Frog in knots

Knitting, knots and frogging.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

It's raining babies

Those of you that have been around for a while may remember me having an apoplectic fit about the sheer number of babies everybody I know decided to have all at once. Well, they're here - all at once! James arrived on the first, Niamh on the second and Alexandra on the fourth. Welcome to the world little people. There's no need to call me Great Aunt just yet (cringe), that one won't hatch till later in the summer. I had in a good stock of girls things, but do need to whip up a few bits for James.

I've found my knitting mojo again, but can't face the cable cardi just yet (I've done 6" of the sleeves). I was seaming the pink mohair insta-sweater when the call came out for a new Magknits. I trundled over and fell in love with the Ballet Camisole, so in love that I went upstairs chose some yarn and started knitting it right away. I cast on during the football (don't talk to me about the football) and finished it late last night.

The yarn is Sirdar Demin Tweed DK in Pink Sorbet (60% acrylic, 25% cotton, 15% wool). I did the 40" chest and used only 500 yrds / 150g of yarn - way less than I was expecting so I have enough to make a baby sized something or other. The yarn has pooled in a funny way (not funny ha-ha) around the bottom and across the chest which is annoying the crap out of me, but by the time I realised it was happening I couldn't be bothered to undo it. Stocking stitch in the round does nothing for me. I wasn't entirely faithful to the pattern for the front shoulder straps as I had contemplated short sleeves with the left over yarn. If I were to knit it again I'd use a solid colour. I think it's a great fit and a lovely pattern. Overall I'm pretty pleased with it.

Thanks to everyone who commented on the last post, I really appreciate it. Since Scout had such a sense of humour there's no shortage of funny things to remember about him.

36 Comments:

At 4:41 pm, Blogger Bonnie said...

It's a lovely color and fits perfectly! I don't think the pooling looks odd. Why not make another in a solid color? It's a great top, so it would be fun to have more than one.

 
At 4:42 pm, Blogger Charity said...

That looks great on you! I didn't think anything about the pooling until you mentioned it (so don't go around talking about it :-). You must be a super fast knitter... or I am a super slow knitter!

 
At 5:25 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

That is a lovely camisole, and it looks like it fits you perfectly! :)

Welcome to the world little ones. Will you be able to share some baby pictures with us? What do you have planned for James?

 
At 5:35 pm, Blogger Sue said...

Very nice! I like the colours, bit like raspberry swirl ice cream.

 
At 6:12 pm, Anonymous Silvia said...

Love the top!! Nothing about the pooling looks odd at all. I saw the pattern and have some yarn...MMMMMMMM!

 
At 6:29 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

Ooh, that's really lovely - just perfect. The pooling doesn't detract from it at all.

I haven't noticed your ears before, with all the piercings. You're brave! :D

 
At 7:04 pm, Blogger Dina said...

How about just Auntie, then?

I always forget to check MagKnits and I agree, it's a lovely knit. I usually don't like summer knits, but this, I like, and you know ... it looks fab on you (and I didn't even notice the pooling)!

It's just like you to tempt me to buy more yarn ... like I need tempting. LOL.


... glad to hear that Scout was such a comedian :)

 
At 7:25 pm, Blogger aija said...

I like it! What a quick knitter you are, too :)

 
At 12:24 am, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Such a cute top. I think the pooling is a "design feature" :) I'm quite tempted to make one myself. Sigh. I had such aspirations for only working on WIPs, too.

 
At 12:25 am, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Such a cute top. I think the pooling is a "design feature" :) I'm quite tempted to make one myself. Sigh. I had such aspirations for only working on WIPs, too.

 
At 1:35 am, Blogger Zonda said...

I like the pooling! Interesting looking hehe! Great job on it Rain! Looks good on you! Enjoy it!...

 
At 1:35 am, Anonymous Annarella said...

Well done you, Ms Lightening Fast Knitter!

 
At 2:28 am, Blogger KnitPastis said...

Look how cute this top looks on you! You have to be the fastest knitter girl! The colors remind me of strawberry and vanilla ice cream.

 
At 6:00 am, Blogger Rachel said...

dang that's fast knitting! i was perusing that same pattern myself, but i know it will be months before anything productive comes out of it.
yours looks great!

 
At 11:05 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks ladies. It was a quick knit, just round and round in knit stitches - zzzzzzzzzzzz.

