Sweater talk

DSC_0492 DSC_0498DSC_0497 DSC_0505So, its coming, my favourite knit-a-long! The Summer Sweater KAL over at Very Shannon kicks off July 30th, and runs for a good 9 weeks until Sep 24th. I’ve already made plans – something new, and something for me!!
I loved working on the Sunny Lou Dress in the spring KAL that I’ve decided to work on a new design again – this time with Quince and Co‘s super squishy Osprey. Big and quick, and a colourway that brings together everything that I love about blue and grey, this one should work up quick. I’m excited to swatch over the weekend, do a bit of prep, and start knitting away!
If I have the time I also plan on a sweater for myself – Arc-en-Ciel Pullover by Maria Leigh. I rarely buy knitting magazines unless I fall in love with one of the patterns, and having found this amazing neutral Noro at my LYS, I couldn’t resist the Spring issue of Knitscene last year. I apparently have already swatched (and even took note of the needles I used, bonus!!) so I’m ready to go. The miles of stockinette might be just what I need in between other projects. I love the fit and style of this jumper, its exactly what I’d love to wear this fall – which is just what this KAL is all about!
Oh, and, one more very, very exciting thing – my FIRST ADULT SWEATER PATTERN is ready to share next week!
Lets knit all of the sweaters!!!!
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Happy birthday from me to YOU!

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July is a big birthday month in my family, and to today it is MINE!! To celebrate I’m offering you guys 26% off all patterns in my ravelry store for the rest of the month (no coupon needed). Whats more, I will have a brand spanking new pattern up before then… my first adult garment! Exciting and petrifying all at the same time, keep checking back for its release.

Happy birthday from me to yooooouu!

New Pattern : Sunny Lou Dress

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I’m very excited to share with you a my first kiddo pattern! Released in celebration of my daughter’s 1st birthday a few days ago (sniff!), the Sunny Lou Dress is designed to be a layer of warmth on top of a summer’s dress in cool evenings. I wanted something that was easy to put on her, had room for her party dress underneath, and wasn’t too fancy but had a delicate touch. The larger gauge, forgiving yarn and slight positive ease gives this dress an incredibly comfortable fit, and it will grow with her to be next year’s summer top! On the flip side, it can easily lengthened – just work a few more inches of the skirt before beginning the trim.

Yarn : 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins Natural Colors Merino Silk Sport by Swans Island; 50% Organic Fine Merino/50% Tussah Silk, 175yds/160m, 50gms; photographed in ‘Sand Dollar’, or 250 (300, 350, 400, 450) yds/230 (275, 320, 365, 412)m sport weight yarn.
Needles : US 7 (4.5mm) and US 6 (4mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge, 16” (40cm) circular.
Gauge : 22 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st on US 7 (4.5mm) needles.
Notions : Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn, tape measure, three buttons.

Our baby is ONE! A little gift to you – pattern only $3 until July 5th 10pm PST

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Sunny Lou Dress

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I finished my Top, Tanks and Tees KAL project! With the extension I was able to finish a day before the deadline – that has pretty much never happened for me with previous KALs. Classic leave it to the last minute kinda girl over here :).

I’m really happy with how it came out – a little fancy, but not too much – all that ripping back was worth it! I managed some quick iPhone post-bath photos, but I will have better pictures to show you soon as I’m working on the pattern right now – hopefully available next month.
Looking forward to Shannon’s next KAL – Summer Sweaters!!!

Thirds time’s a charm

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Right? Because let me tell you -

I swung into the skirt with this amazingly yarnover-heavy stitch pattern… but I didn’t like how it was flowing (or not flowing) into stockinette stitch. So I ripped it back.

Next up was a more simple idea with a central increase and a cross over back, which made a clumsy twirl on my needles. When I tried it on Lou, it just looked horrendous. Shes pretty podgy, and it was all stretched out and weird. So she helped me rip that back.

Any now I’m onto something WAY more simple, hopefully with a little something at the end.

Needless to say, I did not finish within the deadline for the Tops, Tanks and Tees KAL… although there is talk about an extension?.. And hopefully third time IS a charm.

