Off the Needles!

February 24, 2011 in Finished Project, Knitting

Well, I finished the leggings on Saturday night.. both of them! However, I wasn’t paying attention too closely to the pattern, and instead of having the top 2 inches ribbed, there’s only 1.5 inches ribbed -since they are knitted from the bottom up- but i don’t think there’s anything wrong with this. They are so cute an super soft! I don’t have much longer to have a little baby to put into them, so I’m pretty excited.

Legwarmers I made for my baby boy that's due in April.

Anyway, the nice part about the leggings is that due to their size, they do not take up a lot of yarn. The skein of yarn comes in 175 yard lengths. I’m not entirely sure how many yards total that the leggings actually took but I know I could have gotten another pair out of the skein, and POSSIBLY a third pair.

Instead of making a ton of leggings from one skein of yarn, I decided to make a hat instead. I didn’t want to use a pattern that would take up too much yarn in the event that I would run out before I could finish it, so I searched around on Ravelry, and came across a pattern called “Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat”. I gotta say, it really was easy peasy! The reason why it’s called Sock Hat is because you use your sock weight yarn to knit it up. I actually learned a lot about sizing my gauge with this pattern, and so hopefully, the hat will actually fit Oscar when he’s born. Granted, he’s due in April, and so I don’t know how long he’ll actually wear it, but at the very least he’ll wear it in the hospital to keep his head warm, and maybe when he gets home.

Hat I made for my baby due to arrive in April

I also learned how to make I cords.. and I was shocked at how super easy they actually are! You really just need double pointed needles and that’s it. Which, truth be told are not all that difficult to knit witih; I find them easier to use than the other kind.  Of course, I ended up with a bit of yarn left, so it’s stashed away for now. But I’m tremendously pleased with myself that I finished TWO knitting projects  within a week (and an extra day) and I used up most of the yarn!  My next goal is to learn how to knit socks.. but I think that’s something I’m going to need to have someone show me how to do.

Of course, I have to end the post with everything together!

Hat and legwarmers together!

On the Needles…

February 15, 2011 in Knitting, Work In Progress

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One of the many things I know how to do is knit. So, I decided to share a knitting project. I’m knitting legwarmers for my little guy that’s due in April. I started them a few weeks back and actually had one done, but I was very unhappy with it, so I took it apart and started over. And now I’m almost done with the first one again! I think the reason why I was so unhappy with it is because I deviated from the pattern, and my stitch marker was so thick, it caused laddering. In addition, I didn’t transfer stitches around so it ended up being very spiralled looking, something that bugged me quite a bit.

With that said, let me post info about them (currently an it, but I’m making a pair of course). The yarn is 100% merino wool, and it’s Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium in the P 136 colorway. It’s considered a fingering yarn and is 4 ply.  The needles I’m using are made by Takumi and are size 3 US (3.25 mm) and are bamboo. I LOVE the feel of the bamboo needles, and while I have an array of metal knitting needles, I can see myself phasing them out and replacing them with bamboo. What’s so awesome about the yarn and the project in general is that the leggings take up so little yarn, I will have enough left over to make a newborn sized hat to match! But my most favorite thing is the color.. it totally reminds me of an avacado, since it has every color you’d find in one in all stages of ripeness and yes even when it starts to go bad and turn brown.

Oh, almost forgot.. here’s a link to the pattern I’m following.