Archive for the ‘Pullover’ Category

Finished Objects: Bebeh Stuff

Monday, March 18th, 2013
I have a rule when it comes to knitting:
I don't knit for people/pets I'll never meet. It's a self-preservation thing, really. If I won't meet these people, how can I tell they're knit worthy to me? They might be to the person asking but if that connection isn't there, than I can not make something for them. Same with pets too, believe it or not. If I won't meet their dog (most of the time it's dogs), then that says something about our relationship. If we'll never be in a position where I'd meet your dog, then, one can gather we're not friends. We might be totally cool but we're not friends. And if we're not friends, I'm not making something for this puppeh I'll never meet. (or cat but I can't say I've gotten many requests for cat stuff. And I certainly know how that'll end…making a cat a sweater….
Babies are the exception. Why?


I can't think of another way to say it, really. I love making cabely-cardigans but I also appreciate that there isn't the pretty significant time commitment as there is with an adult. I must know the parents well enough…so as to avoid random requests “hey Laura, can you knit my neighbor's kid's granddaughter this?” and luckily, I've been able to gift two cardigans and a pullover to the short people in my life. :-D

First off, I'll start with lil Eva's Sweater:

Remember Hurricane Sandy? Well after that massive storm we had last summer, and this happened a few doors down from me:
So needless to say I was FREAKING OUT when Sandy came through. I was nervous that the above would happen to us and then my brain started to get really creative–our stuff! our cats! where in God's name will all of us stay if that happened?!?!
And then I see that my ex-co-worker and his wife were heading into the hospital to give birth to their first child in the midst of this craziness:
So naturally I used their kid as a coping mechanism to get through the storm, if I can be completely honest. Instead of having a panic attack over things that may or may not happen, I made this:
Apply anxiety to a good cause!
Pattern: Assisted Hatching by Elizabeth Ditchburn Dew
Yarns(s): Cascade 220 Superwash
Colorway(s): Purple
Needles(s): US 7 – 4.5 mm
Casted On: October 29, 2012
Casted Off: November 25, 2012
Modifications: None
The one thing I nag…I mean ask for when I send bebeh items is a picture of them wearing it. I looooooooooooooooooove pics of babies swimming in an item I've made them because it means they have a lot more time to enjoy it, right? But with this particular sweater, I was nervous because it's a pullover and therefore harder to get the little one in there. dooh. So when John and Kyley sent me this picture, I was quite pleased that no bones had to be broken to get lil Eva in there:
Wook at heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Evidently she liked wearing this at a ski lodge.
And since knitting this for John's and Kyley's cutie pie, I have enjoyed getting to know Kyley. They're good peeps. Keep the pics of Eva and their adorable dog comin'!!

Secondly, we have Emily's Cardigan

I love me some fair isle. People think it's hard. It's not. It's fun. I found this pattern on Ravelry and this just looked like something my friend's Megan's and Stephane's youngest would like.
Bláithín (junior)
Pattern: Bláithín (junior) by Kate Davies
Yarns(s) & Colorway(s):
Patons Classic Wool Worsted – Natural Mix
Cascade 220 – Purple
Elann Peruvian Highland Wool – Green
Needles(s): US 7 – 4.5 mm
Casted On: December 9, 2012
Casted Off: January 23, 2013
Modifications: None
Buttons: I got them at G Street Fabrics. If you can believe it, this was a hard sweater for which to find buttons. I ended up with a pretty basic button, which is good given the smallness of the recipient.
I sent it out to my friend's house and then I got the PICTURES. Look at lil Emily!
There she is…keepin' it real.

Finally Lil Mikey's Grandpa Cardigan

First off, making a cardigan named a Grandpa Cardigan for a fourteen month old kinda cracked me up. It cracked up his mom too, my cousin's fabulous wife, Jeannie.
Gramps CardiganAll this cabely goodness in one little sweater!
Pattern: Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates
Yarns(s): KnitPicks' Main Line Yarn
Colorway(s): dark blue
Needles(s): US 6 – 4.0 mm & US 7 – 4.5 mm
Casted On: January 27, 2013
Casted Off: February 19, 2013
Modifications: None
Buttons: I got the buttons off Etsy here. In my picture, they appear to be more grey but they weren't when I received them and that was a good thing! They were a blue-ish grey, which, as you can see, matches slightly better with the rest of the sweater.
Now darling Mikey, very much like his dad, my cousin, has issues staying still for photo time but here's a pic, nonetheless of the recipient wearing this sweater:
That's it for baby stuff for a while at least. It feels odd making baby sweaters as temps start to increase.
Next entry might be about hats, books, more socks or about a lil Monster I made…..

