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…

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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.

Continued progress

I’ve made some continued progress on the knitting of Vitamin D.  I finished the sleeves, which the pattern instructs to finish before doing the body.  It’s nice to have them done, and I now know if I have a little extra yarn I can tack on an extra inch like I’d like, rather than risking shorter sleeves.  vitdsleeves-2This has been sweet relief from any knits that require thinking.  I’m in the middle of two designs.  Well, really it’s an adult design and a mini version, but that’s where the thinking part comes in.  I have the pattern written for the adult version, and most of it mapped out for the mini version.  With some input from my helpful tech editor I’m whipping it into shape, but it requires so much thinking that it feels like serious homework at this point, so I’ve been burying myself in simpler things, like soothing Vitamin D.

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Fortifying for fall

When I was having a rough day last week I cast on a Vitamin D.  There’s nothing like casting on a new project as a pick-me-up.  vitamindshoulders-2I’m making about a 35″ chest size.  Since the yarn I wanted to use came out nicely at a 22 sts and 28 rows over 4 inches, I decided to just cast on the XS size because using those numbers at my altered gauge got me the closest to the size I want with the bonus of doing no additional math.  That’s my favorite way to alter a sweater pattern size.

vitamindshouldersThe yarn is Louisa Harding Aimee in the color Cupid.  It was deeply discounted recently at my LYS and I bought the rest of it.  It is 90% cotton and 10% cashmere, so it has a very nice hand, but it’s also going to work well for several seasons.

I’ve been eyeing the Vitamin D pattern for a long time, so it was time to just cast one on.  I had originally planned to make a 3/4 sleeve Gemini pullover with this yarn, but I changed my mind as I lusted after swingy open cardigan patterns all over Ravelry.  This isn’t a color I wear a lot of, but it makes me happy and I think it will work with several tanks and dresses I have.

Z’s Like Sleeves tunic is finished and needs blocking.  It’s huge, but she could wear it this year.  It remains to be seen whether or not I’ll be able to get it on her to try on.  She’s been a little knit-opposed lately.  I’ll probably have to start slapping intarsia bunnies all over sweaters to get her excited about them again.

Continued blue

My SSKAL 2014 Coda is on the blocking board and almost ready for some final finished pics, but in the meantime, I decided to cast on something for Z.  I happened to have a few skeins of Cascade 220 superwash in the same color as my Coda so I decided I should make her a little fall garment. like sleevesIt’s called Like Sleeves for kids and I think it will be a lovely garment for transitioning as a fall, winter, and maybe even spring layer.  I’m making the size 3-4, which might be a little big, but I have enough yarn for that size and it can work as an oversized tunic/dress for awhile.  That’s my favorite part about knitted tunics and dresses.

I love this color, Summer Sky, and am thrilled to launch into another project with it.  I hope to get Coda pics up in the next few days and shortly after that reveal the finished secret sweater design I’ve been working on for Matt.  I feel a round of finished objects coming on.

Coming attractions

I’ve been working on a secret project for awhile now.  It’s a large garment, so it’s been eating up some of my knitting time.  I’m working on a men’s sweater design.  Naturally, Matt was putting in orders for fall and winter sweaters and I really wanted to come up with a new design, so it worked out well.  I’m nearing the finish and the pattern has been sent to the tech editor, so I feel like I can make some mention of it now.matt's fall sweater-3It’s an Aran weight men’s pullover with some cable details.  I hope to have the pattern released by mid-late September.

matt's fall sweaterI’m still working out name details.  Feel free to make suggestions!