One Sweater … Three Sleeves

Yes, that is correct. I know I have only two arms, and yet, I knit three sleeves.


How crazy is that?  Well………

I was in a rush, their was lots of company in the house, and perhaps I had a glass or two of wine. Let’s just say all of the above was going on.

I was in a rush, because the sweater I was knitting was a “summer” sweater and it is now FALL. I wanted it finished, off my list. I did not want to tuck it away until next summer. It was a simple enough pattern,  Capri, something you can have a conversation with and knit. Maybe a glass of wine with and knit.

Let me clarify, the knitting was NOT the problem. The knitting was perfect on the first, second, and THIRD sleeve. The needles were the problem.

I had just finished the first sleeve and was going to start the cast-on of the second sleeve. I reached for my addi turbo click “interchangeable” needle case. Note the word interchangeable for future reference. Stopped to chat with company and then went back to the needle case. When I looked in the case my needles seemed to be mixed up. I had one size 4 and one size 6. I looked at my current needle set and saw that they had one size 4 and one size 6 attached to the same set. (You can see where I am going with this right?)  Did I just knit the sleeve with the 4 and 6 needle at the same time. %#! I must have. Sooooooo, to save time I figured I would just do the same thing with the next sleeve.

I cast on with the Size 4 needle’s did the six rows of the small needle size, but when the pattern said to change to Size 6 needle’s. I only swapped out one. Now I am knitting one row small and one row large.  I kept checking against the finished sleeve as I was moving along. They seemed the same. I thought they looked the same. Full speed ahead, I got this.

Two sleeves are now finshed. They look the same. I lay one ontop of the other. Yup same size. Time to soak all the pieces and block them to size. I lay out the front and back. They are perfect. I lay out the first sleeve, again perfect. I lay out the second sleeve %$#$%#$%#$% too small. Can I stretch it to size, maybe. Will anyone even notice?  It doesn’t matter, I can’t stand it. Did I mention I am pretty much running on empty for remaining yarn.

OK, I give, I will knit one more sleeve. This time I start with Two size 4 needles and do the six rows. Then I change to TWO size 6 needles as per the pattern and finish the sleeve. I made it with 13 inches of yarn left over. Time to soak and block this sleeve. Amazing it is perfect!

And yes, I will rip apart the funky, crazy, stupid sleeve so I have yarn to sew the sweater together.

Lessons learned, oh yah! Will I do something stupid like this again? I still have 10 hours left in this day…….. let’s just see how much damage I can do.







Twilight Time

In the Pacific Northwest we do all we can to extend our summers. We sit outside until late in the afternoon, place a fire in the fire pit, sip a bit of wine, and stay out even later.


As the summer progresses towards fall you begin to feel a chill in the air. As the day transitions to that special moment of twilight, I get cold. So I created a little wrap that would let me stay outside and sip my wine for just a little longer.


This is a simple oversized wrap. There is plenty of space to wear it over a shirt or another sweater. Or even tuck a wee one in with you on your lap. A perfect little something to keep you warm by the fire.

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Here are some of the knitting details:

Sizes S/M Bust 32 – 36 inches
(M/L) Bust 36 – 42 inches
This is oversized with lots of ease.

Yarn 8 (11) skeins Manos Del Uruguay Serena (60% Baby Alpaca, 40% Pima Cotton) 170 yards; 50 grams)

6 (8) skeins in Smoke (MC)1020 (1360)yds
1 skein in Hare (CC1) 170yds
1 (2) skeins in Natural (CC2) 170 (340)yds

Needles US 5 29 inch circular needle
US 5 16 in circular or DPN’s
Or size to obtain gauge

Notions Waste yarn to hold stitches, 5 markers, blunt darning needle to finish

Gauge 24 sts and 32 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch on US 5 needle. Washed and blocked.

Dipping my toes in the Frog Pond

Frog Pond (definition) a place where big knitting mistakes go until you “rip-it rip-it” apart and reuse the yarn for something else.

