Baby Rauen

The past couple weekends I have been busy preparing and attending showers for my sister-in-law. She is having a baby boy in March! He’s my first nephew and I just couldn’t wait to spoil him. Right after I found out she was pregnant I went on the Chicago Yarn Crawl and visited my local yarn shop Knitche and their pattern give away was this super cute Sweet Tweet Jacket. I knew I was going to make it for this new baby. I picked out the colors from Quince & Co. Lark., Bark and Frost. They were nice gender neutral colors because at the time I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl.

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When they told us it was a boy they were so excited and started calling him Baby Wolf. My brother in law really likes wolves and in their pregnancy announcement they said they were adding to their “pack”. I thought it was adorable and wanted to feature that in this little sweater. On the back of the sweater is suppose to be a bird, hence the Sweet Tweet Jacket name. But, I changed it up a little bit and call it the Sweet Howl Jacket.

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The parents loved it when they opened it. And they even texted me the next day saying they finally got a chance to look at it closely and they just loved it even more. I was so happy with the turn out and would highly recommend this sweater. It will keep my little nephew nice and warm.

The first shower I attended/helped with was Christmas themed and we were suppose to give an ornament or Christmas item instead of a card. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to make the baby’s first MochiMochi. I decided to make Santa and Rudolph. They use them as ornaments or just little decorations.

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This past weekend I attended the second shower and I had already given them the sweater and I didn’t want to show up empty handed. Then I remembered the book my brother-in-law got my for Christmas, Knit a Zoo. There was a wolf in the book! I got to work right away and just used scrap yarn that I had. I’ve never knit a toy so this was a new experience for me. It’s knit up in pieces and sewn together. The sewing up part was the most difficult part of the whole project. But, I think he turned out great!

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Click the links to check out all these projects on Ravelry: Sweet Howl Jacket, Tiny Santa and Tiny Reindeer, and Wolf

My family knows me too well

Note: I meant to post this right after New Years but it got so cold that our internet literally froze!

A Merry (late) Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed family company and ate lots of food!

A lot of people are doing posts about the past year and their favorite FOs and projects. I’ve actually only been doing this blog for about 3 months and decided to post pone a “best of” post until next year when I have better documented my projects. But I would love to share my wonderful Christmas presents which will inspire new works for 2015.

I’ve been enjoying one of my Christmas presents for about 4 months now (See the October post here). My mom signed me and her up for the Dream in Color Club. It started in September and is very exciting to get a new yarn and pattern every month! I’m thrilled with this gift because these yarns and patterns are out of my comfort zone. I don’t think I would have chosen any of these colorways or put them with these patterns. It’s been an exciting journey!

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September

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October

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November

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December

This is like the gift that keeps on giving! It has taught my to open my eyes and look at stuff I normally would write off as not my style.

Now for my in-laws…

I’ve known my husbands family for 5 years now and they really have gotten to know me and my likes and dislikes. This year they were spot on with all of their gifts. They had a little help from some suggestions and my husband but I was still overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness.

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My brother in law had me for the sibling gift exchange and he was spot on! I saw this book Knit Your Own Zoo at Brookfield Zoo in the gift shop. I almost made an impulse buy but then my husband reminded me that Christmas was right around the corner. This was perfect because my brother in law loves animals. He used to work and the zoo so this was a perfect gift. As he handed me the gift he reminded me that he is has a son on the way and he’ll probably like animals too (hint hint). He also got my a gift certificate to my LYS Knitche. I can’t wait to use it for my next Spring KAL (knit a long) project.

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From my In-Laws I got the Snowfling Mitten Kit from Tanis Fiber Arts. I’ve had my eye on these ever since I saw them and I was so excited to get them. I got the colors Charcoal & Natural with a Poppy lining.

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I have already hand wound these (Edit: I have already finished these because I was so excited and it was getting so cold). The yarn is so soft and luscious. The Poppy has some cashmere in the blend and it is just so soft I can’t wait to wear these.

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My In-Laws also got my this little yarn tote from YarnPop. It is the perfect little bag the holds a couple balls of yarn and has two holes that you can put the yarn through if you want so the balls don’t roll around. This will be perfect for when I start my Quadrifurcus hat!

