These last 5 weeks have been good but exhausting. It is great to be back vending at festivals. We had 4 shows in 5 weeks and the last one, Mid Ohio Fiber Fair, was a bit of a whirlwind for me. I drove about 400 miles to Newark, OH on Friday. Thus year’s festival was modified to a one day show in the location of the farmers market. I showed up at 5:30 am to set up for a 9 am opening time. I was anxious about whether I could pull it off, but I did it! The market hours were 9-5 and then break down. Whew! It was a long and challenging day but worth it. We did pretty well. 😍 I drove home on Sunday and it is good to be home for awhile again. No more traveling until mid August.
Now for some more news I am excited about! I have almost finished the vintage sweater I have been laboring on for months. I only have the collar to knit and buttons to sew on. Oh and I almost forgot about the embroidery. It does look nice as it is so we’ll see on that.
I did the seaming up in a couple sittings. The sleeve setting in is done first. I may need to tweak the sleeve cap height a bit on the pattern since there was a fair bit of easing in required. I kind of like the look of them though so maybe not? 🤔
I found an excellent new use for my Darning-Egg while seaming the sides. I always start at the cuff and hem and work towards the underarm. That ensures everything lines up nicely and makes easing in extra fabric tidy. But it gets tricky to see the seam area towards the end, so that’s where my Darning-Egg came in handy.
I am still trying to decide whether I want the collar to be in garter to match the button band or in 2×2 rib like the cuffs. I think I would like the look of the rib but garter would be easier for the short rows I plan to use to shape it. I will probably try the rib first and see how it goes. Back soon with the result. 🙂
I have made some encouraging progress on the vintage sweater design.
I have knit the back and right front pieces and as you see here I have also blocked them. I prefer to wet block sweater pieces as I go so they are ready for sewing up when I am to that point.
The pieces are matching up perfectly. I am pleased with that.
I have reworked the chart for the left front and begun the knitting on that piece. I took this picture yesterday and have gotten to the second set of diamonds since then, so it’s going pretty fast.
I have done some preliminary work on the pattern over the weekend. I wanted to get what I have so far down while it is fresh in my mind. Once I start the sleeves I may have to do some more tweaks to the sleeve caps to account for my row gauge and armhole depth.
Tomorrow will be pretty busy with preparations for my first fiber festival of the year, Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, so I don’t know how much more knitting will get done until next week. I had hope of finishing the sample and the pattern for the show but it’s not gonna happen. Especially since I want to include multiple sizes and that’s more work.
I’ll try to blog from the show if I have time. Wish me luck because I am very out of practice 🙃🙂😅
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. 😊
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. 🤤
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. × 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?
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.
We put in a tomato, a red bell pepper and a jalapeño 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. 😍