Finished! Winter Traveler (the first)

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All finished: Winter Traveler (the first, since M was so darned cute in mine that I’m knitting a second one for her!)

As promised in my previous post: I finished my Winter Traveler sweater, and here’s a post about it!

Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Winter Traveler, by Julia Farwell-Clay
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool (in brown and hot pink)
Needles: size 8
Time to knit: about a month and a half

I never quite fell in love with intarsia, and boy oh boy were there a lot of ends to weave in when all was said and done, but I’m really tickled with how it turned out. I made some modifications, most obviously in terms of the fit (it’s much closer fitting, because I knit the 42″ size but at a gauge that gave me more like a 34″ sweater) and the neckline (I did a folded 1×1 rib neckline instead of the pattern’s funnel neck):

Closeup of Neckline

These first two photos were taken by me (using the timer), but after that, I had my daughter help me with photos this time, which turned out better than I expected! There were plenty of blurry ones, and ones with funky angles, but quite a few good shots, too! She mostly wanted to take “silly” pictures of me:

I asked M to help me take pictures, but she only wanted to take “silly” ones!

She kept making me laugh!

mama laughing while M takes pictures

She wanted to try taking a picture from above, with me on the ground and her up on the deck:

She also took some looking down on me from the deck. I was a little nervous letting her use my real camera, but she was surprisingly careful with it!

And then we swapped position:

From below

Didn’t she do a great job? One last photo from M:

A closeup, taken by M

So, how about that “the first” in the title of this post? Well, when I finished weaving in the ends yesterday afternoon, M asked if she could try the sweater on, and, well, it was pretty much the cutest thing ever:

As soon as I wove in the last end on my Winter Traveler sweater, M asked to put it on. OMG, it’s so cute on her! Except for the sleeves being too long (because mama has monkey arms), it’s the perfect sort of slouchy sweater on her. I’m really tempted to m

Except for the sleeves being too long (because mama has monkey arms!), it’s the perfect sort of slouchy sweater on her! It’s not even THAT much of a tunic on her, because she’s all torso in a way that I am most definitely not.

Seriously, the cuteness! I *might* have enough Eco Wool left over to knit her one of her own.

Seriously, she was just beyond cute in it. And she asked ever so sweetly if I could make her one just like it, the same size and everything, just shorter sleeves. And I checked my stash, and I did in fact have one more skein of the brown Eco Wool (and still plenty left over of the hot pink skein, too), so…it’s happening:

It’s happening. Winter Traveler, the second, for M.

Oh, kiddo, mama wants to be a selfish knitter and make more mama-sweaters this summer, but you’re just so darned cute, and such an appreciative knitwear recipient, you win every time.

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things i make WITH maddy: knitting needles!

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Maddy and I did a special project today while daddy was over at Old House, taking advantage of the weather FINALLY cooperating enough to do the remaining exterior painting that the bank is requiring before our buyers can actually buy it.

This was our project for the afternoon (while A went over to Old House to do a bit more exterior painting now that the weather is cooperating!)

Melanie Falick’s “Kids Knitting” book is the one I learned to knit from when I was a kid, and I passed my copy down to M. She recently pulled it off her bookshelf, and we read some of it together, and she decided that we should make ourselves some knitting needles just like the ones in the book, so we got the supplies (fimo clay and 3/16″ dowels) yesterday so that we’d be ready to make them today!

Rolling the FIMO clay.
Rolling the fimo clay

Big balls and tiny balls, ready to make some knitting-needle ends!
Big balls and tiny balls, ready to be rolled together

Ready to bake!
Read to bake!

Post-baking.
After baking

Her space-shuttle pencil sharpener helped us make the needle tips.
Sharpening the tips (with her space shuttle pencil sharpener!)

Sanding them smooth.
Sanding them smooth (we oiled them after this, too)

All finished! (We oiled the dowels after sharpening and sanding them, and then glued the polka-dot ends onto them!)
All finished!

Maddy says the ones with the blue base are mine!
Maddy told me that the blue-based ones were mine!

I haven’t sized them with my needle gauge, but they look like they’re somewhere around size 7 or size 8. I don’t know if I’ll ever knit with these (I’m not much of a “knitting on straights” person, period) but it was a fun afternoon project with my kiddo!

(P.S. I also finished weaving in the ends on Winter Traveler this afternoon, so expect a post about that soon!)

progress on Winter Traveler! (and a Winter that will not end)

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Taking progress photos of Winter Traveler during a random snowstorm. It was sunny two minutes later!

Last night, I finished the body of my Winter Traveler sweater, so today, during a random snowstorm (because isn’t that what you expect on April 8th?), I took some photos of it. I’m really happy with how it’s turning out; it’s a big snugger than the one in the pattern, because I’m using Cascade Eco Wool (which has a smaller gauge) and deliberately not going up as many sizes as I’d need to in order to get the amount of ease called for in the pattern. I’m slightly wishing that I had gone just a touch bigger, but I also know I’ll get a bit of expansion during blocking, so I think it’ll be fine.

Done with the body on my Winter Traveler! (I really need to find a better way to taking pictures than balancing the camera on the deck railing, because crouching to get sweaters into frame is super awkward!)

I haven’t yet come up with a good system for taking knitting pictures in the new house; right now I’m balancing the camera on our deck railing, but that means I have to crouch to get the sweater in the frame, and that’s pretty awkward! (And a bit hard on my knees!). I used to have a Gorillapod, which was great for this sort of thing, but I can’t find it anywhere. Alas.

Winter Traveler Progress photo

I’m still really loving the folded ribbed neckline, and the brown + hot pink color combination. Next up, winding up the second skein of brown Eco Wool (which will take forever…those skeins have ~470 yards!) so that I can knit the sleeves. Without the intarsia to slow me down (and force me to knit flat), I think I’ll probably fly through the sleeve knitting – and with the way the weather’s been, it may well still be sweater weather by the time I finish! I doubt I’ll finish it by this coming Thursday, but if I do, it’ll be a lovely birthday present to myself!