My Cabled Baby Jacket on a real live baby!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
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The Cabled Baby Jacket now belongs to a real live baby. And it fits! Oh dear Lord it fits and I’m so relieved. Here are some pictures!

I’m a bit squeamish about putting pictures of babies on the Internet (that’s for them to decide when they grow up), so all faces have been replaced with characters from a recent blockbuster movie-film.

Chipmunks!

Chipmunk!

Finished Cabled Baby Jacket (and mittens, and a little ornament)

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
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Cabled Baby Jacket

Happy Christmas Eve, suckaz! I am finishing things like all get out.

Cabled Baby Jacket, started June 13th, 2007, finished December 21st, 2007
Pattern: Cabled Baby Jacket from Nursery Knits by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Higgins Tweed, sadly discontinued.
Needles: Size 4 circulars.
Modifications: None! The pattern was wonderful, perfectly clear and needed no improvements.
Would I knit it again? I love this little jacket so much. I would definitely knit it again for any future babies that spring from my womb, but I think I’ll stick to knits that require less seaming when I knit for other people’s babies. I don’t have much time for finishing, because I prefer to knit on the TTC instead of seaming and all my other time is taken up with school. I’m terrible with putting it off, so it takes me longer to finish a seamed object than a non-seamed object, which means there’s greater pressure and I constantly fret that the baby will get too big and the present will be ruined. Still, it came out fantastic and hopefully the parents will like it.

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E-Day!

Friday, December 14th, 2007
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Touch of Grey Blocking

Yesterday was E-Day. That stands for Eve’s Day of Axtreme Yndustriousness. EDAY.

My theory is that if I have too much to do, I will GIV’ER and get everything done. If I don’t have enough to do, then I’ll be lazy and not do anything. So I artificially increased my workload to push myself, and this is the result. My jobs were thus:

  • Plan out main points of my paper
  • Write 6 pages of my paper
  • Finish seaming baby jacket

First two legitimate, third as a challenge. Here’s what I crossed off:

  • Plan out main points of my paper
  • Write 5 pages of my paper (I’m a slow writer)
  • Finish seaming baby jacket

All in all, I’d say that’s a pretty productive day. Considering the amount of extra research I had to do yesterday, I’m well on my way to finishing this paper and well on my way to finishing that baby jacket. The buttons still need to be sewn on, but I don’t have enough battery power in my camera to show you what they’ll look like. I have daisies and duckings! I’ll let you choose when my camera comes back to life.

My baby jacket is blocking!

Monday, September 24th, 2007
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Cabled Baby Jacket Blocking

I spent a lot of time procrastinating on this jacket; once I got to the part where you have to seam the shoulders together, I started something else and was absorbed into the new project. Now it’s blocked, though, and I’m going to seam this together either tonight (barring additional TA preparations) or on Wednesday afternoon (hopefully). Then I can pick up for the collar and finish within the week (depending on the amount of yarn I have left over).

I’ve not been knitting as much since I started school again, and my blogging has been intermittent because of a) vacations, b) laptop disasters, and c) alternate laptops being used to store knitting photos to which I no longer have access but will eventually recover and blog about. My apologies for the blog fade, but don’t worry! I’m back now and I’ll try to keep posting on my progress.

In Progress Shots

Monday, June 18th, 2007
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I haven’t actually blogged about my own knitting in a while, so I thought I’d take the time to show you folks what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

This is the back of the baby jacket I was talking about a short time ago. Since I took this picture this afternoon, I’m almost up to the shoulders! Another pattern repeat and I can put it on a holder and start the fronts.

Cabled Baby Jacket

The tweed is white/grey/black, so when I showed the beau my new yarn he thought I had accidentally dropped it in some lint. It’s looking fine knit up, but next time I’ll be sure to go for colourful tweed to ensure it doesn’t have that rolled-in-the-sandpit look.

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Eve receives her commission

Friday, May 25th, 2007
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Baby baby baby baby baby!

Baby! On the way to the cottage last weekend, the beau’s mother noticed me knitting the little baby sweater that I recently finished (pre-blocking pictures forthcoming) and asked if she could commission a baby jacket for a grad student of her husband’s. A commission?! For a baby??!! Heck yeah. I spent a few hours the next day scouring the baby pattern database on my computer and presented a small collection of samples (read: 50) for her to choose from. There were a few that both she and I liked, so she left it up to me to decide which I would prefer. I chose this:

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Finished Baby Booties

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
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Baby Booties

Baby Booties, started May 12th, 2007, finished May 16th, 2007
Pattern: Stay-On Baby Booties from Knitting for Baby
Yarn: Random cotton
Needles: 2.75mm dpns
Dimensions: I have no idea if this would fit a baby
Pattern Notes: CUUUUUUUUUUTE! I did not change a thing.
Would I knit it again? I love these! I love the little i-cord ties and I love the little feet and… well, that’s pretty much all there is to them. There’s some garter stitch in there, and there’s some stockinette. Oddly, the garter stitch is knit in the round, which is SO ANNOYING because I don’t like purling with cotton and metal needles. But that’s just me whining; the end result is the most adorable baby booties EVER. I will most certainly knit them again, and maybe even experiment with some seed stitch? I love seed stitch.

The next time I knit them, though, I’m going to rewrite the pattern for myself and get rid of all the endless explanations that clog up the pattern. Everything is described in great detail here, which is great if you’re a beginner knitter (definitely the target audience for this book, and something I would have loved if I had started knitting in the future with a bun in the oven) but incredibly distracting if you’ve knitted for any longer than a month. I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to knit it, but if you can do without lengthy diatribes about what garter stitch looks like, I suggest scribbling out the pattern in short hand first. You can also use the pattern at Fuzzy Galore; it’s essentially the same, except the “bumper” is garter stitch instead of four rows of knit, four rows of purl, etc and the decreases are k2togs. This is a very common pattern, so I don’t think I’m breaching copyright law by making that observation. Apparently Rocket Bride at Knittin’ Smitten agrees, because she’s published a recipe she learned from the book as well.