Monday, April 15, 2019

Weekending and New Tops

I hope you all had a great weekend! Saturday was pretty much lazy for me—I went and picked up a new-to-me aquarium from a friend in the afternoon, but otherwise just napped and read all day. Yesterday, though, I did a bunch of cleaning, cooking, and pattern writing. I have two new hat patterns written up and ready to go to my tech editor as soon as I can finish the yardage measurements, so be sure to keep an eye out for those in the coming weeks (if you sign up for my newsletter you can find out right away when the patterns are available, plus get a shiny special discount code).

I seem to be over my hat kick for now, but I have a few more waiting in the wings in case I get bitten by the hat bug again. My sweater sample is still going well, but it's more suited to evening knitting than to being carted around in my purse, so I cast on a new, more portable, top. I love the tweedy pink of this yarn, and I've had this design idea floating around in my head and sketchbook since last summer. It's a really enjoyable knit so far, and I'm looking forward to adding it to my summer wardrobe.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

A Little Baby Sweater

My new second cousin arrived yesterday, and from the pictures I've seen, he's absolutely perfect. Clearly I didn't get his sweater mailed off before his arrival, but I'm letting that go. It took several days for me to actually make myself sew the buttons on this (There are only four buttons! It should not have taken me a week to sew them on!), but now it's blocked and buttoned and ready to go in the mail tomorrow.

I kind of had to wing big parts of this sweater (really, it's more of a vest, but it's going to be spring soon, so he doesn't really need sleeves), but that was all my fault. I didn't have the right needle size, so I used a larger one, and I had to fudge some repeats to avoid making the sweater too long or the armscyes too deep. I'm really pleased with how it came out, and I hope it'll get plenty of wear this year.

Ravelry Page: Little Baby Sweater
Pattern: Little Baby Sweater by Purl Soho
Yarn: mystery sock yarn from my stash

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Finished: Filled With Secrets

I finally caught up on FO pics last night, and I'm so excited to finally be able to write about this sweater. I mean, look at it! It's adorable! I've had the idea of a cropped version of this sweater floating around in my head for a while, and back in December, I cast on.

I went back and forth a few times about extending the colorwork throughout the sweater body, but I'm glad I did. Not only does it look FANTASTIC, but I also ended up using all but a few yards of my main yarn, even with these mods.

The relevant details: I knit my exact bust size, repeated charts 2 and 1 after dividing the sleeves from the body, and did the bottom ribbing right after the repeat of chart 1. The body ended up being about nine inches from the underarm, which is just a smidge shorter than what I'd hoped, but it's definitely still wearable. I started decreasing for the sleeves right away, to keep them fitted, and I threw in a repeat of chart 1 on each one before the ribbing.

I'm so pleased with how this came out, and I'm really looking forward to we
aring it! I was worried that I'd put off photographing it for too long, and that it was going to be too warm for a wool pullover, but we're due for an April winter storm tonight, so I might just get to wear it yet this week!

Ravelry Page: Filled With Secrets
Pattern: Filled With Secrets by Leah Coccari-Swift
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted, "107" and "660"

Monday, April 8, 2019

Lazy Weekends and Instant Gratification

I got into a bit of a funk over the weekend and needed some instant gratification, so now I appear to be on a bit of a hat kick. I already have one new hat finished, and I'm hoping to get the pattern sent to my tech editor tonight, and I'm almost finished the brim of this hat. It's taking a while, because I want a folded brim on this hat, for extra cozy factor, which means an extra three inches or so of knitting.

This weekend was pretty uneventful. Saturday ended up being a total lazy day—I managed to get two loads of laundry finished, but otherwise I was just napping and reading. Yesterday I tried making granola, but I burned it. I might try again tonight. I had a whole list of things I wanted to get done over the weekend, but apparently my brain just needed a couple days off.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Some New Friends

One of my hobbies is collecting and caring for houseplants, and this week I scored two new beauties. Wednesday afternoon I was running some errands and I had to swing by my property management company, and there were these two big rubber plants in the foyer. I've been wanting a rubber plant for a while, and these ones were looking really sad. One of the realtors popped her head out from her office and said that they were free, as the team was sick of taking care of them.

They were both droopy and bone dry, and I ended up pulling off quite a bit of dead material from them. One of them is already starting to perk up, but they're both going to need plenty of tlc for the next few weeks. I gave them each half a gallon of water on Wednesday and again yesterday, and the soil is still rock hard and dry after the first half inch or so. I'm also working on getting the humidity in the room they're in right now up to hopefully help as well.

