Hi Everyone ~
Thanks for all the nice comments about Carter! We seem to be enjoying him more and more all the time. His little personality is starting to show and he is always looking for someone to interact with him. He did pretty well at the quilt retreat that I went to this past weekend. He didn’t get scared of anyone and he napped really well. It’s a good thing I brought my sewing machine after all! I got all the blocks done for another “Galleria” quilt, which I hope to share soon. In fact, I am teaching that pattern at another retreat this weekend. This is a working/teaching retreat for me and it will be my first time away from Carter. I will be gone two nights, so right now that seems like a really long time. I am trying not to think about it, as I fear that it will make me dread the retreat. I teach at this retreat every year and I really enjoy everyone there, it’s just that I don’t want to leave Carter. Last night he had a crying fit at Applebee’s and I am worried that that is what he will do the whole time I am gone!
Enough of my worries, it’s time for a knitting update. I am way behind on sharing my knitting, so there will probably be an overload of knitting projects in the next couple months!
First up is a project that I finished last winter. I never got to wear it, as I was too pregnant for it to fit. Now nine months later, I could finally get some pictures to share.
The pattern is called Nautical Notes and can be found in Knitter’s Magazine, Spring 2011.
The design of this sweater is fun and different. You start at the bottom of the sleeve, work your way up to the neck, make the neck opening, and then work your way down to the bottom of the other sleeve. Stitches are then picked up along the yoke and worked in the round down the body of the sweater. There is minimal seaming and you can try it on as you go for a nice fit.
I absolutely love the yarn from this project. It’s called Provence and is made by Classic Elite Yarns. It has the most beautiful sheen, which I don’t think is captured very well by these photos. It has been really durable so far, so I am happy about that. It is my pet peeve to wear something just a couple of time and have it pill or look worn so quickly, after all the work of knitting it.
My Ravelry link can be found here.
My next project is called Homa. The pattern is designed by Kristin TanDyke of Caterpillar Knits.
This pattern is constructed just like the previous sweater – going side-to-side with the yoke, then knitting the body in the round.
It went super fast. I cast on the yoke on labor day weekend and had it finished by the end of the weekend. I finished up the body of the sweater in just a few weeks. I worked on it pretty much during my nursing time with Carter. I usually got two rows done during each session. I’m sure I could have done more, but we needed some cuddle and talking time too. Carter also likes to hold onto my hand while he eats (and I’m sure that won’t last much longer), so we had to hold hands too. (Now I am staring to sound like the movie Elf – “first we will hold hands, then we’ll eat sugar plums, and then we’ll cuddle!”) But hey, with a little knitting and a little cuddling, it was my favorite times of the day!
There was no way I could do the yoke without more concentration. It is full of counting and short-rows. See that area by the arm? That is all short rows. I am not a huge fan of short rows, as I wish I could get them to look a little neater, but this pattern was good practice.
This shot shows off the lace detail. It was only a 6 row repeat, so it was really easy to memorize. I really enjoyed it and I like the end results. It has kind of a lacy-cabled look.
The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy. The whole sweater only took two skeins and it blocked out really well. The pattern calls for a much heavier yarn, so it was a bit of a risk. I think it worked out fine.
You can find my Ravelry link here.
That’s all for now. Carter is getting sick of the exersaucer, so I think it’s time for more cuddling :-)