Losing the war on pink.

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Okay, okay, pink is not a bad color. It’s really quite pleasant and flattering to many complexions. My “war” in this case is the one I’m waging against pretty much all clothing for baby girls. I know there are gender neutral options out there, but Matt and I have been very fortunate to receive a lot of hand-me-down items from friends and relatives so we haven’t selected most of Zooey’s clothing. Many of these items are pink. Most of the clothing in stores for girls is splashed with either pink or purple. We can’t afford to wage our gender neutral clothing war right now. 

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I have also discovered that Zooey looks excellent in mauve, purple, and now this color, which Colinette dubs “Whirley Fig.” Yep, I knit her a baby pink sweater and I actually love it a lot.

 

The sweater is Little Oak by Alana Dakos. It is one of the Coastal Kids series. I love all of the sweaters in the series, and will probably make the Wee Wildflower next as a spring sweater.

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For this sweater I used Colinette Jitterbug, one of my favorite fingering weight standbys. It washes well, wears well, they have fantastic colors, and good yardage. It’s a bit thicker than some other fingering yarns, coming in at 150 grams for 400 yards rather than ~100 grams for 400 yards. It’s wonderful to be able to make her sweaters out of a single skein of sock yarn right now. 

I made the width for the 6 month size, but my gauge was about 26 sts in 4 inches, rather than the 28 called for in the pattern, so it’s a bit wider. Zooey is now 5.5 months, so this should work for the rest of the winter and early spring with the extra width. I also added extra length to the body and sleeves. I ended up making the body 1/4″ longer than the 12 month size called for, and made the sleeves the length called for in the 12 month size also. Sleeves can always be rolled for a bit. It’s got a little room for her to grow. We have the sleeves rolled a bit for now.

I couldn’t resist this perfect capture of Z’s incessant drooling. I hope she doesn’t hate me for it someday.

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The oak cabling is pretty fun to do. It seems a lot like the cable on the Creature Comforts Cardi. I love cabling that has more of an organic shape to it like this. 

November is here.

I really really really want to start NaKniSweMo, but alas, the gorgeous shade of Socks that Rock yarn has not arrived on my doorstep. I ordered it on the 23rd of October, thinking there would be plenty of time, but I was wrong. They do say on their site that orders may take up to 10 business days to ship, but I was optimistic anyway. I’ll just start winding and casting on the minute it arrives.

Instead, I am quelling myself with a couple of other projects. I started this little jewel yesterday.

The pattern is roughly the Garter Yoke Baby Cardigan by Jennifer Hoel. I’m using some Colinette Jitterbug in Ochre and a size 4 needle. I think it will end up being just a bit bigger than her Tiny Rocky Coast, so it will stretch just a bit further into winter.

The color makes me think of all the delicious apples that are in season right now.

Happy November!

Tiny knits are the cutest ones.

Zooey’s first cardigan is finished! It’s the Tiny Rocky Coast by Hannah Fettig. I made the 6 month size and added some length to the sleeves and body, as well as some width to the collar so she could hopefully wear it for a couple of months. She’s only 3 months, but it already fits pretty well. I’m learning that baby sizes can vary widely.

I struggled to get a picture before she started to drool all over the bow and sweater. She’s a well-hydrated baby. I loved knitting this sweater. Tiny knits are satisfying since they fly by so quickly. I used Colinette Jitterbug in Elephant’s Daydream. I went down one needle size for gauge.

I can’t wait to make an adult version for myself. I chose this color for myself. It’s difficult to tell if it will coordinate with hers at all, since it’s a bit of a guess how it will look in person, but I figured I’d be wearing mine much longer than she will wear hers, so I should pick something that I’m really into. It will be my NaKniSweMo project this year. I don’t know if I will finish it in a single month since my knitting time is interrupted by baby time, but since I did this last year in sock weight yarn, I’ll cut myself some slack if I don’t finish.

I’ll have a finished Socktober pair tomorrow even if I have to stay up tonight and finish them. Luckily, I’m ready for the final inch or so of ribbing, so it should be easy to do.

Oh, right. I’m supposed to be knitting socks this month!

I know it’s Socktober and all, and I should be knitting on these since they have somewhat of a deadline. I can’t stop working on this Tiny Rocky Coast for Zooey though! It’s balmy and pretty warm here today, but the weather changes back and forth quickly here, so she could potentially wear it any day now!

