Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Favorite baby bootie pattern ever!

A couple of nights ago when I started feeling better, I got on etsy and started looking for a baby bootie pattern. I have found so many free ones but after trying freebie patterns with not the greatest results, I decided it was time to buy a pattern.

And this is what I purchased.

What I appreciated about this etsy seller is that she has been creating knitting patterns for a long time. I wanted a pattern that was tested, tried and true. And that's exactly what I found in her pattern.

I always wanted something easy that did not require a lot of thinking. I was still feeling the effects of my sickness and didn't want something that was complicated. It's hard to know if what you are getting is truly "Easy" but this one was.

When I first saw the pattern, I thought it looked too hard but that's just me. I tend to give up way too quickly. Turns out, I just took out the needles and yarn and started knitting and before I knew it I had half a baby bootie completed.

And I asked her if I needed help, if I could find it. You know sometimes when you buy a pattern you are out there on your own. Too bad if you need help kind of thing.

Not with AbsoluteKnits' shop, she is very helpful! (not that I needed help on the pattern though as it was truly easy!) But she was able to answer other questions that I had.

Something else I appreciated about her patterns is that she gives permission to sell items made using her patterns. That was an extra bonus! She doesn't even ask that you give her credit for it. (which I have no problem doing)

Oh, and if that wasn't all, she also gave me a freebie pattern to try.

And the baby booties I've made so far:



Both the blue ones were mailed out to friends today.



Need some baby booties, just contact me!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Finished hats, next... Socks

Well, I finished the ten hats that I started in December. I sent four to my brother-in-law's family in Texas. I mailed it almost a week and a half ago and they still have not gotten the package. I really hope the snow and ice just slowed down the postal service and the package is not lost. I did remember to take pictures of their hats before I mailed them out. They aren't the best pictures though so I'm really really hoping that they still arrive to their destination. I am purposely not posting pictures of them yet until they arrive so the recipients will be surprised!

Then, I mailed three hats out to my niece and nephew and brother-in-law in Kansas. They should arrive in a few days. I also mailed out two hats to my husband's cousins in Colorado. These are the hats I forgot to take a picture of!

The last hat is due to be mailed out on Tuesday to my mother-in-law's son who is three.

I also made an ear flap hat to a friend of mine and for her grandson which I finished last night.

I just realized that I forgot to take a picture of her hat too. What was I thinking!?

I guess from now on, I'll need to take pictures of the project as it's being completed and hopefully remember to take one before I give it away. For my friend's ear flap hat, I made it turquoise blue and white striped. It turned out nice.

I got the pattern here. I'm so glad she decided to share the pattern. It is so easy to make! I've made four so far.

The tube sock project is going slowly but it's looking nice. I was worried it wouldn't fit since I only casted on 60, but I think it'll stretch fine.

I started out knitting these on circular needles because I didn't think I had any straight needles. I was not knitting it in the round but just using the circular needles as straights. It is taking such a long long time!

Then, today I remembered that I did indeed have a size 4 dpn's from when I learned how to make socks for the first time. So, I transferred the work to these needles and it's working so much better. The wood slows me down a little but the aching feeling in my hands that have disappeared is wonderful!

I've been working on this sock for a week and only have 6 inches done on it. I have to go to 14 inches before I can start decreasing it. And then on top of that, I have another sock to make! Oh well, so far it's looking good. I will definitely try to take some pictures as I knit this pattern.

Speaking of knitted tube socks, I found this pattern last night and it looks like fun to knit. It looks like it will go much faster than the pattern I'm using now. I plan to knit a pair of these to show my friend with hopes that she will try out the dpn's again. I feel like it's partly my fault in why she gave up so quickly. When I was trying to teach her to use them, I myself hadn't touched the needles for a very long time so I couldn't remember how to use them. I was basically trying to re-teach myself at the same time of teaching her. So she quickly gave up the idea.

She really likes tube socks and I'm beginning to see why. You don't have to worry too much about the wrong size since the heel goes where ever you put it. Not to say I'm giving up learning how to knit two socks at one time on one long circular needle or that I won't knit socks on a set of dpn's, but it still sounds like a neat pattern to try.

I had hoped to get more sock yarn while it was still on sale but the sale is officially over. Oh well, I have enough for four pairs that should last me awhile.

Until next time!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Looking for patterns

I've just spent the past three hours straight looking for a suitable baby hat and booties knit pattern. There are so many out there but none that appeal to me. Well, I guess I did find a few of them but I either don't have the right type of yarn or the right size needle.

I was hoping to find something that matched what I already own so I don't have to buy any supplies. Each pattern of course has to say that theirs is the best which is frustrating. I just want to know that it will fit the infant I am making it for. Perhaps I can ask one of my knitting friends for a tried and true pattern. One that they know will actually fit the recipient.

I had planned to get a lot of knitting done tonight but with all the searching I've been doing, I now have a bad headache.

I have one last hat to finish for my brother-in-law. I suppose I will start it tonight and finish it tomorrow. For all those waiting, your hats will be mailed out on Friday. Sorry for the delay! (they are not orders, just for family) Yes, that sounds bad, doesn't it. Make the family waiting like that! lol

I did start on a knit pattern for a tube sock. A friend of mine really wants to knit socks but she refuses to use dpn's or circulars. She just wants an easy pattern on straight needles. And even though I gave her this pattern already, I get the feeling that she wants me to experiment and make a pair to show her. So that's what I'm doing. Only it's taking forever! I much prefer to knit in the round. It goes so much faster!!

I don't really mind knitting up a pair in this pattern though because I got to thinking how nice it is that with the tube sock you don't have to worry too much about size. There is no heel to worry about being in the wrong place. If these socks turn out as good as I think they will, I may knit up several pairs. But probably not.

I feel really blessed that the owner of the local yarn store taught me to use dpn's and knit socks that way. I have heard many folks talk about the difficulties of knitting with dpn's and I think it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

I am currently trying to learn to knit two socks at once on one long circular needle and for now that way is proving itself difficult, but I know if I don't give up, I can learn this way too! :-)

Well, I need to go rest and hope this headache goes away.

Until next time!

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