Knitting Nostalgia – My First (and only) V-Neck

When I became a mother, I suddenly wanted to knit ALL THE THINGS. It started with blankets, and then moved to cute little fruit hats.

A little pumpkin hat I made.

A little pumpkin hat I made.

After awhile, I wanted to do more complicated things, so I tried a v-neck pullover for my almost-2-year-old son. I did the body, the sleeves, everything looked fantastic… but I couldn’t get the v-neck quite right. We were going on vacation up to Washington State, so I took it with me and hoped to finish it on the trip.

I must have ripped that sucker out 10 times before I decided to look in the actual PHONE BOOK (this was 12 years ago – there were phone books back then) and find a local yarn shop and park myself on their couch and ask for help if I needed it (which I would).

My son, wearing the v-neck, up in Seattle.

I was (am) so proud of this because it was such a challenge at the time. It wasn’t perfect, but it was finished. 

This is what it looks like next to him now:

  

Maybe it’s time to knit him a new one.

I keep it, because it was made by me for my little boy. Someday maybe he’ll have a son who’ll wear it. Or maybe be it will just remind me to keep trying, even if it’s frustrating and I have to try several times to get it right.

Once Upon A Knit in New Zealand

I was sent photos today of a “Once Upon A Knit” inspired crafting competition held by Page & Blackmore booksellers. It looks like it was a lot of fun and they got some great entries!

One of the winners was the Little Red Riding Hood piece in the frame.

One of the winners was the Little Red Riding Hood piece in the frame.

P&B Once Upon A Knit 2

I’m so glad to be part of the inspiration for such a fun competition!!

~Genevieve

Needle Arts on Vacation

So, every time we go on vacation, I usually bring some knitting.

Gracie, knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Gracie, knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Knitting on the way to San Francisco.

 

Knitting on the plane home from Orlando.

Knitting on the plane home from Orlando.

I’ve also knit in vacation- literally. This is the Hoh Rainforest in Washington.

knit hoh

The last two weeks we’ve been on vacation. I brought my knitting, but sadly only worked on it for a very small amount of time. Maybe that says something about how busy we were. 🙂

My daughter also brought some knitting. And we visited the local knit shop, The Websters (who by the way carry “Once Upon A Knit”), and she taught herself a new skill. Needle felting!

I bought her a kit and she started the minute we got back to the hotel room.

I bought her a kit and she started the minute we got back to the hotel room.

She made the penguin from the kit, but added wings and feet (which were not in the instructions).

She made the penguin from the kit, but added wings and feet (which were not in the instructions).

She made another.

She made another.

She finished and wanted to do more, but was out of most of her roving, so we went back and bought more, plus a book, and she made a dog, and started a shark on the ride home.

I would get carsick, I think.

I would get carsick, I think.

She made this shark on our ride home. Everything but the teeth, which were added that night!

Shark!!

Shark!!

So while we both did some knitting, the big thing for this trip was needle felting. Who knows what we’ll do on our next trip… I’m thinking we might learn to spin wool!

How About A Free Pattern?!

Hey everyone! I realize I haven’t updated here in awhile. School is back in full swing, and in typical me fashion, I’ve volunteered for several things and they’re all keeping me very busy.

“Once Upon A Knit” is making its way to the printers any day now!! We’ve gone through the manuscript several times and they’re tweaking the last few minor things. So exciting!!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share another pattern. It was a possible pattern for the book, but we chose 28 and tried to make each chapter fairly even, so a few “Prince and Princess” patterns were left out.

This is called “Princess Buttercup’s Floral Crown”

 

You'll want to steam the flowers unless you like them curly.

You’ll want to steam the flowers unless you like them curly.

Princess Buttercup’s Floral Crown

by Genevieve Miller

 

Whether you’re frolicking in the woods or dancing with your prince, this pretty feminine floral headpiece is the perfect accessory for any princess. Designed after Buttercup’s gold floral wedding headpiece in “The Princess Bride” it is knit up in pretty pastel colors. Three I-cords are braided together for the crown, and knit flowers are sewn on. Knit it to measure your head – from the teeniest princess to the queens of the castle – and personalize it by making as few or as many flowers as you like.

 

 

Difficulty

Easy

 

Size

To fit desired head circumference

 

Materials

1 skein Knitpicks Shine Worsted, 60% Pima cotton/40% Modal, 1.75 oz (50g), 75 yds (68m), in each of colors Green Apple (MC), Blush, and Cosmopolitan

Size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles

Tapestry needle

Crochet hook

 

Gauge

Gauge is not essential for this project.

 

Special Skills

Knitting I-cord, Increasing, Decreasing, basic sewing skills, braiding

 

Abbreviations

M1

K2tog

 

Note

Before beginning, measure head.

 

Instructions

Braided Crown Strands (make 3)

With MC, CO 4 sts. Work in I-cord to length required to fit head. Fasten off.

 

Finishing

Tie ends of I-cords tog. Braid cords and secure ends. Sew ends tog in a ring.

