Soaker Knitting Extravaganza and a New Opportunity

Have you ever knit the same pattern twice? How about three times? Four times?

Have you ever knit the same pattern twenty eight times? And still have some in the queue?

Until recently, my answer to all of the above was a resounding “heck, no!” I am an adventure knitter. Never knit the same thing twice. EVER. If the need arose to knit more than one, I always changed something to make the second one different than the first. Knitting for me is creativity expressed. Never follow a pattern to the letter. Always see what the yarn wants to do and go with it. And NEVER knit the same pattern twice.

But no more. I have found sweet comfort in repetition. Let me tell you why.

It all started with a commission knit. One large Curly Purly soaker in each of six different colors, plus one stripey soaker with the scraps. Knit with O-Wool Classic Worsted in Saffron, Coral, Barn, Ash, Peacock, and Coast.

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These were knit for Heather at One Love Diaper Co. When she ordered them, I had no idea that I was auditioning for a greater role. Before she even received the first batch in the mail she ordered more. Lots more.

An enormous bag of yarn arrived at my door and I set myself to knitting.

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And knitting.

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And knitting. Still to come are some different stripey options. Heather now carries my knitting in her gorgeous cloth diaper store!

This is the biggest knitting job I have ever done and I was afraid, at first, of the monotony. But there is something truly nice about knitting a pattern so many times that your hands don’t ask your brain “what now?” There is something soothing about knitting around and around and around. There is something very satisfying about a tall stack of exactly matching and perfect little knits.

That said, I am so glad that stripes are next. It breaks up the monotony somewhat and gives me something to look forward to.

So check out my exclusive handknit soakers at One Love Diaper Co.

And maybe try knitting the same thing more than once. You may, like me, find a surprising pleasure in following a pattern precisely and repeatedly.

Or not. 😉

Keeping My Needles Clicking and Clacking

Mass producing Curly Purly Soakers has been keeping my knitting needles a clicking.

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I am using O’Wool Classic Worsted in six different colors with plans to make a stripey one with the leftovers.

These are for a commission knit that I am working on, for, sadly, my cloth diapering days appear to be over. (We have transitioned The Blessing to disposable diapers.) I wish I had tried this pattern sooner, though, because it is really quite clever. And free. The shaping is done mostly by changing needle size, and I used a wide range of needles for the above soakers – from size 2 to cast on and work the ribbing, to size 6 for the main body, and size 4 for the legs and the transition from waistband to main body. I think that these will stay up quite nice despite not having a drawstring, which is how I always have kept my baby’s britches up.

Distracting me from the above knitting is this.

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Sweater of my own design using madelinetosh Tosh Chunky in the colors Oxblood, Norway Spruce, and Glazed Pecan

It started as a few skeins of endless possibility and a winter spent wishing for a big, squishy, cozy sweater. Add to that a fun sweater knit along with some of my favorite people on Ravelry and I am hooked. Funny thing is, the KAL runs from Memorial day weekend to Labor Day weekend, and I am going to be done quite soon indeed.

I am working it as a simple, top down raglan with ever increasing fronts and a shawl collar. The stripes are inspired by Reflected Lines, a pattern available through Ravelry.

So, what is keeping your needles moving?

Yellow Monstrosity

Have you ever made an ugly sweater on purpose? Well, that is what I just did, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Accomplishment. That is what this sweater represents. Another challenge overcome with sticks and strings.

Without going into details (for it is not really my tale to tell), I was commissioned to knit a reproduction of a sweater from an old photo. In the photo (which I can’t show you because it isn’t mine), a boy is wearing a yellow raglan sweater with blue stripes in the neck band. Armed with this photo and the customers measurements, I came up with this- Ravelry project page here

Okay, okay, I’ll model it for you.

This crazy yellow sweater is actually something to be proud of. I had to employ some tricky knitting, some super sleuthing, and some problem solving -problems like the impossible to identify raglan increases. I ended up making a false seam with a crochet hook. I am quite pleased with it.

 

I suspect that the original sweater was being worn inside out… So I knitted it inside out (also handy to avoid purling and entire sweater).The Man happens to be a little smaller than the intended wearer, so I used him as a living dress form (he hated it, but out of his great love for me, he let me drape this thing over him multiple times). That was really handy, as it is really huge on me!

 

I used Cascade Pacific Chunky, a 60%/40% acrylic/wool blend. Not a yarn that I could ever love, but not as bad as it sounds. That said, The Man remarked that it felt plastic-y and like he was wearing a yellow garbage bag (I have managed to turn my entire family into yarn snobs!).

Overall it was a fun fast knit, just challenging enough to make it interesting, just bulky enough to finish it quickly, and just profitable enough to make it worth it.

Besides, sometimes I just need a little comic relief!

 

 

 

Liar! Liar! Gauge Swatch On Fire!

It isn’t often that I work a gauge swatch but I have been known to do so when it really counts. This was one of those times.

It is going to be Dreamcoat, a one-size-fits-all technicolor coat, knit with two strands of fingering weight held together. There are many colorways included in the kit and the yarn is randomly changed as you go, making a multi-color, one of a kind garment.

The pattern called for size 11 needles, but my swatch said otherwise.

The swatch lied. 

I was almost finished with the front, left piece when the thought pinged in my brain. This looks kinda small, doesn’t it?

Kinda small?!? Kinda small?!? 

Try four inches too small!

AHHHHHHH!!!!!!! (that was me running and screaming with my hands in the air and yarn flinging everywhere)

Ahem.

I am better now. I have recovered from the shock. I have almost reknit the entire piece on size 11 needles (which, by the way, gave me perfect gauge when worked over a large area and not a small gauge swatch. Stinking liar of a swatch).

The good news is that on a larger needle, the knitting will take less time…. if you don’t count the time I wasted knitting an entire piece on the smaller needles.

Carry on, then.

This project is a “Knitter for Hire” project. For more information, see my custom knits page here.