rabbit tank

January 08, 2006

the complete rabbit tank

the back of the tank top is the highlight. why? i modified it for the better! ...and the boring front.

knit project: debbie bliss's the baby knits book - rabbit tank top
difficulty (1-5): 1.5
size: chest 60cm
yarn: brown sheep's cotton fleece in willow leaf, nymph and rue
knitting specs: US 5 and 6 cir.

like i said earlier, this is a quickie project. though it took me a good amount of time fixing the neckline (this kid has a big head) and weaving in ends.

this is a simple knit so not too much to share, i followed debbie bliss's decreases around the arm holes and neckline, aside from that, all the measurements were tailored to my nephew. one of the things i'd like to get better at in knitting is the finishing techniques. i am so good at overlooking this (and possibly the most important) area of knitting. but, i aspire to be a good knitter, a non sloppy knitter. so i had tried to pay particular attention on finishing techniques for this project.

however, i am still no elizabeth zimmermann or becky the skinny rabbit. more practice is still needed. patience, too.

i also wanted to show off the little rabbit button at the back opening by utilizing a darker shade of blue (remnants of wave skirt stash) and the light blue. i think it adds some visual interest.

love the rabbit button (but please excuse that cat paw, never pay attention to a cat who is trying to bite your knits)

pumpkin! bad cat. stay out of my room!!

January 04, 2006

blog and a rabbit tank top

thank you for the overwhelming words of my elfine. it is so warm here today but i am waiting for a perfect day to wear them. which will be the happy day for my feet.

this and the following couple posts will be about my 2006 aspirations, mostly knitting, little on life. but first and being the foremost, my blog. i am considering switching my current platform to movable type. a year of blogging has proven to me (and my husband) that this activity will be part of my life for a while, so i am ready to invest in my hobby now. hopefully i will be able to gather enough information in the next couple weeks to enable this transition. while keeping in mind that my html knowledge is like two sentences long, i welcome all advice, suggestions and help.

so blogging. bigger and better. aim: quality posts for self and leave meaningful comments for others. continue to knit with love and passion to enable good blogging. keep seeking inspirations from the talented and be kind to all knitters alike.

aside from the blog, january is going to be taken up by a couple baby knits. at least for the first part.

rabbit tank top (baby knits book)

i am making nephew E a tank top based on the baby knits book by debbie bliss. nephew E lives in singapore, he is 2.5 years old, active as any other baby boys. he loves toy cars and chunky monkey smoothies (the banana strawberry smoothie from fuzion cafe). for an active, bobbling boy, my version of tank top for him will be in the color of willow leaf, garnished with the color of sea waves, a soft shade of blue. a mind calming color combo will hopefully send a state of tranquility to his parents. i am also adding an opening at the back, that will be addressed with buttons of robert rabbit and co. i am collecting my own creative version from here and here.

cotton fleece, the yarn i am using for the second time, gives such beautiful and crisp stitch definition. i will make an effort to use this yarn more frequently in the future. also, this yarn is perfect for tubular cast on, see? it can almost passed as a machine knit garment.

i am loving how fast this project goes. one more reason to knit for nieces and nephews before they all grow up.

monkeysuit for my baby niece is also coming. i am exercising the "first come, first serve" rule, as such, nephew's tank top first, niece's jacket is currently holding a number.