I spent most of last week working on my Chance of Showers sweater but I had a minor freak out Sunday evening when I realized there was no possible way that I was going to have enough yarn to finish. I cannot imagine putting in all of the time and effort into this sweater and then not having enough yarn to finish it!
So I started searching — one store didn’t carry the colorway, another didn’t carry it at all. My options were pretty limited until I checked eBay! Get this — not only did I find it in the right color, but the right dye lot too! PHEW! It should be sitting at my house waiting for me when I get out of work today, which is perfect timing because I bound off last night and all I have left to finish is the neckline.
The rows were long but so worth it. I love this sweater and it fits perfect! I cannot wait to block it and share some FO pictures!
Matthew, Brooklyn and I enjoyed a little vacation away from our usually hustle and bustle, which tends to be a lot more like craziness and chaos. It felt so good because it was long overdue. Brooklyn was just thrilled to have both her parents doting on her 24 hours a day. She’s a very curious child so she loves going new places, seeing new things and watching people!
Our little vacation was a 5 hour drive from home and about 1.5 hours into it Brooklyn got a little restless. It just so happened that it was right around the time we were driving past the Bronx Zoo so we stopped for a few hours. It was totally spontaneous and spectacular!
We’re spent a few days in beautiful Stone Harbor, NJ where the sun was shining, the air was crisp and the beach has powder-like sand. I have an extremely happy baby, it’s impossible not to smile when you’re with this little gem.
She thought vacation was pretty great — so did I. I’m learning as a new mom, how to shift priorities, balance working and living but I’m on my way to enjoying what really matters most!
This knit along might be producing my most favorite knit. I have a new found love for reverse stockinette and of course cables are always a good thing, in my opinion.
I am working on Dressage, but I’ve made some edits to the original — most noticeably the collar. I don’t plan to make the collar as shown in the pattern. Although I think it’s lovely I would rather just a plain crew neck and think I’ll wear it more this way.
I really really love how the cables come down the shoulder shaping and come together on the sides.
I’ve been dragging this knit into the car every place we go, even a 10 minute car ride is quality knitting time. I estimate I’m about 75% done so I should have plenty of time to finish before the end of our knitalong. I’m really motivated to finish it so I can wear it. I can’t wait!
The pattern is easy to read and easy to knit so I’m going to highly recommend the pattern!
I was able to finish the Vintage cardigan I had shared with you last Friday. I cast off, sewed on buttons, and wove in ends the night before I gave it as a gift – nothing like waiting until the last minute. I love the pictures I was able to get of it and I think it has a little something to do with the model involved.
Lots of pictures for this post. There were so many that I loved I just couldn’t decide!
Pattern: Vintage Cardigan
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sport
Color: Worn Demin
As you know, we moved into a new house this past Spring. It’s been full of projects, surprises, frustrations but also a lot of love and satisfaction. I couldn’t be happier with our new home. There are still some projects to complete but for now I’m still enjoying doing them all! Many of them I’ll be sharing with you as they are completed but first up was a project that I did this past weekend – the stairs.
I started Saturday morning and thought I might be able to finish it by noon that day. Well, let’s just say that Sunday at 3pm I was still working on this one. It was a lot of work — but it was all worth it. About 1/2 way through on Saturday I wasn’t so sure – now, I am sure.
This is what the stairs looked like the day we had the house inspection before moving in
Prior to moving in, we had some new hardwood floors added and the existing hardwood refinished, so up until last Saturday it looked like this (mismatched banister included):
Instead of just repainting them white, I decided to use some of the same colors I had used on the walls when we repainted the house. I don’t really know where I got the idea — I must have seen it somewhere…Katie maybe?
Here’s the staircase today:
The gray color is Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray. I used this in my living room — that transformation will be posted another day, just as soon as I find the right mirror to hang in there!
While it took quite a few hours to complete this — it’s still a very simple project that makes a big difference!
Before & After
I can’t mention any names, but someone I know is about to become a first time mother to what I am sure will be a very lovely little boy. So in honor of this little man, I am working on a Vintage Cardigan for him. I cast it on last Saturday after a very successful trip to WEBS for yarn. I have just the sleeves left to finish.
I’m working on this in Madelinetosh Sport. The color is called Worn Denim. I got two skeins but just one will be enough so I have the other skein for another project — I’m thinking maybe a hat. I really really love this color. It’s even better in person.
I’ve made this project before which you can see here. I really love this pattern because it’s quick and simple but doesn’t look like your average baby knit. I spent a good hour digging around Ravelry looking for just the right cardigan only to come right back to this one.
As I mentioned, I took a trip to WEBS last Saturday. It was a spur of the moment decision when I woke up Saturday morning and I’m really glad Katie and my mom could come along too. This is what the stroller looked like as we walked around the store, we almost ran out of room for Brooklyn!
I am crazy about the yarn I got and can’t wait to cast on my projects. I’ll be casting on Dressage today in this beautiful color for the Nice & Knit Fall Sweaters Knitalong!
We’re happy to let Amyproto (protoknits) know that you are the winner of the $25 WEBS giftcard. She will be knitting Nordic Trail for our knitalong. Amy, we hope you enjoy. We’re so excited to see everyone’s knitalong progress. Be sure to keep us up to date, share photos, and ask questions in our Ravelry forum.
I bound off and blocked Rigmor last Friday. Total project time was 6 days, but I didn’t touch it for 3 out of the 6. I’m really happy with this project minus the one mistake front and center — I’ll let you see if you can find it, otherwise if you don’t see it, then it doesn’t exist! I think it’s still a bit too big for Brooklyn but she’s growin’ like a weed so soon enough she’ll fill it right out.
You have until tomorrow night at midnight (eastern standard time) to enter our giveaway and join our knit along!
Just call me Susie, as in Susie Homemaker. I spent this past Sunday in a hot, steamy, sticky kitchen canning fresh peaches — I’m so domestic. I haven’t ever canned anything before, but with a little help from Google, I found this article that made it seem easy enough so I figured I’d give it a try.
The total take was only 7 jars so maybe I’ll can some more next week now that I’m a pro. I’m sure I’ll be grateful for these once the winter months hit and the grocery stores are barren of fresh fruit. Something tells me Brooklyn will thank me then too!
Have a peachy day and don’t forget to sign up for the Nice & Knitalong!
My Chance of Showers sweater is coming along great, but I was getting to the point in the project that I find myself at often…getting close to the end, but also getting a little bit bored. It’s when I start daydreaming about -and searching Ravelry for – my next project. Luckily, the project I picked is a baby knit and enough of a distraction that I’ll be ready to go back to chance of showers just as soon as this is done….and it’s getting done very quickly, which is why baby knits are some of my favorites – well that, and they’re SO stinking cute!
I cast this on Saturday morning and if I had put my mind to it, I could have finished it yesterday but it turns out that a few other house chores got in the way. I should have it done in the next few days. I made size 6 – 12 months which means Brooklyn will be styling this on our next cool day.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (held double)
Needle: 16″ size US7
The pattern doesn’t have any pieces to it that are inherently very difficult, however the instructions did confuse in me a few places. I also found myself inferring or guessing as to what it meant or exactly what to do next. Luckily, I was right and I’m extremely happy with the results. I would certainly make it again. I mention it, because it’s not a pattern that I would recommend for beginners.
I’m also very tempted to try and size this so that I could make one in my own size!