as promised: the model wearing her new watermelon sweater

This girl is sweeter than any summer fruit.  After putting on her new sweater this morning she gave me the biggest hug & said "Thank you Mumma, I love it".  I always explain to my girls that whenever they wear something that I have made for them, they are wrapped in love.
Thousands of stitches of love.


small project spree

A few small projects have come off of my needles recently.  

First, was a special request from my 4 yr old.  She had been looking through our old photo albums and had come across a picture of her wearing a knitted dress that I had made for her that resembled a watermelon.  She was about 18 months old in the original watermelon dress, and had totally forgotten about it.  Next out of her mouth was how she wanted a new one.  I grabbed some Julia by Nashua Handknits after teaching class one night, took a few measurements the next day, cast on & knit freely.  It felt good just to knit this on my own without writing anything down or worrying about converting the pattern in to different sizes.  My mind needed a break from calculations & I simply wanted to make this little girl happy.  Below is a sneak peek of the updated watermelon sweater.  I promise a picture of her wearing it, but as it is, I had to break in to her room just now while she is asleep to get a shot of it.

Next, I made this cute bunny using Lambs Pride.  I followed one of the patterns in Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson.  I had been feeling the itch to knit something for a baby.  I know of a very special baby who is due to be born this summer & I couldn't get myself to knit her a garment to wear once and then grow out of.  Even if I knitted something several sizes larger in anticipation for it to be worn in the fall, I just couldn't get myself to do it.  A stuffed animal is the perfect baby gift for any season, it can never be outgrown and will hopefully be loved for years to come.

Lastly I have a pair of socks.  Well, I always have a pair of socks... it's one of my new(er) rules.  A simple pair of socks is one of my 'go to' projects.  I will always have a pair on my needles to grab if I am in-between projects or need something small to grab to bring with me in case my current project is too complicated to bring 'on the go'.  Nothing too fussy, just something to keep my fingers busy and something that can be put down & picked up a month later knowing exactly where I left off.


Cocoa & Granny Smith : )

My green & brown sweater is complete & ooohhh sooo comfy! I used Malagrigo Rios  (actual color names are lettuce & cocoa).  This yarn is a super squishy & springy superwash merino.  A joy to work with.

I followed the pattern Briggs Street by Dawn Catanzaro.  The original pattern called for a different yarn by Quince & Co (which I am dying to get my hands on), but the Rios was available, so that's what I went for.

I chose to knit the sleeves to a 3/4 length, not only because this is my favorite sleeve length for a sweater, but because I only had 1 skein of the cocoa & was in jeopardy of running out.

I followed the instructions for the smallest size & it came out fitting like a glove :)

Next to come off of my needles is a summer tank for me, and then I am feeling a "small project" frenzy approaching.