Quickie

Let me share with you something that I find rather humorous.  When I checked my blog stats today (I admit that I check my stats), I found the top search word people used to find The Yarn Bearer, for today, was the word “Whore.”

I’m flattered.

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SHHHH!  Quiet…

Do you here that?

Me neither.  It’s silence.  That can only mean one thing…  Wee One went to Grandma’s house yesterday and will be gone for nearly a fortnight  I have no idea what to do with myself.  Should be able to get a lot of knitting done.  This the first time she has been away from us for more than one night (and that was over a year ago when we had to do house hunting, not exactly a vacation).

Mr. Yarn Bearer had only been home from work for maybe fifteen minutes when he said, “Not going to lie, I miss her already.”  Meanwhile, I was dancing around the living room.

Ahem.  I’m working on a pair of Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ Bazaar Socks and plan to whip them out before Wee One returns.  With the price of gas these days, I’m trying to knit from my stash as much as possible.  Considering that I own Knit Picks’ Palette Sampler, I’ll be able to work up quite a few Bazaar Socks.

Ambition

I’m feeling ballsy these days, tempted by patterns that scream, “You must commit a full year of your life to me or suffer from everlasting shame!”  Okay, that’s dramatic, BUT I really want to jump into an Alice Starmore sweater, be it for Wee One, Mr. Yarn Bearer or myself.  Perhaps knitting for the Wee One will be less strenuous and cost effective. 

I almost feel like I’ve been spending too much time knitting, almost some.  Our fluffy cat, Tippy, must agree as he is slapping me in the face as I type this (for a cat, he has his high maintenance moments).  I had been so focused on Little Nelson for those eight days, and here I am, about to commit to something even more grand. 

Before I get into a Starmore pattern, Mr. Yarn Bearer actually requested a knitted item from me.  SQUEE!  You must understand, Mr. Yarn Bearer is very much a jeans and tee shirt kind of guy (when not in uniform).  I have always pushed patterns, all different kinds of patterns, onto him, hoping that maybe one would stand out and he might bow down and say, “KAYLA!  Oh, ingenious lady of amazing dexterity, grace me with this (insert pattern category here) so that I might strut my stuff in its fibery goodness!”  That’s how it comes out in my head anyway.

In actuality, it came out more like this:

“You did a good job on Wee One’s vest.”

“Oh!  You like it.  Sweet.”

“I’d like a vest to go with my fedora.”

“REALLY?!  Wait, to go with your fedora?”

The conversation went through so many twists and turns about his fiber preference (he had one?!  ah, apparently cotton being the primary, should have seen that coming) and what cables should go where (he wants them to look like suspenders, but we calls those princess seams, I’ll leave that out of future conversations).  He’s decided on Brown Sheep’s Cotton Fleece in Charcoal and I’m sketching things up right now to go over the constructs with him tomorrow.  I’ll have to document my journey of collaborative knitting with Mr. Yarn Bearer, should be very irritating satisfying.

And the winner is…

Wendymc (comment #70) from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada!  I’ll be emailing you for your address momentarily.  Underground Clothing, Co. and I thank everyone who commented, I loved reading about all of your projects.  I’m also glad that I’m not the only thinking about fall knits already (and it’s June, jeepers).

These contests are awesome because I usually go from the comments straight to Ravelry’s pattern pages, you ladies and gents (squee, guys fought for the bag, too!) have greatly increased my Ravelry Queue.  For those who really want the bag, but lucked out this round, you can buy one directly from Underground Clothing, Co. here (just scroll down about mid page), who put them on sale just for this occasion.  Thanks Underground (you should probably start a line of knitting bags, could be the new, hip thang)!

As for the new Little Nelson pattern, I’m still waiting to be activated as a Ravelry shopkeeper, hopefully it will be available soon!

Little Nelson

Guernsey sweaters had been designed and produced for the Guernsey fishermen, but their warmth and quality was soon realized by the British Royal Navy.  It is said that Admiral Lord Nelson ordered the guernsey to be a part of the Royal Navy uniform, knit in a deep, dark blue.  That shade soon became known as navy blue.

Little Nelson boasts traditional guernsey patterns and cables and is worked in the round for speed.  Perfect for casual wear and school uniforms alike.  Advanced beginners can learn from the techinques used and experienced knitters, too, will not tire of the handsome details.  You’ll be surprised at just how quick and gratifying this project can be!

I’m so please with the results, I hope you like it, too!  The pattern will be available for purchase soon, on Ravelry (Editing to say the pattern is now available HERE!!!).  The price is $5.00

Sized for children’s 4/5 (15″ in length, and a 27″ chest, after washing), directions are given for altering the pattern to fit larger and smaller children.

Yarn:  Rowan Denim (100% cotton, 101 yds per 50 g ball, color shown Nashville), 5 balls

Needles:  US 5 24″ circular needle and 16″ circular or dpns.

Notions:  2 stitch markers, yarn needle, cable needle, stitch holders

 

*Pattern also available through my Etsy shop.