Lady Sunnyside

What better to way to forget about the stresses of moving for a while?

A test knit of course!

*Note: Planning an outfit for said photoshoot kind of slipped my mind when I packed 99.9% of my clothes in boxes…… Also packing the iron that I NEVER use was not in my best interest because of course I ended up needing it…* Needless to say I think I did well with what I had ;)

It has been a while since I’ve test knit anything and I have been enjoying the free time to knit as I choose but once Tanis comes a calling it doesn’t take much to twist my arm. Her designs are always right up my alley and this design was no exception. In fact Lady Sunnyside is my favourite Tanis pattern that I have knit to date!

A button down cardigan is something I will wear forever and a day or at least until I wear holes in it. I feel like there may be another sunnyside in my future, its too perfect of a design NOT to have two!

Pattern: Lady Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran weight in Garnet.

 I alternated skeins every two rows.

Mods:   I added one extra buttonhole to accommodate my long torso.  I also added length to the sleeves cause I’m gangly like that.

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I knit a 34 this time around, I’ll talk more about this in a future post but I have been finding 32′s are too tight across my broad shoulders and I just need things to be less fitted and more relaxed.

 NOTE: I used every bit of 5 skeins to knit my modified version.

The great thing about this pattern, as is with the original Sunnyside, is that it comes with two chart options for the raglan and neck/button bands. A zigzag lace chart, which is what I chose, and a rope cable chart which gives it a different look altogether. Choose your poison or knit one of each!

Lady Sunnyside is the adult version of Sunnyside that has 1890 projects on Ravelry! It is a go to baby pattern for so many and I anticipate I’ll be knitting one very shortly with all the babies popping up around me lately.

Now here is the fun part! Tanis is offering this pattern for free for one week only and there’s talk of a  Lady Sunnyside knit along in the TFA group on Ravelry.

Sooo skip on over to Tanis blog, get yourself that free code and start planning a Sunnyside for your first cardigan of the season!

Organic Cones

So I’m tackling boxes like a champ and getting through things but as you work your mind wanders….that is if you aren’t being asked to read a book, watch a bike show or chase someone.

My thoughts are wandering to my most recent FO.

Pattern: Indigo Cones by Aileen Ryder

Yarn: Sublime Yarns Organic Cotton DK

Mods: I added one extra chart repeat on the body and I didn’t turn up the corners as per pattern.

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Indigo cones is a pattern that caught my eye from the most recent issue, First Fall 2014, of Knitty. It fit the bill for everything I wanted in a summer cardigan, light weight, airy with a more relaxed fit.

I bought a perfect skirt with cute bicycles on it in Primark on one of my trips back home to Ireland but I haven’t had the chance to wear it because I didn’t have a top to go with it. Shopping hasn’t been high on the priority list these days…

Then Little Knits had a sale on some Sublime yarn that I thought might work well with it so I bought a bag and hoped for the best. The yarn arrived, sat for a while and then Jane Richmond released the pattern Gemini. I thought it would be the perfect match for my skirt so I took it with me on a vacation because I was going to cast on and knit the entire thing while travelling…. well you all know how well I travel…. that didn’t happen. It marinated some more in the stash until I saw Indigo Cones and new it was “The One!”

Let me tell you this Organic cotton is so soft and wonderful to work with. I’m still having trouble believing it IS cotton. It has just the right amount of drape and feels wonderful to wear. Of course this is the part where I tell you it has been discontinued…… WHY WHY WHY! Always the way. I did find some for sale on Ravelry though so I may have to snap up some more for a future knit.

So back to Indigo Cones… I started this in June thinking it was going to be a quick knit. Now if you have been around these parts long enough you’ll know that lace and I have a love hate relationship. Everything was going well until I got into the body and it just didn’t seem to be growing, the more I knit the more I had left to knit. Finally one weekend I just decided that this was it, I was just going to plow through and “git r done.” I need a swift kick every now and then.

 Things really took off and I was done in no time. Blocked it took photo’s and …. meehh! I was not happy. The edges were rolling like crazy and I wasn’t satisfied with the placement of the button. It seemed to put on the neckline and make it roll too.

You can see in the pictures below from my first photo shoot.

So much rolling!!!

So not the look I was going for!

Back to the blocking board it went. I thought if I blocked it more aggressively it would sit better. It did sit better for the most of the photo’s at the beginning of this post but you can still see how the button pulls on the neck making it roll and and now that I’ve had it on all day we are back to looking like crepes again.

