Saturday, September 29, 2007

Brazilian Baby Sweater

I was let astray, far from my normal hunting grounds by Linda

She in turn was led astray by my adventure in Brazilian Sapatinhos!

She found instructions by Elaine on her YouTube page for lots of interesting crocheted projects.

So being adventurous I studied her videos to make this darling crocheted baby sweater.

They're all in Portuguese and while I do not understand the language, I can understand crocheting as I watch them.

So here is my finished sweater from her videos "CROCHE - V├ŹDEO SURPRESA 1" and consist of 4 parts.

I probably need to make another and lengthen the bottom but I ran out of pink yarn so I had to fudge the last parts.

Now to try a knit one!

I cast on for a knitted hexagon and instead of increasing every 3rd row, I am increasing every other row to get the floppy effect. Have to gather up that beginning row and close the hole.

Should be fun!

Meanwhile the Baby Bog is coming along. Will report on that in another post.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Baby Bog In Progress

As promised a picture of my current WIP - the Baby Bog by EZ.

I'm almost up to the armhole separation. Being all garter stitch it's an easy knit while watching the Fall TV shows!

Pattern can be found in Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Around book.

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Last Mitten!

I finally finished my 21st mitten - my last pair for 3 sets of 7!

The pattern was found thru Ravelry and and comes from Joanna of Sweden.

Here's the pattern
It is a PDF file.
I used one strand of Lion Brand Magic Stripes and one strand of worsted wt stash yarn.
Pretty easy!

And I'm back from a one week stay in Tucson Arizona. I managed to find a yarn shop to visit :)
It was Purls. Very nice smaller size shop with a very helpful sales person. I was looking for an aqua cotton yarn to use for dishcloths for my sister. We already had chocolate brown, but she wanted aqua to match her bathroom colors.
And since I knitted them all while in Arizona and gave them to her - no pictures - my bad.....

Now to answer Anami:

Yes my pair of "little" booties turned up a bit big but I figured there were some cute little chubby feet at the Rez just waiting for them. I do not have the patience to knit them up in a baby yarn or sport weight. I think they would fold and feel better in a lighter yarn. Let me know if you do try them again! Thanks for the input - it always helps to have someone test knit these "experiments" of mine :)

I'll be posting my current WIPs soon - I came back and started about 3 more!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sewn Up Final Versions

Okay, they are all sewn up and the final decision has been made.

I like the ones with the garter stitch sole best, they are much easier to seam up and the bootee has a sort of flat base.

These are the second pair with no garter stitch sole and they gather at the bottom too, but not as neatly. I'll call them the Pumpkin Bootees!

Going on vacation! Taking the Baby Bog sweater with me and lots of dishcloth patterns.
Might buy some cotton at the LYS's I visit!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Hey! It's An FO!

I had this Stockinette BSJ on the sidelines and I finally finished it!

Mods can be found at Panda Man's Knitting Corner

It helps to have knit a Baby Surprise Jacket before and I've knit dozens so I found this easy.

The only thing I did not like were MY increases and decreases. I think I was doing it wrong or else they just do not look as good in the stockinette. If you look at Panda Man's BSJ, you will see a much neater line.

I plan to knit up another and try again to see if I can improve the increase/decrease lines.

You have to have the original Baby Surprise Jacket pattern by Elizabeth Zimmermann to make this stockinette pattern. Go see his page for more details!

Here's a picture at the halfway point.

Sapatinho experimenting still going on and I just have to seam those little guys up.

Will post the results next, but I am leaning toward the 2nd pair I made with the garter stitch bottom. Easy to seam!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


My interpretation of Tricollage's Sapatinhos.

The grey yarn was threaded afterwards to gather the ends.

My Mods:

I used worsted wt yarn and cast on 20 sts, knit about 20 rows/10 ridges.
Bound off 4 or 5 for cuff part then worked garter stitch on the left 4 sts (sole) and
I made ribbed welts of knit and purl - 3 rows each.
About 15 welts and cast on 4/5 sts on the right side for the other half of the cuff.
These will be seamed in the back.

Sole with ribbed part gathered up ready to seam.

These were fun to make. You can explore other countries for new and interesting patterns
by finding out the words in their language for that item.

Try Googling sapatinho, sapatinho de bebe, sapatinho trico for Portuguese sites.
I've found some great adult slipper patterns - those will be next!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Side - Tracked!

I was catching up on old posts on one of my Yahoo Groups and found a reference to Dansk Baby Bootees. Seems the pattern is not readily available to purchase.

These Bootees were first seen here, on Bente's Blog. They are so adorable!

Well you know me.... I love to fiddle with patterns :)

My Little Ribbed Toe Bootee

This is what I came up with and while it looks simple enough,
I still do not think I have it right.

I used worsted wt yarn and cast on 20 sts.

I worked garter stitch for 40 rows, 20 ridges - a square.

Bound off 8 sts, leaving 12 to knit to the end.

