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Otto Revised

Otto Revised

Pattern: Otto by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in Cream
Needles: Size 2 Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN’s
Mods: Shortened Otto’s nose

This guy was a huge hit at my friends baby shower. The best part is they are naming their son Theodore, or Teddy for short, so its perfect for him!! And he was so much fun to knit! I had issues with his nose – originally he looked like he was an anteater rather than a polar bear, so I ripped back his nose to 22 stitches and decreased every row until I had 12 total, then grafted. I think it made a huge difference! (See Otto in original form below) Loved the construction of this guy, and kudos to Ysolda for writing a fantastic pattern that’s sooo easy to read.

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I also finished up my Leyburn Socks and the Alpaca Shrug (finally!!!) and I’m going to try and get pictures of the FO’s today!

Another Elijah! I may be knitting one more this month…

Elijah III FO

Elijah III FO


Pattern
: Elijah by Ysolda Teague
Needles: US 4 Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN’s
Yarn: Plymouth Suri Merino in Lime #1310, 1.25 balls
Mods: I added short rows to his trunk for a permanent curve, less floppy ears

The last time I knit Elijah I thought I wanted to figure out how to make this little guys trunk curve permanently, and I thought short rows would work perfectly, and they did! I also inadvertently left out a row in his ear shaping, so I repeated the mistake for the 2nd ear. Knitting this little guy never gets old!!

Pattern: Twining Vine Strip-Knitted Afghan by Sivia Harding
Needles: US Size 3 Addi Turbo Circs, 32″
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Lanett in Pink #4101 – just less than 8 balls
Mods: This pattern was initended to be knit as an afghan in a DK weight yarn, but I wanted a baby blanket. I also wanted a wool based fiber as this will most likely be an heirloom blanket, so I decided on the Lanett which is a superwash wool fingering weight yarn and the perfect shade of pink. To get the size I wanted (36″ x 36″), I knit one center panel, and then knit one left and right panel. In addition, I knitted only 11 pattern repeats vs. the 30 the pattern called for. As far as gauge goes, I knit up on size 4’s and wasn’t really thrilled with how loose it was knitting up, so I went down a size.

I love this blanket. My sister loves it which is more important. It was the first blanket little baby Dalya was wrapped in after coming into the world, and I think she looks great in it! It was definitely a labor of love as knitting it took forever, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

My friends have baby fever, therefore I have Elijah fever! Sorry the picture isn’t so hot – Its really icky today with not much light coming through the cloudy skies.

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Pattern: Elijah by Ysolda
Needles: US2 Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN’s
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Yellow #001 – 58 grams
Mods: None!

Once again, I cannot stress how much I love love love this pattern. Unlike the last Elijah I knit, I used bamboo DPN’s this time and found it was a lot eaier to pick up the stitches on his body for the arms and legs. I attribute that mostly to the 6″ bamboo DPN’s versus the 8″ Inox ones I used last time. The yarn is beautiful, although a bit splitty so at time gave me fits. I think his right ear is a bit crooked, but I think that gives him a little charm, right?

One gift down for 2008!!

Still casting on…Its an obsession…

I’m finding myself working on one project a little at a time, switching between the several that I have to keep things interesting. I am going out of town for work tomorrow and will take a small project with me (most likely the Broad Street Mittens, which have been hibernating for a good month now, even though I really want to take the new Monkey socks I’ve been working on). I make myself work at least one hour a night (which will knit up one pattern repeat) on my sister’s Twining Vine baby blanket, as it really HAS to be done by March 15th. I’m almost finished up with the first panel, thank god, and hopefully will be able to cast on the second this weekend. At this rate I should be able to finish in time with no problems *crossing fingers*. I also frogged the BFF sock, and got all the kinks out of the yarn so its ready to go. I’ll probably cast on for that this weekend as well (as I’ve got chronic startitis!!).

I already mentioned the Monkey socks…I’m knitting them in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in Cherries Jubilee. I got this yarn off Jimmy Beans Wool website and it was one of their custom colors. I felt the colorway was too busy for many sock patterns, but I had read on Ravelry that Cookie’s Monkey socks looked good in variegated yarn. So here they are:

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Love the pattern, love the yarn, love the socks! And these are my first pair of socks ever, even though I’ve tried knitting them twice now (first one was a horendous color choice, and the second were the frogged BFF’s). These fit perfectly too! Just the way I like them…snug. I also did a short row heel instead of a heel flap and I like it sooo much better.

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I also cast on for another Elijah. This one is for my friend Gina who just had a baby boy. I’m using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Yellow #001.

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The Tangled Yoke is done except for weaving in the ends and adding buttons. I’m going to try and finish that by this coming weekend.

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Pattern: Saartje’s Booties by by Saartje de Bruijn

Needes
: US1.5 Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN’s
Yarn: ShiBui Sock Yarn in Blossom – about 60 yards
Mods: None, I followed the pattern for the larger size.

These are so precious! I knit these up in a few hours for my sister’s baby shower. Because I was using sock yarn the larger size came out as newborn size, but that’s ok cause newborns need booties too! I heart Shibui Sock Yarn – so yummy to knit with. She loved them!

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Pattern: Baby Bobbi Bear by Bobbi Intveld
Needles: US7 Addi Turbo Circular Needles
Yarn
: Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Sand
Mods:
I used a provisional cast on (my first!!) for the body to add the butt and legs.  I didn’t do the duplicate stitch for the neck because I didn’t want to fiddle with it, especially with the Organic Cotton.

Overall result is that I love the bear but really didn’t like knitting it up.  The Organic Cotton had no give and if ripping was necessary it had a tenancy to tear apart, which made me absolutely crazy.  The softness of the yarn makes up for this however.  Its is soooo soft.  The good this is that now Elisa has a friend 🙂

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