Mini Briar - Completed

It's been a while since I purchased Megan Nielsen's mini wardrobe pattern pack, and as of last month, I'd only made my daughter one pair of Tania's (which she still wears a year later, by the way) despite my best intentions to fill her wardrobe with garments from all three patterns.

I had actually attempted to make her a Mini Briar a few months ago, but the fit was all wrong (I went with the smallest size in the cropped version, and it just looked weird on Louisa, who's very tall and lean). Plus, the collar was a complete disaster, so she never wore it again after the initial fitting.

The whole experience kind of deflated my sewing confidence actually, but luckily it was re-ignited in June when I was gifted a pretty high-end sewing machine from my cousin. I knew the first thing I wanted to make with that machine was a successful Mini Briar, with perfect collar and all!

I'm not sure if I completely succeeded on that last part, but certainly this t-shirt is good …

Leafy Baby Blanket - Completed

Leafy Baby Blanketby Leila Alieva

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted (in Lake Lost Heather)
Needles: US 8 - 5.0mm
Ravelry: Baby Blanket

Here are the finished photos of the baby blanket I've been knitting for the last few months. I mentioned in my last post that the pattern was easy and soothing, and the yarn is soft and squishy, so all in all, this was a really enjoyable knit.

I ended up blocking it as aggressively as I dared, and so the final dimensions ended up being about 33" x 33". Kinda on the small side, but baby isn't born yet, so this can definitely be a newborn baby blanket and last a few months before it's relegated to the closet.  It's too bad, because I had enough yarn and I could have added another pattern repeat to the width, had I caught it early enough in the process.

The leaf pattern turned out really great after blocking. So nice!

On a completely different note, I've been having some existential angst yet again about this blog, and whether or not I…

Leafy Baby Blanket

I've been working steadily on a lovely project for a baby-to-be, and it's been really nice having an easy, methodical knit to come home to these days.

Life at work has been strange and stressful, but in a weird sort of under-the-surface kind of way, so I can't tackle anything head on. I generally don't have great mechanisms for coping with stress, and some knitting projects (daunting or complex ones) ADD to my stress level, which probably accounts for how this project even came to be...

I actually bought this yarn with a sweater for Nico in mind, but I COULD NOT get it to work. (The yarn is Knit Picks Swish Worsted, bought specifically because I had such success with it when I knit Louisa's Owlet) But with this sweater, I had issues from the start. I had to start it over three times do to fit issues (the first time I frogged it was because of gauge, the second was because I misread the pattern). Finally when I thought I was getting somewhere, I asked Nico to try it…

Bella's Mittens

Bella's Mittens by Marielle Henault
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids (Aran)
Needles: 5.0mm circular
Ravelry: Bella's Mittens for me
This was a quick and dirty knit, that almost fell below the radar. I knit these in November, when I had to start wearing mittens, and had grown tired of my current pair. I wanted something a little more interesting than just plain stockinette mittens, and these mitts delivered. I also wanted them RIGHT NOW, because winter was upon us, so choosing mittens knit in bulky yarn was key. I knit them double stranded, and they knit up ridiculously quickly, even though I knit them one at a time. I kept close track of my modifications, which you can see on my Ravelry page (most notably I shortened the cuffs significantly). Since this is yarn is acrylic, and therefore pretty stiff and doesn't breathe, I thought they'd be great for mittens. But alas, even though they are knit up chunky (doubled up) and even with those cables over the top, t…


Damask by Kitman Figueroa

Yarn: Red Sock Blue Sock BFL Sock (in Summer Berry)
Needles: 6mm Circular
Ravelry:Damask in Summer Berry Ultimately I'm disappointed in this project - and it has nothing to do with the yarn or the pattern, as both are lovely. The shawl is just too small for my own personal preference. And it's too small because I tried to squeeze a full sized shawl out of one little skein of yarn. I followed the pattern for "medium" in the recommended gauge. Looking back, I should have gone up a needle size or two to add inches to the final product without necessarily using more yarn, but even so I still would have run out of yarn in the end. This goes to show that I'm not a good stasher, and that I should just stick to buying yarn when I have a particular project in mind, rather than "stocking up" during sales, etc. When I dig through my stash of random yarn, things usually don't work out... However, actually knitting this piece was great. It…

