So, um…hi!

After the holidays, I thought I was in a bit of a knitting slump.  But as it turns out, I finished knitting my Thermal, knit a mohair vest but ran out of yarn, and worked on a few other things here and there. 

And I’ve been cranking out these fantastic guys like nothing else.  Maddox by Danger Crafts

Mason; for a friend who likes fuzzy toys.  Dax called him “Big”.

Rosie G., just for fun.

AWESOME-O for Dax.

Landon, a gift for a friend turning one!

This handsome guy is Ian, the first monster, for a new baby.

And one lonely Greta (pattern also from Danger Crafts).

All yarn and needle details are on Ravelry. 

I’ve had a few patterns come out since I last blogged, and I’ll write about some of them soon.  Right now, I’m designing a little lace bolero/vest perfect for summer that I’m hoping to release in the next month; sneak peek coming soon!

Until then, keep on dancing!

FO: French Press Slippers

Love. These. Slippers. I’ve been wearing them all week! I never used to like having anything on my feet indoors, but my feet seem extra cold this fall and this pattern looked too cozy to pass up. 

Oops! My assistant got in this shot!

Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Chunky, 3 skeins

Pattern: French Press Felted Slippers by Melynda Bernardi

This yarn felted amazingly.  I made the 9/10 size and felt to fit my size 11 feet and it worked out just fine.  The only mod I made was to work the all the shaping on knit rows by reversing the row instructions. These were so fast to make; I’m wondering if anyone on my gift list needs slippers? ;)

 

I made some things!

So, first I designed this hat in September:

And just as I finished it, I saw this. I thought “okay, it’s constructed differently; I’ll contact Alex and see if she’s alright with my version” and I did and she was.  I decided I’d offer three sizes too.  Then this.  And, just this morning, this one.  I don’t know how I didn’t come across these patterns earlier!  So I’ll just write it up in one size and offer the pdf for free on Ravelry.  It should be good practice at any rate.

I made Dax a hat and beard and dressed him as a gnome for Halloween.  It was cheap and easy and he liked it much better than the lion costume we tried first!

I tried so hard to get a picture of him straight on, looking at the camera, standing still for just one second, just one picture, please! but it is completely impossible right now! He is always on the move.

And I finished up his Loch Ness Monster too. I am just glad to have finished it.  Hansi wrote a great pattern and the directions aren’t hard to follow, but my goodness does the knitting require some patience!

I do feel like knitting some more toys now; maybe Dax will get an owl or a monster for Christmas.  He loves stuffed animals and squishy pillows.  But next time I am picking fat yarn and needles!

Yesterday I started making some felted slippers–I saw on some Ravelry project pages that people were knitting them up in only a few hours, and I thought it would take me much longer, but no!  These go super fast!  I just have to finish the seaming and they will be ready to felt.  They are also super ugly before felting! So I haven’t taken a picture yet!

Oh geez, I almost forgot–I’ve also been working on an awesome project with one of Derrick’s family members.  It’s kind of a secret at the moment but it involves corn, knitting, and a football team.  I hope it all works out and I will be sure to share pictures when it comes to fruition :).

Interweave Knits Weekend and mommy stuff

Yes, that is my baby and me on the cover of Weekend in the jacket I knitted–what a thrill that was for me! The issue looks really good; the magazine has been redesigned a little with new fonts and the patterns appearing directly after each “story” and I like the changes quite a bit.  There are also tidbits of info tucked into some patterns and throughout the magazine which I hope will continue as it is a nice touch.

Last week, Dax turned ONE! I can’t believe it has only taken a year to go from tiny fragile newborn to almost walking, almost talking busy boy.

He’s been into making funny faces. 

Fall is in the air around here and I’m working on a hat pattern that I hope to release within a few weeks–I’ll snap some progress shots this week to share.  I have more ideas I want to knit, but the knitting that actually comes to be never really quite catches up to what you can imagine in your head, unfortunately!

xoxo Katie

Interweave Knits and knitscene Fall 2009

Yay, I can share some secret knitting!

First up, the Felicity Hat from Fall Interweave Knits. I love love love this hat.  Even Derrick said “That’s a nice design!”.  The yarn, Berrocco Ultra Alpaca Light, is warm and beautiful; the heathery colors were perfect for this project.

I snapped a few photos before sending the hat away for the photoshoot.

The best thing about this hat is that it was a fun challenge to design.  It’s knit flat; the rows go from the brim to the crown and the hat is shaped into wedges using short rows.  I like the crisp look of the 1×1 rib which was picked up after the hat was sewn together (I grafted the live stitches to the cast-on stitches for a virtually invisible seam).  I don’t often think that I look good in hats but I think this one is super flattering and I would love to knit another just for me!

The colors and stripes remins me of the snow/skateboarder’s sweaters from the late 90’s; the ones with the stripes down the sleeves and across the chest.  So I named it “Felicity” for the TV show that just screams late 90’s.

Next, the Maximum Stripe Pullover from the Fall issue of knitscene!

I loved knitting this stitch pattern; it’s a modified sailor rib worked mostly in the round. The result is a cushy and stretchy sweater that is easy to knit and cute to wear!

Summer Craftiness

Well, I’ve been feeling a little more like knitting but I’m not pushing it at the moment.  I’ve been sewing; finishing up some curtains I started a long time ago and now the three big windows in our living room are covered. 

It’s been pretty hot here and I really like drawing the curtains and hanging out in a darker room during the day.

 

And then there’s this dress.  The darts are done, the zipper’s in, but I am having some trouble with the curved yoke seam.  It’s crazy and I haven’t felt up to tackling easing it in.  The pattern looked easy enough, but yuck on the yoke!  Stripes also may not have been the best fabric choice, but I like it and it came from my overflowing stash.

This is the Trellis and Keyhole Tank by Connie Chang Chinchiofrom Summer 09 Knits–the Hempathy I pulled from my stash is a little different gaugewise so I’ve fiddled with the numbers and changed the shaping a little too.  Stockinette in the round is some of my favorite knitting and easy to do at the end of the day while almost asleep.  We’ve been watching Conan on the Tonight Show recently and I miss the wackiness they had at Late Night but I do appreciate the earlier time; I knit and watch as much of the show as I can before totally crashing out.  Everyone hears it from parents, but gah, so tired!  Once they get mobile, man, it’s all over.

Out of the loop

Someone really likes to swing!

Someone really likes to swing!

My lack of posting here reflects my recent inability to keep up with what’s happening in the knitting world-online, in print, everywhere.  I feel such a disconnect due to the fact that I’ve been finishing up a deluge of contract knitting; I haven’t even been able to take the time to get inspired and submit new ideas.  Finding balance between motherhood and being me is continuing to be a challenge and though I have a feeling that will always be the case, I also think we will be able to find something that works for us.  We’re just not quite there yet.

So what’s been happening?  What have I missed?  Have you seen anything awesome recently? I would love to hear about it; link it or mention it in the comments and I’d really appreciate it!

To fall back in love with knitting, I think a personal and seasonal project is in order, and most importantly a pre-written pattern! I’m thinking a cute, flowy, summery tank or tunic.  I’ll have to poke around the stash tonight and see what I can come up with; I know I have some linen, hempathy, bamboo, and even soy up there…hmmmm.  I’m excited by the possibilities!

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