As a knitter this is never ever your plan, but I once again find myself at the Frog Pond. I knit this sweater. Beautiful yarn, Sweet Georgia DK, beautiful pattern, IRIS but ……….apparently they don’t like each other.

I should have known, I should have given up when it took me three tries to get the bottom edge of the sweater to work. Not me, nope, I thought I had “fixed” it with a little ribbing to hold it in place.


It was moving along really fast. I was trying it on as I was moving forward. This was going to be such a beautiful little summer sweater. The sleeve’s were a short row sleeve knitted in place from the sleeve cap to the cuff. First one down, perfect length. Moving even faster, second one finished. Knit the short back neck edge and set it to block.

It blocked out to perfection. I was doing the happy dance. All I had left was to tuck in a few ends and stitch the neck edge in place.


I pinned the neck edge and did a little try on.  Hmmmm, not what I expected. I pulled a little here, adjusted a little there. I just did not like this sweater on me.

How can that be?  It is a beautiful sweater, the color is perfect. The sizing matches exactly to my favorite fit. I tried it on again ………nope, I just don’t like it. So for over a week, I put it on, took it off, repeat. I was hoping, magically it would morph into something I would love. Not happening.

My daughter came over and I had her take a look. “The back section is too narrow so the sleeve’s are pulling at the underarm, and the darts in the back are too far apart.”

Ah, the eye of a skilled knitter and seamstress finally figured out the problem. However the only way to fix the problem is to re-knit the whole sweater.

So, here I am at the frog pond holding this beautiful sweater that I don’t like. I know if I finish it, it will sit in the closet and stare at me. I will put it on and take it off. It will stare at me somemore as it takes up space in my closet Do I want to start over and knit this pattern one more time? Plus, I would have to recalculate the whole back section to fit me.

I have made my final decision. I love the yarn, I love the pattern, just not on me. To the frog pond you go ……. I know magically there will be another pattern for the yarn. When that happens,  I will pull it from the frog pond and it will become a beautiful sweater that I will love and wear. Someday………fp5

Baby, baby…….

I have this rule. I believe it is my duty to knit something special for the new babies of my girlfriends that become grandmother’s. Especially those that do not knit. Yes, I know you are outraged, but I do have friends that do not knit.

I thought this would be simple, a cute little sweater here, a fun little hat there. And then ……they all decided to become granny’s. So the race was on to keep up with the demand. I know self inflicted troubles. But those of you that know me, know once I put a rule into place, I stay focused and carry on.

So with needle’s flying, I have been knitting little things. The good news …… they knit up really fast.  The bad news …….. it creates havoc with my planned knitting schedule.

Anyway, it is time for me to share the cute finished baby items. For those of you not into the baby thing, I suggest you avert your eyes or just leave the page. For the rest of you,  baby do I have some great ideas for you.

Let’s start with the sweaters. I stick to this one pattern Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater by Carole Barenys. It has not failed me. Below are some of the finished sweaters. The first one is knitted in Three Irish Girls Finley Fingering. The other two are in Socks that Rock. All you need is one skein.

Then there is the hats. I use several patterns depending if boy or girl and where they live. The first up is the Easy Roll Up Hat by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. They have this yarn called Adriafil Knitcol, it creates the cute pattern for you. You just knit.

For my tough boys, I use my pattern Like the Big Boys. My favorite yarn for this is Noro Kureyon.


And finally for a very special little girl, I knit a little Christmas Bonnet. The pattern is My Sweetest Friend by Surrehue. I really had to dig to find the yarn and it is from Herrschners, called Holiday Yarn.


Just in case, you are a sock lover. Here are baby socks! These are all one pattern, More Better Baby Socks by Ann Budd. The yarn is Quince & Co Finch, one skein of each color.


Phew……….   Now will everyone just stop the baby’s for awhile. I have got some big girl knitting to do!


