All clear!

abate again-2I finished Z’s Abate with probably 7 yards to spare. I ended up adding about 3/4″ to the body and made the rest as the pattern specified. It fits perfectly with the cuffs rolled back and will probably fit next year as well. Love it! abate again-3

The pattern is Abate by Alicia Plummer. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash (am I ever not knitting Cascade yarns?) in Lilac. This time I made the 2T size. abate again

Yep, she’s playing with scissors in these pictures. She was very interested in helping me cut the extra pieces of yarn when I was weaving in the ends. I think it’s good practice for her next classroom.

I’m so relieved that this sweater fits and that I had enough yarn to make it exactly as I wanted.

Um, speaking of Cascade yarns…I may have slipped and bought a couple more sweater quantities of some discontinued colors from WEBS. The purplish one is Goseille and the green one is Evergreen. The purple is even more vibrant and beautiful than I expected. The green will probably become something for Matt and I’ll definitely keep the Goseille for myself. cascade gosielle

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Do I dare to add an inch?

abate2I’m working on the second Abate for this month, this time in the 2T size like a sane person might make for my 2T child. I described the results of the first Abate in my last post, but suffice it to say I decided to make the 4T size and it was down to her knees and needed the sleeves to be rolled twice. It will fit someday, and could even be worn if really necessary, but since I had a couple of skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash in Iris on hand, I decided to go ahead and make a 2T size that would fit her right now.

As for that one, I wouldn’t mind adding 1/2-1″ to the length on the body. This is my progress with one ball of yarn, and I think I could get away with at least a 1/2 inch. I’m feeling daring. At worst I can add some contrast cuffs or collar or something if I run out.

Want to see how the first Abate turned out? I bribed her with Curious George to get the sweater on her and get a pic. abate1It doesn’t really show off the extensive length here, but you can see the wide and rolled sleeves. Her pink sweater will have to wait a year or so to get some serious wear, but it’s good to be prepared, right? I’m on track to have a finished Paloma and two finished Abates this month for my NaKniSweMo 2014 goals. As soon as those are finished I’ve promised Matt that I’ll cast on an Ease (the adult version of Abate) for him and make it masculine.

A day at the library in a new sweater

gathering stripes finished-3I’ve been so eagerly awaiting a moment to capture Zooey in her new sweater, or even see her in her new sweater. I tend not to let her wear things until I am ready to get photos, just in case they get all mucked up or something happens before I capture them in their one-time-only perfect states.gathering stripes finished-4The sweater is called Gathering Stripes, and you can read about the yarn details on my Ravelry project page. The only yarn I don’t have listed is the blue I used on the arm cuffs and hem. It’s some leftover Tosh Sock in the color Baltic. I thought I was going to run out of the yellow yarn, so I elected to throw in a third color out of some sock leftovers. gathering stripes finished-2She protested a little to getting the sweater on, but then seemed not to care and seemed comfortable for the next few hours. Timing is important when it comes to these kiddo photos. It was chilly enough to take pictures today. We had something fun to do (the library). She was occupied and didn’t notice I was taking pictures (not asking to hold the camera). gathering stripes finished-5I loved making this sweater and I’m very pleased with the result. As an added bonus, we can be somewhat matchy matchy when I wear my BlueSandsgathering stripes finishedThis design is great and I might have to make myself the adult version one of these days. gathering stripes finished-6

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.

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.

Skyping into Socktober and a sock sale

skyps-4I finished up the Simple Skyp Socks I’ve had on the needles since mid July.  About time, huh?  They took a backseat to many other projects in the last few months. skypsThe yarn is Manos del Uruguay Alegría in color A8855. I love how looks knitted.

skyps-2I did these toe up and added heel flaps. The pattern was simple (as stated in the name) and fun. It highlighted the color changes well without being overpowered by them. It’s good to have simple sock patterns that work well with highly variegated yarns in my knitting arsenal because I’m an addict for very colorful sock yarns. skyps-3This pattern and I will definitely meet again. And hey, it’s SOCKTOBER. I nearly forgot! I’m casting on some Monkeys today, and putting all of my sock patterns on sale for 25% off through next Monday! Use the coupon code SOCKTOBER to redeem the discount. Happy Socktober!