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Per multiple requests, I finally had some time during a break from work and was able to finish writing the pattern to add additional sizes.  As some of you know, the original version only had size 4 because I knitted the sweater for my daughter when she was 4 years old.  I had to do some research as usual to learn the different measurements on the parts of a garment and in various child sizes I was adding.  It was quite a project and another invaluable learning experience. 

The numbers in the updated pattern were not tested but written based on the original size 4, and using meticulous math calculations.  I will knit size 8 for my daughter when time permits.  I hope you enjoy it.

Valentine updated version

Finished chest size:  23.5 (25, 26, 28, 30, 32) inches for sizes 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12)

Yarn: 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins of Knit Picks Superwash Swish DK weight (123 yards/50g), or equivalent.

Needle size: 6; circular needles and double point needles.

Gauge: 23 sts x 31 rows = 4 inches.

Notions: Size D (3.25mm) crochet hook, stitch markers, stitch holders, and tapestry needle

Pattern instruction here Valentine updated version and in Ravelry.

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What’s the point of going back to work after staying home for five and a half years if you can’t indulge a little?  So I treated myself with these!   Remember I was kicking myself for not buying all sizes of dpn’s last time?  I fixed that.  Got them at eBay for $43.50- 8 sets of 5, 7-inch in length, needles in sizes 4-10 1/2.  A word of caution about auctions…before you know it, the bidding price can go so high you might as well buy retail.  I think I came out ahead because the larger size ones can sell up to almost double my auction price per set at a store.

Shortly before I bought the needles I also bought enough yarns from Knit Picks for 3 projects.  If they had all the colors I wanted, I would have bought enough for 5 projects!  I guess I can wait on some of them as I still have a few projects to get to.  I finally caught the “stash” disease.  Never thought it’d happen to me.  But don’t you just love the self-striping sock yarns with such gorgeous colors?  Ever since the shipment arrived, I’ve been itching to start on those even though I was trying hard to finish a project already in progress.  I finally gave in to the urge and did a swatch which satisfied my “appetite” for now. 

The yarns are:

Felici with Provence colorway for Jaywalker socks.

Swish Superwash Worsted weight colorway Wisteria (lavendar) for a shawl.

Comfy colorway  Blackberry for a skirt

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I have neglected my blog since I started my temporary job.  There are new ideas that I want to write and post here but I just don’t have as much time as before to knit up a demonstration piece and take pictures.  And with Ravelry around to post FO’s, I totally forgot to write about my latest completed project here until now.  Here she is!  My first lace project, a great pleasure to knit.  I modelled it and gave it to mom.  Hope she likes it.  It’s amazing how simply combining yarn-over’s and decrease stitches can turn out countless seemingly complicated and beautiful lace designs.  Now I am really ready for Rowan’s lace vest, Butterfly.

Pattern: Lion Brand Lace Scarf

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy color Flamingo

Needles: size 8

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Pattern: Mary Jane from Berroco

Needle: size 8 and 7 (for neck border)

Yarn: Knit Pick Wool of the Andes, Carrot

Modifications: adjusted the numbers for the neck, sleeves, and length. 

I didn’t keep track of the total amount of time I spent on this pullover but it felt like a long time.  I am so happy it’s done.  Overall, I like the  fit and the yarn feels very comfortable for 100% wool.  I think I will actually wear it.  In the past,  I had only knitted for other people. 

Some lessons learned with this project: 

Seaming takes me a very long time even with experience.  For future projects I will try to stick with knitting in the round or any other ways to reduce sewing seams.

Don’t mix yarns by different manufacturers no matter how similar you think they look and feel for a fairly traditional classic style pattern project.  This is pretty intuitive except  I was being cheap and just had to use my stash Lion Brand Wool Ease for the stripes.  The subtle differences show up in the way the fabric folds and stretches when you move around.  That can bug you every time you wear the garment.  Also you can probably tell in the pic especially around the upper arms that the Lion Brand Wool Ease came out wider and looser.  

Careful calculation of the stitch numbers to fit your gauge and your measurements (if you can’t  or don’t want to obtain the original pattern gauge) pays off.  I followed the instructions written in “Set-in Sleeves – a love affair” by Pam Allen in Interweave Knit Winter 2007, to a tee, and I thought the sleeve caps just fit perfectly.

In the end, it is a sweater I will wear often because of comfort and fit with some style.

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 Cornflower

I went to my old work place to interview for a temporary position today.  I have to admit I have mixed feelings about it even though I was very excited when I first found out that there was an open position.  After staying home for about 5 years now, I have been feeling increasingly “lost,” and missing the sense of confidence I had when I was working.  After the interview with a few super nice folks, I had a better understanding of what the job entails.  It’s something I definitely can handle because I had a much more challenging role before.  However, the same issues that frustrated people, or me, are still there. 

I also started having the same nagging feelings that pushed me to stay home before again- what if the kids just roamed free at home without discipline, we’ll be eating take-out’s everyday, the house would be a big mess….etc.   And what about my knitting projects?  I guess that’s why I applied for a temporary position at my old company instead of going out there looking for a permanent position seriously.  I am grateful that people from my old job is giving me the opportunity to come back with a lot of flexibility; it doesn’t always happen. 

Playing with new yarns always takes my mind off my worries.  So I took out the Knit Picks Swish DK that I bought lately in preparation for knitting up a girl size pullover.  It’s not as “buttery” as Comfy but much softer than Wool of the Andes, and most importantly, it’s washable.

 

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I saw the pattern for this scarf in one of the Lion Brand newsletters that I received through email right before Mother’s day.  I thought, “That’s a nice Mother’s Day gift idea… simple and pretty, perfect first lace project for me too. ”  Before long, I went on Knit Picks to order the yarns for this scarf and a girl’s pullover design I have been sketching in my head.  Well, I don’t know if other people had the same experience with them but I have never had any online company sit on an order for 10 days without shipping it out.  I had to call to get it out of the warehouse.  It really made me worry about their business growth if this were a constant issue as they carry nice products with nice prices and I have enjoyed “seeing” the company grow.

No matter I guess, because we would do our usual Mother’s Day lunch/ dinner anyway and she would just recieve a suprise belated gift later.  Gift giving is not a tradition in our family so she was not expecting it at all.   About an anxious week and a half later,  I jumped on the project after the yarns finally arrived.  I have since been enjoying the soft smooth yarn and the new challenge of ever-changing but easy enough stitches of lace knitting.  Besides the occasional pauses to finish some other projects in progess, the scarf has been “growing” uneventfully, until today, that is.

I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of our entire conversation during her visit this afternoon ( she lives 5 minutes away from me and comes by every 2-3 days) but you can imagine the emotions when I tell you that she left instead of staying for dinner.  I had asked her earlier to stay for dinner because we were having pizza and she likes pizza!  Now the belated Mother’s Day lace scarf will become the making-up-after-mother-daughter-disagreement-on-philosophy-of-life scarf and here’s hoping it won’t happen again for another 3 months.  (Don’t worry, we always carry on the next day like nothing happened.)

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