Sewing Saturday – Cake Bonny Sailor Top and a KAL

The Bonny Sailor Top is taking longer than the Odyssey.  The material that I chose has some spandex and it is proving to be very difficult to work with. I will be glad to be done and move on to something else.  The pattern is lovely and includes a version without the sailor collar, so it can be used for multiple tops. I would not recommend this pattern for a beginner because the instructions are sparse, but if you have a little construction experience it is very clear.  I should be done this weekend, so look for photos on Friday.

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In knitting news, Rachel from All Night Knits is beginning a knit along (KAL) soon for this pullover from Knit Picks.  It’s the Jayashri Pullover

by Meghan Jones. Since the only sweater quantity of yarn in my stash is lace weight, I had to visit my LYS for some Cascade Venezia. I picked up

the contrast color while I was in New Orleans this week.  Watch All Night Knits for more details and get your yarn ready to knit along with us!

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Thankful Thursday – Thankful for Home

I have been out of town for half of the week on work business, and while I love to travel and meet new people, I sure do love to come back home.  Much learning occurred, many new ideas were collaborated upon, and some souvenir yarn was purchased (Koigu from The Quarter Stitch if you were wondering). But at the end of those productive days, my family was waiting for me and I sure was glad. There was some laundry waiting for me, too.

Work in Progress Wednesday – Mittens

These mittens, from Coastal Knits, have been on my needles for many months. The yarn is Herriot by Juniper Moon Farms. It is 100% baby alpaca and super soft. I changed this pattern from fingerless gloves to mittens and from being knit flat and seamed to being knit in the round.  There is really not much left to finish on the second mitten, so hopefully you will be seeing these one Friday in the near future.  003

The Week in Motion

This week I ran 17 miles and did two days of strength training. Wednesday we ran some hills that made my legs sore for days, that has to good for them, right?  On Sunday my legs were still feeling tired so I ditched the long run and just did four easy.  The legs want what they want.

Here the plan for this week:

Monday – stretch and strength

Tuesday – 3 miles easy

Wednesday – 3 or 4 miles with some speed work

Thursday – 3 miles plus strength

Friday – REST

Saturday – 3 or 4 easy

Sunday – 7 or 8 miles

Happy week in motion!

Finished Friday – Twigs and Willows Cardigan by Alana Dakos

I seamed, and seamed, and seamed, and finally it is finished.  I love this pattern; the leaves on the neckline, the ribbing on the waistline and cuffs, the shaping at the waist, all of it is lovely.  What is not so lovely is the fact that I chose the wrong size. My bust is 36 inches, so I knit the 38.5 size thinking that I would need some ease as I would be wearing it over a shirt or dress.  I should have knit the 35 inch bust size to get a good fit. Lesson learned.  There is too much fabric under my arms and in the sleeves. The shoulder seams are falling off my shoulders (just like in my Laurel dress) and it looks totally homemade.

I think the problem is a sizing issue rather than a seaming issue. It is certainly NOT a pattern issue. The pattern was great and very clear, but I am not sure if I will wear this out of the house. The yarn will not stand up to frogging and re-knitting, so I put the sweater away for awhile to think about what it has done.

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