The Knitterly Hooker

Posts Tagged ‘baby’

Let’s Make and Donate

In community challenges, Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm

There are many babies in this world who need our support and love we create in making hats. Recently, urgent calls have been made requesting that we – the skilled, talented, gifted – knitters and crocheters, heal the world. When we share and give of ourselves, and literally LOVE in action,  we create community and hope.

It is with urgency I request your support in making 100 or more hats to donate by February 11, 2018Although I favor the P.U.R.P.L.E initiative and Red hat project, there are others who need us. 

Make and mail hats to your favorite cause. Thanks in advance for your support. Please comment how many hats you will commit to make.

Finishing up

In knitting, portfolio, stash busting on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

Yesterday, for the first time in many weeks, I picked my needles up. I accomplished nothing major, but it felt good. I felt happy. I felt safe. I worked on my Fall project’s hem. Hem? Yes, I had to create a hem because it curled like crazy.  I had some advice on how to accomplish this and I purled 1 row on the RS and began stockinette stitch, beginning with a purl row on the WS. I continued in this way just about 1 inch and then binded off.

Did I ever mention that the whole sweater is already seamed together? I cannot wait to wear it! Anyway, I am going to buy some ribbon for reinforcement and aesthetic on the edges and major seams of the sweater; most likely the fronts, the shoulders, neck/collar and the pick up row for the skirt.

I have a few short weeks before a friends baby shower and I never started the gift I intended, so I’m going to go with a toy by Susan Anderson instead from her book Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. I’m pausing on my sweater and work on the toy.

Remember when…

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on October 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

…I posted about making a blankie with my stash and I asked y’all to vote? I still can’t find the winning stash yarn, so I started it on the GGH bulky yarn I had on hand…all the little bits and pieces. I was tempted to get into a ball of another color and begin a design element, but I decided against it. I love, LOVE bulky yarn and this did go very quickly!

About the pattern: I thought it was easy as pie; well written; rhythmic and easy to memorize. I modified this pattern slightly, just making the middle knitted segments into one larger segment. Not a big mod. This was not as painful of a task as a blanket might have been and not at any moment did I feel overwhelmed.

Because of the shortage of yarn, I had to make some cuts on widths of the border. I had to pull out my cast on edge, just in the event I had to go with a design element option. I’m telling you, I almost didn’t have enough to bind off the cast on edge!! Which I think is just weird, but I made it by the skin of my teeth.


The good news is, it MAY have a home to go to! I found out today, that one of my co-worker’s is preggers so in a few weeks I’ll know the sex….And that will determine if this blankie will have a home or not. Cross your fingers for me.

Mindless knit complete

In finished projects, knitting on October 5, 2013 at 7:00 am


I finished this sweater the end of last month. Finished as in buttons selected and sewed on; ribbons selected and sewn in and the sweater seamed and ends weaved in. The actual knitting was only a few days. My only issue was the bind off on the last sleeve. I have a solution for next time though. I bought a book on sale on various cast on’s and bind off’s. More on the book later!

A mindless knit

In knitting on September 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Usually when I am stressed or need to unplug I knit.  That’s what I do.  I need to knit but when I started knitting it wasn’t working. Too many errors…too much ripping back…Too much of everything!

I was trying to knit a fair-isle rectangle for my cousins blanket. I don’t know what made me think that when I’m stressed I should be making fair-isle stuff any ole how! Other than this fair-isle rectangle, it hadn’t occurred to me for past week or so I’ve been struggling with it, that perhaps I need not pursue this course any further.

So last night, into this morning I decided that I would knit Baby Kimono.  I usually stay away from patterns with M1’s and yfwd’s but I’m a little more seasoned and I got over myself.  I first learned of this sweater on Sara’s blog someone’s post I recently read (forgive me whoever this is and shout yourself out and I’ll link you).  I thought such a beautiful job was done on it and I knew I would definitely make it.

I’m using my stash for this….Paton’s Decor in Pale Periwinkle. I did not gauge. I’m making the largest size available. I figure it will fit some baby gauge or no gauge, so I’m good with that!

I could have casted on the blanket you all voted for (oatmeal won btw) but I don’t remember where I put the yarn and plus, that’s just too many stitches to count. I’d rather cast on 29 than 40+ stitches right now.

During lunch today, I had time enough only to cast on. After work and I got home, in 2 hours the left front was complete. For me that’s pretty quick! So I’m forging ahead with this! (Yes, those are Signature needles and I love them!)



Never say never

In knitting on July 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm


Remember this, I hate lace and the only thing I despise more than lace is making a blanket. So, with that said, I’m on Instagram (@theknitterlyhooker) today monitoring my page and I saw that someone liked one of my photos.  I decided to check out their profile and I saw this really professional looking blanket and hat set. It was photographed beautifully and nicely (read: professional looking) labeled.  She really took it to the next level. Seriously. 

This individual has a Ravelry page, so you know, I went to look at her projects, right?! I had to! I saw the blanket pattern and all it takes is 1 ball of Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted on some 9’s!! The pattern is simple, but so cute. There’s no way, you wouldn’t want to knit it! It’s called The Newborn Baby Blanket by Altadena Green. It’s more like a blankie I’m gathering, so it’s not such a daunting task. I like it.  It’s simple. It’s easy.  It’s quick. I’m making it. Period.

So I have a few aran weight yarns (as per Ravelry, Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted is considered aran weight). I need your help making a decision.  Please cast your vote below. Voting closes on August 31, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. I’ll begin this project on September 1, 2013.

Updated 7/23/13: I realized now that the polldaddy survey is nonfunctional on the WordPress app. If this has been your experience, please cast your vote in the comment box.

The options are:
1. Lionbrand Cottonease – cream colored
2. Loop-d-Loop Durham Birch – oatmeal colored
3. GGH Tara – striped baby pink, off-white and baby blue.

Hookin’ and Lovin’ It!

In crochet on July 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm


I gotta say, coming back to crocheting wasn’t as hard as I anticipated it to be.  It was just like riding a bike! Once I got that hook in my hand, it’s like it was never out! It was mindless for me.

The pattern for the Turtle Love blanket, was well written, very easy to follow and easy to memorize(that is to say, muscle memory).  At first, doing the magic circle was a bit clumsy, but I soon found my way. I found it to be as soothing as knitting, but in a different way. It’s hard to explain, but it was a good feeling. I really was not expecting to fly through these granny squares so quickly. I mean I know it was only 5 of them do but I was done super duper fast.  As I was crocheting, I felt my groove coming back and I wondered why I really stopped and I think it just had to do with the fact that there are like a trillion stitches you have to remember (plus the carpal tunnel).

I feel that knitting has made me a stronger crocheter and let me tell you why… I was super fast, I was efficient and I was able to memorize the pattern repeat per row (something I had trouble with before if I didn’t use my ticking method). I started this project last night (7.15.13).  I bought yarn on Sunday, but I ended up finding yarn in my stash, so of course I will be going back for a refund….maybe. The only reason why I’m saying “maybe” is because I can maybe make a sweater, booties and hat to make a set.  We’ll see. I’ll let you know what I decided. You do hear me talking myself into more yarn right? SMH.

With this being a good return; an all in all good comeback, I’m thinking that I’ll try to fit some more crocheting in my repertoire. There are still ends to weave in on the granny squares and they have to be,of course, joined. I am thrilled, in fact, I am ecstatic about my reconnection to crocheting and in such a big way!