Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yarn Along

                                                                


I've been working on 2 different projects this week.  First, the daughter of the owner of my local yarn store asked me to make her son some wool shorties.  We discussed the size and based on his pounds, I picked a size medium.  However, once it was done, I realized it would not fit at all.
So the next time I saw her I showed her the size medium shorties and we didn't even try them on him.  I measured him actually this time and that lined up with the pattern for an XL.  I refuse to rip out a finished pair of shorties, so when I get around to restocking my store, they'll be a size medium pair of shorties added to the "store stocking to-do" pile.  I got some more yarn and am trying round 2 of shorties for her "little" baby.  I'm just finishing up the cuff on the second leg, so I'm nearly done.  
When compared to the project on the right (dk weight yarn in fair isle) to the shorties project, the shorties have been flying off my needles.  It's so fast!!
My fair isle project of my new sweater pattern is getting me more and more excited.  What was in my mind and what was in my sketch is actually turning out the exact way I planned it.  That doesn't usually happen that easily for me.  I'm not sure if that means the next step of this sweater will give me headaches, or if it means I may be getting the hang of this knitting-design business.  I tend to lean towards the former.
What you see is the right sleeve coiled up and I'm now working across the back.  
Silje and I just started reading Along Came a Dog.  It's actually one of the books of hers that I was able to read this last summer in preparation for school this year.  She's been so antsy to read it, and I've been so antsy to read it to her because I loved it so much.

It would most definitely be in my top 5 favorite children books, and perhaps my top 10 favorite books of all time.  It's about a black dog and chickens. How can it possibly get any better than that?  We're only 1 chapter into it, but already Silje is giggling her way through it.

It is so beautifully written.  It's going to be really, really hard to read only one chapter a night.  We may be done with it by this time next week.

11 comments:

Tracey said...

Your fair isle sweater is beautiful! It's your design? That must be so rewarding. I haven't knit fair isle yet, but it won't be long now, I am itching to try!
Happy Yarn Along!

mamashara said...

I have been crocheting a pair of shorts for my little fellow, but I fear once I am finished they won't fit, He grows to fast!!

Jess said...

That sweater is lovely. What a joy to wear that when it's finished!

Linda said...

Your fair isle is gorgeous! I have been wanting to try this for ages. I even bought a pattern and yarn from Sweden, but haven't started yet. I think I must, thanks for the motivation:)

Proud Mama said...

That sleeve is beautiful. I am wanting to do more colorwork this year. I am always intrigued by it.

At least the shorties wil be loved by someone. As a mama of 10 lb newborns, I can understand completely.

Ellen said...

Love the shorties! With the reading book, I find I struggle too...if I'm using a book for homeschooling, it is difficult to let my child read ahead (even when it's good - no problem the other way around when the story is 'boring'). I find that it's more my self-imposed dilemma. I think 'wait, we can't read ahead because the teacher manual and schedule say not to'...sometimes I think that squelches the enjoyment of the book and other times, it's a good way to learn patience.

Hege said...

Love the fair isle! Nice colours you are using too.

Cheryl said...

Wow to the fairisle knitting. I've knitted small pieces, but a whole jumper! I'll follow up your book recommendation. Thanks.

Kaylana said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. I'll have to check it out for my 8 year old.
Have a great week!

cpcable said...

What a gorgeous sweater! And of your own design? Doubly impressive! I just finished my first Fair Isle project (a hat) this Christmas. I think they're so much fun to knit. :)

Jen said...

Wow! That sweater is impressive so far. Colorwork scares the beejezzus out of me.