Bonnie, I thnk I will make another soon. I've got some lovely mink yarn that would look great (that's mink the colour and not the furry animal).

Sam, I'm making another gilet hoodie with teddy bear ears for James. I made one for Scarlett and she looked so sweet in it. I've also got a new Sirdar booklet with some simple trendy sweaters in, so I think two from there, but I don't know which two yet. Pictures depend on the parents, I'm a bit wary to put kids pics out on the internet.

T, mwahaha, I never quite grew out of my teen rebellion stage - and yes it hurt. A lot.

Dina, even Auntie is bad enough, it makes me feel old.

Come on girls - you know you want to make one! Look into my eyes, you are feeling very sleepy........

 
At 1:44 pm, Blogger Dawn said...

Talk about babies! All three of my sisters got pregnant and are having babies in 2006. One is here already...just finished the blanket. One is coming in Aug, already know it is a boy at least....and one in December! Problem is...I they are all in the US so I don't get to meet them until December!!!! Good thing you got your mojo going again! Baby stuff is quick...but you still have to be motivated! This time I went for blankets for all of them...which is causing me stress because they take awhile...and I must admit the first two have been BORING! Learned about your blog on the BritCast! Love the England sweater!

 
At 2:16 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

Wow - I'm impressed on how fast you knit that beautiful top! It fits you perfectly and I honestly don't see the pooling.

 
At 2:57 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I can't believe you already finished it. I love it! I printed that out straight off, and told myself I wouldn't start it until I finish my bamboo camisole and shrug. Oy, you're making it hard on me.

 
At 3:45 pm, Blogger modelwidow said...

That`s lovely, and so quick. I`m seriously impressed.

 
At 3:52 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

That looks awesome on you! Such a great fit! :)

 
At 5:52 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

Oh, that's great news on all the babies - always wonderful to welcome new life in to the world.

Your top is beautiful and I never noticed the pooling until you mentioned it. It looks great and is a lovely fit.

 
At 6:24 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

That top looks really lovely and such a perfect fit. The 'pooling' doesn't detract from it at all. As others have said, you are indeed a very fast knitter - brmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Welcome to the world all the new little ones! :-)

Hopefully, postie should bring the froggies tomorrow. Sorry for the slight delay. Had to go looking for a nice card to put in with it and that meant a trip into town as I languish here in a village with retail opportunities no more sophisticated than a Spar shop!

 
At 9:26 pm, Blogger craftydramaqueen said...

I love the green bag, just my colour :) The colour pooling on your top looks fab, don't stress!!

 
At 9:27 pm, Blogger Pam said...

I love it! That is actually on my list of things to make. It fits perfect and I don't think the pooling looks odd at all. Great job!!

 
At 10:53 pm, Blogger Diane said...

Rain ! i love your newest knit! It looks great on you too...i see what you mean about the pooling but i think it makes it really eye catching and obviously unique!! ...most summery if i may say so :)

 
At 2:33 am, Blogger RheLynn said...

beautiful tank and ahhh. babies :o) None here for a little while, but we sure do want a few soon!

 
At 4:02 am, Blogger aurora said...

That looks gorgeous! Now I want to make one, and I don't even wear tank tops...

 
At 11:37 am, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Gorgeous! I've printed this pattern out too, and it's definitely in my summer lineup :) It looks great on you!

 
At 3:09 pm, Anonymous rose said...

The top is lovely

 
At 5:00 am, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Rain, you look hot!

 
At 5:35 am, Blogger carrie said...

sheesh woman you are one fast knitter! magknits only published the pattern 20 minutes ago. it's so cute.

 
At 6:33 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Great top, I honestly didn't notice the pooling as looking odd, it looks fine to me! This is completely putting me to shame as far as Tulip goes LOL.

 
At 11:43 pm, Blogger Areli said...

Rain, it's beautiful! And you knit it so quickly! You look so nice wearing it, too.

 
At 11:57 pm, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

very cute, and rather interesting yarn variations. perfect for summer!

 
At 10:34 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks ladies. You've put my mind at rest about the pooling.

Dawn, I know the feeling. Everybody seems to be having them recently.

TG, you know you haven't the discipline, cast on anyway.

 
At 7:43 pm, Anonymous kimberly said...

Man, I'm catchin up on my blog reading and I'm amazed at how much you've accomplished since I've been gone-go, girl! I love that pink sorbet! It looks so good on you.

 

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