Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Daytime Knitting

Allright, a weekly rhythm post (with your links) it is! I'll do it again next Monday night

Since K has become so aware of my projects I have been knitting her birthday sweater at night. *sigh* Thanks to Laura for the suggestion, I started another knitting project to work on during the day to keep my hands busy (I just can't sit still, ever, my heart begins to race and I tend to get a bit panicky if I even try to).

That brings me to this project. It's a test knit for The Witty Knitter. If you are like me I bet you're thinking, 'How on earth could she find time to do a test knit right now?'. Yeah, I know, I am wondering that myself but when I saw this project needing testers I just could NOT resist.

I need to have the suit finished by August 15th, and it seems to be a simple fast knit so far. Granted, I had about three false starts with it but that was due to a type-o in the pattern and me misunderstanding an increase used.To improve my knitting skills, I decided to add some colorwork, with a couple of charts I have been eyeing, into the pattern. I am hoping I can pull it off. I have only done colorwork a handful of time before (my first time being C's first birthday sweater). One thing I am really loving so far, is a rare type of short rows the pattern uses. I can't even tell where I did them. I could always see my short rows in all of my longies I knit up due to the technique they called for but that won't be happening again. I will use this version of short rows for all my projects from now on.

I am testing it in a size 18 months so it will be awhile before Baby L wears it but I promise to still post pictures of it when it is finished. I'll also give you the pattern info when she officially publishes it. Seriously, it's one of the cutest things ever. Dare I say in the same category of cuteness as Baby L's Small Things Romper? Oh I think I dare!

I love test knitting, not only are you helping out someone (which is always the best feeling in the world), but you get a cute finished project in the end. Anyone have any patterns they need testing??? Call me anytime!

On the sewing front, I have C's horse dress all done minus hand stitching the bodice lining to the skirt. It's been sitting on my desk for almost a week now waiting for me to do that last step. Eh, I am not in a rush with this dress, then again, I can't wait to see it on her so maybe I can get to that this weekend.

Speaking of dress patterns - Does anyone know how to take a regular sewing pattern and shrink it down to make it a plump Waldorf doll size? I was thinking of making K's baby a dress to match K's birthday dress this year.

Don't forget these are the last days to enter for your chance to win a copy of the sewing book Carefree Clothes for Girls.

Now then, what are you working on? Happy creating!

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