Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Saturday 15 October 2011

Knitting up a storm

Every few years, I seem to get caught in the craving to do some knitting. It's great while it lasts, but for some reason, it doesn't last. I've also discovered that I do the same thing with knitting that I do with quilts. I can't seem to work on just one thing at a time, but have multiple projects going at once.I've had a few requests for pictures of what I'm working on, so here goes. First off,  a scarf, done in the drop stitch pattern. It is basically finished, except for weaving in the ends. Then there are, or should I say will be, a pair of mittens, with roving knitted in to them, to make them extra, extra warm for this coming winter. The green roving peeking out of the top of the mitt, reminds me of those Troll dolls I used to play with as a kid. Then there is that wonderfully soft and silky feeling blue scarf, that is almost done. I really like the basket weave pattern in it. This way there is no right or wrong side to try and get facing out. And lastly, a really sweet looking baby sweater. Not that there is a need for it, but just because the yarn is pretty and soft, and I felt like knitting.
The pattern is from a great book I found, while I was in the shop where I bought the lovely blue yarn. It has charts in the book that detail how to make baby cardigans from the top down, using any yarn that you happen to have. Check the tension information on the yarn wrapper, and match it to the chart, and it will give the amount of stitches needed to cast on, and the rest of the instructions needed to finish the sweater. It has sizes 3 months to 18 months. Best yet, they are knitted on circular needles, and there are no seams to sew up afterwards. The sleeves are done on double pointed needles. It's called Need a Baby Cardigan I have no affiliation with this company, but really like this book. I'm finding that I like having knitting sitting beside my chair in the living room, to pick up when watching/listening to TV. It's replacing the applique that I used to do, and is actually more relaxing than the applique. I have lots of different yarns sitting around the house, some of which I can use for more sweaters.


  1. What fun things you're working on, Cathy! See if we lived closer together, I'd beg you to teach me to knit, and then we could sit on the porch on a beautiful fall afternoon and chat and drink tea and knit and share grandbaby photos. Sounds pretty heavenly! :)

  2. Great projects! I just printed out some free sweater patterns for my puppy dog. Now I just need to figure out how to do them.

  3. Great knitting projects! I'm going to have to look for that sweater book - did you get it in Hyde Park? I have to get into Masonville soon - and the yarn shop is "right on the way"....
    I just started a craft group at church, making knitted, crocheted and quilted projects for charities, and it's helpful to have lots of projects to choose from!

  4. I know what you mean Cathy. I'm currently in a knitting phase, and I've already bought enough wool for at least 2 projects after the one I'm working on now. I have no idea how long this phase will last, so who knows whether I'll ever get them done.

    Of course, when I started this knitting phase a couple of months ago, I abandoned 2 double bed size quilts that I had been working on, and I can gradually feel the inclination to get back to the sewing machine and work on them. So many projects and so little time...


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