Category Archives: Knitting

Kross

Thank you for all your sweet comments about BigDaddy. He’s in a rehab hospital now and verrrrry slowly getting better. Not much fun stuff is going on around here as most of my non-working hours are spent at the hospital with him and MeMum. I do manage to sneak in about an hour each night before bed though, so I’m hoping I can piece a few blocks this week.

In the meantime, when BigDaddy was in the regular hospital, I finished a sweater. (And boy, I don’t know what happened this year, but I think I’ve had BIG sweater karma. It took me for.ever to knit the 10-year sweater (about 10 years!) but in the last 7 months I’ve knit my first Lopi, Kilmory, and now this sweater. Yay for sweater knitting!)  I was going to wait until I’ve blocked the sweater to show you, but who knows when that will happen?  Definitely before next winter, when I expect I’ll be wearing it as much as I wear my first Lopi.

Thimbleanna: Lopi Sweater

Around the time I was getting ready to start this sweater, I was telling Berglind how much I love Lopi yarns and that I was planning on knitting another lopi sweater. She mentioned that she was going to knit the Kross pattern by Vedis Jonsdottir. As luck would have it, the pattern is in the Knitting with Icelandic Wool book that Berglind sent me this winter, so I thought it would be fun to knit a version along with Berglind. Of course, she finished her sweater in a week or two, because she has way more than sweater karma — she has Icelandic sweater karma. You know, being Icelandic and all! It’s fun to see both of our sweaters in the different color combinations.  The pattern says to use five different colors of yarn, but like Berglind, I thought three would be just fine.  I didn’t look at her sweater while I was knitting mine, and  we’ve done our color changes in different places, so that’s fun to see too.

Thimbleanna: Lopi Sweater

This sweater is knit on bigger needles but with fewer stitches than my first lopi sweater, so the fabric isn’t as dense. It also fits a little looser than my first sweater, but it’s not too big to wear it. One thing that I thought was interesting is that the crossover stitches (the rows in white and light blue in my version of the sweater) are done differently around the neck than they are at the bottom of the sweater and the sleeves. The neckline crossover stitches are knitted in groups of four stitches but the others are knitted in groups of six stitches. I much prefer them done in groups of four (the resulting “hole” isn’t as big) so, if I ever make this pattern again, I’ll do groups of four around the bottom and the sleeves. (That will probably only make sense if you actually knit this sweater!)

Thimbleanna: Lopi Sweater

Ok kids, it’s off to bed for me — work comes early in the morning these days. I hope you have a wonderful week!

XOXO,
Anna

Kilmory

I have a finished sweater that I’ve been meaning to show you for a few weeks.  After the 10-year sweater, it seems amazing to me that I can finish a sweater in a reasonable amount of time.   I started this sweater the week between Christmas and New Year’s and after three weeks I had the front and back finished but it was apparent that I would run out of yarn, so I had to wait a few weeks for some yarn to arrive from overseas.

Thimbleanna: Kilmory

By the time we went to Utah, all the pieces were done and I’d started to sew it all together.  It was apparent that it was going to be too big, so I tossed it aside while I debated what to do.  Finish it or tear it all apart?  Hmmmm.
A week or so after we returned, I decided to just put it together and see what happened.  And Guess What?

It’s still too big!

Bummer!!!  (Apparently, I’m not as giant as I think I am LOL.)

Thimbleanna: Kilmory

So, I’m thinking I might get it wet and throw it in the dryer and see if I can shrink it a little bit.  Have any of you knitters out there tried that?  Do you think it would work???

Thimbleanna: Kilmory

The pattern is Kilmory in the book Aran Knits by Martin Storey and the yarn is Silkroad Aran Tweed by Jo Sharp in the Beach colorway.  It was really fun to knit, in spite of redoing the front yoke three times due to careless mistakes!

