Attack of the Tiny Pants Addiction: Part 2

In my last post I talked about my new bout of tiny pants syndrome, and how I had already cast on another pair in the form of dungarees. These have, sadly, been moving a lot slower than the first pair although are still as desperately cute.

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Although I love what the end project is going to look like, and would probably knit these again, I did find a few things I would probably change the next time. You can see my notes here if you’re interested!

I’ve been knitting these in Berroco Modern Cotton DK which is super soft but a wee bit splitty (I blame the cotton to be honest) and I wouldn’t mind knitting a couple more summer items for Baby S out of this stuff (which is saying a lot since I usually shy away from summer yarns. What can I say, I’m a wool girl). I’m starting to wonder how viable a cotton knit nursing cover would be.

On a non-knitting note, I’ve think I’ve hit peak bowling ball:

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I mean, yes, I acknowledge I/Boy still have roughly 2 months of growing left but guys, I literally became exhausted yesterday trying to zip up my boots. Dear lord. Thank goodness tomorrow is April which means slip on shoes and no pants!

What are you guys knitting?

Attack of the Tiny Pants Addiction: Part 2

An Obsession with Tiny Pants

I knew it would happen sooner or later. I knew that it was inevitable. I knew that one day I’d have to stop knitting Boy little wee sweaters and move on to other wardrobe accompaniments. But I had no idea it would hit me so hard: the love of tiny pants.

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These wee little things are actually called Tiny Pants by Megan Goodacre and have been the most joyful and quickest thing I’ve knit in 2017! I literally finished them with a day, and since finishing them have been debating how many pairs of pants like these Boy might need.

They’re knit up in Sugar Bush Yarns Crisp in the colours Titanium and Andrew’s Aqua. I had been oogling the Crisp since Dee ordered it into the store and knew from the beginning it’d make a great baby-friendly yarn. Boy, was I right! It was delicious to work with and I loooooove the colours together. My only qualm with it is the lack of yardage (there is only about 95 yards per skein) but I think the squishiness of it may make up for it a bit.

Now I’ve got another pair of tiny pants on the needles. Well, technically not pants, but dungarees.

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Stripey Baby Dungarees by Becky Smith knit in Modern Cotton DK

 

An Obsession with Tiny Pants

I Haven’t Actually Knit Since When!?

Yup. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve just realized that even though I’ve dragged project bags around with me to various places and rooms around the house, I haven’t actually done any work on them since, oh, Thursday.

I think this is one of the longest times I’ve gone without knitting. Except I’m pretty sure I know why I’m kicking my feet a wee bit when it comes to finishing up a couple projects.

One is sleeves.

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The body of a Playdate cardigan knit in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock in Thomas Circle with the edgings knit with Hedgehog Fibres’ Sock in Pollen

I’ve noticed that I notoriously dislike knitting sleeves. I don’t do too badly when they are knit separately, but for some reason when they are knit from the body, I always stall. Which is weird to me because I highly dislike seaming shoulder caps to bodies. ‘Tis a mystery, which will probably never be explained.

The other reason is lace.

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What lace, you may be asking. It’s there, I promise.

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This muddled pile of lace is the start of Heartfelt  from Interpretations Vol. 3 by Veera Välimäki (& Joji Locatelli) and is being knit from the freshly frogged madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering I had been using for a Be Kind shawl from the same book. Now, don’t get me this wrong, this lace has actually been pretty pleasant to knit, the real problem is that the pattern is digital, which means every time I want to work on it I have to drag my laptop around because it’s my only electronic thing that I can also zoom in and properly keep track of what row I’m on. I’ve just printed off a legit paper copy and will be using my handy dandy row tracker to help me keep track from now on. Oh, the knitting location possibilities now!

In non-knitting exciting news, which have also probably been contributing to my lack of knitting is that a) I’ve hit the third trimester mark! Whaaaaaat!