 

(this was a hasty cast on, but of course I’m learning the same old lesson once more – swatch, girl! Swatch heavily.

Tops Tanks and Tee KAL

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So as much as I wanted to get that lacy project off the needles, my plan for joining in for the last week of the Tops Tanks and Tee KAL over at Shannon’s place won me over and I’ve been working on a little something for Louella.
I want something for the summer that I can easily put on her in the evenings, or when a chill gets up, nothing to heavy or cumbersome, and something that is easy to get on her wriggly body. I’m also trying to pair it with some fabric I want to make her a birthday dress from, so I’m thinking something a little more special. I’m working with Swans Island Natural Colours Merino Silk Sport weight, and it is so nice to work with I might have to get some more for me! Although, there isn’t much of it used up on ravelry, and I can’t find it on their site – I have no idea if they’re still dying it?
I had a good idea how I wanted the body to look – cap sleeves with a roll hem, simple gathering at the shoulders and center front, opening at the back. It came out pretty much how I envisioned. I’ve given it a quick blocking before I head on to the skirt part (apparently an old yoga mat works well when your blocking mats are in the attic -  the attic which is only accessibly through a sleeping baby’s room). I’m still undecided how I want to work the skirt… half of me wants a fully laced skirt, half of me wants something a little less flouncy. I’m unsure. I have a lot more yarn left than I thought I would so I feel like anything is possible. Whilst it’s drying I’ll dive into my random assortment of stitch dictionary (got to love thrift stores) and no doubt they will help me out – its definitely my favourite part of designing, trawling thorough stitch patterns. I’ve been taking notes for other sizes too, so hopefully we will have a pattern at the end of all this.
Only a few more days left of the KAL, and a weekend away camping – hopefully I’ll make it in time! Are you joining in?

Regroup

KBP-16DSC_0364DSC_0361 DSC_0362DSC_0365 DSC_0367I’ve having one of those slow-down-and-regroup mornings. My Mum left yesterday, having been with us for a few weeks, and between her inspiring me to start all these wild and wonderful sewing projects, cast on many-a new knitting projects and the plain excitement of having a guest for a while (and getting horribly sick in the midst of it) I’m at that place where I need to get my head around what I’m working on.

I’m working on a few new patterns at the moment, one cardigan in the tech editing stage that is almost ready for testers (and already has its own slew of amazing photographs), and a shawl-like spin on the poncho that is so close to being off the needles I should just get on with it. It’s my first ever project working with lace, and you might call me crazy designing a fully charted pattern that eats up about 1500yds of the skinny stuff, but I LOVE how its turning out – the knitted fabric is amazing – and I cant wait to get it to the blocking boards. You see, I really should just crank it out.
Before I got sick I had grand plans to work on an adult sized project for the Tops, Tanks and Tees KAL over at veryshannon.com with that lush purple. However, it’s up in 8 days and so I’m thinking I’ll work on a smaller little something for Louella using this naturally dyed sandy coloured merino/silk blend, also from Swans Island. I bought it along with some fabric for a 1st birthday outfit (1 year old already?!) at the beginning of July. I’ve only played with a little swatch so far but it’s so nice to work with, and reminds me of Brambleberry Yarn’s Loganberry base I used for Leaf Stole (notice a colour preference?!).
Another project on the go for Lou is the R&R Hoodie by Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts. I’m using some CA merino wool I naturally dyed using Madder Root. It was a pure fluke, trying to exhaust a dye bath, and I entered the fiber bone dry which often means the rate at which the dye bath is absorbed fluctuates across the skein. The result is this awesome varigated salmony pinky coral colour and I’m enjoying seeing it develop as I knit it up. Lou is pretty chunky and going by her chest size I’m knitting the 18month size, however its coming out pretty big and so I’m not rushed to get this off the needles. It’s always nice to have an easy going project on the needles, the aran weight and large needles are a bonus!
That gorgeous crochet blanket? My Mum finished it off whilst she was here (along with a gazillion other projects) and she sneakily left it behind as a gift! I love it so much.. and it will be spread out on the table for now, because its far to pretty not to be on display!
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