Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas in July, Part Deux: Ready for the Holidays

Making faces at her brother!
Oh, Christmas in July, how you like to torture me!  This sweater is SO great!  I love the design, love the colors - all that, but man!  You'd think I'd learned lessons from the first version for Tiberius....


The pattern is designed by Tanis Lavalee, and she and her husband are the dyers behind the yarn, also - Tanis Fiber Arts.  I used a mix of one of her mini sets for the yoke, and the main body is Sand on the Blue Label Fingering Weight Base.  On a side note, Tanis is awesome and has always been super helpful, whenever I have questions through Ravelry!!!  She and Chris, her husband, also put up a podcast episode here and there!!!

I knew I had a hard time getting a good fit with the tubular cast-on when I did it for last year's sweater, so, I just cast on longtail-style on size 2.5 needles (and moved down to 1s, maybe, for the rest of the ribbing), though I'd planned to knit the sweater on size 1.5 needles.  Also, I had to knit the collar twice, as I'd originally cast on for size 6/8, but I thought the neckband was too snug, so, I moved up to the 8/10.  I got through the colorwork just fine, of course (while watching ALL the Sex and the City!).  I always love to see the new colors pop out!  And I sort of winged it for order of colors, so, they are what they are. 

Then we came to the sleeve separation...knitting past that and finding that OH, NO, it was TOO BIG, just like LAST TIME.  Seriously.  So, I moved down from the size 1.5s (or whatever, as things start to get fuzzy when re-knitting) to 0s....then slogged through that body for a hundred years.  I did end up alternating the body, as I had a bad feeling about how the colorway was going to pool, as the sort of brown tone peeps through the gray.  I then naturally started to stress about running out of yarn, as I did the first time (which is probably because of my tighter row gauge), so, I figured I would do pops of color on the bottom ribbing and the cuffs, which worked out nicely!
Totally longish on her, and I didn't even knit it to the pattern directions!  I hope it fits all over through her 10th year!

But speaking of the sleeves....I totally didn't picture THIS happening:  My 0s were not working for the sleeves.  I tried the sleeve on Camden, and it was SO snug.  I bumped up to size 1s, I think, which was better, but they ARE closer-fitting sleeves, anyway, so, I tried to more gradually decrease, to accommodate for that.  Not sure it worked too well, but she likes the fit!

Overall, lovely pattern....also overall:  WHEW.  I need to not knit a fingering weight sweater for a while, aha, as this was Camden's second this year.  Lucky kid, yo.

But it is SO pretty, and she's had a ton of compliments on it already!!!

For now....days in the life, GIRLS' WEEKEND STYLE!

It was so nice to get out, as I'm usually with the kids...especially so after the last four months, as Matt has worked up in WA, and we see him most weekends.

In Hood River over the first weekend of November, we caused the usual sort of mayhem....almost falling through COMPLETELY shady bunk beds, drinking TOO much inferior hot chocolate (oh, that was just ME), getting kicked out of fancy reserved second floor areas at local breweries, hitting up the swanky Goodwill (no, I found nothing, as is always the case with second-hand shops), belting out some karaoke IN-house...but not actually making it to a karaoke bar (not sure if that had something to do with MY particular song requests) and instead playing pictionary at the Oak St. Pub, tended to by the one and only Napoleon (seriously, not ONE other employee?!).  Absinthe didn't make any fans that night, though a good friend did have a moment and made a few of us realize we miss each other. 

Also on deck, no pun intended, was the lovely barmaid Shannon/Janet.  She served up a lovely mimosa (or so I hear), and we maybe surpassed the hot tub time machine limits.  Our weekend stared off with almost being gassed out (nothing like a weird, barely detectable gas leak to make one woozy!), though we WERE treated to free drinks by the owner of the house ;)  All in all, a great weekend - something which needs to happen more often!

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