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?