Saartje’s Booties

I’ve been feeling like the only projects I have on the go are big, honking ones, that suck up a lot of time and still seem far from completion, no matter how much progress is made. I had a hankering for a small and quick knit:

These lovely little things are Saartje’s Bootees, a really charming little pattern that is suddenly coming in handy- I seem to know a lot of people giving birth recently. This first pair was made for my friend Laura’s 3-week old daughter, Chloe. I hope she loves them as much as I do- they are so wee!

I have to say, such a quick knit was deeply satisfying. I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple more little knits cropped up, just to take the edge of the larger projects.

Chocolate Waist-Cincher Top

I’ve started working on the Waist-Cincher Top, since Jen and I are both part of the Knitting Lingerie Style KAL and it was high time I got cracking. So, this is where I’m at:

It’s really just humming along, I imagine that I’ll finish the back panel tonight and maybe get started on the front. There is a slight nagging feeling in the back of brain saying that it’s going to be a bit big for me, but I’m not sure yet. If it is, I know plenty of people who would be happy to have it.

If there was complaint I have about the book, it would be that there aren’t enough small sizes. Most are sized 34″ for the smallest, and I’m a 32″. So I play around with gauge, but I’m painfully aware that I’m gambling. I’m really interested to see how other people’s projects turn out- sometimes a pattern doesn’t really wow me, but then I see someone’s version of it and I immediately fall in love. Which is as per usual, on any good KAL!

Fie Fi FO Fum…

…suck today in the hospital was no fun!

But you know what was? Finishing my Lelah. That last inch was suddenly the last thing on earth I wanted to to. So for the longest time (ooooohhhhooooooohhh for the longest time) I let her sit in in a bright coral pile atop my snowboarding boots box. I don’t know what struck me, but I knew if I didn’t finish her today I would view myself as a complete knitting failure. Someone with all the skills but no perserverance. Behold, my first knit top.


Pattern:Lelah by Knitting for Booze Hags

Yarn: knitpicks shine worsted in Coral

Needles:4.5mm addi natura for the lace, and 3.5mm knitpicks options for the stockinette

Modifications: I started by casting on for a larger size then decreased two of the lace pannels out, knit for a while, then decreased three more out.

Notes: While I loved the smooth texture and shine of the knitpicks, I’m noticing a lot more fuzzing now that I’ve thrown it around a bit. I’m not sure I’d use this again, because while you can shave sweaters, I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t shave lace. Would I knit this pattern again? Maybe, once I’ve forgotten all about this one.

Notions a plenty



Lacy Skirt is Complete!

In the long-standing knit blog tradition of bathroom photos…. welcome to my bathroom. May I present… Lacy Skirt.

Pattern:Lacy Skirt from Greetings from the Knit Cafe

Yarn: stash camel-coloured acrylic (Patons something)

Needles: 4mm and 3.75 mm circulars

Modifications:I changed the waistband to have the same eyelet and ribbon detail as the lacy part with the ribbon, then had to rip the ribbon out because it wasn’t stretchy enough to function as a waistband detail.

Notes: Sigh. Where to begin. Well, although I checked my yardage, I’m convinced the yarn leprechuans played a trick on me because I came up a skein short towards the end of the skirt. I bought a new skein, but the dye lot couldn’t be matched, no matter how hard I tried. I finished it anyway, hoping it wouldn’t be obvious, but…. sigh. Yarn Leprechauns – 1. Julie – 0.
If I did this again (and I might) I would try a different waistband, and I would knit the stockinette completely in the round…. Seaming this sucker took days.

And a close up, of the lovely dark brown ribbon I chose, and the lacy part for which the skirt is named:

And finally, may I present to you why it is probably better to frog than to chance one ball from a different dye lot:

The photograph makes the different shades more dramatic than they actually are to the naked eye. Not that it matters- it’s still not close enough. Damn it.