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.

My Project Page on Rav

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!

Chalkstone

Things have been super busy around here and it seems like I only have time to post and go as of late.

Hopefully things will settle down in a bit and I can post some of the other things I’ve been meaning to chat about but until then how about another KAL update.

I finished Chalkstone!

Pattern: Test knit of  Chalkstone by Isabell Kraemer 

Yarn: Rowan Calmer colour # 487

Mods: There were a lot of mods for this one. The xs in the pattern had a bust size of 38 which I knew would drown me so I sized down the pattern to be about a 32.

You can see my notes about specific numbers for the body and sleeves here.

I also had to play around with the raglan decreases to make sure I had enough of the pattern left on the front and back when I reached the neck.

My Rav project page

It took a lot of trial and error to get this sweater just the way I wanted it but I am glad I put the effort in to a create a sweater just right for me.

This is the first time I have worked with Rowan Calmer, such a great yarn that has sadly been discontinued!

It was extra springy, super stretchy and really nice to work with.

When I say stretchy I mean REALLY stretchy! Before I blocked this sweater it seriously could have fit T.

I love the results of the elbow length sleeves.

They really suit the colour and feel of my version making it a great summer sweater.

When I started this knit I thought the colour would not suit me well but upon completion I couldn’t be happier and will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of this colour.

*Special thanks to Dad for taking these pics for me*

I’m guest posting on LuvinTheMommyHood today!

Head on over and take a look!

One

Last week our baby turned ONE!!

This has definitely been the fastest year of my life! I’m not one who wishes she were still 3 months old and stay that way,I have  loved every stage. She is a lot of fun right now, cruising about the living room like a pro *I don’t think I mentioned she is walking, since 10 and a half months, I’ve been trying to get a good video of that*, chattering away like we all know what she’s saying, asking her to do something and she does it. Giving toys to Boston and then chasing him around the house with said toy if he doesn’t feel like taking it. It’s been sooo much fun.

We celebrated her birthday with a low key party with the family.

I made her  A Very Hungry Caterpillar cake. That book was my favourite growing up, hoping it will be one of hers too. She currently loves The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Do not be fooled by these candles… although cute they had all melted before we even got them lit.

I also made her a Birthday banner! I got the idea from Rae and love how it turned out.   I may have recruised Moose to cut some felt letters, he made it through with minimal whinning ;) Excuse the picture, the lighting was very dull that day.

Balloon’s make everyone happy, especially when they are worm balloons!!!

Happy Birthday my little Tornado! Can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Knitting Vintage

 Having two months of rain, fog and cold weather really makes you think about Autumn more and more. I’ve been dying to cast on for a cosy warm sweater for myself but seeing as that’s pretty much impossible at this present time I settled for a pair of cosy toe socks instead.

 I cast on for the  Gentlemen’s socks with Lozenge pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks, tailored for my little feet.  This is the third or fourth pattern I’ve knit from this book and it has once again proved to be a wonderful library addition.  I’m using Louet Gems in a lovely fall orange, these will be a lovely pair to have on hand this fall.

Of course the minute I start working on them we get beautiful weather, at least for one day anyway. Maybe I should just keep knitting socks if it makes the sun hang around.

My mum and dad are in the process of building a house on the most beautiful water frontage. Dad of course is building the house himself, and Moose has been helping out when he isn’t working. Being the preggo that I am I’m not much good for lugging wood and standing up walls so instead I get to enjoy my surroundings and do a little knitting.

I found a nice half shady half sunny spot on top of a pile of sheathing to work on my socks as well as keep an eye on the dogs.  Molly is perfectly content as long as she can see Moose at all times. She spent most of her day with me on  top of the sheathing watching her daddy’s every move.