FO: Agnes for Jessica

I love sweater knitting but I really love when I can make a sweater for someone else and it fits them perfectly and is just a fun piece to add to their wardrobe. So that’s why I’m super in love with the Agnes sweater I made for my BFF Jess.
Jess in her Agnes sweater
Jess’s birthday was on the 11th and I knew she was going to go to Sweden for vacation and I wanted to give her a good piece to throw on while traveling. The weather in Sweden is a lot like San Francisco this time of year so I thought why I not have a great pullover with pockets that she could throw on when the nights got chilly? Also the Agnes sweater is a bulky weight so I knew it would be a quick knit.
Agnes sweater
I had enough of the Knit Picks Billow yarn from my Teazel cardigan to make Jess’s sweater (I knit the smallest size of the pattern) and decided to punch it up and use a Lorna’s Laces special release from Jimmy Bean’s Wool I bought a while ago and hadn’t used. The color is called He Who Must Not Be Named and since I’m a big Harry Potter fan I thought this was a fun one to add to my stash. I used one skein and doubled it up to meet the bulky weight needed for the ribbing but it paired so perfectly with the Lichen color of Billow it was like it was meant to be together. Plus, I figured a little wool around the neckline, wrists and pockets would make this a perfect fall/winter/spring type of sweater with the super soft cotton body.
Jess in her Agnes sweater
And the pockets! These perfect little pockets. I want to add them to every sweater pattern from now on.
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For the pockets I used some leftover Berroco Vintage yarn that I had from a 7 color basketweave scarf my husband requested 2 years ago (he’s very specific in his requests and this was before I was good about documenting projects on Ravelry). Jess loved the sweater and promptly packed it for her trip and I’m happy that the fit is so good on her.
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I’m also so in love with this sweater that when I popped over to Fibre Space on Friday and they had just enough skeins of Ella Rae Chunky in my favorite shade of green at 40% off I knew I was going to make one for myself. I’ve also got some yellow and blue yarn in my stash which also happens to be both of my sisters’ favorite colors. Agnes sweaters for all!

FO: Wee Lima Sweater

There are two things that I love: knitting for babies and getting pictures of babies in things that I knit them. If you ever need a good mood booster, just knit a tiny sweater.
Baby sweater
So this week, I’ve been knitting tiny things and the Wee Lima sweater (a free sweater pattern – go add it to your library) is a new favorite.
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A super quick, cute and easy knit. A perfect baby project. I picked this one because it was a worsted weight raglan sweater and I loved the buttons on the raglan increase. I just thought it was too cute and it gave me an opportunity to use adorable buttons (I should really do a post just about buttons because I have a pretty fun stash).
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I also typically like to work with Caron Simply Soft for baby clothes because the yarns wash and dry in the machine and they just get softer with each wash. Exactly what you want on newborn skin. I made this fun unisex number for my coworker who is having her second child and doesn’t know if it’s a boy or a girl. When she picked it up the first thing she said was, “it’s just so soft!” and that’s what I want a parent to say. Last year I made another coworker a sweater for her baby boy last December and she said her son was able to wear his sweater the entire winter, so I’m hoping this little boy or girl due next month will get a lot of wear with this one. I’ve finished up another baby cardigan and am almost finished with the matching sweater for the dog sibling and I’ve got a couple of other baby knits I want to work on while I’m on a baby knitting streak. Any other go-to baby knitting patterns? Please share!

Stitching Status: Small Things, Lots of Progress

Whenever I knit for someone other than myself I’m always skeptical. Is this too small? Is this really going to fit? Can someone’s arms be that tiny? That’s the case lately for what I’ve been working on for others.
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My BFF Jess is a crocheter but she doesn’t or hasn’t crocheted garments so sometimes I get texts, emails or IM’s with things she’d like me to make her. Because she is one of my best friends and because she’s fairly small I typically oblige her requests. Her birthday was last week and she’s taking a trip to Sweden in a week and I wanted to whip up something she could take with her on her trip. Initially I thought a shawl and then I thought why not a quick sweater? I finished an Agnes sweater for her this weekend while watching the Olympics and it’s adorable. But when I was knitting I kept thinking, this has to be too small. Are her arms really this tiny? This can’t be right. Fortunately she spent the weekend with me while my husband was traveling so I go to try it on her and it fits beautifully. Also, it has pockets!! I’m totally making one for myself for another great sweatshirt to add to my wardrobe and I am pretty sure both my sisters will want one too when they see me wearing it.
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In terms of what I was going to knit next I decided to whip up a few of the smaller things like baby knits that are quick so I can get them out of the way and focus on bigger sweater projects later without feeling a baby deadline. I’m also straying from my go-to baby cardigan and trying out the Wee Lima pullover and the Wee Sherlock (both are FREE!) to mix things up. This red sweater is the back of the Wee Lima, it has buttons at the shoulder and I think it’s such a cute detail. I also love the look of Wee Sherlock with the asymmetrical cardigan. But whenever I knit a baby cardigan I always think, can a baby really fit this? They aren’t really this tiny, are they? And of course, they always are that tiny.
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And speaking of tiny things, Jellybean. As everyone is meeting her they say, ‘wow, she’s way tinier than I thought’ so I’ve started to do a series of pictures of things that are bigger than Jellybean. First up, a waffle fry from Chick-fil-a. Oh Jelly, you’ve gotten yourself adopted into a very silly family.

So am I the only one who second guesses size? What things make you question your knitting?