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The Mountaintop Pullover

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It’s here! My first published knitting pattern. Part of the incredibly cute Winter 2015 Knittin’ Little collection, the Mountaintop Pullover is alongside some beautifully wearable and beautifully quirky selections for your Littles (I especially dig the skunk scarf).

Can you believe I started thinking about this design, oh, I don’t know, 18 months ago?  In toddler world, that is literally a lifetime. Indulge me while I take you on a tour of all the little details.

I’m a huge fan of stranded colorwork, but I know it looks intimidating to many people. So I chose to put a band of colorwork around the waist, where you won’t have to fuss with increases and decreases at the same time you’re juggling two yarns.

It’s a top-down raglan with a larger neck opening built in for your toddler sizes.

Each repeat of the colorwork motif adds 1″ to the length of the sweater, so it’s super easy to calculate if you want to make the colorwork part longer or shorter.

It’s geometric and unisex (depending on your choice of colors). I initially envisioned it as a pattern I’d be happy to have my son wear, and I have to say it looks super adorable modeled on a little girl for the magazine.

The design started here:

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It hit a little snag here,
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went through a few variations,
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and ended up here!

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You can find the pattern on Knittin’ Little’s website and on Ravelry. Go check out the whole collection, and if you knit my design (well, I’d be thrilled regardless)…  pics or it didn’t happen!

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when you knit a sweater all over again

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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.

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when i lost the buttons, then found the buttons, then my power went out, and then…

It’s done!

Actually, to be completely truthful (always advisable, right?) I finished it months ago.

And then I lost the buttons. And then I found the buttons, and I lost the backing buttons and grosgrain ribbon.

And then I found them all, but was busy with other things. Still am, in fact. The buttons are collected on my dresser and the sweater sits near the couch, and last night, my power went out for 4 hours, and I didn’t feel up to attaching buttons by the light of a flashlight.

Stuff like that keeps happening.

Also, it’s huge on Sylvan, so what’s the rush?

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Finished with the knitting but not the details

Check out this adorable ABC grosgrain ribbon.

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Icord bindoff (is it just me, or does it seem like it should be iCord? THANKS, APPLE!) is a nice detail for a heavier garter sweater like this. I’m happy with how that came out.

So much activity in my life that I can’t summon the will to buckle down and attach a few buttons.  I don’t even have a kid old enough to go back to school. You parents of older kids have my respect (and best wishes for your sanity right now).

Also, if you’re handling the seasonal transition well, what’s your secret?

A baby sitting in a pile of fall leaves holding a rake, wearing an argyle sweater and wearing a handknit hat

Smells Like Fall Spirit

Good morning, knitters of the world. I am very excited to make my first post on my fancy new website. At the moment, the smell of wood smoke is drifting across the yard, and the breeze this morning was bitterly cold.

So, of course, I layered up in multiple hand-knit sweaters and a hat before I left for work.

Hendreary (by Ysolda Teague) knit in Madelinetosh Graphite and Thoreau
Hendreary (by Ysolda Teague) knit in Madelinetosh Graphite and Thoreau

What’s better than an Acer covered by a super-chunky Aidez, and topped with a Hendreary in Madelinetosh?

Maybe a cute baby in a pile of fall leaves (wearing a hand-knit hat, of course).

A baby sitting in a pile of fall leaves holding a rake, wearing an argyle sweater and wearing a handknit hat
Pebble | Cliff Hat knit in scraps of sock yarn