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.
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!
I played this cool game. You get to make your own village. It is awesome.
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.
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.
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!
Close reading is a buzzword with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. My class will be reading an informational text about the American Revolutionary War in about 4 weeks, so I am reading this book to help me do a better job of teaching specific reading skills. A full review of the book is soon to follow. Happy musing!
The sailor top has been in dry dock all week. I have been knitting and running in my spare moments, which are few and far between just now. This morning I fused the interfacing to the collar and finished all of the pattern markings. Now this ship is finally ready to leave the harbor. Happy sewing!
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.
Today I am just thankful for a good day. My fourth graders are really something special and I look forward to going to work every day. That alone is something to be thankful for.
Vanilla socks with Sting Theory Caper Sock yarn. This yarn is a merino, cashmere, and nylon blend and feels great. This is my comfort knitting, my car knitting, my relaxation knitting. Ahhh!