Always growing

This is my progress on Zooey’s Like Sleeves so far.  I finished the back and the work on the front is only a few episodes of the Gilmore Girls away.  like sleeves backI’ve been binge watching Gilmore Girls occasionally. I love that series so much.  Oh, the knitting.  The pattern is called Like Sleeves for Kids and the yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash in Summer Sky.  Z and I won’t be wearing the same design, but we will have sweaters of the same color for this season.  I added about an inch and a half length and I’m making the size 3/4.  It will be big on her this year, but will possibly fit for two more.

I love the garter stitch shaping at the top. like sleeves back-2As much as I’d like to churn out the rest of this immediately, I have a little secret project to finish up first.  I’ll be back with details of it soon!

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.

A dress that screams, “PINK!”

cocktail dress-7This dress has been done since May 7, when I eagerly cast on the Saco Stripes tank.  It’s called Cocktail(Dress) by La Maison Rililie.  This is the second pattern of hers that I’ve knitted.  I also made her BlueSand Cardigan and both patterns were well-written with nice polished details, like i-cord edgings.  While I didn’t always appreciate knitting the i-cord edging at the end when I wanted the dress to be DONE, I really like the look of them. cocktail dress-9I had to deviate from the pattern at the bottom, when I started to run out of the main color.  There are no contrast stripes in the original pattern, but since I bought my MC at a deep discount when it was discontinued, it was unavailable.  I had plenty of the lighter pink, so I improvised as shown above.  I wasn’t crazy about it at first, but it’s grown on me.  I think sometimes we fret over elements of a pattern while knitting them that become completely irrelevant later when wearing the garment.  cocktail dress-10

My sizing is between the small and medium sizes.  I wanted to hit something around the 34″ bust for a bit of negative ease there, but I wanted to keep some of the positive ease around the waist and hips.  I just compared my measurements to the finished garment schematics and tried to hit something that worked well for my body.  I left off a decrease in the waist, knitted to the high hip increases and worked as specified, then I added an additional hip increase.  I’m happy with the body skimming fit.  I also like the colors together more than I thought I would, and while it definitely screams, “GIRLY,” it is a dress, after all.  cocktail dress-4I put off taking pics till after my chin stitches were out, and then I just decided to do a photo shoot with just me, my camera, my tripod, and a remote.  Matt takes a lot of my pictures, and he does a fabulous job of it.  I can be very finicky about the specificity of an angle in a shot, or a weird face I’m making, so it’s nice when I can take a bunch of time and play around with the camera.  That’s also why this post is photo-heavy.  cocktail dress-2I used Laines du Nord Baby Milk yarn, a merino, milk-fiber, and cashmere blend.  I wish it wasn’t discontinued and was available in more colors.  It’s hella soft.  I used pink, light pink, and dove gray.  All in all, the dress cost only about 48 dollars, so I’m especially pleased for that much yarn.

Back to knitting!

Close, but no.

I knitted as fast as I could, but I overestimated my ability to finish the Cocktail(Dress) in time to wear to a wedding this evening.  Guess I’ll have to settle for this old thing instead.

cocktailI added a little bit of length and made some mods.  Even so, I had a couple of extra skeins of the main color so I thought I was safe.  I realized a day ago that I was definitely going to run out.  Rather than order more yarn and wait a week or so for it to get here, I decided I would try striping in some of the lighter pink contrast color since I had plenty of that left.  I would prefer a solid body, but I think I can live with this too.  cocktail-2Thoughts?  Does it look ok or is it obnoxious?

Pattern release and a back to school sale!

firefly seeker-2I just released a new pattern on Ravelry. You guys already had a sneak peak, but now it’s officially out. I named it Firefly Seeker because one of my favorite markers of summer is catching a firefly, making a wish, and releasing it. I can’t wait to share that with Z someday.

firefly seeker-3The pattern uses Euroflax Sportweight in Aqua and Golden rod. The sizes 12 months and smaller would take less than one skein of Euroflax if you made it in one color. Larger sizes would take two. I think the pattern would work well in other fibers as well, and the piece can transition from dress to tunic to top as Z grows, since it includes about 2″ of positive ease.

From today until August 26th several of my patterns will be available 50% off for a back-to-school sale! Just use the code BACK2SCHOOL at the checkout. The patterns that are on sale include Tuxedo, Prufrock, Betwixt, Wending, Ruffaluffagus, The Unexpected Hat, and Firefly Seeker.

If you love Firefly Seeker, the pattern is available here:

Sneak peek

I finished a little baby dress for Z. It’s made out of Euroflax sport. I had leftovers from Kit and Liesl, so I made a dress that complimented the styling of Kit, without being too matchy matchy.

smurfette-2

It needs a name. I will be writing up the pattern very soon. It was a lovely distraction from the dissertation proposal work I was supposed to be doing. The colors remind me of Smurfette, but I’m sure if I called it that I would probably be breaking some copyright.

smurfette

Matt will take pics of both of us in our linen wears very soon!

Where do those weekends go?

I really meant to have a finished pic of Kit up today, but somehow the weekend disappeared too quickly and that didn’t happen. I’ve worn it twice since blocking it last week. It’s comfortable and I love it. It seems like it will wear well with jeans, shorts, and skirts, so I anticipate wearing it a lot for the rest of the summer.

Time is flying! Z’s birthday party is in a couple of weeks and I’m totally flummoxed by party prepping. I will not look at Pinterest. I will not look at Pinterest. I will not look at Pinterest. It’s just a first birthday. Phew. Ok. I had to write that down. I have to periodically give myself these kinds of affirmations.

How about some knitting? Well, I had some leftover Euroflax in a couple of colors, so I’m whipping up a little linen dress for Z. The birthday girl needs a new dress, of course, and linen is something she might actually be able to wear before fall.

bday dress

I will probably write the pattern up when I’m done. I loved the half-linen stitch on Kit, so I’m incorporating a little of that on the edges of this dress. Knitting this dress (or knitting in general) are the most calming parts of my day.

Right now my dissertation proposal is screaming at me again, so I’d better go pretend that I love it as much as knitting for a reasonable stretch of time.