FO: The Snowy Shore Cardigan

It’s another Finished Object (FO) day! Today, we’re taking a look at a Little Shore Cardigan that I knit up for my friend Lisa’s daughter. Lisa you may know from her outstanding sewing and crafts blog Mabey She Made It. That girl is so darn talented! I’m so proud to know her. And I’m thrilled to contribute to her daughter’s handmade wardrobe. Without further ado….

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Let me just say: I adore this cardigan. Everything about it. The color, the high-low hem, the rustic yet soft wool-alpaca blend. Seriously, I’m smitten. This pattern was designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge, the mastermind behind the Annabel Babe Cardigan I knit for Megan’s daughter back in February. Just like the Annabel Babe Cardigan, this top-down sweater features simple construction with clean lines. But, the added detail of the a-line shaping and high-low hem make this design something extra special.

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I worked it up in the suggested Quince & Co Owl, and I’m so very glad I did. That recommendation was absolutely the best possible choice (in my mind) for this design. The yarn has a beautiful loft to it and a subtle halo that adds softness and a bit of sheen without taking away from the crispness of each individual stitch. Plus, Owl is a joy to work with on the needles. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I got gauge for this piece on the first try and fell in love when I blocked the swatch.

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It was lovely working with a sewist on this particular project! Lisa had all of Saige’s measurements and I was easily able to determine that I should knit a size 6, which would give her 3″ of positive ease. Suggested ease on this pattern is 1-3″ and I like opting for more ease on this design to create a swingy a-line rather than a more fitted look. So much fun! Lisa brilliantly paired the cardigan with brown leggings and riding boots to show off that swingy style.

Check out my project page for the Snowy Shore Cardigan to see more photos of this gorgeous cardigan. And take note of the Collaboration page for my Mabey She Made It knits. I’ll be updating that page with each collaborative garment I create for Lisa.

A special thanks and shout out to Lisa for her stunning photography! {Grins!}

FO: Abigail Cardigan & Spring at Wheeler Farm

Spring is just around the corner, and we are feeling it! Last weekend, it got up into the high 50s with glorious sunshine and we’ve been hovering in the low 60s this week. Okay, sure, it’s stormy and gloomy today, but it’s not cold, which makes me a happy camper.

But last weekend? We had this….

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Which meant it was time to take the Abigail Cardi on its first outing to Wheeler Farm, which happens to be just down the street from my house.

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This cardigan is definitely my lucky cardigan… not because good things happen to me while I’m wearing it (too early to tell), but because it’s a freaking miracle that the thing fits! Here’s why: I started this cardigan back in 2012 and I didn’t swatch. I. Didn’t. Swatch. What was I thinking? Oh yeah…. I was a newbie knitter who didn’t know any better. Darn you, past Kim!

Well, present Kim decided to pull this project out of the back of the linen closet and try to salvage it, in the name of aiming for a Stash Less 2016. I figured if it ended up not fitting—and I resigned myself to the fact that it probably wouldn’t—I could always give it to my niece. So, I took a deep breath, finished the last sleeve, soaked it in my fave Twig & Horn Lemongrass wool soap, and pinned it out on the blocking mats.

Once it was dry, I tried it on…. and sat on the floor next to my blocking mats, giggling like a crazy person. It fit! And it was ever so soft and lightweight. It was perfect. The Fibre Company’s Canopy fingering weight yarn gives each stitch beautiful loft and a subtle halo, thanks to the 50% baby alpaca fibre content. The rest of the yarn is made up of bamboo and merino wool, which means it’s sturdy, has a bit of sheen, and lovely drape.

Side Note: The Conifer color way that I used here appears to have been discontinued. Good thing I bought enough back in 2012!

Side view so you can see what I mean about the drape…. Forgive the squinting into the sun….

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We had an amazing afternoon hanging out in the sunshine and seeing all of the animals, who seemed to be as happy as we were about the weather.

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Think they know I’m wondering if someone’s going to spin their wool into yarn?

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And one last image of the farm… Come on, spring!

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I have a planner full of springtime knits to make and share with you, as well as some fantastic guest models and photographers. It’s going to be a great season!

Knitting for Babies and FO: Annabel Cardigan

jacksoki1-annabelFive quick true-to-me facts about knitting for babies….

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  2. Fast, small knits make for fantastic travel companions! These are my go-tos for public/travel knitting. I can tuck one in my carry on and have another in my suitcase, in case I finish the first on the way there and need something to start in the hotel.
  3. Baby garments are great conversation starters. Want to make friends in an airport? Work on a baby sweater. Your neighbors will talk your ear off!
  4. Handmade wardrobes for babies are so much fun! Sure, they’ll grow out of the garments, but the items can easily be passed down or passed along to another child at daycare.
  5. PSA bonus: In our quick-fashion society, this little person has something to wear into which someone put effort, care, and mindfulness. To me, that is worth so very much.

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Case in point: the Annabel Babe Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge,  today’s FO (finished object), modeled by the adorable Lauri Grace, Megan Hoeppner’s daughter. I knit up the cardigan in a 6-month size, since I’d heard mention that Lauri’s 3-month clothes were starting to wear a little tight. Plus, who cares if a cardi is a tad over-sized? It’s comfy! And it should get her through the cool, spring days.

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Now, Carrie (aka Madder) is one of my favorite knit designers: her simple garter-stitch baby garments  often feature top-down construction, making them quick to knit up and hard to mess up… even when you’re sitting in the middle seat on a plane from Philly to Phoenix. The Annabel Babe Cardigan is no exception: this sweet little sweater went together about a week, with some distracted knitted. I’m not a monogamous knitter: I have so many projects on the needles! I’m trying to be more focused, and transitioning my blog to more of a knitting space is definitely helping with that! Plus, by knitting for other people, I’m able to self-impose deadlines much more effectively.

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Let’s talk about the yarn…. once again I’ve used Quince & Co Chickadee for its delightful squishiness, cost-effectiveness, high-quality, and gorgeous color. This sweater is 100% American-made from farm to closet! (Totally a thing, right?)

This Valentine pink is their Pomegranate color way, and I used just over two skeins. I purchased three skeins, so I have enough left for a Simple Hat or a small pair of mittens.

PS. All the photos in this post were taken by the super-talented Megan! Thank you so much for joining me today!