first handknit of fall!


Color Affection had a day out!  And got me to thinking about what else I could knit with Malabrigo lace …


Budgie for B.



Finally!  A finished knit!

Okay, a baby sweater.  But.  It’s finished.  And I knit it.  So it totally counts.

Budgie for B.


Also, it is adorable.  If I do say so myself.  This just might be one of my favorite finished baby cardigans: the stripes stripe just perfectly, the colors are bright and perfect for a fall birthday, the truck buttons are awesome for a little boy (or, I imagine, a little girl with an interest in trucks), without being all in-your-face gender normative.

The pattern was fantastic: Budgie by Grumperina.  Obviously, I went with buttons instead of a zipper … because, well, I had to be honest with myself.  Although I really liked the idea of a zippered cardigan, if I waited until I bought and sewed in said zipper, this kid would be about 21 before he got his birthday present.

So buttons it was.

Budgie for B.


I did a bit of fiddling around with the button bands and finally decided to reknit using the recommended (and so tidy!) i-cord bind off.  At first, I wasn’t sure about the contrasting bands, but seeing it finished — I love them!  It’s a baby sweater, so what’s the harm in a little mismatch fun?

To avoid all the unsightly bunching I’d been fighting on the fronts, I went up a couple of needles sizes (to a US9/5.5mm) — basically, the only needle even close to the US7/4.5mm I’d used for the body that I could find unoccupied — and made sure to pick up every other stitch.  Then, for extra stretchiness, I knit one row before binding off on the button (green) side.  On the button hole (orange) side, I picked up the same number of stitches and knit two rows in stockinette before binding off.  I added 1-stitch i-cord button holes every so often.

Just enough give and everything lies nicely flat.  Phew.  This is going all the way to Switzerland and it needs to get in the mail soon …

button bands.

The shop ladies at my LYS — where I found the aforementioned awesome buttons — fawned all over this sweater’s cuteness.  I felt very proud, showing of my knitterly handiwork to some proper Southern knitters, discussing buttons options in all seriousness on a busy Saturday afternoon.  One of them recommended these, and they’re perfect.



So neat and tidy!  The i-cord really was worth the extra bit of time and effort.  Now, I just hope it fits.

All the details on ravelry.

Autumn in Nashville.


In other news, autumn has finally arrived in Nashville!  As always, I am thrilled by the cooler temperatures and the bright colors.

But with autumn has come a whole slew of job deadlines and dissertation drafts … I’ve got a lot to do before November 1.  Another good reason to get the sweater on its way …

Happy Sunday!

autumn adventures

Well, I certainly didn’t mean to disappear there for a while.  Let’s catch up, shall we?

I went to Milwaukee for a conference.  And had a good time — saw some good panels, got some good feedback, caught up with a few friends, rode the polka escalator (at the Milwaukee Convention Center, definitely worth the visit), saw the Bronze Fonz.  You know, the usual.
Bronze Fonz.

And the memorial to letter carriers.  That was a kind of happy accident, as it’s tucked back on a quiet street.  Or, at least, a street quiet late on a Sunday afternoon.

letter carriers

Then, what I’d been waiting for!  My sister was in Milwaukee in the spring — also for a conference — and she told me about Mader’s.  It was fantastic, and so so much fun after a German studies conference. And the perfect way to end my first trip to Milwaukee.

Knight's Bar.

And, surprisingly enough, there’s even been a little time for knitting.  Though not nearly as much as I might hope.

Still, I managed to finish up the i-cord bind off on the body of my Walnuss — now to battle my way through the sleeves.  I really do think this has interview-cardigan potential …

More I-cord.

I also finished up Budgie a week or two ago — it’s a very quick knit.  The seaming, however, is giving me fits: I don’t know what it is, but I simple cannot get the sleeves to seam evenly.  At the time, I thought “maybe i’ll just knit these in the round” … then, decided I’d follow the pattern.  So, really, I brought this upon myself.  Still, I’ve got some time to figure it out.

I used some ancient stash Kureyon for the contrasting stripes, and I really love how the colors worked out on the body and sleeves.  It took a little fancy footwork to make sure everything matched up, but definitely worth it in the end.

However … not so with the i-cord edging.  Looking back, it probably had something to do with picking up too few stitches, resulting in unsightly bunching.  At the time, I decided to just go with garter stitch to finish.  We’ll see, I might go back to the i-cord.  If I ever get the arms seamed, that is.

Now, I just hope it will fit …