Musings of a self-taught crafter

Thank you, Mr. Postman December 21, 2008

Filed under: 2008,Finished Objects,Knitterly Fraternization,Swap — blueberryblues @ 7:49 pm

oz-vest2I received word from my Oh Baby swap partner that the first package finally arrived safely and, thus, she was the lucky recipient of two packages.  She was also kind enough to send me a picture of the Oz Vest which I had neglected to take a picture of before putting it in the mail – so, here it is.

Pattern:  Oz Vest from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms by Louisa Harding

Yarn:  Sirdar Snuggly DK, colorway 0357 (orange), about 1 skein

Size:  3 months


So, thank you US Postal Service for your exemplary sleuth work matching the correct zip code with the address and delivering the package from post office purgatory!


Dear Mr. Postman December 5, 2008

Filed under: 2008,Finished Objects,Knitterly Fraternization,Knitting,Swap — blueberryblues @ 12:45 pm

I sent a package to my Oh Baby Swap partner in the beginning of November.  However, due to baby brain (or outright stupidity) I forgot to get a tracking number for it.  So, weeks later when I had not heard from my partner I decided to check in.  It turns out that there was a little zip code goof, which has sent the package into US Post Office Purgatory – not where you want a package to be at this time of year – and thus the package has not been delivered nor returned to me, with no way to track its location.  I do hope the package will be found and either delivered safely or returned, or at least hope that some lucky soul is enjoying a couple of hand knit baby items that were tucked among the few fun baby and mama-to-be related items.  I thought I’d still document their existance in this world. 


 Pattern:  Cable Rib Pull On Hat by Sirdar Spinning Ltd.

Yarn:  Sirdar Snuggly DK, colorway 0357 (orange), about 1/2 skein

Size:  0-3 months

 This was a very easy and quick pattern to knit, no cable needle required.  The yarn, which I purchased at the Fabric Place close out sale, is nylon and acrylic.  Although it’s not my usual choice in fiber, it is machine washable which would make it an easy to care for baby knit.  It  far exceeded my expectations for acrylic yarn and was actually enjoyable to work with.  The hat has a bit of a halo to it, softening the effect of the tiny cables.  My partner is having a boy and, like me, dislikes the whole “pink is for girls, blue is for boys” distinction.  She indicated that she loves oranges, a color that is infused in her nursery, so I decided to work with orange since it’s not a color I would pick up on my own.  I did overhear comments about it being an “unusual baby color”, but I think the color and style would look adorable on a baby boy.



Pattern:  Cable Rib Baby Mittens (my own pattern)

Yarn:  Sirdar Snuggly DK, colorway 0357 (orange), about 1/2 skein

Size:  0-3 months

Since I had a half of skein left over, I decided to design my own baby mittens to match the hat.  I looked at a few baby mitten patterns to get a general idea of their size and when to decrease, and then casted on the number of stitches needed to make the pattern around the cuff.  I made these before I designed my Pea Pod Baby Mittens, thus I did not include a tie around the wrist.  I’m sure they will fall off the baby’s hands, but I did not want to make a string to run through a coat and risk having the baby get all tied up in string.  I definitely think that a tie string around the wrist would be useful and will incorporate one into the pattern if I ever knit up another pair.  And, if they ever do emerge from post office purgatory, I hope my partner can use the left over yarn that I sent along in the package to create some sort of system to help prevent them from being lost.


I waited a week or so to see if the original package would appear and decided that my swap partner deserved to get something as part of the swap.  So, I casted on for one more baby knit to surprise her. 

Pattern:  Oz Vest from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms by Louisa Harding

Yarn:  Sirdar Snuggly DK, colorway 0357 (orange), about 1 skein

Size:  3 months

Of course, I forgot to take a picture of this finished object before sending it, along with a few other goodies, in the mail (I’m blaming baby brain and contraction distraction for my photo oversight).  It’s an easy pattern that knit up quickly and that I believe will look cute on a baby boy. 

I do hope to see the original package appear from post office purgatory someday soon – I don’t really like the idea of my hand knits not being enjoyed and used.  So, Dear Mr. Postman, please help my original swap  package see the light of day!


