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when you knit a sweater all over again


Life is full of repetition, isn’t it? The same old grocery shopping trips, laundry, sweeping, brushing your kids’ teeth for the 1,000 out of 1,000,000,000 times… you know what I’m talking about.

So when this sweater didn’t work out, and I knew I’d have to knit the same thing twice, I wasn’t that enthused. But look! There’s a smile!

blog_finisheddecoIt fits much better. I changed the sleeves, so now it fits a transitional-season niche in my wardrobe.

It’s such a lovely finished garment. Not too complicated, but it has good details.

And I’m still in love with the Silky Wool.

I did make substantial variations, though – including shortening the sleeves and changing the sleeve cap shaping (very easy to do because of the way Kate Davies wrote it).

Overall, super pleased. Probably won’t knit again for a number of years, but have already worn many times since completed.


the calculus of a naptime


Packing the stroller – 20 minutes
Walking to the park – 30 minutes
Playtime at the park – 30 minutes
Snacktime at the park – 20 minutes
Walking home – 30 minutes
Filling each little belly with blueberries and scrambled eggs when we arrive home – 30 minutes


Time each child napped after our marathon morning? 2.5 hours, my friends! I cleaned the studio and managed to start cutting out a new tunic/dress/thing. And then I knit a little. I’m not sure what kind of calculus I would need to figure out the mental value of that creative time, but boy, that number is high.

Deco Cardigan – designed by Kate Davies. Silky Wool from Elsbeth Lavold.



Madelinetosh Madness

Madelinetosh Madness – in my head, it’s the knitterly version of March Madness, except with yarn, and in May. This color, or that color? You practically need a tournament to decide.

You know where this is going, right? Pictures of beautiful yarn.

Tosh DK in Cousteau
Tosh Vintage in Cousteau


Tosh Vintage in Tart, edging in Tosh DK Charcoal
Tosh Vintage in Tart, edging in Tosh DK Charcoal

Both yarns are becoming/have become Garter Stitch Cardigans. The Cousteau is destined for my Little Dude, and the Tart was finished just in time for a good friend’s super-new Little Dude.

My Little Dude did the work of modeling the gift cardigan in color Tart.
Don't you love having the perfect buttons? I found these at a thrift store for $1.00, and they were so stinking perfect.
Don’t you love having the perfect buttons? I found these at a thrift store for $1.00, and they were so stinking perfect.

This is a super-serviceable sweater pattern. Mom made one when S was born, and he’s been wearing it for at least six months. It started as a long-sleeved sweater, and as Little Dude has grown, it’s become a great short-sleeve sweater when layered over a long-sleeved onesie.

A word of caution, though! This sweater’s sizing runs large. Particularly around the chest. The six month size started to fit really well at a year, and the 12-month size is still pretty darn big at 14 months. Mom and I both made it extra-long so that it could be worn for longer, and omitted some of the directed shaping (see my ravelry project for all the notes).

Your turn to dish! If you’re making something with Madelinetosh this month, post a link to your rav project page or blog. Make me jealous that my knitting time is so limited.