Family, Knitting

Gullfoss Blanket for Baby

I’ve been doing alot of knitting for my little niece-to-be lately!

Just off my needles this morning is the Gulfoss Blanket by Karen S. Lauger.

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I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash. It’s a lovely light worsted weight 100% wool that can be machine washed (on cold) and dried (on cool), so it’s perfect for baby items – warm, soft, and washable!

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The color is called “Tangerine Heather,” and I love it! The brilliant orange makes me feel so happy!

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You start with a nice textured seed stitch border that continues up the sides of the blanket.

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There is also a very interesting horizontal stockinette stitch that functions as a second border before the cable stitch pattern starts.

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The cables are really fun to knit! They are not too hard but definitely keep things interesting! They form a beautiful textured pattern on both sides of the blanket, making it reversible!

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I found this post by Jaala Spiro extremely helpful because in it she teaches how to work cables without actually using a cable needle. Not having to use a cable needle is really nice because it allows you keep your rhythm flowing and unbroken.

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The small markers along one side there are the wonderful antiqued brass removable stitch markers from Fringe Supply Co.;

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I used them to mark each pattern repeat as I went so that it would be easy to count how many repeats I had done and how many I had left to go! This made keeping track of my progress really easy!

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Now I’m off to weave in the ends and block the blanket!

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What have you been working on lately? Feel free to share in the comments, we’d love to hear all about it! Have a lovely Labor Day weekend, Everyone!

 

Family, Knitting

Knitting for Baby

There will be a lovely new little niece joining our family circle this winter! (Joe and I absolutely love being Uncle and Aunt!)

Of course, I am totally taking advantage of this opportunity to knit lots of fun baby things – starting with this adorable bonnet, socks, and mitts set from Homespun Handknit by Linda Ligon.

It’s called the Bouncing Baby Set, pattern by Jean Scorgie. Ravelry notes here.

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Isn’t it absolutely adorable!! (It’s really hard not to squeal in my head when I write/think that… 🙂

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I really love the yarn – it’s Tosh Merino Light, by Madelinetosh, which means it is a 100%  superwash merino wool! This makes it super soft and warm as well as washable – perfect for baby things!

I also love how its a single ply – it knits up so soft and cushy in the garter stitch… and I LOVE the color – it’s a gorgeous variegated green called “Lowland,” and it’s hand-dyed!

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So, I made the little bonnet first!

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The construction is really interesting. You knit it flat, shaping it with increases and decreases just two stitches in from the edge.

Then you sew the back edges together and voila! Adorable baby bonnet!

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I think it looks a bit like a tulip… So cute!

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And the little baby knee socks are even cuter – if that’s at all possible!

You knit them flat using short rows to shape the foot, and then sew up the bottom of the foot and back of the leg!

I think it’s so clever how they curve over the little knee area to help them stay on…

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And LOOK at these tiny baby mitts! No thumbs to worry about! And the cute little ties are adjustable and removable if need be…

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These are so overwhelmingly adorable that I may have to get another skein of Tosh Merino Light in another gorgeous hand-dyed color and make a second set …

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One thing’s for sure: Little niece will be braving the winter in the best cute and cuddly style!

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What are some of your favorite baby knits? Do you have something fabulous on the needles for a special little someone in your life right now? We’d love to hear…

Family, Knitting

Spekje’ Hat and Mitts

I’ve been working on a new design for a hat and a matching pair of gauntlets (finger-less gloves, otherwise also known as mitts).

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My lovely, and cultured sister-in-law, Annelies says that the colors remind her of a Dutch marsh mallow-like candy called “Spekje.”

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So these will be my “Spekje” hat and gauntlets!

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 It was a perfectly gorgeous day for a knit out on the back deck…

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Angora, Family, Maryland Sheep and Wool

Maryland Sheep and Wool 2013

My Mom and I go to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival together. We’ve done it three years in a row so it is now our special tradition and we look forward to it every year! And this is the second year in a row that my sister in law, Annelies has joined us! So it’s her tradition with us too!

I’m not such a great photographer, but I’m working on it, and I’ll share a few photos with you:

Mom and Sarah at MD Sheep and Wool 2013
photo Mom and Sarah at MD Sheep and Wool 2013

The weather was beautiful; sunny and breezy, not too hot or too cool!

English Angora Rabbit
English Angora Rabbit

I fell absolutely in love with the English Angora Rabbits! Joe (my husband) does not realize how lucky he is to have a wife who realizes the importance of not stressing out one’s husband by bringing home unexpected new pets on the fly! One day, however, I am determined to have at least one (preferably two) English Angora Rabbits! I am willing to wait a very long time, be very patient, and endure many compromises in order to accomplish this goal! 😉

Spin Bunny
Spin Bunny

You can actually hold the Angora bunny on your lap, gently pluck the fiber from its back, and spin it right there! Amazing!

Mom modeling my knits
Mom modeling my knits

After a long and fun day at the S&W, we relaxed back at Mom and Dad’s while Mom modled some of my latest knits and Joel (my brother) entertained everyone by making silly faces in the background! What a wonderful weekend with family!

What fun times with family would you like to share?