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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Birthday Sale!


Hi Friends! It's September, which means it's time for my Birthday Sale!!

Everything in my Ravelry Store is 29% off with code HB29. The code is good through September 14th, so pop on over to Ravelry and get yourself something nice for my birthday! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Ocean's Daughter


The Ocean’s Daughter is a lightweight, one-skein shawl consisting of two eyelet patterns and garter stitch. Using only basic stitches, it is knit on the bias, and is an ideal choice for a portable project.


The Ocean’s Daughter is perfect for showing off variegated and specked hand-dyed yarns.


The Ocean’s Daughter is 20% off on Ravelry with code SEAMAID through Friday, August 16th!


Monday, August 5, 2019

Rambling


July was a really weird month. There was just so much going on, between my personal life, and the play, and then my dog dying, that I think it's going to take a while to fully recover. This whole summer so far has felt really long and exhausting, and I'm ready for it to be over. I've been exhausted and burnt out for at least two months now, and I really hope that I find my equilibrium again soon.

I pulled out my Old Harry the other week because I needed something pretty brainless to work on, and I've finished the body and have started the first sleeve. I have another sweater on the needles that I'd like to finish this month, so I don't know how much longer I'll keep carrying Old Harry around.

I've got quite the backlog of pattern writing that I've been meaning to catch up on for over two weeks, but haven't managed it yet. This is mostly due to my complete inability to do anything right now except read romance novels and eat cheese. Like I said earlier, I really hope I find my equilibrium. Quickly. I'm trying to keep track of all my self care—eat regularly, eat occasional vegetables, get enough sleep, try to keep my apartment from looking like a total trash pit—but this burnout/depressive episode is really stubborn. The only way out is through, though, so here I am, head down and plowing through. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mystic


My dog died on Friday.

We got Mystic thirteen years ago as a tiny puppy with a black wiry overcoat. He loved playing soccer and splashing in his water bowl. As he reached adulthood he lost the black overcoat and turned into this blonde beauty with curly hair on his butt only. When we moved to Florida, he rode on my lap the whole way down, and when I left for college he hid under my mother's bed for days.

He was my best friend.



By the time my family joined me in South Dakota, Mystic had started getting  cataracts. He was totally blind for the last two or three years of his life, and sometimes he walked into things. He had this amazing little bark that was almost like a huff under his breath, and we called him a grumpy old man. He'd been a grumpy old man almost since he was a puppy.

Mystic loved carrots more than anything else. The second he smelled a carrot, he'd be in the kitchen begging for pieces. He loved food in general, and tried every day to convince us that he hadn't had breakfast yet.

Once or twice he even got away with it.


Mystic loved sleeping, and napped for close to twenty hours a day. He had several blankets to choose from, but he'd nest in or on anything even remotely soft. He regularly slept on my knitting projects, on my mum's slippers, and even on my brother's backpack. If it was made of fabric, then it was a dog bed.

He was endlessly patient. He let me dress him up in my clothes and wrap him up in shawls and blankets. I'm certain that he wouldn't have chosen to get wrapped up like a babushka on his own, but he never protested when I tried it.

He loved being up on furniture, especially when he got to be in someone's lap or next to us. He loved cuddles and belly rubs, and he insisted on getting his belly scratched every morning before he'd deign to get out of bed, never mind that he'd been the one to wake me up and had been ready for breakfast for an hour already.

Two of his favorite words were "brekkers" and "bedtime."


Like many dogs, Mystic hated thunderstorms. Several years ago, after much trial and error, I finally discovered that his favorite music was Le Nozze di Figaro, and it was the only thing that could even remotely calm him during a thunderstorm. This video is the most played one on my youtube account.

He hated being apart from me. If I thought he was getting too bratty and wouldn't let him up on the sofa with me, he'd go up to my room and pull a blanket down from my bed to make a nest. Once, when I went away for the weekend, I came back and he laid down next to me, holding my hand between his front legs with all the might that his little fourteen-pound body could muster, insistent that I not leave him again.

