It has been a rather rough week. Sadly, my grandmother passed away at the age of 93. It should have been expected I suppose; however, I was really beginning to think she could go on forever. I don’t think I can say much more about that, at the moment. Anyway, isn’t it weird, when you’re out of sorts anyway, how many other things can go wrong? As each thing goes wrong, it snowballs to the point of absurdity? That has been my week. Murphy’s Law. I’m hoping that, somehow, Halloween will break the cycle. Don’t ask me my reasoning. It can’t be explained.

So, in an attempt to avoid tripping over my words, or whatever else could go wrong, I’m going to keep this short and sweet….another blog post in pictures. Here is Robin Hood Jacket #2:

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2

  • Pattern: Robin Hood Jacket, by Zoë Mellor
    Source: Adorable Knits For Tots
  • Materials: Rowan Cork (Discontinued), Colour 031 Vapor, 6.5 skeins
  • Needles: Knit Picks Interchangeable Circs, 6.5mm and 8mm
  • Modification: I did the 1-2 year size, extended the length of body, sleeves, and hood, and it fits my 4 year old son.

Robin Hood Jacket #2

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Here are our two kiddos together, with their matchy sweaters.

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2

While taking photos for a blog post certainly takes up a lot of time, it is the actual editing and choosing of the photos that is overwhelming sometimes. That task was nearly impossible for me this time. So, I’m sorry, but this is going to be a blog post in pictures. I can’t narrow it down any further than I have.

So, here we have it, my most recent finished project. It was seamed on Sunday.

Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket

  • Pattern: Robin Hood Jacket, by Zoë Mellor
  • Source: Adorable Knits For Tots
  • Materials: Rowan Cork (Discontinued), Colour 038 Bug, 9 skeins
  • Needles: Knit Picks Interchangeable Circs, 6.5mm and 8mm
  • Modification: I did the 3-4 year size, extended the length of body and sleeves, and it fits my 6 year old daughter with room to spare. Go figure.

Robin Hood Jacket

This project has been in my queue, since long before there was a Ravelry. I knew that I wanted to use the yarn called for in the pattern, Rowan Cork. Unfortunately, it was discontinued. Despite being a bulky yarn, it is lofty and relatively light. I thought it would be perfect for a child’s sweater. It also has subtle colour variation that is appealing to me. So, I waited, and I waited, until I finally found some on EBay, in my daughter’s favourite colour, green. She is also very fond of the colour name, BUG.

Robin Hood Jacket

I love the cables, but I think the hood is my favourite part. I knit it (the hood) the same length as specified in the pattern. I took some pictures of the hood, while my daughter played in her little playhouse. You can pick; click to embiggen.

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Does anyone know how hard it is to take photos of an active six year old? “Please, sweety, hold still?” Anyway, we had fun…..walking in the woods….

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…up a tree….

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… at the playground…

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…and on a nature hunt.

Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket

We had fun!! She’s such a good sport, our sweet, lovely girl.

Robin Hood Jacket

Before I write anything else, I want to thank everyone who commented on the stole, in my last blog post. I was honestly very moved, and……astounded really. After being away from the blog for so long, I was out of practice, self-conscious, and I was doubtful that anyone would be reading anymore anyway. You’re still with me! You were all so kind, way out there wonderful, and I became a tearful mess. Ask my husband; he’ll tell you.

You may wonder what I was self-conscious about. Well, for one thing, WordPress.com changed my whole dashboard around (again), since I last logged on. I couldn’t find anything anymore, and it didn’t feel like home. I think I’ve figured out everything now though. The other problem was posting pictures of myself. Can it be possible that I’m the only one who can tell that one of my eyes is starting to close, that my nose looks crooked, from where a baseball hit me as a teenager (I can’t catch), and I look more wrinkled than I do in person (hopefully)…in the last picture? Possibly so! ….and thank you for not mentioning that the pictures were very “Little House on the Prairie” -ish, because that was on my mind too. I may, or may not, have been wearing crinoline under that dress. I’m just going to chalk-up all of that nervousness, to being away from the blog for so long. I really do thank you for all of the compliments. I am very happy with the stole. I think it’s one of the prettiest things I’ve made…and most of all…I finished it!! Woohoo!!

So, with that blog entry finished, maybe it will get easier from here on. Let’s test that theory shall we? I should post another summer project, because it was finished quite some time ago:

Wispy Wisp

  • Pattern: Wisp
  • Materials: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Colour: 582 Trance, 1 skein plus a bit of another.
  • Needles: 5mm

I have been wanting to knit the Wisp, since I saw this one by Kate, and then this one by Terra. My version does not have buttons yet. I just haven’t found the right ones. Someday, maybe I’ll find some that are light enough.

Wispy Wisp

Wispy Wisp

I took these photos at the beach, on the Labour Day holiday. It was breezy, but warm. The kids had one last hurrah on the beach, before the beginning of school.

Wispy Wisp

If you look closely, you can see my son in that picture. He’s the little orange dot. The next picture was taken at a party. Please excuse the glass. It was just water unfortunately. 😉

Wispy Wisp

The Wisp is a Knitty pattern, and one thing that has bothered me about Knitty patterns is that they do not print out properly. You end up loosing vital pieces of information, and sometimes half of the chart. However, have you noticed that Knitty has a new printer friendly feature? I was very happy to find out about that. However, I don’t think the new feature works for the older patterns, like the Wisp, or the Lizard Ridge blanket. Instead, I learned a trick from Turtlegirl. There is an add-on in Firefox, called “Loop”, which enables you to make PDF documents from any webpage. Make a PDF of the pattern page, and print out that document. It works out much better.

Being away from blogs, I’m not sure how much people have been talking about the Twist Collective. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s a great new idea for an online knitting magazine. You can read the articles for free, and if you want to purchase a pattern, they are sold individually, as a download. The designers are given a larger portion of the profits, than the print magazines offer. Also, have you seen the Addi Click? Kinda nice huh?