A good little neighbor

Neighborly-3Zooey has a new Neighborly sweater. This was almost as instant gratification as it gets, being about a 3 day project. That’s also with me ripping out the same 10 rows twice as I debated about the contrast stripe color. If you follow me on Instagram you likely witnessed that deliberation.Neighborly-2I went with Cascade 220 Lavender and some leftover Nashua Creative Focus Worsted in Oatmeal. I believe Creative Focus Worsted is now a Rowan yarn and Nashua is no more. That demonstrates how old that leftover is. I’m thinking I got it around 2006…

Neighborly-6The striping contrast is very subtle, but I think it’s elegant that way too. Neighborly only comes as a one-size project (size 4-5yr). Last time I made it I modified it to be much smaller. This time I used the stitch count and just made the body as long as I wanted. Right now it’s more like a dress, that can morph into a tunic, and eventually the vest it’s meant to be as she grows. Neighborly-5I got the button from Wood Buttons. I’ve gone little crazy over their natural and lovely wooden buttons a couple of times. I was happy to use one on this project. I made the buttonhole two stitches smaller than the pattern called for and I picked up the button band from the opposite side suggested in the pattern because I like the tab pointing to the back rather than the front. Neighborly-7For the contrast stripes I knit 8 rounds in the main color past the increases. Then I knit contrast stripes in increasing widths each time, increasing them by 2 rows each time. After the contrast stripe was 10 rows wide I decided the top looked long enough and I did 8 rows of the main color again for some symmetry. Then I finished as specified in the pattern. Neighborly-4It’s so much easier to get pictures of Z in a knitted garment if she also has a task to do. She has been very fond of scissor practice lately. She loves to make little cuts along the edge of paper.

I love this pattern and I think it will make a nice transition piece from winter to spring.

My winter sweater and hat sale is only going on till midnight tonight! Grab a pattern for 25% off using the code ENDWINTER. You must click on the coupon code link on Ravelry before you go to PayPal to enter this code.

Let’s end winter with a sale on hats and sweaters!

There’s no surer way to end winter than to cast on some new winter items. I decided that I should put my winter hats and sweaters on sale to help move this along. They will all be 25% off until February 25th, using the code ENDWINTER as a coupon code at Ravelry checkout. You can click on the picture to be taken directly to the Ravely info page for each item. These are the items up for sale:

 

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Articulation

Bespoken

Bespoken

Little Roarer

Little Roarer

Betwixt

Betwixt

Evoke

Evoke

Magic Hat

Magic Hat

Quotidian

Quotidian

Enjoy!

NaKniSweMo is coming! Sweater sale!

 

IMG_20141015_182333Guess who put on her sweater?! We gave her the choice between this and her Little Sister’s dress yesterday and she chose the Like Sleeves! Hurrah! IMG_20141015_182240These are less than stellar phone pics, but the kid is a blur. I did what I could. As you can see, this thing is huge and will probably fit her till she’s 5. I made the 3/4 size. IMG_20141015_182345It completely escaped my attention that she really only has two tunics and one pullover that really fit right now. I’m thinking I should make the focus of NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater in a Month that happens in November) knitting her as many sweaters as I can. Of course I might try to make some kind of adult sweater during that time too, just because I’m a crazy person.

Also, in celebration of the upcoming sweater months and NaKniSweMo, for the next week (till end of day Oct. 22nd) I’m putting my sweater patterns for 20% off! That includes Articulation, Bespoken, Little Roarer, and Ruffaluffagus. Use the code NAKNISWEMO14 as a coupon code in your cart to apply the discount.

Skyping into Socktober and a sock sale

skyps-4I finished up the Simple Skyp Socks I’ve had on the needles since mid July.  About time, huh?  They took a backseat to many other projects in the last few months. skypsThe yarn is Manos del Uruguay Alegría in color A8855. I love how looks knitted.

skyps-2I did these toe up and added heel flaps. The pattern was simple (as stated in the name) and fun. It highlighted the color changes well without being overpowered by them. It’s good to have simple sock patterns that work well with highly variegated yarns in my knitting arsenal because I’m an addict for very colorful sock yarns. skyps-3This pattern and I will definitely meet again. And hey, it’s SOCKTOBER. I nearly forgot! I’m casting on some Monkeys today, and putting all of my sock patterns on sale for 25% off through next Monday! Use the coupon code SOCKTOBER to redeem the discount. Happy Socktober!

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.

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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.

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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.