Mystic taught me that I could love wholeheartedly and unconditionally. Even when he threw up in my bed, when he kept me up all night making nest after nest in the duvet, when he was at his most ornery, I loved him. I loved him so much that sometimes I didn't think I could hold it all.

He loved me, too.



I was with him at the end. He'd been sick for a few days, but I didn't think it was serious. Almost by accident, I had a cold on Friday and decided to stay home. Almost by accident, I decided to get Mystic from his kitchen quarantine and bring him to bed with me to snuggle. I'm so, so thankful that he wasn't alone.

Mystic was the best possible dog. He was even better than any of us could have asked for.

He was my best friend.

I miss him.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tech Week-ing Along


I can't believe it's only Wednesday. I'm completely exhausted, and I want nothing more than about thirteen hours of straight sleep. We have our first dress rehearsal tonight, and the show is really coming together great. I'm managing a few rounds on my Villainous CYOAT for the Outfit-A-Long each night, and now that I've separated the sleeves from the body it should go even more quickly. I'm hoping to be able to squeeze out elbow-length sleeves on this, but we'll have to see how far my yarn goes.

I am eating a lot of dry cereal and rice ramen this week, and I'm looking forward to having time to cook a real meal. Tech week is always hard on me, but this year it's even tougher, for a few different reasons, and I'm really looking forward to next Tuesday, when the play is over. My apartment is a disaster, my plants are neglected, and there might be a new life form growing in my fridge, and I'm really looking forward to getting some time and energy back to deal with those things.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Voting and Tech Week


Happy Monday! First piece of business, Hell Creek has been nominated for Pattern of the Month over on LoveCrafts. If you have an account, you can vote here.

It's tech week for Mama Mia, and I'm already exhausted. I had a four-day weekend, and I pretty much just slept through it. I had rehearsal Saturday and Sunday, and I'm going to be going straight through next Monday. The show really is coming together, though, and we finally got to start working with the band last night, and I can't wait to see how we keep making this show more and more fun over the next few nights.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Outfitting Along


I've been fighting something this week that hopefully is just allergies—my doctor just put me on a new regime for the next week or so to see if we can get me feeling better. Play rehearsals are still going well, but now they're going even later in the evenings as we work on really pulling the show together. Next week is tech week, and hopefully after our stumble-through tonight we'll be in good shape for it.

Because the 4th of July is on a Thursday this year, the university system has given us Friday off too, so I have a four-day weekend to look forward to. It's just what I need to get myself rested and ready for tech week and production, and I'm really looking forward to having four days off.

Last night I finished my shawl sample, and my goal is to get it blocked and written and sent to my tech editor this weekend. It's a bit mushy right now, but it's going to be gorgeous once it hits the water and opens up some. Since that's done, I'm now focusing 100% on my cropped CYOA Tee for the OAL. My plan for my outfit is to wear this over a dress that is about half finished—the bodice is done, but the skirt still needs to be assembled and attached. I'm not worrying about the dress until after the show is over, but the top is great backstage knitting! 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Whoops


Wow, apologies for the really bad lighting in that photo, but as you can see, my Zinone is finished! What you can't see is that it's actually too small. The armholes are too tight, and the whole thing fits more like a crop top than a t-shirt.

I'd been having suspicions for a while that this would be too small, so I'm not completely surprised, but it's definitely frustrating that I didn't listen to my gut and check it earlier. I was in such a rush to get this done that I didn't want to take the time to block it on the needles and see if it would grow as much as it needed to, and now I'm paying for it.

I really love how this yarn knit up into this top, and I definitely want to rip it out and reknit it, but...not right away. I'm going to let it sit in time-out for a while. This month, I have a new shawl sample that's almost finished and I have just over four weeks to bang out my OAL projects, so I don't have time to dwell on my own bad choices! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Progressing


It's been a bit of a wild week over here. I'm fully in the thick of play rehearsals—we have just six more regular rehearsals before tech week, which feels almost unbelievable. How are we this far along in production already? It feels like we only just started rehearsals!

