Immie!

immie tee-4I’m pretty sure Z and I both adore this tee. It’s an Immie Tee by Carrie Bostick Hoge. I made a lot of changes to the pattern. I knit it top down so I could use all of the yarn, leaving just under 4 grams left. The yarn is Super Sock in Orchid by Pigeonroof Studios. It is vibrant and soft and I can’t wait to use her yarns again. immie tee-7I’m very much in love with this design and the intriguing and gorgeous lace pattern. Since I worked this top-down the lace is upside-down from the original pattern, but I love it both ways. immie tee-5The chest is 21″. I added increases on the sides to make it more like a tunic. The increases are about every 1.25″ under each arm and I did them 6 times, making the bottom about 4″ larger than the chest. The length is 12″ under the armpit. I’m always hoping a garment can fit the following year. immie tee-2On the arms I did some short rows and added a little ruffle by doubling the stitches on that section. At first I thought it might make the top way too girly, but when it was done I really liked the effect. immie tee-3Z was happy to wear the top, but I couldn’t get her in bottoms. She was happy to wear an apron, so I considered that a compromise. We have been discussing the word “compromise” lately in our house as Z learns more and more about how to try to convince us of things. With Z I pretty much get photos whenever I can, so pantless photos with a milk mustache work just fine for me. Toddlers are MOVERS. immie tee-6There is an adult version of the tee and I would love to make it for myself someday.

Finished TTTKAL Togue Pond

I finished this about a week ago, which was technically past the original deadline, but I’m happy to have a new summer tank to wear. togue finished-2I love participating in Shannon’s knitalongs. I only learned about them a couple of summers ago. It really motivates me to get a project finished in a timely manner. It’s been a bit harder to have as much knitting time with two kiddos, but I’m taking advantage of baby sleep time to knit as much as I can. Knitting and baby cuddling are way more important than household chores, am I right? togue finished-4I used the size 42″ numbers in Togue Pond to get around a 37″ bust because I was working at a smaller gauge using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Spryte. I would have loved to make this in linen like the pattern calls for, but I’m trying to use more of what I have on hand.  I spaced out the decreases farther and added some additional ones to get to the size I wanted. togue finished-3I love the clean lines in the shaping on this pattern, and I love the slight hi-lo of the top. togue finishedI could definitely see myself making another one of these.

Do y’all know about the Summer Sweater Knitalong on Shannon’s blog? It usually starts at the very end of July and goes until the end of September. I can’t wait! I did allow myself to buy some yarn for this one. I plan to make Marshal by Norah Gaughan. I ordered some Cascade 220 Fingering in Olive Oil to make it. In the meantime I have some other projects to keep me busy. More on those soon!

June is for Geminis

geminiI’ve had this Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton (color: Spearmint) in my stash for about 10 months since they sent it to me to review. It seemed the perfect yarn to make Zooey another Gemini top. The one I made her last year is most definitely too small and will have to be passed on to Charlotte one of these days. For this one I cast on 48 stitches with a size 8 needle and switched to a size 9 needle after the lace portion. It will be around 24″ in the chest and will likely fit or be slightly large now.

This yarn is incredibly smooth. It’s one of the nicer cottons I’ve worked with and has many tiny plies, so I’m hoping that means that it won’t pill much. I love this color. It’s pretty close in color to the Togue Pond I just finished and will post about soon, so Z and I can be a little matchy matchy this summer.

Gentle curve

I’m making some progress on my Togue Pond for the TTTKALtogueThere were a couple of snags along the way, and I do mean snags. When I was lovingly unraveling and washing and winding the yarn from a previous project I left them in the huge skeins formed from before. I had connected my ends with Russian joins so I had large hanks to work with. The larger one tangled when I was trying to wind it and I had to painstakingly wind it by hand, untangling it as I went. My knitting time has many baby interruptions and this took me about three days to complete, so that slowed knitting progress. That’s why there is a giant ball in the picture above rather than a lovely ball-wound cake of yarn. I wasn’t about to rewind it. I just wanted to knit.

