"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

1/21/18

Sporty Raglan Baby Cardigan

Normally I would wait until the whole layette set is done before posting this as a finished project. However, this little cardigan is special. I've published a free pattern for it.



Pattern: Sporty Raglan Baby Cardigan by me.

Size: 6-12 months

Yarn: Caron One Pound
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 508 Sky Blue

Yarn: Big Twist Value Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: 5004 Medium Gray

Needles: Circular size 5 and 7

Started: November 28, 2017
Finished: January 9, 2018



I wanted something a little more masculine to make for KnitWits and came up with this idea loosely based on a lettermans jacket. The sweater is in 2 sizes, 3-6 and 6-12 months, and knit from the top down. So no sewing seams. Intarsia is used to knit the yoke/sleeves part. When you get to the bottom of the armholes the sleeves are put on markers to hold until later while the body is finished. The sleeve stitches are then placed back on the needles and knit in the roun. I used the 2-circular needle methode, but any method can be used.



The collar, bottom welt, sleeve cuffs, and button bands are done in 1 by 1 rib. 



It takes 5 half to three quarter inch buttons.



It's not a hard pattern, and it knits up pretty fast. I've put the free pdf pattern on Ravelry in my store. Click this link to get it: Sporty Raglan Baby Cardigan



As for the layette set? I'm almost done with it. I've got the matching hat and one bootie finished already. I need to put the holes around the edges of the blanket fabric so I can crochet the border.



You'll be seing this again when I've finished the whole set.

Live long and prosper. \\//

1/17/18

Zoey Has A Wardrobe

I finally got an opportunity to take pics of Zoey in her new sweaters that I've knit for her.

Sweater 1



Pattern: Dogosaurus Rex by Patons
Made For: Zoey

Size: Large

YarnUniversal Yarn Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic
Color: 311 Cherry

Needles: Circular size 5 and 6

Started: December 4, 2017
Finished: December 30, 2017

Comment: I used the Dogosaurus Rex pattern but didn't put the spikes on the sweater. The booklet this pattern is in, titled Another Dogs Life, is out of print. I found it on Ebay.

As with any dog sweater pattern, adjustments have to be made because no two dogs have the same size and shape of body. I made adjustments so it would fit her.

Zoey LOVES the sweater. She was so excited the first time I put it on her. She knows it's hers, and she believes she's gorgeous in it. I agree with her.



It is the first dog I've met that actually enjoys wearing a sweater.



I'm so glad I made it for her.



Sweater 2



Pattern: Dogosaurus Rex by Patons
Made For: Zoey

Size: Large

Yarn: Red Heart Shimmer
Content: 97% Acrylic, 3% Metallic
Color: Kaboodle
YarnUniversal Yarn Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Baby Pink

Needles: Circular size 5 and 6

Started: December 30, 2017
Finished: January 11, 2017

Comment: First of all, I decided to try my hand at knitting this in the round, instead of flat. It took some figuring, but I managed to do it and I really prefer it. I shall do it in the round from now on. I love the Shimmer yarn. It softened up very nicely after washing, and knit well. Though it doesn't show in the pictures, there's a shiny gold thread in the yarn.



Zoey looks especially good in pink.



She makes a good model too. Loves to mug for the camera.



Lets go play in the filthy snow!



Doncha just want to snorgle that face?



I dug in my stash and found the perfect yarns for another Zoey sweater. Woo hoo!

Live long and prosper. \\//

1/16/18

Newsy Stuff

I'm gonna blog about cooking. For Christmas, my daughter and son-in-law sent me a Kitchenaide Stand Mixer. I am very greatful for it. I've wanted on for a long time but could not justify the expense. I had a hand mixer that worked perfectly fine. So when a huge heavy box with my name on it was delivered by UPS, I was mystified and completely surprised when I opened it. It's not just a Kitchenaide, it's PURPLE!


I wanted to try it out right then, however, we had a large quantity of Christmas baked goods to eat up first. It would be silly to start baking cakes with all that still needing to be eaten, so I waited. We finally finished it all off.

Last Saturday there were 2 very brown bananas in the fruit bowl, so I decided to try out the mixer. I made a banana cake. Wow! Is it ever nice. The mixer, that is. Well, the cake was nice too. It was delicious. But I'm talkin' mixer here. It was so nice to not have to hold on to the mixer and the bowl and it was so quiet. I was able to gather ingredients while it was going. It mixes beautifully too. I love it. Wow, why didn't I get one sooner?

On Sunday I decided to try making my very first souffle. Dan and Sue were here helping sweet hubby build an office in the loft of the garage/shop. I asked them to stay for dinner. I filled the crock pot up with beef stew makings. I needed something to go with it though. I had a loaf of raising bread dough (from the freezer-no bread kneeding for me that day). I wanted something more. I'd never made a souffle before. Don't know why. Just never thought of it I guess. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I didn't even have to go to the store. Hurray!

