Sonya’s stocking

I don’t have the best record for finishing Christmas stockings in time for Christmas, but I totally beat the deadline for Sonya!

Pattern: the Komi colorwork pattern is co-opted from mitten #10 in Charlene Schurch’s Mostly Mittens. As you may or may not know, Walter has some roots in the Komi region of Russia, so it seemed totally fitting to have at least one stocking with Komi motifs. For stocking construction and stitch counts, I mimicked the St. Nick stocking I knit for myself 5 years ago.

Yarn: Raumagarn Strikkegarn 3-ply wool yarn, in 5/71 (light pink), 198 (light green), 173 (dark pink), and 112 (aubergine). I bought the yarn from Nordic Fiber Arts in Durham, NH, and their customer service was fantastic; Debbie, one of the employees (owner?), helped me select colors over the phone! Highly recommend.

Needles: US 4 Susan Bates 16″ circular needle and dpns.

Here is our fireplace mantle, with everyone’s stockings in place!  From left to right: mine, Gregory’s, Sonya’s, and Walter’s.  They are all different designs, but I think they look beautiful together.

Mitts and two bags

I recently participated in a gift exchange (LSGP’s Fishmas) for which I knit a pair of fingerless mitts, and sewed two project bags, and I wanted to document them here.

 

Pattern:  Three Leaf Mitts by Brenda K.B. Anderson.

Yarn:  Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, in Lapis.

Needles:  US 7.  This gave me a gauge of about 4.5 stitches and 7 rounds per inch.

This was a great project for a swap.  It was quick, used less than 1 skein of yarn (about 72 grams) (important because there was a limit on the money spent), and I think the result is really beautiful.

Pattern notes:

  • I worked the pattern over 36 stitches instead of 32.
  • I started and ended with 5 rounds of ribbing instead of 3.
  • I added 1 repeat after the thumb to provide additional wrist coverage
  • I worked the thumb entirely in stockinette (pattern has it start in stockinette and then continue in ribbing; not sure why, or if it’s a mistake); total of 6 rounds worked.

Pattern:  Lunch Sack from 1, 2, 3 Sew, available through the sew mama sew blog.

Materials, all from my local Joann’s:

  1. Home decor weight, seahorse print, 100% cotton fabric.  Working with this directional print and making sure the seahorses lined up and were facing the same way was pretty cool.  Instead of attaching batting as in the original lunch bag pattern, I interfaced the fabric with Pellon 911FF to give it a little oomph, so the bag could stand up on its own.
  2. Yellow calico 100% cotton fabric
  3. 1″ wide white belting for the handles
  4. 1/8″ wide white cording for the drawstring
  5. black cord stop
 

Pattern notes:

  • When I first saw the pattern, I was hesitant to make it, because there aren’t many diagrams.  However, once I took the time to read through carefully, the directions were totally clear and I could follow them.  It’s a well-thought out pattern, with all seams finished.
 
  •  As written, the finished dimensions of the bag are 9 1/4″ wide, 3″ deep, and 8 3/4″ high, plus the lining extends up another 5 1/8″.  For my bag, I cut 13″ x 13″ canvas pieces, which made the canvas part a little taller, and the lining extended up only 4 1/8″.
  • I was pleasantly surprised at how easily my sewing machine handled sewing the white belting handles; I had been very nervous! I recommend attaching the handles before sewing the bag pieces together.
  • I recommend sewing together the lining and the canvas at the squared off corners before step 9, otherwise there is too much wiggling and pinning in step 9.

 

Pattern:  Zippered Wristlet tutorial from the Splityarn blog.  I’ve used this tutorial before, and still love it!

Materials:  same as above.  I added a tiny piece of grosgrain ribbon instead of the wristlet strap.

Pattern notes:

  • I cut 10″ x 7″ pieces of fabric, again, paying attention to the placement and direction of the seahorses, and used a 9″ zipper.  The finished dimensions of the pouch are 9 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.
  • Just a note to self:  you can use a longer zipper and cut off the excess by stitching straight across the lining and the main fabric (and the zipper) in the last step before turning everything right side out.

A finished sweater, and lots of pictures of my kids!

First, baby Sonya is TWO months old today! Unbelievable. The time is just flying by. Anyone know how I can capture her like this, forever?

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A long time ago – when it was still warm enough for my son to be wearing shorts – I finished a textured sweater for him to match his little sister’s.

At the time this picture was taken, his little sister was still incubating inside of me. Little did we all know, she was less than one week away from meeting us.

Pattern:  Top-down raglan with a stitch pattern at the yoke of my own creation.

Yarn:  One of my all-time favorites for baby knitting:  Berroco Vintage, in mochi (off-white), dark denim (navy), sunny (yellow), and fennel (heather green).  I used US 5 and US 7 needles.  I used less than 2 skeins of the navy, and just a little bit of the other three colors.

Finished dimensions:  25.5″ chest circumference, 9.75″ sleeve length to underarm, 15.25″ shoulder to hem.  This will fit a typical 3 year old (mine is on the smaller side, and is 3 years 4 months old in these photos).

Unlike Sonya’s sweater, I inserted a zipper into Gregory’s.  It is faced with grosgrain ribbon on the inside.

I’ve been meaning to record/post an updated tutorial about the way I insert zippers into knits, but… Well, the adorable newborn is keeping me away from this task at the moment :).

A few folks have asked about writing up and sharing the sweater pattern with my readers. In my opinion, the stitch pattern is best for knitting in the round rather than back-and-forth, because it’s a 3-row (or 3-round) repeat.  It would be better on a sweater with a yoke knit in the round, or on a hat or mittens. So, there is some additional work and thinking to be done, and I have my hands entirely too full right now to give it adequate attention.

I really need to get a picture of Gregory and Sonya together, wearing their matching sweaters. Three-year-olds are notorious for their high degree of cooperation, right?  I did manage to get a few good pictures of the two of them the other day, of which I’m exceptionally proud.

I love them both so much.