Swatching for a New design

I think I still have at least one more new design in me before this baby shows up, so I’ve been swatching:

swatching

Both are similar (and using the same stitch patterns), although the teal swatch I cast on fewer stitches, and then I wasn’t sure what I thought about the colour variations- if they distracted too much from the design. So I cast on in Gold, for a more tonal take on things.Then I thought that what would really jazz this photo up would be to get an ostrich in there. You know, for kicks.

I’m leaning towards the gold- I think that (except on the white background) the stitches will be crisper, clearer. What do you guys think?

Wee Wednesday: Anouk as a Dress

Friends, I’m in loooove with this little dress:

Anouk finished 2

Pattern: Anouk as a Dress

Yarn: Knitpicks Comfy Worsted in Light Blue and Peapod

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Mods: For the side ‘seams’, I kept the seed stitch edging at 4 stitches wide, not the 8 stitches wide called for in the pattern. I felt it looked more balanced.

How could I resist making little booties to match?

anouk booties

  
I don’t normally knit with cotton yarn, but this was really nice- soft and squishy, and not too squeaky (which is the common complaint of cotton yarn). I’m looking forward to seeing how it holds up after several washes.

I know I don’t talk about my pregnancy much, mainly it’s because I’m a total amateur and I have no idea what to say… so for those interested,  I’m doing great- sleeping well, feeling good, I still exercise 5 times a week although recently it’s been down shifted to 20 minute sessions (for reference, I used to be able to work out comfortably  for an hour before I got pregnant, then about 45 minutes in my first trimester, then 30 minutes…). My back used to get sore until I got the most perfect pregnancy pillow ever  (seriously, I don’t think I’ll be giving it up even once the baby is out!) I was very late to the pregnancy craving game, but in my 32nd week, I finally started to crave something- pineapple!

I’m 34 weeks pregnant now. The nesting instinct hasn’t kicked in yet, though (except in a knitterly way- I enjoy knitting for the baby!)- I’ve done absolutely nothing to get the baby’s room ready at all. I keep telling myself that the first few months she’ll sleep in a bassinet in our room anyways, so it doesn’t matter… but really, I should get a move on.

Hedgies Like Yarn, Apparently

Here is a cute little video (barely over 30 seconds) that G took of Bruce Quillis wandering around the coffee table last night. I have a decorative wooden bowl of yarn balls that I use as a coffee table centrepiece, and apparently Quillis was quite taken with it!

The stripey thing is Bruce’s special flannel blanket. G tells me that Bruce was licking the yarn and very interested in trying to get in there- I had already gone to bed (see the time on the cable box?! waaaay past my bedtime), I was sorry to have missed the live show!

Modification Monday: Purple Mystery Top

Original Pattern: 198 yards of Heaven

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sachiko (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Created a top-down raglan top based on the original shawl design, and added a great cowl. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: A shawl into a top, people! Holy cow! This is a beautiful way to incorporate a lace pattern you admire into a totally different garment, for those that aren’t that keen on triangular shawls.  I find this so inspiring- the top looks really modern and wearable, and still has the great lace design of the shawl. What a fantastic idea!

Wee Wednesday: Bear Hoodie and WIPs

I knit a little bear hoodie for baby bliss. I tried for the 6 month size, when the fall will be coming:

bear hoodie

I didn’t have anything to model it on, other than a teddy bear someone as gifted us (for the baby). The bear is much too small for the hoodie, but you get the idea.

 And check out these little daisy buttons! I love them. Found them on ebay.

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There were some modifications: I felt that the sweater was a little too wide, I wish I had eliminated the casting on of the 4 additional stitches on each front. To compensate (after knitting it and not wanting to rip it all out) I seamed down the left and front edges to eliminate the extra 4 stitches on each side, and picked up the button bands as written from that section. For the hood,  instead of garter edging I maintained ribbing; and did paired decreases on the hood (k2tog and ssk).

I loved the pattern, the buffet approach is a very clever way to totally customize the kind of sweater you want to make. You should see the zebra hoodie, I think that’s next on my hoodie hit list! I love how the pattern comes with options for different types of ears, for all sorts of animal combos.

I deliberately knit this sweater in a gender neutral colour, because I was thinking that maybe this won’t be my only baby (especially if my second pregnancy is as easy-breezy as this one has been), and if the second one is a boy, and I’m already busy with a toddler… I might not have time to knit as many wonderful little things for the 2nd baby. So I thought the bear cardigan could do double duty- if the second baby (years from now, let’s not forget) is a boy, I can just take off the daisy buttons and put on some new buttons.

I’m also working on
Anouk as a Dress and a Sunnyside cardigan in that gorgeous Gold, in a bigger size for when she grows a bit. I actually got the daisy buttons to go with that cardigan, but considering there were 30 in the package, I’m well stocked. 

 WIPs

See that awesome little fox pouch on the right? That is courtesy of Jacey, and her sewing wizardry! I keep my on-the-go knitting tools in there.