Baby Knits for June

I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking, nor do I think this is even necessarily possible, but I’ve decided to set aside my personal knitting this month in order to focus on baby knits. Because there are several patterns I’ve wanted to knit for awhile, and my boyfriend’s sister is due towards the end of June. In theory, I’ll finish those two WIPs pictured above and transform all of that yarn into sweaters and maybe a diaper cover. Plus a cardigan sized to fit a four-year-old.

On one hand, it seems a little too ambitious. I work 46 hours a week, and I don’t have an abundance of spare time. On the other hand, I can usually finish a three to six-month sweater in about two days, if I don’t have any major distractions. But I’m also going camping for six days later this month, which will provide me with lots of free time while simultaneously diverting some of my attention away from my usual activities. (I’ll be without my bicycle for six days!)

Baby Knits for June

But rather than thinking about what I could accomplish or typing about what I’d like to do, I should probably just be knitting. (And in fact, I’ve completed half of this sleeve while not so carefully considering my words for this post.)

WIP Summary: May 2017

Find Your Fade
Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Madelinetosh Euro Sock (Antler, Havana [Minimal / Optic], Crudo, Burnished)

If I had to pick a “WIP of the month,” it would probably be my Find Your Fade. I’ve been chipping away at this very consistently since I cast on and, on Monday, while I sat on a lawn chair at an annual Memorial Day party, I finally reached the point in the pattern where the increases and decreases cancel each other out (Section Seven). I’m on my fourth color of six and seem to be at approximately the halfway point.

Gull Island
Pattern: Gull Island
Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Llama Una (Black Dahlia)

Gull Island was my second most-worked-on project this month, however it’s still just 3/4 of a sleeve and most of a body. I’m still have one or two inches left on the body before I set it aside to finish the sleeves and join all of my stockinette tubes. I would like to see this project finished before the end of June, but I’m not sure how serious I am about this goal.

Coloring
Pattern: Coloring
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Wensleydale Gems DK (Jet)

This is probably the project I’m most in need of, but I worked on it the least this month. I keep switching between knitting the sleeves two-at-a-time and working them separately, unable to decide which method I prefer for this particular project. (I generally prefer knitting sleeves simultaneously.) Despite my indecision, I somehow managed to half-complete both sleeves, and I’m hoping to buckle down and put a big dent in this project next month. I suspect I won’t be finished with it by the end of June.

Baby Sophisticate
Pattern: Baby & Child Sophisticate
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight (Indigo Heather, Seraphim)

I cast on this little three-month-sized cardigan yesterday afternoon. My boyfriend’s sister is due next month, and I’ve been squeezing in baby sweaters throughout May. (Hence the slow progress on my own sweaters.) I actually knit two Flax sweaters this month — both of which still require finishing — as well as a Miel cardigan. This Baby Sophisticate has some mosaic work on the back, but I don’t love it. More on that in a later post.


Seasmoke is still languishing on my needles. It’s ignored, but not entirely forgotten. Instead of working on it this month, I impulsively cast on a Cameo Flower shawl, which I’ve enjoyed working on. Currently, I only work on it on Saturdays, and only on the foul-weather Saturdays, so it too has recently come to a bit of a standstill, but I might move this into my at-home rotation in order to get it off my needles.

WIP: Find Your Fade

As I anticipated, I ended up casting on my Find Your Fade shawl sooner rather than later. It was too hard to resist the charm of the yarns I selected for this project.

After casting on, I quickly realized that it’s equally hard to not give in to the impulse to knit “just one more row.” Similar to my previous experience with speckled yarn, I’m thoroughly enjoying the unpredictability of each colorway: watching how each singular hank transforms into fabric, and blending two in the “Color Melting.” And since I decided to skip the lace sections and knit the entire shawl in garter stitch, this has become an incredibly relaxing and mindless project, making it even harder to put down. It’s the perfect WIP for nights when I get home from work at 22:00, which is four times a week. (The fifth night I get home at 23:00!)

Additional changes: I cast on a couple of times, ultimately deciding that the YOs looked messy and caused a loose edge. I’ve opted to knit a kfb as the increase and slip the stitches along both edges. The recommended double decrease also wasn’t to my liking, so I’m working a centered double decrease (s2kp2), which creates an elegant line of stitches.

Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Madelinetosh Euro Sock (Antler, Havana [Minimal / Optic], Crudo)
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WIP: Find Your Fade

Find Your Fade

Okay, so this isn’t really a WIP. Yet. But I’m excited that I “found my fade” for the Find Your Fade shawl.

