Thursday, January 28, 2010

Knitting for Baby

When I knit I like to have 2 projects going at all times. That doesn't include the projects that are "resting". So, 2 active projects. Typically one will be more complex which I knit at home while watching tv. Then my second project will typically be something simple I can take with me to knit groups. This project will be something which won't be messed up if I get to talking and stop paying attention. Since it's getting closer and closer to when the baby will be here (8 weeks left, eep!), I have been knitting mainly baby things.

My complicated project has been this really awesome pair of pants (Ravelry Link) from Dale of Norway. The pattern is called Pusekatt from Dale of Norway book #114. I don't speak Norwegian, but I am assuming that Pusekatt translates to pussy cat or possibly kitten. I'm using Dale of Norway Baby Ull for the yarn, which is always a dream to work with. The only thing I have changed is substituting brown shades for the purple shades called for in the original pattern. I think it looks more boyish this way. This pattern is so much fun to knit. I just can't wait to see each new stripe develop!

Then my easy project is this hoody (Ravelry Link) by Debbie Bliss from her Special Knits book. I've made several of these over the years for other happy babies. This is the 0-3 month size. Most of it is simply knitting and purling, which is great for knitting and chatting at the same time. I wanted to make this because I want something quick and easy to throw over the top of an outfit if it gets cool out. I'm planning on making the bigger size as well, so he will have something to grow into. For yarn I am using Cascade Cash Vero in color #020 Ruby. It's super soft and machine washable!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

GYW New Patterns!

I think this makes me a designer! Gardiner Yarn Works just released 3 new patterns which were designed by me!

First up is the Cuddly Baby Cardi. This was actually one of my projects I finished up in 2009 that was hush hush! I knit the sample for this myself and just loved it! It is knit out of Manos Cotton Stria, which was the first time I have ever knit out of this yarn! I really loved it. I love the color which says vintage 50s to me!

Next up are the Oak Street Fingerless Gloves. They are named after the main street that runs through my hometown of Hood River. They come in 2 sizes, a M/L size and a XL/XXL size, both in the same pattern!

Lastly there is the Mt Hood Earflap Hat. Named, of course, after the mountain nearest to Hood River. This hat is knit from the top down, making the size and fit easily adjustable to whoever you knit it for. The pattern comes in 3 sizes: Child, medium adult, and large adult.

I have a few more ideas that may be published in the future! It just is so much fun working with such talented people as the Gardiner Yarn Works team! Make sure to check out all of their new patterns.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Old & New

So, I have a 2009 project that I finally got photographed:

These are tiny baby duck socks for my little one! I love little bitty socks! The pattern is my own which is included with the LavenderLamb Sock Kits. The yarn is a bit of leftover Superwash Sock yarn in color Lemon Lime.

Now new for 2010 is the pear jumper. The pattern is the Hermine Jumper from the Dale of Norway Soft Treasures book. The yarn is the recommended Dale of Norway Baby Ull in colors #2203 Pale Yellow and #9436 Olive Green. I only changed a couple of things with the pattern. I chose slightly different colors because the yarn shop I went to didn't have exactly what the pattern called for. Then I changed the length of the cuffs, because they looked too long. Then, of course, I got to the end of the pattern and realized that the cuffs were supposed to be folded under and sewn down, thus making them the same length as I made them! I guess it's a lesson to me to actually read the whole pattern! I already have my next Dale of Norway pattern on the needles, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Blogiversary!

This is my 4th blogiversary! It's quite exciting to think about actually. Here is a link to my very first post! It's just amazing so much time has passed by!

So, I have decided to do something a little different this year. I definitely want to keep all of my semi-solid colors, since they are all so popular. So I will definitely be keeping: Berry Pie, Bordeaux, Midnight Rose, Moss, Mountain Sunset, Purple Blackberry, Sea Turtle, Smokey Rose, Snapdragon, and Summer Sky.

So that left me with picking the top 15 (I was going to only do a top 10, but there are too many pretty colors) from the variegated yarns. So, from your votes I got this top 15: 1. Mine, Don't Touch! 2. Peninah 3. Espresso 4. Firefighter 5. Monet 6. Strawberry Shortcake 7. Truffle 8. Wild Violets 9. Childs Play 10. Cirque 11. Columbia River 12. Provence 13. Mech 14. Dragon Fire 15. Vineyard.

These will be the colors I dye year round. I may also add in some seasonal favorites throughout the year. I also have 4-5 new colors up my sleeve, I just have to do a bit of experimenting in the dye studio to see what comes up!

Ok, so onto the winners:

Winner #1 is Lizziek8!!! Her comment was: to choose?????
Mine, Don't Touch!
Child's Play

All are gorgeous!
Winner #2 is PghCathy!!! Her Comment was:
Happy blogiversay!
I'd choose:

Candy Cane Lane
Autumn Splender

All bright, cheery different from what's outside my windows!

Since both ladies love such bright colors, I am going to send each one a skein of Tencel Sock yarn in Vineyard with Gardiner Yarn Works newly released Sunset Beach Sock pattern! So, email me your addresses and I will get them sent off right away!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Annual Blog Contest!

Every year I like to run a little blog contest in honor of my blogiversary, which is January 13th! I really liked what I did last year, so I am going to run the same thing again this year, with a little tweak.

This year:
  • Go to the Colorways Page of the website
  • Pick out 3 of your favorite colorways that you can see knitting any time of the year, this includes the semi-solids colorways too.
  • Post a comment on this post with your 3 favorites
I have some good ideas for prizes, so let the contest begin! I'll announce the winner(s) on January 13th, along with the top color choices.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

2009 Finished Objects

It's the beginning of the new year. So here is my list of projects from 2009:

Cuddly Baby Sweater
Baby Duck Socks
Super Natural Stripes
Blair's Neckwarmer
Grandma's Blanket
B's Sweater
Toby Mouse
Nautilus Socks
Smokey Autumn Socks
Brick Rib Socks
Kim's Garter
Blair's Socks
Pooling Samples
Frequency Hat
Bridget Socks
Venice Beach Tank Top
Cuddly Bear Cardigan
Stainglass Bag
Darkside Cowl
Purple Socks
Grandma Socks

So that's 21 projects in total. Here is the break down: 5 pairs of women's socks, 4 baby sweaters, 2 cowls, 2 pairs of baby socks, 1 pair of baby booties, 1 felted bag, 1 woman's top, 1 pair of men's socks, 1 garter, 1 toy, and 1 blanket. Not bad for a year's worth of knitting! I can't wait to see what will go on the needles for 2010.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy 2010!

2009 has been a year filled with many blessings as well as many sadnesses. For my own part I am looking forward to 2010 with the hope that it will be by far less eventful! I am looking forward to the birth of my little boy as well as many fun and wonderful yarnie things to come!

So with the new year, I have a special announcement!

As my little yarn business continues to grow I really want to reach out to you guys all the more and give you as many possible options for buying my yarn as possible. So I am announcing another way to buy yarn. I am now excepting credit cards over the phone! The number is 541-392-1828! The hours for phone orders will be as follows (Pacific Standard Time):
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Of course you can still purchase through the website 24/7 and the best way to reach me is through email. Thank you all so much! I hope everyone has a very happy New Year!