IMG_3660I also got a little Christmas gift for my self from Knitche’s December Pop-Up. They had Rauma of Norway presented by The Yarn Guys. My KAL leader Amanda Davidson, introduced me to the Quadrifurcus hat and she recommended this yarn.

Happy New Year to you all! Here’s to many more knitting projects in 2015.

Knits at work

I love wearing my knitted things to work. I work with all guys and one other woman, so my hand knit items get rarely noticed. But, every year I make something for my coworkers for Christmas. We’re small enough of a company that this isn’t a huge task. Last year I knit everyone all their own MochiMochi Snowman. They were a big hit! Every one has a little snowman on their desk.

This year I got a little creative! I made everyone a mini sweater ornament. I based it off of this ravelry pattern Mini Sweater Ornaments. All the guys are sports fans here so I made mini sweaters according to their preferences (with a Chicago team of course).

IMG_3635 They turned out even better then I expected. I made a little hanger for each so they could hang them where ever they wanted. Most of them just hung them on their desks. My boss was particularly impressed. He made a point to tell me that the sweater was too small for him to wear and then he walked around to see what everyone else got while holding his and showing it off (He got a Blackhawks sweater).  As of right now they are hanging some where on their desks. But, one of my co workers decided to combine last years gift and this years for a very cute snowman in a Bears sweater.

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Now for my woman co-worker I decided to make something special for her. She’s not a huge sports fan so a sports sweater didn’t make sense. We share an “office” and she really keeps me sane when everyone else is being dumb so she deserves something special. She had mentioned that she saw these awesome fingerless mitts and asked if I knew how to make them. That same week she asked the Dream in Color Club came out with their November pattern for fingerless mitts and a hat. I thought this was no coincidence. When I got the yarn I got right to work on the mitts and once they were finished I wore them to work to test them out. Of course my co-worker noticed and took a liking to them and wanted to try them on. They fit her hands perfectly! I hung on to them and gave them to her for Christmas. She was very surprised and grateful!

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Everyone loved their gift and I love to share my passion of knitting with them!

Christmas Knitting

Christmas creeps up on me every year even though it is my favorite time of the year. I love the snow, decorations, family get togethers, cookies…pretty much everything. I usually am still trying to catch up on my years worth of knitting projects that I don’t get to spend that much time actually knitting Christmasy things.

A couple months ago one of our friends from church approached me because she knew I knitted. She had these hand knit stockings that were made by a family member that had passed away. Her son just got married and she wanted her new daughter in-law to have a matching stocking.

She gave me the stocking she wanted recreated and some of the other family stockings to reference. I figured I could probably find the pattern online. Boy was I wrong! I found a similar pattern but nothing that had the color work chart. Most of them had Santa’s on them but the one I had to make had Penguins. I used one of the Santa stocking patterns and created my own color chart.

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I used a different yarn because I was having a lot of difficulty matching the green. I got all the colors approved before knitting and the “client” loved them. This was a very interesting project and I think I was pretty successful in taking an already knitting item and recreating it with no pattern. I think it looks great with it’s family of stockings!

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Now my mother-in-law is also friends with this women from church and she found out that I made this and now I’m making all the family members that were married in to the family stockings, so at least 3 stockings and probably more. These stockings have a Santa on them and if any of you know where I could find this pattern please let me know!

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Knitted Finger Puppets

Most people that know me know that I knit. My one and only instagram account is fully dedicated to my knitting projects and I wear my handknit projects all through-out fall/winter. One of my friends, Lauren, told her mom, Carol, that I knit.  She is also a crafter and can knit but is focuses more on sewing. Carol bought a book and tried to knit these little finger puppets. According to Lauren she tried to make some but we very unsuccessful and gave up and she wanted me to have it.

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I have made knitted toys before from Mochimochi Land and I am familiar with making small knitted things. I was very excited to receive this book so I immediately group texted my family to so them what I got. One of my sisters, Jamie, worked with special ed and deaf students and she said she could use some of these finger puppets with her students. I saw this as a great opportunity! I told her to pick out three puppets and I got to work.

