Monday, May 26, 2008

Quick Blurb

My apologies for suddenly having disappeared from blog-land; my mother recently had knee replacement surgery and so I've been in California the last few weeks helping her with her recovery. There has been a lot for me to do around the house, and very little free time as a result. I miss reading everyone's blogs-! Luckily my mother has started feeling better the last few days, so I'm looking forward to finally catching up on some reading :) Woohoo!

Before leaving for California, I managed to churn out a couple of knits:

Lacy Flower Sweater
yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton in "Mango Fool" (great name, huh?)

...for some reason I'm having trouble linking to the free pattern:

www.knitrowan.com/images/freepattern/lacy_sweater_feb_04.pdf

There are errata in the edging: it's supposed to be 14 (16:18:19). The instructions are a bit confusing because there are several different ways they ask for a Yarn Over. If you ever knit this, just do a regular YO every time. I modified the shape into a bit of an A-Line with some flair by decreasing under the arms to a 20" chest circumference.


Child's Cable Jumper
yarn: Katia Diana in a seafoam green

Pretty sure there's an errata in this one too, for the 18mo size; the cast on number of stitches is correct, but the subsequent rows have one too many stitches on the second half of the jumper (there is a P4 that should be a P3.) Both halves of the round should be symmetrical, in other words.



Used for a 60 year old bottle of Madeira which was a B-day gift for a 60 year old friend. I used the bobble and leaf patterns included in the instructions, but assembled them into one big grape cluster. Modified to knit in the round. I had to go up a couple of needle sizes for the base; it kept turning out way too small. :(

6 comments:

  1. Oh my godness! All three projects are fabulous! But my favorite is the wine bottle cozy! That's wonderful!!! Glad you are back. Hope you mom will continue to improve! :o)

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  2. You always have the cutest little girl knits over here! Love the little cotton sweater!
    Best to your mom!

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  3. I'm glad to hear your mother is feeling better.

    The sweater and jumper are adorable! And, that is a very nice gift you made for your friend.

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  4. Karen the Californian6:28 PM

    So are you back in NYC? Or are you still here in CA?

    I hope your mother gets better soon!

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  5. wow, what gorgeous projects! the wine cozy is especially great! glad to hear you're back in blogland again. : )

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  6. WOW...the sweater and jumper are AMAZING!! Absolutely fabulous :)
    The wine bottle cozy is beautiful. Such a thoughtful gift...I bet it was well appreciated :)

    Hope your mother has a speedy recovering...I can imagine she's so happy having you there with her :)

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