Monthly Archives: December 2014

three more

I’ve got three more FOs to show off! The boot toppers, in their natural environment

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And two little bubblicious hats for two lucky babies.

green hat

This is the perfect sort of baby pattern. Quick enough I didn’t mind knitting two. Multiple colors, but no complicated color work. The babies in question are twins, so I think these are a great set without bein too matchy-matchy.

brown hat

The green yarn is bulky and the brown is just a heavy worsted. To correct for the difference in gauge I knit a newborn size with bulky yarn and a baby size with worsted. It worked out pretty well, but I think it means the bobbles on the green are a bit smaller than they should be. The green bobbles on the brown hat are only 4 stitches wide (not 5 like the pattern calls for) which means they’re also understated. But I think the hats are still pretty cute!

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WIPs

In case you were curious, I did NOT get all my knitting done over Thanksgiving break. In fact I got less than even I expected (nevermind what I packed for…) Windsor came down with a bug thursday and she spent pretty much all of friday cuddled in my lap. It’s been a long time since I knit with a napping baby in my lap, and it’s much harder when the baby gets to be toddler sized! And awake? Even a sick toddler will play with your yarn… I did managed to finish my boot toppers.

This was my THIRD try to make something out of this single skein of Puffin yarn. The good news is that it holds up well to repeated frogging. I tried to make a cowl first (not nearly enough yarn) so then I switched to the Hemlock Shade Boot toppers. Which were almost perfect.
After I finished the first topper I weighed it and the remaining yarn. Turns out I’d knit a 39 row topper but only had enough yarn remaining for a 32 row topper. So I had to frog it a second time, and do some math. I figured I should be able to get two 35 row toppers based on the weight of the yarn. So I reknit it with some rows missing. Then knit the second one… When I got to the bind off I ran out of yarn AGAIN with 5 stitches remaining, so I did a little cheat. Just pass each stitch over the next without knitting first. This cheat makes for a really tight bound off edge. But since the rest of the edge is stretchy it’s not too bad. Also, I didn’t want to frog the yarn another time.

After that I cast on for the Bubblicious hat. I’m knitting a pair of them in opposite colors for a set of twins. I thought it’d be just the right amount of matchy without too much identical knitting.

Meg Roke knits

Today’s interview is with Meg of Meg Roke knits! All her lovely designs can be found on Ravelry. Remember that all designer’s for-sale patterns are qualified for our knit and crochet -alongs where you can win both digital prizes and lovely physical prizes! Join us on Ravelry.

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Becky: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Meg: I “see” stitches everywhere I go. Truly. Ideas will just pop into my head from nature on a walk through my neighborhood, from the the print of colorful fabric, or even from clothing designs from an old movie. Even this morning, at my son’s library group, the concept for a new design bubbled up while watching the children play.

Becky: How did you first get started designing?
Meg: Several years ago, I was hunting through Ravelry for a simple hat with a cabled rim. I just got this idea into my head that I really really wanted to knit a hat with a horseshoe cable and could not for the life of me find one! So I sat down and began working on my first design… then it just spiraled from there.

Becky: What’s your favorite thing to knit?
Meg: As much as I love the beauty and complexity of challenging patterns/designs, I really prefer to make simple items with just a hint of interest or challenge. I am both a process and a product knitter. I get really swept up on how the finished knit will look, but at the end of the day I think the greater pleasure comes from the relaxing and rhythmic motions of simple knitting. I gravitate toward accessories more than anything – cowls, hats and mittens (for adults and kiddos). I love knit sweaters and socks so so much, but do not get around to knitting those as often – only so many hours in the day!

Becky: What do you do in your down time?
Meg: What’s down time? Ha, just kidding. I sew a little (mostly square shaped items) and love baking too. There is always some kind of baked good under a glass dome on our kitchen counter. I confess I am also a TV/movie addict, especially period piece and mystery movies or shows. So if I’m knitting, I’m on the couch in front of the TV.

Becky: When/how did you first hear about the gift-along?
Meg: I have two good friends who are also knit-wear designers (Andi Smith and Andrea Sanchez) and they both encouraged me to pursue it. I’m so glad I did! This whole experience is turning out to be great fun!

Becky: Pick one of your own designs that you think makes the perfect gift and tell us why you think that.
Meg: My Colorblock Mittens are a go-to for gift knitting for several reasons. First, there is a huge size range included (child’s small to men’s) so you can make a pair for everyone in the family. Second, the pattern actually includes TWO patterns: fingerless mitts and full mittens. Third, a pair of adult fingerless mittens can be made in a few hours (or couple episodes of Downton Abbey) because this design calls for bulky yarn. Big needles + big yarn + small project = fast knitting.

Becky: Name one thing you hope to finish during the gift-along. Or, if you’re not knitting gifts this year, what’s one other designer’s pattern you WISH you were knitting?
Meg: I did start a GAL project this week and will definitely finish this cute little hat for my son, Tommy. The pattern is called Sardines by Andrea Sanchez and is a slouchy hat with with sweet little fish all over. I fully intend to start and finish another pattern that I’ve had in my queue for a while. It is a cowl from a gorgeous collection of two-color-cabled accessories. The cowl is called Black Bunny by Andi Smith. I still have to pick out yarn for that though. Aw shucks, yarn shopping.
Becky: Yeah, I have Black Bunny in my library too! I love how it looks with variegated yarn for the cables. And how often do you find an intricate pattern that looks GOOD with variegated yarn??