A few FOs, an unlikely new hobby & a surprise gift to show you

A friend of mine is due with a baby boy later this month, so I browsed Ravelry for patterns to get some inspiration (is it just me, or it’s really much harder to shower a baby boy?). I was looking for something practical that can be made in no time and most importantly that can be made from yarn already in my stash. There are some crazy cute baby stuffs, but either require more time to be made or are meant for girls. Still it was quite easy to find two free patterns (both gender neutral) that met all my requirements: Chaussons Mignons by Pruline and Shower’s in an hour baby hat (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/showers-in-an-hour-baby-hat)


I did everything as the pattern indicated. Used circa half skein of Phildar Rapido (100% acrylic, bulky), a yarn that is a good example for acrylic awesomeness.
The little shoes turned out cute, I’m just not sure it will fit the baby’s feet (on the other hand, I haven’t seen a lots of newborns yet…). However, since it’s such a fast knit and excellent for stash busting, decided to knit a bigger pair too.


Changes made to Chaussons Mignons:
Started with 8 sts and knit 24 rows, cast on 12 sts on both side, and knit 13 rows. The base is 5 cm x 8 cm, but can stretch out a lot, especially in length. Bind off needs to be stretchy.

Changes made to Shower’s in an hour baby hat:
I had somewhat wider gauge and added 4 sts, so the circumference is 34 cm. The first 4 rows are in garter stitch to be more stretchy. The hat measured 10 cm / 4 in in height before started the decreases:
R1: k5, k2tog, k6, k2tog x 3, k1 =40sts. Decreased on same place as previously every second row until I had only 10 sts left. K2tog five times. Pulled together those 5 sts.

The booty and the hat are made from a single skein of 100% acrylic bulky yarn (Alpina, Teteks, 1 skein = 100g/100m). I estimate it’s a 2 / 3 month old size, the baby will be able to wear them late October/November, so the bulky yarn should be a good choice.

Recently a fellow knitter/blogger wrote about learning to crochet: http://fridica.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/guess/ and made me think. I wasn’t interested in crochet because I find knitted garments prettier and way more practical. But after reading her post I made a mental pro/con list: I should learn to crochet because 1. it’s easy, 2. it’s faster than knitting, 3. I have tons of yarn I don’t know what to do with in my stash, mostly cotton, 4. I could use a cotton blanket with big holes during the summer, 5. knitting an entire blanket from cotton would be an endless nightmare; I shouldn’t learn to crochet because 1. I don’t like the thick fabric it creates, 2. I don’t plan to use it more projects. Finally I decided to give it a try, and made this little granny square following the instructions from a youtube video:

Conclusions:
1. I still don’t like the fabric but I can live with it,
2. it’s OK for a blanket / potholder / similar items,
3. it grows FAST

Unlike Fridica, who chose to make a complex and colorful blanket, I chose to continue my granny square (and avoid seaming) using only 3 colors. My goals are to have a blanket and to use up / reuse some yarn from my stash. The blue and the white yarns are 100 % cotton DK, the blue / white / black is 45% wool, 35% acrylic, 15% polyester, 5% rayon Worsted weight. Initially the blue was meant to be a blouse, but since it sat around sleeveless for years, the best thing I could do was to frog and reuse it. The white… It was meant to become a cabled poncho I was looking forward to wear so much. But after not touching that wip for more than a year I had to admit that it wont be finished. Still, it hurts to have to frog 😦

Here’s my progress on the blanket:

A friend of mine surprised me last week with this HUGE skein of handspun wool from Zlatibor:

My jaw dropped when I saw what a huge skein she bought me, just like that, to make me happy! I measured it since, it weights 360g and is bulky (7 wpi). I sure can make a vest of it. Do you have some advice for me, how to handle a handspun?

Cheers,
Mimi

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7 responses to “A few FOs, an unlikely new hobby & a surprise gift to show you

  1. What a wonderful huge skein of yarn!!

  2. I’m not much fond of crochet either, but I think your blanket is great! I suspect you’ll really like it when it’s done. That skein of gorgeousness… sigh! Yum! I am afraid I haven’t knit with much hand spun, but when I have I have treated it the same as any other yarn. At 7wpi, just treat it as any bulky yarn – the odd thick/thinness of it (if it’s like that) will even out.

    • Thanks for your advise. Yes, it does have thicker and thinner sections.
      The blanket is quite heavy already, and that’s great because I like my blankets that way (I know it’s strange, most people feel suffocated when covered with something heavy, but not me).

  3. Ooh those little booties are adorable! I wish I could knit! A new challenge for me I think…

    • Thanks! Actually, those booties are excellent for first time knitters, you only need to learn to cats on, to knit (no purl stitches) and to bind off. You should try, it’s worth it! Maybe with a help of youtube, there’s a bunch of excellent tutorials. You can chose between different styles of knitting, in my opinion the easiest and fastest are the continental and it’s variations.

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