Vintage Knitting Project Start

Before I get to the new project I am working on, here’s a quick update on the Wonderful Wallaby. As you can tell I have the pocket done and it is taking a break.

I was too excited to get knitting on the vintage baby sweater so I picked a color and cast on for the back. I decided to go with a neutral color, Graphite, in Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn. I think it may take some of a second skein since this is around a 12 month size. I thought that would be a good starting point and can work other sizes from there.

I know it’s not too exciting yet, because the back is plain, but it will go pretty fast even at such a small gauge. The fronts and sleeves will be a bit more decorative. ๐Ÿ˜Š

One last thing to share. I made home made spaghetti sauce and rolls for dinner today. It was all yummy. I forget to get a picture of the meal but here’s the bread for you to drool over. ๐Ÿคค

Swatch Done

Before I get to the new design progress, I did get around casting on the body of my Wonderful Wallaby yesterday. I only have 3-4 more rounds of ribbing to go.

So I mentioned in my last post that I am working on a vintage inspired sweater. It is primarily a baby cardigan but I can see potential for making multiple sizes up through children’s and possibly adults too. I love the pieced format, and while it’s not the popular choice, I may just keep it. There are several reasons for this. One, I like the smaller pieces on the needles. I also like the stability it gives the garment against stretching out. And third, I think it’s a classic look.

This is the right front of year sweater. It’s about a 12 month size to me. This size will be about 23″ or so chest circumference and around 12″ in length from the shoulder. The gauge is 8 st. ร— 10.5 r. per inch on 2.75mm needles. It’s very light and has lovely stitch definition at this gauge. I steam blocked the sample.

I won’t be knitting the whole sample from this color, though I will be using the same yarn, Classic Merino Superwash Sock. The ball I used here was a remnant from another booth sample and I don’t have more in this dye lot. I am thinking I would like to use a neutral like Pewter, Earl Grey, or Graphite and then use remnants for the embroidery.

Here’s a couple embroidery ideas I have tried. I like the five petal lazy daisy better of the two. I also am surprised that I like the double crosses maybe better still. They are simpler to execute and have a wider gender appeal, don’t you think? Maybe I could just include both as options in the pattern?

Spring stuff

I know it doesn’t look like much yet but I am excited about my little garden spot Jerry dug for me this past weekend.

A few tomato, peppers, and herbs

We put in a tomato, a red bell pepper and a jalapeรฑo pepper. Also some of the herbs I use most often in the kitchen; parsley, thyme, oregano, basil, and lemon balm.

An update on my knitting; I have completed both sleeves on the Wonderful Wallaby. I haven’t cast on for the body yet since I began work on one of my design ideas. More on that in a moment.

Now more on my new project. I have in mind to do maybe a series of designs, mainly baby and children’s stuff based on vintage designs. I want them to look like vintage, think WWII era, but with updated pattern directions and possibly construction. Usually older patterns are knit in pieces and sewn. I do like working that way and there are good reasons to do so, but for baby stuff seamless can make sense. Still not decided on that aspect so we’ll see.

So here’s the first swatch for a little cardigan. See the slip stitch diamonds? There will be two above those and one on the top. Then there will be some embroidery probably inside the diamonds. I am thinking lazy daisies but will try a few ideas out. The colors in the bowl are some scraps I will experiment with.

I have charted out the slip stitch diamonds after I knit this and will be testing that as I continue the swatch. I knit what you see without aid of my chart since I needed it knit in order to work out the chart. I should have some more to show pretty soon. ๐Ÿ˜

Knitting and Festival Preparations

First up on today’s post is my progress on my Wonderful Wallaby. I have completed one sleeve and started number two.

We are hopeful that the late spring festivals we have on the schedule will happen. The first on up is the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival on May 15-16. It’s going to be a little different this year, in that it will be all outdoor vending. So, we needed some tents for that.

I wanted to see how I will do setting it up solo.

It wasn’t too hard really. It would be a bit smoother and faster with one other person for this step, but I did manage it myself just fine. I’m sure I will get faster with practice too.

We also changed my truck’s oil, got new tires for the trailer, and did some reloading of the trailer to fit in the tents.

We worked them in between the two columns of storage totes on the right.

Ok see you next time. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday Knitting and Dyeing

The blanket is all done! I love it! So glad to be done with the sewing and back to knitting.

What is on the needles now? A Wonderful Wallaby. I have some design ideas floating around in my head but this will do for some easy knitting while I plan.

Some lovely blue Cascade 220 that has been marinating in the stash for some time.

This morning, while I would love to be knitting all day, work must take priority I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰. I am back at the dye pots. I have about 12.5 lbs. of fiber to dye for the mill.

What are you doing today?

