August KALS : Crossroads Set with yarn prize & Illume

I’ve long been meaning to post about something I started up at the end of last year. I started a group on Ravelry for knit alongs that are free. In the beginning I would choose a pattern from the copious free knitting patterns avaiable in Ravelry’s database once a month. People joined my group and could jump in to knit the project together, posting photos as they went.

Projects are normally of beginner-intermediate skill level and a reasonable size for completing in a months time. This size project makes for a great way to use up that one or 2 skeins of yarn one may have just sitting around waiting to be used.

It wasn’t long before knit-wear designers were offering some of their patterns that normally one would have to purchase, and offering them to the group free with a coupon code. Now this group has the opportunity to obtain and knit these lovely patterns they would normally have to purchase for FREE! It is a nice way for the designer to gain some exposure of their pattern, and to advertise themselves free somewhere someone ay not have noticed their patterns before. Win, win!

So once a month I will try to remember to announce which KALs we are doing over in the group, and then post progress photos if i decide to attempt any of them.

FOR AUGUST:

KAL #1: Crossroads Set

by Elena Nodel

This pattern is normally for purchase, but can be obtained by joining the KAL. Elena is offering a skein of her own Dia Merino DK  yarn to one lucky finishing participant at the end of the month.

KAL #2: Illume

by Melissa Schaschwary

This pattern can be found FREE on ravelry. I was one of the test knitters for this hat, and may I say I absolutely love testing patterns for Melissa when I get the chance. I think her designs are just so lovely.

So if you are a knitter, come join in the fun!

knitting friday

I said I would post my knitting once a week. This way I can show you if you’re interested. If you’re not, you only have to endure it once a week, and not EVERY DAY!

Here is some of my pre-Christmas knitting:

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1. baby booties!

2. girl version baby blanket (still need to finish my boy blanket)

3. leaf garland headband that I improvised (my husband is a good sport)

4. a mounted deer head given to one of my nephews

5. a commissioned hat I knit for a friend to give her husband for Christmas (my first paid work!)

I had put down my needles pretty much from Christmas till this week. It has been rough because I had volunteered for a test knit (so sorry Justyna!), have a a baby hat swap hat to make and mail out by the end of the month, 2 items still to knit for my niece and nephews (Andi, the gifts will arrive, I promise) and send, and a KAL (knit-a-long) project to finish by the end of the month. Phew! I feel like I have more knitting to do this month than I did for Christmas!

Not to mention that I have yet to take our New Years Photos and have those mailed out (so sorry family). 3 weeks of either being off your feet or taking care of others really puts you majorly behind!

Well I picked them up again this week, and knit a couple of things to get myself motivated to to fulfill my knitting obligations . I felt absolutely overwhelmed by the things that are left to do, and yes, I am going to try to get them all done in less than 2 weeks (I’m insane). Each project I tried to get back to, I had zero motivation. No inspiration for what patterns to pick for a special niece and nephew, no desire to pick up any already-started project (or WIP as we say in the knitting community). I needed to get my head in the game.

This usually means a bit of quick baby knitting. It did just the trick to get me back in the knitting groove.

IMG_1370My little Knit-a-Long group is hosting a mitten pattern donation KAL right now (Click here for details, there’s still time to join!), and I had started the project. So I picked up my half finished mitten and figured I’d better at least finish one of them!

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1. Camilla Babe Sweater

2. Dew Drops Mitts

That’s all till next week where I plan to have ALL of my required knitting DONE!!

playing catch-up: in photos

1. & 2. Piper in her new winter hat and with her favorite gourd.

3. playing

4. finishing touches

5. 22 weeks preggers & hunting season

6. pork on the hoof (2 months to go till butchering!)

