Trusting the Swatch

I did a swatch before making my Newsom cardigan.  I washed it and dried it and measured it before and after so I could see how much it grew.  I got gauge and moved forward with my project.

Then, I bound off my cardigan. And panicked a bit.  It didn’t fit! It was way too short in the body.  This is not unusual for me since I’m on the tallish side, which probably makes me all the more worried about it.  And then I remembered, my swatch grew.

To be honest, I still didn’t really trust that my sweater would work out okay.  I feared that my sweater would behave differently from the swatch, but I washed it and sure enough…it grew.


So, if I’m going to bother to swatch, I should probably trust it.  Not all swatches lie ;)  Finished pictures coming tomorrow, I hope!



Last night, I had a finished sweater.  With just ends left to weave in before blocking, I had just about reached the finish line on my Newsom cardigan.  Then, this morning, while weaving in ends, I noticed a tension problem at one edge that made it look like there was a hole in the knitting.  No amount of futzing with the problem made it look right.  It was, of course, right on the front edge of the cardigan.  I knew I wouldn’t be happy unless I frogged 2″ of garter stitch I had knit at the end of the sweater to get back past the problem spot.  That 2″ took me a long time.  I did all I could to avoid it, but it was inevitable, I had to frog.By the end of my frogging, I had these four little balls of yarn, and 2″ of garter stitch ahead of me, so I got started…again.

I feel like I have knit this sweater at least twice at this point (all of my own doing, my own mistakes, the pattern is great).  It’s a good thing I think I’m going to love this sweater and be able to wear it all the time because that’s the only thing that will make up for all of this frogging.

The Great Stash Re-org: Phase 1

Before we moved, I got all of my stash out and gave quite a bit away to my local knit/crochet friends, but I never got around to reorganizing after that. Mostly, I really want my stash to be up to date in Ravelry. I am so much more likely to use it if I can easily match up yarn with patterns I want to make. 

So, this weekend I got out all of my yarn. Some of it was still in boxes from the move. My first step was to dump it out onto the couch. Yikes!

Next, I sorted it so I could get all of the skeins of like yarns together and to get the unmarked balls out. I’m putting those in a bin of their own. 

After that, I went to my Ravelry stash to update the storage locations for yarns that I had already entered. As I did that, I marked them with the tag “2015sort” so I’ll know that the entry has been updated. 

Now, I’m left with a single layer of yarns on the couch that need to be photographed and entered into Ravelry. That will be phase 2. I know it can feel like a bit of an intimidating process to update your Ravelry stash. I’ve been putting it off myself! But, I’m hoping that breaking it up into smaller manageable chunks of work will help.

Buy Me Some Peanuts and…

Crackerjacks!  Baseball season is here, and while it’s not my favorite sport to watch (sorry baseball, I’m a football girl at heart), I do like keeping track of it and going to a game when I can.  So, when I heard about the Crackerjack project, I knew I had to do it.  Basically, you knit an infinity cowl using a different color to represent a home win, away win, home loss and away loss.  Sadly, the Astros will probably have a lot of losses again this season, so I chose to use the cheery colors for losses to try to make it sting a bit less.  ;)



Here’s my color key:

Home Win:  White

Home Loss:  Blue

Away Win:  Grey

Away Loss:  Orange

I’m using Berroco Vintage.  I just got one of each color for now, I figure with the stripes it will be okay if the yarn is in a different dye lot if I need to order more.  I’m making a big smooshy long cowl.  Today is the Astros opening day so I’m excited to get started!

The Arrow Led Here

I had a lot of fun doing Ysolda’s Follow Your Arrow shawl mystery knit along (finished pictures below – if you’re still avoiding spoilers).  I had never done one, and it was exciting to see what was coming next each week.  I did pretty well staying up with the clues until the end, and it has taken me a while to get them finished.  This is my first one.  The second one might hibernate for a bit while I work on a few other things, but I am looking forward to getting back to it.


I did clues BBABA for this one.  It is in Anzula Haiku – a Merino/Bamboo/Nylon blend.  I am always amazed by the magic of blocking a lace item.  You can see it here while it was still on the needles.  It just bloomed so beautifully and has such a great drape.  I’m still not great at pinning points so that they actually remain pointy.  I need to work on that.



It is also huge (in the best way!).  This bench is an oversized bench for two people, and it drapes over it and still doesn’t show the full shawl.  It wraps around my neck great and I know it will stay in place whichever way I wear it, which I was a bit concerned about after I did the short row part.


I’m so excited to see how the second one turns out now!

