2013 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 68,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Where I’ve Been Lately

You may have noticed I’ve been missing since February. Don’t worry, I’m still here just haven’t been blogging. I had major surgery in April and it made me realize I need to focus my time better so instead of writing four blogs (crazy!), I am going to only write two. That just means all the content you’ve enjoyed here on Spring Stitches will not be posted over on my main blog, EvinOK.

To read more about the last few months and the surgery, here are links to posts in my main blog, EvinOK:

Guest Post by Jeni Pim: Perseverance

Where did the time go?

Recovering from Open Liver Resection Surgery

The last of those links details the growth and its removal as well as my recovery. It was a rough road but I wanted to share my experience with others to help them be less fearful of the surgery. It is intimidating but not impossible.

Squishy Garter Stitch Easy Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

I have released my third knitting pattern! The first was the Oversized Hat for a ‘Just Right’ Big Head that I designed for my husband. The second was the Cupcake Tea Cosy that I designed for UnderMeOxter’s Knitmas gift. The third is…a super easy Squishy Baby Blanket. It works with any washable DK and sock yarn. The pattern and more details about it are available on my main site, EvinOK and on Ravelry.

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Cupcake Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern

I have another knitting pattern to share!

This time, it’s something for your teapot. Now your noggin (Oversized Hat for a ‘Just Right’ Big Head) and your tea (Cupcake Tea Cosy Pattern) can stay cosy. Here it is on Ravelry too!

One Size Fits Most Cupcake Tea Cosy

I’d love to hear from you if you knit this with feedback. It has only been tested twice by me so outside feedback is appreciated.

Another Guest Post on Dublin Knit Collective

In case you were wondering, the DKC loved my guest blog post last month so much that I’ve been asked to write another! Today’s guest blog post is all about project photography for baby knits and it’s posted with adorable photos on the Dublin Knit Collective’s blog. Please check it out. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the photos included in the post.

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Happy as a Clam Under His Undercover Blanket

Trying to Choose a Super Bulky Yarn

So, I have the Cozy Bolero pattern by Jane Richmond and am trying to decide which Super Bulky yarn to use for the project. If I can’t decide, I’ll just have to make more than one! Here are the options:

Outer by Spud & Chloë

Sumptuous by Jo-Ann Sensations

Meribel by Zettl

Puffin Solid by Crystal Palace Yarns

Wash Filz Uni by Pro Lana

Super Merino by Ornaghi Filati

Putkis by Toika

Grande by N.Y. Yarns

Tosca Dé Gradé by Lang Yarns

70’s by Rosários 4

Superbulky Cashmere by School Products

Super Traveller by Dragonfly Fibers

Speedy by Bernetta Wolle

Monarch by Ecobutterfly Organics

Donati by Patons

Macro Fleece by Herrschners (though this has a low rating on Ravelry)

Filo by Lang Yarns

Hometown USA® Solids & Multis by Lion Brand

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Cork City Knit Up for Innocent Smoothie’s Big Knit

On Wednesday, November 7th from 7pm onwards in The Pavilion in Cork City Centre, Sarah (aka @The_Licentiate) is hosting a Knit Up in support of Innocent Smoothies Big Knit. Little hats are made each autumn to sell with individual bottles of their fruity beverages to raise funds for and awareness of Age Action. The mini hats are a perfect project for leftover DK, sport or sock yarn.

If you plan to attend, please email Sarah at sarah thelicentiate com to let her know so she has an idea of numbers. If you do not have wool for the Big Knit project, tell her that in your email.

Need inspiration? Check out some patterns from previous years (PDF), this year’s patterns (PDF) and a bunch of wacky, wild and wonderful hats on Flickr.

Here are ones I’ve made!

I knit these. The pattern works as an egg cosy too!

Tater Tot’s Baby Blanket

Another Finished Object and another happy baby, this time a little girl in Kentucky, USA! I cast off and wound the ends in last weekend but am just now getting the chance to share the photos in a post. The pattern was recently shared in a guest blog post I wrote for Zulily.co.uk but I’ll put it into a pretty PDF and post it here (and on EvinOK) soon enough. But on to the blanket!

Here is it all finished being tested out by LB (so you can see this project ends happily and successfully).

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Now, about the process… I chose to alternate between Sirdar Snuggly DK (from a swap with Sue) and Knit Picks Crayon for color and texture variation but carry Schoppel-Wolle Admiral R Druck doubled up with the Snuggly or Crayon throughout.

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Knitting yarn in my Ravelry stash

Knitting yarn in my Ravelry stash

I started this knitting project on the train up for a girls’ getaway to Dublin in late May. I cast on several times before I got it right. The right combination (or at least the one I used for this blanket) was 7mm needles and a long tail cast on of 74 stitches. This is also noted on my Ravelry project page.

Cast on 74 (long tail cast on) for Tater Tot's baby blanket

Just 30 hours without a baby in my lap and look at the progress!! The effect was lovely. All garter stitch, no purling!

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Made even more progress at knitting the next weekend though LB was with me so it was slow progress. Thankfully, he loves the others in my knitting group and gets lap time and hugs from everyone.

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I love how the colors work together. It feels gender neutral but has such earthy hues.

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Almost done! This is when the striping switched more. One friend described it as waves lapping on a beachy shore.

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All done! Tater Tot will love it just like her brother, Miller, loves his blanket made in the same way.

Hand knit baby blanket for a very special arrival in Kentucky. Read more on http://evinok.net

It is going in a big old care package across the pond to the Bluegrass State. *SPOILER ALERT* (Kristina & Dudley, don’t read this next part!) The blanket will be kept company over the long journey by a dress, a little toy bunny, a pair of fleece-lined booties (I want them in my size!), a handknit cardigan by Smudge Yarns, a tee shirt, babygros, bibs, a book titled “Tiger In A Pink Hat” or something like that (to share with big brother Miller), and more. I can’t talk about Kentucky too much or I’ll start craving a slice of pie from Aunt Gravy’s. Ok, too late. I’m now craving a slice of pie from Aunt Gravy’s.