Stitching Status: Features & Fun Little Things

In the last week I’ve finished 3 hats and a baby cardigan. I swatched for a sweater for my Mom and a test knit for a spring tee using one of my favorite yarns. I’ve got lots of little things happening all at once. And another little thing that was fun, I was mentioned in a UK knitting magazine.
Let's Knit Mention
Let’s Knit Magazine reached out to me via Ravelry and asked if they could have a picture (preferably with the dogs in knits) to feature my blog at the end of the magazine! I gave them options and they picked the matching Angelina sweaters with Jellybean. They sent over the layout so I could see it and that was pretty cool! Other cool things…
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So one of the hats I finished was made with this yummy yarn. It is Audubon Worsted from the Fiberist and it’s just lovely. My girlfriend Alisa is on a sabbatical from her job in Brazil and has been in the states and came to visit. I took her with me to my LYS one day and she asked me why I hadn’t knit her anything and I told it was because she’s lived in the Middle East and now Brazil so she didn’t really need anything warm. But while she’s in the states she’s been freezing so she asked for a purple hat. I’ll share the details next week on the finished project but this my first time picking up a skein of the Fiberist yarn and I would totally go back to it again. Pictures really don’t do it justice.
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And one last little thing…Jellybean with the world’s smallest teddy bear chew toy. It’s just the cutest thing to me. Have a great weekend!

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FO: Fiona’s Finest

One of my coworkers had her third child last week after having two boys, a baby girl she named Fiona. And if you knew how girly and feminine she was you’d know how exciting it was for her to have a little girl. A few coworkers wanted to send a gift and I decided why not knit up a baby hat that was pink and sparkly? And then I got the even brighter idea to try to add Fiona’s name to her hat! It’s all about practicing my skills, folks.
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So on Friday I opened up my laptop and make a basic chart in Excel to spell out her name.
fiona chart
And with any basic hat, I pretty much use this chart I’ve had bookmarked forever to get the sizes right if I don’t have a pattern in mind and just build my own. I figure out the yarn I want to use, then my gauge and I get to knitting. For this I cast on 66 stitches and did about an inch of ribbing in the Tempting Ewe, Ewe So Sparkly DK I had leftover from this cardigan and paired it with the Lemonade Shop’s Sparkle DK in Girls Gone Wild (it’s pink with flecks of grey/black) that I had in my stash. I knit a few rows in pink and then started to spell out the name. I repeated it four times around the hat. Thinking about it now I could’ve done a heart in between her name twice but hey, I was just winging it.
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I finished it off the following morning and blocked it and decided to add a button on the inside so I could put a huge pink pompom on the top because why not?! It just looked like it needed a little something extra to add to the sparkly yarn.
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And there you have it, a personalized little hat for a newborn baby girl. I hope it fits her during this little cold spell and is just as cute as she is.

FO: Stranded Sets

To test my stranded colorwork I decided a hat was probably the best way to start. So when my girlfriend was telling me how her toddler didn’t fit baby sized hats I decided to use that as an opportunity to test out my stranded knitting skills and make her a hat.
Finished Prism Triangle Hat
I chose the Prism hat, part of the Mad Colour collection from Tin Can Knits and I went with the triangles option. I just used the leftover bits from my husband’s shades of blue sweater I made in December.
Prism hat
My tension wasn’t too tight and I did my best to be neat with my floats and consistent with how I was throwing my yarn. I’m still a mess on how to hold yarn in both hands but more practice will hopefully make it more comfortable. All in all I was pretty proud with how this one turned out.
Prism hat
And I added a button to the inside of the hat to secure the pompom so that my girlfriend can wash the hat and remove the pompom.
Prism hat
Did I also mention how extremely helpful Jellybean was during this process? LOL she just had to be all up in my knitting this time. And because of that I decided that my girlfriend’s dog also needed a new sweater to coordinate with her human sister. You may remember them from this adorable dog and baby sweater set.
Sparkle sweater with colorwork
I actually had the same shades of the light and dark blue from my husband’s sweater in worsted weight (it’s all Berroco Vintage in dk and worsted weight) from a scarf I made him years ago and just used the leftover yarn for test knitting. The pattern is the Sparkle dog sweater that I’ve made a billion times before – it’s just a super easy top down knit.
Sparkle sweater with colorwork
I carried over the triangles pattern to a little patch on the middle just to make them coordinate. Because why not when you’ve got the chance to keep practicing. And I was fortunate enough to FaceTime with my girlfriend when they go their package and I’m happy to say that toddler and dog’s items both fit! On to the next stranded knitting project!