Growing up swatchless

This is a Little Sister’s Dress that I knit very early on in my knitting frenzy. I must not have done a swatch because it took Little A two years to grow into it. And, there is still definitely a lot more room to grow!


In fact, this was so big that I could even wear it as a top. But, I’ll spare you these photos. Sassypants is way more adorable than tired middle aged mom.



IMG_7122This sweater dress has been in storage for a while, as you can see from the deep creases and wrinkles on this dress, but we finally pulled it out so that Little A can wear it before it gets too hot again.

I’m just glad that it was too big as opposed to too small. Suffice to say, now I definitely swatch.

The yarn is Little Red Bicycle Penny Farthing Sport in “Tulip.” Sadly, I think Little Red is no more.




Ever since I discovered the moth infestation, I’ve been feeling thwarted and dejected. I’ve got three knitting projects that have stalled due to errors that I don’t feel up to fixing.  I have two spinning projects that are just languishing, and one of them I must finish because I need to free up some bobbins.  Even these photos of my February spins are blurry. Wah.


IMG_7188    IMG_7192    IMG_7201 The February slump is seeping into March, and I don’t have all that much to show for it. At this rate, I’m not going to make my goal of spinning 14lbs in 2014.

The details:

Far left is Hello Yarn Fiber: Limited Edition American Wool Top in “Ships and Whales and Iceberg” (2-ply, 4 oz, 165 meters). The top had pretty distinct and repeatable color shifts and so I divided it up to produce a gradient.

Middle and far right is Blue Moon Rockin’ Whorl Club: Mixed BFL (5 oz) and 50/50 Merino and Silk (3 oz) in “Sleepy Hollow.” The large skein is a 2-ply combination of the mixed BFL and 50/50 mix and the little one is the leftover 50/50 that I chain-plied.