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Beach Baby

beach baby

Some of you might relate to this; I want to knit my baby the world!!! He is finally starting to sleep better, which means I have a few ME hours during the evening. Naturally I start think about him and how to make his life more beautiful and special. Knitting is one way to show some love. What more can a 10 month old ask for, then being hugged by a cozy sweater that was lovingly knit by his mommy.  Beach Baby by Christine H. Wilkins was one of the many patterns that was waiting to be knit in my Ravelry faves. This pretty sweater has everything; top down construction, fair-isle colour-work and minimal finishing. I was so excited that I knit it in less then 48 hours, only to find out it didn’t fit exactly the way I wanted it to. Sleeves seams were too wide and the body was too narrow for my liking. I ripped it back to the yoke and made a few adjustments. Here are my notes:

Yarn used: MadelineTosh Vintage in Tern and Bloomsbury, Cascade 220 Superwash colour #817.
Size made: 1-2 years.
I knit the pattern as is till  Divide for Body and Sleeves. This is where my adjustment comes in. I took 8 sts away from each sleeve and added it to the body as follows:
K 28 sts, slip the next 38 sts to a long piece of scrap yarn for sleeve, join and K 56 sts, slip next 38 sts to a long piece of scrap yarn for sleeve, join and K 28 sts. The rest of the body is knit the same as in the pattern.
I also picked up and knit 2 sts at armpits, once I began knitting sleeves.

Here is my little one in his sweater.beach baby

I can’t speak for all sizes in this pattern, but my friend Ellen just finished knitting the smallest size and the sleeves also look wider then they should be. For anyone interested in knitting 0-1 year size, taking away 6 sts from each sleeve and adding to the body should do the trick.

Here is a close up of the colour-work on Ellen’s sweater.
She used Anzula’s For Better or Worsted in Denim, and Madelinetosh Vintage in Butter and Creme de Menthe
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This is a free pattern and a fun one to knit! You can find it HERE

Happy knitting!!!
Iwona

Decadent Anzula Yarn

Anzula yarn is fine.  Not like fine=that will do, more like fine=refined, smart, exquisite. The fibre blends are super lush and the colours are rich and varied.  If you remember, the folks from Anzula came for a visit back in June.  They came all the way from California to show me their yarns up close and personal.  I really appreciated being able to see all the yarn qualities and especially the array of colours, and now, 4 months later, you too can get up close and personal with some of my favourite picks from that visit.  It was so difficult to choose.  A hard job – but somebody has to do it!
Here are some of the wonderful, new treasures from Anzula that have made they’re way to the Knit Cafe.

For Better or Worsted, 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 182m, $32.50

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top – elephant
bottom left – aspen, right – denim

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top – seabreeze
bottom left -madam, right – teal

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top left – pesto, right – clay
bottom left – kale, right – natural

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top left – shitake, right – lenore
bottom left – emerald, right – seaside

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top – violet
bottom left – hyacinth, right – paradise

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Mini skeins of For Better or Worsted, $3.25 each ↑
and mini skeins of Cloud, $3 each ↓
if you’re wondering what to do with mini skeins look here and here

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Cloud is a light fingering weight yarn but a similar soft blend to the For Better or Worsted.  There are great big skeins too – 525 metres big, 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon for $32.50.

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Very high on the decadent scale is Mermaid  – it’s made with seaweed!
60% seacell (that’s fibre made from seaweed) 40% silk, 640 metres for $43.
This lace weight yarn will make wonderful shawls and scarves.

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top – chiva
bottom left – shitake, right – herb

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left – lenore, right – seaside

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top – red shoe
bottom left – avocado, right – emerald

…and then there is Breeze! It comes pre-caked.
Another lace weight yarn made up of 65% silk and 35%linen. 685m is $37

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top left – storm, right – madam
mid left – cocoa, mid right – elephant
bottom left – aqua, right – emerald

On the same day the Anzula came we also received a box from Berroco.  Berroco has a talent for making beautiful basics.  A great example is Ultra Alpaca (seen below).  Alpaca and wool blended into a sweet worsted weight yarn with great heathered colours.  Ultra Alpaca is only $11 for 198m.  It’s a wonderful sweater yarn!

berroco ultra alpaca

I’m pretty excited about all these new additions and all the things they might grow up to become.

Craftily yours
Kristin

For Better or Worsted!

Why do knitters love puns so? An eternal question, if I ever heard one!
for better or for worsted
For Better or for Worsted is the name given to this beauteous yarn by Anzula.
for better or for worsted
A blend of superwash merino, CASHMERE, and a little nylon.  This is special yarn!
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I’ve had the pleasure of knitting with this yarn.  In fact, it was my choice for the Rosebud Hat that I have worn over 2 cold seasons now.  Looks like new!
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As you can see – we have lots of enticing colours in stock now. I was inspired with some of my colour choices by this project from the Purlbee!
For Better or for Worsted is a chunkier worsted with a gauge of  4.5sts/inch on a 5mm needle.  182m (200 yds) is $32.50.

Craftily your
Kristin

For Better or Worsted


Anzula’s For Better or Worsted!

You know I’m excited about this! Part two of our order from Anzula has arrived.  The folks that recently brought us the kitten soft yarn called Cloud has now brought us this purrfect example of a yarn.

It is what has made this hat a treat to wear everyday for the last few months.  It still looks good-as-new with no pills – thank you very much, and no forehead itchies neither. The hat is  Brooklyn Tweed’s Rosebud pattern.  I made this hat a one skein project by going down a needle size from a 5mm to a 4.5mm, just in case you try to do the same. 

The Anzula, For Better or Worsted is made with 80% Superwash Merino, 10% CASHMERE, and 10% nylon.  It costs  $32.50 for 182 metres (200 yards ).  It does not feel like kittens.  The tight spin gives it a slippery feeling, and it shines as if spun by Rumpelstiltskin himself.  It is also bouncy and springy and full of joy.  It does not feel like kittens, and yet it feels gorgeous just the same.

Like me, the Purl Bee is fond of this yarn and has many patterns for it like this and this and this too.

Can’t wait for you all to see it.

Craftily yours
Kristin