yarns for children

So now I have three nephews – one will be five in a week (yikes) and the other will be three in a week (double yikes) and the third -well, he will be four weeks old next week!

And I am being slowly converted to the … throw it in the machine to wash and dry lifestyle.  I made a gorgeous baby blanket out of Lambs Pride for the newest nephew.  Here’s my sister holding it up – this was the Sunday Dec 17th,  Mr. L wasn’t due til the 8th of January – however in just six days he decided to make his appearance – so fast that they barely made it to the hospital – he was born in the elevator! 

I guess he decided that since there were all these great presents for him, he needed to make his appearance.  Oh and did i mention three hours of labor start to finish!  yeah you can cry now too.

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Here’s the rest of the loot from the gals.

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So I was in the bedroom the other week and asked why she wasn’t using the really warm blanket – it was one of the few cold nights we have had this winter – and she said – well it was too much trouble to wash it by hand and babies basically wet everything at this stage.

duh.  silly me.

So yesterday I ordered these.  (Joann is having a HUGE sale on them… go find out!)

 Lion Brand Yarn-Wool-Ease Ranch Red

Lion Brand Yarn-Wool-Ease Denim

Wool-ease is a 4-ply worsted-weight yarn that is so beloved by knitters and crocheters that it inspired an entire family of yarns. Wool-Ease is appreciated for its versatility and value. It has the feel, warmth and softness of wool and the easy care of acrylic. It's extensive color range makes it easy to design with and perfect for every project from socks to afghans. We will try to match dyelots, but dyelots are not guaranteed

Care: Machine Wash and Dry

    * Solids/Heathers/Twists/Sprinkles: 3 ounces (85 grams) 197 yards
    * 4"=18 stitches on size 8 needles. Suggested crochet hook: J10.

OK so now I will rip out the lovely aran I had made for Mr W (the 3 yo) and re knit it in the Red – or maybe I will make it into a purse – all I have done is the body but I had already steeked the sleeve openings – so … not sure what to do with it.  But CLEARLY it will be not be worn if I continue with it.

Now as for the TOTEM JACKET – That only has the sleeves left and the ICORD edging – I am going to finish that anyway.  Too  much work on that one at this point.

Oh and I ordered some Patons Classic Wool in Blue Storm for MY Aran sweater.  (remember?  the Welcome Back sweater by Kathy Zimmerman – its in an older post).  I worked on what was going to be the back  but after doing the first pattern repeat of the largest pattern (its the center celtic braid) I realized its about 2 inches narrower – I had already restarted on smaller needles but was still getting a larger gauge so I had figured the small size knit on 6 needles with the Classic Wool would give me the right size – but no. 

The way she wrote the pattern the increases in sizes is about a 1–1.5 inch section.  So after mulling over night whether to rip back 8 inches already – I think what I am going to do is make the Back with two extra sections – one on each side which will give me almost 4 extra inches – a little too much cause i need about 2–3 but better a little bigger.  And the extra section will be one of three alike and can form a kind of centered side panel for the sweater.

ok have to dash – I’ll do a photo later for the sweater issue. 

 

 

 

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