2014 Ravellenic Sweater Progress Report #1

I have been knitting furiously since the Olympics began. I’ve even been giving up sleep to knit. Unfortunately, my efforts have not been rewarded. I am so far behind.

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I’m about 3 inches past the yoke. That yoke, by far, was the biggest I’ve ever knit. I’m accustomed to knit baby sweaters, which have tiny yokes in comparison.

The good news is that it fits. I made Kai try it on last night. It looks like it’s going to fit with just the right amount of ease. :)

I’m going to keep forging ahead, but I’m losing hope with each passing day. I need a miracle!

Let the Games Begin!

Today marks the start of the 2014 Ravellenics.  This is the first time that I’m “competing,” and I’ve chose Emilien as my project.  I’m using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (bought during their Cyber Monday sale) in “Gosling” and “Baltic Heather.”

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I’m super excited to get started!  Wish me luck as I attempt to make an entire man-sized sweater and install a zipper all before the end of the Olympics!

More Baby Shoes!

I took some pictures of the baby shoes I finished last week, so here they are!

Little Princess Loafers

Little Princess Loafers

For these loafers I used this pattern, a G hook, and Cascade 220 scraps. I crocheted the 6-12 month size, and the soles measure about 4.25 inches. Kirsi’s feet are too small for them right now, so I don’t know how they’ll fit, but I’m afraid they won’t stay on very well due to the “floppiness” of the wool.

Wooly Baby Huggs

Wooly Baby Huggs

For my second set of boots, I used this pattern (again), a G hook, and Cascade 220 scraps. I put some of the owl buttons I bought way back to use and attached them to the ankles of the boots.  So cute!  The soles on these measure about 4.25 inches as well (6-12 month size), and they are a lot floppier than the cotton ones I made.

While I’d love to make more baby shoes, I am banned from doing so until the Ravellenics are over and the thrummed mittens I started are finished.  It’s almost here, guys, it’s almost here!

Thrummed Mittens – First Progress Report

In my infinite wisdom, and shortly before the start of the Ravellenics, I decided that I should knit myself a pair of thrummed mittens. How long could they possibly take to finish? Two, three days tops? Surely this will be a quick, easy project.

I could not have been more wrong. Yes, the mittens themselves are easy to knit, but making nice thrums has not come easy for me. Making thrums takes forever (if you’re me), and you need about a million of them to knit a mitten.

I made a bunch of thrums ahead of time, and I’ve been watching what I thought was a very large pile dwindle to just a few thrums. I’ll need to make more soon, and I just started the thumb gusset.

I’m convinced all this work will be worth it. The roving I’m using is incredibly soft. I want to rub it all over my face. It’s a chartreuse merino top from Alpaca Direct, courtesy of my mom for Christmas. I started off with 4 ounces, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using most of it on these mittens. The pattern calls for half that amount. I guess my thrums are extra fat.

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The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Pearl Ten.” The color is a dark black with a hint of blue. Originally I wanted to use a dark gray, but that color was sold out, so I had to settle. I think this combination looks better, anyway. I’m almost positive I’ll have to put these on hold once the Ravellenics begin. I seriously doubt I’ll have them finished by the start of the Olympics, especially since I can’t knit them or make thrums in the presence of Eva. I mean, what two year old could resist thrums?

You’ll be hearing more from these guys in the future, though, ‘cuz they gotsa lot to say. :)

Leg Warmers – Complete!

These lovelies have been done for a while.  I was finally able to take some pictures of them earlier this evening, so we’re ready for the big reveal!

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Getting nice pictures of these was pretty much impossible.  They’re black, my sister’s pants were black, and it was dark outside.  I did the best I could!

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I love the flower detail.  It’s so cute!  I used this pattern for the flower.  Easy peasy!  The rest of the project is of my own design.  I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome.

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I used approximately 2.3 skeins of Knit Picks Brava Worsted in “Black,” a size J hook (6mm), and size 7 needles.  I think they have the perfect amount of slouch, but that may just be me tooting my own horn. :)

I wrote up a rough pattern on my project page, just in case I (or anyone else) would like to make another pair.  I don’t think I could pull these off myself, but there are plenty of people out there who definitely could!

 

Gray and Pink Baby Huggs – Complete!

I couldn’t help myself.  After seeing this pattern, I had to put down my Milk Run Shawl and make a pair for Kirsi.  The pattern is so clever, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  I’m not the best crocheter, and I managed to make a nice looking pair!

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These boots are totally wearable as is, but I found the leg to be too wide and the toe to be too short.  To help the boots stay put, I added ties to cinch up the ankles a bit.  Also, I used an F hook, which is one size bigger than what the pattern calls for, and my boots turned out an inch shorter than they should have.  The soles on these measure 4 inches, which is perfect for Kirsi’s feet at the moment.  They probably won’t last long, though.

As for the yarn, I used Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted in “Basalt Heather” and “Dogwood Heather.”  It was left over from a striped sweater I made Eva a while back.  It fits Kirsi, now, so she can wear the boots and sweater together as a set!

I’ve already started another pair. :) I hope to conquer this intense craving for baby shoes before the Ravellenics begin!

Raveled here.

Practice Makes Perfect

I’ve still been faithfully crafting, but I haven’t got anything crafty to share since I’m waiting for a modeled shot of the leg warmers I finished for a customer.  In the meantime, I’ve turned my attention to my Milk Run Shawl, and I’m hoping to have it finished, or almost finished, by the time the Winter Olympics begin.  I like to pretend it’s my training piece. :)

This year I’ve decided to participate in the Ravellenics for the first time ever!  I’ve chosen a project, joined a team, and now I’m counting down the days like a giddy child waiting for Christmas.  I am so excited, actually, that I’m going to swatch. At this point, those of you who know me are probably wondering if hell has frozen over.  I cannot confirm that it has, but I have my suspicions.

While I don’t have anything yarny for you to admire, I do have some pictures I took over the past few days. My photography skills are still lacking, but I like to think that I learn something new every time I pull out my camera.  Sometime next week I’m going to try using my camera on a tripod. Baby steps, I say.

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