Market Dress!

Market Dress!

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I have a new dress pattern! It’s called Market Dress and I’m so happy with the result. It’s available for a limited time for 25% off on my Ravelry page. Just use the code HAPPYSUMMER in your cart to apply the discount. This pattern uses Dishie by KnitPicks, a very hardwearing worsted weight cotton yarn with high twist, perfect for children’s garments. Right now it’s on sale and even the largest size (6yr) can be made for $12 in yarn costs. The pattern includes sizes for ages 3 months through age 6.

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We visit the farmer’s market in our town almost every Saturday morning. It’s a family ritual that I look forward to every weekend, and I often bound out of bed and demand everyone get ready so we can go before the heat becomes intolerable. We get delicious produce, flowers, and sometimes Zooey talks us into muffin and popsicle purchases if she’s being especially persuasive. We listen to local musicians, wander through the beautiful garden on the town square, and inevitably run into many of our friends. What’s not to love? The love of being at the farmer’s market was the inspiration for this dress. I wanted the girls to have something they could wear in hot summer months that could withstand serious play. market dress-19I’m also thrilled to have made a dress that Zooey asks to wear. She was eagerly awaiting the day I let her wear it, since I finished her dress first. I made her wait until I had Charlotte’s done too and could take pictures of them both in the dresses. We were up and at the market shortly after 7am on this day and the light was perfect. market dress-21This dress is knit in once piece from the bottom up and has a chevron detail to add some extra fun. It’s appropriate for the adventurous beginner and beyond, requiring just a little knowledge of shaping. market dress-13Though I didn’t get a picture of this, the 12 month size is actually big enough that Zooey can wear it as a tank top, so I feel confident that these pieces will be with the girls for some time. In the fall and winter they would be lovely layered over some leggings and a long-sleeved top. market dress-9 Zooey could not stop twirling in her dress. I love it. I’m so happy to make clothes that excite my kiddos.

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Pink toes

Pink toes

baby feetWe had a couple of cold nights and I immediately wished I had made some baby socks for Charlotte, so I made some. These are some scrappy socks. I used a teeny bit of leftover Colinette Jitterbug in Whirley Fig and some Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Pewter. Working from the toe-up I cast on 12 stitches (6 per side) and increased the toes until I had 32 stitches total. Then I knit for about four inches and then did an inch of ribbing and cast off. These are plain ol’ tube socks so she can wear them through the winter as her feet grow. baby feet-4They fit well, but next time I might make them a smidge wider. I suppose she could also wear them as mittens if needed. baby feet-2Charlotte was 4 months old on the 16th and she’s a pretty happy little lady. Unless she’s looking at me like I’m a weirdo for taking her picture: baby feet-3I haven’t been as responsive to blog comments as I’d like to be and I’m sorry for that. I love reading your comments and greatly appreciate them. I’ve been back at work for 3 weeks and it’s definitely mentally taxing. In my other work life I’m a school based therapist at a school I adore. It is a wonderful job and most of the time but I often leave feeling like my brain has had a big workout all day long, so I’m not as active with responses as I’d like. I will always try my best to get at least one or two blog posts out a week because I love love love doing it. When I started this thing I really didn’t think anyone would read it, and I feel completely chuffed that people do, that I’ve made some friends from doing this, and I’ve also learned from a wonderful and vibrant community of knitters out in the world. I appreciate being part of the conversation.

From the fella’s knitting queue

From the fella’s knitting queue

A couple of weeks ago when I said I didn’t know what to knit Matt immediately had some suggestions for me. Socks, sweater, or the navy arm warmers he’s been wanting. Of course he would have a list. The man has an insatiable appetite for hand knits. arm warmersThe yarn is something unpronounceable to me that I won in a holiday swap a few years back. While not really navy, it’s the closest I had in my stash. I don’t know if I’ve stated this publicly, but I might try to knit the whole summer from my stash. This would be a pretty big feat for me. I might have to allow an exception for a birthday yarn purchase mid-July, but this is my goal. I won’t go into the politics of maternity leave in the United States, but for most people it’s completely unpaid (I’m in this category) and it is requiring some definite budget discipline for us. Luckily I’ve spent years stashing like yarn was going out of style and I have a nice under-the-bed stashed yarn cave to choose from. arm warmers-4I am thinking of writing up this pattern when I get the time. I just did some hand charts on graph paper and went with it. I had to rip it a couple of times because I didn’t like the size first, then the way the chevron looked, but I’m satisfied with the finished result and it barely about 190 yards of fingering weight yarn. arm warmers-2Now to think of a name…It’s so hard to name things.

TTTKAL progress coming soon!

