Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Something Old, Something New

Hello! I still knit!

If you have kids you know that May is a really crazy month. All the end of school programs, art shows, preschool sing, Mother's Day tea, etc. Add in a birthday. Get outside and get that yard shaped up. Then, catch Tote Bag Fever and go a little crazy on that for awhile. My studio (my whole house) is just a crazy mess.

So, I've been trying to organize my knitting projects that have gotten scattered around the house. When I really want to buckle down and get some stuff finished, I do the "finish one old project before rewarding myself with a new project" game. I know you do that too.

So today I present you with two FOs, one started last October, one started last week.

First up, the Chic Basic Hoodie--Lace Version. I started this last October with some Cotton Ease in Violet. It clipped along for a few months, hit the wall in January, when I discovered for the 85th time, that a 4" rib just doesn't work for me. After a few months in time out, I ripped back and reknit 3" in stockinette and 1" rib.

Finished the sleeves in the car during spring break, and sewed the buttons on today!
I changed the hood to a big collar. I just picked up the same amount of stitches called for my size, fudged a bit to make sure I had a multiple of 4 (+2) and knit 8" of 2 x 2 rib. When picking up stitches for the collar, I made sure the pick up looked good on both sides, by just picking up the very edge loop (1/2 a stitch). More details on Ravelry.

And now, for something completely different.....
I love animal print. I especially love it on kids.
I've had this idea for awhile, to make a Magic Ball using Tiger yarn and some other bright colors. Last week I made a boy version, with Tiger, Candy Corn, Picnic Basket, and others, and a girl version, with Tiger, Cosette, Deep Rose, California Poppies, and more (pink, orange, yellow, and some neutrals).

Just as a mom "tests" the chocolate chip cookies when they come out of the oven to make sure they are good for everyone, I decided that I needed to test out one of these to see if it lived up to my vision.

I am really super happy with the result. I made this Baby Surprise Jacket from the boy version. I upsized it to a 3T to test out how large a sweater I could get from one Magic Ball. I can report that I used almost the whole ball for the 3T size--I had 2 color sections out of 15 left over--so it is could be possible to do a 4T and just make it shorter.

If you are needing to see the girl version, you can catch a sneak peek over at the Sophie's Toes Ravelry group forum, or see them in the shop tomorrow night.


Anonymous Allison said...

Hi Girl! How are the "slushies" and the "magic balls"? (sounds so dirty)
I hope mom is laughing! Sweater is so cute! You beat me in the Paducah New Year with your blouse! Really cute.


10:53 PM  
Anonymous Cathy R said...

Both sweaters are beautiful! Love your cardigan. Will have to investigate that myself.

My magic ball (deep blue sea) is in progress with stunning results. I'll let you know when it is done.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Thanks for the magic ball info, I knew they were all the rage, but I didn't know for what, NOW I get it! The Chic Knits cardi is loverly. It has been on my list for a long time.

7:28 AM  
Blogger prairievisiondesign : handmade said...

The Tiger sweater takes my breath away. It's gorgeous but I love how it's very unique.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Patricia said...

Great sweaters!Love your blog any time you can post.

7:15 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Too much gorgeousity! Is too a real word. :o)

4:29 AM  

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