Wanderlust Baby Cardigan

Another test knit under my belt. Another baby thing made for my knitting buddy (who is about to pop!). Another great design from one of my favorite people on Ravelry.

She calls it Wanderlust. It is a cute little top down, round yoke, baby cardigan with lattice detail. (My Rav project page here)

Three things about this knit.

1. The pattern calls for Springtree Road Coquina DK. I bought a skien of it for this knit. I don’t usually do that. I like to use what I have on hand or substitute another yarn just for kicks. But, the designer requested (not required) that testers use this specific yarn and I figured it was a good excuse to try something new. Well, as yarns go, it was okay. I don’t really like one-ply merino. It is fuzzy, and thick, and pills too easily. If I am going to go that route I much prefer to use Malabrigo Worsted because it is cheap (half the price of the Coquina DK) and has an amazing selection of colors. As it was, I had a choice between five tonal colorways, none of them very inspiring. Also, it was supposed to be a DK, but it was more worsted feeling and I had to go down a needle size to get gauge.

2. The pattern itself is well written, easy to follow, and turns out lovely results. The lattice work has a lot of stitches in each row, making this 0-3 month sweater take a lot longer than I had anticipated. But it was worth it. I love the detailing on the sleeves, especially, because it makes the top part poof out just a little like princess sleeves.

3. Test knitting is so fun. I enjoy the interaction with the designer, the solicitation of my opinion, and the exclusivity of knitting something that very few people have even seen yet. It is very rewarding.

Now all I need is a baby to put this on. Come on, July!

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Keeping Me Busy

My days are so full. This is the short list of the things that I have been working on.

  • My sister and I set up a booth at a local craft fair. She is an amazingly talented jewelry maker and had so many beautiful pieces to sell. I had been sewing headbands and little tote bags for a week, as well as knitting some headbands and market bags. I also had some needlefelted toys to decorate the table that had price tags on them, just in case someone wanted to buy them.  It was a ton of work and a total disappointment. I sold only enough to buy us all lunch, and my sis didn’t do much better.  Plus, it was hot and the kids were great until near the end when they started getting cranky. I confess, I was getting cranky too. I was pretty bummed, but I am still excited about the next booth. It’ll be better.
  • I am test knitting for NEEDdesigns again. I love testing for her and have tested two of her baby things in the past (one is blogged here and the other never got blogged, but the Rav page is here). This is it so far. It’ll be a newborn sweater for my knitting buddy who is expecting.
  • I also knit this for the same baby. I should think of more to say about it, but I am not in the mood. See my Rav project page for details.
  • There are three new patterns in my head, swirling around and begging to be written. We will see what happens with that.
  • The garden is coming along nicely. I gave each of the kids their own plot of land in which to plant whatever they chose. They are responsible to weed and water and tend to their gardens. We are all very excited (me included) to see the sprouts and we are dreaming of strawberries and tomatoes and zuccini. Now if only we could keep the deer out.
  • Crochet may be the stupidest invention ever, and it hurts my wrists to even think about it, but when I saw this pattern to make flip-flops, I didn’t even hesitate. It comes in handy that The Man works at a hardware store and can bring home jute twine for me whenever I have the need.
  • The magazine (book? newsletter? whatever) that I am writing is in testing and I eagerly await the verdict. Will my testers like it? Will they think that it is crap? Did I work all that time on something that no one will want to read? We shall see….

All of that on top of homeschooling (almost done with this school year!), housekeeping (I rearranged the furniture and don’t think that I like it), cooking (what is for dinner tonight, anyway?), and throwing a little baby shower today. Whew!

What’s keeping you busy these days?

Looking for A Guinea Pig

I am working on a new endeavor. I am writing a magazine of sorts. Or maybe a book that is released one chapter at a time. I don’t know the details just yet.

It will focus on knitting, of course. There will be tutorials and patterns in each issue, as well as essays on knitting and some humor sprinkled in.

The master plan includes a knitted quilt pattern, which will be released one block at a time over 27 issues (every two weeks over a one year subscription).

What I am looking for today is a guinea pig or two, who will proof read and test knit the entire ten pages of the first issue. I need some feedback and a critical eye.

The first issue is ready to be tested, minus one photo which I hope to get taken this week. I need a tester who can knit an intarsia square in four colors (fingering weight) and a lace head band in bulky weight (by chart or written, preferably both). I will have a questionaire to fill out after it has been read and the patterns have been knitted.

I don’t mean to be snobby, but I would like to use someone who has been following my blog for some time and with whom I am a little familiar.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing, please contact me on Ravelry here or message me on Facebook here.

Thanks!

Update: I have all the testers I need. Thank you!

Test Knitting Again

I may have ruined this post by using the best picture for my “This Moment” post on Friday, but I am going to share a bit about this hat, anyway.

Cute enough to post twice, don’t you think?

This hat was a test knit for another designer on Ravelry. It is called the Pinwheel Mushroom Tam.

It comes in a large range of sizes, from infant to adult. I knit the infant size, but it stretches enough to fit The Munchkin.

It uses corrugated ribbing to achieve the striping, and that was a bit fiddley. I like learning new techniques and challenging myself, but this technique is not my new favorite by any stretch!

I used the yarn that was left over from my Labyrinth Sweater that I made last year. Louisa Harding Grace Silk and Wool is a luscious blend of silk and merino, single ply, shiny and soft. It is also terribly splitty, and no fun to work corrugated ribbing with.

And, oh, The Munchkin! She is a natural and began posing as soon as the camera was turned on! What a cutie!