Goodbye, Socktober

I finished the Monkeys I’ve been working on out of the Republic of Wool yarn in Artificial Light. monkeys-2I did these toe up and did a heel flap. You can see the crazy way the striping happened on the heel here: monkeys-3I finished these a couple of days ago and I’ve been plugging away at Z’s sweater as well.

monkeys-4NaKniSweMo is just around the corner! EEEK! I still haven’t really made a decision about what I’m making yet. Must brainstorm a bit more.

Eight years

I just remembered today is my 8th blogiversary. I’ve been knitting for a little over 10 years, and I guess I’ve been talking about it online for almost as long. As an extrovert, I love finding ways to communicate with others, especially about one of my greatest passions. Many of us define ourselves by our jobs, or our places in our families, but if I’m totally honest, for me Knitter is always going to be one of the first titles I mention to people. It’s been a lovely journey so far, this knitting experience and it’s only the beginning.

How about a peek at some socks? monkeysThese have mostly been set aside for the last week as I let myself obsess over Gathering Stripes (which now only requires sleeves). The socks are Monkey, a wildy popular pattern. The yarn is from Republic of Wool in the color Artificial Light. I don’t know if these will be finished by the end of the month for Socktober, because as soon as I’m finished with Z’s sweater I have another toddler sweater to pull full focus since it’s due at the end of the month. I’m not worried about the sock deadline. I just enjoy the ritual of beginning a pair of socks in October and knitting along with all of the rest of the crazy sock-loving knitters out there!

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Happy Sunday!

It’s been an excellent Sunday so far. We had a lovely brunch with some great friends, and I have some decent progress to share on a Gathering Stripes pullover for Zooey.  I’m making the 2T size on a size 3 needle. It’s one size smaller than the pattern calls for and my gauge is slightly looser than the specified gauge still, so this will be a little oversize. I have no problem with that. gatheringThis is a simple and elegant pattern.  I can see myself making many more of these, because the stripes are a good way to use up partial balls of sock yarn. I only had 100 yards of the bright yellow (see Ravelry page for exact yarn details), which is 40 yards less than the pattern requires.  I decided to weigh how much yarn each row took, and after doing a little quick math I think I will be fine. I used this combination on a BlueSands cardigan last year, so if I run out of the yellow I’ll put a couple of turquoise stripes into the arm instead. According to the pattern my 514 remaining yards of the blue would be cutting it close as well, but I still have quite a large ball left and I’m not concerned about it at all. If the yardage on the main color works out to be closer to 400 or 425 I will definitely be knitting her another one of these out of my stash very soon. This sweater would look great in larger color blocks as well to make up for smaller amounts of varying colors. It goes sooooo quickly since it’s just a bunch of stockinette in the round.

I think this is one she’s actually excited about as I knit it. I showed her a picture of sweater on the pattern and showed her the one I was working on. She said, “my sweater,” so I’m taking that as a good sign. The yarn is also exquisitely soft, so she can wear this with or without an under layer. I’d also love to make myself an adult version of this…

If you’re looking for a sweater pattern for NaKniSweMo (or just because), don’t forget my sweater patterns are 20% off till the 22nd.

NaKniSweMo is coming! Sweater sale!

 

IMG_20141015_182333Guess who put on her sweater?! We gave her the choice between this and her Little Sister’s dress yesterday and she chose the Like Sleeves! Hurrah! IMG_20141015_182240These are less than stellar phone pics, but the kid is a blur. I did what I could. As you can see, this thing is huge and will probably fit her till she’s 5. I made the 3/4 size. IMG_20141015_182345It completely escaped my attention that she really only has two tunics and one pullover that really fit right now. I’m thinking I should make the focus of NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater in a Month that happens in November) knitting her as many sweaters as I can. Of course I might try to make some kind of adult sweater during that time too, just because I’m a crazy person.

Also, in celebration of the upcoming sweater months and NaKniSweMo, for the next week (till end of day Oct. 22nd) I’m putting my sweater patterns for 20% off! That includes Articulation, Bespoken, Little Roarer, and Ruffaluffagus. Use the code NAKNISWEMO14 as a coupon code in your cart to apply the discount.

Introducing Articulation

I’m very happy to be releasing a new pattern today! It’s called Articulation (thank you, Andrea for your suggestion on this post).  articulationI started the knitting at the end of July and finished at the beginning of September.  The knitting is the most fun process for me, of course.  The writing, correcting, editing, and re-editing part is less fun.  I had the help of a wonderful tech editor, Eleanor Dixon, and with her assistance I finally got myself to the finish line.articulation-4Matt chose the color for this sweater. It’s far more neutral than I would have chosen on my own, but it really grew on me as the project developed.  The yarn is Cascade Ecological Wool in the color Antique.  I wanted to use an Aran weight yarn to help make the sweater knitting speedy.

articulation-3I’m such a lover of shawl collars. I felt like this sweater had to have one, so I built that into the design.  articulation-2If you want to learn more about the pattern, see the pattern page on Ravelry or you can .

More rejected knitwear

Ok, ok. I’m trying to be cool about this. I finished this Like Sleeves tunic several weeks ago and so far the few attempts to put it on Z for a picture have been met with staunch refusal. I still have hope. We haven’t had many cold days, so I have only tried a few times, and I don’t want to push her. Maybe I should start doing intarsia monkeys or elephants or bunnies on all her knitted clothes… She loves those animals.likesleeves

The pattern is called Like Sleeves and I used Cascade 220 Superwash in Summer Sky.  I made the 3-4 T size so she could wear it for a few years.  That gives me plenty of time to convince her of its warm worthiness. I added a couple of inches length like I always do with her tops.

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She’s still not wearing this little cardigan, which kind of breaks my heart because fits perfectly (in the 30 second try-ons I’ve been successful with) and there have been several great occasions for her to wear it. As soon as we get it on her she rips it right off. On the other hand, she loooooves this sweater and never fusses about this one either, so I’m hoping she can be coaxed into Like Sleeves one of these days. It seems she prefers pullovers to cardigans. If it can be unbuttoned, it can be ripped off. She’s also going through a phase where she hates to get dressed and undressed, so I’ll try my best to be patient until that passes. Sigh.

October is for socks

It’s Socktober again. Yesterday, as soon as I cast off the Simple Skyp Socks I immediately wound the Rebublic of Wool yarn I got in the mail last Friday and started some toes!

monkeyI’m making Monkeys, though I’m going toe-up and doing them both at once.  This is my third time using this sock pattern. It’s lovely for variegated sock yarns.  It’s an 11 row repeat that’s easy to memorize and it gets a little addictive, making me want to finish just one more repeat, thus I’m already a few inches in.  I have some other pressing projects to finish, but these are off to a good start to finish this month. The yarn is the lovely Twist Fingering in the color Artificial Light by Republic of Wool.