Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Baby Surprise X 3

From top to bottom,  Baby Surprise Jackets by 3 different knitters with 3 different needle sizes and 3 different outcomes--

Top--Kelsie's Baby Surprise, knitted by me on size 4 needles with 1 skein STR lightweight.

Middle-Crew's Baby Surprise knitted by Shirley  on size 5 needles with 4 balls of Louisa Harding's DK.

Bottom-Gage's Baby Surprise knitted by Helen on size 6 needles with 6 balls of Knitpicks Palette.  
Next time, we will do the buttonholes differently--maybe bind off two instead of one stitch, and rather than yarn over to replace the decreases, wait until the next trip by and do a couple of  knitted cast-on stitches.  It would make for a much neater buttonhole, we think.

Gage's Baby Surprise!  Knitted by his Nana' and ready to keep him warm over Thanksgiving.  Helen used Knitpicks Palette yarn, held double (6 balls), with a size 6 needle.  

This BSJ will be gifted to Kelsie today. I used one skein of Blue Moon STR lightweight in Goody Goody, the RSC yarn for July.  It looks great.  There was enough left over to crochet some bouillions ala Prudence Mapstone for decoration.  A lot of her publications can e purchased on line and downloaded to you computer.  
I have a bunch of these bouillions as well as other small crocheted and knitted objects for a purse but haven't
 as yet put them all together on the purse form.  Darned day job keeps getting in the way of my knitting!

That's it for today, my knitting friends.  If you haven't checked out Ravelry yet, go to 
www.ravelry.com  and sign up to join.  It is like my space for knitters and crocheters.  It is a great resource, and it's FREE.  It might take a week or so for you to get the invite to join after you sign up online.  It is worth the wait though.  

I have to jump back into my holiday knitting.  
The pile of projects keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Christmastime's a 'comin!

It won't be too long, time to get your needles warmed up!  Here are some things that have been knitted in our neck of the woods recently--

This scarf is for Carson.  No, he hasn't gone all Goth or anything,  the scarf was designed because he really liked the buttons, so I invented a place to put them.  No, I am not adding any more.  It's an asymmetrical thing.  Really big this year, the whole asymmetrical thing.  There are coordinating wrist warmers too, but I don't have a photo of them.  This pattern was dreamed up while I visited him in LA a couple of weeks ago.  It is a simple 2X2 rib.  K2P2 across, flip around, knit the knits, purl the purls.  Next row the pattern jumps one to the right.  That row starts off P1, then K2P2 and ends with P1.  Return trip--k the k, p the p.  Next row starts P2, K2, etc, ends K2.  return is k the k, p the p.  Next row is k1 p2 then k2 p2.  Get it?  It makes a diagonal.  Just enough detail to keep you awake.  

Remember this scarf from last post?  It brought 
in $250.00 for the Hospice Silent Auction!
  Which confirms my theory that at an event such as this, people will pay a lot of money for 
something for their kids or grandkids
if they like it.  It's a two-fer.  It's a christmas present on one hand, and a donation to Hospice on the other.  And it makes me happy to have created  $250 from $6 worth of yarn!

Speaking of Rats, check out DeeDee's multi-ethnic Rats.  I mean these are some BIG Rats!  Check out the tail on the last one--it is pointy just like the real thing!  Fran says EEEEEEKK!!!

Next post---Baby Surprises X 3---------