Handmade wardrobe pieces, Knitting

My Handmade wardrobe project: Finished object number one!

Finished object number one in my Handmade Wardrobe project is the Yakushima by Justyna Lorkowska. I wanted a long and dark cardigan that could go with most things in my wardrobe. I used a lot of time finding the perfect yarn for this project and ended up with a new to me yarn Dale Natural Lanolin Wool in colorway 1431 – a charcoal grey. My swatch (yes I swatched!!!) turned out a bit on the small size, so I decided to knit size XL, because I liked the fabric I got from my needle size of choice: 4.5mm. This yarn is labeled DK on Ravelry, but I think it´s closer to worsted weight.

The construction of the cardigan was top down with a contiguous method of shaping set-in sleeves which is seamless, but looks like it´s sewn in. So the fit is very good! The cardigan also has pockets, and as far as I can remember this is my first knitted item with pockets like this. (The Still light had pockets, but a different kind of pockets.) It was an all over clear and easy pattern and I can recommend it.

Turns out that this colorway is soooo hard to take pictures of, and the only shot I´ve managed to get so far is this… So if you want to see more I suggest that you check out the Ravelry page and have a look at all the gorgeous projects.

Gustav was wondering what I was up to, so naturally he got to be a part of this picture as well… I have to point out in the name of Handmade wardrobe pieces, that I´m wearing Jerseykjole med sving that I´ve sewn myself and the Find your fade shawl by Andrea Mowry. The dress has been a life saver during this pregnancy. I shortened the waist so it would fit over the bump without looking weird, and I it is my go to piece of clothing when all else fails. And hopefully I will be able to use it after the baby as well. I´m not a super experienced sewer, but this was a great pattern and I will sew it again if I get time. As far as I know it´s only in Norwegian though…

Handmade wardrobe pieces, Knitting tools

Selfish knitting and new knitting needles

Since I´ve got a good sized pile of baby knits, I´m allowing myself to knit on more selfish knits. I knitted myself a cardigan a few weeks back, and this is my selfish knit number two during this pregnancy. They have both been carefully planned using my previously mentioned Handmade Wardrobe pieces bundle. This is Eri by Isabell Kraemer, a pattern I fell completely in love with when I got the Laine issue 4 in the mail. I love most things in the Laine magazines, so I was about time to start a project from one of them!

I´m using DSA Sterk in a new colorway 885. An amazing dusty blue. DSA came out with quite a few new colors this fall, and I´d love to knit myself some more sweaters or cardigans using some of the other ones.

(Screenshot from www.dustorealpakka.no)

I´ve actually knitted a swatch for both of my Handmade Wardrobe projects (yay me!), and ended up using 3.75mm needles on this project.

…and speaking of needles, I upgraded my Chiaogoo needle set with larger sizes in the hopes that I will always have the needles I need when I need them. (It all depends on if I manage to put them back once I´m done with them…) Right now I don´t have that many bigger needles, and the once I have are not good to knit with and have wires with kinks… And that does not make this knitter happy!!!So an upgrade it was. And since I´ve read that one can use the spin wires for the interchangeable metal needles, I decided to try that as well. If you want to buy this set, note that the small set ranges from  2.75 mm to 5 mm but does for some reason not include the 3mm needle size. And the large set ranges from 5.5 mm to 10 mm, but does not include the 7mm and 7.5mm needle size. For some weird reason. I bought these sizes extra. And an adapter so I can use the big needles with the small wires as well.

If you live in Norway you can buy the set from bladetgarn.no. I bought the large set from them. But when I bought my small size set I ordered from purlescence.co.uk. They  have a lot of other needles and extras from Chiaogoo as well. They have very reasonable shipping and fast delivery so they can be highly recommended! Since I bought my sets in two goes, I had two needle cases. So I put them together in one case and I will try to put my fixed Chiaogoo needles that I use for magic loop sock knitting into this case as well to keep all my goodies in one place. (I have 2.0mm, 2.25mm and 2.5mm fixed needles for sock knitting).

What is your favorite knitting needle brand? Do you prefer metal or wood or does it depend on your project/yarn?

Baby knits

“Have you knitted anything for the baby…?”

Well… judging by this pile I have knitted quite a few things for the wee one…

In the beginning I found it to be hard to knit for the baby, because I was afraid something would happen. But a good friend of mine talked me into it, and convinced me that I wouldn´t jinx anything by knitting baby clothes because I do not have that kind of power of the universe. I started by finishing a long lingering blanket project made with the stitch I use in my Little Ivanhoe pattern. Once that was done, it was easier to knit little clothing pieces. I´ve not just knitted the smallest sizes, some of the clothes are in 6 months size, just because as far as I´ve heard, the first few weeks goes by so fast, and I don´t want to end up with a lot of clothes that will never be used because they are outgrown too fast.

