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.
In case you forgot, a bit ago I posted a picture of M. being the world’s most unenthusiastic knitwear model. Well, I have good news! He has finally accepted his destiny, and is becoming a bit more enthusiastic about modelling his knitwear.
Miles was very comfy cozy today on our excursions – it’s been quite windy and nippy lately – and the cardigan has stood up well to the buckets of drool he’s been producing lately.
And after said droolmeister went to bed this evening, I managed to see on the finishing touches to the Little Coffee Bean CardiganI made for a expecting friend of mine. It’s adorable, and I’m very tempted to make another one.
I knit it with Sugar Bush Yarns Crisp, which is currently my absolute favourite worsted yarn for baby knits. It’s incredibly soft, machine washable and is a decent yardage for the price. I can’t wait to see her little one in it!
I was hoping to have a picture of a finished Netherton body to show you but, well, mandatory cuddles have gotten in my way lately.
Anyways. Since I’ve been working on actually leaving my child alone at bedtime and forcing myself downstairs for some me time (hallelujah for early baby bedtimes!) I’m almost done the body but not quite yet.
I’ve just started the waistband except I keep having the jiggling sensation that this isn’t the right size.
You see, since having a baby, I’ve *ahem* grown in certain areas, making it a little bit harder for me to judge my size and whether or not I’ll stay this size forever. Of course, I measured and low and behold! I have a 37″ bust and the size 3 is for 37″ busts! How wonderful!
….until I reread the sizing section when I divided for the body discovered I hadn’t taken into account the suggested/intended negative ease. Bugger all.
So like I mentioned in my last post, I was getting slightly anxious to finish my Lovely Ribbed Cowl, which I did…
…and move on to what I had had plans for the Dovestone DK I had recently bought, which I did…until I didn’t like what I had planned anymore. Sigh.
Luckily (or unluckily for my wallet) while visiting Needles in the Hay yesterday, I finally discovered what the Dovestone was truly calling for:
The Netherton Cardigan in the new PomPom anniversary edition magazine. I couldn’t help it really. I’ve been thinking about that beautiful cardigan since the last time I had been at the shop, and even though I would have loved it in the yellow, I figured the green I had bought was a good substitute.
I’ll be playing a little bit of yarn chicken with the sleeves as there were only 2 more skeins of the green left but that’s ok. I usually prefer more elbow length sleeves anyways so I’m not terribly worried – just excited!
Things are getting done around here – finally! I’ve currently got myAviara Pullover finished and laid out to dry; which I’m sure my cousin is very happy about as this is going to be one of the new samples for her store.
My new goal for this week now is to finish the last sleeve of the Lemongrasssweater I’ve been working on since the early fall (don’t even get me started on the unfinished Breathing Spacethat is languishing in its project bag) since it’s pretty much the only me project that I’ve started that will still fit me and this ever-growing belly. I’ve promised myself that if I can finish Aviara (check!) and Lemongrass before my next shift at Needles in the Hay that I have permission to start Migration:
Mama wants a new cardigan, and she wants it in Ambrosia Yarns.
As promised, I’ve decided to write a post composed of my top favourite baby patterns that I’ve either knit myself previously or that I’m dying to knit (because if it looks adorable on the pattern page, the pattern itself must be great, right?).
First I’d like to start with one of my all-time favourites to knit and gift:
I’ve knit this blanket three times now, and every time I’m surprised at how much I love the end results. There’s just something fantastic about having a squishy garter stitch blanket for a baby to get snuggled up in. There’s different weight variations of this pattern available and a bunch of suggested colourways sure to suit any discerning babe (the colourway shown above was one of theirs).
This hat is an adorable addition to any wee one’s wardrobe. I’ve knit it a couple times for a few of my nieces (one of whom is going to need it in a bigger size soon!) and I think Baby Boy is going to need one too. This could also be really cute with a little nose and whiskers embroidered onto the front of it!
Who doesn’t love Kate Davies’s designs? And honestly who doesn’t love a good bulky pattern? As I write this, I’m considering taking a pause in writing to go get my wallet so I can buy the pattern (No, Vic, patience! Patience!) I’m considering knitting this in the leftovers from the Super Easy Crib Blanket with a neutral yoke.
There is almost nothing I love more than a baby in moccasins! This is also an incredibly versatile pattern when it comes to picking colours, designs, etc.and is great for using up some scraps. You could make ten pairs of them with different results each time! For example:
The title of this pattern says it all: it’s so sweet! As I’m sure you remember, I just finished knitting a version of this myself, but I figured rather than posting another picture of that one, you’d probably prefer seeing the pattern example on an equally sweet baby.
I loved knitting this sweater; it’s a bottom up construction and then join all the pieces together for the yoke. There is something infinitely satisfying to have everything done with only the yoke left.
Think of the colour combinations! On top of that I’ve heard that cardigans are a baby’s best wardrobe piece and with only one little tie to worry about, how could you say no?