My shower drain has been completely blocked for twelve days now, with no sign of my property manager coming to fix it yet (I'm hoping that today is the day), and the other night I broke a vial of insulin and spent a large portion of yesterday morning panicking about getting more, because it's too early to get a refill and the cash price of insulin is ridiculous (fortunately, I have an amazing pharmacist who figured it all out for me, for which I am extremely grateful).

I've been making good progress on my Zionone, despite not knitting as much as usual, and I'm hoping that I'll be able to finish it by the end of the TTTKAL on Sunday. I really want to get this finished this week so, 1. I successfully complete the KAL, and, 2. I can start working on my OAL projects and not feel bad about having to set this top aside again. I'm freaking out about the OAL because the top I'm knitting for it has barely been started and my dress for it is one I'm hand-sewing, because that's totally a reasonable thing to do. I'd love to successfully complete the OAL since it's going on hiatus after this year, but July is going to be more than a little crazy, so who knows.

Monday, June 24, 2019

I Stand with Ravelry


Yesterday Ravelry banned support of Donald Trump and his administration. The Ravelry team has determined that they cannot make Ravelry an inclusive space if they allow support for white supremacy, and support for Trump and his administration is "undeniably support for white supremacy."

I am so, so proud of Ravelry for taking this stand, and I am so proud to be a member of a community that is caring, compassionate, and willing to take a stand like this. Ravelry will undoubtedly get some pushback from this: white supremacists don't like being told that they cannot continue openly supporting white supremacy in certain forums. But an important part of anti-facist work is to make it difficult for facists to be openly and vocally facist. By banning support for Trump and white supremacy on Ravelry, the Ravelry team have taken away a space where these people can be openly hateful.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Weekends


Saturday evening I stepped out my back door to see a momma bunny spread out over her brood of babies. I've never seen baby bunnies before, and they were so precious! The mom immediately ran to the next yard to try and distract me (such a good mom!). I kept a good distance and managed some blurry cell phone pictures to capture the moment.

This weekend was super busy. I managed a short nap each day, thankfully, but I didn't really get much else in the way of downtime. I'm hoping that tonight I can relax and finish a library book or two and maybe get another inch or so knit on my Zinone. Since I'm alternating two skeins on Zinone right now, I ended up working on my new shawl sample more this weekend, just because it's a bit easier to cart around through parks and back and forth from events. As is the theme with me lately, this photo does not do the colors in this yarn justice. It's much more variegated in person.

I only have one more play rehearsal this week, on Tuesday night, so I'm hoping that this week I can get some recharging in. On Wednesday I have to go up to the city to see my endo, which I'm not really looking forward to in the wake of my ER visit a couple weeks ago, but maybe he'll have an idea as to why my blood sugar got so out of control.

Linking up with Crafting On

Friday, June 14, 2019

A Week


Oh man, has it really been a week since I've posted here? This week has been crazy and long and I am so excited to be at the back end of it. You know those days where nothing seems to go right? It's been like that for the last two weeks. Play rehearsals are going well, but there's a lot going on and I feel like I've barely had a chance to breathe.

I've made a little progress on my Zinone, but I got distracted by a new shawl sample, so this has been on pause for the past few days. Tomorrow is the halfway point of the TTTKAL, so I probably need to focus on banging out the lower body of this now if I have any chance of finishing it by the 30th. It would be great if I could figure out how to accurately photograph this color, but I'm still not having luck. Oh well.

Tomorrow is the Pride festival up in the city, and I'll be going for a couple hours—the dogs have a grooming appointment, so I'll drive up and drop them off, then go celebrate at Pride until the dogs are ready to get picked up. Next week is my town's first Pride festival, and I'm really looking forward to participating (as much as play rehearsals allow). I'm hoping that even  with all the planned Pride festivities that next week will be a bit calmer than the past two, but at this point I'm kind of expecting something else stressful and crazy to happen. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Summer Knits and Shakespeare


I can't believe we're already at the end of the first week of June! This weekend is the Shakespeare Festival, so I'm going to be spending the next couple nights in the park watching A Midsummer Night's Dream. I have a few friends in the production, and the festival brought in an amazing director this summer, so I'm really looking forward to it.

