Not your typical hellcat biker chic and
Li'l Deb would say "that's not a bad thing!"

September 13, 2010

Vintage Barbie Knits: 2nd Generation

I actually remember buying these in the late 1970s at the Newport (NH) Apple Pie & Crafts Fair. I think the prices were $2.50 a set!  These are classic styles and still popular. They survived the moths only because they are made in yester-year acrylics.  One sweater top needs attention and now I know how to mend it!

BGITWWW asked "Please Nan, will you knit something that isn't Mama's or Auntie's and please knit it Fancy?"  Sticka till Barbie has some fabulous party clothes patterns and I am thinking of something in Lobser Pot cashmere and am on the search for nice beaded silk blends (that will stand the test of time).

September 12, 2010

Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug

Purchased 2 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino at The Yarn Sellar in York, Maine while on vacation. Three days before the baby shower and TO MY HORROR I noticed severe color variation through out the shrug (photo 2). Both skeins varied because I used the remaining 2nd skein for the ribbing and the ribbing is the darker shade. The numbers match on the bands.

Was this a manufacture defect or was color damage done due to a sunny window??
I didn’t notice this while knitting but I wouldn’t…

I don’t have photos of the completed project. 
The Pattern:  Baby Shrug/ Debbie Bliss Simply Baby
It took no time at all to knit this baby shrug and I enjoyed picking up stitches and knitting the ribbed border, but seaming the sleeves took ForEVver. Three times is not always a charm, and in the end I had to compromise my standards.

I am displeased with all the bind offs on the sleeves for such a small garment. For the time it took to be “okay” with the FO I would rather have knit an advanced pattern with neater finishing results.

The bind offs at the center bottom of the back make for a cute little dip, but the shape all but disappears if you don’t pin that area firm when blocking. Is the dip worth the two bumps on either side of the bind offs?

I will knit this again with changes:
  • Maybe I will keep the sleeve bind offs live and do one long bind off and hope that will give me the even edge I desire for a neat seam. I’ll try-as-I-go and take notes.
  • I will not bind off the back’s center bottom.
  • You bet I’ll be double checking for color match.

...Happy Trails...

September 8, 2010

Lost! Baby Shrug & Bonnet, Found! MOJO

I sit here admitting
I lost my knitting
Baby's shrug and cap
Near ready to wrap
What’s A Chic To Do?
Crank up my MOJO
Knit like a loco (hehe)
In time for the bash?
Uh, yuh uh, 'cuz I got my MOJO.   

...Happy Trails.....