Introducing Articulation

I’m very happy to be releasing a new pattern today! It’s called Articulation (thank you, Andrea for your suggestion on this post).  articulationI started the knitting at the end of July and finished at the beginning of September.  The knitting is the most fun process for me, of course.  The writing, correcting, editing, and re-editing part is less fun.  I had the help of a wonderful tech editor, Eleanor Dixon, and with her assistance I finally got myself to the finish line.articulation-4Matt chose the color for this sweater. It’s far more neutral than I would have chosen on my own, but it really grew on me as the project developed.  The yarn is Cascade Ecological Wool in the color Antique.  I wanted to use an Aran weight yarn to help make the sweater knitting speedy.

articulation-3I’m such a lover of shawl collars. I felt like this sweater had to have one, so I built that into the design.  articulation-2If you want to learn more about the pattern, see the pattern page on Ravelry or you can .

Coming attractions

I’ve been working on a secret project for awhile now.  It’s a large garment, so it’s been eating up some of my knitting time.  I’m working on a men’s sweater design.  Naturally, Matt was putting in orders for fall and winter sweaters and I really wanted to come up with a new design, so it worked out well.  I’m nearing the finish and the pattern has been sent to the tech editor, so I feel like I can make some mention of it now.matt's fall sweater-3It’s an Aran weight men’s pullover with some cable details.  I hope to have the pattern released by mid-late September.

matt's fall sweaterI’m still working out name details.  Feel free to make suggestions!

Fast baby feet!

I pictured all kinds of cute mother/daughter poses for these matching socks, but in the end, Matt shot what he could as fast as he could, and we got a couple of somewhat clear shots. mama and baby feetZ and I are wearing our matching Prufrock socks. For hers, I used my Kiddo Kicks pattern, increased by 2 stitches (one on instep, one on sole) for the 1-3 yr size, and I left out one repeat of the wave stitch in the Prufrocks.

mama and baby feet-2I’ve only made her straight stockinette socks up to this point. I’m quite enamored with the look of her little patterned feet. I didn’t have enough yarn to make her a 3-inch cuff like I would have wanted, but I think they’ll be cute as ankle socks too.

This was part of my Ravellenic 2014 goals. I sort of flopped on my stated goals from the last paragraph of this post. I did complete the Hundertwasser socks, these Prufrocks for Z, I started new socks for Matt and got past the gusset pickups (going toe-up two-at-a-time) and I finished the knitting on the Pensacola Sweater for the film Tell Them of Us. That sweater is blocking right now, and I will do the seaming in the next couple of days. I did a lot of knitting, but I thought I would be making arm warmers for all of us, and I ended up focusing on socks. I did want to have Pensacola ready to ship by today, but it’s close enough to make me feel satisfied.  I had a little bit of a carrot on a stick to inspire me to finish, since I purchased the pattern for Wispers, but I wouldn’t allow myself to cast it on before finishing Pensacola… More about that soon.

Happy Monday! Did you all meet any Ravellenic goals?

A wee frog

I’m making pretty good progress on this Pensacola Sweater for the Tell Them of Us film. You can see the picture for the pattern, detailed notes about my knitting, and a link to the whole pattern booklet on my Ravelry project page. I won’t be writing up the pattern, but hopefully the details will help other replicate it if they wish.

I am chugging along. Yea for garter stitch! The sleeves and the neckline make so much more sense now that I’m at that part of the pattern, despite the scant details in the older pattern. My changes are only gauge-related in this area, and I’m also doing both sleeves at the same time by working from two separate balls. The original pattern instructs to do them one at a time. Here is a hasty Instagram shot of the progress: IMG_20140126_212030

It would have been wiser to check the length of the body on the dress form before I bound off for the neckline, but I got excited about moving to a new part of the sweater and I overlooked it. I will have to rip back about 2.5 inches tonight: an inch of the front side of the two sleeves/sweater fronts and the shoulder area. I’m adding an additional .75″ to the back side of the sleeve (making the total length 5.25″ there), then I’ll proceed to the shoulder stitches for about 1.5″, then make the front of the sleeve 5.25″ for a total of 12″ around the sleeve. The original pattern has a sleeve that only ends up being about 9.25 inches around, but I think this wouldn’t be a very comfortable amount of ease. While it looks somewhat ok on the dress form above, I was stretching it a bit in my denial. I’d rather err on the side of a little positive ease in the sleeves to fit more like the original pattern photo.

Here is a rough schematic of how this thing goes, if you’re trying to make it also. I’ve never knit a sweater this way, so I think that’s why it took me awhile to wrap my head around the construction. It’s pretty cool though. Keep in mind this is not drawn to scale. It’s essentially one big piece that’s folded in half and seamed along the sides. The collar and lower part of the sleeves are picked up and added. Pensacola schematicsAs soon as I get past the long sleeve rows this baby will really fly by! Looks like I might be able to participate in the Ravellenics without worrying about getting this done in time.