I think I’m going to get super dorky and knit myself a matching Rocky Coast, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuttttt…I really don’t like worsted weight sweaters that much. Arkansas has pretty mild winters, and I think I’d get much more wear out of something sock weight. I’m knitting the Tern socks out of Blue Moon Fiber Socks That Rock mediumweight. It’s a pretty hefty sock yarn. It’s even a bit thicker than Jitterbug or Koigu, two of the thickest ones I’ve used. My plan is to get some gorgeous color from their Shaded Solids or Watercolor Wave colorways and maybe go up a needle size and/or add a repeat to the largest size in the kid pattern. It’s a 34 3/4″ chest on the largest kid size, so that’s not too much of a stretch to get to the 36″ size I would make in the adult version. I’m already using a smaller needle to get gauge on Z’s version, so a slightly thicker yarn and the needle recommended by the pattern should do it! I think the hardest part of this venture is picking out a color.

I am also enjoying the Terns. I haven’t knit on them since I got past the heel and decided that a baby sweater was much more thrilling for the moment. It’s the 23rd. I still have a whole week at least! I’m going to aim for finishing by Sunday morning so I can have them modeled by someone with the right foot size, since these are not for me.

I did alter the heel, because I can’t stand not doing a heel flap and I hate short row heels. These look so much better stretched out, so I’m going to recommit myself and get these done for a modeled shot.

Don’t forget, if you feel like purchasing one of my patterns, they’re all on sale for the blogiversary until Halloween!

Shy feet

Oh hai.

It’s funny how much emotion we can convey in body language, even in our feet. To me, the toes above, and the following picture look like shy feet. It seems so weird to think that feet convey shyness or timidity, but I think they do. And I guess I think that’s cute. I can’t think of a way of positioning hands that would have a shy-looking effect, so maybe this is exclusive to the feet. Maybe I’m a nutter to be thinking about this. Who knows. I’m pretty fascinated by human behavior.

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I finished these socks last year (so this tells you how good I am about posting FOs…). The yarn is Colinette Jitterbug, one of my FAVORITE and very drool worthy sock yarns. It’s as squooshy as Koigu and the colors are amazing in either the almost solids or the multi colors. We just got a bunch in at Hand Held so I *had* to get more. We got some of the Wasabi Squeeze color and I snatched it up. I have made at least 3 pairs of socks from Colinette and it is nice on the hands and stimulating to the eyes. I was surprised at how even most of the stripes on this pair knit up. They call this color Ischia, and I love it.

This is my usual recipe for socks: toe up, two at a time, magic loop. If you live in Northwest Arkansas and want to learn, you can sign up for a class here. I used up all of the yarn down to a few yards on these, so they’re nice and tall. I purled the toes and gussets just for fun. You can see that better in this pic.

Purty purls

We just got some Madeline Tosh Sock too. I think I squealed and immediately snatched up the Twig color for some future pair of amazing socks. Sock love is back.

Charade socks


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I actually finished these a couple of days ago, but I’m a lazy blogger. When I took these pictures outside there was an extreme heat advisory with high humidity in effect. Nasty hot. And I was handling wool. I feel like a warrior.

These socks are not blocked yet. Waiting till I finish my current Jaywalkers. I have been having some difficulty with these Jaywalkers. I guess I’m a pretty loose knitter because I had to go down to a size 0 needle and 56 sts around the foot before the pattern increases. So now they have 28 on the sole and 34 on the pattern side. They still seem a bit loose to me, but I ripped them out twice and I’m not going to do it again. Saying that is probably a recipe for disaster. I will post pictures soon.

Charade parade


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Here is my most current project. There are about three more inches per sock now, but I was too lazy to update the picture. These are a gift for a person that I’m sure never reads this blog. I think she’ll be excited. She’s not a knitter, but an artist, and seems to have a high appreciation of knitted goods. I’m very excited to gift them.

They’re smaller than my feet allow, so I’m not cramming my feet into them for the picture. The plant just wanted to provide a nice color background. It’s the Charade sock pattern. Really just the herringbone stitch the toe up magic loop way.

Seriously, part of the reason I’m so obsessed with toe up is my irrational fear of the kitchener stitch. I’ll get there someday. I hear it’s a breeze once you get the hang of it, but I’ve only had one successful run of it and a whole lot of mess otherwise.