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I started with the lion because he seemed to be the easiest. In the book it says to use a worsted weight yarn but I had a lot of left over sock weight yarn from make tiny mochimochi toys. I adjusted the needle size and he turned out perfect. I didn’t like some of the techniques in the book and reverted to some other techniques.

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The tiger was a little more difficult then the lion because of the stripes. It’s hard to tell but the black yarn is a little heavier weight then the orange yarn and dominates a little. But he’s still cute!

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I saved the most difficult for last. I also had to make a trip to Jo Ann’s to get some felt to finish him. He has a lot of pieces to him and I improvised in some parts like the arms. I’m not much of a sewer and when it came to the felt parts I struggled. I could not envision what it was going to look like and what I was doing was actually going to turn out okay. But he turned out great! My sister has already used them in the classroom and they are a big hit! The kids love them and they are just adorable how could you not love them!

 

 

 

 

A Sweater for Baby Alyss

Our friends had a precious little girl in August 2013. She turned 1 this year and I just had to make her something. I saw this pattern for a Striped Pullover in the Knit Picks catalog and thought it was adorable and perfect for little Alyss.

Now little Alyss is not actually that little, she is quite big for her age. That being said I decided to go with the bigger size.

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The body on double pointed needles

I chose some beautiful Swan’s Island Washable yarn. I knew both of her parents weren’t knitters and I didn’t want the sweater to get ruined if it accidentally got washed.

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Stripes!

I think my favorite part about this sweater was the stripes. It made a simple sweater so much more interesting.

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The body

This was the first time that I have made a sweater that was in pieces. Sewing the arms on was not easy. I struggled lining up the stitches. At the end of the day my goal was to make sure the arms didn’t come off when tugged on, I was successful.

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Finished!

This sweater turned out way better then expected. The pattern was very unclear at some points and I just had to wing it. But, it turned out great and I love how the colors came together.

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Alyss with her new sweater

Alyss loved her sweater. Once she opened it she was hugging it and just holding it. I gave it to her in August (which was when her 1st birthday was). She wasn’t able to wear it until recently. According to the parents they have already accidentally put the sweater in the washer and dryer but it survived! (good thing I got the washable wool). They also use it quite a bit. It’s a tad big for her which is great because it fits over what she’s already wearing and she can wear it as an outdoor layer.

Dream in Color Club – October

My mom got me an early Christmas present is year, the Dream in Color club. Her local yarn store, The Artful Yarn, is putting on this club. You get a skein of yarn and a pattern to go along with the pattern. The first month was September and I’m still working on that project. But then…

…the October skein came and I just fell in love with the colors and the pattern!

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Dream in Color Club – Classy

I just had to start the pattern right away! This month was the Cruzado Criss Cross Cowl by Laura Nelkin. I haven’t done a lot of knitting with wrap arounds and this pattern had a ton of them. It also had a mobius cast on, which is something that still blows my mind. This video was very helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4

Once I figured out how to cast on the cowl and accepted the fact that I didn’t understand what I was doing, the cowl knitted up really fast. Or maybe I was just really excited and kept telling my self one more row…

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Finished

I didn’t take many in progress pictures because I was just so excited to see how it would turn out. When you do mobius cast on you can’t really see what the finished project will look like anyway because you are working from the middle out.

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The wrap arounds

I have a new found love for wrap arounds. They create such a cool effect especially in a cowl. At the end of the pattern comes the criss cross wrap around part. I didn’t understand it at first but after trying it a few times I got the hang of it and it turned out great. I’m going to have to incorporate more of these stitches in my future knitting ventures.

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Knits at work

I was so excited to finish the cowl that I wore it to work the next day. There is only one other women in my office. But, she noticed and complimented me on it. I finished it in with perfect timing because I also showed it off at Vogue Knitting Live!

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At Vogue Knitting Live – Chicago

It was a big hit! Another women in my class had the same cowl. I also got complimented in the marketplace by a man on the colorway. I’m still working on the September pattern and just got the November one. So much yarn and so little time!

Check this project out on Ravelry!