Friday, September 21, 2012

FO Friday #53 - A Cardi for Kasen

Happy Friday everyone!

Our extended family welcomed a new addition this summer. Sweet little Kasen was born in August. He was a few weeks earlier than expected but is as cute as a button. He is our cousins' first baby and I made sure he welcomed into the family in style with a sweet little baby knit.

A Cardi for Kasen
Pattern: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith
Size: 6 months
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash and Superwash Paints
I accidentally used 4.5mm and 3.75mm needles for this knit because apparently I have pattern reading issues. oops!

I enjoyed this free pattern and I think it made a lovely boyish cardigan that was still fun to knit. I have enough yarn left over from the two skeins to make a matching baby hat.

I don't have any actions shots yet because it's still too big for the wee man, but it should be perfect for the coming fall and winter!

When I took the kids to meet little Kasen, Monkey was very concerned about how he eats without any teeth. Doodlebug just thought he was "stinky". I wonder what they are going to think when their new sibling arrives!

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WIP Wednesday #69 - Sock Motivation

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I seem to be struggling on the blog front these days. Maybe it's because we are having a very warm September and it feels like it is actually still summer? Maybe I'm feeling overwhelmed and exhausted with one kid in full time preschool, another under my feet all day and yet another on the way? Maybe I just feel like I don't have anything worth to say that's reading? I don't know. I'm definitely in a bit of a funk but I'm going to to try to pick it up again and see how it goes.
What do you do when your blog-mojo is running low? I'd love to know.

I have really been enjoying my LYS's "AlphaKal" where we have been knitting our way (by pattern or yarn) through the alphabet.

This month is "D".

I'm excited to be half way through my second D-Man sock for my father-in-law for Christmas. Nothing like a little friendly competition to get me motivated to complete a knit.


I may be a little delusional, but I'm hoping to finish these and whip off a pair of Duffers for my sister-in-law by the 30th. I've got to knit fast because come October 1st, I'm on the "E".

Cheers, Nikki

Friday, September 7, 2012

FO Friday #52 - Sweet 'n Sour

Happy Friday everyone!

I am back from a bit of an unplanned hiatus. Everything is great here. The business of summer worked itself into a fever pitch in August and I found I just didn't have a spare moment or ounce of energy for blogging. Lets just call it an extended summer vacation (although I'll be honest - having two kids under five and being pregnant is seriously kicking my butt).

Fortunately, the knitting continued throughout the craziness of late summer and so I have lots to show you over the next few weeks!

First up, this week, is a fun and quick top I made for my girlfriend's daughter's 2nd birthday.

The pattern in Sourpatch by Corrina Ferguson. It is knit top down, in-the-round, with no seams. Yippee! I bought the yarn for this ages before I knit it but I was a little daunted by the k5b (knit 5 sts below) that is used to make the lovely bubble texture of the coloured stripes. Of course it's actually very easy. I've even made a little photo tutorial to show how simple it is, that I will try to post up over the weekend. Oh, and did I mention the pattern is free? Bonus!!

I have to admit, in the beginning I thought this project was doomed. You start with the seed stitch collar and I kept forgetting to alternate my stitches with each row. I ended up with ribbing THREE times. I was considering chopping up the project into tiny scraps with my embroidery scissors and banging my head again the wall. But, I'm glad I persevered - can I officially blame baby brain? ; )

It was finding some Cascade 220 superwash sport and one of my lys' that inspired me to try this knit. I love cascade 220 superwash and was very keen to try it in a sport weight. It did not disappoint. The colours are lovely, it feels great to knit with and has a super price point. I have tons of yarn in the stripey colours left over so my Doodlebug may get one of these down the track.

I love how this turned out. I think it looks adorable on her (ignoring the fact, of course, that she could make a paper bag look cute.

In other news, It's back-to-school week here and my Monkey started Junior Kindergarten. He was so excited so get back to class and see his friends.

Almost as excited as his sister, who was convinced she was going to school too. She even insisted on wearing her backpack to drop him off and tried to say bye to me at the door.

She is looking so big!

Now that My Monkey is in school, I'm hoping I was be able to sneak some time to catch up with all the FO's this week over at Tami's Amis. I've missed you guys!

Cheers, Nikki