Archive for April, 2011

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Pea Pod Baby Sweater and Hat

April 4, 2011

I just found out a short time ago that a food blogger I know, Maria, who writes “Two Peas and Their Pod” is having her first baby.  I knew I would get to visit her in Utah on spring break, so how could I resist knitting her a little baby gift?  No way!  I love this cute little baby sweater from the Knitter’s Book of Yarn and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make it.

 

I sewed a little hat to match from this pattern on Ravelry.  I’ve made it before in different colors and I thought in greens it would look adorable and keeping with the “pea pod” theme:

 

I knit the sweater in a “pea green” color – how appropriate – and it’s good because it’s gender neutral.  I used Berroco Vintage, which is a great blend that is machine washable and very soft.

 

I sewed a little label into the sweater.  I got these cute little labels at this Etsy shop.

There is errata for this pattern, which I didn’t learn about until after I had knit for a while.  For the smallest size, you need to cast on 36 stitches instead of 38.  It didn’t seem to make much difference for me – I just took in the back seams a little when I assembled the sweater.

 

Pattern: Baby Soft Cardigan
Pattern for Hat: Berry Baby Hat
Needle for Sweater: US#9
Needles for Hat: US#8
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Fennel & Douglas Fir
Ravelry Pages: Sweater, Hat

 

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Nola Slippers

April 2, 2011

I just finished knitting these slippers on the plane on our way to Utah.  The guys will be skiing, but my bad knees and I will be having our own fun off the hill. I will be driving into Salt Lake City one day to hang out at Blazing Needles and then I am excited to be meeting up with my food blogger friend, Maria, from Two Peas and Their Pod for lunch one day.

I read a post where Adrian Bizilia, one of my favorite knitting designers, wrote about these slippers and I wanted to make some. I thought they were so cute. They are written for a man’s size so I thought I would go ahead and knit a pair for one of the men in my family (Barry has claimed them) and see how they measured out.  I could then adapt them later to make a pair for myself, possibly.

The pattern calls for these to be knitted in a worsted weight, held double, which is what I did (although I saw a few people on Ravelry knit these with bulky weight yarn, single).  I used Ecolana, a beautiful alpaca/wool blend from AslanTrends.  I did change the pattern a little – I did stockinette stitch on the top, the tongue part, instead of garter stitch.  I just thought it looked nicer.

The slippers are knit flat, on a circular needle, in one piece and then sewn up at the end to make the slipper.  I used kitchener stitch on the bottom to knit up the sole and that created a nice flat seam that is comfortable.

 

They were so fun and a very quick knit. It was fun to use #9 needles with big yarn after all the fingering weight yarns I’ve been using and tiny needles. I can see in the future if I knit these again it would be fun to knit the tongue in a completely different color – I’m definitely going to do that!  Maybe even a variegated yarn. Oooh…. the possibilities.

Pattern: Nola’s Slippers
Yarn: Ecolana by AslanTrends
Needle: US#9 Circular
Ravelry Page

 

This is what I’m doing in the condo while the guys are skiing and I am a very happy camper.

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