Then I made ribbed welts of

Knit and purl - 3 rows each, for about 19 welts.

Bound off and sewed the 12 stitch end to the corresponding cast on sts.

Then gathered up top and bottom welts.

Top view where you can see where I gather up the ribbed welts.

This is the bottom (sole) view of my prototype.

I do not like the pointy heel end but since I do not have the original pattern and there are no pictures of the bottoms - I had to guess.
I might be missing something here, so it's back to the drawing board.
OR maybe it is because I used worsted wt yarn and not baby type yarn.

AND then I really got sidetracked all the way to Brazil!
Found these cute Sapatinhos on Tricollage's Blog, but the instructions are in Portuguese....
These are something like the Dansk Bootees and I think I am going to try these next.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Another Red Hat

A very bright red!

Pattern can be found here

Back to finishing WIPs .....

Friday, August 24, 2007

More Knitted Cuteness

Cutie Patooties! These took only 1oz of worsted wt yarn. I used #6 needles. See the ones on the bottom? I seamed up the whole cuff and folded it down, but I think I like the open cuff best.

And another hat is done! Nope - it's not fair isle. It's just a combination of varigated brown yarn with solid brown yarn.

Several other Wips in line;
Curve of Pursuit
Ripple Scarf
Taptestry Crochet Kitty Bag
Cold Shoulder's Capelet from The Happy Hooker
Some slippers and another hat.
Oh yeah - Mittenz! Deadline is almost here!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Little Knitting

Not too much knitting going on with the bigger projects. They're on hold for now - too hot!

Finished those Little Kid Socks and they are really easy to knit up. The only thing I changed was to slip the first stitch of each row. The pink pair was without slipping and the seaming is not great, especially the back part. The varigated pair came out better, but seaming that back heel needs to be neater. Perhaps with a fluffy yarn the seams would be hidden or maybe omit the bind off and place the back parts on holders to weave in later?
Or maybe my seaming skills will improve :)

AND - I found another pattern!

Bernat's Organic Cotton Knit Booties

You have to sign in / register to access their free patterns.

Another two needle quicky, but I am thinking that the opening might be too loose to stay on.
Maybe go down a needle size for the cuff. Already on my next pair, so I'll be experimenting - again :)

Thanks for all the compliments! Keeps me knitting and knitting for charity!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Who Said I Don't Knit Socks?

Here is a cute pair. The pattern call for fluffy angora,
hence the name "Angel Booties"

When you use sport wt yarn, you get socks.

These knit up quickly, but those little #3 dps are a pain to maneuver around and I've tried the "Magic Loop" - don't really like it. I get the concept and can do it, but somehow I don't enjoy the part where you slide the loop.

Now For A Two Needle Pattern

Thanks to a fellow NAS member that posted the link to this pattern for
Little Kid Socks . I like these better as they are knit on two needles.

I'll be finished with these soon, but I am getting ideas as I knit along to "marry" both patterns.

Meanwhile a few more hats have been done!

Standard 2x2 rib with combined smaller weight yarns.

Another of Tammy's Flap Hats.

The "Jos" hat. Pattern no longer on the www, at least I can't find it.

The two hats above were knit with the same yarn combination but my camera did not capture the correct color on the Jos hat.

Child's Earflap Cap by Robin Hansen from IK Spring 1999

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Love and Hate Relationship

Curve of Pursuit 2
Originally uploaded by Nonni Mariella
Almost there! I had to take this off the needles and put the ends on waste yarn just to take a picture.
I'm also trying out this "Post from Flickr" blogging feature.

I love this blanket, but I hate knitting it!

Clicking on the picture takes you over to my Flickr photo album where I am working on uploading my projects and my stash. Ravelry maddness has taken hold....

Updated Questions about this blanket pattern:

The Curve of Pursuit is a pattern by Pat Ashforth and
Steve Plummer
For details go to their site - Wooly Thoughts
I bought my copy from them via Ebay.
They have even more interesting patterns!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Little Red Baby Bonnet

A quick little project! Red Baby Bonnet all done.

Pattern: Top Down Baby Bonnet by Hello Yarn
I used one skein of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece with a bit left over,
and #5 needles.
It was very easy to follow, although I cheated at the start. I did not work the figure 8 cast on.
I simply grafted the top stitches together later. I'll have to try that cast on again, I am sure it would look much better.
Maybe it was working with this yarn as it was a bit "splitty". Glad I only had one ball in my stash.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Sea Lady Scarf

Finished my take on the Sideways Seaman's Scarf.

I used worsted wt yarn from my stash and #10 needles
Cast on for a total of 148 stitches.
Separated into sections of 58/32/58
Worked 2 ridges of garter stitch and then started the short rows at the designated sections.
I think I worked a short row on every other row.

I used the measurements from Stahman's Shawls and Scarves

Here is what the middle section looks like.

