A Knititng Diary

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Outback Zoo May 8, 2009

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I quit being lazy today and finished up the legs & tail for the wombat. My little Outback Family is finally finished and now it’s on to Farmer Dan for my dad!

Outback Family II

 

Outback Zoo May 7, 2009

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My zoo is growing a little bit day by day. Today I finished up my sheep and I promise promise promise myself that I will finish my wombat tomorrow. Come on, three little legs left! I just keep getting wrapped up in my new (and better) projects. But after seeing Kath Dalmeny’s to scale models on Ravelry I feel confident in the way my animals are turning out. Without further adieu, here is my sheep and sheep & kangaroo.

Sheep
Side Sheep
Kangaroo and Sheep

 

Mama Roo and Baby Roo May 4, 2009

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I wish that the book I’m knitting these animals out of showed a ‘to scale’ version of each animal. As I’ve been knitting the last few I’ve felt paranoid that I’m making them way too huge. Even though in the end they measure to the approximate size given, it throws me off to see my finished toy and what’s shown in the book. But despite all of that I have persevered and now have added a Kangaroo & Joey to my collection of toys and as soon as I quit procrastinating, a wombat. I knit all of the Mama Kangaroo flat just like the directions told me to and absolutely hated seaming the body up the front. Maybe nobody else will notice, but the (not so hot) seaming job I did drives me nuts every time I look at it. I knit the Joey in the round because honestly I didn’t want to deal with seaming on something so small. Pre ear adding my Joey looked like a crazy alien (I did I-cord for his arms and legs instead of what the directions said) and now post ear adding he kind of looks like a Gremlin. Good thing I intend to keep him in his mama’s pouch 🙂
Kangaroo

Last night I c/o for a sheep who is labeled as pretty easy. I plan on following the directions ’til we get to the horns; they look like perfect excuses to knit an I-cord and curl it up! Hopefully tonight I manage to knit the last 3 legs for my wombat and put some eyeballs on him. 🙂

 

New finished objects! April 28, 2009

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Over the weekend I finished up the Monkey Socks and a platypus from “World of Knitted Toys”.  I love how the socks turned out and have already worn them.  It isn’t unprobable that I will knit them again in a new color.  From my toy book I found it not that bad to knit animals flat and then seam them up.  The wombat I am now working on does seem to be bigger than it should be, but it does measure a little over 7 inches, which is what the pattern approximated it at.  Unfortunately I ran out of black yarn so the wombat is put on hold ’til further notice.  But since I bought a handful of yarn I simply cast on for a kangaroo and will focus on knitting that ’til I can pick up more black yarn.

Monkey Socks
Platypus

My mind is just brimming with ideas of what I want to knit next. Since “World of Knitted Toys” is divided into sections and humans to go with each set of animals I really want to knit each ‘section’ to decorate the baby’s room. I think my favorite human knit toy is the Eskimo which is labeled as ‘challenging’ because of the cardigan jacket and hood, but I don’t think it will be that bad. Not only that but I’ve decided that with the remainder of bamboo yarn I have to find an easy baby sleeping gown pattern and knit up a few of those (or at least 2; one for us and one for my aunt). With the remainder of my sock yarn I’ll make a couple of baby hats and I think I’ll throw in some cables for fun. Not only all of this, but I still want to buy some of the organic cotton yarn from KnitPicks and see how that knits up.

Fun fun fun! Pictures to come of my wombat and kangaroo in progress!

 

Holy buckaroos! April 22, 2009

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It’s a good thing (and possibly a bad thing) that I didn’t go outside and check the mail when I thought I saw the mail carrier pass by. If I had, you can be sure I would not have left the couch for the rest of the day. Which is bad because our library books were coming close to being due and I had lost the receipt saying when exactly they were due. But, crisis averted, we ran our errands in surprisingly record time and guess what I found on my front door step!

World of Knitted Toys by Kath Dalmeny!!!! I am sooo excited! My little one helped me page through it and I totally and absolutely want to knit every last toy in the book. Everything is adorable! And, from my brief thumbing through, it seems that nothing is knit in the round. That may be a bad thing as I really dislike seaming. But we’ll see how the first project or ten go before I really decide one way or the other. 🙂

The main reason I wanted to buy the book is because I had queued the platypus toy and saw that in relation there were at least a handful of other things I wanted to knit. But this is awesome that everything in this book really grabs my attention.

Plans are going to have to change on what exactly I’m going to knit next and what yarn I’ll be ordering on Friday!!!!

 

Monkey Socks April 21, 2009

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Yesterday afternoon I b/o on my first sock!  It fits and everything looks great.  I always get nervous when patterns say to knit ’til 1 1/2″ to the end.  Because when I hold my socks up to my foot (knitted and non alike), they don’t stretch all the way from heel to toe.  So I have to guesstimate how exactly that will work.  Luckily I have a plain pair of socks knit from the same yarn that I was able to measure against.  It takes 6″ from the heel to the beginning of the toe decreases.  I remember to jot that down on my pattern so I won’t have to worry about it with sock #2!

Since by the end of this week/beginning of next week I will be done with my pair of socks, I’ve already begun looking into what I want to knit next.  I know that I told my mom I was adamantly against knitting blankets, but I’m beginning to think that a baby blanket might not be so out of the question.  On Ravelry I queued “Hoodie Baby Blanket” by Nikol Lohr.  Mostly because it doubles as a swaddling blanket AND bath towel!  I am eyeing up the organic yarn from KnitPicks for this project in toffee and then maybe marshmallow for the trim; or I’ll just be boring and do it all in one color.  🙂  We will see!

 

Monkey Socks! April 18, 2009

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Earlier this week I c/o for the Monkey Socks by Cookie at Knitty.  So far they are coming along fabulously!  The lace pattern is turning out gorgeous and I’m already working on the heel gusset.  My only snag (self-inflicted) is that somewhere while I was turning the heel I ended up with 5 sts left to go on one side and none on the left side.  Does that make any sense?  You know how when you sl1, k/p x number of sts, k/p2tog and then k/p1?  When I attempted to go back so I could fix it, I got confused about which way I was undoing my sts and ended up saying ‘oh well’ and just forged ahead.  Luckily it was towards the end so I’m not sure if/how it will affect the fit of the sock.  But if I get to the end of my sock and try it on and it feels weird, I won’t feel bad about just ripping it all back to the heel beginning.

This past week it was my anniversary and so my husband and I received cards with some cash in it 🙂  After a (very) short debate we decided to split the money to do with as we pleased.  He bought more Warhammer stuff and I found a knit toy book in which I really like 90% of the patterns.  It’s “World of Knitted Toys” by Kath Dalmeny.  The one I really wanted to buy was “And so to Bed” by Lucinda Guy but at Amazon I could only find used copies and KnitPicks no longer had it in stock.  This morning I got an email from Amazon saying that the book I did order had been sent out so I should be receiving it by the end of next week!  Yay!