TOMTEN!

I’m breaking my own rule. The one that says it’s not finished until it’s blocked. But it’s Sunday, Maggie’s Tomten is done, she’s home and we had time for a photo shoot. We’ll call it “finished” and I promise it’ll get a bath tonight. Can I show you all the pictures?

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

In my previous post about this sweater, I mentioned some of the modifications I’ve made to the pattern. Another mod I made besides those already detailed is that I decreased the sleeves to 32 sts, instead of 28 as directed. Then I added that little loopy at the back of the neck with i-cord that you can see in the last two pictures. Don’t ask how I did it, because I don’t think I could replicate it if I tried.* Also, when I finished the pockets, I put the stitches from threads onto a needle, but didn’t bind off right away; I knit three more ridges then bound off. The pockets are nice and deep.

*Essentially what I did: I marked the center back stitch, and when I got that point in the i-cording I stopped attaching it and knit the i-cord for about 10 rounds. Then I flipped it around and attached it again (this is the part I cannot replicate) and continued i-cording as before. When I was weaving in my ends, I tacked the loopy down so that it would stay in place.

The sweater is big on Maggie. I hope it doesn’t look too big, my goal was that it would fit now and fit next year (and fingers crossed, the year after). Seeing as she has nearly outgrown the jeans that I bought her in August, I won’t hold my breath. This Tomten has room for growing, but please don’t grow too quickly, mkay?

Tomten project page on Ravelry

So that’s the Tomten! It was exactly the knitting project I needed after knitting all those socks a few weeks ago. But now I must face the music and get started on all those Christmas ideas I have. Balls anyone?

laurel

I fear it was just a few days ago that I extolled hat knitting. Today, then, I will simply show you the one I just finished, and hope you will remember all the reasons why I really love knitting hats. And boy do I ever love this one that just flew off my needles.

new fave

Pattern: LAUREL by Jared Flood, in his new pattern book Made in Brooklyn.
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca, color 6275, 1 skein.
My project on Ravelry.

My mother-in-law, upon seeing me model it yesterday, said it is the best hat that was ever on my head. I agree.

new fave

The fit is perfect. In the book, the hat is modeled as a beret. Since I have a big head I decided to not block it over a plate and keep the beanie shape. The only modification I made was to knit the ribbing at the beginning for about 1.75″ instead of 1″ as it says in the pattern.

new fave

Jared (no, we are not on a first name basis, I just pretend that we are) is probably my favorite designer out there. The thing I love about his new book is that all his patterns are so knittable and wearable. With the exception of the large square lace shawl (I love it but probably would never knit it) I think I want to knit all the projects  in the book. Everything I have always loved about brooklyntweed all gathered up in a beautiful collection. I hope we see more pattern books from him!

new fave

new fave

Next? Matching mittens!

It’s a miracle, but this hat is making me feel stylish! I’ll be a ragamuffin no more!

what just happened (manifesto)

I knit a little shawl.

silk kerchief

It all happened so quick I barely remember the details. I didn’t enter the project in Ravelry (until just now). I didn’t write down my color numbers. I think I used a size 3 needle but maybe it was a 4. It was as if I went away for a few days and came back with a little shawl but couldn’t remember how I got the little shawl.

silk kerchief

Here’s what I know. Noro was on sale at the yarn shop and I have wanted to knit this little (but pricey) Silk Kerchief from Zeitgeist Yarns for a long time. So I got the yarn on sale, but I was in the middle of Jerry’s Stripey Sweater. Although I usually don’t give myself rules like “finish such-and-such before you start so-and-so;” I did this time. I made myself finish Jerry’s sweater and then very soon after (mere minutes) I cast on for this bitty shawl.

silk kerchief

And then Lisa and I were knitting it as a 2-person knitalong but because I went on the bender I finished weeks ago and she’s just now getting to the bind off. The garter stitch messes with my head in the best way and I love it so much.

silk kerchief

If I could only ever knit garter stitch, I think I might be okay with that. In fact, that’s definitely part of my manifesto. If all the other stitches in the world were outlawed and garter stitch were the only thing we could knit, I’d be pretty happy. I love the challenge of knitting, but sometimes the simplest things can be awfully rewarding. Even if you can’t quite remember how you got to the end.