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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
beach baby

This is a free pattern and a fun one to knit! You can find it HERE

Happy knitting!!!


christmas wrap up

I started late on the Christmas gift knitting.  3 weeks into November and I hadn’t even begun. What happened next was a great surprise to me.  I flew through all the projects planned and added on a few more with time to spare.  Rest assured I still went to work and did my errands and participated in the holiday hoopla, in other words I did not feel slaved to my needles.  The whole thing went off without a hitch and I was super self satisfied. The moral of the story: it is never too late!

Here are the results of all my toil (now that the gifts have been distributed I feel safe sharing) and also what Iwona made for her holiday gifts.
Not one, but two Madeline Tosh Honey Cowls made with the amazingly delicious Madeline Tosh DK (the top in colour “Clematis” the bottom in “Fathom”). I did the larger double wrap version of this cowl which used 2 balls of yarn a piece.  There is also a tighter fit version that is made with only one skein. A joy to knit, and an excellent TV watching project.

This very manly toque is fetchingly called Jacques Cousteau.  A lovely ribbed hat with a swirled decrease comes as a free pattern.  I made it in decadent 100% cashmere by Handmaiden in basic black. Beside it are some Yoga Socks I made for my Mom – this is a Knit Cafe pattern.  I made them from hand dyed Fleece Artist Trail Sock,  a merino and nylon mix – soft and durable!

I was so happy to get to make these mittens again.  They are my most favored knit item in my wardrobe.  They are like fashionable pillows I wear on my hands to keep out the wind chill.  For my friend’s Hounds Tooth Mitts (pattern available at the Knit Cafe)  I used fantastic Manos Maxima Merino in the soft aqua colour called “Martha” and in Malabrigo worsted in “Frank Ochre”. The combo I find decidedly pleasing. They feel amazing!

This wee cardi was a gift for our new friend baby Lyle from Iwona.  She made it up; so no pattern yet, but keep your eyes peeled for it cause you never know it may show up.  The heart was added with duplicate stitch which has become a new love of Iwona’s. Made with Madeline Tosh Merino Light– this sweater is luminescent.

Another original by Iwona. This one is a bigger size and made with Madeline Tosh Pashmina.

Close up of both.  The back of the Pashmina is customized with a peace sign.

These two iconic chapeaux were made by Iwona, but I copied and made a third.  A perfectly classic toque in honor of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  This pattern was made up from here and there with a little of this and a little of that.  Details will follow my friends!
…so that is that, and a whole lot besides.
It is never too late.

Craftily yours