I’m happy to report that I have found little pockets of time in my day that I dedicate to knitting. It has translated to making great progress on old projects like my Honey Sweater and a few new knit hats for Brooklyn – finding time to blog about my knitting has been another story! :)
I had almost an entire skein of Madelinetosh Vintage left over from my Dressage project. Not sure how it happened but happy that it did because it’s getting cold here in New England and Brooklyn needed some hats. I cast-on some stitches, did some quick math and made up 2 different baby hat patterns. I have one more that I have in my head that I want to make. Once I do, I’ll size them both up and down for smaller babies and bigger kids and then post them here. It was fun and they should be easy to do!
I was able to finish Dressage last week. I was very worried that it was going to be far too small and I’d never wear it — that’s never a fun way to finish a project! But, with nothing to lose, I decided to aggressively block it and really stretch it before pinning it down. Turns out it worked – and maybe wasn’t quite as necessary as I had originally thought. It’s so interesting how the fibers change once they’ve been wet! The end result? I LOVE this sweater!
Yarn: Madelinetosh TOSH Vintage
I need your help though, how do I prevent this from happening? Just hold the yarn a little tighter coming out of the cable? It always seems to happen to me on the left side of a cable. Thoughts, tips, advice….all welcome!
Chance of Showers is on the blocking board!
This means one fall sweater is done for the Nice & Knit Fall Sweaters knitalong and I have just one more to go. I have to finish the sleeves on Dressage by Saturday — I’ll get it done! So excited to have 2 new sweaters to wear!
It’s been craziness at the Zahner household. When my boys were little I remember thinking (and daydreaming) about all of the free time I would have once they began school. I think the moment you become a mother, your time ceases to be your own. I know that this is how it should be, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. big sigh.
Between working a lot, lunches, homework, soccer, basketball, reading logs, reminders to brush your teeth, gym clothes, permission slips, fund raisers, LAUNDRY and throwing together some excuse of a dinner, I get to knit! So needless to say, there is limited time. I get all excited about knitting a sweater in a month, and then reality hits. Similar to my goal of finishing an afghan before my new sofas arrived in 8 weeks. That didn’t happen either! My sofas from Kloter Farms are really lovely, and my afghan will be an amazing addition once it is completed. Wool Leaves by Jared Flood knit in Shibui Staccatio
The Raglan Sleeve pullover by Laura Zukaite I began is a beauty, but it is slow going. There are three charts to keep track of, and I keep messing up. I’ve ripped it out twice and began again. It is not difficult knitting, the pattern just needs concentration.
So, to be able to finish a project for our sweater knitalong, I picked up my Honey again. Mindless stockinette is perfect for my life right now. I think the moral of the story is not to put deadlines on knitting. It is for relaxation and not for stress. Be ambitious, but realistic.
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!
Well, I am not making out as well as Kara with our sweater knit along. I really should not be surprised. I was trying to create a masterpiece with no pattern. Major fail for me. I was about 11 inches into my KAL when I realized that I could fit into the sweater with another person. Literally. So, I am waiting for the actual pattern. Brilliant idea.
Fortunately, I found a pattern I was dying to knit. The pattern is in the Vogue Knitting Fall edition, Raglan Sleeve pullover by Laura Zukaite.
I hope to be back knitting and on track soon! How are your sweaters coming along? Please send in or upload your photos so we can share with everyone!
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!
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Good Friday morning!Our knit-along is underway, Im making some great progress. I am a bit apprehensive on my pattern since I am winging it as I go….I know, it could be disastrous. I saw the pattern, Happutakki by Veera Valimaki and had to knit it right away. This issue is that the pattern is written in Finnish – and I am English speaking only. So I am knitting a basic cardigan in garter stitch with a hoodie. Wish me luck.
How are your projects coming along? We would love to see your progress on our Knit along forum – or please email us with your photos so we can share with the whole group!
The boys have started back to school and my days are much less hectic. Thankfully they are going to school with smiles and coming home happy too. I can’t believe that I have 5th & 6th and 2nd grade students. As summer draws to a close my begonias are in full bloom. They are so easy, literally I have given them miracle grow once this whole season – I have been neglectful and they still flourish.