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FO: Oink Stripes Cardigan

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment
Pattern: Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos | Yarn: Oink Pigment Sport | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Pattern: Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos | Yarn: Oink Pigment Sport | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I turned on my Netflix, and just cheerfully put the grosgrain ribbon on for the button band and worked on the buttons while I watched Person of Interest.  So there, Logan's Oink Stripes Cardigan aka Playful Stripes Cardigan is done.

Grosgrain ribbon inside the button band to stabilize the buttons. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Grosgrain ribbon inside the button band to stabilize the buttons. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I first heard about grosgrain ribbon tip from Knitmore Girls Podcast years ago but this is the first time I actually tried it. I kind of love it! This is why it's helpful to be well versed in many different crafts. In sewing knits, you often use a stabilizer (elastic tape) so stabilize the shoulder seams or anywhere that sees a lot of stress. Since knitting yarns are thicker, a ribbon works perfectly. 

Oink Stripes Cardigan. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Oink Stripes Cardigan. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I made a generous size for Logan so that he can wear this for at least next 6 months. I love how it turned out! But then it's really hard not to love something so small. :)

Just some WIPs..

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

No new FOs, just some WIPs.

I have finished the knitting portion of the Playful Stripes cardigan for Logan. Instead of using different CC (Contrast Color) yarns, I just used the variegated colorway, Slime Time, from Oink Pigment to match the MC (Main Color) yarn, Dill with it, also from Oink Pigment.

 

I don't know if I love how the colors started to pool a little bit, but I guess it kept the knitting interesting. The yarn is also an uneven yarn, I found out. It's not as drastic enough to call it thick-and-thin yarn but it is definitely uneven and feels more like handspun. And it's supposedly 100% merino wool (superwash) but it's more crispy and not as soft as other merino wool yarns I have worked with. Still, I love this lime-green color which I am obsessed with lately.

And as soon as I was done knitting the Playful Stripes, I cast on for PJs for Logan. It suddenly became chilly at nights, the typical desert weather. It's now below 50 degrees in the mornings, and Logan has been waking up with cold hands and feet. And since most place don't make sleep suits for his size anymore, I either have to put him in a sleep sack, which he hates, or I have to make one.

I chose to knit this in Aran weight yarn which is thicker than what the pattern calls for but chose to go down a needle size so that the fabric is thicker and more dense. I had these Stitch Nation Alpaca Love yarn from few years ago, which I scored at Michaels for $2.99 per ball. I love how it's all natural yarn and love the twist in it. And so affordable! I don't know if they still make this yarn anymore.

That's it! I'm ready for the weekend!

 

 

Baby socks?

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

I need tips or patterns for baby socks that have amazing fit.

Rye socks pattern is amazing and fun to knit and I will make for me and my husband but for Logan, they don't stay on! He wiggles his feet a lot and it just comes off. Then they go into his mouth. :D

Now that he started crawling and pulling himself up to standing position and tries to mimic walking (one leg up and down, just one leg), footwear has become my interest. I hear that soft-sole shoes are better but before I take him shopping, I want to see if I can get away with just socks for now. The thought of buying shoes for a baby who doesn't walk yet feels a little weird right now.