She who runs with scissors

That’s right in the knitting world scissors can be a very dangerous thing. If used correctly you cut the yarn after ends are woven in. Beyond that they are rarely used. Except……. if you choose to lengthen a skirt.  I know here come’s the crazy talk.

So I had this skirt I knit a couple of years ago. I loved this skirt, but it was a little shorter than what is in style and how I wear skirts nowadays.


I thought about starting over and knitting one just like it, but that would be too easy……. right? Instead I bought a couple skeins of yarn that matched what I had.

Now I bet you think I am going to carefully rip out the hem and just add-on a little length. Wrong. I have this contrasting edge on the bottom and I did not want to change that.


And then I remembered the first six inches from the waist down were knit on a much smaller needle to create a nice fit to the skirt. Here we go get ready for it.

I took a pair of scissors and cut the top off the skirt. That’s right cut the yarn. Took the waistband plus a few inches off the top.

Alright everyone,  let’s all breathe together.  I then very carefully picked out all the loose little short pieces of cut yarn and started pulling on yarn pieces until I got what appeared to be a good round of stitches. With my super fine #1 needles I carefully picked up the stitches and joined with my new yarn. I was now off to the races and knitting a skirt again.


A couple of modification notes. The skirt was originally knit in two pieces and seamed on the sides. I picked up the whole skirt did a K2tog to clean up at the seams and knit this new section in the round. I did my additional length on the larger needle and then switched to the smaller needles as I got closer to the waist.  Unfortunately the new yarn was slightly lighter than the old yarn. For me not a problem as I always wear my top on the outside and it is long enough to cover the color difference.

Phew….  I survived, the skirt survived and YES I would do this again. Scissors are now a part of my knitting process.  Let me run and see what I can cut next!  Kidding!!!

My needles are smoking hot

I don’t know what happen since the beginning of the year. Maybe it was a change in coffee or the cozy rainy days of winter, but my knitting has been flying off the needles. In six weeks I have finished a pair of socks, knit a pair of slippers. three cowls, two sweaters,  a pair of fingerless gloves  and a large scarf. PHEW!


As of today I have nothing on my needles. I have been squirreling every which way trying to decide what I should start next. So today will be that dreaded day of swatching. I figure I will try three or four and see what is going to work. The skirt, the cardigan, or the pullover. And I will start a little scarf project as well.  Or maybe that cute little shawl or maybe  ……… wait ……. more new patterns on Ravelry.  I’m falling into a deep hole of yarn and projects. So much yarn ……. never enough time!


A Gift of Words

It was my birthday last week. And yes it was a full week of birthday events. Dear friends came in from out of town to celebrate with me. We traveled to all my favorite places …..which means lots of yarn shops!  And yes, we bought a little bit of yarn. There were beautiful evenings of conversation and dinners that I got to cook!  And of course, wine and more talk of yarn…..


But the main event was on my birthday. I chose to cook for  friends and family. It was a very special evening of fun and laughter.

However, the day began with a bit of panic ……..  It started about two weeks before when my dear friend called to let me know a package was coming addressed to me and NOT to open it but hold it for when she got there. Time passed, I was in party planning mode and alas the package did not arrive. So on the day of my birthday, when she asked for the box so she could wrap it, imagine her dismay when there was no box. This was a Saturday, the company was closed for the weekend. She was devastated as it was something special that she, a non knitter, had found for me a knitter.

I already thought I had the best gift of a visit from her and her hubby. Apparently she did not. So instead she locked herself away and created a most incredible gift for me. Far greater than anything that could be bought, she gave me the gift of words. I cannot begin to explain how surprised, blessed, delighted ……….more words ……..more words …… there are not enough words to describe how special the moment was as she read this to me.

So for all of you that never know what to give someone take a moment and write a little something that gives joy to their life. And yes, she gave me permission to share her words with you.

Thank you my dear, dear, friend.

An Ode for Olivia January 30-signed