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FO: Ziggy Hoodie

I was just uploading some photos when I stumbled across this picture and realised that I hadn’t posted it here – so, here goes the lovely, suggly, and very unseasonal Ziggy Hoodie. You will be pleased to know I actually finished it several months ago in the winter, rather than today, the last day of Spring!

And, where there are hoods, there are stupid hood shots.  In fact, so many that there really were not any shots *without* hood silliness. But hopefully you can see past that to the actual item in question!

So, may I present to you a Size 5 Ziggy, a beautiful hoodie by the talented Tikki.   Well, in fact, it’s not just a hoodie – the pattern has a cute wee collared version too. And it looks utterly stunning in a variegated yarn too, the zigs and zags mix it up enough to stop the dreaded pooling. Not that I did variegated… mine is in super snuggly Naturally Sensations, a with just a touch of angora to ramp up the snuggle factor. And in what better colour than pink? Got to keep the Little Miss happy!! I was delighted to use it on this, I had six 50g skeins, not really enough for an adult knit, but too many to waste. And in pink too… I’ve got less than a skein left now, which is great, a good use of the yarn.

Ziggy is knit in the round, bottom up for a change, and has raglan shaping all done with no seams.  The hood is also constructed with no seaming, and is a big hit with my girl.  There is something about hoods that I dislike – the time I take to knit them. It’s almost like they are a speedbump for me that I never quite have the momentum to get over… I think I might have been the world’s worst tester finishing this off so slowly!!

Now, this is just one of Tikki’s Ziggy patterns – there’s also a skirt, legwarmers, vest and hat in the set – you can grab the e-book with all 5 patterns in or seperately.  I’m tempted by the vest next I think!

 

 

This week

I’ve been doing some small knitting projects, including some test knits.

First up was this Little Butterflies cardigan.

I have wanted to use up this yarn ever since I was given it in a swap late last year. But I hadn’t found the right project for it. Having checked the pattern quantities, I realised I would have *just* enough yarn. Little did I know that would mean I had approximately 20cm left after sewing in the ends and sewing on the buttons. Yardage chicken win for a change!

The yarn is Patons Merino DK, and it was hand dyed as part of a yarn swap last year.  It is a lovely squooshy yarn, and was lovely to knit up. I’m sure Miss nearly 3 will enjoy wearing it over the winter.  I tend to like short sleeves for preschool in case they dip their cuffs in paint etc, and she seems to be warm enough in it. That said, it is still officially autumn here, and the weather is still fairly mild for this time of year.

Next up: the world’s fastest project. Actually, thanks to two nights out in a row it took me three days – but less than 30 minutes knitting.  Nearly developed withdrawal symptoms! Although, when we went out to dinner the other night, I did notice Laura knitting at the table. Clever, organised girl!

This one is a test knit, so I’ll let you know when it is released 🙂

And the final finished project for the week was another quicky.  After my knitting drought of mid-week, I was rewarded with an unexpected day off work looking after a not-very-sick child.  This is a test for Tikki 🙂

As with the headband, I’ll let you know when the pattern is released 🙂

And, before I leave you for today, I just had to post this cute photo which I found on my camera when I downloaded the knitting shots. 

Good kitchen help can be hard to find… but this wee kitchen hand is happy with just a beater to lick as her reward 🙂

Little Butterflies

The teaser photo I posted last week of a gorgeous Little Butterflies cardigan can now be enlarged on… Although for some reason my girl was less than enthusiastic about photos this evening. I think she was just tired – she does adore this cardigan.

This lovely pattern is in testing at the moment and slated for release in Mid-April. It is designed by the lovely Tikki, and as is the case with her other patterns, this is a joy to knit.  Knit in one piece from the top down, it is constructed well and the size is adaptable to add extra length if and when needed.  I knit mine exactly to the pattern, but knit the size 5 for Miss 4.5, because this matched her chest size.  It is long-ish on her (not as long as it looks as that’s a very short dress!)  and should last really well. 

The materials I used are: Yarn from Madelinetosh, it is the DK weight yarn, in the Wood Violet colourway. I used two full skeins, and the tiniest smidge of a third, which I used just to knit the pocket linings. (Did I mention the clever pocket contruction used in the pattern? Very neat!)  You might recall this post from last year when I recieved my order.  I ended up holding on to it (and my crown as Queen of Procrastination). I used the three skeins on the left – the lightest one at the top, including the sleeves, and then I striped it in two row blocks with the next lightest yarn until I ran out of the original colour.  The middle skein (and very noticeably the darkest one) was the one used for the pocket linings.  The end result is very acceptable. And oh so soft and snuggly.

The buttons are from the lovely Nicci at Buttons by Benji.  She’s recently reopened her website for orders following a break after the Christchurch earthquakes.  These are the ‘Fabulous Flowers’.  And Miss 4 really does love them. I tried to steer her towards some purple buttons but there was no changing her mind!

And of course when you have one small girl with a new cardigan, it makes the *other* small girl want a new cardigan. I love the ignorance that comes from being Two.  Asking “where’s mine” is a simple question, but it comes with the expectation of having a cardigan instantly appear.  It took a little longer than an instant (maybe 5 days in fact). But now she has her own new Madelinetosh cardigan too.

