Julissa is off the needles! I chose this project because I wanted to push myself a little (as well as recover ASAP from a froggy debacle). The cables and lace pattern is very well written but definitely not "potato-chip knitting". I'm so glad I did because the end result is, well, pretty darn awesome.
I take a lot of these "smiling on the inside" photos. Taking photos of yourself is hard! meh.
I adjusted the sleeve length and bottom ribbing to accommodate my shorter frame.
I used magic loop for the sleeves. Fell in love with my Knitpicks nickel-plated babies again.
The Malabrigo is so cushy soft and after blocking (and even a whole lot of petting by me and the girls). I didn't notice any pilling at all.
I could live in this sweater! Too bad I live in a season-less city now! I'm sure I'll find some occasion to wear it in the dead of winter here...without a jacket. haha.
Can you tell I have girls?
Although I can tell you I know of at least 2 very cool little boys who think Hello Kitty is the "cat's pajamas". Too much? I though so too.
Happy Wednesday everyone! Don't forget to check out the linky party for this KAL at luvinthemommyhood.
It is so nice to be able to knit a pattern using the yarn it was designed for. I have been coveting this hat pattern for quite some time and I can't believe it's finally mine! I love each and every one of Jared Flood's patterns and this is no exception. So well-written and a breeze to knit.
The yarn felt a little "crunchy" while I was knitting but it softened up nicely with blocking. I appreciate that the yarn has a little heft to it because it helps to maintain the integrity of the cable and the shape of the hat.
shmoosy cable goodness
love all the garter stitch.
Reminder note for all those purl-haters out there, every other round is purled because it is knit in the round. Just sayin'.
me squealing with delight (on the inside) because I love.this.hat.so.much.
As anyone with more than one child knows, you often times have to buy two of everything. Especially in the case of flowery little slippers. So, here are the mini-mini's little slippers, in baby pink.
Noelle had worn and loved these shoes to death. Ellie even took a pair of scissors to them after I threatened to throw them in the trash (selective hearing). After the threat had passed, Noelle said "Hey Mama, can you make me some new ones?"
Knitting 100% rustic wool hat in the dead of summer? Perfectly logical. I have been searching high and low for a free pattern similar to Rosebud, but there is nothing quite like it, with its puffy cables and cool shape. Plus, I had a skein of Shelter, which the pattern was written for.
mini-cable action. my first time doing 1/3 cables.
At first I was like "gah! A chart!" having forgotten with my short memory that I actually enjoyed working with the last cable chart which was, yes, another Jared Flood pattern.
This time around I'm armed with a highlighter and it's going along swimmingly. I'm sure I'm not the first to have this idea but it really helps to focus on the right row.
I should call this "wtf wednesday" instead of "WIP Wednesday"...as in I can't believe a week has already passed! Noelle's being in school definitely contributed to the days flying by. She is so excited to be in school and is loving her new friends and teachers.
To say I got distracted from my KAL project would be a great understatement.
I'm working on it again and I love it just as much as ever.
I'm toying with the idea of making short sleeves. What do you think?
Ellie is both excited to have time alone with Mama in the mornings, but still misses her sister.
Heck, I miss the little bug when she's at school! After seeing my "just knit it" she really wanted a scarf for herself so I started making bulky version of it and connected in the back after knitting a few inches.
It kind of looks like a bandana cowl. in pink, of course.
The yarn is the sproingy, hand-dyed goodness of Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Sport. I had a skein left over from the Rustic Shawl which I ended up giving away. It was time to make something happen with this yarn - perfect match in my opinion!
The lace pattern is simple and I was able to memorize it by the second repeat. It's good and bad that I've reached a stage in my knitting life that I can recover mistakes (the bad being that I still make mistakes, haha).
I love how the lace is a sharp design but the fabric came out squooshy and lovely.
Reminds me of Lady Mary...a tough cookie with a heart of gold.
I named it Lady Hannah, though, because it's MINE all mine.