A Dress for the Fraggle

I love test knitting. I get to try out a new pattern, meet new designers, and have actual input into the way a pattern is written. I am a picky pattern person – I get so irritated by a badly written pattern, but when I am test knitting, I have direct access to the designer to air my concerns before the pattern has even gone out to the general public. This most recent test knit needed none of my pickiness, though. It was well written from the beginning and the designer was a peach.

Elsie’s Petal Dress (pattern yet to be released) in Baah! Sonoma DK Chocolate Cherries, size 18 months. 

Three things about this knit –

1. This yarn was in my Christmas stocking last Christmas and has been just sitting in the stash waiting for just the right project. It is beautiful yarn, with little streaks of lavender, brown, and pink hidden in the rich red tones. I loved working with it. It is just really lovely yarn, if a little overpriced.

2. The pattern is well written and very thorough. I had only very minor input in the editing, at least for this size, because I didn’t run into any problems from cast on to bind off. I hope I get to test for Kate again in the future.

3. Considering my penchant for cloth diapers and the big bubble butt that goes with them, I probably should have done the fuller skirt option. The skirt does fit over her diaper, but there isn’t a whole lot of ease. Live and learn. As it is, I think it’s fine. This dress is for an upcoming wedding, and I will have her in disposable diapers for the traveling anyway. Plus I barely had enough yarn for the regular skirt. Like, two more rows in length and I would have been in trouble.

As I was knitting this, I was envisioning chocolate brown leggings and matching cardigan for winter wear. I might even have the right yarn in the stash.

I have another finished object to show you that is opposite of this one in every way imaginable – big, bulky, bright, ugly… But that shall have to wait for another day. For now I am happy to revel in the wonderful feelings of a job well done.

 

 

 

 

A Thank You Note

Dearest Santa Claus,

I wanted to send you this little thank you note for the lovely gifts you left in my stocking this Christmas.

I can see that you got my letter because of the lovely, fibery goodness that I found hanging over the fireplace yesterday morning.

Rowan Creative Focus Worsted with it’s 75%/25% wool/alpaca blend in such a luscious purple caught my eye at once.

Followed by another in teal…. swoon.

I must say, Santa Darling, that your color selection is impeccable. The glorious reds of the Chocolate Cherries colorway are to die for. And to choose a hand dyed DK weight yarn shows that you really do know me pretty well. I have never knit any Baah! Sonoma, and I am so excited to cast this on my needles.

All that yarn, plus the antique darning egg and mushroom? You really went the extra mile, Santa, and I must say that I am impressed.

Thank you so, so, so much.

woolandchocolate

PS – did you notice my new stocking? I finished it just in time for Christmas. 🙂