Sewing has begun

I have finished the knitting and begun the sewing. And let me note that I am trying to be good and stay on task, because sewing is not knitting. By that I mean, I like to knit but sewing together knitting is less fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have joined the strips of 5 of the 8 colors. So 3 more strips to make then just sew those strips together. Oh and guess how close I came to losing at yarn chicken ๐Ÿ”. 2 g. Yep, I should have had 8 g but for some reason I squeaked by with 2 g left. Whew!

I like how it is coming out. Because I want to see it complete I am trying very hard to hold off casting on a new project until this is completely done. Wish me luck. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So Close

I have completed almost all the knitting for the afghan. I only have 5 more hexagons to make!

Here’s the thing though; I was beginning to be concerned that I would run out of the navy blue yarn. See those 3 balls of blue? That’s all I have left.

There is some good news though. Are you ready for a bit of math? Bear with me for a minute okay? So I weighed the navy blue yarn I had left before I knit the hexagon above with the light gray. I had 44g of the navy at that point. I also estimated based on the number of stripes in each color that the weight of each hexagon was 60% navy and 40% of the other color. When I weighed one I was right on the money. Each one weighs 10g and I know that 6g of that is the blue. Furthermore I know THAT is true because after knitting the above hex, my remaining navy yarn weighs 38g, which means it used up exactly 6g. SOOOO, that means since I have 5 more hexagons x 6g each is 30g, I should have just enough to make it.

I am not sure once I get it all sewn together whether it will need some edging. I had assumed at the start that I could use the navy for that if I decided to do some edging but that won’t be an option. So, we’ll see when I get to that point I guess.

The virtual event was interesting but a bit disappointing in sales and participation. I am so looking forward to getting back to doing “real” in person festivals. I was working on my event calendar today on the website, if you’d like to check it out. I don’t have as many this year as I had scheduled in the past due to cancellations this spring, but I do have 14 for 2021. I normally do 15-20 each year.

See you soon! I’ll probably be sewing this puppy together by the next post. Oh and also I am sorely tempted to make a Wonderful Wallaby now after reading Suziecreamcheeze’s recent post, LOL! As soon as I finish the knitting but maybe not all the sewing, I may just be casting one on. I already have several candidates in the stash. :-)

One thing done

I am finished with the scarf I was knitting for my son. It’s all blocked and ready to pass on to him when I get a chance.

I am back at the afghan and will show you some more progress on that next time.

I am busy this week setting up my “booth” for the Carolina Fiber Festival Virtual event. It’s happening on March 12-14 and I will be online from 9 to 6 all three days. I’ll post a link to my booth page when it’s ready.

Just Snow and Knitting Today

We are enduring what I hope will be all the real winter we are going to get this week. Sunday night and into Monday we got mostly freezing rain and sleet with a bit of snow on top. It has been frigid since then with temperatures well below freezing. It’s not predicted to rise above freezing until Saturday. We are under another Winter Storm Warning today through tomorrow. It’s just starting to snow now and we are supposed to get 2-5″. I know that sounds like not much but this is the south. We have main roads clear but neighborhood roads like ours have been a solid sheet of packed ice and snow since Sunday night. The salt doesn’t do much when it’s this cold and not many vehicles are out helping to make tracks. My husband is going to take me up to pick up a grocery order tomorrow if we can. His truck has 4 wheel drive; mine doesn’t. We are fine though. We have electricity and plenty of food. No worries yet, LOL.

So I have been knitting some at least. I made progress on both of my projects I have going at the moment. First I’ll show you the hand spun scarf for my son. I like it, but you sure never know what you’re gonna get color wise with hand dyed hand spun yarn, do you? It’s entertaining to see what comes out of the skein. ;-)

The afghan pieces are coming along too. I have exactly 22 more to make before I am ready to start assembling it. Here’s the four colors that I have all 10 completed.

Here’s the remaining 4 colors to finish. I have 6 out of 10 in the color on the top of the pile (the yellowish gray color) and 4 of each of the other 3 colors. That’s the 3 gray ones there in the front.

Well I hope you are all keeping warm and cozy too. I know there’s lots of snow and bitter cold in much of the country.

Back to it

I am back to the afghan this month after finishing my sweater before Christmas. I am trying to stay on it and resist the temptation to start something new.

I was working on it by doing a new color every time I started a new piece until I had a whole row of each color. I had four of every color and planned at that point that I would need at least ten of each to make a good size lap blanket.

So now I have switched to just knitting all six I still need, one color at a time. When I have ten I move on to the next color. So the sum total of my knitting since my last post is six hexagons in the blue. Maybe I’ll have a lot more to show you in my next post.

In other news, we have a bunch of new Sock Keepers on the website. We already had some Cherry, Walnut and Oak but we have added back Mahogany plus a small stock of Maple for the first time ever. These are all available to order for $20 each. I love using mine whenever I am working with double point needles. It works for socks of course but also for mittens, gloves, sleeves, etc.