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.

Can you handle the cuteness?

mini gemini-7Z’s mini Gemini is completed and we photographed it this weekend! I used about 200 yards of yarn in Jo Sharp Summer DK Cotton in the color Poppy.  I don’t know if this yarn is still out in the world anywhere.  It was deeply discounted at my LYS last summer and I snagged it.  mini gemini-2Look at that little cheeser.  mini gemini-8I’m happy that she’ll get to wear this as the weather cools a bit.  mini geminiMaybe it will even fit in the spring.  I made it about 9 inches from the armpit to the bottom.  See some numbers details on my Ravelry project page.  mini gemini-11If you can’t tell already, I love taking pics of my kiddo, so you get a picture heavy post! mini gemini-9Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got another Matchy Matchy KAL project finished!

My yarn for a Coda just came in the mail a few minutes ago, so I get to cast on tonight!

 

Top for a two year old

Top for a two year old

Z isn’t two until the 31st, but today I got the feeling that this top must be knit, so I cast it on.  I bought this Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK cotton yarn last summer at my LYS last summer deeply discounted, and I meant to do this sooner, but you know…time escapes me!  I almost forgot about the yarn completely until I had to rearrange my stash to stuff in some new acquisitions.  Then I saw it and I knew it had to be a top right now or it definitely wouldn’t be enough yarn for a larger size. What am I making?  A mini Gemini top.  mini geminiI cast on 88 stitches and worked back and forth.  I knew I would have to leave some kind of slit in the back that could be buttoned to make sure her noggin could fit through the space.  I used a size 4 needle and worked the lace pattern for 10 rows only.  After that I increased on all sections on the RS and only the body sections on the WS till I had 38 sts on each sleeve section.  Then I stopped increasing on the sleeve and increased on the body sections, from that point on the RS only.  I have 50 sts for the front and 50 for the back and 38 for each sleeve.  That puts the chest size around 22″.  I knit until the armhole depth was about 3.75″.  mini gemini-2So far this has been a super quick project.  I will likely mirror the one I made and leave the sleeves with a bare stockinette edge.  This is one of my favorite tops to wear, so I’m very excited for Z to have one too! 

Baby’s first rejected knitwear

peachick-5This is the first piece of knitwear that Z has refused to wear.  Even on days when there’s a bit of chill in the morning, she’s just not interested.  It’s called Peachick Eyes Cardigan, and it was a quick and fun knit.  The pattern includes a long sleeve option as well.  Luckily, I made this quite a bit bigger than she’s wearing now, so it’s likely she will be able to wear it through next year.  peachick-4She has no problem with Bear wearing the sweater.  We love to dress Bear.  The jacket she’s holding is one that looks like a child size Member’s Only jacket with a hood for rain.  She’s obsessed with it lately.  Even when she’s not wearing it, she’s often carrying it around with her.  Here’s some evidence from my Instagram feedScreen Shot 2014-06-11 at 4.16.28 PM Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 4.16.43 PM Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 4.16.59 PM

peachick-6The yarn is Colinette Jitterbug in Elephant’s Daydream.  I’ve used this yarn a few times, and I adore this color.

peachick-3If I get her in this sweater, I’ll try my best to snap a picture.

Poor, bedraggled knit

Remember the Peachick Eyes Cardigan?  It wasn’t seeing much love with my obsessive knitting on Cocktail(Dress).  Well, sometimes I like to knit while I walk to work in the morning when the weather is nice.  I can do this with stockinette projects that are mostly auto-pilot knitting, because I don’t have to look at them while knitting.  The Peachick was going to be my walk-and-knit project since the dress was getting too large for this.  When I walk and knit, it makes me walk a little more slowly, but it’s a lovely time to walk at a leisurely pace with all of the gorgeous flowering trees on my walk to work.

Monday I planned on walking and knitting, but I ended up having less time to walk than I planned, so I wasn’t able to do both.  Monday went by with me taking no breaks and it wasn’t until the end of the day when I was packing up my bag that I noticed my knitting was missing.  I was flabbergasted.  I realized with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that the cardigan must have fallen out of my bag somewhere on the way to work.  M was giving me a ride home and we re-traced most of my walking route.peachick beating

Luckily, I found the project near the park I walk through on the way, on the sidewalk.  Matt spotted it just when I was about to give up.  It looks like it might have been trampled on a bit, but I think it will be fine with a wash and some defuzzing.  In a way, it was also fortunate that I didn’t realize the project was gone until the very end of the day, because I only had to mourn its potential loss for about 20 minutes.  This is a good lesson for me to zip my overstuffed bag, or just carry a bigger bag.  I’m just grateful it was recovered.

Spring peachick

I fell in love with a little cardigan after seeing a beautiful example on my Instagram feed.  It’s called the Peachick Eyes Cardigan.  I decided I must embrace some startitis and cast it on for Z immediately.  Luckily, I have plenty of sock yarn on hand, and this was done with only a moment’s consideration.  peachick-2I’m using leftover Colinette Jitterbug in Elephant’s Daydream.  I have two partial balls, totally about 126 grams.  I think that should be plenty for the 2 yr old size, and if it isn’t, I can always add an accent color for the bottom or button band and armbands.  It makes me a little sentimental to use this yarn, because I made Z’s first cardigan out of it.  peachickSo far this is a fun and fast knit.  I think she will be able to wear it some this spring, and layered with a long-sleeved t-shirt next fall and winter.  I didn’t swatch (shhhhh…), but just grabbed the size 3 needles and got to work.  If it ends up slightly too big because I’m a loose knitter, all the better!  That just makes for a longer wear time.  There’s also a matching adult version.  That might have to happen at some point to satisfy my unquenchable desire for matching mother/daughter knits.