Calico is now Sunny Day

Last week I mentioned that I was reknitting a top using some Berroco Calico yarn.  The colors are very difficult to capture but it is a riot of warm tones.

Using the Drops Sunny Day Top pattern, I decided to start on the front before I got to the armhole shaping for the back.  I want to use as much yarn as possible and at this point, I can make the top a bit longer or shorter as needed.

The top has a two stitch garter edge that should make seaming a breeze as well as four rows of garter stitch at the bottom to keep it from rolling too much.

My markers indicate the decrease rows.  Only eight stitches in all but it should give the top some shaping.

The charted back is relatively easy but I need to concentrate.

As you can see, I missed the correct placement of one of the yarn overs.  It’s closer to the bottom than the top and I’m not going to fix it.

That’s right.  It will be our secret.  Shhh!


Top-down seamless cardigan

With all that top-down-seamless-making-it-up-as-I-go cardigan button angst, I decided to go with the mustard buttons.

I had the perfectly matched sleeveless shell to wear with it.

Instead of sewing on the buttons, I used these tiny codder ( or are they cotter) pins that were in some of the button boxes from iPad aunt.  The button shank was long enough to fit through the knitted button band so I could wiggle the codder pin through it.  No tedious sewing and I can change out the buttons as I wish!

Plus I decided to just go with three buttons.

The pin nestles right into the knitting.

I love this sweater.  The colors played well together and from a distance, it looks like a solid color.  The Debbie Bliss Mia yarn felt good in my hands.  The color did bleed a bit.

The “false” seam kept the sweater from twisting.  I just did a line of reverse stockinette at the “seam” line.

The thing I don’t love is the fit.  Yes, I tried it on as I knit but after soaking and blocking, the sweater grew.

My swatch was five inches to the inch but I think I swatch too tightly (just want to get it done!) and when I’m knitting, I’m more relaxed.  This ended up being four stitches to the inch.  So it’s a bit large.  Like six inches too large.

And it stretched throughout the day.  The neckline was almost to the edge of my shoulder!

Other than starting over, I’m at a loss as to a solution. I don’t have any problems ripping it all out and starting over with fewer stitches, especially knowing that I have enough yarn.

Seems like I’m batting ZERO so far this year with sweaters that fit.

What would you do?  Rip or ???


Calico Top revisited

I began this sleeveless top over a year ago.  No real pattern, just knitted what I thought would fit.  I don’t remember when I finished the actual knitting but I didn’t get it seamed up until the beginning of May.

I don’t like it.

It’s too large.

I’m swimming in it.

I don’t like it.  Did I already say that?

Nobody wants to see that!!!


So I took it to the Frog Pond, ripped it out and wound all the yarn into balls.  I started knitting Sunny Day Top by Drops Design 170-32.

I hope I have enough yarn.

MDSW Festival

I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Sunday.  A local yarn store chartered a bus so I didn’t have to drive the two and a half hours.  We had to meet the bus at 6:00 am but it was worth it.  This was my first time attending the festival but not the last for me.

Fortunately, the weather cooperated.  It was partly cloudy/partly sunny, and rain showers were in the forecast but we only got a short five-minute shower around 3:30 in the afternoon.

I didn’t take many photos as I was in a yarn-induced trance.

I loved the colors of yarn used in this Eye of the Partridge sweater.

These yarns kept calling me and after visiting the Brooks Farm Yarn booth four times, I caved and bought some that you will see later.

The sheepdogs did an awesome job of taking these five sheep around the pen, through various obstacles, into a smaller pen and away from the food dish while the food was dumped into the dish.

I wish I would have taken the time to check out the sheep-to-shawl demonstration/competition where up to five team members – one shearer, three spinners, and one weaver – compete to shear a sheep, spin the fleece and weave it into a shawl, all in a couple of hours. After washing and final judging, there was an auction of completed shawls.  I know that the wool comes from sheep (or alpaca or bison or yaks) then some magic happens and it’s yarn but to see the process would be inspiring.

The various breeds of sheep would have been interesting to see but I didn’t go into the barns.

What I bought:

Dragonfly Pixie yarn in the Starry Night colorway.  Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists and Starry Night is one of my favorite paintings.  The blues, greens, and yellows capture the feeling of the painting. I only bought one skein of this and went back to buy another one (or two) but it was sold out.  Not sure what this will become.  I might just frame it.

Fleece Artist National Parks Collection fingering weight yarn in Gros Morne colorway so full of soft, muted, mossy greens that I couldn’t resist it.  From the label: “In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday we have curated a collection highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory.”   The other yarns in this collection were beautiful as well but the Gros Morne has a special meaning for me.  Mr. Aitch and I traveled with three other couples (all on Harley motorcycles) to Newfoundland in 2006  and toured the province and Gros Morne Park.  My plan is a shawl with a lacy leaf motif.

Brooks Farm Yarn from Lancaster, Texas was the booth that I visited four times.  The yarns were displayed so one could see all the various shades in each color.  I had my eye on some of the blue-green colors but decided to go with a different combination of lime, avocado, and lavender with the lavender and blue as an accent.  This DK weight is destined for a top-down seamless sweater.  Maybe.


Last but not least is the bonus skein of yarn from the yarn shop that organized the trip: Frostburg Fiber Depot.  Everyone on the bus received a goodie bag.  Mine contained this beautiful 310-yard Malabrigo Rastita in #49 Jupiter.  The various reds are gorgeous.  Now, what can I do with this one?

Have you gone to this festival before?  Do you plan to go in the future?