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The second of 3 FOs

Continuing the tradition of ridiculous(ly cute) hats for my baby Sonya, I knit her a cupcake hat!

These pictures are from January 25th, 2015, so Sonya is nearing 4 months here.

Pattern: Cupcake hat from Susan B. Anderson’s Itty-Bitty Nursery. I’m pretty sure I knit the smallest size. Memory is hazy.

Yarn: Rowan Wool Cotton in 3193/Tender and 900/Antique.

Needles: I don’t remember, but I remember needing to go down quite a few needle sizes for the ribbing, otherwise it looked sloppy.

Here are all the silly hats together. Gregory’s too. Really, silly hats are an excellent reason to have children, don’t you think?!?

 

The first of 3 FOs – Louise Cardigan

I’m months behind in sharing some FOs with you. Months! The benefit of working through a back log of FOs is that you’ll see pictures of Sonya from a while ago, and be able to see her grow between projects. Without further ado, here’s a project I finished about 2 months ago.

This project was completed on January 11, 2015. Sonya is 3 months old in this photo.

Pattern: Louise Cardigan from Kristen Rengren’s Vintage Baby Knits. I knit the smallest size with lots of mods based on Ravelry feedback, mainly widening the sleeves and neck opening to match the generous proportions of the body.

Yarn: Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino in Sugar Plum, recycled from a long-ago UFO. I used less than half a skein, about 265 yards.

Needles, gauge, and finished dimensions: I didn’t note my needles and gauge, for some reason, but the yarn is fingering weight, and the cardigan is very light, so my gauge was probably quite close to the 27 stitches per 4″ that the pattern calls for. The finished cardigan is 10″ from shoulder to hem, and the sleeves are 6″ from cuff to armpit. (I didn’t note the chest circumference before giving this to the intended recipient.)

I think the flower buttons mimic the picot edge around the neck opening beautifully. For buttonholes, I worked the “reinforced eyelet” from Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook. That book is my everything.

Book review: Noro Lace

A few have noted the updated header image on my blog – it is none other than my Volna pattern, knit in the gorgeous Noro Kirameki. I loved knitting lace with Kirameki, feeling the slightly textured yarn, watching the colors shift before my eyes. Kirameki is now discontinued (sad!), but Noro continues to delight us with a fabulous yarn lineup. If I were to knit a Volna today, I would love to try Taiyo Sock yarn.

Are you also dreaming of knitting some lace with Noro? You might be interested in checking out the new book, Noro Lace. This collection of 30 patterns features mostly accessories – scarves, shawls, and cowls – knit using various Noro yarns. There are patterns using laceweight yarns, like the Infinity Scarf knit in Taiyo Sock, medium weight yarns, like the Buttoned Wrap knit in Shiraito, and heavier yarns, like the Tilted Blocks Scarf knit in Taiyo Aran.

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The pattern which I like the best is the Short Row Shawl knit using Silk Garden Sock. I am intrigued by the construction, and love the way the lace enhances the color transitions.Noro LaceSee below for some other patterns which caught my interest. Looking at these makes me want to get my hands on some Noro and knit with it again; I really enjoyed doing so for the Volna pattern, and would love to experience knitting with Noro again!

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