Category Archives: Knitting

Stripey Socks

And just like that, January is almost over. Time is flying by here in ThimbleannaLand, and it hasn’t been very exciting this month LOL. I’m still working on the hand quilting for the baby quilt now and then — boy, is that ever slow work! I’ve also finished a pair of stripey socks — progress mostly due to a little travel during the Christmas break.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I seem to have lost the yarn band, but I think the yarn is an Opal sock yarn. I’m trying to use up the yarn that I have in my little stash and this yarn has been hiding there for quite awhile.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I used my standard sock recipe with no pattern on the legs — it’s nice to just sit back and let the yarn do all the work.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I like the colors in this yarn — particularly the blue which goes so well with my jeans.  Here’s what they look like with my shoes — I like that the stripes don’t match.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I’ve started a new pair of socks now. I definitely prefer to knit two socks at once on a long circular needle, but for this yarn, I want to try and make the striping match on both socks. We’ll see how that works out LOL. Do you seasoned knitters recognize this yarn?

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

Ok, off to watch Victoria. Are you watching? MeMum and I are loving it!

Have a good week!
XOXO,
Anna

Blue Socks

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on my Aunts’ Quilt — it’s always fun to have a quilt finish!  I’ve pressed The Aunts’ (or rather, the back of the Aunts’) into service again to show off my latest sock finish:

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

I worked on these little socks randomly here and there, and just whenever, and finally they’re done.  I started knitting the Drunken Bees pattern (which I can’t seem to find now) out of this yarn, but quickly discovered that I’d really have to be drunk to successfully execute that pattern (I knit waaaay too tightly for that pattern to work for me).  Just as I was pondering new options, Bekah posted a new sock pattern that she’s offering for free.  So, I used my standard sock knitting method and used the “stripe-y” technique from her pattern for the stripes.  I’ve already worn them and they’re super cozy!  Thanks Bekah!

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

Lean to the Left …

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

Lean to the Right …

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

there’s a punch line here somewhere, but I can’t remember what it is.  Oh well … (btw, all the wood in the background came from yet another tree that we’ve lost on our lot — at this rate, our lot will be naked in 10 years {Sigh}).

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

I actually took these pictures last week, but somehow I just can’t seem to get back here during the week to write a post.  I’m either at Mom’s or, when I get home, I make a hurried dinner and then bury myself in the hand quilting on the baby’s quilt.  It’s slow going though — I’m guessing I’m about 1/3 of the way done.  I was hoping for a finish by Halloween, but now I’m hoping for Christmas ;-D.

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

And now … it’s the weekend. Yipee! Have a Good One — and if you’re in the southeast, I hope you’re staying high and dry and that “normal” will soon return.

XOXO,
Anna

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Baby Sweaters

Thank You so much for all of your very sweet comments about FinallyAGirl. I’ve been missing her terribly this week and luckily, we’re going to see her this weekend. Yay!

I’ve been busy over the last few months making a few baby sweaters that I couldn’t show you until they were given to SweetiePie – which we did when the baby was born.  I love little knitting projects because I can take them to work and knit at lunchtime a few days a week. The first sweater is the famous Baby Surprise sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman. This was a super fun sweater to knit, but boy, the first time, it takes a leap of faith. This is what the sweater looks like when you finish knitting.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

Does that look like a sweater to you? Me neither. But, have faith, a little change-o presto and it looks like this:

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

I don’t even remember how I twisted it to put it together, but I do remember that the only seams are along the top of the sleeves. No side seams, so that was nice!  My only frustration with this pattern was that there was no indication as to what size the finished sweater would be — maybe it’s  because you can use this pattern for babies all the way to adult sizes, depending on the size yarn and needles that you use.   I was hoping for a 3 – 6 month size, but I think this is more like a 0 – 3 month size.  For those interested in the details, I used US size 3 needles with a Koigu yarn.  The pattern has been published in several books and all the details, along with pictures of other Baby Surprise sweaters, can be found on Ravelry, here.  Not included in the pattern is the little picot edge along the front and bottom of the sweater and around the sleeve edges. My buddy Bonnie mentioned that she had a friend who did a picot edge on her baby surprise sweater, so I googled a picot edge and crocheted it when the sweater was finished.  I think this makes a really fun baby gift and I’ll definitely be making it again!

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

The second little sweater I made is the Nouveau-né by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot).  This was another fun little knit, and oh, what a pretty little sweater pops out at the end!  This sweater is knit in a much more traditional manner — top down on circular needles, so there are no side seams, which I love.  I also LOVE that beautiful little honeycomb stitch on the yoke and around the sleeve and body hems.  It’s so pretty and and it’s fun to run your fingers along the top to feel the bubbly texture.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

The pattern also has instructions for little booties, so I made them too.  It only contains instructions for a 0-3 month size — oh, how I wish it also included  larger sizes.  I’d definitely make it again for when our little miss gets bigger.  The booties seem large to me — more like a 6 month size, but what do I know — it’s been a long time since I’ve been around little baby feet.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

For those interested, I used US size 3 needles and the yarn is Millamia Naturally Soft Merino.  Both little sweaters have flower shaped buttons (sorry, the whites aren’t showing up very well — white is so hard to photograph!).  Yarn and buttons for both sweaters were purchased at my LYS, Knitting Off Broadway.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

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I LOVE baby knitting and I’ve started on another new project — a few lunch times a week, week after week, add up to some fun finished projects!