This is the Madelinetosh Vintage, a worsted weight yarn.  And, one of the coolest things about the Little Butterflies pattern is that everything is provided for you to work out how to knit it in any weight yarn.  I was able to use the chart provided, and based on my gauge swatch, knit this perfectly fitting version for Miss 2.  I, again, based it on her chest, which is 18 months size, and I knit it a little longer – the 2 year size, since she is older.   I used 170g all up for this size. 

The colour I used is Dahlia.  I gave Miss 2 the choice of colours, and she chose this. It is a rather dark colourway – not typically ‘kiddy’.  The gorgeous buttons, again from Buttons by Benji, lighten it up and make it really fun. 

I’m really excited about this pattern – I’ll update you when it’s released 🙂

Hot off the needles

A test knit for the wonderful Tikki

Oh it feels good to be test knitting again!  More pictures to come!!

What am I knitting?

It’s a mystery!

I’m super excited that I’ve signed up for my first mystery knit along.  I know that in some people’s books that makes me very strange (not looking at my workmates here, not at all… well maybe a little bit). But in knitter’s circles, and the knitting circles I move in particularly, it is just the thing.

So, what would possess in excess of 250 knitters decided to cast on a pattern, sight unseen, with only the smallest of advance directions? And to line up to do so?

Well, there’s always the excitement of the unknown

The enjoyment of knitting along with others, knitting the same things at the same time

The promise of a cute kid’s knit

And, oh, the fact it’s a Tikki pattern.  You know what a sucker I am for her patterns. And this a chance to knit one of her fab, brand new patterns. For free! Cool eh!

So far we have had two clues, and I’m knitting a wee top in size 4 for Miss4.  When I’ve finished the current clue, I’ll post a picture 🙂  Until then, I’ve got a chart to follow!

FO:Cassia Tunic

The gorgeous Cassia tunic that I have knit as a tester for Tikki’s latest pattern release has been finished and awaiting photos for a few days now. I asked Miss 4 to try it on yesterday, and with her inimitable style, she did. I don’t think Tikki necessarily designed this tunic to go with a princess dress underneath, but it still looks cute…

The pattern calls for Dk weight yarn, and I knew that I’d need more than 200g, so I wanted to choose something from my stash that met these criteria. I decided on the Bendigo Woollen Mills Harmony that I had – it met another important criteria too – the pinkness test!  I had two 200g balls, so plenty for this project plus enough for something for the little sister too.  I am glad I chose this yarn – the finished tunic is soft and snuggly – this yarn combines wool, cotton and a tiny percentage of lycra in a crepe construction that it nice to knit with, great to wash and wear, and appears to be fairly indestructable. I was disappointed when BWM discontinued it, and pleased when they realised the error of their ways –  I’ve found it looks great on the other garment I used it for and hoped to use it again at some stage. I had managed to pick these two balls up in a friend’s destash last year and intended to use them for me, but I’m glad Miss 3 is wearing them now, she looks sweet!

So, more about the pattern… Another design in her Australian Wildflowers Collection, this tunic uses some features familiar from the Olearia. It alternates garter and stocking stitch in rouched bands across the upper body, and falls simply in a loose fitting tunic around the body.  It is knit in on piece, top down, with absolutely no stitching or finishing required beyond sewing in the ends and putting buttons on. I strongly suspect I will never get sick of this construction technique.  Works a treat every time! 

There are some lovely details too. There are cute wee pockets…

And a button closure at the back…

which was a great opportunity to use some more of my cute Benji’s Buttons. 

There were what seemed like several acres of stocking stitch in the round too. My girl’s growing up!!

Tikki is planning to release this pattern in early September – and it is the perfect Spring knit. Miss 4 wore hers outside this evening while she was enjoying some early Spring tree climbing.  As you do.  How lovely to have a knit versatile enough to go from a nice outing to tree climbing!  It will even be perfect with tights – if your wee one prefers that to a princess dress!

Testing Times

I am an easily distracted person, I have decided. I am not, repeat not, counting the number of projects I have on the needles right now.  I’m also not counting the number of half finished designs and tests of new patterns in the works. I am working on just two things right now.

First I’m super excited that my new hat pattern (as above) is being test knit by me and some awesome volunteers at the moment.  I ran out of yarn on mine and am having to reknit the crown, so that’s tomorrow’s knitting sorted.  Above is a sneak peak at Miss 3’s hat, which is so incredibly super soft, knit in 100PureWool 3 ply worsted (as is mine).

And the second thing I’m working on is a test knit for Tikki.  Also for Miss 3, and it is lovely.  Piccies to come when I put it on a large enough needle for it to look like something other than an unshapely mess.  I’m using some long stashed yarn, BWM Harmony for this – a wool, cotton lycra blend, and a crepe yarn. Totally unlike anything I’ve knit for a while but the one garment I made for myself from it wears really well so it seemed ideal for a kiddie knit. And it’s pink, so not going wrong there!

So, what’s happening with my tunic? It’s calling to me, but I’ll knit some more on it when I’ve finished this hat, and when I reach the endless stocking stitch section of my test knit. After all, I never promised to be faithful to knitting just one thing at a time, did I?


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