testers needed for Gingersnap



Hello! I posted this in Facebook, but I know a lot of you don't go there so I'm adding it to my blog.

You know how I've been saying that one day I'll take that Gingersnap and add some larger sizes to it? Well, that day has finally arrived. After many stops and starts, I think I've finally got it right!

So, are you interested in a little test knit? Gingersnap is now available to test in 5 sizes: 1, 2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8. The finish deadline is July 30. Pattern requires worsted weight wool in three colors with a gauge of 20 sts & 25 rows = 4". DON'T sign up here on this blog, TAKE THIS LINK to sign up: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitionary It's the first topic. Read it thoroughly as it explains all the test details. The pattern will be published mid summer.

Thank you,
Kristen

one lovely sweater








My newest finished knit is a test knit for Leslie Friend of the A Friend To Knit With blog. Do you follow her? You should! I've always loved her style and when she was looking for test knitters I raised my arm up high! It's called One Lovely Sweater and I told Leslie that this pattern reminded me of a Kim Hargreaves pattern. It's very simple with feminine touches such as a wide V neck and subtle bells at the wrist. I love the sleeves and will use them again. They look especially pretty in this light weight fabric. Her pattern uses a mohair/silk lace held with a fingering weight. My version was knit with one strand of Rowan Fine Silk in cream and one strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe in Precious--two lace weights but I was able to get gauge. The fabric is as light as a marshmallow. The Kidsilk Stripe shade is a Kim Hargreaves color that has white, cream, and barely-there shades of gray and pink with a hint of blue/green. It's gorgeous.  The sweater is for me but I asked my adorable across-the-street neighbor to model it. Doesn't she look just too perfect in it? It looks great with jeans but will also be a nice dressy sweater come this fall. 

I used the same yarn combination on a cardigan, Kate by Sarah Hatton, pictured below. It had a gauge of 22 stitches per 4 inches and so the fabric is a little more dense than the above sweater. I wear it all the time. 

Until next time, I hope you are well and feeling inspired to make and create! xo Kristen




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shifting to summer







 
This is my summer variation of the Shifty sweater by Andrea Mowry. Summery, cottony, cropped and lightweight--I love it! It's a gift for my teenage granddaughter. Before I sent it off in the mail I asked my adorable neighbor to model it for me. She loved it and looked darling in it and since she has a similar body type to my grand, I think she'll love it too. It's long enough have a tiny tuck but short enough to wear baby-doll style. We tried it both ways and it looks cuter tucked.

I made the smallest size but cast on more stitches for a wider neck. I had to adjust the yoke increases and by the time I was on the second increase row I was caught up with the pattern stitch count. Because I knew I was not going to continue with the mosaic stitch past the yoke and since mosaic brings the fabric in and makes a tighter gauge, I eliminated the 4th increase and had 298 stitches at the sleeve separation. Eliminating this last increase made the body less blousey. If I had added that last increase the body would have been way too wide in the stockinette stitch.  I left the option of picking up stitches around the neck for a ribbing or i-cord, but decided I preferred it as a rolled stockinette edge. It turned out just as I had imagined and I'm very happy with my modifications.

The yarn is Rowan Summerlite DK. It's a wonderful machine wash (I even machine dry it!) cotton that is soft and easy on the hands. It wears like iron and is fabulous in every way. 

Andrea Mowry's Shifty

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spice market









Hello! I know you come here for the knitting, but I wanted to share my new living room look with you. Four months ago I hired a young, adorable designer from San Francisco to consult with me for five hours on a few decorating ideas for three rooms in our home--the family room, kitchen and living room. They just needed some sprucing up, nothing too major, just paint, pillows, pictures and the like, and I was up for anything that would fit my small budget. We painted the kitchen a brownish gray to match the family room, (it's prettier than it sounds!), and replaced ratty pillows and dated wall art in the family room. But it's the living room that had me stymied. I've always struggled decorating the too-long wall of bookcases in that room. My decorator arrived and within minutes suggested we paint the bookcase wall a crazy green. She pointed to a painting in our adjoining dining room, and said, "that green."  I'm sure my eyes popped because "that" green was shockingly neon bright. I wasn't even sure if I really liked green anyway except except on a plant. But somehow, and with little effort, she was able to talk me into it because one of the things I had originally asked of her was to convince me to add some color. Within days the painter was in my living room and before I knew it, I was staring at a shock of acid green. I panicked! (In contrast, my husband loved it right off the bat but I suspect he might have been influenced by the idea that I was ready to paint over it and he didn't want to spend the extra money.) My decorator was sympathetic to my worry but asked me to live with it for a few weeks and if I still wanted to change it, then no problem, paint was easy to change.  So live with it I did because the pandemic hit, we were sheltered-in-place, we started babysitting, and then finally just got too busy to think about decorating. None the less, every day I would naturally look at it and little by little I started to admire it's citrony loveliness until I was in completely besotted. I am so happy with it and glad I gave myself the time to change my mind. Love at first sight is perhaps over-rated. Spice Market is the green color and Temptation is the charcoal on the walls, both by Benjamin Moore. I loved working with Sheila! If you live in the SF Bay Area and need a decorator, call her. Sheila Kramer Interiors.

Below is Carter with his first real Humpty Dumpty. We blew an egg and painted on a face and added arms and legs. Carter loved it so much and was completely thrilled and proud to be in charge of something so terribly fragile. He dropped it constantly, always by accident, but then accidents are second nature to two year olds, until eventually Humpty literally could not be put back together again. Not by king's horses nor king's men, nor by Carter's grammy and her armload of tapes and glues. Since that first Humpty we've made a dozen more. We've been eating a lot of scrambled eggs lately!


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