School’s out FOREVER!

At the end of this week I GRADUATE!  I finished my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and school is out for me FOREVER.  I can say that with confidence.  To celebrate, I’m going to have a little out of school sale from now until Sunday, just for the heck of it.  I realized that I don’t have a lot of summer patterns (and might have to remedy that this summer), but if there’s something you’ve been eyeing on my pattern page, you can get it for 30% off with the code SCHOOLSOUT from now until Sunday at midnight.  Enjoy!

IMG_20140506_075530I was excited to learn the Firefly Seeker top I made for Z will still fit her this year.  Hooray for positive ease in kiddo patterns!

Cocktail(Dress) is soooooo close to being done.  I have the i-cord bind off on one sleeve and the second sleeve cap to finish.  I’m laughing at myself for thinking that I was going to finish it in time to wear for the wedding I attended last Saturday.  Oh, optimism.  I do believe I can at least be finished with the knitting and blocking in time to cast on for Shannon’s Tops, Tees, and Tanks KAL that starts tomorrow.  First up is Saco Stripes.  This KAL will coincide with me taking a month off before starting a new job, so I will get in lots of knitting time!

Hello, 32nd year of life.

I’m 32 today. It’s been a great birthday so far. I got to have a date night with my lovely husband last night, and I’m about to go to brunch in a few minutes. Since brunch is my favorite kind of meal, that feels pretty spectacular.

As for my knitting…I’ve been working on Kit pretty diligently.

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I”m about an inch and a half to two inches into the front after the back bind off. You can see in the following pic that my linen stitch gets much neater when worked flat, rather than in the round.

Kit camisole-6Here’s a quick shot of the back:

Kit camisole-5I also want to show you a cute little fabric bucket I won from a Knitsofacto post. Thanks, Annie! The bucket comes from a site called Cozy Memories. I love the stitching. My beloved yarn bowl met its demise recently. I’m waiting to find the perfect one, but this little fabric bucket is pretty cute and useful in the meantime.

Kit camisole-3Today is also the last day to get 32% off my patterns by using the code Happy32. Hope you have a wonderful summer day!

 

 

Linen to love

Now that Nuvem is behind me, I can focus on my Kit Camisole. I finally got past the half-linen portion at the bottom and got to fly a little faster on the mostly stockinette portion during the holiday weekend at my parent’s house. When there are seven other adults around constantly focused on entertaining Z, it’s pretty easy to get some good knitting time.

Kit

The yarn is Euroflax Sportweight in golden rod. The stitch pattern is lovely. This is a project I wish I could be wearing right now, so that is providing some extra motivation. The linen is definitely a little slower to work with than wool yarns for me, since it’s completely inelastic, but it’s not as bad as I remembered in the past. Maybe my hands are getting stronger. They did just finish a mile of knitting in under a month. I still can’t marathon through with this project in the same way. After about 10 rounds I need something softer.

Kit-2

I’m not getting quite the correct gauge. I have close to the correct horizontal gauge with size 1 (2.5 mm) needles, but I’m getting more like 26 sts and 40 rows than the called for 27 sts and 36 rows in 4″. I’m spacing out the decreases just a little further to account for the difference row-wise, and I’m thinking I’ll stick a couple more decreased stitches in the mix. This is a tank with a lot of positive ease (4-8″ suggested), so I’m not quite as worried about the width, but I definitely want the length. I was unwilling to try to knit this on a US 0 (2 mm). The yarn I’m using is heavier than called for in the pattern, so some gauge oddity is to be expected.

I really hope I have enough yarn, because I have 810 yards, but my size (39″) technically calls for 840 yards. Since the 43″ size also calls for 840 yards (5 balls of Quince & Co. Sparrow at 168 yds a ball), I’m betting I’ll be fine.

Zooey is an expert at measuring gauge.

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Anyone tried Addi’s new Sock Rockets? I always knit on US 0 (2mm) needles, but they have a 2.25 mm size that falls between US 0 and US 1. I might give that size a try for some of the thicker sock yarns like Colinette Jitterbug or Koigu. A US 1 (2.5 mm) needle just seems a little big for socks for me, but I’m a loose knitter.

