Monday, September 20, 2021

Fenix Crochet Sleeveless Top, stuff and thangs

My "Rhinebeck Sweater" is FINALLY finished.  I am going to try to knit one more new (and more colorful) garment to wear specifically for my big trip next month but I'm not 100% sure if I'll be able to finish and block it in time.  We'll see...


Based on my chest measurements, I knit size 4.  I used a size E hook and some Fibre Co. Arranmore Light Donegal Heritage (fine merino wool/cashmere/silk) yarn that I've used on a few other projects.  I really wanted to have a versatile neutral colored top that I could wear under or over other garments or just on its own.


I have to admit that this is the first time I have ever struggled with a crochet pattern.  I crocheted the first triangular section without any difficulty but when I started working the increases and decreases above and below the top and bottom markers I just couldn't figure it out.  Finally, after frogging my work 5x (5 consecutive nights of Hell), I went on Ravelry and found out that there is A MAJOR ERROR IN THE FUCKING PATTERN that was published in the Pompom errata that I never received, even though I have a digital subscription?!  So I at least realized that I wasn't going insane.  I've never felt so simultaneously irritated and validated.


Anyway, even after I followed the change in the pattern, the only way I could get my stitches to look appealing was by omitting the YO in the INV-dec1 in the top body decreases but keeping the YO in the INV-dec1 in the 2nd triangular section.

Another modification I made was sc2tog-ing in the bottom of the armpits and in the entire scoop of the neckline in the front and back.

I am glad that this project challenged me and I am proud that I persevered through its completion.  I am even already considering crocheting another one just to see if I can glide through it without any further frustration.


It may not be obvious but unlike the design of most tanks, the 2 identical body pieces of this pattern are seamed together via mattress stitch down the middle of the front and back; so what looks like the neck when the pieces are laying flat, is actually the (seamless) armpits.

I am already 99.9% sure that I will not see anyone else wearing this sweater at Rhinebeck but hey, ya never know!

I knit these sporty ankle socks recently and posted them on IG but forgot to share them here.

I knit them with leftover Koigu KPPPM from Xena's crochet cardi.

I used size 0 needles and knit a 1.75" elastic band around my arch using my favorite sporty ankle sock pattern from Summer Lee Knits.


Many gifts to my hot mama friends have been gifted, so many that I forgot to take photos of all of them but here's a few!

Sweet baby Zev snuggling in his cozy blanket.

The cutest little cardi for baby Anne who should be popping out in a few weeks.


I've already knit this unborn baby more clothes than I made for Xena in utero.


I knit this Flax Sweater for Xena a while ago but wanted to share how cute she looked wearing it to preschool.

It is so rewarding to see my knits in action!

How the heck she managed to come home without any paint all over it is truly a miracle.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

A Cozy Cardi and Knit Socks for Xena

 I meant to post the final edition of Xena's Fall Wardrobe last week but then I got sidetracked.  

This is the exact same pattern that I used for the other cardigans I knit for Xena.  The only difference is that I used worsted weight yarn and size 5 and 4 needles.  The pockets are larger; I knit 7 rows of 1x1 ribbing and 20 rows of stockinette.


The yarn I used is the 100% SWM Gobstopper colorway from Hooker's Corner.  It is bittersweet to write about this yarn company, especially today while fires continue to blaze throughout Northern CA.  The owner lost her home and business during the Paradise Fire a few years ago.  Many knitters including myself helped to raise money for her and her family to rebuild in OR.  This yarn was dyed prior to the fire and it is no longer available.


It is simply a reminder never to take anything for granted.

Xena's already almost grown out of the other cardi's that I knit her so I finished this one right on time.


It is inevitable that I will be knitting aran and bulky versions of the same cardi as she continues to grow.


I couldn't resist knitting Xena a pair of socks in this beautiful Hood Fibers sock mini gifted to me by my crochet buddy, Julia.


In other news, as of last night, I am officially half finished with my "Rhinebeck Sweater" which is actually a crochet sleeveless top that I will be sure to write about as soon as it's complete.  I just hope I can finish it in time because the clock is certainly ticking!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Another New Knit Sweater for Xena

 As promised, I am continuing to share the clothes I knit for Xena's Fall wardrobe.

This is the same pattern as the sweater I knit in the previous post.  I even used the same size needles but it's roomier because I used Three Irish Girls Springvale Merino Worsted weight yarn (in the Creme de la Creme) colorway.  I bought this yarn at Stitches West a few years ago.  

Again I knit twisted ribbing on the hem, collar and sleeves.

My Brooklyn-based knitting buddy, Amber, managed to snag us tickets to the Indie Untangled Marketplace at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in October where Three Irish Girls will have a booth.  I can't wait to check out their new colorways.  I haven't seen their yarn anywhere in the US in ages.

I just love the contrast created by the black flecks in this fabric!

I also wanted to share a few more photos of Xena's sweaters from previous posts in action.


We're currently in the midst of a heatwave but since she attends preschool out in the Sunset District it's almost always sweater weather.

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a perfectly fitting garment that I knit worn and enjoyed out in the field.

I still have 1 more cardigan to share tomorrow and a pair of socks (which I hope to finish very soon) and then I am returning by to some other WIPs longing to be completed and even a little something for myself...and inevitably, X-Mas knitting.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Xena's First Day of Preschool Knit Sweater


Today is a very big day for our little family!  It's Xena's first day of preschool!  

I followed a (free) Madeline Tosh Baby Raglan sweater pattern and used Dragonfly Fibers Selkie Firecracker yarn that I picked up at Stitches West in 2019 to knit this sweater.  I used size 5 needles for the body and size 4 needles for the ribbing.  I knit 1x1 twisted rib instead of regular ribbing.


I love this yarn so much!  It is pure joy!


I know I posted these socks yesterday but I couldn't resist sharing a few more photos.