FO – Apres Surf Hoodie

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

I finally finished my Apres Surf Hoodie!


Apres Surf Hoodie

I’ve had plenty of starts and stops with this project. I originally wanted to make it out of Dream in Color Smooshy but I wasn’t feeling the deep blue I got for it. (I’m now using the DIC for my Featherweight cardi and it’s a great match!) I bought Webs’ Charlemont about a little more than a year ago for Apres and I was still making slow  progress. Then about a month ago, I heard it whimpering in my works-in-progress pile and then I simply could. Not. Put. It. Down. …It happens, what can I say. :-D


Pattern: Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio From Interweave Knits, Summer, 2008
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Valley Yarns, Charlemont 4 Skeins, 1756 yards
Colorway(s): Whipple Blue
Needle(s): US 3 – 3.25 mm
Casted On: February 2, 2011
Casted Off: May 10, 2012
Modifications: I did provisional cast-ons to then do an applied I-cord bind off. I used this bind-off at the pullover’s bottom, sleeves and hood area. (I don’t believe the instructions said to use that bind-off at the beginning…not entirely sure though. I also made the torso and sleeves longer and, to do that, I had to spread the increases and decreases out a little more.

I made the size 39.5 and of course I did some research on how many yards other people have used with this size. I thought four skeins of Charlemont, (439 yards a skein) would be enough. Well, I used more yarn than I thought! To the point where I was getting very nervous.  I bought the original skeins more than a year ago so who knows what kinds of dye lot issues I’d have!

My mods to make its components longer ate up some yarn but so did the provisional cast offs! Must keep that in mind. If I didn’t rip out some of the bottom stockinette rows, I would have run out.

I find myself drawn to lacy tops. They can provide feminine, more professional warmth, when ACs are jacked up during the summer months. I plan on making more. Since this was my first, however, I was slightly nervous about sleeve placement:

Apres Surf Hoodie

Can’t say I did a bad job.

Apres Surf Hoodie

I’m very pleased with how this turned out! I can’t wait to make some more lacy tops as the summer progresses.

What I’m reading and knitting…

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

No I did not die. Work picks up in the spring time for me…taxes…and hello surprise root canal…bad Laura is bad!

I recently saw a blog post where the knitter, Carole of Carole Knits, who also does a fair amount of reading, posted an entry about what progress she was doing on both. I thought–What a great idea!

Lately there has been a lot of balance between these to great loves of mine so why not share them? Goodreads is doing a contest on Book Bloggers and I’ve been checking out some blogs to add to my “reading” bloglist. I was quite drawn to the format of Reading with Tequila’s reviews. I think it might take some pressure away from me writing reviews and over thinking if the paragraphs flow well. (Yes. I still get that “I’m-writing-for-an-English-class vibe when I know that I want to write these )

What I’ve recently finished:

**The Birth House by Ami McKay**

What is it about?:
Dora Rare is the only female born into her family in five generations of the Rare family living in Scots Bay near Nova Scotia in the early part of the twentieth century. Eyebrows start to raise at her mere existance because she’s the only female born to her family but also because at the age of seventeen she befriends Miss Babineau, a very experienced midwife who has had something to do with almost every birth in town (and some outside of it as well) When most of her family and friends are searching for husbands, she is given a very eye opening apprenticeship working with Miss Babineau. Working with her, she encounters abusive marriages, an overall lack of sensitivity to women in childbirth, unfullfilling marriages and sex lives, all during a time when no one discussed such things.

But wait–the plot thickens! Dr. Gilbert Thomas comes in and builds a maternity ward nearby and insists that he can assure a way for the town’s women to experience a “painless childbirth.” Granted I’ve never given birth but even I can see how that would make a woman say “You have my attention”

Why did I read this?
You know…thinking about it, I don’t remember…I think I went searching on Goodreads lists. It appealed to me because of its “in with the new/out with the old” quality it had.

What impressed me about this book?
As corny as this might sound, the bonds between the town’s women. At a time when the point of view of women was hardly listened to, you saw characters stand up for delivering their kids according to their own terms. And with some you didn’t. It was interesting to think about these women’s motivations for their actions.

What disappointed me about this book?
Her loveless marriage. It was pretty surprising for me to see a character who has experienced so much of bad experiences of marriage through assisting a midwife that she turns around and tolerates it from her own husband. I won’t say much but there was a satisfying resolution with this aspect of the book

Overall Grade? (out of five)


Now Knitting!