I definitely love the cardigan but the rolling is pushing me over the “I’m gonna go crazy if I have to pull on this one more time” limit. I need to find a solution and I’m hoping some of you can help. What would you do to fix this?

My mind is telling me, a more stable edging is needed. That I should pick up and knit a neckline then knit two separate button bands and sew them on. Thoughts?

Now just for fun here is an outtake from my first Cones photoshoot. What you don’t see behind the scenes is the little person who wants to be in EVERY picture mama’s in, nutella covered face and all. I don’t know how she ate that piece of toast but it looks like she just slapped the piece of nutella covered toast over her mouth… actually I wouldn’t put that past her either, she is a card. What cracks me up though is that we are standing in the exact same way…. Like mother like daughter much??

Clam Digger

Pattern: Clam Digger by Melissa Schaschwary

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in colour 05 and 001

Mods: I did the same number of rows per stripe througout the whole cardigan.

Just before Christmas I was cleaning out my WIP basket trying to get everything finished up when T happened upon her clam digger cardigan in progress.

She asked me if I could finish it up because she loves it and its “beauty full”. Well that was all it took to light a fire under my butt to finish it off. I only had the sleeves to go and once I started they were on and off the needles in no time.

You may recognize Clam Digger as being the child’s version of Cattails that I knit this summer. I lived in that cardigan all summer and well into the Fall and hopefully she will be the same way. T runs on the hot side 99% of the time so I think this cardigan will get a lot of use even this Winter as it is light and airy.

 I love the wide textured trim in a tweedy yarn on this one.

It turns a plain cardigan into something a bit more special.

As you can tell we went from deep freeze temps yesterday to a gorgeous sunny day today that is melting the snow and ice. I took full advantage and did a mini photo shoot. With the winter we have been having it is hard to say when we will get another day like this. There is currently a freezing rain warning for tonight and tomorrow…..

Today we are enjoying the outdoors as much as possible because tomorrow we probably won’t be able to walk on any of it.

I Heart Cardigans

Pattern: I Heart Cardigans by Tanis Lavallee

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in Chris Grey

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Over the summer Tanis asked me to test her newest design I Heart Cardigans.

Sometimes I swear Tanis is in my head because she always seems to design the perfect garment that I am dreaming about at that point and time. She hit the nail on the head with I Heart Cardigans.

A cozy worsted weight cardiganized version of I Heart Aran with tons of cabley goodness and that shawl collar I love so much. This cardigan couldn’t get any better….. or could it?

When choosing a colour for my cardigan I knew I wanted something neutral. A colour that would go with anything yet still looking amazing on its own.

When Tanis’ Green Label arrived in her new colourway Chris Grey I was in heaven. A soft grey with a very subtle green throughout to give it that little pop.

Green Label is superwash and definitely grows when blocking. I was terrified to put my gorgeous cardi in the dryer as recommended on the ball band but Tanis assured me it would be ok. I kept a VERY close eye on it and ended up having to leaving it in a bit longer in my old machine to get it back to normal size.

 My only mods while knitting were to add a bit of length to the body and sleeves to accommodate my long torso and arms. I also omitted the button holes altogether.

The perfect cardigan that has seen a lot of wear already and will continue to through Autumn and Winter.

If you happen to be at Knit East in a few weeks you’ll get to see it in action.

Cattails

Pattern: Cattails by Melissa Schaschwary

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in colours 118 *mustard* and 01 *natural*

Needles: 3.75mm and 4.5mm

Mods:  I added 2 extra stripes to the length of the body. I also knit slightly less than 3/4 sleeves just as a personal preference.

I had to wet block my version but if I were knitting this again I don’t think I would add the 2 extra stripes. When wet blocked it stretches quite a bit and probably would have been ok without the mod.

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I can finally share one of my recent tests with you.

It was a pleasure to be able to test for Melissa again, you may recall her Downton Girl Cloche I tested last year.

Cattails is a light and breezy cardigan knit seamlessly from the top down.

Stripes make this cardigan fun and addictive to knit, at least me for they are. I just keep wanting to knit one more stripe and then before you know it I’ve stayed up waaay to late and have half the body completed. Makes for a quick test knit ;)

The bands of texture around the bottom and collar are a perfect accent and really make this design pop!

