Friday, October 7, 2011

FO: Cables a go-go!

I am really proud of this week's finished object.  I have a lot of mental hang ups, apparently, when it comes to knitting - some things just plain scare me. Thumb gussets? Shudder.  Cables? Twitch.  Heel flaps? Eek!!!

I've had quite a few people tell me that the lace edge I did on the baby blanket of seed stitch doom was a lot more frightening than a simple cable, and that I really had nothing at all to fear.  With a quick, deep breath I decided to plunge into the unknown...and dig out my cable needles.
Nate's cousin Keith and his wife Sharon are expecting their first baby in November, and we were unable to make it down to Florida for the baby shower....so I decided to knit something up and send their way - and conquer my cable fear. It took me a while to decide on what I wanted to do, and in the end I decided on a bib and a hat.  I finished the bib this week, and now need to figure out which hat pattern I want to go with.
Like any new cable knitter, I decided to try my hand at the Modern Cabled Baby Bib over on Ravelry....even though it had seed stitch. God, I'm a glutton for punishment LOL.  And...the cable wasn't scary at all! In fact, it was really, really, really, really, ridiculously easy.  The only thing I had trouble figuring out was whether or not to knit the stitches off the cable needle or put them back on the left knitting needle and try it that way.  I did it both ways, and I think I like slipping them back onto the regular needle.
I followed some modifications I found on Ravelry for the button hole.  My sewing skills are....pretty non-existent, but I think I got the button on pretty good.  Button shopping is hard! 

I also treated myself to a pair of Knit Picks Harmony fixed circular needles :) And knit this project with them.  Overall, I liked them! It was my first time ever using a 16" cord, and I wasn't a huge fan of the short needles but got used to them after awhile.  While I still prefer my Addis, I did enjoy these and will probably definitely order some more - they are very pretty!  The cord was a little more flexible then Addis too, which was nice...because sometimes my Addi cords crimp and get in the way of things.





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Tangerine Cabled Baby Bib Project Details:
Pattern: Modern Cabled Baby Bib by Andrea Pomerantz
Yarn: Lily and Cream in Tangerine
Needles: US 8
Gifty: Baby Girl Wilson

20 comments:

  1. I love how cables seem so complicated until you do them - I was convinced that they would involve moving stitches around on every row. Amazing how much simpler they are than we think!

    Your bib looks great :)

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  2. Very nice bib! You are braver than I am, I haven't tried cables yet!

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  3. @ PinkUndine - Thanks :D I don't know what my hold up was about them...probably something similar where it would be every row and every other stitch or something. But I love how easy it turned out to be :)

    @FoFo - aw, thank you :) You should try them! If you can slip a stitch, you can cable. Looks much more difficult than it is...try something small such as a bib or washcloth. You will be amazed at how they appear like magic.

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  4. The bib is fantastic! You did a great job.

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  5. Wow, your cables are perfect! I have not tried that yet but is on my list of techniques to try soon!

    I love KP needles! Although I am not a big fan of the harmony ones, I prefer the nickel plated ones. They are all that I use!

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  6. oh it's so cute! i love it & wish i could knit! i totally understand about choosing buttons there are so many cute ones that when i finally decide i'm exhausted. :)

    thanks for the nice comment! i'm going to go check out the rest of your blog now. :D

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  7. That's been true for me with quite a few things in knitting... put off trying new technique, worry about it, actually try it and wonder why I fussed so much :-)

    Your bib looks great - it's a sweet gift and you know they'll be able to use it often.

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  8. that turned out very nice. i'd never seen that pattern before; i might have to churn a few out for my ever-reproducing family.:D

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  9. @ Diane - they were a lot of fun...you should give them a try! I love my Addis which are the nickel plated brass....but I like the cuteness of the Harmony LOL

    @ Stephanni - thanks for stopping by!

    @ Marushka - Aw thank you! I know...I don't understand why I get so worked up LOL

    @ Grandmastatus - it was really quick and fun. Definitely a pretty present. I kind of wish I knew more people making babies

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  10. the cabled big turned out AMAZING! I was so surprised when I first did cables and realised that they are beyond simple, and actually fun! I'm glad you felt the same =)

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  11. I don't even knit, and cables scare (and intrigue) me, so I'm super-impressed by the prettiness of your bib! A+ conquering of the cables! :D (And a really sweet button, too.)

    Also, I''m totally envious of your adorable cat bowl.

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  12. opps that was a mistake. The color is sooo pretty :)conquering fears is a good thing :)-tori

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  13. Awesome job! Cables aren't that scary once you've tried them. And the same goes for heel flaps!

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  14. Yay! So glad it wasn't scary :)

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  15. I love that little bib. I've made it as a gift before too. And I can relate. Cables scarred the heck out of me, until I tried them. It's how I fun most knitting techniques.

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  16. Leaving a comment here so you see it.... The Brattleboro Hat wasn't too bad in regard to picking up stitches.... I placed stitch markers in four sections and then did 20 stitches in each section, made it easier to have uniformity. Try it... you might really love it and gain a skill that you currently avoid. BTW, New England Knits is a great book and I have my eye in at least four projects I really want to wear.

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  17. I love cables, they make everything look fancy. Your bib is excellent, well done!

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  18. I've seen that pattern and thought about making it! You did a great job!!

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  19. Cutest bib I've ever seen Miss Amy.

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Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! ~Amy