I used the mixer to whip the eggs "until stiff, but not dry". I made the white sauce, then put all the ingredients together-- egg yolks, a bit of cheese, and then I folded those beautifully whipped egg whites in. I baked the souffle and it came out perfect!



It was so tasty too. Everything was so good. There were no leftovers from that meal.

By the way, souffles are pretty easy to make. I used the recipe in my Joy of Cooking book. Easy, and so very delicious.

I have finished characters 5 and 6 in my Star Trek cross stitch project.



This is Amanda and Sarek, Spocks parents. Aren't they cute? The next character is a Romulan.

Live long and prosper. \\//

1/15/18

2017 Knitting In Review

2017 was a productive year. I have a total of  55 projects in my Ravelry notebook. All of them are small, but I've really really enjoyed them. Admittedly, 9 of them were crochet. Here's a list of all I made.

Knitting:
5 pairs childrens mittens
1 pair mens mittens
9 baby cardigans
9 baby hats
9 pairs of baby booties
1 single bootie replacement
1 pair of mukluks
1 dog sweater
1 doll 2-pc set
2 doll dresses
1 doll skirt
3 doll short sleeve tops
2 doll hats

Crochet:
9 baby blanket edgings
1 toilet paper cover

Should you be interested in seeing them all, go here:  2017 Finished Knitting

Of all the projects, I think my favorite is the pink doll dress with the fur yoke.



My favorite layette set was this one. I love the color combination.



I did have a goal last year to get into making fairisle mittens. Clearly, that got tossed by the wayside after the first pair. I was just enjoying the layette sets too much.

This year about the only goals I have is to make Zoey some sweaters, and to make as much for KnitWits as I can. I've already got the first layette set almost done, and I finished a sweater for Zoey last week. I hope to blog about them soon. I've got yarn picked out for the next dog sweater too.

I also have the baby cardigan sweater pattern almost finished. Soon it will be on the pattern blog.

The weather has been cold and wet. We got a big bunch of snow a few days ago, and then it warmed up and rained. Today it was a beautiful sunny day with an unseasonably warm breeze coming from the south. Our temperatures are predicted to be all the way into the 40's over the next few days. The annual January thaw has arrived! Here's to hoping all of the snow goes away before winter returns.

Live long and prosper. \\//


12/27/17

Newsy Stuff

I had a wonderful Christmas. Everything went so well. I got the gifts bought/made and wrapped early, got all the Christmas baking done a couple days early, and got to have a very relaxing time on the actual day. Yay me!

We had Christmas Eve dinner at my brother-in-laws house with family. My nephew cooked the Prime Rib and it was unbelievably good. Best I've ever had in my life. The young man has a good talent for cooking. It was a very relaxing evening. I enjoyed it so much.

On Christmas day we went to my best friends house for dinner and played cards until the wee hours of the morning. Lots and lots of delicious food and fun was had by all.

I have been a busy bee though.

This year I made 8 loaves of Italian Christmas Bread for gifts. They turned out beautiful!


My arms and shoulders ached the next day from so much dough kneeding. Fun times!

I also baked several dozen dog cookies for all the dogs in the family.



Zoey was my official tester. I did 2 different recipes, both of which she loved. I made Peanut Butter, which had all of 4 ingredients and were super easy to make, and Pumpkin, which is a rolled cookie dough and there's a bacon glaze to put on top. My friend, Barb, gave me a cookie cutter for Christmas, so I made good use of it. I did not put the glaze on, though. It was going to make things too messy for my taste.

I've been working on my Mini Star Trek cross stitch. Got the 4th character done.



I blocked the dog sweater.


It's all sewn together too. Just have to do the leg ribbing. I tried it on Zoey and it's going to fit perfectly.

I'm almost done with the cardigan for another layette set too. This cardigan (no pics yet) will also serve as the model for a baby cardigan knitting pattern I've written. The pattern has been test knitted. I just need this sweater to be done so I can take pics for the pattern.

Christmas morning I got up and this was standing next to the tree.



Sweet Hubby made me an end table for the living room. It's made of cedar and this picture does not do it justice. It's absolutely gorgeous! It was a wonderful surprise.

I also got an eyeshadow kit (ooo-so many colors!),



and a box of 12 various pink nail polishes (they glitter!)



I wanted them, so I'm very happy. I got a couple books on French beaded flowers too.

The weather has been frigid the last few days. Super cold temps at night, and not much warmer in the day. Today it's also snowing, though at this rate, it won't amount to much by the end of the day. Rumor has it in a couple days the temps will raise into the 30's. It will be shorts and t-shirt wearing weather.

I got Zoey's picture taken with Santa this year. It was a fund raiser for the local Humane Society. I got Zoey from them and they do a wonderful job of finding homes for hundreds of animals every year. I love the picture.



I wish you, my readers, a very Happy New Year. Here's to it being better than 2017, which, all in all, despite hubby losing his job, was pretty good.

Live long and prosper. \\//

12/21/17

Happy Winter Solstice

Happy Solstice everyone! Spring is on the way. Hurray!



Live long and prosper. \\//