Silky Wool was definitely the perfect choice of yarn for this design. It is wonderful to knit with and creates a light weight fabric perfect for summer attire.

When choosing colours I knew immediately that I wanted mustard and cream but had a hard time finding the right shade of yellow. Melissa very kindly sent me some that she had in her stash left over from another pretty design Summer Sweet Corn. Thank you so much Melissa!

 T and I spent the day at The Cove during the heatwave last week. Cattails was the perfect cardigan to throw on over my sundress when things finally started to cool down.

Melissa is kindly offering a 10% discount off the pattern on Ravelry until noon CST time July 19th with the coupon code Flip Flops.

 Clam Digger is the children’s version of Cattails that I’m looking forward to making for T. Must clear off some needles first!

Marion

It has to be said that the Business Casual KAL definitely took up all of my blogging time. I had no idea it would get so big but I’m glad to be able to get back into my regular blogging schedule again.

I recently finished a test knit for Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots. You may remember Chuck and Agatha that I have previously test for her. I adore both of those knits and wear them often so  I knew when she posted her yellow version of Marion that I needed to add it to my wardrobe too.

Pattern: Marion by Andi Satterlund *pattern still in testing*

Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in colour 864

Needles: 5mm

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I have had my eye on this colour of Cascade Superwash at my LYS since last summer. I loved it from the get go but was unsure what I should knit with it.

When Andi asked me to test I knew right away it had to be this colour. Thankfully they had just enough skeins left when I went back to check.

I did something a little different with this photoshoot. I really wanted to show how fabulous this little cardi looks casually as well as dressed up.

You know I love to add things to my wardrobe that are multi functional.

 For Casual I paired it with my favourite jeans and plaid shirt. I will likely wear it with jeans most of the time because there isn’t a lot of cause to dress up running around on The Ridge.

I do however like to wear a dress any chance I get so when the occasion arises I’ll reach for my favourite polka dotted one. These cropped cardigans look so great with dresses that have full skirts.

I was once again stumped when it came to buttons for this cardigan.

I bought silver and green buttons but kept coming back to some brown wooden ones I had in my stash. It was a nice contrast but the issue I had with the brown is that I knew I wanted to wear it with my black dress and I just didn’t think I could handle the brown buttons with a black dress. Yes I am weirdly anal but colour matching.

Finally I tried some black leather look buttons from my stash and had a hand to forehead moment. Why didn’t I think of black to begin with!

 I can’t gush enough about Andi’s patterns, the construction, the style, all so perfectly perfect.

I will no doubt be in line to cast on her next pattern.

Catch Up

Sorry its been so quiet around here.

We are knee deep in renovations….. spur of the moment renovations at that. For a long time we’ve been talking about splitting our bedroom, which is the length of the house into two. We definitely don’t use the extra space and it could be put to better use as a spare room.

So yesterday we got started!

Of course the only way to reno on the coldest week so far this winter *a frigid -25 C* is to wear stripey legwarmers with your work boots.

Things are going well and T is very excited to help us paint when we get to that point!

On the knitting front, I’ve picked up the only current WIP I have left to finish.

This is the French Braid Cardigan by Tanis Lavallee.

I’m pretty sure I started this the day Tanis released the pattern, Ravelry tells me it was April 26th. It is a top down cardigan and I managed to plow through to the underarms fairly quickly but then I was bombarded with tests and I knew I would need lots of concentration to do the body, so I set it aside until I could devote the time to finish it.

Well….. more than enough time has passed, the backlog is clearing up and I’m finally saying enough is enough. I want to wear this beauty so before I cast on for any more sweaters I’m going to finish this one first.

There was still a problem…. at the time I decided I was going to finish it I was really  craving stockinette and something mindless. I did start something else that I will share with you next time but now its full steam ahead to get this finished so I can wear it. I’m working on the second sleeve which is so close to being done and then I get cruise through the body.

What are you craving with your knitting right now??

Aidez!

Pattern: Aidez by Cirilia Rose

Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool colour 8061

Size: 36″

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It is finished and I am tres happy.

I knit this in size 36 instead of my normal size 32 and it has the perfect amount of ease, Not too tight and not too bulky. I didn’t have any issues with the sleeves being too tight or the armholes not being long enough like so many others did with this gauge because I did go up a size. It is supposed to be a bulky oversized cardigan and I think others weren’t taking into account the different the smaller gauge yarn made.

