The Knitted Frau

Adventures in knitting, and other things too.


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Baby Sweater Number 2 Is On The Way!

I don’t know about you all, but every time I knit something I try to learn a new skill. My last project (which I cannot post pictures of until it finds it’s way to Virginia) was my very first baby sweater. My project before that was my first attempt at fancy stitch work. Before that, it was my first fair isle hat that I designed the pattern for from beginning to end.

So now, I’m on to my second baby sweater. I was thinking of doing a simple three color sweater, and the more I thought about the more I wanted to make the sleeves and hood one color and the body another, with gold accents throughout. Simple, right? Nothing new, you say? Wrong!

Well, when you start making the sleeves light purple, the body dark purple, and the increases for the arms gold (two for each arm), it turns out you have 9 balls of yarn hanging off your needles all at once. Considering I usually hate knitting with more than two balls attached to my needles, I started to question my sanity.

“But it is going to be so cute!” that inspired, silly voice is saying. So what do I do to control NINE balls of yarn on my needles at once?

Invent!

Each ball needs to be in its own compartment, like those little canisters you can buy with the hole on top. But I didn’t want 9 canisters. So I found a shoe box and a 12-pack of beer, emptied out 11 of those beers (I needed the 12th as hydration for my hard work), and got to work.

I cut a piece of beer box to divide the shoe box in half long-ways, cut 4 pieces to divide it short-ways, cut 4 slits in the long one and one each in the short ones, poked 10 holes in the top of the shoe box, and VIOLA!

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A messily done but perfectly functional color knitting organizational box!

It is so much better than having 9 balls of yarn getting tangled in my bag. I just need to be careful that on my purl rows I twist the adjacent colors together one way, then untwist them the opposite way so they stay unknotted. I also can’t take my knitting with me like usual, but I only need this contraption for 18 rows.

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I am so proud of myself! Ah!

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My fiancée was nice enough to take some action shots for you folks.

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I’m not even sure if they sell a box for this purpose, but it was pretty easy to throw together.

Unfortunately, these may be the last pictures I post of this baby sweater until it is in the hands of the mama & papa of the little lady it’s for. I’ll make sure to share some pictures when it is done & gifted! :)

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Have a wonderful Easter!

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A New Adventure for a Nearly-Here Baby!

And it begins! I just cast on for my very first baby sweater. It is for my little brother’s baby who is on the way in April. A first sweater for a first niece or nephew… I’m excited!

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I am using this pattern. It is a simple back-zip baby sweater, as per my mom’s suggestion. Having had 9 of us kids, I don’t doubt for a second that having the back-side zipper is the way to go. I’m using a bulky 25% wool 75% acrylic blend that is super soft and in a wonderful muted rainbow color way. I can’t wait til it starts striping! They are having a surprise baby, so I had my pick of colors. I think what I chose will fit the new parents well. I hope they agree!

By that’s enough for now, I’ve got to stop giving stuff away and get knitting!

Anyone have some baby sweater words of wisdom?


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Short and sweet… And sleepy

So, I’ve been working on a hat for my future mother-in-law for the past few weeks, and for some reason it is just dragging.

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(I’m currently knitting away at a soccer game my fiancée is coaching… never mind the turf!)

I really like how it is turning out, and this is my first time ever trying a new stitch to create a pattern. I’m excited to be trying something new.

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(I can’t wait to see this after blocking!)

And yet, for some reason, every time I pick it up and get my needles working my eyes begin to get droopy and my fingers work slower and then boom… I’m ready for nap time. And so, it’s progressing pretty slowly. (Sorry, Marilyn!) Maybe by the time it is warm out again I’ll be finished. :-/

Does anyone else have this problem ever? And how do you work through it?!


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It’s been too long… And so much has happened!

Well, it has absolutely been too long. A month since my last post? Ahhhh! I’m slacking. But I promise you, I have excuses.

What are they, you ask?

Mostly, I’ve been in a slow knitting phase. Although I did get my Etsy store up and running! (The Knitted Frau on Etsy) Although I don’t have any sales yet, I’m happy to have it up and running!

I also finished this hat, made out of a super soft merino/silk blend that I thought I would love. Turns out I’m not wild about the colors, but I got to do a little color experiment.

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And started this one:

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This is my first time concentrating on my stitch work rather than color. I just got a wonderful stitch reference book (400 Knitting Stitches, you can find it here) and the wonderful woman I am knitting it for picked out a nice X stitch. I am loving the white after so much color in my last project… and all of my projects.

Speaking of the wonderful woman who chose the stitch, she is my future MOTHER IN LAW! So, that happened while I was away!! My wonderful, bearded boyfriend and I have been talking about getting married for a while, and on my birthday last month he asked my dad for his blessing and BOOM! We’re getting hitched!! (I apologize in advance if this turns into a knitting/wedding blog.)

We are trying to plan our wedding as simply and cost effective as is humanly possible, and one thing that has come of that is a non-traditional engagement ring and wedding bands. We found a couple named Andre and Connie who makes gorgeous wooden and moose antler rings (as well as other lovely things) for their Etsy store, Wooden Things and Me. They are whipping up something extra special for us. (And it is SO much easier on our paychecks than a $4000 ring! Yikes!!!) They do such beautiful work and are trying a new technique on my engagement ring. I cannot wait to see it! I’ll post pictures when it arrives. Their shop is absolutely worth checking out… You can find it here. On top of making lovely things, they are lovely people. I strongly suggest you check out their shop.

Seriously, go do it.

I’ve done a million other things, including going to Purl SoHo (the shop that dreams are made of) and buying this dreamy bright green and yellow and gray merino wool…

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I’ll update you later if you really want.

In the mean time, does anyone have any tips for getting views on Etsy? Any places you’ve found cheap & pretty wedding dresses? And killer simple wedding/party planning tips? I’ve just got so much to think about!!!!