Project Tote and Sweater Progress

Knitting Tote Outside

I really scored this weekend at a yard sale. I nabbed up a cute little knitting tote or project tote. I don't know what they are officially called I just know that all of the inspirational knitters in my life have them and mine was $1.00!

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It came at the perfect time since I've been spending a lot of time knitting out in the sunshine.

Sweater Start

I like to sit on our back deck and soak up some Vitamin D while I work on Shane's sweater, watch my kids and chickens play, and watch my garden grow. The problem I was running into was that my ball of yarn seemed to fall off the table and somehow target a pile of chicken poo, which doesn't tend to have a very good outcome. This is no longer a problem! I can keep my ball of yarn in the knitting tote, poo free!

Starting Noro

I've made some progress on the sweater I'm working on. I'm using chunky Noro Yarn - that I'm completely in love with. It is great to work with and self-striping and the colors are great! I started off using size 6 needles at the bottom. The first piece I'm working on is the back. I think I cast on 99 stitches and I used size 6 needles for 6 rows of 99 sts in stocking stitch or stockinette stitch (which is just knitting one row and purling back on the other side). After those six rows the pattern tells me to switch to size 10 needles and work 16 + inches. I thought I loved the look of this pattern on Ravelry when I was admiring a photo of someone's completed project, but once I visited the pattern on Yarn Forward I wasn't as impressed. I decided today that a stripey colorful version will look much different. I can always fall back on myself as the owner of the sweater if all else fails.

Sweater Progress Noro In Tote Stripey Noro

One thing that I have thought of, is since this pattern is having me do the front independently from the back the stripes most likely won't match up, but I don't think I care and who knows, maybe I'll get lucky. The cable stitching near on the armholes will also prove to be very tricky, as I have no idea how to work with cable needles. I will learn I suppose! And I realize that might be a matching nightmare also - again I don't think I care. I just wanted this first sweater to be a fun, toasty, colorful sweater and I'm prepared for the imperfection that comes with it. I think the Noro yarn will make up for it.

Pouty Model Yogurt Pop Yummy Sweater

My little model wasn't thrilled with me, he was just trying to enjoy his frozen yogurt pop.

More to come soon on the sweater, just knitting my "spare" time away.

Happy Knitting!

My Ribbed Hat


So I completed my number two hat a few nights ago. I promised my little 5 year old that he could wear his new hat to school on Thursday morning and luckily I was able to fulfill that promise.

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I gave him his hat at breakfast on Thursday morning. We decided we liked it best without the cuff at the bottom so he doesn't wear it that way. He chose his very own yarn at Joseph's Coat and he picked Shepherd's Wool Yarn made in Michigan. He selected the two colors on his own Christmas Red and Misty Blue. I wasn't super stoked about his colors because they were the colors from my high school and I didn't want to knit a North High Husky hat, heh...but it ended up being pretty adorable. He told me, with much certainty, that he didn't want stripes in his hat, he wanted the colors knitted and purled together, so I just held two pieces of yarn together. I'd done this with some scarves already so it wasn't tricky. The yarn for this hat was Worsted Spun Fine Wool and I used size 8 circular needles and of course double pointed for the end/decreasing. Again I can't remember how many I cast on and I didn't use a pattern until the very end. This is just knit 2, purl 2 the entire way around over and over again to create this ribbed pattern. Really simple. I did have to do a little bit of research on how to decrease the top since this was only my second hat - I'm a rookie. I used this pattern to kind of figure things out.I just purled two together the whole way around the first round of decreasing and then knitted two together the next time around. Then just knitted two together the rest of the way around until I could close the top. It was actually really easy to do. I'm happy to have that under my belt though. I was worried about not being able to figure it out.

I love this wool - it is very soft and warm - Simon informed me that his head stayed warm at school on Thursday and Friday. It says to hand wash. But I really loved working with this yarn, I'm going back for more!

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Happy Knitting * Look at that happy warm head.