Elinor Brown Knits

Knitting Designs by Elinor Brown

Month: February, 2007

Wear Test: Garnstudio Karisma

While I’ve been quite fond of Cascade 220 and Knit Picks Shine Sport in terms of how they’ve held up to frequent washings, Garnstudio Karisma leaves much to be desired. Frankly, I’ve found little to like about this superwash yarn. Care instructions are machine wash cold and dry flat. I’ve only washed this sweater a handful of times and this is what it looks like today:

Very fuzzy with lots of pilling. I was so disappointed because this was one of my favorite baby sweaters. I’ll have to make another one for next winter in a more durable yarn.

Next up: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (and it’s back too!)


Lapland Mittens from Folk Mittens

While I still have no knitting progress to speak of, I thought I’d post about my lamest UFO ever (please excuse the background of diapers!) Check this out: BOTH mittens are done. One even has a thumb. The only thing remaining is another thumb. These mittens are two years old. That’s right, two years. I estimate it would take me about 30 minutes to finish the second thumb. Why haven’t I? I have to find the yarn, the book and some size 3 DPNs. I’m a little behind on work right now so they’ll have to wait a little longer. I intend on bringing these to my knitting group next weekend so you can expect a long overdue FO post next week about these babies!

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Pattern: Lapland Mittens from Folk Mittens
Needles: US 3

The other day, I was looking down at my hands and I noticed a dark indentation on my right index finger. On further inspection, I noticed another one on my left pinky finger. I pointed it out to Aaron, wondering aloud what on earth could have caused the marks. He looked at me blankly. “Knitting,” he said. Of course. How could I have missed that one? So it’s official: I am the biggest dork ever! My friends have been purporting this for years.
This is how I hold my knitting when knitting English style:

I wrap the yarn around my pinky when knitting Continental style, which explains the mark on my left hand. Seven years of knitting has left its mark, I suppose! Am I alone in this? Do you all have knitting marks?

Finally, my SP Deb sent a really cool final package, complete with sock yarn and Beatrix Potter books for baby Beatrix!!! She’s already interested in Peter Rabbit’s ears! Thanks so much, Deb! I had a great time with SP – I hope you did too!

Wear Test: Knit Picks Shine Sport

Those of you who read my blog while I was nesting in the last weeks of my pregnancy this summer heard a lot of gushing about Knit Picks Shine:

“It’s so soft!”

“So easy to work with!”

“Produces such nice stitch definition.”

“Amazingly enough, for a cotton yarn, it doesn’t suck!”

The latter, in my opinion, was the highest praise. I always be a woolaholic. I know I’m in good company, right?

So how did Shine stand up to six glorious months of baby wear? Not too bad, all things considered (which means, “Not too bad given it’s so cheap.”)

Here is a striped baby tank top. Proportionally speaking, it seems wider now than it did when I made it. Granted, I have a skinny kid so everything looks wide on her. It’s possible that it shrunk up a little – I can’t say for certain. This tank hasn’t seen as much wear as the next sweater so it’s still in pretty good shape.

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport
Pattern: Baby Tank from Debbie Bliss’ Baby Knits Book
Needles: US 4

Now this argyle sweater has seen a lot of wear. And machine washing and drying, as the label professes is possible. Yes, I threw it in the washer in spite of the delicate shell buttons. They haven’t broken yet… The sweater looks great from a distance. Even in this photo you can’t see the problem.

A fine halo :Yarn: Knit Picks Shine
Pattern: Argyle Cardigan in Debbie Bliss’ Special Knits
Needles: US 4

I imagine that’s the 50% modal giving off the fuzz but what do I know? It just doesn’t look quite as crisp as it did six months ago. Is this a bit picky? Perhaps, but if I spend hours knitting it, I don’t want the sweater to go all Holy on me in six months. This won’t keep me from buying more Shine because you all know I’m cheap; however, I won’t gush as much about it in the future. I promise!

Finally, I have another picture of the red Cascade 220 sweater, this time with cute accompanying hat.

More tomorrow with some SP goodies and more!

Baby Sewing – No New Knitting

While there’s not much knitting getting done here, I have made a little progress on a project that’s been sitting around for a few months. As I’ve mentioned before, we use cloth diapers. Lots of cloth diapers.
When I was pregnant, I made about 200 flannel wipes by sewing two 9″x9″ squares of flannel together. The wipes were by far the most useful thing I made in preparation for baby Beatrix.
When Beatrix was a few weeks old, I realized that we could certainly use more wipes (you can never have too many). And they make great gifts. Unfortunately, they’re only quick to make if you make a ton at once. Otherwise, they’re fairly labor intensive. At the time, I bought more fabric, cut the squares out, matched fronts and backs up, and sewed. I never got around to turning them right-side out, ironing them, and topstitching them closed. Yes, I realize I could cut a few of those steps out if I had a serger but I don’t have one and I’m not sure I’m willing to spend the money on one. So, to make a long story short, I turned them out and ironed them. I’ll stitch another day and maybe we’ll have more wipes before Beatrix leaves for college.

Don’t you just love the colors?
I know, I know. Their intended purpose is to wipe a baby’s butt. You needn’t remind me. I still think they’re cute.

Another Cascade 220 Sweater

After many attempts, I finally got a representative photo of the other sweater I told you about on Friday. Man, is red hard to capture!!! I think it’s worse than navy blue. The shell buttons are actually light green but you can’t really tell from this picture.

Pattern: Seed Stitch & Cable Jacket from Debbie Bliss’ Baby Knits Book
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US 7

I thought I was done with my post about the green hoodie but today, my little monkey girl fell dead asleep and Aaron and I couldn’t pass up the photo opportunity. This kid doesn’t sleep often, you know! So here are some more pictures for you.

A couple of you asked for the pattern and I promise that I’ll put it up sometime this spring. Right now, it consists of illegible scribbles on graph paper with coffee stains. Nice, eh? Besides, I only wrote it for 3 and 6 months and I’d like to size it up for 9 and 12 months too. With school in full swing, it might take me a while. Fortunately, Zarah has agreed to be a test knitter for me! Anyone else interested? Hopefully, by the time I get the pattern up, you’ll be able to see several versions of it.

Now for some secret baby knitting. You won’t likely see this finished product for a while since it’s my side project (how many of those is one allowed anyhow?) but it’s a baby sweater for a newly pregnant friend. With booties to match. I love booties. This kind actually stays on the kid’s feet too!!!

The yarn is nothing to write home about. It’s Plymouth Encore Worsted. I’m pretty sure the recipient won’t be up for wool care. What can I say? Not everyone will enjoy the woolen baby sweater, right?