I picked up my Apres Surf Hoodie and not I simply can not put it down. It’s pretty funny because I started it over a year ago. Perhaps I might be able to wear it to MDSW?? Maybe?? That said I secretly mock people that wear ridiculous handknits for an outdoor May fesitval. Should you be proud as hell at yourself for steeking that fair isle sweater? Ab-so-lutely but come on…It’s been known to hit 90 degrees…not very bright.

Anyway, I’m quite proud of the progress:

Apres Surf Hoodie

This was taken over the weekend too…I’m more than halfway done with one sleeve too

Are you going to MDSW this year? I’d love to meet up!! :-)


Sleeves are gonna be the end of me!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Sleeves always seem to get me. Don’t know why but they always seem to be the most challenging part of a sweater or cardigan.

Of course…it makes sense doesn’t it. Everyone’s arms are different, people like different fits. And they can be challenging–having the seams line up just correctly with minimal bulkiness.

Theeeeeeeeeeen throw in that yours truly must have Gumbi like arms. I like sleeves ridiculously long.

So I thouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuught I was being clever in lengthening the sleeves to my Autumn Rose Pullover. But Nope. I wasn’t

Autumn Rose Pullover

The fair isle motive that goes in between the circular pattern? In the body, it’s nine rows and in the sleeves, I made it twelve because, after all, these things add length.

It wasn’t till after I uploaded this picture onto Flickr that I noticed how blatant this was and how the motives just are not going to line up.

So what’s that sound you’ll be hearing this evening? Rip rip? Yup. That’s Laura ripping that sleeve back quite a bit….with the occasional whimper as well.

I need to be reminded that this is for the sweater’s well being. If motifs don’t line up, I’ll be wearing it in the office and it will be just like that Tide Commercial.…and I couldn’t blame anyone for feeling that way. I’d be distracted as hell at it.

So yeah. That project is probably going to spend the week on the bench. Sigh

Until then, I’ve casted on a new skirt and a shawl:

Lace Tiered Skirt

and this is the finished shawl, from Purl Bump’s Pattern Page

Dover Castle Shawl

Life Amplified

Monday, May 16th, 2011

My friend Lindsey blogged about how it’s been a long time since she’s written a blog. That got me thinkin- How long has it been for me?

April 16!

The reasons are plenty.

  1. While interest rates are low, Jermaine and I are looking to buy a home. That’s taken up a lot of weekend time.
  2. Work’s been insane. Very busy learning new things and facilitating intramural competitions.  I work with fantastic people so no complaints there but I can’t really say I’ve been popping out a ton of finished objects
  3. Another reason, I seem to be on a sweater theme right now anyway and those aren’t completed as fast as, say, a pair of socks or a hat.

I’ve picked up my Autumn Rose Pullover from hibernation:

Autumn Rose I’m no longer using Knitpicks Palette. With this pattern’s gauge, I was knitting this sweater on 5s (when it really calls for 2s) and I was just not liking th fabric that was resulting. I used Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport for Abby’s Cardigan and it’s just great for steeks. :-) So while it took a while to find equivalents from Palette to Nature Spun Sport, I think I have a great start.

The Connie Chang Chinchio trend I seem to be on:

Like many offices in the summer, mine happens to be very cold so I want to knit Sabbatical to wear around the office. Here it is so far:

Sabbatical This is a very fun knit. I’m making it out of Madeline Tosh Pashmina, a little gift to myself for my birthday :-) This is a challenging knit because there is lace on both sides of the knitting but that’s what makes it fun.

The progress made on these two projects has been minimal but still something I’m proud of:

Apres Surf Hoodie Here’s Apres Surf Hoodie. I want to pick up the pace on this project. I was looking at finished versions of them on Ravelry and was like “WANT!”

The following was an impulse knit-my friend Sidney started faving projects of Connie’s Tie Back Shell top and I instantly wanted one for the office. (I’m the queen of solid color cotton tops. I need to change things up! ) This pattern started with knitting a 17-stitch twisted rib…rope for 68 some odd inches for the band around my ribs and tie in the back. OY! But that’s complete now and I started knitting the bottom part of the top.

Tie Back Shell

I hope to get some of these done soon to show off some finished objects because God knows I’m workin’ hard on them!

And, I’d like to end this entry with an adorable picture of Layla. She found her own personal spot in our closet on top of blankets. I swear she even closes the door. Virginia Woolf was right. A woman really does need a room of one’s own

Layla's New Hiding Place

New Lace Pullover

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Ever have a project that you quit about an hour into starting it?

