and block them together.

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It took less than one skein of the Cascade Heritage to make the swatch and sweater.  I’m guessing around 400yds, but I haven’t measured the leftover yet.

I spent a bit of time trying to decide what bind off to use on the cuffs.  I wanted something that was stretchy, but that blended in with the garter stitch and was nice and flat.  So instead of a sewn BO or Jenny’s stretchy BO (which I like using), I tried an elastic BO* and really liked working it.  It’s fast and easy to memorize. I’ll definitely use it again.

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Cuff Bind Off

Pre-Blocked Measurements

Shoulder to Hem: 8 1/2″

Width at underarm: 7 3/4″

Underarm to Cuff: 3 3/4″

* Elastic Bind Off: Work the first 2 sts, sl them purlwise (together) back to the left needle, work the sts together tbl, work next stitch, sl them purlwise, etc, etc

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The To-Do List

Remember my Crafting Goals list?  I figured it was time to update it.

Crafting To-Do List (needs to be finished by the end of September)

* Zig Zag Blanket

* Kimono Baby Sweater for my future niece or nephew (still needs buttons)

* Pretty in Pink sweater & bonnet (almost done the sweater!)

* Matching hat for big sister, Hannah

* The Family Christmas Stockings (casted on for the third one and knit about 3″, then put it away)

* Duplicate stitch the two Stockings I already finished (I still need to buy the yarn to do that)

* Knit a coat extender/hood for babywearing Ella this winter

* Knitted star ornaments to fulfill my “FB Creative-Pay-It-Forward 2013“ gifts

There are so many projects I’d love to start.  Must. Resist! That To-Do list could easily get out of control

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Photo Friday

*****Hodge Podge*****

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It's hydrangea season!

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Our first attempt at a hairdo.

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Lace Hydrangea

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WiP Wednesday and Such

What’s that shiny, cheerful thing up in the sky?! It’s the SUN! The weather here has been very stormy and rainy so we haven’t seen much of Mister Sun in the last week and a half. Our basement flooded several times and I’m looking forward to it finally drying out and for that awful musty/moldy smell to go away.

Wednesday is Clean Linen Day here at the house and the sunny, breezy weather is perfect for line drying. Hannah spent some time exploring the soggy backyard while I hung the sheets and hand towels on the clothesline.
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The baby sweater is slowly but surely getting done. My brain had been feeling especially foggy lately and Hubby said that I looked exhausted all the time. I guess it’s because I get up very early with Hannah and stay up late to spend time with Hubby. I was spreading myself too thin and Hubby said I have to rest during at least one of Hannah’s naps from now on. It has definitely been helping my brain and I’m not so cranky now. : ) My knitting time has been cut down since I try to knit during her naps, so it’s taking me a little longer to make progress.
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I finished the length and started the first sleeve. The pattern was a little unclear in the sleeve department, it turns out.

The directions say to transfer the sleeve stitches onto the needle, then pick up 8 stitches and start knitting in the round. The lace wasn’t lining up and after 20 minutes of head scratching, I figured out that the round was supposed to start in the middle of the picked up stitches (4 picked up stitches, then the transferred sleeve stitches, followed by the last 4 picked up stitches).

Also, in order for the lace pattern to line up on rounds 7, 9, and 11, you have to slip the last stitch of the previous round to the beginning of those 3 rounds (so that it’s the first stitch on the new round). Does that make sense?

I hope you all are enjoying a nice, sunny day like we are here by the Jersey Shore.

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