Stacked Stag-Horn Baby Sweater (worsted weight) by Stacey Cilia, knit in Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce and Reflecting Pool.
And it does.
On the other WIPs front, Miles’s new Flax Light sweater is coming along slowly but surely. I’ve hit the body which means straight knitting now until the bottom ribbing so my attention has wandered a bit despite my love of the wonderful little garter rows the Mechita knits up.
Since taking this picture, I’ve finished the body and started a sleeve. It’s knit up wonderfully quick compared to the Flax Light and even the Netherton cardigan I’ve also been working on in DK. Ah, worsted weight, it’s almost your season again.
I know, I know. I’ve got mad startitis and I just can’t stop myself! I think part of the issue is that I’ve mostly given up trying to knit during the day with Miles because, well, things like this happen:
The other night all I wanted to do was knit, but none of my current projects called to me. What was a knitter to do? Cast on, of course! Except I found myself stuck between a rock and a hard place: a new hat or sweater for Milesman?
The answer was both!
Which is how I found myself with the start of a Barley hat (knit in one of my LYS’s yarn dyed specially for them in a beautiful superwash wool. It was originally going to be a different sweater for Miles that never really seemed to work out and then ended up being too small for Miles anyways by the time I finished the body…) and another Flax Light in leftover Mechita yarn from my Boxy sweater (which means we’ll technically match!). I love the simplicity of these tincanknits patterns. Sometimes there’s nothing better than garter and stockinette stitch interplaying together, especially on a baby!
Now if only it’d get nippy again.
Friends, I’ve discovered mosaic knitting and I have to say, it is beautiful.
It really started when my cousin knit a Barnstable shawl as a sample for the shop in the new Dos Tierras yarn she got from Malabrigo (oh lordy , is that yarn lovely) and so in an attempt to stave myself off from buying new yarn, I finally cast on a Walk in the Woods shawl using the Quince & Co. Lark I had previously purchased and had been intending for this project from the beginning. Both patterns are by Lisa Hannes, and both are (at least according to my cousin and I) highly addictive.
If you’ve never done mosaic knitting before, let me give you a brief breakdown on how it works: it is a brilliant system of doing colourwork with slipped stitches instead of stranding, which means you still only use 1 yarn per row and don’t get a bulky extra layer (handy for mittens and winter items, but sometimes not so handy if you want it to be a multi-season item)
This means you get something that looks like this:
Pretty snazzy, huh? I’m pretty happy with it and the fact that the mosaic technique DOESN’T create that bulky layer also makes me feel a lot better about casting on a worsted weight wool shawl in April.
I’m loving the way the Lark is knitting up, Quince & Co. always has such beautiful stitch definition, but I won’t lie, I’m still tempted to knit up another one using the recommended Rios. Especially since I still have over a skein of the Lettuce colourway left over from my Lemongrass sweater.
On a last note though, Jasper seems to like my yarn choice just fine.
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:
- 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)
- 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?
With Christmas coming, it’s been a bit hard to tame my baby knitting urges until all my Christmas knitting is done, and I’ve been pretty resistant to the urge…well, mostly.
I gave in to this sweet little cardigan, appropriately called Sweet Bunting by Laura Chau. I knit this one in Malabrigo Arroyo with scraps of Sweet Georgia Superwash Sport and Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, because if there’s anything I know already it’s that anything for a baby should be superwash.
Luckily though I’ve still been able to bust through my Christmas knit list and am one sleeve away from the lot. Woo hoo! I’m so behind from last year but, well, shit happens. I’d show you some of the finished results but, well, they’re all wrapped already. At least that’s SOMETHING I’m on top of!
Now, this may or may not surprise you, but I am surprisingly behind on my Christmas knitting. I know, it’s horrible, I feel bad about it, but luckily a lot of people on my list this year are getting some homemade (if not a little bit crooked) pottery. However, there are still a couple people on my list who are still getting hand-knits, and so I’ve started going into frantic mode on what to knit them. Luckily, I started with Jane Richmond’s Arika Cowl and have lulled into a false sense of security that, yes, I can finish all my Christmas knitting between now and December 24th….right?
I absolutely adored knitting this, and am really quite sad that I can’t keep it for myself. It literally took me an evening and an hour of knitting to complete – not including the tassels. It’s knit with Malabrigo Mecha in Paysandu and is so incredibly soft and squishy. It was so quick and is so lovely that I’m seriously contemplating knitting it for a couple more people! It’s not bad to give people the same gift when it’s hand-made, right?
My cousin at Needles in the Hay has just informed me that she just got in the HiKoo by Kenzington, which is the recommended yarn for the pattern and now I’m super happy I convinced her to let me work on Sunday 🙂