17 October 2012

Winter Arrival Pebble Vest

So this Pebble vest... Apparently, it's an simple and popular knitting project for expectant mothers. After seeing it on SouleMama, I figured I'd check it out on Ravelry and see if I could give it a try. I've already passed the instructed newborn length, but because we Rosier/Deitch children tend to be longer babies, I figured I'd add another 10 rows and knit it up one needle size from 4 to 5. Hopefully this will help the vest last past that first newborn month or two.

First off, it's so simple and straight forward that a knitter with basic skills (knit/purl) can whip it up in no time! It also appears to be very easy to gauge up or down for a custom size for an older child. And luckily there are tons of variations detailed kindly by other users. I'll have to share some of the inspiring ones before I'm done.

I originally bought this yarn in 2009, intending to make Josh socks with it. (Lol. I still haven't knitted a pair of socks before, so maybe I'll make that a Chanukah goal...) It's so pretty, with three strands of variegated color twining around. It self stripes in a neat way. I bought this well before I understood the importance of keeping yarn labels sadly, so yet again, I have no idea what this is. It reminds me of some Berroco "Keltic" yarn. It's definitely a cotton wool blend or something of the sort and it feels lovely. But I can just imagine what the colors will look like on our winter boy. I made booties in brown and forest green to match and have fabric to make little coordinating pants for him.

Today for the first time I got the feeling that Aviva really understood that there was going to be a baby in the house soon. Just now she pointed to the pictures of the vest and said "bah-bah" (her word for baby). Makes me all warm inside!

15 October 2012

Autumn Georgette Peter Pan Collar

Over the course of the summer and the beginning of Autumn, I've been knitting and crocheting a lot, but I hadn't felt much motivation to share (attribute it to pregnant mama exhaustion or what have you). Well I've take a few photos of various projects (the ones I think are cute enough to show someone!) and am finally planning on posting them. And here we go...

I was trying to hunt down a cute peter pan collar I could wear with some of my simpler tees to dress them up or add a sense of dated modesty and femininity to them. Eventually I found this pattern, the Georgette Collar, and set to hooking. You can find an extra details on my ravelry project here.

The yarn was an old Manos Del Uruguay wool silk blend (I think) I've had since 2009, lost the tags to, etc. But it totally fits my autumn mood (tis my favorite season) with reds, golds, and hints of green in the colorway. Still have a bunch left! Wonder what else will come out of it.

One of the things I like about this pattern is that she provides you with multiple variations for the ties ends. I chose the leaves (so very predictable) and I think they are quite sweet... I get the feeling I'm going to make a few more of these to get rid of some of my old acrylics. I told myself I wouldn't buy more wool until I used up a bunch of my existing yarn... Sigh.