 

Flowers (make as many or as few as you’d like for your crown)

 

Flower Petals (make 6 for each flower)

Large

With contrasting color of your choice, CO 2 sts.

Row 1 and all WS rows: Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 4: K1, M1, k1—3 sts.

Row 6: K1, M1, k1, M1, k1—5 sts.

Row 8: K2, M1, k1, M1, k2—7 sts.

Row 10: Knit.

Row 12: K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1—5 sts.

Row 14: K2, k2tog, k1—4 sts.

Row 16: K2tog twice—2 sts.

Row 18: K2tog—1 st.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew petals tog through tip of each petal. Sew flower to crown.

 

Small

With contrasting color of your choice, CO 2 sts.

Row 1 and all WS rows: Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 4: K1, M1, k1—3 sts.

Row 6: K1, M1, k1, M1, k1—5 sts.

Row 8: Knit.

Row 10: K2, k2tog, k1—4 sts.

Row 12: K2tog twice—2 sts.

Row 14: K2tog—1 st.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew petals tog through tip of each petal. Sew flower to crown.

 

Attach yarn or ribbon strings to the back of the crown if desired.

 

To show the size of the flowers in relation to a 9-year-old girl.

To show the size of the flowers in relation to a 9-year-old girl.

New Projects on the Horizon

I apologize for not being very active on this blog, but I will be soon. I will be coming back and posting the rest of the Designer Spotlights on our lovely designers and posting about upcoming projects, too!

Right now I’m working on new projects that may or may not be a part of something bigger. Fingers crossed!

Here’s a little look at what I’m working on.

Any ideas what they are?

 

See you soon – I promise! Have a great weekend and Happy Knitting!

How A Pile of Yarn Becomes A Sweater, Part Deux

So, I posted the first bit of how I started making *something* awhile back HERE. I was doing really, really well. Actually, I wasn’t. I was knitting up LATE at night and forgetting to psso and so my 145 sts became about 175 sts and I had to frog after about 5 inches. Heartbreak, I tell you.

But I started over. Here’s my journey.

Starting over. Knitting at soccer practice.

Skirt finished, before blocking.

working on the sleeves and the bodice...

Progress

We were heading to San Francisco for Thanksgiving, so what better than to spend some time…

Knitting in the car...

a few hours in the car will get you shoulders!

Knitting outside...

Finally done knitting and on the blocking mats!

Tada!

The back

The hood

So as you can see, it’s the Lore Hoodie, designed by Cirilia Rose. I’m SO happy to have finished it! I’ve been wearing it all day, since I’ve finished sewing on the buttons. Not everyone knows I knit it. Not everyone knows it’s from Vampire Knits. I do, on both counts, and I love it. There’s just something making something with your own hands – seeing lumps of yarn turn into a gorgeous knit garment you can wear with pride, and if someone gives you a compliment and says, “What a pretty sweater!” you can say, “I knit it myself!” and watch their faces show astonishment.

Next on the needles? Some Christmas knitting and some projects for my next book idea…

Happy December, everyone! What’s on YOUR needles?

 

My Movie Knitting (Or How A Pile Of Yarn Becomes A Sweater)

So, I’ve given myself a goal. Have you ever done that? Told yourself, “I’m going to knit this by this date so I can wear it to this event.”  I never have made THAT kind of goal for myself. Usually my goal knitting is a) making a gift for someone by their birthday/Christmas/baby shower or b) making the items in time for the auction they’ll be donated to or c) making the items in time for the deadline of the book(s) they’ll be in. Making something for myself to wear to an actual event is a completely new idea, so we’ll see how I fare.

Step One - open the bag o' yarn

What a hank looks like

The umbrella swift

 

I will admit that when I first started knitting as a young girl, and even when I took up knitting again as an adult, I never bought anything that wasn’t prewound in a ball, ready-to-knit. Only in the last six or seven years did I venture into buying hanks, and I either wound them by hand (with the help of the husband) onto something random like an empty water bottle (I do not recommend this method) or would have the yarn shop do it. About five years ago I bought myself a yarn winder, and with the help of my husband, again, would wind them on my own. Then, my husband made my Christmas wishes come true when he bought me my own swift about three years ago. I almost cried. It’s made life so much easier, and opened up a whole new world of yarn for me. Not to mention, my kids love helping me wind the yarn!

My swanky set-up

 

So, I set up my swift and my winder, and went to town.

After winding, the hank becomes a cake - voila!

 

So, what am I knitting with this lovely cake?

I’ll let you guess. I’m sure some of you can guess just by looking at what type of yarn it is… though I’ll give you another clue and say that I’m not knitting it in the color it’s knit in for the pattern. I’m breaking out! The goal was to knit this lovely garment by my birthday, November 6th, but the likelihood of me finishing this in a week is very slim, so I’m giving myself til November 18th. Hm… what’s happening on November 18th?

One hint…

 

What’s on your needles?