Spoiled in the Oh My Baby Swap December 3, 2008

Filed under: 2008,Knitterly Fraternization,Swap — blueberryblues @ 11:26 am

I received my Oh My Baby Swap package from Julesknittin a little over a week ago.  The package was great fun to open.  I absolutely love the hand knit hat and booties.  And the hard candy, lip balm, and Burts Bees shower kit has been placed in my hospital bag in case I need any pick-me-ups while I’m delivering and recovering.


I had the booties in my Ravelry queue, so now I don’t have to make them myself and can focus on other fun baby knits (or, actually taking care of the baby when she arrives).  Here are some more detailed pictures of the hat and booties, simply because I feel that they deserve special attention.  I cannot wait to have the “live model” to put them on.

oh-my-baby-swap1  oh-my-baby-swap2


My Phelpsian Achievement August 29, 2008

Filed under: 2008,Finished Objects,Knitterly Fraternization,Olympic Knitting — blueberryblues @ 11:46 am
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I thought I’d kick off my knitting blog by sharing my latest finished objects.  I recently participated in the First International Ravelympics Summer 2008 hosted by Ravelry.  The challenge:  To start a personally challenging knitting project during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and complete it by the time the flame was extinguished. 

I choose to knit the Pea Pod Baby set.  This is my first project where I had to decipher a lace chart, something that took my brain a minute to get used to.  I was a bit apprehensive about whether I would complete my stated goal, regardless of the small size of the items, in time since I have a history of letting projects drag on, knitting a row here or there.  I think having the set deadline (and a baby on the way that just needs a sweater to keep her warm this winter) made me committed and motivated to get to work.  And, other than one small imperfection that apparently only I can see, I’m quite happy with the result.

Pattern:  Pea Pod Baby Set by Kate Gilbert.  This pattern was originally available as a web-only pattern through the Summer 2006 Issue of Interweave Knits, however it is no longer available.  I was lucky enough to have printed a copy just prior to it being pulled out of circulation.

Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in red (color #340700).  I used 3 skeins total for the sweater and hat.

Size:  0-3 months, 13 inch hat

Notes:  The pattern was extremely well written and easy to follow – it made me feel like a pro.  Unfortunately, I will have to wait until December for the baby to arrive to see how well it fits, but it looks like an appropriately sized baby item.  I love Kate Gilbert’s patterns and cannot wait to attempt more of them. 

I love this yarn!  The color is the perfect red (not too orange, not too dark) for a baby who is due in December.  The yarn was amazing to work with – one of the most luxurious yarns I’ve ever used (this is going to be one lucky baby!).  I choose silver buttons with flowers on them that remind me of poinsettias, which I think work perfectly with the leafy lace motif.  The only downside to this project is that I purchased 5 skeins of yarn based off the pattern requirements, but I only ended up using 3 skeins total (for the hat and sweater).

I deciding not to knit the lace motif on the crown, instead opting for simple stockingknit.  I think that the simplicity of the crown combined with the patterned ribbing perfectly compliments the sweater and keeps the details of the sweater in center stage.

Although I did have a gold medal performance and get to bask in the limelight on top of the Ravelympic podium, this was not the only knitting I completed during the olympic games.  I apparently underestimated the amount of knitting that I could complete during the short time the Olympics were run.  While the sweater pieces were blocking, I casted on and completed the second sock belonging to a pair that I had begun in the beginning of August. 

Wicked Good Winter Woolies

Pattern:  My Own, created using the basic sock instructions from the Yarn Harlot’s Knitting Rules! book.  I just created your basic sock and used the eye of partridge heel. 

Yarn:  Artyarns Supermerino.  I’m not sure what the official name or number of the color is, but it’s variegated with blues, greens, and purples.  The colors remind me of the mountains, lakes, and flowers in Maine.

Notes:  These are only the second pair of socks that I’ve ever knit, so I cannot believe that I’ve managed to create my own pattern.  I love the yarn.  It’s soft and smooth and I can’t wait for the weather to turn cooler so that I can wear these all of the time.  These are definitely not the most exciting of patterns, but I think it compliments the yarn nicely.  I’m happy I took notes so that I can use this simple pattern again.