Thimbleanna: Kilmory

(Btw,  I loooove those pockets.  That may or may not be why I couldn’t tear the sweater apart.)
Anyway, if you think of any other ways to shrink my sweater a little bit, let me know!

XOXO,
Anna

Welted Fingerless Gloves

Thanks for all the yoga bag love — you guys are all so very kind and sweet!  I’ve had fun reading your comments this last week — I’ve been so lazy, it’s been hard to even get back here and post!  (And it may be Easter before Santa and his sleigh up there disappear — ouch!)  I have been knitting like a madwoman though.  After dinner each night I settle down with a sweater I started a few weeks ago.  And then the next day at lunch I rip out what I knitted the night before.  Ouch again!  I’m getting really good at picking up stitches but I hope I don’t wear the yarn out before I’m done.  I’m slowly making progress, but with work during the day, it hasn’t left much time for anything else.

Anyway, here’s a look at a much easier knitting project.  This is the last of my Christmas gift making.  I made a couple of pairs of these pretty little Welted Fingerless Gloves from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.

Thimbleanna: Churchmouse Mitts

I first saw them on my almost-local buddy Anne’s blog.  Anne has made many of these little mitts and she describes them as her go-to gift, which I think is a great choice.  They’re quick and easy and fun.  Thanks for a great suggestion Anne!  (Btw, this is the little project I was working on when I posted about the Yarn Harlot’s visit to our little burg.  I showed a picture of just the cuff in progress and Bonnie knew right away what they were — good eye Bonnie!)

Thimbleanna: Churchmouse Mitts

So, if you’re in North America I hope you’re staying warm.  (And if you’re burning up in Australia, I sure wish I could send you some snow!)  We’re having another coooold week here and I love it.  I love winter when we can hunker down and work on projects.  I know some of you don’t like it though, but take heart.  The days are slowly getting longer.  Here’s a little pic from the archives to remind you that this deep freeze won’t last forever.

Thimbleanna: Daisies

Because, you know the routine …

Thimbleanna: Spring Always Comes

Have a good week!
XOXO,
Anna

Baby Booties

Hey Kids — we’re in the home stretch — how’s it going out there???

It’s all good here in ThimbleannaLand.  I’m done with work for the year WOOHOO!!!  I should be cleaning and wrapping as we speak, but instead, I’m procrastinating here on the computer.  I guess you have to sneak in a little downtime don’t you?

One of my little Christmas gifts has been gifted, so I can show it to you.  I have a friend at work who will be a new, first-time Grandma in 2014 and she’s beside herself with excitement.  I thought it would be fun to make her a little pair of baby booties for Christmas.  I found this free pattern on the Bernat website (most likely via Pinterest, but I can’t remember).  My friend won’t know the baby’s gender for a few more weeks, so I chose a multi-color Koigu yarn — totally not what the pattern called for, but it seemed like a versatile pattern that should work for lots of different yarns.

Thimbleanna: Baby Booties

After my middle of the night knitting marathon (why do I always think these little projects will be quicker than they really are?) I put the little booties in a clear cupcake box and tied them up with a tinsel bow.  Perfect for a quick gift!  (Ooooh, and I just noticed in these pictures, the striping pattern worked out the same for both booties — that was totally an accident — I couldn’t have done that if I tried!  I LOVE it what that happens!)

Thimbleanna: Baby Booties

This pattern called for the booties to be knit flat and then seam them along the bottom and up the back.  If you know me though, you know I loathe sewing on knits (which is odd since I love to sew so much.)  When the knitting is done, I want the project to be done.  So, I spent a little extra time (and ripping out which is why this ended up being a middle-of-the-night project) adapting the pattern for knitting in the round.  Normally garter stitch is knit, knit, knit, but when knit in the round you have to alternate between knit and purl rows.

