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We had a great Halloween and hope you did too!
This is yet ANOTHER Butterick "whirl away" dress. I adore this dress and wish it fit my post pregnancy body. Hopefully it will fit again...soon? If you haven't tried this pattern yet, I would say you definitely should. The only problems with this pattern are that sometimes the front likes to "fly up" because there's really no substance to that piece. Drapery weights sewn into the corners will keep that from happening, and you won't even see the little lumps because of the wrap around from the back. Also, the shoulder seams are under a LOT of strain, so make sure you reinforce them well. The end product though is gorgeous and so much fun to wear.
Well, we're finally back, after being "stuck" out there for an additional week! We not only survived, but actually ended up having a little fun too! Owen got to see Estes Park, and looked super cute in his shades. Now that we've got every loose end from Colorado tied up, we can get back to establishing our life in Delaware. YAY! (and knitting, of course!)
Portofino by Dolce Handknits. You can see the pattern here - http://www.dolcehandknits.com/collection_spsu.html#Portofino I made this sweater twice actually - the first time it turned out extremely large, so I reknit it and Success! My first project with yarnovers not to mention the first thing in cotton that I knit that didn't look like a hoofed animal had knit it. I used Cascade Sierra, and love this project - even if my gauge made this knit take twice as long as it should have. I found my poor neglected Portofino sweater at my mom's house in a box of things I hastily left without last summer when my friend John and I took off at the very last second for a trip across the country. I have missed it so, and can't wait till I can fit into it again.
So I'm visiting my mom's house and I found this little guy in the bathroom. I had forgotten all about him and his friends. I knitted these for my parents when they moved to the beach. I used a pattern from "America Knits" which was for a purse, but knitting only one side resulted in these cute little scrubbies. I used Classic Elite Flash on size 7 needles. Although you can't tell in this photo, the yarn is mottled which lends to an even more authentic starfish look. I know they're sort of small for washcloth, but they're just darling and they scrub well. If anyone else is super ocean obsessed like me, I strongly suggest you make a starfish for yourself. It's a super easy, quick, and charming knit.
Here's my version of "Platinum" by Lucinda Heller. Not the greatest photo, but it came out pretty well especially for my first time attempting cables. It was a relatively easy and straightforward pattern. My one complaint would be how extremely short it is. Now that I am nursing, it's even shorter than is supposed to be, so I can't complain too much; it's not the pattern's fault. Still, most people would probably want to add length to this if they were going to make it. Looks cute with a cami under it though.
HEY! So, while cleaning up today I came across one of the sweaters I made. I thought I'd share since it's extra ugly level will instill in anyone who sees it utter confidence that they are a far superior knitter to me. Do you remember the 2005/2006 Winter issue of Vogue knitting? Do you remember the cute little sweater that could be worn either as a cowl neck, or upside down? Do you remember thinking how great, innovative, and adorable it was? Do you remember starting it only to find out that the pattern was horrible to follow, and made little to no sense? Do you remember putting the project down or getting the errata? I did neither of those two things, and am now greatly regretting the waste of my scrumptious chunky al yarn. I know it's hard to imagine, but I used to be a lot skinnier. That made no difference. This sweater is crap. I don't know many people who like the look of their 1x1 rib, and to make a WHOLE sweater out of this unforgiving looking stitch pattern was the first mistake. What was I thinking? I do have to give myself a congrats though for figuring out the finishing on my own. It was pretty confusing. Enjoy the horrid photo! I think my face expresses how pleased I am with this knit.