I know you don’t have to use a single dyer or base, but I ended up selecting six hanks of Madelinetosh Euro Sock, which is a plied, 100% merino fingering-weight yarn. From left to right, the colors are: Joshua Tree, Cactus, Burnished, Crudo, Havana (Minimal / Optic), and Antler.

Find Your Fade

I have to finish a couple projects before I start this, but I suspect I’ll cast on before the end of the month.

WIP: Palmyre

My Palmyre shawl has grown quite a bit since I started it at 23:30 on 29 April. I’ve just about reached the end of my first hank of yarn, and I’ve knit 20 of the 26 increases. Knitting DK yarn on US 8 needles certainly speeds up the process, but I also really like the way Farm Twist feels in my hands, so I keep picking the project up.

Palmyre

It’s also fun watching the fabric develop. Up to this point, I had appreciated the speckled yarn trend from afar, without really feeling the impulse to play around with it myself. But now that I’m knitting with it, I get it. The unpredictability of the fabric is fun: not knowing where the splashes and flecks of color will be. And I think the plain stockinette body of the Palmyre shawl is a particularly good canvas for the yarn.

Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Farm Twist (Oeste)
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WIP Summary: April 2017

April was kind of a busy month. What with all of the madness at work, I completely forgot that I had made those steek swatches! And it took me two weeks to finally make it over to my LYS to pick up the yarn they special ordered for my Fusion cardi! (And truthfully, I brought it home this past Tuesday and haven’t had a moment to even line the hanks up and confirm that my colorway looks how I pictured it would.)

But I also completed a few projects and — naturally — I started some new ones.

Coloring
Pattern: Coloring
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Wensleydale Gems DK (Jet)

This pattern is written for sport-weight yarn, and this West Yorkshire Spinners yarn is supposed to be DK, but it seems more like something that fluctuates between fingering and sport. So I decided to take a chance and cast on a Coloring cardi. This is probably one of those times I should have swatched, but I didn’t. Because I almost never do. So fingers are crossed for this project. Right now, I’m working the sleeves two-at-a-time, then I’ll finish the body. If I have enough yarn left, I’ll probably work a vertical button band.

Gull Island
Pattern: Gull Island
Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Llama Una (Black Dahlia)

This was the project I had in mind when I purchased the West Yorkshire Spinners yarn, but it’s definitely the wrong weight for this pattern. Since I’m between sizes, I’m knitting one of the sleeves first, and from that I’ll determine my gauge and figure out how many stitches to cast on for the body. The Llama Una is very soft, which makes me worry about pilling, and it also feels light and airy too. The fabric is quite nice, but I do wonder how it’ll wear.

Palmyre
Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Farm Twist (Oeste)

And, because I’m rarely without a quick and easy shawl project, last night I cast on Palmyre with some Farm Twist that I just got in the mail the other day. I’m curious to see how this yarn looks as it turns into shawl.


Seasmoke is also still on my needles (and still unphotographed) but I don’t think I’ve touched it in a month and a half. I’d like to move it back into my active WIP rotation in May. This also reminds me that I have a few 2016 WIPs languishing on my needles — a couple since last July — and I need to make some finish-or-frog decisions.

WIP Summary: March 2017

Meadow Road
Pattern: Meadow Road
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo (Black)

I’ve finally taken a picture of my Meadow Road pullover. I divided for the front and back on Wednesday night, and I’ve actually knit a couple of inches of the back since taking this photograph. I’m really looking forward to this wearing this sweater this spring. I have a large-ish pile of black Arroyo that I’ve accumulated over several 3-4 hank purchases, and I haven’t been paying much attention to the dye lots, and I already noticed that I have some mixing going on. It’s pretty subtle. I shrugged my shoulders when I saw it. Kind of funny to think that I’m a perfectionist in many other parts of my life, but not in my knitting?

Pathway
Pattern: Pathway
Yarn: Cascade 220 (Christmas Red)

Last scarf. Stay focused. That’s what I keep telling myself. I’m knitting this as a favor to the mister’s step-mother, and I kinda-sorta have a deadline. It’s actually knitting up quickly since the rows are short, but I might not definitely won’t finish by next week. The cable looks nice, but I can’t wait to block this project, because I think it’ll look even nicer once the fabric lies flat. I’m hoping that the columns of purl stitches also stand out more after blocking, because, right now, it’s difficult to see that the cable and textured panel are flanked by two columns of stockinette.


And I’m still working on my second Seasmoke shawl. This is my weekend project, which doesn’t always get attention on the weekends. It’s progressing slowly, but I’ve decided that I’m not in a rush.