This week I completed the newborn hand knithat and made good progress on the sweater for Sweet Pea. I actually ripped out the first hat I knitted, and then reknit to change the design a bit. The problem originally was that I knitted it on dpns, but I was not pleased with the way the joining stitches looked in this soy/cotton yarn.
My solution was to knit the hat on straight needles and seam it in the back. I used a bit of yarn from the knitted hat to make curly little pompoms to put on the corners of the hat … I think they care a bit scrumptiously cute looking.
I am knitting the sweater on circular needles, even though it is a cardigan (so of course is not being knit in the round). This sweater will feature raglan sleeves, and I have begun the raglan shaping.
The soy yarn is such a pleasure to handle; I know when I finish this set I will miss having this yarn running through my fingers. When it is all complete there will be the hat, the cardigan, a pair of booties, and itty bitty mittens. This will be the first outfit our lovely little Sweet Pea will wear when she comes home from the hospital after delivery day. The set will be called “Little Bird” because my daughter cherishes little birds of all kinds and Sweet Pea will be her very special little bird.
Tomorrow the ladies at our church are holding a tea for my daughter for her baby shower–I am making four kinds of tea sandwiches, scones and Devonshire cream for the event. I had wanted to have the Little Bird set completed in time for the shower, but I have been having to take it easy on the knitting lately because I have an injured elbow and hand from 100 lb. puppy wrangling and need to let my tendon’s heal. The set will be completed in time for the birth, just not in time for the shower.
By the way, I bought myself a newborn baby sized doll to use as a body double for newborn Sweet Pea. This way I can use the doll as a model for the knitted items in my photo shoots, and also to help with fitting and styling issues.
Notice the little green strip showing underneath the hat? We bought a little green sleeper for her to wear under her pretty lavender Little Bird set, and picked up a matching green hat to use as a liner under the Little Bird hat. The reason for this is that Sweet Pea will be coming home from the hospital on a cold Western New York day or evening in mid-March and we felt her little head would need some extra protection from the cold.
I am able to work on needle felting little characters as I rest my arm and hand, so you see three new little guys this week. The Blu you see is the second needle felting I have created of our dear dog Blu. This one will be arriving at my parent’s home for Valentine’s Day along with some scrumptiously delicious chocolate chip cookies … but, shhh … don’t tell them. I don’t think they read my knitting blog, so I feel safe divulging this little secret here.
The purple-pink bunny rabbit is one I made for Valentine’s Day. I decided to offer him for sale at the Fireflys Studio etsy shop (as opposed to the I Live on a Farm etsy shop where you only find knitting patterns). People have been writing and asking if I sell the needle felted characters, so I decided that I will share some of them via Etsy.
The little white bunny rabbit will be staying here with us; I made him first and he inspired the larger purple-pink one.
I recommend needle felting to you fiber loving maniacs out there. It is a nice break from knitting that gives you a whole different kind of repetitive motion to worry about. Notice the little violet on a four leaf clover on the Little Bird hat? I needle felted that as a sweet little embellishment. It is attached with embroidery floss, tied in a bow on the inside of the hat. In this way it will be easily removed in case the hat must be laundered.
I have to run, because there are things to be done today to prepare for tomorrow’s baby shower.
Hope you have a wonderful week!
It is time for me to write and maintain a separate blog dedicated to knitting specifically. I will continue to post the original I Live on a Farm blog at the scrumptiousliving.wordpress.com blog address, but my knitting readers will find more fulfilling knitting content here at the dedicated knitting blog.
Plunging right in … I have a few new knitting projects that are complete, but that I have not blogged about or published patterns for. What I will have to do is post blogs or those items as I get the patterns prepared for sale. Meanwhile, I can tell what I currently have going on the needles.
I’m using a stitch pattern that represents little birds on the body of the hat and the sweater, because Sweet Pea already reminds me of the sweetest little birds singing brightly on a spring or summer day. The hat will be embellished with a needle felted violet centered on a four leaf clover, because Sweet Pea’s signature color is violet (of any shade) and she is due on St. Patrick’s Day. I needle felted this embellishment myself, which is a new thing I got into over the Christmas holidays. Notice the little mouse checking out the yarn and flower? That is one of the needle felted blog mascots I made over the past couple of weeks using beautiful roving and fleece I purchased primarily from a dear Etsy seller named Marie who I have enjoyed making a couple of purchases from.
The first batch of fleece I ordered from her included one ball that was a perfect match for the beautiful taupe color of our dog Blu’s coat. When I ordered a selection of colors from her, I didn’t realize that color was among them. When I opened the package up I was delighted to see Blu’s taupe because the main thing I was interested in being able to make using needle felting was a mini-Blu as an ornament for our Christmas tree or as a mascot for the blog. I was so happy with the color I offered to buy up whatever more she had in that color, so now I have several ounces on hand and can make a few more or my mini Blu dogs. Marie has been great to work with, and I am certain I will do more business with her in the future. Back to knitting, the other project currently on the needles is an afghan being made as a gift for a man using a chunky Italian yarn called Calipso iby Laines Du Nord in the “Blues/Grey” colorway. This is a 60/40 wool and acrylic blend yarn; somehow I missed the acrylic content on the label when I was shopping or I would not have made this particular purchase. However, after handling it and feeling how soft and easy to work with it is, I am happy afterall. It makes big, lofty cables that look like large waves on a northern sea on a winter day. Using size U.S. 15 Addi Turbo needles makes this afghan a quick, relaxing knit.
Coming soon, some sweet little green items for Sweet Pea made especially to celebrate both her Irish heritage and the predicted day of her birth. Seen here, clockwise from lower left hand corner are a deliciously soft Noro silk and wool blend, Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca in a soft, muted green and a little hank of alpaca I picked up on a visit to Knox Fiber Farm on a visit there this past autumn. I am also excited because I have pre-ordered a set of the new Addi Click Interchangeable Needles. It will be great to have them on hand and to test drive them. My daughter is knitting with me much more these days, and we are both looking forward to having the extra needles on hand as well as being excited about the technology of these needles in particular. Hopefully they will live up to the talk that is out there about them. Until next week … here’s to our mutual creative spirits! ~firefly