Thimbleanna: Baby Booties

There were a few other changes too, so, in case you’re like me and would like to try these booties in the round, here’s the adapted Bernat pattern:

Circular Knit Bernat Baby Booties

Note: Please refer to the original Bernat pattern for gauge and sizing information for these booties. Number of stitches are for small (medium, large) booties, according to the original pattern. I knit the largest size using size 4 needles with my koigu yarn, which probably resulted in small to medium sized booties.

Using whichever circular knitting method you prefer (dpns or magic loop method), cast on 14(18,22) stitches. Turn work and knit 13(17,21) stitches into the bottoms of the just cast on stitches. You should now be back at the beginning of the cast on row of stitches — at the beginning tail of yarn. Your first stitch of row 1 will be knit into your first cast on stitch.

1st, 3rd and 5th rows: Knit.
2nd row: P1. ybwd. P12 (16,20). ybwd. P1. ybwd. P12(16,20). ybwd. P1. 31 (39,47) sts.
4th row: P1. ybwd. P14 (18,22). ybwd. P1. ybwd. P14(18,22). ybwd. P1. 35 (43,51) sts.
6th row: P1. ybwd. P16 (20,24). ybwd. P1. ybwd. P16(20,24). ybwd. P1. 39 (47,55) sts.
Rows 7,9,11,13,15,and 17: Knit.
Rows 8,10,12,14,16 and 18: Purl.

Shape toe:
Note: Depending on the circular knitting method you are using, stitches may have to be shifted around on the needles to knit the toe section.
1st row: K15 (19,23). K2tog. K5. Sl1. K1. psso. Sl1. yf. Turn.
2nd row: K2tog. K5. Sl1. K1. psso. yf. Sl1P. Turn.
3rd row: K2tog. K5. Sl1. K1. psso. Sl1. yf. Turn.
4th row: As 2nd row.
5th row: K2tog. K5. Sl1. K1. psso. Sl1. Turn.
6th row: P2togtbl. P5. P2tog. Sl1P. Turn.
7th and 8th rows: As 5th and 6th rows once more.
9th row: K2tog. K5. Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to end of row. 21 (29,37) sts.
10th row: Purl. Continue in garter st (alternating Knit and Purl rows) for 2 (2½, 2½) ins [5 (6, 6) cm], ending
with a Purl row. Cast off and weave in beginning and ending tails.

Enjoy those cute little booties!!!

Have a GREAT weekend — I hope you’re doing something fun and festive!!!
XOXO,
Anna

Christmas Stockings

Gee Whiz.  It’s been almost another week since I posted.  I could have put in an appearance earlier in the week, but it was just too embarrassing to make you come back here at Christmas time with those creepy skeletons still in the header, and it’s been hard to find the time to get rid of them.  It’s finally done though — a not terribly exciting new Christmas header.  It’s getting harder and harder to figure out what to do with those thimbles!

I’ve been locked in the dungeon with Christmas sewing all weekend, so there’s no shareable quilting or sewing excitement going on here.  I did manage to make some little knitted stockings though, and I think they’re pretty cute.

Thimbleanna: Christmas Stockings

Awww, look, a puppy!  Did I tell you I’m a new Grandma???  TheFirstChild and SweetiePie picked up a new little puppy yesterday and he looks sort of like this one.  He’s really cute — I’m sure there will be pictures to come — you know how us grandmas are LOL!

Thimbleanna: Christmas Stockings

Anyway, back to the stockings.  They were a fun, easy knit.  The pattern is in the book “Handknit Holidays” by Melanie Falick.  I made the pattern as is, except that I changed the cuff — it had a little narrow cuff and I like them a bit wider.   I love cables, even if this one looks a little wonky due to it’s stuffing.

Thimbleanna: Christmas Stockings

These stockings are the only speck of decorating around here.  It’s very sad.  I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t decorate until I had this particular batch of sewing done and a deal’s a deal.   I should have thought that through — the sewing is taking WAY longer than I’d planned.  It could be next weekend.  Ouch!

Thimbleanna: Christmas Stockings

I hope you’re more organized (or more realistic) than I am!

XOXO,
Anna