Swatching indecisions!

swatchesShannon’s Summer Sweater Knitalong (SSKAL15) is just around the corner (starting in TWO DAYS)! I had planned to make Marshal out of this Cascade 220 Fingering in Olive Oil. The thing is, I’m not getting that close to gauge and I’m hesitant to go up two needle sizes or more. It seems like that cardigan might need some structure and the fabric might get pretty floppy at that gauge. I swatched on a size US 4 as recommended by the pattern and got 23.5 sts and 36 rows over 4″ on that needle. On a size 5 I got more like 22.5 sts over 4″. I could pick a different size and make the numbers work, as I often do. By this I mean I could use the numbers of a larger size and get close to what I want because of my smaller gauge.

But then I began having doubts about how this sweater might fit into my wardrobe in this color. I pared a lot of things down as we moved. While it’s not quite a capsule wardrobe, something like that is my eventual goal. This color is gorgeous, but I don’t have many other shirts that go with it. I could return the yarn and get something more versatile in color. Or I could knit a pullover instead like Keaton, Carpino, or Element, since a pullover in this color would look fine with jeans or other pants I own and the shirt underneath would be less important. Do you sense some Brooklyn Tweed pattern love going on? I only wish I could afford the Loft yarn to go with it right now, but that would double my sweater price. Maybe I should start knitting fewer sweaters (gasp!) so that I can afford to try a larger variety of yarns. Points to ponder.

I guess I have to keep thinking for now.

Summer days

summer socks-2I have turned the heel on these summer socks. summer socks-3See this page for yarn details. A good portion of these has been knit while snuggling Charlotte as she naps on my chest. I go back to work in a little over a week and as much as I’ll love being back, I’m also going to miss my full days with this kiddo immensely. summer socks

More home love

chevron towelI finished another little hand towel. It’s called Seed Stitch Chevron Hand Towel and it’s available on Ravelry for free. It’s meant to be knit on a size 5 needle in DK weight yarn. I used a 7 and the Knit Picks Dishie I got last week in the color Clementine. I think it might be better one needle size down, but I’ll also have to see how it washes and dries since it may even out and snug up a bit with some drying. chevron towel-2The pattern was fun and kept me going through one more repeat… I’ll likely make a few of these. chevron towel-3It’s also reversible. Zooey saw it finished and on the coffee table this morning and she said, “It’s done?” Then she wanted to put it in the bathroom immediately. So there it stays.

I was inspired by Michelle’s latest post to check out Knit Pick’s 52 Weeks of Dishcloths. I showed this pig to Zooey and she wants one immediately. She may not wear the clothes I knit, but it seems like she’s happy to use the dishcloths and hand towels. I’ll count that as a win.

Sock crazy

I’m sock crazy over here this week. My LYS just got some Regia Design Line by Arne and Carlos. I’ve been lusting after this yarn since I saw it on their Facebook page in March. The owner, Cynthia, called me on my birthday and said she had just gotten it in stock. Did I mention I now live a block away from the yarn store? Dangerous territory. Well I immediately had to get the two colors I lusted after the most. These are Summer Night arne and carlosand Fall Night. arne and carlos-2You can see what the finished sock looks like for the colors here, or take a peek at the sock so far for Summer Night: arne and carlos sock-2The bit at the very tip of the toes is my absolute favorite part so far, and it’s coming up again soon in the striping. arne and carlos sockI wanted these to match, so I unraveled one ball to match the other. I had to lose about 9 grams of one ball to do this. I wish they were a little better matched at the starting point since they came in two balls. Luckily they have such generous yardage that it won’t be an issue.

Those repeats make me want to keep going and see what’s next…

34!

summer smileThere are few things I love as much as delicate little sock stitches. This is some Regia Summer Smile Color in Marigold. I adore the shifts in colors. This was a gift from Carina and I just love it. This is the perfect project for reading along to Still Alice, which I started this morning. Today is my 34th birthday and so far it has been lovely.

summer smile-2You can get 34% off my patterns in celebration of my birthday until Saturday. Check them out here and use HAPPY34 as a coupon code at checkout to get the discount.

Monkeying around

monkey-4This kid is so hard to pin down for photos! She’s modeling her mini Monkey socks. I used my Kiddo Kicks pattern and combined it with Monkey. See my Ravelry project page for more project details. monkeyThese are about a half an inch too long right now. You can tell the toe has some slack. They will likely fit by next winter I’m betting. monkey-2She was happy to put the socks on, it took some major cajoling to even get these few photos. What a little monkey! monkey-3I plan on making her at least one more pair for next fall/winter. Maybe some mini Hermione’s Everyday Socks would be cute. I love using up sock leftovers for pretty little kid socks.

Coming soon: the mini Gemini sweater that won’t fit her until she’s at least 5…

Warming the home

We moved just last week and I wanted to add some little touches here and there. There is always an adaptation period when moving into a new space and for the most part this space immediately felt cozy and like home to me. There are some rooms that get great light, all the walls are a soft grey, and the living area floors are a beautiful wood. I liked the space before we moved in, but after we had most of the things in their places I really began to love it. Well, I knit things for those I love. I decided the house needed a little gift, so I made a few things. home warmingThe dishcloths were inspired by my grandma. I got to see her last weekend for the first time in ages and we spent some nice time knitting together. She worked on some dishcloths while I worked on my brother’s sweater. The sleeves on that sweater turned out to be a bit of a minor disaster, but that’s for another post.

When I got home I thought I should make myself some dishcloths. As Matt and I were packing I threw many out that seemed to used or stained for my liking. Making cute new ones has even more appeal, plus I got to use up some yarn that’s been in my possession since about 2006. Double bonus. The dishcloth pattern is this onehome warming-2For the hand towel I just cast on 49 stitches in the Sugar n’ Cream cotton yarn and did garter stitch and seed stitch whenever I felt like it, alternating colors or striping once in awhile. It ended up being about 10.5 inches wide and 25.5 inches long. I used almost a full ball of the tan and the yellow and only about 1/4 or less of the teal ball. The variety in the pattern kept things interesting. home warming-3That used up all my Sugar n’ Cream stash, but I think I might just have to try some Knit Picks Dishie and make more towels and dishcloths. Scroll down on the Knit Picks link to see some lovely dishcloth ideas. I really like the idea of having a few lovely towels to put up in the bathroom and kitchen. I’m inspired to make this one and this one. Why not get joy out of the things you use and surround yourself with more beautiful knits to touch on a daily basis? I see nothing amiss about that.