Warning: Cables and short rows are highly addictive

Coda has captured my attention for quite a few evenings this week. It’s my SSKAL14 project this year, and it’s delightful to knit. It was smooth sailing through the stockinette. I threw in an extra waist decrease and knit an extra 3/4″ length for my 37″ bust size.  Then I got to the cables and really fell in love. coda cables-3Especially when the cables turn into an arch with short rows. I just want to keep going and going and finish the section. I will be a little sad when they’re over. coda cablesThis is definitely a knit where I’m soaking up lots of pleasure from the process. I highly recommend the pattern.

Fisherman’s rib on a blue wave

In the midst of a few secret and public projects, I forgot about my Linum Tee.  I’ve been so excited about fall knits like Coda and a secret sweater project I’ve been working on, that it completely slipped my mind that I have a fabulous lightweight linen top that is perfect for this unabating August.  linumSeymour is an expert project inspector. I’ve altered the gauge to be about 26 sts over 4 inches, hoping this will be a top that won’t require an undershirt for casual wear.  It will depend on how low that wave on the front of the fisherman’s rib dips when wearing it, of course.  I’m making the 48″ size, and it should end up around 37″.  That way I don’t have to think about altering numbers and I get the size I want.

I’m ready to do the short rows and neck bind off at this point.  It requires too much focus to be taken to work for breaks or meetings, so it will be an evening and weekend only project from now on.

linum-2Really, Seymour isn’t even a little impressed.

Secret baby knit unveiled

pinwheel-2I love making Pinwheel Blankets for babies. It’s a ton of stockinette in the round, so it requires very little thinking, and I like the idea of round blankets.  I used the Happy Feet DK yarn I recently acquired in the colorway lemon-lime sherbet.

pinwheelSince I messed up the first time, somehow only making 6 of the 10 pie wedges and not noticing until I was 2.5 out of the 3 balls into the project, this was not finished before the baby was born.  I finished it on day 2 of his life, so I got pretty close.  I’m happy with the result and happy to get to work on some other things.

SSKAL14 begins!

The yarn came Monday afternoon!  Now I can turn this: 

summer skyinto this for this year’s Summer Sweater KAL. The yarn is Cascade 220 in Summer Sky heather, one of the most truly gorgeous yarns my eyes have beheld. codaMmmm.

coda-2Though the unstretched ribbing looks like a sweater fit for a child, it does indeed fit over my hips. I tested it just to be sure.  I’m making the 37″ size and I might add a tad more waist shaping than called for in the pattern, but it looks like it will be an interesting part of the journey when I get to the top, and in the meantime, the subtle heathered blues will enchant me.  The KAL started a week ago, so I’d better get going!  I have a couple of secret projects that may slow me down, but I’ll make time for the beautiful Coda.

Can you handle the cuteness?

mini gemini-7Z’s mini Gemini is completed and we photographed it this weekend! I used about 200 yards of yarn in Jo Sharp Summer DK Cotton in the color Poppy.  I don’t know if this yarn is still out in the world anywhere.  It was deeply discounted at my LYS last summer and I snagged it.  mini gemini-2Look at that little cheeser.  mini gemini-8I’m happy that she’ll get to wear this as the weather cools a bit.  mini geminiMaybe it will even fit in the spring.  I made it about 9 inches from the armpit to the bottom.  See some numbers details on my Ravelry project page.  mini gemini-11If you can’t tell already, I love taking pics of my kiddo, so you get a picture heavy post! mini gemini-9Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got another Matchy Matchy KAL project finished!

My yarn for a Coda just came in the mail a few minutes ago, so I get to cast on tonight!

 

Starting over

Oy.  An hour ago this ball of yarn was an object that I thought was almost finished.  And now it’s a ball of yarn.start overThere was no fixing it.  This object-that-shall-not-yet-be-named was the wrong shape, and there was no way around it.  All 600+ yards of yarn that had been knit thus far had to be rrrrrrripped.  I thought I’d be handing this over to the intended recipient tomorrow!

Hard knitting day.

Happy birthday to the girl that rules my heart

Zooey Alice is two years old today.  She has pushed the borders of my heart to wider widths and greater heights.  I can’t believe the time has gone by so quickly.  I feel so proud and privileged to be her mama.  zooey-2She’s eating some lavender cupcakes I talked about in this post from my pregnancy with her.  I was so obsessed with lavender for awhile when pregnant.  It seemed like the appropriate recipe to revisit for her birthday class snack.  zooeyToddler approved.  zooey-3I love this girl with all of my heart.

Her mini Gemini was finished a couple of nights ago, and the ends are all woven in.  I will have matchy matchy pics up soon!