Category Archives: Finished Items 2012

More Nursery

The nursery, it is starting to look like such! I’m also nearly as excited to be gaining the upper hand in the battle with my ever expanding To-Do list. Here’s a few things I was able to happily cross off.
Yellow floor pouf
Floor cushion or pouf for the glider, I couldn’t find one I liked in yellow so decided to knit one myself. I managed to get the all the yarn for this on sale for $14, total win. Most of these patterns call for super bulky yarn but I just used three strands of Lion Brand Homespun in Golden and two strands of Caron Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in Yellow(ish)held together using US 15 needles. Total I used 3 balls of each brand (as a little less yardage in the Sheep(ish)).

I was inspired by the Puff Daddy’s Baby pattern but ended up using this Drops pattern as the short rows provided better shaping and easier to sew closed at the end. I just CO 28 stitches and worked in Seed Stitch instead of Garter.

I found a matching yellow sheet at the thrift store and wrapped it around an old balled up comforter to stuff the pouf. Worked great! I was originally going to fill it with bean bag Styrofoam balls but it would’ve required properly sewing more a liner than I felt up to. The comforter solution was much easier.

Side table parts
Next project, side table for the glider. Again, after not finding something I really liked and discovering these fantastic mid-century inspired tapered legs and angled mounting brackets (by Waddell and carried by Lowes, Home Depot and Ace in varying lengths), I decided to make my own. Hit the thrift store in the hopes of finding something that could work for the table top and came across this butcher block cutting board for $2.99, perfect!

Sanded out any old cut marks, drilled the pilot holes for the brackets, stained, assembled and painted the top (it took the stain too uneven for my tastes so now it matches the dresser) and was done!

Finished side table and rocking area
I’m so proud of it, and did it entirely by myself- yeay for girls with power tools!

$5 thrifted reworked lamp
And lastly another thrifted fixer-upper, lamp for the dresser/changing table area so don’t have to turn on the overhead light for night-time changes. It was originally unpainted and dinged up with a cracked lamp socket and no shade but was $5 and worked. So I used some wood filler on the scratches, sanded and then painted the fronts and backs (match the new curtains perfectly too, woohoo). My handy Mr. Fix-it Dad was kind enough to help pull the guts apart and replace the socket while visiting. (thanks Dad!) After a new shade it was done!

Monkey

A cute little monkey I made for my friends baby who’s due very soon. She has an adorable rainforest themed nursery and couldn’t resist creating this little guy to live there.

The pattern is Jerry the Musical Monkey. As you can see he’s composed of lots of different little parts. The pieces knit quickly but definitely more than a little assembly required.

Monkey parts

Update: My friend’s little girl is here! And was kind enough to model her monkey friend with her. :)

Otherwise lots of nursery projects going on. We got this great vintage mid-century modern dresser and with Mr. PieKnits help, customized it to the white two-tone to match our crib.

Freshly painted mid-century dresser

I love it! I’m excited for the room to come together. I’ve now started my third trimester so things are really kicking into gear. :-D

Baby PieKnits first things

I’ve finally have some finished baby knits to share! Or more like I’m finally getting around to posting them. The nursery design has taken up a large portion of my brain of late…

So we’re hoping to cloth diaper as much as we can, as such I’ve started working on my diaper stash. Those first few months require special newborn sized diapers though and I didn’t want to spend a lot for items with such a short use time. Here’s one thing where knitting really is a big saver! Wool soakers can run around $40(!) each. I managed to get two newborn sized covers out of one $5 ball of wool yarn- win!

Vanilla Soaker
This is the popular Vanilla Soaker pattern. Love the look of this one, it’s so cute. And I liked the newborn button option to fold down the waist to avoid sensitive new belly buttons. It looks so tiny until one holds it up to their tummy, then the mind boggles.

Blue Steps Baby Booties
My baby’s first booties, so itty bitty! In fact I probably could’ve gone up a needle size (knit on US 1). We’ll see how long these fit but oh so precious. The pattern is Blue Steps (Ravelry link) worked in some mystery thrifted wool sock yarn.

Wool soaker/diaper cover
Here is the other diaper cover from the same ball of Patons Classic Wool in Jade Heather as the Vanilla soaker. This one using the Curly Purly pattern. Followed the pattern just added a knit stripe of lighter blue around the waist and leg openings. I also bound off the legs using Jenny’s Stretchy Bind-off technique.

Little Things

Peter Pan Collar
Lots of different little projects I’ve finished up lately. I have several more to share shortly. First up however is the cute and quick Peter Pan Collar. Worked up in some Red Heart Eco-Ways, I followed the pattern exactly except for slipping the first stitch of each row for a neater edge.

Knitted Peter Pan Collar
It’s finished with a clear vintage button from my stash. Love this as it’s super easy to layer over about anything!

Owl Puff
Next was another cute freebie pattern for a recent baby shower (and owl themed nursery). The pattern is Owl Puffs and is a free Ravelry download. Was a great little project for a recent road trip too.

Gift Booties

Two of my friends are expecting boys! Of course I had to knit them up some booties. Booties are like candy. Crack candy, I tell ya.