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And then on top of this exhausting milestone is that we’ve finally bought a house! Woo! We are very excited and I’ve been obsessed with pinning home decor and paint ideas (I’ve almost got Husband convinced to let me use the spare bedroom closet as a yarn closet!), and I’m just so happy this little one will actually have a real nursery to be brought home to rather than a dark basement, no matter how many cozy knits surround him in said basement.

 

I Haven’t Actually Knit Since When!?

Patience is a Knitting Virtue

In my last post I whined about mentioned my lack of blocking space and how I couldn’t finish MigrationWell, please behold  what a little bit of patience will get you: a new cardigan that’s perfect (aside from the fact that I currently can’t do the buttons up, but that’s not the cardigan’s fault).

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Migration knit in scrumptious Ambrosia Yarns Woolen. You can’t see the details in the buttons but they mimic little owl eyes! I got these beauties from Gloria Patre Spin N Knit on Etsy.

Lately I feel as if my patience has constantly been tested in various aspects of my life, and knitting, as I’ve discovered over and over again, helps remind us to be as patient as we can (even when you have to do a second full wet block to get the collar unpinched…) because the wait is usually worth it. Unless you didn’t swatch and your finished project turns out to fit your 6 year old niece rather than you…

Now if only I could practice patience when it comes to WIPs and resisting the temptation to frog back projects that are 7/8s done and in fingering weight….but more on that later.

 

Patience is a Knitting Virtue

One of Those Days

It’s one of those days where something just doesn’t feel right and so to comfort myself, I’ve been carrying around a couple of skeins for inspiration.

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L-R: 2 mini-skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Sock Minis in Pollen and a mystery skein that I’m pretty sure is Cry Baby, a skein of Soper Creek Yarn exclusive worsted, and a frogged ball of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Meterorite.

There is something infinitely comforting about having soft, squishy yarn you can cuddle when frustration takes over; especially when you discover your usual blocking area is currently occupied and so your one prominent knitting project is at a standstill until you can go to your grandmother’s to use her floor.

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the prominent knitting project in question: Migration knit in Ambrosia Yarns Woolen

It is quite possible that my entire bad mood today is based on the fact that I’m SO CLOSE to finishing Migration  but can’t until it’s blocked out. On top of that, the buttons I ordered for it arrived today. Why must you mock me, cruel fate?

So I’m contenting myself by finding the perfect project to make me feel happy again – which will probably be a baby knit – until I can finish off Migration.

On a less complainy note, I spent Sunday at Needles in the Hay and finally got a chance to flip through the newest Pom Pom magazine, and was super happy to find this illustration done by my talented cousin included with one of the articles!

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It’s so wonderful when crafting worlds collide in the most unsuspecting ways. If you like the illustration, then I highly suggest heading over to Elena’s blog/shop, Elena’s Treehouse, and checking out more of her stuff.

And then finally, this:

img_1316This is Aviara in her full glory up at Needles in the Hay. What a proud momma moment I had. I love the sweetgeorgia superwash sport – I have to admit that even after knitting this, every time I went by I had to have a touch!

Ok, I will admit: now I feel a little bit better.

One of Those Days

Snow Day

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Today is a bit of a snow day in the GTA, they’re calling for 10cm of snow and it hasn’t stopped snowing since I woke up this morning. For some reason, Husband has decided it is the perfect day to go cross-country skiing on the hill by our house but I am just content to sit at home knitting with the cat and drinking tea (not that my growing belly would really let me get much skiing done).

All the snow makes me really glad that I’ve started Migration by Stacey Gerbman in Wool People Vol. 10. Because the cables just make it so cozy and I’m absolutely loving knitting with the Ambrosia Yarns Woolen; I’ve been eyeing this yarn since Deanna ordered it in to Needles in the Hay in the fall, but never had the perfect project, and it’s definitely the perfect substitute for the BT Shelter the pattern calls for!

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And on the topic of snow, have you tried Fleece Artist’s thrum mitten kits yet (or Fleece Artist in general?!)?

