Baby Rock’n’Rollneck Sweater

A full-sized (baby) garment at last! There has never been a shortage of hats or cowls or other small things around this blog, so it feels quite good to post this one. I have had the Baby Rock’n’Rollneck sweater on my mind since last year when I saw PeacefulKnitter’s version, WifeMomKnitter’s version, and of course, ColourKnits version!
I have had the red Rowan Calmer in my stash for a long time. I claimed the brown in a Ravelry swap and figured they would work together. I love this yarn (but heard it has been discontinued!). I’ve been calling this the “Brick Rolled” sweater – in reference to the color and the “RickRoll” internet meme (specifically the Muppets version). Anyway.
My gauge was off, so I did a bit of math, thank you Ann Budd & her “Favorite Formula”! I knit the 18 month size to end up with a 6-9month size sweater. I am quite pleased that it is spot on!

Yarn Along – Jan 25

From small things,

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us!

Yarn Along  Jan 25
The key things I have to show for the week are progress on the monster (he’s got eyes!), and Nate’s Baby Rock’n’Roll Neck sweater is just about done. I have ends to weave in and I have an idea in my head that I want this sweater to have a robot on it, down at the bottom stripes. Maybe felted? Maybe crocheted? I’m not sure, so I might wait on it for now. It deserves a post of its own and will have one in the next few days.

I picked up The Knitter’s Life List from the library today. It is interesting to thumb through and would make a great book for a new knitter I think, but at this stage in my knitting game, it is not one I want permanently on my bookshelves. I also have been reading The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of The Little House on the Prairie. I really enjoyed the first 20% of this book. It was funny, light-hearted, made me giggle as I recognized myself in the writing about the fondness for the “Little House” series. The little nuggets of information about what was probably real or probably fiction has been really interesting as well. Then the book takes a turn to making the comparison of “Girlhood / being a girl is just like being out on the wild prairie and the days of the pioneers”. Ummm. Ok. I am not so thrilled on that part, and to me most of it seems like a stretch, but whatever. Then there was a section about the legal “stuff” of the day involving settlers and the Native American Lands. It just feels like this is filler and I do suppose there is a place for it. But eh. It is a light read and I’ll be done with it soon. Good thing, as it is a library loan to my kindle so I only have it for a short time. I am very pleased that I finally figured out how to borrow the library books on my kindle, but there was a bit of drama and confusion there that was totally unnecessary.

It’s Done!

The ends are all woven in. Blocking is done. The pins are removed. I have a new sweater!
Finished Sweater!
Sometimes I wish there were two of me – one to use the camera and the other I could boss around to pose. I used the self timer on the camera and mostly felt silly – but I liked the plain background of a purple wall in my house. Anyway, this photo was the best of the bunch. I remembered that you should give your model something to hold or do while posing – makes the person relax and you can get better photos. So I grabbed what was nearby.

Finished Sweater!
Jackson. He got antsy because he could see out the window and I think our neighbor-dogs started barking.

Finished Sweater!
The Lorax. She too was a bit antsy looking out the window at the neighbor-dogs.

On the whole, I like this sweater – it came out a bit too big, but that’s my own fault – somewhere in the yoke area I started following the instructions for the next size up and once I realized that I just stuck with it. It’s a comfy sweater and warm. I’m pleased.

Baby sweater!

Finally, I’ve got photos of my knits! This weekend I made pretty good progress on all my knits – I finished Lorelai’s sweater, a market bag I’m test knitting, I pulled the Bobbi Bear out of hibernation, and I’ve just about finished one sock (the toe needs kitchnering). The Seamless Baby Kimono was made using Tahki Cotton Classic that I had in my stash. Hot Pink. I dig it, and I think Lorelai does too. I used two skeins and a little bit of a third one. As I’m left handed, the front crosses from the right and ties on the left. I enjoyed knitting this – seamless is the way to go!
Baby kimono sweater

L. learns how to take a “knitter’s self portrait”
knitters self portrait

Don’t I look smart?
Looking smart in my sweater

Drool proof.
Cotton sweaters...

This photo shoot is over!
This photo shoot is over!