Damask in Summer Berry

So, I had this skein that I bought on sale, and it's really beautiful and merino, and I was set on making a pair of socks, but then when I finally pulled it out and started looking at patterns, I realized I didn't want it to be socks at all. So I started digging around for pretty shawl patterns that required <425 amask="" and="" it="" nbsp="" p="" was="" yards="">
I'm VERY worried that I won't have enough yarn though... Argh, but I just keep carrying on, I'll deal with a yarn shortage when I get there. I'm really liking the lace pattern. It's the most intricate I've done to date, but it's just small enough a garment that it's not breaking my brain. My LYS just hosted a blocking workshop, and I really wish I'd taken it. While I get the idea of blocking, I have no idea if I actually do it right, and what kinds of techniques are involved to achieve different results. P…

Mini Tania

Earlier this summer I bought a Megan Nielsen mini wardrobe pattern pack, when I was convinced I was going to make Louisa's entire summer wardrobe. (but then we were graciously gifted some hand me downs, and with that my motivation flew out the window.) Now, out of the three patterns, I did NOT think I'd make the Tania Culottes first. That's because I have some culotte baggage. See, being almost 37 years old means that I was THERE the last time culottes were in style. I LIVED THROUGH IT, and not only that, I saw how quickly and how hard they fell out of fashion. Culottes were seriously ridiculed back in my day, and I cringed whenever I looked at mine in the closet. But that's the thing with MN, she actually seriously does breathe fresh air into old notions, and these Tania Culottes seemed different from the ones I knew in the 80s. Guys, I'm so glad I got over my culotte thing. Because I seriously cannot adequately express how freaking cute these things look. And no…


CineCittà by La Maison Rililie

Yarn: Shibui Linen in Pollen
Needles: 3.5mm circular
Ravelry:Sleepykins' CineCittà I finally finished my beautiful linen summer top with enough summer left to enjoy it right away!! Seriously, It took me over 5 months to complete this - but I must say that it was stalled because I was also planning our wedding! Yup, Angelo and I got married last Saturday, and even though it was an intimate affair for immediate family only, it still took up a significant amount of my time and energy leading up to the date. But still, I managed to plug along at the top whenever I felt the urge. I actually finished the knitting about two and a half weeks ago, but it took me that long to weave in those ends. I still have to give it a soak and a light block (it's pretty much the right shape and size, so I don't need to do much to shape it, and I don't want the linen to growwwwww.....) but here are pictures because i just can't wait anymore!
Even though I'v…

Umbilical Cord Hat

Umbilical Cord Hat by Jennifer L. Jones.
Raveled here: Newborn Hat While I am making good progress on Cinecittà, I thought I'd pop in and show a couple of newborn baby hats I made several months ago. These are tiny, but they're for tiny heads, so that works out. The yarn is plain old wool, but the colour is really creamy and lovely and makes the tiny garment seem a tad more special than just a utilitarian winter hat. Anyway, I hope the recipients enjoyed the hats, even though by now they've for sure outgrown them. Sigh. I am really digging small makes these days, especially since I've been toiling away (slowly) on my shirt for the past three months...

CineCittà - Rippin' it back

I was pretty sure my CineCittà was going to be too short fairly early on in the pattern. But for some reason I carried on knitting, and even though I added 10 extra rows after the waist shaping, it still did little to cover the whole length of my torso. Then I started the increase rows for the hips, and thought I'd simply do an extra pattern repeat if I needed a bit more length. But when I tried on the shirt, it became super clear that I had a big problem: From this point in the pattern, there is only 2-3 inches left to knit.  Obviously that wouldn't work at all. And so today I sadly frogged back to the last waist decrease, and I'm planning to add another 4 inches of length at the waist before starting the hip shaping. It's a bummer for sure, but I have an extra skein of yarn, and truly, I want this thing to fit me just right. I'm just hoping the yarn won't grow too much after washing and blocking. Only time will tell if this was the right thing to do...