Just a few days left on my birthday sale! Remember, use the code Happy32 to get 32% off any of my paid patterns.

Summer, stay.

Time flies too, too quickly. I can’t believe it’s already July. This month is full of fun and challenges. I have a big bite of my dissertation proposal to finish and polish before it goes to my dissertation chair, Zooey is turning ONE (how is that possible already?), I turn 32, and we traveled this week to see some family members that we don’t see often enough. One of these family members is my brother’s girlfriend, Brenna. She was kind enough to meander around the yard taking pictures of me in this giant shawl, Nuvem.

nuvem-3It’s a miracle that I kept going through those insanely long ruffle rows, but I told myself that the ball knits up just as quickly even if the row is really really long. I was finishing a ball (236 yards) in about 2-4 days depending on how much time I had available to knit.

nuvem-4Each row took slightly over 7 grams. I left a little over 12 grams to bind off. Judging from other Ravelry users with helpful notes (thank you!), that was enough. I had one gram left over!  I went up 3 needle sizes for a bind off and bound off somewhat loosely.

nuvem-2This shawl is a lovely 58″ by 68″ size. I was a little worried that it would seem too thick to wrap around my neck since Classic Elite Mountaintop Vail is more like a fingering weight than a lace weight, but it feels fine wrapped any way.

nuvemI ended up using one skein each of slate, steel, parchment, sand, and adobe (from center out), and I used two skeins of camel since I knew the ruffle would gobble up a ton of yarn.

Here is a second representation of its size:

nuvem-5Seems like it could work well as a personal blanket too. I put together the 32″ and 24″ cables in my set of Addi Clicks to knit most of this project when it quickly overwhelmed at 40″ needle. The stitches had little room to move at the end, but the way they were packed on the needle and ready to go made them knit quickly.

nuvem-6I blocked it lightly by hanging it over my shower curtain rod and steaming it gently. Alpaca does not have as much elasticity as many wool fibers. I thought it best to avoid a wet block for this project. I’m pleased with the result, though I could still work on a couple of tiny spots with ladders from working on one 40″ circular at the beginning.

Summer, take your time. Let’s keep it slow.

If you feel like pattern shopping, my birthday sale only goes till the 14th of this month. Use the code Happy32 for 32% off all of my paid patterns.

The wonderful world of baby knits.

I feel like I’ve really lost the sock mojo I had last summer and a lot of the fall, but it’s mostly been replaced with the desire to knit endless baby garments.

I’m inspired to knit this Sproutlette Dress:

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Picture by tanisfiberarts on Ravelry.

thanks to Angela’s cute example. I don’t have the yardage in a single skein of sock yarn for that, so it would require some kind of purchase.

I could knit these adorable overalls for Z using some yarn I already have in my stash.

on the go-veralls by Accordionmama

Picture by Accordionmama on Ravelry

I’m also in love with a little cardigan called Ice Cream Sundae. It’s only available as a kit right now, but the pattern will be available in August. It’s gorgeous. I probably have enough yarn in my stash, so I’m holding out for the pattern by itself for now.

Picture by Lionnessknits on Ravelry.

Picture by Lionnessknits on Ravelry.

Any stinkin’ adorable baby knits you’ve noticed lately?

If you feel like making a little baby tunic, my Ruffaluffagus pattern, as well as all my others, are on sale (32% off) till the 14th for my birthday. Use the code Happy32 to get your discount.

Hello, July Birthday Sale!

This month I’m turning 32. So far, I’ve really enjoyed my 30’s. Last year I had a baby, got married, moved into an adorable (but tiny) house, got published in Knitty, and became a doctoral candidate for my counselor education degree. It was full of amazing changes. I’m hoping this year will bring even more goodness as I work on my dissertation and build my clientele for my private practice.

swinging

To celebrate, I’m making all of my for-sale patterns 32% off until my birthday (July 14th) since I’ll be 32 this year. If you want to take advantage of the offer, use Happy32 as the coupon code in Ravelry.