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Second pair of Little Honeybuns Shorts!


I loved the Little Honeybuns shorts from the Pattern Emporium so much, I made a second pair! (here’s the first)

Everything was pretty much the same as last time, including a similar type of 2-way stretch fabric, lengthening the “play” length by 1″, #love clothing tag, and elastic all the way around, rather than just in the back. I did not do the pot belly adjustment this time around, as the previous pair of shorts came out a bit low. I made size 3 this time,  since the 2s are already a bit snug on Sonya. These are a bit big, but they may continue to shrink a bit with washing.

 

Sonya was very excited to wear her new shorts, but not overly cooperative about taking pictures. That’s OK! I’m certain that she’ll be demanding to wear them very frequently, and I’ll be able to get some better pics soon!

Yes, this Om Shawl is actually an Om Blanket

I first heard of the Om Shawl pattern around Rhinebeck time, when this beautiful one knit by Yarnmonster Jesse was spotted by several friends at the fairgrounds (I wasn’t there, but saw the photographic evidence). A little while later, an occasion came up to knit something blanket-life-ish for a friend, and I thought the Om Shawl would be a great match.

Pattern: Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.

Yarn: O-Wool Classic Worsted in Lake ErieWood DoveMustard Seed, and Natural. Lovely yarn that strikes just the right balance between being soft and rustic. It was a delight to knit, the colors worked so nicely together, and I was able to wash it in the washing machine (on gentle)! Even though I used the exact yarn and needles recommended in the pattern, I ran out of the main color and had to buy an additional skein! And I ran out by a lot, not just a few yards! All together, the shawl used up about 1270 yards of yarn.

Needles: US 10.5 for the main portion, and US 11 for the Fair Isle. I read somewhere to size up for the Fair Isle portion and that’s excellent advice. Even with sizing up, this shawl drew in slightly at the Fair Isle sections.

Finished Dimensions: a whopping 30″ by 60″! That’s huge! And the final weight was about 640 grams without buttons, and 750 grams with 19 metal buttons! I knit much of this shawl during our very cold December, and it was very pleasant to have the fabric warming me as I knit.

Cardigan for a big girl

Somewhere between here and there, I knit this sweet cardigan for the daughter of a dear friend.

Pattern: primarily, it’s a sized-up version of the Baby Sweater on Two Needles (aka, February Baby Sweater) from Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann. For sizing, stitch counts, etc., I used the Hyphen sweater by Lisa Chemery for guidance.

Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater in lilac (7523), a total of about 3.5 skeins, 550 yards. This was my first time using the wool-cotton blend, and it’s quite lovely! I hope it holds up well in this lace pattern and doesn’t stretch too much. It felt like it could block out quite well if I pulled it, which is not necessarily the best for a sweater. On the other hand, the yarn is machine-washable and -dryable, so hopefully that keeps the shape in check.

Needles and finished dimensions: I used US 8 needles for the majority of the sweater, and US 6 needles for the garter stitch at the collar and cuffs (but not hem). I knit the cuffs in the round using a wrap & turn method:

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The finished sweater is: 31″ chest circumference, 12″ sleeve length to underarm, and 19.25″ shoulder to hem. This is about a 9-10Y size, which is a bit of a shame because I was aiming for something closer to 6-7Y size, oops! I even wrote a little note of apology on the sweater label:

My favorite part of the sweater has to be the buttons! They are rounded cubes with glitter in the middle. A little chunky, a little showy, but I just love them!

Lastly, I wanted to mention that this sweater is the “upgrade” to the teeny-tiny Inky Dinky sweater I knit 5 years ago. Emily’s mom recently texted me a pic of Emily still squeezing herself into the Inky Dinky, even though she’s 5 years old and the sweater is for a 3-month old. Nothing warms my heart more than a grateful recipient, so I quickly made it my mission to knit her an upgrade! I think this big girl upgrade will do!