It overlaps nicely in the front for when I want to wrap up a bit but also looks great open as well. I really enjoyed working with Cascade Eco and will definitely keep it at the top of my list for other bulky knits.

The only modification other than adding a bit of length to the sleeves I made was to add pockets. I did this after I had knit and seamed the fronts. I picked up the amount of stitches needed to knit the panel on the front and knit as per pattern. When I got to an edge I picked up one stitch and purled it or knit it together with the last stitch on the needle creating a seamed pocket as I went.

I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out and my phone fits in there perfectly.

I think there will be another Aidez in the future maybe with a different cable pattern and in a colour. This one is just too comfy not to have two.

You have until the end of today to get your pictures up to be entered into the drawing for the Aidez KAL.

The FO Parade is coming right up!

Woodburne Cardigan

I recently had the chance to test knit the Woodburne Cardigan, Carol Feller’s newest pattern for her KAL.

As always I knew right away that I wanted to add Woodburne to my wardrobe and testing was the icing on the cake.

It is knit bottom up with a round yoke and a modified saddle shoulder construction. I had yet to knit saddle shoulders so this was a first for me.

I knit this with Di. Ve Zenith that I’ve had in my stash for a couple of years. I could never find the right pattern for this yarn because it has a bit of stretch to it. It was splitty to knit with but has wonderful stitch definition that really makes the cables pop.

I added a bit of length when knitting Woodburne but because I knew it was going to stretch out a bit when blocked I left about 2 inches for growth.

The cables on this one are so interesting and different and as a friend put it almost Art Deco-ish. It really lends a modern look to the cardigan.

One of my favourite things about Carol’s designs is that they are always different in the way they are constructed. Woodburne’s waist decreases are at the middle of the back between the cables instead of at the sides where you would traditionally find them. I love how it makes the cables look like they are pulled in at the back creating a nice waist.

The cables travel up the sleeves and right over the shoulders with the saddle construction.  The shoulders were easy to knit through once I got my head around what I needed to be doing.

It’s easy to get into ruts with your knitting.  We all usually have one construction style that we prefer and tend to knit it over and over again but I always like to challenge myself, learn something new. I always know I will most likely be knitting out of the box when working with Carol!

I couldn’t be happier with this knit. I knit the 30.5 size with a little bit of a different gauge to achieve a 33 bust. I’m seriously thinking of knitting 33″ busts from now on because they create that little bit of room and are just so darn comfy!

Although the KAL is almost over you can still purchase Woodburne and knit it at your own speed. I would definitely recommend it. This is one of my favourite cardigan’s to date.

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Aidez – Front

I made some good progress this week finishing the back and starting on the left front.

With a little under 3 weeks left to go I figured I had better try to pick up the pace a bit.

Did you make any progress this week?

DANA   ALICE  LYNNE

SARAH   HEIDI  MICHELLE   HANNAH   RONNIIE

JESS   EVELYN   ANNABELLE2   ELIZABETH

CHRISTINED   LETE   ALAINA   SARA  KELLY

REBECCA   JESSICA  SHANNON   GEORGIE

LACEY   TINA  JEANNIE  EMILY

KATHERINE  KATE  MEGAN  IGNASIOWA

ROSE  KATHY STACIE  MINDY  MARY

We two finished cardigans this week!!

Jess knit her lovely Aidez is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in the colourway Wallaby.

I love how those cables really pop with the bulky yarn.,

She did a smashing job!

Christine aka Duncanch finished her Aidez as well.

Knit with Cascade Ecological Wool, colourway 8016.

The only mod she made was to make the sleeve and armhole circumference bigger so the sleeves weren’t so tight.

This is the first sweater in many years that she has knit and she is very pleased with the result as well she should be.

How great does she look in it!

Alaina aka Flyingmuse is busy working up the fronts of her cardigan using an undyed version of Cascade Eco #8015.

Dana is on Aidez number 2!!

She’s using different cables for this green version using Polar by Wolle Rodel.

I’m interested to see the end result.

Helene is working her version in chocolate truffle Country by Naturally Caron.

She’s choosing to knit it all in one piece.

Emily aka oohfancypants and lovely face behind the  Whatcha Swatchin Podcast added some diagonal pockets to the fronts of her Aidez.

Very practical because what is a cardigan without pockets??

I’m going with pockets on mine as well but they will look a bit different to Emily’s.

Did you get any knitting done this week??

Time is a tickin!