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I was extremely fortunate to be the instructor for a thrum mitten workshop last weekend at Needles in the Hay and got to work with a Fleece Artist thrum mitten kit. It was honestly like knitting with fluffy cotton candy or snow, and the colours of the yarn (pre-matched with the fleece) are gorgeous as per usual when it comes to Fleece Artist.

What are you working on on this snowy Sunday?

 

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A Nesting Knitter

People have warned me about pregnancy and this whole “nesting” thing. Pretty much where a prego goes insane over preparing for the baby and can feel the insatiable need to:

A. Clean. My BFF has told me on countless occasions about the middle of the night nesting she had where she felt compelled to clean the baseboards on her hands and knees because they needed to be clean NOW.

B. Organize. I’ve already gone through this where I’ve rearranged my growing piles of baby supplies based on size, purpose, colour, and by cuteness factor. (I’m still not satisfied and insist that I need some plastic totes to fulfill what is, obviously, my life mission before this baby arrives)

C. Finish things. This could be anything from the insane need to buy a crib or stroller at 4 months pregnant (guilty as charged), to needing to get as many WIPs finished as soon as possible. Aaaah, now you see where I’m going with this.

I’ve gone through all 3 of those options in the last couple months (and it’s getting worse) but it’s option C that seemed to consume me last week because I finished and blocked not only Aviara, but Lemongrass as well. And the satisfaction! OH! The satisfaction!

*Just as a note before looking at the pictures that I’m almost 6 months pregnant and so the fit is very much different on me than it would be on someone who is not pregnant and I highly recommend looking at the original pattern pages linked above if you are interested in knitting either of these patterns*

Lemongrass has turned into the sweater I always knew it would be. I knit it in Malabrigo Rios in the Lettuce colourway. I only made a couple of mods to the pattern – shortening the sleeves and the turtleneck, and I very quickly did some loose stitching from the armpits to the buttons on the sides just to keep them closed. I was worried a bit while knitting it because even though I thought I was on gauge, perhaps I wasn’t, as when I tried it on pre-blocked the panels were way too small (and would still have been too small pre-pregnancy as well!) and the armpits were tight.

Ah, but my faith in Rios proved itself again and a good hearty blocking made all well. If there is anything I can recommend when it comes to working with Malabrigo (especially Rios) is this:

  1. Malabrigo blocks out a lot. So much so that sometimes I seriously contemplate not using it (mostly Rios) for hats because the bands stretch out so much (obviously this can be easily fixed by using smaller needles than recommended for the bands)
  2. If you need to use more than 1 skein, make sure to switch them every couple rows. Seriously. Lettuce has betrayed me twice with this and both times I’ve ended up with a line of colour differentiation. Even with Lemongrass, I forgot and now I have a line across my belly. Le sigh.

And speaking of yarns that block well: the finished result of the Aviara Pullover, knit in SweetGeorgia Superwash Sport in Sapphire.

Pictured above on the left is the pre-blocked pullover. It was a bit shorter than I would have liked and just generally made me look squnchy. Yup, you read me: squnchy. I’ve knit with SweetGeorgia Sport before though and I knew that really it just needed a good bath, and was I ever right! Pictured on the right is the finished blocked project, a couple inches longer, with the cables popping (not that you can see it well in that picture…) and everything else laying smoother than smooth peanut butter, with this drape that makes me swoon a bit.

I don’t think there’s much I’d change on this sweater; I think I made the sleeves a titch shorter than the pattern recommended, but otherwise I love it. It’s going to be spending some time up at Needles in the Hay and then I think it’s going to make the perfect post-pregnancy sweater (I knit it a bit bigger than my “normal” size for this purpose).

Now that I’ve gotten two sweaters off my list, I feel as if I can focus a little bit on some baby knits. I’ve already cranked out a thick winter hat for Baby Boy and have started on some overalls (overalls!!!) in some Spud & Chloe Sweater I have hanging around.

What are you working on?

A Nesting Knitter