Jack Hoodie

>> Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Finished in time for the end of winter here is the Jack hoodie. Aptly named since my son is also a Jack.
First I want to acknowledge that it is too big for the kid but that was done on purpose. It seems overnight my children grow a size in clothing so I knit this one size up in the hopes that he will still fit in it next winter.

I will definitely knit this again. It was very fast and easy. The stockinette was a bit boring but since it's so small it goes quickly. The pattern shows the hoodie knit up in rows of color. Next time I think I'll do that. I did an all blue version this round because I had the yarn in my stash and wanted to use it up.

Last summer when I first started blogging I got a teensie bit obsessed. I found so many beautiful blogs full of beautiful knits that much like the first flush of any new love I went out and immersed myself in it. I bought patterns, magazines, knitting books, and yarn. Mind you my yarn stash is probably hysterically small to someone like the Yarn Harlot but I don't want a lot of 'extra' lying around. I have enough to clean and keep track of with my kids so I really only want enough yarn around to work on a few projects at a time. So the first part of 2009 will be whittling away at my stash until the baskets I have on a shelf in my closet can contain it all.

I want my knitting in 2009 to teach me new things. With this pattern I stitched in my first zipper and I learned that I don't like doing it :)

I knit the hoodie with Nashua Handknits Creative focus superwash, the key word being superwash. No way am I knitting a hoodie for a toddler that has to be hand washed because it would never get worn.

The pattern is the Jack hoodie and can be purchased here and raveled here. I used size 6 circular needles and made the size 4. Knit all in one piece to the arms the hood is knit separately and attached after (would alter this next time).


Mardi Gras

>> Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Living in the west as I do we are not celebrators of Mardi Gras. Be that as it may it is still a good excuse to make some masks and a King Cake. I found this quote on a website for Mardi Gras

"Mardi Gras is a time for families to celebrate and spend time together. A mask and costume allow a masker to transcend his or her everyday life and construct a new self along with a lot of other people doing the same thing". More or less being trapped indoors with two small children who wouldn't want to celebrate and possibly transcend his/her everyday life?

I found the download for this mask at Skip to My Lou here and although my daughter didn't feel like modeling one for a photo we had a lot of fun with glitter, markers, stickers, and crayons.

Now being that we are a G-rated household there will be no Mardi Gras beads :) but we did make a King Cake (link to the complete history of King Cake). Recipe found here

We mixed and kneaded and came up with this dough that had to rise....

We rolled the dough and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar......

The dough was then rolled into two tubes and wound around together where we then hid the baby. Whoever gets the piece with the baby will have good luck for the next year.

After it was cooked and icing was liberally spread it was decorated with as many colors of colored sugar I could find. My daughter wanted it to be a rainbow cake so a rainbow cake it was.

Even if you don't celebrate Mardi Gras where you live I think it is still a good excuse to make a cake and some masks and escape your everyday life a little bit.
I have also officially cast on for some socks....


Sweet hearts

>> Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Last night we decided to add a little something to all of the valentines that are being taken to school. Something full of sugar with no nutrients :) I found the recipe for these little treats here.
A few simple ingredients and some time to let them dry out and you get these fun little heart candies.
Thank you all for your encouraging comments about the cardigan. I was so upset when it shed and pilled all over the place but it sounds like I'm not the first nor the last knitter to find herself in that situation. I am going to go to my local knitting store right away and find a stone or razor or something and then curl up on the sofa tonight and see if I can't clean that sucker up. I hope you all have a fabulous day!


Neckdown Hooded Cardigan

>> Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I finished this cardigan right before Christmas. I have been waiting and waiting for the one armed man (my husband) to be able to photograph me in it. Alas it isn't to be for a little while longer and I wanted to post. I attempted some photos outside wearing the cardigan by myself using the timer and they were bad so we'll have to make do with these.

Let's talk about the pattern for a bit shall we? It is knit from the top down which is fabulous as you can make it as long or short as you want. It is knit in all in one piece and you pick up the sleeves at the shoulder and knit them from the top down in the round. The not having to seam anything is really great. To finish you sew up the back of the hood and sew in all your loose ends. The stockinette stitch is repetitive but soothing and is great for watching movies. It is really comfortable and warm but I have a problem.

The yarn.......see this? What the heck?

It sheds and I think the term is pills all over. I used berroco ultra alpaca yarn in a brown and I am not pleased with how it is wearing. What do I do? Is my only recourse to never use this yarn again? Any suggestions out there?

Pattern: Neckdown Hooded Cardigan ravelry link here
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Needles: size 8 circulars

One last thing, The Craft Crow is having a giveaway so head on over here to check it out :)


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