And now … it’s the weekend. T minus 2 until I can cuddle that little baby — Yipee!!! If you’re an American, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!!

XOXO,
Anna

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Five on Saturday

Because I can’t get my act together to post Five on Friday! Ooops! Anyway …

1. No baby news yet.  There’s still a little making o’ baby stuff going on while we wait. A little princess has to have a little pink crown, right? (Pattern available here.)

Thimbleanna: baby crown.

2.  Are you a multi-tasker?  Of course you are.  You can walk and text right?  Or cook dinner and help with the homework?  Or do a million different things at the same time?  BUT.  Are you a Super Tasker???  Take the quiz and find out Here.  It takes about 40 minutes and fair warning … it’s not easy.  At least it wasn’t for me.  There are three parts — audio, visual and audo + visual.  I did great on the visual (confirming what I already knew about being a visual person — I even scored 100% a few times) but not so hot on the audio (I can just hear TheManoftheHouse now — “You never listen to me” LOL), so my combined scores put me just below the line to be a Super Tasker.  Darn It.  You’d think I wouldn’t have time for these games.  But No.  We’re Waiting on a Baby!  Anyway, Give It A Try!!!

Thimbleanna: Tasker Test

3.  If you’ve been around for awhile you know I’m not a big fan of facebook.  It REALLY honks me off that every time I comment or like something or whatever, it feels the need to inform the planet.  And don’t get me started on the Ads.  So, a few weeks ago, I had a new interesting facebook experience.  When TheManoftheHouse was in the rehab hospital, he had an elderly roommate.  The roommate had a daughter and granddaughter who are just beginning to learn the ins and outs of taking care of a parent at home.  Having recently been through that experience with BigDaddy, I told the daughter to call me if they needed any references.  About a month later, the granddaughter called and we had a nice conversation and I gave her some information.  Then, about a month after that, facebook suggested that I friend the granddaughter.  Wow!  Granddaughter lives 4 hours away from here and we don’t have one. single. friend in common on facebook.  How on earth would facebook know to recommend that I friend her?  I’ll tell you how.  Facebook is snooping around in my phonebook.  WTF????  They’re snooping around in your phonebook too.  #ieffinghatefacebook  (Facebook and effing both start with “F” — need I say more?)  (Gratuitous cat picture — #scruffhatesfacebooktoo).

Thimbleanna: Scruffy

4.  More trying to keep busy knitting.  A few little pacifier holders for baby.  The pattern is in the book Itty-Bitty Nursery by Susan B. Anderson.  (That’s not an affiliate link — I don’t get squat.)

Thimbleanna: Pacifier Holders

5.  A few beautiful Tula Pink fabrics have arrived in my little etsy shop.  I LOVE this beautiful Chipper line and this colorway is even prettier in real life.  I’m hoping to sew a little with it tomorrow.  But, maybe the baby will come!  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Chipper

Hope you’re having a great weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

Lorna Strikes Again

Awww, thanks for all your sweet comments about BigDaddy.  You are all so kind and it’s very much appreciated.  We’re trying hard to find our new normal, although, we’ve been so busy, we’re not even close to being there yet.  TheManoftheHouse had been scheduled for a knee replacement surgery right around the time that BigDaddy passed away, and it had to be postponed.  He was put on a cancellation list, and they called him in two weeks ago.  Everything has gone very well (but what an uhhhgly surgery that is — lots of pain and rehab!) and he came home from the rehab hospital a few days ago.  I think it’s safe to say, I’ve had my fill of hospitals for this year!

As you might imagine, all that hospital time allowed for lots of time for handwork.  I finished a pair of socks.

Thimbleanna: Fugly Socks

I’m officially naming these the Fugly Socks.  Oh the FUGLY.  I seem to have a penchant for picking yarns that have somewhat pretty colors, but then they knit up to become butt. ugly.  (It’s happened before.)  See?  Look.  These colors — blue, green, gold, pink, and purple.  Is that sooo bad?

Thimbleanna: Fugly Socks

Apparently yes, because … Fugly.  Experienced knitters can probably tell me right away who made this yarn.  Here’s a hint:  Notice the pooling.  When the colors pool together, it’s just not pretty.  The yarn is Lorna’s Laces and although I think they’ve solved the pooling problem (these were ok) in their more recent yarns, apparently I have some of their older yarns still in my stash .

Thimbleanna: Fugly Socks

Once again, I used my old favorite Mockery Socks pattern (free Ravelry download here) with an eye of the partridge heel.  It’s so easy and I needed easy knitting this time around.  I have quite a few pairs of Mockery Socks by now — I really need to be a little more adventurous with the pattern next time.

Thimbleanna: Fugly Socks

It’s nice to have a finish. I’m working on a few other projects, but I can’t really show them yet — they’re surprises!

XOXO,
Anna