I'm just two rows away from joining the front and back on my Zinone, and I'm really looking forward to stockinette in the round. I really love how this is knitting up, and I'm really looking forward to including this top in my summer wardrobe. I was nervous about trying to get this top done for the TTTKAL, since I have another top I want to finish for the OAL and I was unsure if I could finish two fingering-weight tops in two months, but I'm happy with my progress from this week, and I think I'll be able to make it work.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Happenings


Oh, where to start? Sunday was the first rehearsal for Mama Mia and I'm already having a blast with this show. I really can't wait to see what the next five and a half weeks hold, because this really is a super fun show. Unfortunately, late Sunday night/early Monday morning I had some blood sugar issue and had to go to the emergency room. I'm much better now, but that was not a fun way to spend a night.

This year's TTTKAL is now underway, and I pulled out this Zinone that I cast on for last year's kal, but I didn't even get the upper back finished before I shoved it onto a bookshelf. It's really zipping along now, though, and I'm already at the neck cast-on. I've been knitting this during play rehearsals, and while I'm super impressed that I managed to get through the lace, I'm definitely glad to only have to knit plain stockinette from here on out! This yarn is a merino-tencel blend I dyed at a workshop a few years ago, and it's just the prettiest shades of lilac and purple. It's really hard to photograph so far, this photo doesn't do it justice at all!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Sweatering and Weekending and Getting Busy


It feels like this week has dragged on forever, despite it being only a four-day week (thanks, long weekend!). I've been crazy busy for the past two weeks, and while I'd love to take my chance to relax tomorrow, I've let a bunch of stuff at my apartment go undone, and I really ought to catch up.

Rehearsals for Mama Mia start on Sunday, and with them comes the summer craziness. I don't know what my rehearsal schedule is going to be like, and I'm hoping for at least a couple days off each week to relax and regroup. It's all fun, though, and it's only six weeks, and I really do enjoy almost every minute of it.

Last week I started a new cardigan for myself. I'm totally winging it, and I'm not taking any notes as I go along. It's some old kitchen cotton from my stash, and the plan is for it to be an oversized cardigan with bracelet-length sleeves. It's a silhouette I've been wanting for a while, and I think the kitchen cotton will give it the structure it needs without being too hot, so it should be a great layer for work. I don't know how much I'm going to get to work on this in the immediate future, though—this year's TTTKAL and the OAL both start tomorrow, and I have plans aplenty for both of those! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hell Creek


Hell Creek is named for the Hell Creek Formation, which spans parts of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The formation dates from the late Cretaceous period, and is a rich source of fossils from marine and land reptiles, fish, dinosaurs, mammals, amphibians, plants, and invertebrates.


Hell Creek is a slightly cropped, boxy top, intended to be worn with 0-4in/0-10cm of positive ease. The top is knit from the bottom up and seamed, then stitches are picked up for the collar, which is worked in the round.


Hell Creek is intended to be worn with 0-4in/0-10cm positive ease and is shown in size 48in/122cm on a model with a 43in/109cm bust.

Sizes: 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 63)in/ 76.5 (84, 91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137, 145, 152.5, 160)cm at bust

Yarn: 425 (465, 610, 620, 665, 710, 750, 795, 840, 885, 1030, 1075)yds/389 (425, 558, 608, 650, 686, 727, 768, 810, 942, 983)m sport-weight yarn


Hell Creek is 15% off on Ravelry through Thursday, May 30th, with code BONES!