Meanwhile I'm having tons of fun on Ravelry. They have a section where you can add your stash and they link with Flickr, so you can take pictures of your yarn and it shows up in your stash page.
Since I have such a large stash I have decided to label some of my yarns in the Sell/Trade category. Who knows when I will ever get to them and maybe some one might be looking for that particular dye lot.

I've already started another wip because I found a cute pattern that others are working on and I had the right yarn in my stash. Only one ball, but enough to make this baby hat from Hello Yarn.
Will post pics later.
Back to cataloging and digging thru my stash.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Mess of Wips

Time to be honest and report my current WIPs.

Wip #1
I saw a Sideways Seaman scarf on this blog but the pattern is no longer available.
So of course I had to try and make up my own version because it is garter stitch with short rows, similar to my Sideways Mittens.

Last night I was happily nearing the end when I saw the mistake.
Can you see it?
Clue: The purple stripe is the midpoint and I did not repeat the stripes in the right sequence.
So it's rippit, rippit, back to the mistake.

Wip #2 is this cute cardi - Super-Natural Stripes from fpea's Free Pattern Fridays

Wip #3

Cold Shoulder Capelet from the Happy Hooker

Wip #4

Another hat!

Now to answer some questions!

Crafty Callie
asked if I was going to post the pattern for the ripple hat.
Maybe I'll try and knit up another one and take notes. I didn't to that last time so I have no pattern - yet :)

Well back to reading Harry Potter and playing around in Ravelry.
My Ravelry name is KnittingNonni.
I finally got my invite and now to enter projects and such.
Love all the features and the ability to check out what other's are knitting.
Many, many ideas!

Sunday, July 29, 2007


It's official - I am on a hat binge! I just cannot stop making hats. They go easy if you have a pattern that works for you and they are so relaxing to just knit and knit.
Decreases my stash too!

The red hat is a knitted ripple type hat. Basic knitted ripple and I just made this up as I knit.
The other 3 are variations of Ann's Fat Hat pattern. I am getting so good at this that I can knit one up in a few hours!

No mitten knittin, yet...

On the needles, one sideways scarf from an idea on a blog. More on that when I finish.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Yarn Bargain

I'm back from my short vacation but I had lots of fun just hanging out with my sis!

One of the places we went to was the East Bay Depot. I had been to the original store a few years ago and I had fun digging thru all the bins.
This time I found some great old booklets and some pretty Red Heart for more hats and mittens.
$5 for this lot!

My sis saw this lovely scarf at her local LYS and she chose these colors and she bought the yarn so I guess that has no conflict with my KFYS rules!

Not much else to report. I have to get back into my mitten knitting but want to start the scarf and some other new projects I saw in Blogland!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Vacation Knitting

I'm currently on vacation - visiting my older sis and took some knitting with me.

We're running around so much that I have not had time to knit but I did finish another pair of mittenz before I left.

I also managed to knit up two more hatz!

Both are basic beanie types.
The top one with odd bits of leftover yarn knit every 3rd row.
The bottom one is a combination slip stitch brim of 3 inches and then the Helix hat method for the top part.

Well back to running around the Bay area of California!

Monday, July 09, 2007

We Have Hatz!

The Mittenz Blitz is still going, but now we have a Hatz Blitz.
Oh I love knitting hats!

Some Fat Hats

Knit with 2 strands of knitting worsted. The pattern is from our Cheyenne River group's site
Helping Hearts For Cheyenne River.

It's one of Ann's creations - Ann's Knit Fat Hat

As you can see I had lots of orange to knit up and it is so much fun to combine colors.
The design on the bottom hat was done with one strand of yarn and duplicate stitched.

Triple Treats!
These are done with 3 strands of knitting worsted and so quick to knit up!
Pattern is from WhimsyKnits - Tripple Treat Toddler Hat

Crocheting A Star
I wanted to crochet a ripple like hat but with an 8pt star on top.
This is what I came up with. No pattern, no notes. I love to improvise and see what develops as I crochet.

Side View

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Knitting & Rocking

I've been nominated!

Monika over at Smoking Hot Needles has nominated me as a "Rockin' Girl Blogger".
Well Golly Gee! I am honored and humbled.

I'm supposed to nominate 5 more from all the Blogs I read. I have many more than on my sidebar because I use Sage Feed.
I do enjoy everyone of the blogs I read - can't decide who I like the best - you are all great reads!

So here's a random 5

1. Ann from Sheep Shots for sure!

2. Gail from Knitamaniacs

3. The Knitting Angel

4. f.Pea

5. Sugar Bunny Boulevard

I could go on and on - I read alot of blogs :)

Mittenz Update

And another pair of Mittenz for the Rez!

I've pretty much memorized the pattern so it is easy for me to throw in mods here and there.
With these I added a few more stitches for length and only used 9 sts for the thumb - 18 instead of 20.
And if you notice there is a slight flare at the wrists - I added short rows to the edges to make them flare out.