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!

Project Holder Knitting Tote Tote

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 First Hat

Gussy's Hat

Yay I'm moving along! It isn't a scarf! So this didn't actually take me very long to knit up. I think I did it over the course of a few evenings (a few movies) and finished up on a weekend. The finishing was the hardest for me as I haven't ever done anything major with decreases, etc. I didn't have a pattern when I started but then ended up finding a knitted cap pattern which was very helpful for the decreases at the end. This was for my sweet little August. I let him choose his wool himself and then I added one extra stripe. This is also the first time I've switched colors while knitting. I have run out of yarn mid-project and had to start a new skein but this time it was all intentional (as I hope you can tell).
I found the pattern in a book that I checked out at the library (another great way to get free patterns).

Rolled Knit Cap

I used Patons Classic Wool for this particular project. It is a yarn that needs to be hand washed but is great for felting. The main color used was Cognac Heather. It said to knit it up using size 7 needles but I used size 6 circular needles for this project. It was my first time using circular needles and I love them! I wish you could finish the entire hat without switching to double pointed needles but it was a good first time experience for me. I guess most of you reading this probably know that you just knit the entire hat to make it roll this way, so no purling required. I think I started with 76 cast ons. I should write it down because I forget so easily. Since it was a gift for my little boy (who isn't even 3) I figured that would be plenty, but if I had it to do all over again I would have done less. It is a bit big for him, I guess I could try lightly felting it to get it to shrink down...or just save it until he's a bit bigger. I just don't like that it doesn't cover his ears very well...it doesn't stay down over them. I'm actually making another hat right now but I'm using a ribbed stitch and it is going to be much better for ear coverage - that one is for Simon.

Stitch Markers

The upside to decreasing is I got to use my cute stitch markers from Skyline. I just knit two together before each of my stitch markers until I was done. It made a nice little star atop his cute little head.

One more photo of cute boots. He loves his new hat (almost as much as he loves to eat snow).

Gussy's Hat Front