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sick Day

No photo today, because I spent yesterday home sick and got absolutely no knitting done. Instead I;


  • took a nap
  • took a bath and listened to a podcast
  • ate a vegetable
  • made some hot honey lemon water and read a book
  • took another nap
  • ate some pretzels
  • read about the history of vaccines
  • went to bed early
Apparently that was the perfect mix to get me back on my feet for today!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Getting There


Happy Monday! This weekend ended up being quite a bit busier than I planned, but I still got a nice big chunk of this top knit up. I've got two more repeats to go on the back, and then it just needs seams, a collar, and blocking. Each repeat takes around an hour to knit, so I'm feeling pretty good about getting this finished. The pattern is with my tech editor now, so look to see this pattern coming out sometime next week!

I also managed to read quite a bit this weekend, despite running around all the time. By the time I got home last night, I was too tired to turn on Netflix, so I finished a couple of library books that have been languishing in my TBR pile. I'm notorious for checking out lots of books and never returning them on time, so it felt really good to get a few finished and returned.

I don't have anything planned for tonight other than cooking up some freezer meals and hopefully getting another library book finished. It's supposed to be pretty cold and rainy the next couple of days, but it should clear up by the middle of the week, and I'm hoping to get over to my community garden plot to get some stuff planted before the weekend.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Patterns and Recitals and Gardens, Oh My!


This top is growing, and I'm hoping to get a big chunk of the rest knit up this weekend. I don't have anything scheduled for tonight, so my plan is to cozy up in my chair, throw on some Doctor Who, and whack out as many rows as possible. I've blocked off tomorrow as a pattern writing day, but if the writing and formatting goes quickly, I can get some more knitting done tomorrow afternoon.

The recital for the dance studio I help out with costuming for is tomorrow night, and I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the dances. Two of my favorite instructors are leaving this year, so I definitely want to help celebrate the work they've done with their classes this year.

Sunday I have my first meeting for the community garden, and I'll get assigned my plot space. I'm so excited to get started growing things—I always hated helping my mum in the garden when I was growing up, but I definitely see the appeal of cheap vegetables now, and after getting so interested in houseplants over the past year, I really love the rush of seeing something that I'm responsible for grow and flourish!


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

On a Wednesday


I can't believe it's already Wednesday. Tonight I have my last choir rehearsal before the summer, and tomorrow night we're singing the national anthem at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics. My dance class ended last week, and with choir ending it feels like I should be getting lots of free time now—alas, it's only for a couple weeks: summer theater rehearsals start at the beginning of June.

I'm making slow progress on my new top, but I haven't been able to knit during my lunch breaks the past couple of days. Hopefully I'll be able to get some good knitting time in tonight. I'm hoping to have the pattern ready to send to my tech editor this weekend, even if the sample's not quite done.

Last night I assembled the aquarium stand for my new fish tank, and I'm hoping to get the tank itself out of my car and cleaned up this weekend. I already have some aquarium plants sitting on my counter, waiting for their new home, and I'm really excited to get the system set up and ready for my goldfish in a couple more weeks! 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Weekending


As I expected, it was a pretty busy weekend, but I made it through. I actually made a surprising amount of progress on the back of this top, despite having practically no time to work on it. I brought it to my brother's graduation party just in case, but by the time we had everything set up, I just wanted to drink coffee and hide with Mystic, so that's what I did. By the time the parties and graduation were over, I was exhausted, so I drew a bath and watched The Mummy (Boris Karloff, not Brendan Fraser) (Side note: getting a portable dvd player for the bathroom was the best decision I ever made, and I heartily recommend it).

We still have tons of food left from the party, and every time I swing by Mum's house, she gives me more to take home with me. I made a quiche last night using leftover Canadian bacon, and lunches this week are going to be open turkey sandwiches with some of the two pounds of turkey we have leftover.

Yesterday I had Mum come over for coffee, and it was great to spend a couple of hours with her. I see her pretty much every day, but there's still something really special about just the two of us sitting down together. I'm so lucky to have the mother I do, and I'm so glad that we're this close. She's really the best mom I could imagine having, and I'm so glad she's mine.

Linking up with Crafting On

Friday, May 10, 2019

Moving On and Busy Weekends


If you're wondering if this is the newly-cast-on back for my new top, you are correct! I'm pleased with the progress I've made this week, and hopefully I'll be able to get into a regular knitting rhythm after this weekend.