Bitty blue booties

Two-tone pattern is the popular Chaussons mignons, slightly modified to be a bit larger following many Ravelry users mods. The lighter blue ones were made using the pattern Precious Booties.

Now I’m off to a nice weekend vacation at a lake house! Hope to get in some nice relaxing knitting pool-side. Ah summer…

Ready for some sunshine

My new sun hat is finished and waiting to be packed in my suitcase for Jamaica, so ready!Ready for the sun in style!
This is the free pattern “Wind-and-Sea” by Kristi Porter. The bulk of the hat is worked in NaturallyCaron.com Spa but I decided it needed a little extra impact and cast-on in some black yarn I had on hand. I worked one extra row then the first repeat before changing to the beige. This worked out well too because I used some black covered millinery wire so it hides extremely nicely. The wire is attached to the edge of the hat by single crocheting over it all around the edge. A neat trick I will probably use again in the future.
Fab new sun hat
I also used a helpful tip on Ravelry of working the elastic cord for around the head as I knitted, similar to working in ends as you knit as opposed to sewing it in after the fact.

Recently I was lucky enough to pair up with my talented photographer friend of TreenaMuir.com to do a pieKnits photo shoot featuring my work! We’re still working on the final photos so more to come but couldn’t resist this shot with the hat modeled by my other lovely friend Mel.

Finishing

I had to look up the project start date for this one on Raverly. It’s a bit disgraceful. This isn’t even a complex project. However I’ve been in a finishing stuff mode lately, so after three years, my Cloud Bolero is finally completed.

Finished an FO after 3 years!

Really this is a quick knit, once I decided to just frog it and completely start over. As I mentioned before, stitch markers are really key for this one. If you’re not stubborn like me, and determined to knit the bulky version, the reworked Liesl is a more elegant option, pattern design wise. But this one’s free so I’m not complaining, just forewarning.

Little Red Riding "Cloud Bolero"

Knit in the ever budget-friendly Caron Simply Soft Quick, I really liked the yarn for this. It has a nice silky feel and fuzzy loft to it that’s quite pretty for the price. I used 3 skeins in Autumn Red on US size 11 needles. It’s finished with a little black velvet ribbon.

Another little hobby of mine is thrifting. It’s something I’ve been doing for years; I even worked in a thrift store in High School/College. But this might just be one of my best finds to date, and I had to share.

Vintage Lilli Ann

A vintage (late 50′s/early 60′s) woven wool Lilli Ann designer swing coat! I got it for a song at a half price day at my local thrift store and it’s sooo gorgeous, the fabric, the details, all of it. <3 After a little more online research I was stoked to find the brand is a bit of a collectors item (with good reason) and going for 10x what I paid, win!

Sideways

Yep, another hat. But I needed a nice travel project (Mr. Pieknits and I were lucky enough to go to Hawaii for a week!) and I’ve never worked a sideways  hat pattern before. See valid excuses to add to my overflowing hat bin correct?
Sideways Hat, aptly named
The pattern, Marina, is by the Hat Master Woolly Wormhead. This the the Slouchy Beanie version, size Medium. A great travel knit that was nice and straight forward yet still interesting. Just what I needed for two 8 hour flights. The Seafoam Stitch creates a cool open lace like effect using dropped Yarn Overs (always entertaining to do).
stitch
The yarn is a skein of Araucania Nature Wool I picked up at our LYS years ago, unable to resist my favorite greens. I had hoped the color segments were longer to produce a more striped effect but this pattern would work great with about any type of variegated yarn.

I actually had no mods to this pattern, a bit of a rarity for me. Really a very nice pattern and clear grafting instructions included as well.
North Short, Oahu, Hawaii 12/11
And just for fun, a shot of us at the North Shore on Oahu (also in the photo, my Adorn Cropped Jacket (still love) and my tropical tie-purse from the 1950s swap).

Craftster Best of 2011 Winner
Also, in other news my 1940s style title hat is a Craftster Best of 2011 Winner! Follow the badge link to check out all the winners, great stuff this year!

Doubled

Men's double layer hat(s)
After a somewhat disgraceful delay, I finally finished the second part of a hat project for my friend. I first posted about it here with the completion of the pictured grey hat. So the request was for two hats that could be worn together for extra warmth- like an outer hat and liner, or individually. The first hat is the Fortnight pattern in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage with Cascade 220 Superwash in Really Red as the accent color.
Great pattern for a simple hat on it's own, or as an inside liner
For the inside hat, I used the same Cascade 220 to match the other hat. I liked the Superwash option for the next-to-skin hat as I figure it’s more likely to need a washing. This pattern is Rib-A-Roni by Knit Jane Knit. I made the largest size (in the Ravelry PDF version) and modified the pattern to include short rows to match the shaping that comes down over the ears in the Fortnight hat, so when worn together the bottoms line up. With this size it creates a pretty large rib; I ended picking up a row along the cast-on edge and crocheting a bound off chain to help keep the edge from curling.

He seems to like them and commented that it’s “the warmest hat I’ve ever had”. I’ll count that as a success!