Dewey Cabled Pullover

As you might have expected, there is some baby knitting going on here as well–thus I present another finished project from Vintage Baby Knits, the Dewey Cabled Pullover.  The yarn is Louet Gems Fingering Weight Merino in Irish Cream.

I chose this  pattern not just because I thought it was cute (what baby pattern isn’t) but because of the large neckhole–after some previously featured projects that encountered difficulties getting over a rather large noggin, this seemed like a safer course of action.

However, this was not without its “drama”–despite the fact that I should have had enough yarn to make a long-sleeved version of this sweater, after using up two of my three skeins to make the body of the sweater, I decided it would save me a lot of frustration to knit up a short-sleeved version.  I wasn’t sure just how short to make the sleeves, but leafing through the book I noticed some other short-sleeved patterns that measured in around 4 inches or so–sounded good to me!

 I didn’t enjoy this project very much–not because of difficulty, nor was it too boring.  Rather, I was not very happy with the yarn.  As I worked on the project, I just couldn’t imagine the finished project looking very nice.  The color was bland, the stitches looked uneven to me, and it looked rather lopsided.  But–the magic of blocking!  Once the pieces were shaped and sewn up, I was very pleasantly surprised.

So here’s the Dewey Cabled Pullover–size 18-24 months;  to be  modelled at a later date.

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Ilmar’s Socks: Finished Project

Now, for another completed and Christmas-themed project!  Ilmar’s socks from Nancy Bush’s Folk Knitting in Estonia.  I love this book, I’ve even lost count of how many projects I have made from this book.  (Finally!  A knitting book for which I have recouped my investment several times over!)

I started (and finished) these socks ages ago, but haven’t had a good photo until now.  And maybe just as well, as this post would have looked a little odd in June.  I didn’t plan to make Christmas socks; rather this was an exercise in making good use of stash yarn.  I had enough red, and enough white.  And scraps of green.  (Yes, it seems obvious now; but no harm done.  You don’t really wear wool socks other than this time of year anyway!)

In case anyone’s wondering, these are indeed men’s socks, made for my husband (and sock model).

Now dad’s feet match little e’s head!

Candy Cane Hat

I’ve been complaining that it’s too early for Christmas:  not because I’m a Scrooge, but because I really don’t think it’s necessary to start the onslaught of marketing before Halloween has even passed.  I grew up being told that Christmas season started the Friday after Thanksgiving.  After all, that’s why Santa is the last float of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!  Apparently times have changed.  I know retailers are trying to “move” products this year of all years, but still.  It’s 2 major holidays away, people!

Christmas knitting is a different story!  My leftover yarn from the Santa Hat, from the very first post, has been repurposed into a new Christmas hat.  This pattern is from Handknit Holidays and based on the measurements, I made the woman’s size but at a slightly tighter gauge–I figured that would give some room to grow, plus a tightly knit hat will just keep out more cold air.  And size wise it turned out about right:  It’s a little big for little E, but too small for me.

This was not too difficult, though I should have put a stitch marker in place to mark the beginning of each row.  As the pattern swirls into a candy cane shape, the first stitch of each row is constantly shifting.  It didn’t cause too big of a problem, but I had to spend some extra time figuring out where I was in the pattern on occasion.  Maybe there’s one side that therefore looks a little funny, but that always happens with circular knitting anyway (since I never bothered to learn “jogless joins”) so I’m not sure how noticeable it is to anyone but me (or if I even made a mistake at all).

 Color’s a little off here, but you get the idea–it’s your standard red and white!  Maybe I’ll be able to update this post with a shot of little E modelling, but even though my camera now works, I have yet to stop slacking off with the camera.

Candy Cane Hat II

Gladys Fair Isle Bonnet

While I haven’t been doing much knitting, I have been doing some–I’ll get around to posting it all eventually, but first things first, why not show off something I’ve actually finished!