It felt so good to just have the needles in my hands again and whip through the stockinette. I’m making the size 48″ with a smaller gauge to get me to about 36.5″ in the bust. My gauge is 5 sts per inch. I have to add an extra decrease to get to the right bust size. I think I could have gone down one more size in the pattern to get what I want, but I didn’t math correctly the first time. Yes, mathing is a verb for me sometimes.

Also, there is a slight color variation in the skeins that were used and the newer unused skein which I didn’t notice until I joined the older skein. It shows slightly in the picture above but you have to look for it. I’m thinking the yarn must have bled some during the washes and it will all even out when I block this. I hardly wore the previous garment so it couldn’t be from sun bleaching or excessive washing. I’m just going to go with it since no one would notice but me.

I think I need to cast on something new as well! I asked Z if she would wear this tee and first she said no, but I asked if she would wear it if it was purple and she said yes. I shall start a purple Immie Tee soon!

Yarn, reclaimed

Guess what begins today? I’m very excited to participate in the Tops, Tees, and Tanks Knitalong (TTTKAL) put on by Shannon. I almost forgot it was happening since I’ve been behind on blog reading, but I saw stirrings about it on Instagram and started planning. This year I want to make a Togue Pond. It’s a simple tank with a bit of a hi-lo style. I don’t have Aran weight linen like the pattern calls for, but I did happen to have a top I’ve been dying to rip out to reclaim the yarn. I made a Curve Hem Top when I was pregnant with Zooey and I never liked it post-maternity. The yarn is Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% merino) in a worsted weight. It was knit at 5 sts per inch for that top and I’m just going to make a size 48″ in Togue Pond to get the 36″ at my gauge. I had a leftover ball so I could start today, but I needed to rip out the top and freshen the used yarn a bit. reclaim-5
First I wound it around my swift as I ripped it out. Then I tied up the hanks. reclaim-2I put them in some water with wool wash for a nice soak. reclaim-3And after an hour or so I pulled them out, rolled them up in a towel like I would with a finished knit, and I whacked the hanks against the bathtub to straighten them out a bit. They’re drying now. In the meantime, I cast on with the unused ball I had in my stash. reclaim-4I also have finished arm warmers to show soon. They’re blocked and just awaiting a photograph to do them justice. Getting some of my knitting mojo back!

 

Light as air

Need some spring/summer knitting inspiration? As the weather has been warming my mind drifted to a glorious little piece of linen that I had on the needles. I can’t believe I started this Linum Tee last July and didn’t finish it till now. I kept thinking I must have started it in late August and that explains my indifference come fall, but I had it on the needles for the majority of the summer. It just doesn’t make sense. linumI love the swoop at the top. I used Shibui Knits Linen in Fjord. I altered the gauge a bit and used size 3 needles. I used the numbers for the 48″ size and ended up closer to the 38″ size with my 26 sts over 4″ gauge. I was initially hoping to be able to wear this without an undershirt, but I doubt that will be possible regardless. I think the gauge ended up being better for this delicate chain-plied yarn. It seems like it could easily snag, so maybe a tighter gauge will keep it safer.

linum-3This was an enjoyable piece to knit. I think one of the reasons I may have put it down is that it was a knit that I would have to look at often to work on because I sometimes snagged the chain ply as I knit it. linum-4I added waist shaping. I decreased with mirrored ssk (left leaning) and k2tog (right leaning) decreases every other round. The pattern did not include waist shaping, but I thought it might be nice in such a flowy top. I only did them on the back. linum-2I did try this on and it fit over my preggo belly, but I thought dressmaker dummy pictures would be easier to get quickly. It gives me hope that I’ll be able to wear this post-pregnancy fairly quickly, and I can easily wear it over the soon-to-be-endless nursing tanks.

I was able to take these pictures mostly sitting down or moving little. I’m on bed rest till next Friday, rather than next Tuesday or Wednesday like I thought. I can do it. I can do it. I must keep telling myself that while trying not to focus on the beautiful weather or flowering spring trees I’m missing outside. Now I must go finish another warmer weather knit, a Vitamin D I started last September.

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.