On the needles: Red Delicious Sweater

June 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

After finishing up the Sunny (Blue) blanket, I immediately went to work on a new sweater. It’s the second to last of the 4 projects I brought with me to Lusaka (the other is THIS) I’m using a top-down sweater pattern that I picked up at my local knitting store. As you can see, I’m already about a quarter of the way done and about to start the decreases on the side. I modified the pattern slightly based on my gauge (apparently, I knit very loose!). 

Happy weekending, everyone!


Sunny (Blue) Baby Blanket

June 5, 2012 § 3 Comments


What a fun project! It was a doozy and sure required some oomph at the end to finish but it was worth it and I absolutely love how it turned out. I had originally picked out a different “bobbles and lace” pattern (see HERE) but never could get my bobbles to look quite right. This simple pattern was perfect for our road trips and evening movies where I needed some mindless knitting (although it did get a bit large to cart around at the end).

Pattern: “Sunny Baby Blanket

Needles: Knit Picks #8 (5.0mm) and 29inch circular

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, color #848 lot #5770, 6 skeins of 100 grams each (purchased from Cultured Purls in Issaquah, WA)

Approximate time: 50 hours

Began December 2011, Finished May 2012

Ravelry notes are here

Sneak Peek – Sunny (Blue) Baby Blanket

May 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week, I cast off a big project I’ve been working on. Here is a sneak peek of it blocking. More pictures (and for those who care, knitting details) to come!

Blue Blanket

Blue Blanket

Baby Surprise Jacket

December 20, 2011 § 8 Comments

In the last few months, I’ve kept my knitting needles busy. I tend to knit like I read books…in multiples! I recently realized that it part boredom and part desire to see progress. Although I’ve finished a few projects in between, the others are secrets! We are in the holiday season, you know!

In progress

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket was a great project to have for our first couple months in Zambia. It gave me something to do for those long, quiet (well, we were at the Showell’s house so maybe not so quiet) days of waiting for life to get started here in Africa. I used Cascade Pacific yarn and knit picks #8 needles on a 29″ cord. The pattern is available by mail or most likely at your local knitting store. Not online. Yet.

In progress

The classic shot

The sweater is knit in one piece and then is folded into itself to become the sweater. I used the knit wiki for help as well as the aid of a more experienced knitting friend (thanks, Brittany!). It took quite a few rounds (and by rounds, I mean me ripping out my work and starting over) in order to figure out what the heck I was doing. It was the first pattern that I used that didn’t lay out line-by-line instructions and so it was definitely a “learning” period for my knitting skills. Also, I love how the stripes turned out – it’s the same as here.

Finished product

Here it is sewn up, blocked, and displayed in all its glory!

A Hat for the Husband

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love all the people we’ve been hanging out with lately but this introvert does need some time and space to recharge. Knitting is the perfect activity for me! I have been loving the projects I’m working on (more to come!). My latest creation is a hat for my husband for those cold Africa mornings…OK, maybe not so cold most of the time but I’m sure he will get some use out of it!

Handsome hunk


It was knit using the aptly named “man hat” pattern found HERE on Ravelry. I used knit picks #8 needles and a Pacific superwash wool/acrylic yarn (I think?? Lost the label). I did start my decreases earlier than the pattern says for the correct shaping, which was my first time deviating from a pattern so much. I felt so naughty…but I’m learning how to make the pattern work for me. He loves it so I’m happy about it too!

Knits and Purls

August 2, 2011 § 5 Comments

After “the sweater” (see HERE), I determined to work on my knitting skills. I’m glad I finished it but it showed that some formal education would be good for me. The gauge wasn’t done properly (um, I didn’t know what “gauge” was) and I needed to work on shaping.

Issaquah, WA

I recently took at class at our local knitting store, “Cultured Purls” (you can visit their site HERE). Because I’m a mostly self-taught knitter (youtube and knittinghelp.com are great resources), I decided to take the beginning knitter’s course to instill a good foundation upon which to build. The ladies here are fabulous. Even though I already knew many of the basic stitches, I learned a lot from having a person’s brain to pick.  Everyone in the store is also very helpful in picking out projects, yarn, and material. Here’s one finished project:

Rasta Hat

The pattern is a rasta hat available from ravelry (available HERE). I did it in some chunky acrylic yarn leftover in my knitting bag (no idea what the color is) on #13 needles. I also bought my first pair of knit picks needles! I learned about magic loop knitting (see HERE) and bought a 40″ cable with interchangeable needles. I think my knitting life has changed for the better. 🙂

Rasta hat back view

It. is. finished. (Well, sort of)

April 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Yes, its Easter weekend and we’re celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel is a beautiful thing. In other news, I finished my sweater (seen here previously).

Although I’m proud to have finished it (and it was a long process), it seems to be lacking the shape originally intended for it. It bags at the arm pits and the bosom area is rather, um, large. I’ve washed and dried it (high heat) with no luck. Guess I won’t be wearing this one. Oh well. The good news is that I have momentum from a finished project. Hooray! Here’s to more attempts in the future with better results!

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