 Gladys Fair Isle Bonnet from Vintage Baby Knits for my friend Caitlin’s new baby girl L:

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I found this project sort of annoying, even though it is very cute.  First, it was not fair isle in the round, meaning I had to purl with more than one color.  In fact, it wasn’t really even fair isle as I sometimes had to work three colors per row!  Obviously this is something that I could get better at in practice, but learning it along with flat fair-isle was not so fun.  The problem was that whenever I had to start a new color, it was always on the opposite end of the work.  I tried to weave the nonworking yarn in as I went so it would be in the right place when I next needed it, but that was a bit fussy too (when I was trying to deal with all the colors for the right side of the work!) 

It was a small project though so I kept at it, and I am pleased with the result.   Had this been a sweater or something larger, I probably would have thrown up my hands.  My favorite part was the tassels–you get several long lengths of the yarns and twist them together around a doorknob or chair (in fact I looped waste yarn around a chair, and then threaded the yarn for the tassels through that–otherwise it wouldn’t have worked).  It was pretty cool how the yarn stays twisted when you release it and it’s an almost professional, polished look!

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And by the way, despite my gripes about this pattern, I have to say this is one of the prettiest baby knitting books I’ve ever seen.   I’m really looking forward to knitting more projects out of it.  The pattern was very clearly written, the issue was just I was not up for the fiddliness of it.  But if you want to try these techniques the pattern is perfect as it is just small enough to get some practice without going crazy!

I have not had much luck with baby hats fitting, but I hope this will fit little L at the appropriate time of year–luckily in Boston we’ve got a good stretch of cool-to-cold weather for hat wearing!

Seattle Sites

The Sites of Seattle

it was a partial threecleversister reunion in early May.  I had the privilege of tipping cocktails with Marie at a wedding in Nash-Vegas one weekend and the very next I was welcoming Sara and little E to the Pacific Northwest — Seattle.  Being in Seattle is lovely because there are all sorts of things for the foodie in me to enjoy and gush over.  It was E’s first trip to Seattle, so we had to make sure he got the best that it had to offer.  Just a quick survey our stops:

Cafe Nouveau.  This is the acclaimed West Seattle bakery.  Rumor has it, the baker upset the French at a world reknown baking contest.  And, here he is, in the the corner of West Seattle producing incredibly delicacies that the French are grudgingly jealous of.  My mom bought my birthday cake (the big 3-0) from there.

http://www.bakerynouveau.com/welcome/

the incredibly delicious carrot cake

the incredibly delicious carrot cake

bakery nouveau's awards

bakery nouveau’s awards

Sara's twice baked croissant

Sara’s twice baked croissant

something pretty and no doubt sweet

something pretty and no doubt sweet

The FIRST Starbucks.  Coffee had its start in Seattle — any Seattle tourism guide will tell you as much.  Yes, we went to the original Starbucks.  This is the original decal.  A little scandalous, don’t you think?  Little E didn’t partake of any coffee — it was too late, he was napping, getting ready for Pike’s Place.

Starbuck was a character in Moby Dick, right Dad?

Pike’s Place Market.  Flying Elliot?  No.  Flying Fish? Yes.  It was – surprisingly – a rainy afternoon when we went to the market.  Lucky for us – most is indoors or under a roof of some sort.  We sampled the delights of Chukar Cherries, several homemade, organic-like lotions, and bits of cheese. Our family + Free Samples = ❤

little E and fresh fish

little E and fresh fish

Trophy Cupcake. After all of my gushing, I had to take my sister to Trophy cupcake.  But, since we were short on time, Little E and Sara stayed in the car while I rushed in to pick out some treats. They certainly lived up to my fanfare.  My parents agreed that they are much better than Cupcake Royale.  Actually, I made my dad purchase some on Thursday night (after our trip on Wednesday) so I could have some fresh ones to take to Bellingham to celebrate Ms. Maren’s birthday.http://www.trophycupcakes.com

red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting

red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting

yea! Trophy!