Sunday, November 15, 2009

Projects 8 and 9 of 52- Hats for Jack

I seriously thought I would have more time to knit once school started. Turns out that wasn't quite true. I took a bit of a break after I finished the stackable pups. Every fall, however, my needles start to call my name. "Hats" they say. "The boys need hats." So here are two quick little hats. The tassel hat was meant for Andrew, but it was way too big. So, lucky Jack got two new hats this fall. Gauge swatch? What gauge swatch?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Project 7 of 52- Stackable Pups

Since Andrew claimed the previous baby shower gift that I knitted, I had to quickly make a replacement. I decided on these cute little stackable puppy dogs. The response I've gotten from this project has been crazy. Everyone really seems to love the color combination. These were a huge hit at the baby shower and the mom-to-be just loved them.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Project 6 of 52- Knitted Ball

Everyone needs a dodecahedron to call their own. This initially started out as a baby shower gift. My little baby, Andrew, decided to claim it as his, however. This was a little bit tedious to knit, but the finished product is great. It requires a lot of polyfil stuffing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Project 5 of 52- Deep Sea Anglerfish

My son, Jack, is a big fan of my knitting. Every now and then I'll drag him to the LYS with me. On one of our recent trips he spotted the Amigurumi Knits book by the talented Hansi Singh. He casually requested that I make him every single thing in the book. The pattern he wanted first though was the anglerfish. The construction techniques used in this pattern are very clever. I look forward to making (almost) everything else in this book.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Project 4 of 52- Baby Bear

I started this bear in 2007 when I was pregnant with my second baby. I had a little boy, so it sat neglected in a drawer waiting to be loved. I decided to give this to my new niece. I really enjoyed adding girly details to this little bear. All the embellishments came from Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge series.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Project 3 of 52- Summer Shawlette

I wanted to make something nice for my very dear Great Aunt Irene. She is 90 years old, but you'd never really guess it. She is spry and spunky and someone I cherish very much. I chose a nice little shoulder shawl with faroese shaping. I made it out of a pretty silk/merino blend. This was a fun pattern and a nice, easy introduction into faroese shawls. She loved it and said she would pray for cold weather.

Summer Shawlette

Summer Shawlette

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Project 2 of 52- Summer Kerchief

It's finally summer here in Minnesota and that means it's time to work in the garden. My long hair is always getting in my face while I dig in the dirt. The perfect little solution is a kerchief.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Project 1 of 52- Anabelle's Baby Blanket

My brother and his wife were recently blessed with a beautiful baby girl. For my first project in my "52 projects in 52 week" quest I decided to make her a little baby blanket. I decided on the Teddy Bear Blanket from Crystal Palace Yarns. I used some durable acrylic yarn for easy maching washing.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hemlock Ring Blanket

I decided to tackle the popular Hemlock Ring Blanket for my grandmother. This project was so much fun. I really enjoyed knitting from the center out. I used techknitter's great center-out cast on:

The bind-off took the better part of 4 hours to complete. Blocking seemed to take nearly as long. My husband is the biggest help with blocking. I really couldn't have done it without him. Overall this is a great project that I will definately make again.

Hemlock Ring Blanket

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Resurrecting the blog...and my knitting

I can't believe I last posted here in October of '07. I found out I was pregnant in August of '07 and the world seemed to come to a screeching halt. Well, it's 18 months later and I have a beautiful 14 month old baby boy.

During this time I did manage to knit a few things for my boys. This year, though, I really have the urge to knit some new and fun projects. So, I had the crazy idea to do 52 projects in 52 weeks. This won't mean that they each take just one week. That is certainly unrealistic given how slow I knit. But, it will help me balance out big and small projects. There are so many things I want to try and/or explore further such as socks, fair isle, intarsia, and lace knitting. So with the help of the Ravelry group I formed I will be off and running on a new knitting adventure.