I just recently bought this pattern and am SO EXCITED to knit one for Baby Boy! But you know the best part? When you purchase this pattern, you get sizes from (as they call it) baby to big. Meaning? Matching sweaters for baby and parent! Sqeeeeeeeeeee!
I could see this becoming a staple in everybody’s wardrobe.
If you want more of an outright “grandpa” sweater, Baby Sophisticate is the perfect pattern for you.
I learned from experience when knitting this, it’s better to go with a lighter weight – like worsted weight – than heavier, as in the chunky weight I chose. I would definitely suggest if you do decide to use a chunkier weight, size up! Regardless this was still a great pattern to knit. Imagine adding some elbow patches or pockets (or both!) to this sweater!
Let’s just admit that tincanknits are pretty badass designers. There are very few designs of theirs that I don’t want to cast on immediately for. Flax and Flax Light are the same pattern just written for worsted and fingering weights respectively. I personally love these patterns because of how customizable they are – whether it’s through colour choices, switching out the garter panels for other stitch patterns, even just knitting it in different yarns can create completely different sweaters!
And the sizes! Oh the sizes! Once again, both patterns come in baby to big patterns, which makes it really irresistible not to knit one up for the whole family.
Yes! It is officially sweater weather, and honestly I couldn’t be happier. The best part? I finally found the box of my sweaters in storage and they’re all HOME now!
I may or may not have too many sweaters (cough – with a couple more still on needles – cough)
This also means that Big Momma is home. AKA my Kaide cardigan/coat
I always go back and forth with this cardigan – because I love it and love feeling like I’m wearing a blanket whenever I wear it (and have I mentioned it looks awesome from the back?) but at the same time, I’m not a huge fan of how the collar turned out, or how the shoulders seamed, and honestly I still haven’t found the perfect buckles which I think helps add to my love-hate relationship with it. But c’est la vie: it’s warm and makes a great coat without feeling too heavy.
And in finished project news:
Særós is now hanging out in Peterborough at Needles in the Hay for the next little while. I have to admit: this project really showed how a good blocking can make a difference. Pre-block it fit lumpily and the sleeves were an inch too short. Post-block the sleeves were perfect and everything smoothed out, especially the yoke!
I’m not an uber-heat person: I don’t like when it’s sticky hot outside, I’m not terribly crazy about wearing shorts or perspiring, and I burn really easily. So when September comes around, I get a wee bit giddy inside because it just means that I can bring out the wool again.
Which is fantastic because right now I’m knitting Særós as a sample for my cousin’s shop. And being able to actually take it outside to work on and not dying of heat was heavenly.
This pattern has been a great break for me since I seem to have become obsessed with fingering weight projects lately (probably because of the heat) so working with worsted makes it seem like I can knit like the wind!
Guys, I think I’ve just had my knitting dreams come true. It’s official. It’s here. It’s awesome.
Guys, I now have a yarn store in the family!
My lovely knitter cousin has literally just taken control of and reopened Needles in the Hay in Peterborough, Ontario. It’s the sweetest little yarn shop in the sweetest little(ish) city, and I know I’m going to have a hard time controlling myself.
Today she had her official reopening sale, and of course, I bought some goodies because a) as we’ve discussed, I have no self-control, and b) it was too glorious to say no.
I snagged myself enough Indigodragonfly’s CaribouBaa in Hipster Franz and The Mung Bean Stalk (Special Edition) and Cumberbacchanal (bottom cake) to knit a Breathing Space sweater from Interpretations Vol. 3. I’m so excited.
And then since I realized this morning that I really don’t have any handy travel projects, I got some louet Gems in Cloud Grey for some Flying Northsocks.
So please excuse me while I go binge on new yarn. And hey, if your in the area: go check out Needles in the Hay – the reopening sale is continuing until tomorrow.
As a knitter, I love love looooove knitting sweaters and cardigans. They are usually my favourite thing to knit, and there is nothing I love better than cozening up in a hand knit when I’m cold. But now that summer is upon us, I came to the stark realisation that while I have many sweaters that do wonders in the winter time, I really don’t have many lightweight sweaters/cardigans that I can wear in the summer when the sun is hot but the AC is freezing. Gah!
On a knitting sidenote, on Sunday I finished my Lake Diamond tank top, and it is blocked and ready to go….if only the weather would permit a tank top. Le sigh.
And so, a wishlist of light cardigans perfect for layering and the spring/summertime:
Grace is on the top of my list for cardigans. I recently bought this pattern and think it would be a perfect project to shop for when I go on my “last yarn trip in Calgary” to get some yarns that I just can’t in Ontario.
Heartfelt is part of the Interpretations Vol. 3 collection by Veera and Joji Locatelli. My cousin recently shared this book with me and I pretty much want to knit everything in it, including this beauty.
Ok, so not really a cardigan that would fit YOU (well, unless you love it so much you’re willing to do some intense math…) but I can’t help it, this pattern is on my mind right now as a good friend just had a baby and Baby M. needs a cardigan too!
Do you have a favourite summertime cardigan or sweater you love?