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Rookie Mistake

I’ve finally settled on a pattern.  Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Aran Coat.

I purchased a very large amount of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky.

I swatched (yes, really, see??).


I checked the gauge.  3 stitches to the inch.  Switched to size 11 needles and cast on.  Knitted a few rounds and checked gauge again.  Just over the recommended 2.5 stitches per inch. Good enough.  I knit four or five rows and realized I messed up the pattern for the sheepsfold sections, so I ripped it back and cast on again.  Eight rows in – halfway through the sheepsfold and through two repeats of the other two cables I set down my work to admire it.  Crap!


I twisted the stitches when I joined them into a circle.  Luckily, I discovered this before it had gotten too large.  Back we go to the beginning.

On the up side – I’m getting really good at the sheepsfold pattern!

Knitting for Babies

Babies are sprouting up all over my family.  I now have 6 3/4 grandchildren.  It was so much easier than having their parents!  You just show up when called and do what comes naturally.  So, of course, there’s been a lot of knitting.  Most recently there were two Latte Baby Coats and a top down sweater that is so sweet with it’s little sparkly heart shaped buttons I want to hug it every time I look at it.  It needs to go into the mail, though, for Sandy and Jenna, since little Harley Jade will be making her appearance sometime in the beginning of April.

Baby Harley will look so adorable in her little pink sweater, pink heart buttons included!  A very precious little girl in the hobby store helped me pick the buttons out.  She assured me that Harley would never be happy with any other buttons on her first sweater.  It was a really easy knit and the pattern is on Ravelry.


The Latte coats were for my wonderful twin granddaughters, Amy and Riley.  They’re so adorable.  The coat pattern is on Ravelry, and I used a little over 3 balls of Cascade 128 Superwash.  One blue and one purple.  Purchased at River Knits in Lafayette.  If you’re local, go there.  Elizabeth and her staff are AWESOME and can answer any knitting question you could ever think of asking.

Knitting…it happens here!

Yes, I know I promised photos awhile ago.  Yes, I know I’m a slacker.  Actually, I’m posting pictures and blogging now while I should be writing my NaNoWriMo novel.  Which sucks, by the way.  There was a good plot going and then bang!  It fell apart.  Then everyone in the novel changed their names (to protect the innocent?) and suddenly got new careers.  It’s a roller coaster ride.  I hate roller coasters.  I’m only at 3689 words, too.  So procrastinating isn’t in my best interests.

But, I digress.  Back to knitting.  I’ve been working (almost) diligently and have three pairs of socks and a baby jacket to show off.  My next project is a beret made of kid mohair and merino.  Pink.  For a special someone who I don’t think reads my blog but I’m not sure so quit trying to pull out the details!

First project to show and tell is the Baby Surprise Jacket.  EZ’s pattern and the first one I’ve actually finished!  It’s definitely a case of let go and let Elizabeth (apologies to my Christian friends for the paraphrasing).  I have a slight dilemma, though.  I can’t pick buttons.  I have these:

and these:

and these:

Here’s the jacket:

The fiber is Dale of Norway Baby Ull in bright pink (15) and purple (40).  My camera is not taking great pictures lately, so you can’t really see the colors.  Well?  Suggestions?

As for socks, here they are…

Boot Socks, which contrary to appearance, are not for Big Foot.  Made from Red Heart Super Saver Flecks in Coffee and Buff.  Totally washable and really warm.  Next are the Diagonal Rib Socks from Favorite Socks, made with Cascade Sassy Stripes Superwash in colorway 765.

And then Eyelet Rib Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks, in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Amethyst Stripe:

My next project is a pretty beret for a beautiful young woman who loves pink and (hopefully) doesn’t read my blog.  It will be knitted with Kiddy Print Kid Mohair/Merino and another merino that will forever be anonymous since I don’t have the band.

The pattern is to be the Sweet Honey Beret from the Interweave Knits, Winter 2008.  I may leave the flower off.  Photos of the finished work to come.