7/18/2007

What have I've been up to, lately? Knitting.

Well, lots of things that I like to do. I've had the urge to make lots of jewelry, so I decided I would get started on a possible Christmas gift list, although knitting may be included in that.
~First off, I'll discuss my latest (yes another one...) knitting project. My cousin Jevae recently had a baby girl and I decided to make her a pair of cute baby slippers (I hate the word booties). So, I went to my local B&N and found Debbie Bliss's Simply Baby pattern book. Here is the picture of the design I'm in the process of working on. I've already completed one slipper and haven't started the next one :( but will shortly.



So here's Bliss's "Cuff booties" version knitted in Debbie Bliss (duh) Baby Cashmerino which is a lightweight yarn somewhere between fingering and double-knitting. This version was casted on with a size 2 needles, and then switches around from that size, to size 3, and then back to size 2 and so forth.

Here is a side angle of mine lying flat down. As you can see I haven't seamed up the back seam yet, which is something I'm very intimidated of. I chose a pink and antique white color combination, which turned out so cute, especially for a little girl.
This slipper is knit in Bernat Baby which is a very thin fingering weight yarn. I used size 3 to cast on and only used size 2 when I was doing a portion of the instep. I decided to make my version the 0-3 month size. The reason I say it's "my" version is because I casted on with size 3 needles instead of size 2.The way she designed the little flap was using short rows, I believe, which I have never tried before this pattern. The instructions were very easy to follow even though I did have to go back and read portions over and over. I didn't understand why she wanted me to place stitch markers at each ends of one of the rows. They just got in my way and I didn't understand why I needed them because I was knitting fine without them.

Overall this has been a really fun and quick project. I love the seed stitch body. Seed stitch is one of my favorite knitting stitches to date. The way Bliss was able to explain shaping, using two needles was amazingly simple to understand. I'm impress with this book and may buy more of her pattern books.

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