Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Summer Singlet

This is another Katja , this time for Jasmine. Isn't she cute! I added a cable down the front, and a moss stitch panel down the back (to disguise the jog you get when you do a bit of garter stitch in the round). I also made the body first (with an eyelet row for a ribbon) and picked up the triangles later.

It's very soft and nice - Bamboozle, like the last one, but in blues and pale green/yellow. I finished it yesterday, and today was perfect weather for it.

Jasmine thinks she looks pretty good.

Here she is with a tshirt-suit under it. She'll be able to wear it all year!
I really should get on with the Vivian. I realized I made a slight cabling error. I've been cabling every 4th row, instead of row 4 and every 6th. Oops! I'm not going to frog, though, as knitting-hours are too valuable to waste (when you have littlies) for something so minor.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Olive bits

Hehehe. This project took me about 3 days, just doing an olive here or there in my spare time. I ended up doing 16, I think. It was lots of fun, and the Raveler who made them up was right... they are addictive!

This is a little present for my Mum and Dad for Christmas. Coz Olive 'em.

Used tapestry wool, and tried a few colors of "olive". Ended up liking a bit of a mix.

I got better as I went along. In fact, I could probably whip one up in my sleep, now, only I'd wake up to find a red olive stuffed with green. Ü

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Green bits

I haven't posted for ages, because it seems somehow pointless to write anything in a knitting blog without pictures. But my progress on the Vivian is very slow. Some days I only get a row or two done Ü

I think I'm up to the 17th row now.

Anyway, I've taken a break these last few days to do the following:

1. Read! (Stupid addictive Twilight Series)

2. Hat lining. Sigh. My DH tells me that wool makes him itch, so rather than waste all the time put into his nice merino hat, I'm wasting more time knitting a lining in a super soft acrylic to somehow put on the inside. I'm doing about 20 rows of 2x3 rib (same as the hat) and trying to decide, as I knit, how I'm going to best attach it.

3. Another cotton Katja, this time for Jasmine. I should do my jumper first, but I want to make her this so she can wear it this Summer. Of course, it's Summer in Australia right now, so if I wait until the Vivian is finished, she'll be too cold, and before long, too big.

I started going backwards and forwards, but then I decided to join it, though it has to stretch a bit to fit on my 80cm circular. I added a cable down the front and a 7-wide column of moss stitch down the back, so that I can disguise the "jog" where you do a little garter stitch.
Well, one more week until Christmas, but only today left before my DH is on holidays, so I'm going to have to do a fair bit of his hat today!
I'm planning to start back on the Vivian in a few days. I even wrote myself out a bit of a schedule (which is setting myself up for failure, I guess, but I'm a ListMaker) to make sure I finish it by my birthday Ü
Hopefully it will fit! I must do more exercise!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Here is the Katja I finished yesterday, while Zara's parents were over for tea. Zara is Byron's little friend (they've known each other since before they were born, pretty much, and are the same age.) So Zara is a lucky little honorary family member who gets a knitted Christmas present, when noone else in my family will Ü

Mainly because I saw the Bamboozle worsted bamboo/cotton, and had to buy it (it's very soft and pretty), and this looked fun to make...

I ended up buying one extra skein to finish it off, so I used about 2.2x 50g balls. I knitted a size 2 with 5.5mm needles instead of 4.5, so it's a little big for her (she's 18 months). But it's still cute and I love it! I added the ribbon eyelets, but forgot to buy a ribbon (that's present-wrapping curly 'paper' ribbon you can see), and right after this photo, I took it off and wrapped it for Christmas. (As the first grandchild on both sides, she's going to need all the presents she can get... LOL). I've already bought more Bamboozle to make one for Jasmine.


I have stalled long enough, and am determined to cast on the Vivian today. I still have a few WIPs, but at least I am casting on! If I have time, that is. It's my MIL's 60th tomorrow (Happy Birthday, Cheryl!) and we're going out for lunch today. Anyway, I bought a 200g ball of nice soft Aussie merino from Bendigo Woolen Mills (online) and I'll order some more. It's cheap and nice!

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