FO: Sister Sweaters

Welcome to Monday. My posting has been a little off lately but with the holidays I have a feeling it will be like that more often than not. But don’t worry, I’ve actually be furiously knitting lots of smaller things in between working on sweaters. I may not get all the sweaters I wanted finished for the holidays but the sweater for my Mom is working up beautifully but I like to stop and take breaks because the smaller needles kill my hands. So what else have I have been working on? Sister sweaters (a link to baby and toddler)!
Sister Sweaters
My favorite little girl is getting a little sister in February so I decided I’d make Maddie and baby girl coordinating sister sweaters.
Sister Sweaters
For both sweaters I used the Baby and Child Sophisticated Sweater pattern and just omitted the shawl collar. I made the 0-3 month and the 24 months sizes. When my girlfriend was pregnant with Maddie before we even knew she was a girl I knit her this cardigan in red and grey as a gift and Maddie ended up wearing it for most of the spring that year. It was cute to see it on her Facebook feed popping up in photos when they were out and about. I love seeing my hand knits out in the wild. I’m hoping she can get the same wear out of this new sweater with baby sister (even though I’m pretty sure she still has the first sweater stashed away).
Sister Sweaters
On both sweaters I used my trusted favorite Caron’s Simply Soft in Sunshine (yellow), Off White and Heathered Gray but I mixed up the colors on each sweater and made the stripes bigger on the toddler size.
Sister Sweaters
And both sweaters have these sweet yellow, grey and white owl buttons I picked up at Joann’s. I wanted the sweaters to be the same but still a little different. That’s how my parents always did things for us since there were three girls. We might get the same jeans but in different colors to fit our personalities. It’s nice not to have to have all the same stuff as your sister. We threw my girlfriend a little baby ‘sprinkle’ (first baby you shower her with gifts and the second you sprinkle her with gifts) and I gave her the sweaters. And her facial expression is why I make these things…
Yuvay's sprinkle
I think she knew I’d knit something for the new little one but when she pulled out the coordinating sweater for Maddie she melted.
Yuvay's sprinkle
A total yards of happiness kind of moment 🙂

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Not Being Afraid to Fix It

Remember this cardigan?
Striped Bermondsey and me
My super cozy and bold Bermondsey cardigan with stripes was a project I finished in September and entered as part of the Summer Sweater Knit Along 2016 via Shannon’s blog and I won a prize package. How awesome is that? I got to add a lot of new patterns to my library and I’m super excited (as always) to make more sweaters. But after wearing this sweater only once, I knew that my sleeves were too long.
Striped Bermondsey and me
I always struggle with sleeves and tend to do a shortened three quarter length sleeve instead on most patterns. So many patterns say 18 inches for length and I’m about 16 inches in arm length so it’s a struggle getting decreases right and figuring out my best fit and length. On Friday night I pulled my sweater out and decided to take out the last stripe block of white and add back in my pink garter edge.
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I was surprised because I wasn’t afraid! This year I’ve said I will stop letting fear hold me back and I didn’t let it. I used a short circular to pick up the last row of stitches in black (picking up the first bar of every v in the stitch) and then I was super careful to not cut all the way down on the white portion in order to not just have it all unravel on me.

I slowly picked out the last row of white and then attached the pink yarn and did 7 rounds of garter stitch before binding off.

After about an hour or less, I had a favorite sweater with an appropriate sleeve length. You can see how much better the sleeve is in this picture.
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I’ve had a goal that all the sweaters in my closet would be hand knit or at least the majority and I’ve been working towards that (and a blog post about it too). I typically wear my knits a couple times a week and as it’s getting colder this is one sweater I know I will reach for over and over again. I had to figure out a way to fix this one little mistake to make the sweater wearable for me instead of being sad every time I looked at it laying in my closet. So tell me, what makes a knit unwearable to you?

FO: Fidra

Let’s start the week of on a high note with a finished object, shall we? Here’s my latest hat, Fidra.
Fidra for me
You may remember that I made this hat before in December last year for my girlfriend Erin. Side note: She told me the other day sometimes when it’s chilly in her apartment she puts it on instead of turning up the heat. LOL I knit this with a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co in Studio Chunky that I picked up when I went to the dye workshop a while back. I have two coats that have deep red/burgundy threads running through them and I knew this color would be perfect so I picked it up but never had the time to knit myself the hat until now. I probably have enough to knit a second hat and may do that on smaller needles for my cousin since she tends need a child sized hat.
Fidra for me
This hat is fairly simple to whip up on larger needles in a few hours but it consisted mainly of charts for the entire pattern. I kind of suck at following charts. It’s my weakness. I had to go back a full row twice to fix a mistake and I let on mistake go because I was too tired to go back and fix it. So I’ve got a small patch of stockinette where it should be garter but who will really notice other than me? But I really do love the look of this hat and am sure I will make it again in other colors for myself. I keep thinking about how good this would look in a really inky navy blue. But can I share a secret?
Fidra for me
I never swatch for gauge before knitting hats. I just don’t. I feel like whatever needle the pattern requires I’ll be close enough in gauge and that I’m not bothering with swatching because I am lazy. Is that bad? Am I alone in that? But I will share another secret with you…
Fidra for me
When I attach a pompom to my hats I secure them with a button on the inside. I do it so that when I have to wash the hat I can remove the pompom and won’t have to worry about the pompom falling apart! This yarn is so dense and thick that when I put the pompom on it immediately pulled the hat right on down but I love the look of it.

So I shared a knitting secret with you, what’s a bad habit you have that you can’t seem to quit?