I'm really excited to have these two plants in my collection. I love big plants, but most of mine are small to mid-size, so these rubber trees really make a statement. Right now they're in my studio, and I think I like them there, but we'll see how they do in that light.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019


I was so excited to cast on this shawl back in January, and then it got set aside while I worked on finishing up some other stuff. I picked it back up this week after binding off the baby sweater and I'm really loving working on it again. I love these colors so much, and I can't wait to get to the lace section.

Handbell Choir has started up again for the spring, so I'm back to long Wednesdays of back-to-back  rehearsals after work. We're working on some great music though, and I really enjoy being back with my group. 

My kitchen is kind of a mess right now—my sink wasn't draining this weekend, and there's still a pile of dishes I need to catch up on. It's not going to get done tonight, unfortunately, since I'll be out so late and have such a long day. I'm generally not too concerned with housekeeping, but I have pretty much no counter space left right now! 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Sweaters and Sweaters

Hiya, kittens! I hope you all had a good weekend. I finished the baby sweater for my cousin's new sprout—all it needs now is a blocking and buttons, and then it'll go right into the mail so it's ready for the little guy when he comes.

I also cranked out a bunch of work on my new sweater sample and made it though a quarter of the body. My mum came over yesterday and took this awesome picture of the sweater in progress, and I'm really hoping to hit the halfway point on the body this week. I don't know how realistic that goal is, though—it turns out fingering-weight sweaters take a while to knit.

On Saturday I tried a new recipe and made chickpea nuggets. They're good, but I don't know how often I'll make them going forward. They were a bit more labor-intensive than I'd like, and they made a bit of a mess. They're also made almost entirely in the food processor, so I can't really make a big batch all at once. It was fun to try something new, though, and I still have some nuggets left for a couple of dinners this week.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Weekend Planning

Who's ready for the weekend? I know I am, for sure. The baby sweater is progressing along nicely, and if I don't get it finished this weekend, it'll at least be pretty darn close. It took all of five minutes to finish that first front after I bound off for the sleeves, so I'm sure I can sneeze out the rest of the body tonight, no problem.

This weekend I'm hoping to get some cooking done—I've been meaning to make gluten free chicken nuggets to keep in my freezer for a while, and I'd really like to get that done. I'm also planning to go to Captain Marvel tomorrow, which I'm super excited for. My current sweater sample is perfect cinema knitting, so hopefully I'll get a nice chunk of that knit up, too.

What about you all? Any fun plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Knitting for a Sprout

I didn't really knit much during my conference or during the flights, which was very surprising. Now that I'm home, I'm feeling the crunch to get my cousin's baby sweater knit—I want it to arrive before the little sprout does, and I need to allow for a few days in the mail, so I've been hard at work the past couple days.

I went back and forth a few times trying to choose a pattern. I pulled these yarns from my stash a couple of months ago, and when I found Purl Soho's Little Baby Sweater before I left for my conference, I knew it'd be perfect. 

I'd really love to get this finished by the weekend, but I don't know if that's an unreasonable expectation. This is currently both my lunch knitting and my evening project, and that's making for some pretty decent progress on the body, so hopefully I'll have something vaguely sweater-shaped in the next few days.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Home Again, With Socks

Hello, friends! I am so glad to be back home, and I missed you all terribly while I was away. I had a great time at my library conference. I went to some great sessions and met some really cool people, and I really can't wait to go to another one.

I got back late Thursday night, and the past three days have been pretty much recovery-focused. I slept a lot, talked to my plants, went to visit my mom and snuggle the dogs, and knit. I admit, it feels a little weird to be jumping back into my regular routine, but I'm sure I'll settle in just fine.

I do have a bit of a backlog of finished knits that I need to share, but I'm a bit behind on photographing them. Now that the sun is staying out until later in the evening, I'm hoping I can catch up. But! I do have pictures of my Ex Nine socks that I knit for the Juntos KAL and finished just before I left for Florida.

I really love how these came out—I thought that this yarn would be perfect for this garter and slipped-stitch pattern, and I was right! I really enjoyed knitting these, and the finished socks are so squishy and cozy. I knit them as written, although the toe pocket is a bit long and narrow for my foot. If I knit these again, I'll almost certainly sub in my regular toe. I honestly don't know why I didn't do that this time, but for whatever reason I decided to actually follow the pattern. They're definitely still wearable, and I was definitely overdue for a new pair of socks for myself!

Ravelry Page: Ex Nine
Pattern: Ex Nine socks by Kristen Jancuk

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