Monday, December 28, 2009

FO: Bib for a new little girl

Just to prove I'm not a total waste-of-life as a knitter these days, I wanted to show you an FO:

Thanks to Mason-Dixon knitting, I have a bib all ready for the imminent arrival of my nephew's new baby (due tomorrow!). It's made of Frog Tree Picoboo which is lovely and soft to the touch.

I took the advice of a brilliant person on this blog and used the Fibonacci sequence to determine the number of rows per stripe (1, 1, 2, 3, 5 and then back down). The mom's a math teacher so she'll really appreciate that. Not to mention the fact that I like the way it looks.

I tried a not entirely successful experiment with the edges. In previous bibs, I didn't like the way the color change bled up a row every time, so for this bib I cast on and knitted one edge with both colors of yarn. Then I whip-stitched the other edge with both colors of yarn when I was done. It looks okay but not great (probably a function of the fact that I'm a lousy whip-stitcher). Anyone have a better suggestion for that particular problem? I'm all ears!

P.S. I finished the Boundless Blue Blanket at last! Wahoo! Photos to follow.

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Anonymous toni in florida said...

Two FOs? One large and one small? Congrats on both! (And ignore any green-eyed grumbling you may hear about you making the rest of us look like slackers, 'kay? 'Kay.)

3:54 AM  
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5:16 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Bwa ha ha ha! Oops! Sorry. That was for the spammer.

The only suggestion I have for completely hiding color changes on things like this is a quick edging of single crochet in either color or yet a third color. It might also work if you used an I-cord edging, but I'd still do the single crochet--it's faster and I've beeh crocheting since I was eight. I just prefer to knit, now that I know how.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Cathy R said...

That is an awesome bib!

My verification word is "glogiest", which sounds like something a baby would say in appreciation of a hand-knit object.

Or when presented with a mathematical progression of stripes...

10:03 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Trust me, Toni, you have nothing to grumble about. I am slow, slow, slow when it comes to the finish line.

Cathy, that's a great suggestion about crocheting along the edge. I'll try that next time. You guys always give me excellent advice! And yeah, the spammer certainly came to the wrong place for what she's peddling....

Cathy R, gotta agree with you on the verification word. Definitely baby talk.

BTW, Baby Elizabeth arrived this morning healthy and happy. We have a new family member and I can't wait to meet her.

8:51 PM  
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9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, Nancy, on the new family member! Love the bib!

I'm still working on the shawl for my daughter but interrupted to do a scarf for my son and am in the middle of one for his girlfriend, alternating with the shawl.

Happy New Year, everyone!

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently made several hats using the Fibonacci sequence for the stripes and discovered I liked them much better if I started with one of the wider stripes -- maybe start with 5, then go down to 3, 2, 1, and then start widening again -- 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and so forth. It solves your bottom edge problem, and in items with bottom ribbing, reduces or eliminates the ribbing-jog of stripes, which is *my* pet stripe peeve!

--Lynda in Oregon

10:59 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Lynda, how funny that we all have "stripe peeves"! Thanks of the good tip on rejiggering the Fibonacci sequence. It sounds good to me.

Jean, good luck with all your projects! I just started a baby blanket for an upcoming arrival of a great-nephew. (I got tired of bibs.) I don't really understand how I can be a GREAT-aunt when I'm not even a GRAND-mother. It sounds way too mature. I blame it on my husband who is the youngest of five siblings and whose oldest brother married at a young age.

4:29 PM  

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