7. patiently waiting for clothes and already getting inspiration from soulemama

8. breakfast (leftover from making my very first turkey)

a few of my favorite things

Thought I would post some things that make me happy currently 🙂

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  • my grandfather has an identical one i have been coveting since my childhood. found one at a yard sale, 25 cents – ding!
  • saw this one on Etsy in the vintage housewares section, but could never justify buying it. found this one while going through stuff my mom was going to sell in a yard sale. free – ding!
  • found this (and 5 that match) while shopping thrift stores for place setting for my wedding. can’t remember how much I paid, but it’s vintage pyrex so…ding!

Thrifted buttons sorted and pinned together so I don’t have to rummage for matches.

Tiny hats for a tiny head. I’ve been seeing so many photographers spotlighting babies wearing knitted hats and soakers, and wrapped in knitted blankets. I’m considering making a shop for my knits.

and another tiny cardigan for a  little one who’s gender is unknown.

around the house

Once again I am inspired by Inspired.

//LATELY//

I’ve been on top of washing my dishes. I can’t tell you how much it makes me happy to relax at night knowing I don’t have a sink/counter/stovetop full of dishes.

We have dried off the goat. Since having stopped drinking animal’s milk, P has had noticeably better digestion. I am thankful for improved digestion, but bummed out that she won’t be able to have dairy at all. We have started giving her almond milk, which she seems to be enjoying.

Homemade dinners have been sparse these days, but I’m really learning how to stretch a budget and a chicken! One day I’ll be as good as my mom. I’m determined.

Over the weekend was the Common Ground Fair. We weren’t able to go, though we desperately wanted to. However, my sister and brother went and stopped in to get the latest copy of Taproot for me from Amanda Soule. I’m itching to start knitting the Family Mittens pattern found within it’s pages!

And finally, Piper is about to get herself a new hat! Did I mention that I’m a little obsessed with knitting right now?

tiny knitting

Pixie Hat pattern found here

Puerperium Newborn Cardigan pattern found here

I’ve been a little busy these past couple of days. I just can’t seem to put the needles down! I can’t help searching for what cute little baby things to knit next! I’ve even started a group on Ravelry to keep me motivated to stay knitting. Oops! (Please feel free to join!)

In other news:

  • I had my first midwife appointment this week and got to hear the baby’s heartbeat!
  • I’ve been able to use our flannel sheets on our bed this week! I’m very much enjoying this cool weather.
  • Joe made blackberry/huckleberry wine.
  • I picked 6 huge summer squash from the garden!

free pattern: baby brewer

Baby Brewer Hat Pattern / /

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE!

Yarn: Aran, 50g (my choice being Quince & Co.’s Osprey)

Needles: US 9 – 5.5mm circular or double-pointed needles

Gauge: 4 sts in garter stitch = 1 in.

Sizes: 6-12 months

Abbreviations:

BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit
k2tog : knit 2 together
p: purl
pm: place marker
ssk: slip slip knit

Pattern:

CO: 64 sts, pm
Rounds 1-8: k1, p1
Round 9: k
Round 10: p
Repeat rows 9 & 10 until your piece measures 7 in. from the CO row, ending with a P round. For more slouch measure an extra inch or two before decrease.

Decrease starting with a K round:

Round 1: k5, k2tog, k2, ssk, * k10, k2tog, k2, ssk *, repeat in ** until last 5 sts, k5
Round 2: p
Round 3: k4, k2tog, k2, ssk * k8, k2tog, k2, ssk *, repeat in ** until last 4 sts, k4
Round 4: p
Round 5: (k1, k2, k3, k4), k2tog, k2, ssk * k6, k2tog, k2, ssk *, repeat in ** until las 3 sts, k3
Round 6: p
Repeat in this pattern until there are 16 sts left, and BO.

Weave in ends and add pompom or tassel. Embellish as you wish!

If you wish to add stripes, I recommend starting in contrasting color immediately after the 1×1 ribbing; always starting the stripe on a K row and ending with a P row.

© 2012 Nicki Corridoni

please let me know in the comments if there are problems or if i may improve this pattern in any way!