Archive for August, 2007

Finished: Rose Twist Baby Kimono

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Well, I didn’t make my self-imposed deadline for finishing this Kimono, but really, how mad can you be when something turns out so adorable and elegant for less than five bucks?

Pattern: Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono from Mason Dixon Knitting

Yarn: Sugar ‘n Cream Twists in Rose Twists, which I just love. The next time there is a sale on dishcloth cotton at my cheap yarn outlet of choice, don’t be surprised if I buy the entire stock out. All the fun of a variegated yarn, with no ugly pooling!

Needles: Addi Turbos US size 6, 20". I’m pretty sure it was Liz who pointed it out to me after I made my first Baby Kimono a while back, and she was right- it is so much more pleasant to use circular needles for these things! If you made one of these on straight needles and hated it, give it one more try on circulars. You just may change your mind.

Modifications: I added 1 inch of garter stitch to the bottom edge of all my pieces and worked the rest in stockinette. Also, I decided to throw caution to the wind and use the needle size specified in the pattern instead of going down a size or two like I usually do. (I normally do that to accommodate my super loose gauge, in case you don’t know.) Since the intended recipient will probably be about two weeks old before the kimono gets to her, I didn’t want to run the risk of it coming out to small to be worn. It’s definitely bigger than newborn size, so hopefully it will get plenty of wear.

Final Thoughts: I love the way this turned out, and I’m so much happier with it than I was with my first attempt. I learned that I love variegated yarns in the skein, but am very rarely happy with them knit up, so it makes sense for me to find a happy middle ground with yarns with multi-colored plies, like the Twists. Also, I learned that I really do prefer the look and feel of dishcloth cotton knit on needles that are a little on the big side, at least for me. I think I might be ready to dive into knitting another kimono very soon, only this time for my own baby!

I wonder if anyone has ever made one of these adult sized. I know that people do that with other famous one piece baby patterns. Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Tomten Jacket and Baby Surprise Jacket come to mind. I’m not sure it would work well on an adult because the sleeves stand out so straight from the body of the sweater, but it would be interesting to find out. Let me know if you see one!

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The Heat is On!

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 Baby Kimono lounging on the deck, looking all cute and stuff.

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Baby Kimono in it’s natural habitat, wadded up on top of a pile of crap on my desk.

I know I promised some updates on my current knitting projects, and
really, they’re coming! However, right at the moment, I’m working on
the world famous Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono from Mason Dixon
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, and since I’m on a deadline (tomorrow, eek!), all other
knitting here at Casa de Golightly has come to a screeching halt. (What
am I doing blogging? I should be knitting!!)

Fortunately, I’m about
halfway through the kimono and I’m thinking I can finish it with just a
few hours of steady work. The trick is finding a few hours!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but I am
s-l-o-o-o-o-o-w knitter. I don’t really think that’s a terrible thing,
since I’m not really knitting because I have to have things fast. It’s just a little inconvenient on the rare occasion that I do need
something in a hurry! Based on the fact that I’m about halfway done and
I’ve spent 3.5 hours on it so far, I’m guessing that with seaming and
finishing touches, it will take me about 8 hours total to finish this
tiny sweater. Have you made this project and noted how many hours you
spent from start to finish? If so, let me know! It would be fun to see if I’m actually going
as slow as I think I am. I hypothesize that a more "average" speed
knitter might spend 6 hours on it, start to finish, and a speedier
knitter might only need about 5… or less?   

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Return of Recalcitrant Knit Blogger

Seriously?!? It’s been a friggin’ month?!!?! Do you want to know where I’ve been? Well, so do I! I knew I was neglecting the blog, but I didn’t realize until now that I’ve been neglecting the blog for a whole month! How embarrassing! Yeesh!

First, I guess a Belly Update would be nice, since it’s been a while- I am 31 weeks today (which is very, very close to 8 months for those of you who have not been pregnant recently and don’t get what all this "weeks" crap is about.) The baby is very lively and the I alternate between being ready to have this thing out of me like, yesterday, or being ready to stay pregnant for the next 10 years, at which time I will surely be more prepared. I gather that both feelings are perfectly normal.

My advice to all the pregnant people out there is to make friends with knitters if you haven’t already! Seriously, they are the best people. The lovely proprietresses of the Knit Nook very kindly threw a shower for me and the other two resident pregnant ladies (one who is blogless and one is done being pregnant- congratulations, Tonya!!) and we all made out like bandits. The surge of generosity was nothing if not touching. Thanks to everyone for everything!

Knitting updates with lots of pictures coming tomorrow!

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