Friday, March 27, 2009


I didn't measure Little Liza Jane on the size 3 needles. It was smaller than it was on the 4's and that was all that matters. Except I measured it...

and it should be 11 inches wide. Hopefully those yarn over eyelets open up and it lies flatter once washed. Thankfully the fabric is stretchy... but how on earth does going down one needle size make that big of a difference? I do feel like I am knitting tightly. Stress maybe? I don't know. Whatever it is I can't change it now. Thankfully EJ isn't quite at 2T anyway. So it will fit. Even if she looks like a stuffed sausage. It will fit.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Little Liza Jane, take two

Gauge. UGH!
Little Liza Jane WIP
We have all had run ins with it before. Well, it must have been my turn again for a mishap. I started a dress for Eleni, Little Liza Jane from Twist Collective Spring 2009 issue. Once I had enough of it to get a good mesurement taken I realized it was 4 inches wider than I needed it to be! YIKES! There was no way I could ignore that unless I was looking to wear the dress myself. So I frogged it back. I can only now post about it because I am back to where I started. Around the 7 inch mark.
Little Liza Jane WIP
It is just darling. I really hope to finish it before Easter. I figured if I get the skirt done by next Wednesday, it won't be too difficult to meet my goal.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


In just 24 short hours I will be escaping reality for a weekend of fun with some close friends. I feel like there is so much to do to prepare, but if I push through it will be worth it in the end. I even think I am excited to grocery shop. That rarely happens.

I have been a busy knitter, but much of what I had been working on was secret. Most recently two baby sweaters. One of which I forgot to photograph. The other I designed, and am working on writing up a pattern to go along with it. It mimics some design features of Jared Flood's Cobblestone sweater.
Sweater for Baby E
I have one more baby to knit for this spring, but I think I have time to squeeze in some selfish knitting too. Currently on the needles are a little dress for EJ. (and yes, knitting for EJ is selfish... because I get to show her off) I am knitting a pattern called Little Liza Jane from the most recent Twist Collective. I have about 6 inches of the skirt worked up already. I am surprised at how quickly it has gone, especially considering I spend a lot of time holding it up and admiring how cute it is. This picture was taken around the 3 inch mark
One more project is on my needles, and it is also about 6 inches long. The difference is, I knit this 6 inches in a matter of an hour or two.
This is the first time I have knit with size 19 needles. It is quite a difference, but the instant gratification is pretty wonderful too. The pattern is the Rockefeller Sweater from Big City Knits. I had been wanting to make something from this book since buying it when it hit the book stores, but I had heard things about the yarn estimates being off, and the patterns are vague. I think now I am more confident in my knitting and thanks to Ravelry and others project details I felt comfortable committing to one of these patterns.
There will be a lot of knitting time this weekend. Hopefully I will have a chance to make significant progress on both of these projects!