Some patterns are great looking with the baby inside of it. Like Non Stop Top by Torunn Espe. So I´ll wait to show of the two tops I´ve knitted from this pattern. (Will knit more though! It´s a great mindless knit!)

Other patterns are very photogenic, baby or not. So I´ll show some of those, because when I posted this picture on Instagram I got the feeling that a lot of people wondered what kind of patterns I have knitted.

I posted the coming home outfit yesterday, so I´m not doing a recap of that but here are some of the stuff I have knitted that look presentable on their own:

Milo by Georgie Nicolson. I´ve knitted a lot of these vests and I love the pattern! I´ve gotten a lot of great feedback from the recipients, and knew I wanted to knit this pattern for my own baby. I will knit more of these for sure. This one is knitted in two strands of Filcolana Arwetta in the colorway 135 on 3.5mm needles. I could have used 4mm needles for this vest, but I couldn´t find them and the urge was too great in the heat of the moment…

Honeybug Romper by Ainur Berkimbayeva. This was such a fun knit! I love how it is constructed, and the yarn I chose was amazing to knit with! I will be knitting this one again for sure! And you should try it too! I know a lot of people swear to button openings in the crotch, but some patterns you just can not not knit! I used Dale Eco Wool in the colorway 1204 for this. And when I started this, I had found my 4mm needles, so this one is knitted on those.

A big favorite: Pilo Cardigan by Imke von nathusius. Knitted in Garnstudio Drops Fabel from stash. In a gorgeous blue colorway: 103. I´ve also knitted pair of Elinor’s Bloomers by PetiteKnit in Dale Alpakka. They are so cute, but looks a bit small (but what do I know?), so I will hold on knitting more of these until I can see for myself if it´s a good fit or not.

I just love how this romper looks, and can´t wait to see a baby in it. The pattern is from a danish designer Knitwedo and it´s called Bark romper. She has a lot of other amazing patterns too, so take a look at her web page. I hope she´ll put all her patterns out on Ravelry, because it´s so much easier to plan future knits when I can add them to different bundles on Ravelry.  The color is quite hard to take pictures of, but it´s a greenish grey color. I forgot to write down the colorway, but the yarn is Karmin Supersoft.

 

I´ve also knitted:

Balloon Baby Pants by Ingrid Aartun Bøe in Schachenmayr Regia Tweed Trend & Classic

Puffy Romper by Anne-Sophie Velling in Schachenmayr Regia Fashion

Snonings romper by Anne-Sophie Velling in Sandnes Alpakka (Tweed)

Little Sister’s Romper by PetiteKnit in The Urban Purl

Baby Romper by Charlotte Kaae in Izzy Lane

Vinterkysa by Heidi Pettersen in Schachenmayr Regia Fashion

Anker’s Bonnet by PetiteKnit in Pickles Pure Wool

Alvin’s romper by Tine Johnsrud in Dale Eco Wool

Maybe you found something to knit for a baby in your life?

 

 

 

 …

Baby knits

Coming home outfit

The coming home outfit.

I´m not sure if it´s a big deal outside of Norway, but in Norway it feels like it´s a must have, especially if you are a knitter! I didn´t know what to knit for our little one to wear when we come home from the hospital. I couldn´t quite find exactly what I wanted, but ended up putting together a set with different patterns.

I wanted to try a new yarn, so I chose Yaku from Ca Ma Rose, a fingering weight 100% superwash wool. It was a great knitting experience, and I would use it again for sure! We chose the colours yellow and blue, since I´m not a big fan of purely blue or pink depending on the sex of the baby. We are expecting a boy, but no need to go all blue. Everyone needs a little yellow in their life!

The patterns I´ve used for this outfit is:

Cardigan: Pilo Cardigan by Imke von nathusius. I love this pattern and this is my third cardigan made with this pattern. It´s knitted top down, which is my favorite way to knit cardigans and sweaters.

Romper/Playsuit: Little Emmas Playsuit by Knit By TrineP with a different textured pattern. I made a big mistake knitting this and had to rip back. I´m kind of happy that I did that mistake, because I wasn´t all that happy with the texture in the original pattern. So when I had to rip back, I decided to do something different and use the stitch I have used for a lot of socks in the past based on the Thuja socks by Bobby Ziegler. But everything else is knitted following the pattern for Little Emmas playsuit, and it was so clear and easy to follow. I blame the mistake I did in the beginning on my pregnant brain…

Bonnet: Anker´s bonnet by PetiteKnit. Also modified to match the playsuit.

Booties: Oh Baby ! Baby Booties by DoubleDiamondKnits

I´m so happy that this is done! Our baby is due in the end of October. And of course, he will also get a body and tights to go with this, but that is store bought and just plain white.

Have you knitted a coming home set either for your own baby or other people´s? What did you knit?

 

 

 …