I recently had the pleasure of knitting with some beautiful hand dyed yarns. Liz of MacKintosh Yarns needed some knitted samples made with her yarns and I happily volunteered. After looking at my Ravelry page, she asked me to make 2 baby sweaters. She would send me the yarn and I could choose the patterns. This gave me the opportunity to try some patterns that have been on my queue for a while.
I have to say that this was my favorite color. It's called Submerged. This worsted weight is soft and it's superwash. It knits up quickly and produces a wonderful baby sweater.
It held up well even after I frogged it many times. The collar has stepped increases and it kept coming out wonky. I finally decided to omit the increases and cast on the full 62 stitches. It worked out really well. I could easily slip this whole sweater over Melody's head without having to struggle.
Pattern: Striped Outfit for a Stripeknight (Free PDF pattern via Ravelry)
Needles: US 6 / 4.0 mm
Yarn: MacKintosh Yarns Skye Worsted Weight, 1.2 skeins = 300.0 yards (274.3m), color: Submerged
Victoria is a very rich color. It was along the lines of reddish purple, but very deep. At times, it almost looked like a reddish brown to me. This is just as soft as the Worsted Weight above.This sweater was a time consuming knit, but I am so happy with the final result. I knit it with Size 3 needles and it felt like it took forever. The pattern calls for fingering and this yarn, Chubby Sock, is a sport/dk weight. So, I used a slightly thicker yarn and bigger needles. I followed the directions for the 0-3 month size and the final result is a 6-12 month size.
The sweater is a top down raglan, but the sleeves have to be knit flat and them seamed. I made the mistake of using DPN's and thought I could knit them in the round. The lace pattern has to be done flat, so I had to rip back. The pom pom i-Cord ties are such a cute addition to the sweater. I will definitely be knitting this one again.
Pattern: Betty Lou Lace Cardigan from the book, Vintage Baby Knits.
Needles: US 3 / 3.25 mm
Yarn: Yarn: MacKintosh Yarns Chubby Sock, 1.7 skeins = 425.0 yards (388.6m), color: Victoria
The sweaters are on their way to Liz of MacKintosh Yarns. They will be displayed in her booth at Stitches Midwest. Are any of you going to Stitches Midwest?
My canning adventure continues! I turned all the apricots and peaches I have been receiving from the CSA into marmalade. The soft chunks of fruit are so delicious on a slice of toast. It was a lot of work blanching and peeling the skins, but it's worth it.
The winner of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving is Micki. Micki, please email me your address so I can send you the book.