A wrap up of some long overdue projects:
Hubby Approved Neck Warmer byDanielle Landes
Project Specs: Made from my own handspun! The wool is a blend of Shetland and Merino. The Shetland is from a local farm while the merino was bought from a vendor at a local festival. I navajo plied it- my first try at a 3-ply- and it turned out more camo than stripey. I really liked the look of the yarn on the skein and Nate is happy with the result. The green matches his coat perfectly! The button is also handmade by a man out of Waterford, PA. I used size 5 needles for a pretty quick knit!
Project Specs: The prototype for my own pattern! I loved the Sensations Socks & More, although I think it was a bit pricey for a big box store yarn. The colors were fun and it was an easy knit. I used size 2 DPN’s as always.
Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos
Project Specs: I typically don’t buy patterns. I either get books with many that I like or I search for something free. This designer is wonderful. I want to buy all her patterns and will definitely be making this sweater again. I used Plymouth Encore DK- my favorite yarn for kidswear. Great price, great wear, washability. What else is needed! My color choices are different from the original. My girl wanted pink, so we used three pinks (light, rose and bright) along with a khaki green and navy blue for accents. Needles were right from the pattern. Well written and well loved!
Shalom by Meghan McFarlane
I didn’t talk about my owls sweater, which was started, ripped, started again and pronounce too small. I love that sweater- so cute- but the shaping just did not work on my figure. So, I re-used the ripped yarn to make a real favorite.
Project Specs: I followed the modifications found in the projects on ravelry along with measurements from one of my other yoke sweaters. If the yarn (Plymouth Encore Chunky) were not so forgiving I might have had to be more careful, but it eases well and is very cozy. I did not decrease for the waist and used three buttons.
The Two Summer Sundress by Natalie Larson
Project Specs: Quick, easy, fun. I used kitchen cotton for the tops and a half-yard of quilting fabric for the skirts. The girls LOVE them. My only issue is that I should have reinforced the straps as suggested. They are stretching. Although that might make the dresses last through three summers… Needles and sewing instructions are straight from the pattern.