Well I do.

I have a weakness for lacy tops.  Now that my Botanical Lace Cardi is complete, I felt a little at loss for what lace top I should start.

In March of 2009, I swatched for the Lattice Lace Pullover:


Don't you love how organized I was?

Which will, of course, grow up to be this lovely pullover from Knit So Fine:

From Laarag's Photostream

Then after that?? Nothing. Nada. All I knew that size 1.5 needles was the size that gave me gauge. I moved on to other projects.

But the last Sunday, I just randomly picked it back up and started the project properly this time, starting with the sleeves.

Lattice Lace Pullover I’m knitting this with size 2s even if I don’t get gauge with it. I did the math and knitting this with size 2s, making the 36′ size will fit me accurately. (How did I get to this conclusion? This here calculation that has helped me every time. ;) My wise buddy Steph told me about it and I feel every knitter should commit it to memory)

Sure, I got gauge with size 1.5s but it was a little too tight, for my liking and, of course, 3s were too loose for me. Size 2s make for a nice happy medium.

And speaking of Steph, the two of us went to welcome a new yarn shop to town, Looped Yarn Works in Dupont Circle. What a lovely store! It opened just the week the two of us got paid so, the proper thing to do was go and spend some hard earned bread there, right? I always appreciate it when yarn shops have sweaters-worth of a given yarn in a variety of colors and Looped certainly did that. It was very tempting  But I already started a project with some Koigu KPPPM I bought there:

Waving Lace Socks I seem to be starting a lot of socks too. Pretty typical now that the December holidays are approaching

Snow, Roughing It & Ravelympic Poll

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

On Friday February 5, DC got hit with a record breaking snowstorm. See…lemme show you it from space

I did some research and found this out

Our big weekend storm surged Reagan National Airport’s seasonal total to 45″ with the balance of February and March yet to go. This places our current winter in position number three for the snowiest winters on record, behind 1995-96 (46″) and the big one, 1898-99 (54.4″). Of course, that all-time record was set at a more downtown location (M Street), so some may argue the higher elevation and location away from the Potomac was an easier accomplishment. But in my mind, that makes this potential record season all the more notable.

And on Friday night, at about 2250, Jermaine and I lost power that we did not get back till Monday morning. It was fun on Saturday. Jermaine and I played a hysterical game of Trivial Pursuit. But I have to say, as our apartment’s temperature was dropping, the fun was dissipating. I felt how cold Layla and Luna’s paws were through multiple blankets!

365.37 Mom and Ray got their power back on Sunday morning and invited the whole family up to their house. So Jermaine and the kittehs and I went up to mom’s house. I have to tell you it was the most stressful car ride of my life! Roads still weren’t clear making it so so stressful. I got out of the car, shaking and simply said two words to mom “booze please!” I have to say that my mom is pretty damn hip but it still had to be weird for her to hear her little girl request demand that!

I have to say, it was stressful being at someone else’s house. Especially knowing that they’re breaking their rental agreement allowing kittehs to stay the night. (I was nervous they would view the carpet as a scratching post :-SS ) That said, it was also great spending the night at home with my mom like old times, something I haven’t done since I graduated from college. We enjoyed watching the Super Bowl (Congrats, Saints!!) and said nighty nighty, like old times…I woke up and my sweet mom made me pancakes. How amazing was that? So there are parts of me that want to go back to my old life–working, relaxing at home….but there is a another part of me that really enjoyed the time I spent with mom and Ray. And popping by Dad’s place to make sure he was ok too. It was like we were all a team helping each other out. I went over to dad’s to help him out and we, in turn, borrowed his metal shovel.

Now I have a poll for Ravelympics  ;;)

Should I cast one of these sweaters?

Seneca (Ravelry Link)

or Henley Perfected (Ravelry Link)

These would be for the Sweaterboard Cross event. Only one, mind you. :-) It is either I cast on one of those lovely pullovers or I finish one Lace Cardigan in the WIP Dancing Event

this yarn… so so lucious

I am a sucker for these polls, so tell me what you think!!

What should my Ravelympics project be?
Sweaterboard Cross – Seneca by Jared FloodSweaterboard Cross – Henley Perfected by Connie Chang Chinchio

WIP Dancing – Botanical Lace Cardigan by Margaret Atkinson


Rhinebeck Poll

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

OK Peeps. I don’t know what sweater to wear to Rhinebeck and I need your two cents via the poll.

First The Candidates

Climbing Vines

Climbing Vines



Please Vote Here:
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