A little finished project – knitted knittens!
Tell me those aren’t the cutest? My boss in Colorado is a cat person but they don’t have any cats at the present time (multitude of reasons). So, I knit these kittens with the rationale that they don’t require feeding or litterboxes, don’t shed, are soft to pet, and don’t require care when she’s out of town. I sent them off to her with some brownies and muffins. The gray and white kitten is intended to resemble a cat named Jasper she had as a child. The pattern is for a solid colored cat so I knit the black cat first, then did some experimenting to get the white on the feet, belly (can’t see in the pictures) and face.
Moving on to the details.
Needle – US 2 or 3 straight needles
Pattern – Kitten Knit Pattern (Ravelry pattern here) from Amy Gaines (AmyGaines on Ravelry). I looked at a couple different knitted cat patterns and liked this one the best. There are a fair number of pieces (six) – I think the seaming and assembly takes more time than the knitting. However, it does sit up on its own and the knitting itself is pretty easy. Pattern is $3.00 US on Ravelry.
Yarn – I knit the black one out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted (merino wool), using the serrano color for the collar. I knit the gray one out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (blend of corriedale and merino wool), I think in the Lace Ice Heather color, but I’m not positive. Personally, I don’t think the Wool of the Andes very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin, although the Swish was amazingly soft. A 50 gram ball of either yarn is 110 yards. I used the following colors: Cloud, Brass Heather, Chestnut, Bittersweet Heather, Firecracker Heather, Pink Posy Heather and Rouge .
I stuffed the kittens with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes and bell. My project page on Rav is here.
A little finished project – knitted cupcakes!
Tell me those aren’t the cutest? I have a running joke with my work colleague (actually boss) in Colorado whenever you do something well you get a cupcake or cookie. And we like our cupcakes. So, I knit these three and sent them off to her with a stack of cookies. I’m fairly certain her husband ate most of the cookies. But, she did seem to get a kick out of the cupcakes. From left to right above they’re supposed to be a red velvet, double chocolate and vanilla with strawberry icing. For anyone wondering about the excessive use of pink (especially anyone knowing how much I dislike pink), my boss really likes pink. Silly.
Moving on to the details.
Needle – US 4 double points
Pattern – Cherry on Top (Ravelry pattern here) from Happy Seamstress. I looked at a couple different cupcake patterns and liked this one the best. Once you get it started its a pretty easy and quick knit. The pattern suggests different colors for different types of cupcakes and the directions are easy to follow. Getting it started (something like three or four stitches on DPNs) can be tedious though. Pattern is $2.99 Canadian on Ravelry.
Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (WOTA). WOTA is a blend of corriedale and merino wool. Personally, I don’t think it’s very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin. A 50 gram ball is 110 yards. I used the following colors: Cloud, Brass Heather, Chestnut, Bittersweet Heather, Firecracker Heather, Pink Posy Heather and Rouge . The pattern recommends this yarn and the colors it suggests are from this yarn line. Given how little you use if you have worsted weight yarn suited to this project I would go ahead and use it.
I stuffed the cupcakes with poly-fil and sewed on tube beads for sprinkles. My project page on Rav is here.
I finished! I finished!
I finally finished this. I started on it in March but got distracted by the KAL shawl and some spinning, then ran out of yarn. The ten feet of i-cord was made bearable by a Clover Wonder Knitter. I now love that little tool.
Moving on to the details.
Pattern – Alluvia Felted Tote (Ravelry pattern here) from Alaskan Purl. I’ve had this pattern for a while but hadn’t got around to working on it. The pleats and different colors make knitting interesting and felting it makes for a sturdy bag. You could use any set of colors for a truly unique bag. Make sure you have plenty of yarn for each color. Pattern is $1.99 on Ravelry.
Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (WOTA). WOTA is a blend of corriedale and merino wool. Personally, I don’t think it’s very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin. A 50 gram ball is 110 yards. I used the following colors, from the base of the bag up: Coal, Onyx Heather, Firecracker Heather, Claret Heather, Amethyst Heather, Lullaby and Lake Ice Heather. NOTE: The pattern has been updated since it was originally published to add yarn because people were running out. I had the amounts called for in the revised pattern and still ran out on one color.
Post felting and drying, I’m very happy with the bag and its size. Next time I would make the straps longer and possibly make the bag itself a bit bigger.
What’s on my needles right now!
More later about vacation and traveling with your knitting. Or your spinning. Or your angora bunny. Ok, not the bunny. Back to my needles. Here’s what is in progress. I have one other scarf/shawl barely started but don’t even have a Ravelry page set up for it. So I’ll catch it next time. Obviously I need to catch finishitis sometime soon.
- Firehawk Shawl – So this is still in process. This two color shawl has an interesting construction. You knit the long lace border edge then pick up stitches along it to knit the body of the shawl. I’m still working on border (see photo above) but love this shawl and the yarn. The pattern is Firehawk Shawl by Heather Zoppetti and the yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Amber Glass and Blue Lagoon.
- Scarlet Capelet – I’ve been working on this poor thing for over a year. I started it, put it aside, picked it up, put it down – you get the idea. This pattern appeared in the 2011 Jane Austen Knits and is a hooded cape. I’m unfortunately not as excited about it now as I was but I do plan to continue working on it. This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti. The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.
- Alluvia Felted Tote – A felted bag/tote out of different colors. It’s worked from the bottom um and I’m on the third color (just finished the second pleat). The pattern (Alluvia) is from Allison Haas. The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the colors listed on my Rav page.
- Mysterious May KAL – My local yarn shop (Nomad Yarns) is doing a a knit-a-long with a mystery shawl. All we know is it will be a semi-circle and it involves self-striping worsted weight yarn. I got behind from being on vacation and then decided to re-start to clean up my starting edge. So, long story short, I’m just now finishing clue 1 and clue 4 gets released Thursday. So I need to seriously catch up! The pattern is here and I’m using Ella Rae Classic Superwash as my solid and Knitting Fever Painted Sky as my stripe. Rav page showing what colors are here.