Thursday, May 21, 2015

Signs of Summer

My plan wasn't to turn this blog into knits for little ones, but that appears to be the case for the time being.  My latest knit is a new favorite for me (to see on my daughter).  It's the Midsummer Meadow Tunic by Heidi Atwood-Reeves.  When I saw this test knit come up I was trying to decide between this one and a cute sweater by another pattern designer; I'm terrible at testing two projects at once.  I chose this one, because I had the perfect yarn in my stash (yay, for using up stash!) and I thought that a little tunic would be perfect for my girly girl.

I love how this tunic has fun details like the three little dandelions on the skirt portion of the tunic, picot welt, back box pleat, back keyhole and flower details throughout the yoke.  All this, and there is still a lot of stockinette, so it is a fast and easy knit.

The yarn I used for this project was Frog Tree Picoboo.  I love this yarn, it's a DK Bamboo Cotton, so it's incredibly soft and has a nice drape.  It's also machine washable, which is pretty much a must with children's clothing.  When my sister saw this tunic she mentioned that she loved the yarn (she's not a knitter, she was hinting that I should use the yarn to make something for her son).

While there are still a handful of future test knits that I've seen previews of, and absolutely want to be a part of, I've also started eyeing up some projects for me (it's about time!).  I've lost an interest in sewing for the time being, but I'm hoping that if I start knitting for me than sewing will naturally follow.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

I See You!

I told you all that I have been addicted to test knitting lately.  Seriously, I can't get enough of knitting cute things - especially when it means that I also gets to help out an indie pattern designer.  After I finished my last test knit, I did tell myself no more, I'm done.  Before I even got that project posted, I saw that Lisa had another test knit posted to her group.  The test knit was already in progress with nearly every slot filled up - every slot except for one 6 month size.  How convenient, my nephew is currently wearing 3 to 6 month clothing!  Yep, without even a second thought to all of the things I wanted to sew and knit for myself I went ahead and volunteered to fill that spot.  I think I need to be better about setting boundaries.

Lisa's latest sweater is called Peekaboo, it's a raglan sleeve sweater with what looks like a second layer underneath.  I love the concept.  The sweater is supposed to be knit in a solid color with the under-layer knit in stripes.  After volunteering for the project, I realized that I did not have any worsted yarn in my stash, so I went yarn shopping.  Unfortunately my LYS did not have enough yarn in a single color that I liked for this sweater, as a result I knit stripes throughout the main portion of the sweater and knit the under-layer as a solid.  I still kind of wish I had been able to make the pattern as intended, but I do like how this turned out.  I think the orange really pops against the blue and green.

I am such a fan of Lisa's pattern designing skills.  In my last test knit for her, I loved the texture she added to the sweater.  In this pattern, I love the layered look that is created without there actually being two layers in the sweater.  I find myself thinking that this would be a clever addition to some of the patterns that I want to knit for myself.

It's a pretty good thing that my model was on his best behavior and gave me lots of smiles, because my daughter kept photo bombing my pictures.  I can't tell you how many pictures had her little hands trying tickle my model's tummy or hand him a toy.  It's always precious to see her so eager to help take care of this guy, I think that she will make an excellent big sister later this year!