Another satisfied knitter

Back in August, out of pure curiosity, I cast on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s infamous Baby Surprise Jacket. According to Ravelry there have been over 13,000 of these little baby sweaters knit. I’m sure the reason why is the interesting construction. The little sweater is knit flat in garter stitch (no purling!) and then two little shoulder seams are sewn, buttons are attached, and a sweater magically appears. Here is what it looks like just after cast off (the red stripe is the cast on edge the yellow strip is the bind off edge.)

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The weird ruffled shape comes from what, as you’re knitting, feels like completely incomprehensibly placed increases and decreases. Then the folding happens. Magically you have something that looks like a sweater.

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The seaming didn’t take long at all. The seams are sewn from the neck to the end of the sleeve on the top of the shoulders. Buttons took me a little longer. I ordered some great polymer clay buttons from Orly Rabinowitz on etsy. The buttons took a while to get here since Orly is in Israel, but they’re so cute and work so well that it was totally worth the wait. Also, I got to procrastinate on finishing without feeling guilty.

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The variegated yarn comes from a Knit Picks Sock Blank that was dyed for me by schknitz on Ravelry for a swap. I used two strands together, so it was basically a worsted weight. The contrasting yellow was added as an afterthought when I did the math a realized that I was certainly going to run out of the main color. It’s leftover Encore Worsted from way back when I knit a baby sweater for a boss who is a huge Green Bay Packers fan. Here is what the Sock Blank looked like before it was knit.

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Now that it’s done I have no idea what to do with it… I don’t have a baby. I don’t know anyone who has a baby. I don’t know anyone who is in the process of making a baby. I think I might donate it to one of the charities to support the homeless in Portland. It’s starting to get pretty cold here. If Bear can be this cute in the sweater, imagine how adorable it will be when it actually gets wrapped around a baby.

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Yikes, look at the time!

Holy crap, it’s June 5th! Graduation is a week from Sunday and I have to be totally packed and ready to move by then. Just to let you see what that will entail…






So I’ve been a bit busy with school and working on my honors project and different dinners and activities and send-offs and I’ve kind of neglected to, um, clean… Not all the crap in those photos belongs to me, but a fair bit of it sure does.

I’ve recently finished two super quick, less than one skein projects. The first is from the book Creepy Cute Crochet and Andrew really did practically beg for it.

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It’s a tiny wool Cthulhu. It will eat your soul, but in such an adorable way that you won’t even mind. The yarn is Nature Spun by Brown Sheep in the color Limestone. It took one evening but I don’t really crochet so I had to stop at every new direction and find a youtube video showing me how to do each step. If I knew how to crochet it would probably have gone super fast. I’m not generally a fan of crochet (that’s why I don’t know how to do it) but I love amigurumi so I think I’ll adapt my skills just enough to make more.

The other quick project I finished at 2:00 am today because I couldn’t put it down once I cast on. It’s from the Victorian yarn sampler that Knit Picks released about a year ago. The kit contained one skein each of all of their yarns that contained cotton along with a few one-skein type patterns so you could try out all the yarns without too much time or money invested and see if you liked them. This is a cozy for paper coffee cups like you would get a Starbucks so you don’t have to use the cardboard ones. Yeah for cheap easy ways to be green.

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These are the two different rose motifs that are stranded on the cozy, and here’s what it looks like on an actual cup:

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The pattern is called Modern Tea Cozy and it’s now a free download from Knit Picks. The yarn used is Knit Picks Main Line in Harbor which I haven’t used even though I’ve had the kit for over a year. Of course, since Knit Picks has decided to discontinue the yarn line, I loved working with it and want to make a bunch more things with it. The wool totally balances out the cotton in a perfect way and it’s soft and has stretch and the Harbor color is gorgeous. The color in the first picture is much truer to real life. The red/pink/orange yarn is KnitPicks Shine Worsted in Terra Cotta. I’ve used this yarn before and it is super soft and (go figure) shiny. I know from when I made my spring sweater┬áthat the yarn does lose some of its shine and softness after some wear and several washings, but it’s still nice.

The last think that I’ve really been working on this week is the Montavilla Market Tote from (guess what) Knit Picks… can you see where a great deal of my money goes? This also came as a kit and is a way to try out the four shades of Simply Cotton – KnitPicks new organic cotton line. The bottom of the bag is the perfect pattern for a market bag because it’s super sturdy. It’s a slip stitch pattern so it’s basically double the thickness.

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I love the way the colors flow from white to taupe and then drastically go back to white. The body of the bag is a simple 8-stitch lace pattern but I think the color change still obscures the pattern.

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I think when I make the second one I’ll do the bottom the same, then do blocks of color instead of alternating every row. Carrying four strands along the side has been very tedious.

I know it seems like I’ve gotten a lot done this week from all the photos but really two of the projects took me less than five hours total. Here’s hoping I can magically knit down a bunch more of my stash before it’s time to move.