Started Thursday, Sept 13 and finished Monday, Sept 17.
I love this pattern. This began as the Baby Kimono in Peaches & Creme from the Mason-Dixon book. But then I got to the store and heard the Bamboozle calling my name, "Ssssarraah....wooork with meee....you've never knit with meeeee beforrrrre....". What's a girl to do?
So, I brought home the Bamboozle and cast on, and quickly decided that the Mason-Dixon pattern wasn't going to work for me. For one, I to re-do the stitch count to account for my different gauge, and I wanted to have a contrasting edge on the bottom, neck, and cuffs, as well as I-cord ties instead of sewn-on ribbons. So off I set to write up my own little pattern! I did the hat with the leftovers (every last ounce of them, I might add), and used a ruffle for the bottom just because I could. :) Now - this isn't for Mallory, but I can't say who it is for just yet. Let's just say I have several friends having more babies yet this year and the next. . .
In shop news, I am working on the Fall Schedule right now, and am so excited to report that we will be hosting Jen Hagan of Figheadh Yarnworks for a day of presentations and worshops on November 10th! The icing on the cake? She'll be sending along a trunk show of her designs (which we carry in the store) a full week before her workshop for everyone to see live and in person! Jen is a prolific designer with her own line of patterns as well as many published patterns in our favorite knitting magazines. Stay tuned for more info on seeing the trunk show and attending Jen's workshop.
The 12th was my birthday, and we got all spiffed up for a nice dinner on the town. Mallory is sporting the latest from Destiny Couture Handknits, aka the beautiful Debbie Bliss dress Destiny knit for her in DB Baby Cashmerino. It fits her perfectly right now and she looked adorable (as does big sis', of course). They are both laying on the cutest-banana-seat-bicycle-blanket-ever that my friend Leah made for Mallory's baby shower.
My latest distraction is the creation of a little kimono-style sweater out of the new Crystal Palace Bamboozle, a worsted weight bamboo/cotton blend yarn that is so perfect for kids and babies. I know this style sweater has been done many times, and my inspiration for this came from the kimono sweater in the Mason-Dixon book. But I wanted it to fit a newborn and to have an intarsia edge in a contrast color with I-cord ties, so I'm writing up a pattern myself. I got past the neckhole and about an inch into the front (it's worked in one piece from the bottom back edge to the bottom front edge) when I decided it wasn't big enough, so I frogged it back and started over. I love working with this yarn and see many a baby gift knit in this in the future! Here's a picture Campbell took of me working on it:
We have had yet another successful dye night! The girls pictured above are showing off the 2nd batch of beautiful yarns to emerge from the pot (see the 1st batch here ).
We dyed all kinds of yummy things, including Kona Fingering, Jeannie Sock Yarn, Panda (bamboo) Sock Yarn, Merino/Tencel Sock Yarn, and Meghan and Mims each dyed some of their own handspun. And we all chose to dye up some of the new Sterling sock yarn from Kraemer Textiles. Let me tell you - this stuff is BEEyooteefull dyed up! The silver (yes, real silver) and silk just make it have the most lustrous shine without being overbearing. (For more info on Sterling you can read Clara Parkes' review here.) The weather cooperated wonderfully and we had a blast.
Here's a quick update on the Dollar and Half Cardigan:
Back is blocked, sleeves are begun (two at once), and I am distracted by other projects on the horizon . . .
Oh - and remember the Leaf Lace Pullover from Loop-d-loop by Teva Durham? I knit it back in 2005 with double-stranded Cash Iroha (many, many balls of Cash Iroha!), and I was never happy with the fit. If you look closely at the picture (or more closely than I did at the time), you can see that the shoulders are VERY slopey, to the point of droopiness. I've never been happy with the fit, and while showing it to Nichole a couple of weeks ago she pointed out the plain truth that I could just rip it out and use the beautiful yarn for something else! So?
That's it, it's officially Fall. It's still in the 80s, the sun is still shining, but it is undeniably Fall for me because:
1) College football has started, and the Beavs have won their opening game. Mallory will be going to her first game on 10/6, just like Campbell did at her age - Go Beavs!
2) Campbell started pre-school yesterday.
It might be the same place where she has had daycare for the last 2 years, but now she is in the "big-kid" class, AKA pre-school. A bittersweet moment, to be sure.
3) I want to cast on everything in sight. On Saturday I started the Dollar and a Half Cardigan (Spring 07 Interweave) in a new yarn we just got into the shop, Simply Shetland Lambswool & Cashmere (will be on the website later today, if I can get some work doneit is now up on the site). I had some gauge issues at first, but now am gliding smoothly along with the back, even with having to rip back the last 3" of pattern repeat because I somehow didn't notice I had switched WS and RS.
Earlier last week I casted on for the Rainbow Socks by Strickwear. I am using Koigu for the variegated and Shibui Knits Sock for the black. I am hoping to add the Shibui line to the store in the next month, and am loving the yarn. These socks are so much fun to knit - they just fly by following the simple 2-color pattern on size 3 needles. Yum.
Then, while trying to get some work done in the store yesterday, Nichole, the ultimate yarn pusher (which makes her the greatest employee), somehow got me to BUY yarn from my OWN store. I had moved the Berroco Ultra Silk to 30% off earlier in the week (I got Grass, which is no longer offered on the website, because, well, I bought it all). I love this yarn, but the color choices and (in my opinion) the put-up on cardboard tubes isn't appealing to the peeps. She showed me a beautiful sweater from Handknit Style II by the Tricoter team, and 10 skeins in the bag later I was on my way. What the hell just happened?
4) And last, but NOT least, the Christmas Tree Skirt (countdown to Christmas: 112 days). Last worked on sometime in January, I believe, and long overdue. It has been drug out of the closet, the book is open, and I swear I am going to finish it before Halloween! Ambitious, I know, but doable.
So there you have it, folks. My reasoning that Fall is h.e.r.e.
I can't leave without a Mallory shot, of course. Here we are . . .