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Tangerine Cardi

Tangerine Cardi
Started:
3/12/07
Finished: 4/8/07
Pattern: Debbie Bliss' "v-neck cardigan with contrast ribs" from Baby Knits for Beginners, size 3-6 months
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in Tangerine Orange, 4 balls
Needles: #6; #5 for neckband
Notes: The main modification I made was to knit the body in one piece to the armholes, which had its complications. I wasn't crazy about how the armpits seamed:

Tangerine Cardi

but in retrospect, I think it looks fine. Scott helped me pick out the buttons:

Tangerine Cardi

Cute, eh?

Overall, a quick and easy knit, if you don't massively screw up like I did.

 

Eyelet Dress
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Eyelet Dress
Started:
3/26/07
Finished: 4/7/07
Pattern: Debbie Bliss' "Dress with Eyelets" from Baby Knits for Beginners, size 3-6 months
Yarn: Crystal Palace Cotton Biwa in Magenta (on cone), ~6 oz
Needles: #4; #3 for neck- and armbands
Notes: I didn't quite get gauge (24 sts x 33 rows, vs pattern gauge of 25 sts x 34 rows), so I knew it would come out a little wider than the pattern. To compensate, I added an extra row or two to the bodice length.

Also, the pattern calls for DB Cotton/Wool, which is a drapier yarn. On top of that, I knit the Cotton Biwa on smaller needles than the ballband recommended. Result: a sturdier fabric with less drape. Certainly not cardboard, and perhaps washing will soften it up some. If I were to knit this again, I'd choose a yarn/needle combo that would create a drapier fabric. (I do, however, like the sheen of this cotton.)

Quick and easy knit. I had some problems with the neckband, most likely due to my yarn substitution, but I was very satisfied with my fix. Also, I found the buttonhole placement for the back is too far to the right; I would move it left by a stitch if I knit this again.

Eyelet Dress

I still have to find some ribbon to thread through the eyelets!

 

Ribbed Jacket

Ribbed Jacket
Started:
4/4/07
Finished: 4/7/07
Pattern: Debbie Bliss' "Ribbed Jacket" from Special Knits, size 0-3 months
Yarn: GGH Java in peach (2 skeins) and light peach (1 skein)
Needles: #7; #6 for ribbed collar
Notes: What a quick knit! Since the main body is knit in one piece, there is very little finishing to worry about. My stitch gauge was spot on, but my row gauge was off (27 rows vs pattern 24 rows), so I had to add a few rows here and there to compensate.

The GGH Java feels light and springy and I liked knitting with it. It's not tightly spun, so I am a little worried about strands getting caught on things. I knit this after seeing Elinor's cute version here.

I'm trying not to be despondent about the contest guesses that are later than my due date. Actually, I'm trying not to be discouraged about any suggestions that it will be longer than this weekend. ;)

You know the whole nesting thing? Well, I haven't been immune. But strangely (or not so strangely), my form of nesting appears to be yarn and fiber related. Instead of cleaning bathrooms or folding and refolding baby clothes, I've been going through receipts:

Yarn receipts going back 12 years

Receipts that go back to 1995:

Yarn receipts going back 12 years

For practically every yarn and fiber purchase I made since then, every knitting needle and point protector, pattern, book and booklet. And I've been putting it into Excel. Into a very long spreadsheet.

Old Webs receipts don't give details on what yarn was purchased beyond "MILL END", "CLOSEOUT", "CONED YRN", etc. So there's a lot of guessing involved. There are some handwritten receipts from the Classic Elite Mill End store in Lowell, and Shuttles, Needles & Hooks in NC that are equally vague. It's a bit of a conundrum. There's also stuff I bought on eBay that arrived sans receipt. And there's probably plenty in the stash that is somehow not represented in any receipt. Gifts or trades, or pre-1995 yarn.

I've spent hours working on this spreadsheet. Hours. And hours. Over a span of many weeks. There's something comforting about it. Couldn't tell you why. Organization that I can't achieve in the yarn room? Having everything visible and sortable? Filterable? Being able to see what I have so that I have a better chance of using stash? It's a bit insane. Well, a lot. But really, not so surprising, is it?

The Eyelet Dress was moving right along until I got to the neckline. Puckered. Not so pretty:

Eyelet Dress - in progress

I figured I had 3 options:

  • Pick up fewer stitches
  • Use smaller needles
  • Cast off more tightly

I used all 3. The "cast off more tightly" I employed at the center live stitches and on the curves. Worked nicely:

Eyelet Dress - in progress

I did the same on the sleeves:

Eyelet Dress - in progress

Just need buttons and a wash! Not done, but the knitting's done. So I started another project:

Ribbed Cardi - in progress

These baby knits are addictive.