Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{Yarn Along}


This past weekend I finally finished up on my rae, I don't have it blocked yet though so I didn't bother to photograph it for this week. Next week! I've never blocked anything (I normally don't knit anything very large...), so that will be new.
I had to frog the
lovey dovey, it was coming out so big that I didn't think Lotte would wear it until she was probably 4. I'm going to go down a needle size and see if that helps. I'm excited to start it over again, because it was looking really cute before I realized just how wide it looked.

I started on these little mice for my sister's babies that will be arriving sometime this fall.

 *yes, another sister of mine is expecting multiples, just in case you think "deja-vu"! *

These little suckers are the tiniest things that I've ever knit. Normally I'd crochet something this small without a second thought, but wowee, these were a bit of a learning curve.
My wooden double pointed needles just didn't seem small enough for some of those ssk's.
After I relaxed a bit though, the pieces got a bit easier, and my stitches got a little looser, which helped a great deal.
I've finished up a head, a body, two feet, and one ear. The feet were the strangest things I've ever knit. It works in a knit, slip, knit, slip, knit type pattern. And in the end you have two sides, and the whole thing turns inside out. That was a surprise!
(I'm sure all you knitting pros are laughing at this right now, but It really did amaze me!)

I can't wait to get these little guys assembled, they're so cute! I'm not making the entire mobile in the pattern though, just the little mouses.

I haven't done much reading other than patterns this week, but Lotte sure has.


 I had to remedy the situation by packing the books in so tightly that she can no longer pull them out. She's a little miffed at me, but I think she'll get over it.

17 comments:

  1. The mice seem like a fun project even if it is fiddly to work with. I smiled at you outfoxing your daughter with the books. I bet you she will figure it out eventually!

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  2. I can't tell you how often our children's bookshelves look like that too! :) I think it's a universal condition.

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  3. Susan Anderson's knitted animals are so, so, darling - surely worth the effort! Love that Lotte is so "enthusiastic" about books . . . even if it does make for a mess!

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  4. so happy to hear that about the lovey dovey. sorry. but I had SUCH a bummer of a time and it came out big enough to fit me, nearly. feeling now like it wasn't just me. even good knitters had the same issue.
    hugs!
    C

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    1. It's not just you! I've read about quite a few people having to start over on this one. Did you ever get yours finished again?

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  5. We have made a "library" in our other room- the room the smallies don't go into much (I also use as a studio) and it has HELPED, but then every horizontal surface in our house is just a mess (aghhhhh) Those mice are just so cute- I love the yarn you are using. I'm off to check out your rae and lovey dovey now :)

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  6. I have that knitting book, too, and the mice just seem to cute NOT to knit up.

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  7. I have done two lovey dovey's and yes, the pattern runs large. I did one in cotton and one in wool, both with the same large problem. I just decided they will get a lot of wear!
    Love seeing your wee one on the books, all my babies use to do the same thing!

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    1. I started over, and took it down to a size 6 needle, and now it looks like it's going to be the right size. 9-12 months (but probably more like an 18 month.)

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  8. That photo of Lotte is precious! And her expression seems to say "yes? and? what's the problem?" hee hee

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  9. Lotte looks like she got caught in the act...too cute that look on her face. The mice sound like such a sweet little newborn gift. So... if your sisters have multiples that means you could be so lucky too ; )

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  10. What sweet little mice :) I often find I don't know what on earth is going on with a pattern while knitting until suddenly everything becomes clear, (or not always :)
    And I'm left thinking... ahh, so that's what it's all about:)

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  11. I love to make little animals and toys! I haven't done it in a while, but they are a fave of mine. You'll get used to how Susan Anderson does things eventually. She can be unconventional, but her stuff comes out so cute!

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    1. I've noticed that she's unconventional, but I think I really like it!

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  12. The knitted mice are so cute! My daughter has Down syndrome and loves to pull things out. I found a basket and put all her hardboard baby books in it so she could "read" whenever she liked. It's worked rather well. Your dauughter is adorable. I love that age!

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    1. Haha, well she does have her very own shelf of books, but she wants ALL the books:0)

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