We're having a brunch for my brother's graduation party, so tonight I'm going to be making a couple of coffee cakes to have on offer. I've also unfortunately let my housekeeping get away from me, and I should probably try to clean some tonight. There's a large sticky patch on one of my fridge shelves from I don't even know what, and that probably needs to get taken care of.

Tomorrow's going to be crazy busy, between my brother's graduation party and having to stop by some of my friends' kids' graduation parties, but I've managed to keep Sunday mostly open for rest and recovery.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Catching Up


Oh man, it feels like it's been forever since I've sat down to have a proper chat with you all! There's been so much going on—I went to visit my best friends in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago, I had auditions for the summer musical, I came down with staph, I had to get a filling this week, and my brother is graduating from high school this weekend! No wonder I've been feeling stretched a bit thin lately!

I actually haven't knit much the past couple of weeks. It feels a bit too convenient to blame my crazy schedule, but I think that's the reality. There's just been so much going on that when I have some time to just sit, I don't feel up to knitting. I'm hoping this feeling passes soon—I had my brother's last high school concert last night, and I managed to get a few sweater rows knit during that, so hopefully my knitting's going back on the uptick.

As you can see, I'm very close to finishing the front of this new top sample. I'd hoped to be further along by now, but like I said, life's been crazy. I just have this little bit left on the left upper front, and of course the neck decreases mean that every row is just a bit shorter. I'm still tickled pink by how this is knitting up, and it's almost making me ready for summer!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Mission Hill


My dream throughout most of high school was to move out and live in the Mission Hill neighborhood in Boston. It’s a small, historic neighborhood popular with students, and living there and going to college in Boston was the best future I could dream of for myself. Of course, life turned out a bit differently, but I still love the character of Mission Hill, and I visit there every time I’m back in Boston.


Mission Hill has a deep brim, perfect for warding off cold New England winds, and features a wide garter rib pattern.


Mission Hill is 20% off on Ravelry through Thursday, May 9th, with code BOSTON


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Aust Cliff


Aust Cliff is a gorgeous fossil site in South Gloucestershire, England. It’s made up of layers of red and green mudstone, alabaster, limestone, and black shale, and is especially known for the numerous samples of Triassic-age insects found there.


The Aust Cliff hat is meant to work with hand-dyed yarns to evoke the color layers of its namesake, and the four-row stitch pattern is easy to memorize, making this a perfect choice for a portable project.


Aust Cliff is now available on Ravelry, and is 20% off through Friday with code CLIFFS.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Walking


It's finally gotten nice enough this month that I can start walking to work more, and I'm really glad to be back in that rhythm. Soon it will be too hot to walk, so I'm appreciating being able to do so while I can. I usually cut through the park and take this dirt access path, which is a bit more forgiving on my feet and knees than pavement.

Tomorrow I leave to visit my best friends in the cities. It's been almost two years since I've seen them, and I'm really looking forward to it. I had hoped to get the front of this top sample finished before I leave, but given that I haven't started packing yet, that's not going to happen. I have a list of things I want to get cleaned in my apartment before I leave, so tonight's going to be pretty busy for me.

I also just put through a bunch of renewal requests on my stack of library books. I'm reading too many at the same time, again, and none of them are going to get finished this week—I know better than to think I'll sit down and read a book while I'm at my friends' house, it never happens!



Monday, April 22, 2019

Busyness


It's been a very busy week for me, and I feel like I barely have time to breathe before I'll need to start getting ready to go visit my friends later this week. Things that have been helping me relax are:

-knitting this top

-housesitting for my friend, who's new puppy is a whirlwind of energy

-coffee. so. much. coffee.

-watching my plants turn to reach toward the light

-romance novellas

I hope you all have had a good week, and are finding things to keep you grounded if you've also been crazy busy!



Linking up with Crafting On

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.

Linking up with Crafting On

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"