Monday, February 15, 2010

Little Bundle of Jordan Joy...

When I learned the news of my younger brother and his wife expecting child number three I knew immediately that I must knit a baby blanket. They had decided not to find out the sex of the child prior to delivery so I had to decide on a neutral color and pattern for the newest Baby Lowery.

Yellow always seems to be the "neutral" color everyone uses, however I am not a big fan of yellow and decided that a pretty spring like green would do the trick. The pattern I chose was one that I had admired for a while now and was pretty simple to make.

Eyelet Square Blanket 003

Pattern: Eyelet Squares Blanket by Linda Cyr
Materials:Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK
Colorway: Grass
Amount: 7 skeins = 959.0 yards (876.9m)
Needles: US 6/4mm
Start Date: September 2009
Finish Date: February 2010
For the record, this yarn is fabulous! It is a superwash merino and knit up, it is very soft and squishy, it is perfect for babies. This yarn has great stitch definition and I am seriously looking forward to knitting with this yarn again. I love this so much that I want to buy a bag of it in every color. I will caution you, swatch, swatch, swatch if you are going to knit a fitted garment, (you should be doing that already, right!) but this did grow once washed. That was not a problem for me, I was happy that it did being a blanket and all. The pattern was not difficult, I only took as long as I did to finish because I was knitting other projects with Christmas deadlines.

Eyelet Square Blanket 001

With the left over yarn that I had I knit a matching hat for her. Again, this yarn worked perfect for this newborn hat, so soft for her tender little head. May I present Jordan Joy...

JordanLowery 092

JordanLowery 038

Proud Big Sister and Big Brother

I still have some of the green Valley Yarns Superwash DK left over, I am thinking booties!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Winter Olympics 2010

As the world gathers in Vancouver tonight for the opening ceremonies of the 21st Olympiad, I along with thousands of other knitters will be watching and knitting. Knitters like a challenge and we have adapted our own sort of Knitting Olympics. I have picked my event, WIP Dancing and I will be challenged for sure!

Do you remember this project that I agreed to knit?

Job Security Blanket 004

Job Security Blanket 003
There are a few more rows on there since this picture has been taken.

Well, my challenge will be to finish it by the time the put the flame out in Vancouver. Now as a recap, every row/tier takes 5 hours to complete and I have a whole hell of a lot of rows/tiers to complete to make this a full size blanket. I will be posting progress photos as I go along. Wish me luck, I really want to have this completed and presented to the future owner and release one more obligation in my life :)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Waves in the Square

This past Christmas I decided that I would knit my niece and nephew blankets because I have not yet, I was making their new baby sister or brother a blanket and lastly, why not?

Modified Waves in the Square Shawl
Materials: KnitPicks Swish Worsted
Colorway: Indigo Heather
Needles: US 7/4.5mm
Start Date: November 2009
Finish Date: December18, 2009

So I began my search of a pretty blanket pattern to knit in the round from the center out. With much searching on Ravelry I did not find anything that I really liked. But I did remember that I had bought the Waves in the Square Shawl pattern by Sivia Harding and thought to myself, I can adapt this pattern! And so I did (with some feedback from some knitting friends.) I started the blanket with a circular cast on by Judy Becker, filled in the center of the blanket with seed stitch and did the written increases until I came to the correct amount of stitches to start the pattern as it was charted out. I am not totally pleased on my choice of center fill space because it sort of puckers, but all in all, I am pleased with the whole project. I am sure that it puckers because I did something dumb and not because of the cast-on.

The color was decided by my sister-in-law, I was not sure what my niece's favorite color was this week, so I emailed a color card to her and had her pick for me. It was a huge hit.
My brothers family came up just before Christmas to visit and gifted the blanket to her then. The best part is, my niece LOVES it! I asked her how she liked the blanket and she said that she uses it all the time, that makes an Auntie happy.
Next time....Another blanket and my new niece!