Swatching

We all have those projects we dream of knitting but somehow seem to never start. I even have the yarn and patterns for some of these projects. Yesterday I decided there is no time like the present: I should start knitting now. My 2 selected dream patterns are both sweaters (I may be a bit loony).

The first is Esme by Purl Alpaca Designs. I have loved this sweater for years ever since I found it on a (now forgotten) blog.

I love the fit of the sweater. I love the neckline. I love the collar. The only thing I would change would be to knit it with 3/4 sleeves. If my swatch works out, I plan to use my Yarn and Soul Superfine 400.

My second dream sweater is cozier and less ethereal, but no less of a wardrobe staple: the Portage Cardigan by Melissa Schaschwary.

I am using Anchor Bay by Cascade yarns (50/50 cotton/merino), and it is delicious!

I can’t wait to see how these sweaters work up, and even more I can’t wait to wear them!

In Progress

My Baby Flax was chugging along until I stopped reading the directions and missed the sleeve decreases 2″ back. So now it’s in the naughty pile until I make time to rip back and re-knit it correctly.

babyflax

My True Brit is coming along nicely. Since I took this picture I have finished binding off the first piece and seamed up the edge. I need to block it before I can swatch for the gaiter that will be attached to it.

true brit

And as always I am making gnomes.

gnomes and babies

If you are as overwhelmed by the gnome cuteness as I am you can follow my progress at The Gnome Gallery. I try to take pictures of all my gnomes as I make them.

My Lazy Day Tunic

A while ago I wrote about how I like to dress down at home, but somewhat nice at work. However, I find it easiest to make clothes that fall in between – too nice to wear at home, but not nice enough for a professional setting. Several months ago I bought some cotton jersey, intending to make ALL THE THINGS, but the colours were not what I expected, so the fabric got set aside. A few days ago I decided that sometimes good enough now is better than perfect someday, and that I should use what I already have rather than buy more stuff.

So I pulled out my Alabama Chanin patterns, and set to work making a tunic to wear at home. I used the basic T-shirt pattern, but lengthened the hem to end mid-thigh and shortened the sleeves to end just above my elbow. I also added a pocket, because POCKETS!

I turned the neckline under to stabilize it. I may turn the other hems under, but then again, I may not. I have also thought about felling the seams, but that just seems like a lot of work for an already functional garment. In my imaginary world I will applique leaf shapes all over the tunic and it will become a work of art that I wear with leggings and a hat as I walk through piles of autumn leaves. But sometimes good enough now is better than perfect someday. And I can always add to my finished tunic.

gnomepocket

More

More Gnomes:

gnomes
They keep multiplying! I’m saved by running out of skin-coloured wool, but only until more comes in the mail.

More Yarn:

handspun
This is over 600 yds of Aran weight handspun from Carbonized Bamboo top.

More Spinning:

spinning
This is the SkyWool I bought in Asheville a few weeks ago.

What have you been up to?

Adventuring: Campbell’s Covered Bridge

Occasionally my husband and I like to take a drive to see sights and blow off steam. Yesterday we went to Campbell’s Covered Bridge.

Bridge

We got there just before sunset, and no one was there.

view

You can walk under the bridge (if the water level is low). I like knowing how things are made.

underneath

The bridge has been restored beautifully, and a park area has been added with a walking path and plenty of seating.

meadowpicnic area

Over the years people have left their marks on the bridge. I don’t condone graffiti, but in this case I think it is interesting how far back the marks go.

If you are ever in the area I highly suggest going to see Campbell’s Covered Bridge.

Gnomes

Quite a while ago I read this book:

gnome

I wanted to immediately launch myself into a life of gnome-making, but that didn’t immediately happen, and I forgot about gnomes for a little while.

Yesterday I decided it was finally time to take the plunge. I bought the supplies I was missing and dedicated myself to needle felting gnomes.

Meet Bigols the Gnome (my dear husband named him).

finished

Bigols was very excited to enter this world. He immediately took an interest in many things.

Making gnomes is addicting. Pretty soon Bigols had a brother, Igze.

And soon after that their gypsy sister entered the scene.

Help! I am being taken over by the gnomes!!