Moby Knit

It's a handmade adventure!


4 Comments

Pink & Gray Stripey Sweater – Complete!

Last night I finished Eva’s Pink & Gray Stripey Sweater:

image

Pink & Gray Stripey Sweater

I am very pleased with the finished product.  I used a whole skein and a fraction of another skein of Knit Picks Simply Cotton in “Basalt Heather” and less than one skein of Simply Cotton in “Dogwood Heather.”  I managed to squeak out the whole sweater minus the buttonbands with one skein of “Basalt Heather.”  I used 3 different sizes of needles: 6, 7, and 8.  I used the 6’s for the ribbing, the 7’s for the body of the sweater, and the 8’s for the in-the-round part of the sleeves.  My in-the-round gauge is much smaller than my flat gauge, and my work ends up looking unsightly if I continue with the same size needle I was using to knit flat.

image

Close-up shot of wooden buttons.

Back when I went to Hobby Lobby, I picked up some 1 inch wooden buttons to add to this sweater.  I sewed them on with pink yarn.  Aren’t they perfect?  I also employed a new-to-me technique during this project – the one row horizontal buttonhole.  (Well, they ended up being vertical since the buttonbands were added on at the end, but you catch my drift.)  I had a really difficult time calculating how to space the buttonholes and ended up having to resort to trial and error.  They look fine now, but if I’m ever going to use this technique in the future, I’m going to have to learn the intricacies so I can place the buttonholes with ease.

image

Back of Pink & Gray Stripey Sweater.

All in all this was a really fun knit, and I’m sure I’ll make another one someday.  It isn’t going to fit Eva any time soon, but I’ll be glad to have it come fall!


Leave a comment

Pink & Gray Stripey Sweater – Progress Report #2

I’ve been working on this sweater as much as I can, and I’ve finally reached the point of the sleeves.

image

I’m making the sleeves long, so this could take a while.  :/  I wish there was a faster way to knit striped sleeves.  I keep getting the yarns tangled!

I realized I haven’t shared an Eva picture in a while, so I’ll leave you with this shot to enjoy:

image

Eva helping Daddy strategize.

Good day to all!


Leave a comment

Delicious Chicken Salad

This afternoon I spent some time in the kitchen making chicken salad.  It turned out really delicious, so I thought I’d share the recipe.  🙂

image

Meghan's Delicious Chicken Salad

Ingredients
-3 boneless chicken breasts
-3/4 cup chopped celery
-3/4 cup craisins (I used the original flavor, but you can try one of the other varieties.)
-mayonnaise (to taste)
-salt
-black pepper
-rosemary

Method
Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and rosemary.  Cook until well done.  I cooked mine (from a frozen state) in my crockpot on HIGH for 4 hours.  I flipped them once at the two hour mark for more even cooking.  Shred chicken (mine shredded really nicely since it was slow cooked) and set aside in bowl.  Chop celery and add to chicken.  Add craisins.  Add mayonnaise and stir until the salad reaches your desired consistency.  Chill in refrigerator.

The number of servings will vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts you use, and whether you add more or less of the celery and craisins.  The amounts in this recipe yielded about 8 servings.


Leave a comment

Pink & Gray Stripey Sweater – Progress Report #1

A couple days ago I started another sweater for Eva.  This time it’s a worsted weight sweater.  🙂

image

Pink & Gray Stripey Sweater

I’m using Knit Picks Simply Cotton in “Basalt Heather” and “Dogwood Heather.”  I love these striped baby sweaters.  They work up quick, and they’re so darn cute.  This is the third time I’ve knit this pattern (I think), and it never gets old.  I’m contemplating upsizing this sweater so I can have one, too!

I’m sure Eva is super excited to receive yet another handknit sweater.  I’m going to have to buy a tub to store all of her knits!


Leave a comment

Hobby Lobby Loot

I took a trip to Hobby Lobby today to pick up some supplies.  A certain amigurumi pattern has caught my eye.  🙂

image

Hobby Lobby Loot

As you can see, I bought a ton of things to add to my crafting stash – in particular, animal eyes and noses.  I want to start making Eva stuffed animals, but my embroidery skills are horrendous:/

I’m looking forward to adding amigurmi to my repetoire, and I can’t wait to share my first project with you!


2 Comments

Eva’s Lacy Spring Cardigan – Complete!

Last night I finished Eva’s Lacy Spring Cardigan:

Loving the tonal look!

Front of Eva's Lacy Spring Cardigan

Back of Eva's Lacy Spring Cardigan

Close-up shot of the buttons

 

I used size 4 needles and less than one skein of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in “Queen Anne.”  I did make some modifications which are listed below:

  • Knit 6 rows of garter stitch (bound off on the 7th) at the bottom of the body.
  • Knit four rounds of stockinette after picking up sleeve stitches so that lace pattern progressed properly.
  • Started the lace chart (rows 1-10) at the third box for the sleeve for the right arm (skipped the first two stitches in the chart) when working in the round so that the lace motifs lined up correctly.
  • Used lace chart (rows 11-20) starting with the fourth box for the sleeve for the left arm.
  • Used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off when binding off the sleeves. They definitely needed stretchy edges.

I absolutely love how this turned out.  I wouldn’t mind knitting another one – it was that much fun.  The only thing I wished I had done differently was omit the decreases at the bottom of the sleeves.

I have a bunch of tonal sock yarn in my stash waiting to be made into cute baby sweaters, so you’ll probably be seeing more fingering weight baby projects from me very soon!


2 Comments

Separating Cantaloupe Seedlings

This morning I took the plunge and separated my cantaloupe seedlings.  They were getting way too big for their container.

image

Supplies

I transferred each of them into their own little pot.  The only thing I could find was some empty instant coffee cans in the basement.  I’m assuming they came from my in-laws’ house, because neither Kai nor I drink instant coffee.  I sure hope they weren’t meant for anything in the near future…

image

Separated Cantaloupe Seedlings

The seedlings look awfully pitful now.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be loosing some, if not all, of them.  I even managed to damage the leaves on at least one of the seedlings when removing them from their communal container.  I’m so mad at myself!  Next year I’ll know to plant cantaloupe seeds individually in their own pots.  :/


Leave a comment

Eva’s Lacy Spring Cardigan – Second Progress Report

Just a quick update on where I stand with Eva’s Lacy Spring Cardigan:

I feel like I keep knitting and knitting with no progress.  :/  I have a little over one more lace repeat to go on the body.  Then I’ll do the garter edging and finish off the sleeves.  I can’t wait to move on to the next sweater I have planned.  It’s knit with worsted weight yarn!


2 Comments

Plant Progress

The last of the seeds have started to sprout – my columbines!

image

Columbine Seedling

Now it’s time to wait and see if my “babies” will survive til the end of April when they are scheduled to be transferred outside.

image

Pansy Seedling

The peppers are doing well.  I’m having much more luck with them this time than I did years ago in my parents’ house.

image

Bell Pepper Seedlings

I still haven’t separated my cantaloupe plants.  That’ll probably happen tomorrow.

image

Cantaloupe Plants

Yesterday my father-in-law came over and installed another bird feeder.  This one will be in the center of my soon-to-be garden.  No birds on the new feeder yet, but my other bird feeder started getting traffic yesterday.  So far I’ve seen chickadees, tit mouses (mice?), and a cardinal.

image

For those concerned, Eva is doing well.  Here she is enjoying her rattle while working out on her gym:

image

She has started reaching for things and is especially interested in people’s drinking glasses.  We have to be careful, now, because she’s knocking stuff over.  🙂