Hedgehog Knits

Adventures in knitting from the eastern edge of Canada.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Now all we need is a cute baby to wear this...

My JoJo sweater is done! Actually, the knitting and even the blocking were finished several days ago. It was sitting around buttonless for a while, but now it's really complete.

This actually came together fairly quickly, mostly because I really enjoyed knitting it and spent a lot of quality time with it, especially during the Olympics. The finishing is pretty detailed (not for those who hate picking up stitches to knit edgings!), and might have bordered on tedious, if I didn't love it so much.

Check out the cute little intarsia blocks on the back.

My one modification was that instead of knitting patch pockets that get sewed to the inside of the front pieces, I made full, free-swinging pocket linings, and then just tacked down the corners to keep them in place.

To re-cap, this is size 6 months, the multicoloured yarn is Fabel by GarnStudio, and the green is Knit Picks Essential. Sock yarn - so versatile! I used only two skeins of each yarn, not the five total that the pattern calls for. This will be a gift for one of the new babies to arrive soon in the family. I'll have to wait and see who has a boy. Despite my early thoughts that the colours were rather unisex, I now think this is really a boy's sweater. I've got other cute frilly things under way for girls!


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

End of Summer Catch-up

September, huh? How did that happen?

Here's a brief review of recent activities in photos.

Finally, after many months of lying in hibernation, I finally pulled out the Blu baby jeans, bought some elastic for the waist, and finished them off:

Blu jeans, in "Real Indigo" cotton yarn, size 6-12 months, knit on 4 mm Denise interchangeables.

You can't see the embroidery of the pockets too well in these photos, but they are extremely cute in person. I didn't have a lighter colour to do the fake rolled-up hems, but I think they look alright as is.

Over Labour Day weekend, Nick and I took a short trip to Trinity, on of my favourite towns in Newfoundland. We spent two pleasant days taking in beautiful scenery...

(the fog burned off before the morning was out), visiting lots of historic sites...

and doing a little sea kayaking.

It was great, and I hope to get back again next summer to explore some of the surrounding communities. Nick has decided that he wants to move there and buy an inn or a restaurant.... retirement project maybe?

During the car ride I worked on Helena, which I'm knitting for the first of the rush of babies, my cousin's little girl who arrived last week.

Alas, I ran out of yarn with one sleeve to go. Worse yet, my LYS ran out of the dye lot. I ran out on my lunch break yesterday and bought a ball of a different dye lot, but it is very obviously not the same shade.

Luckily, with the internet to the rescue, I managed to locate three different online yarn shops with the right dye lot for me. Strangely, they're all in Britain. I tried at least a dozen retailers in Canada and the US, but nobody had the right number. It makes you wonder about yarn distribution, doesn't it? (Or maybe that's just me.) Anyway, the important thing is that one more ball is now winging its way across the Atlantic to me so that I can finish this off and get it to the new mom. I'm glad I decided to make size 6 months!

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