Following Your Arrow

I’ve never done a mystery knit-along before.  I tend to be pretty picky about the patterns I want to make, and I want to see the finished product before I make it.  But, when I heard Ysolda was doing one, I decided to give it a shot.  Well, I ended up having so much fun with it that I now have two of these shawls going!  I tried to take some sort of mysterious pictures so as to not give everything away with these shawls, but you know, if you want to be surprised, look away!


My first shawl is clues BBAB so far. I just finished the fourth clue and need to decide what to do for the fifth. If you’ve made this, you might notice that my fourth clue doesn’t have the garter stitch action…I missed that on the chart but decided to just go with it because ripping it was more dangerous than continuing.


The second one is AAB so far. I’ll start clue 4 and 5 once I finish the first shawl. The Ravelry main 6 moderators helped me pick out the colors on that one, I am loving the combination!

More on these once I get them finished!

C2’s Sweater

I made Carson a sweater for Rhinebeck, and then it was entirely too warm for him to actually wear it. Mary-Heather did take some pictures at our Rhinebeck house of him in it, but then I lost my camera (boo). The weekend after we got home, I was finally able to get some pictures of him sporting it.

Brother's Odette Sweater

The hood is a little big, but the fit is nice overall! It’s big enough to fit him through this winter, for sure. The buttons are from Jennie the Potter, and I worried that they might be a little heavy, but they really aren’t! They were the perfect touch to add a little character to his sweater. I bought more from her at Rhinebeck for future projects. She also took the baby and entertained him for a good 15 minutes, including feeding him a snack, so she’s not only a talented artist, but also an awesome mom sanity saver. :)

Brother's Odette Sweater

The pattern is Odette Hoodie. I added buttonholes all the way down, as I want it to be his winter jacket (clearly it doesn’t get that cold here), so I wanted it to close. The yarn is Plymouth Tweed, which made a great tweedy look, but is still soft enough for him. I love it and can’t wait for him to be able to wear it more.

High Road CLose up

Taking the High Road

The Ravellenics totally gave me my knitting mojo back, and I’m so excited about it! I made High Road out of MadelineTosh Pashmina from my stash and joined in with the main forum moderators on Ravelry in Team DBAJ. It was a lot of fun to watch all of the great projects they worked on, too.

High Road went really quickly. I love how it is structured, in three sections. Just as I get tired of one section, I get to move onto something else. I am not a fan of picking up stitches, but I didn’t find it difficult with this pattern since you have nice selvedge edges built in.

I took my High Road to knit night so the girls could take a picture of me in it, but then I realized I could take a picture of them in it instead! So, I made each of them model for me. Yay! And then, they took one of me.

Me in High Road

Ravellenics Yarn

Opening Ceremonies

My friend Tara came over Friday night to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and cast on for our Ravellenic Games projects! I made a patriotic fruit pizza and some little popcorn “torches”.

Opening Ceremonies

We didn’t knit much because, wow, there was a lot to see during Opening Ceremonies, but we did get started! Here’s our yarn before things got underway.

Yarn for Ravellenics...

I’ve made fairly good progress on my project. I’m making High Road out of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Tart. I love this color. Every time I see Madelinetosh I pick up this color. Finally, when we were at StevenBe’s in Minneapolis last year I bought some. I’ve still got a bit to go before doing the center short rows.

Ravellenics Knitting

Since my wrist has been annoyed lately, I’m trying to take it slowly but surely to “win the race”.

Holiday Knitting

I only had one thing planned to knit for Christmas presents, fingerless gloves for C1’s teacher, but then I found another gift for her that I thought would be great.  That means I don’t have any holiday knitting left to do but I do have a holiday break coming up, so I’ve been planning what to bring with me.

I’ve been promising the husband another hat for some time.  He likes the unique fibers.  His first hat was made with some Buffalo Gold 100% Bison yarn.  Here’s a detail shot of that one.

Lacunae Hat in Progress (YIP 2/8/2010)

This one will be made with some Bijou Basin Yak yarn that I have in the stash.  He wants the next hat to be more simple, so I think I’m going to make him a Turn A Square hat.

The other project in my immediate queue is a baby project.  So many babies around so I’m planning a few baby projects to send to friends.  I got some Cascade Fingering at Webs on our way back from Rhinebeck, and am planning to make a Louise Cardigan from Vintage Baby Knits with it.  I’ve had this book for a while and haven’t had a chance to make anything from it, though there are so many great patterns in it, so I’m really looking forward to making this one!

Oh, and I still have the back of one Pepo Pie to finish and you know a whole second one to make (albeit the smaller one), so I should have plenty of knitting to choose from!