Raggedy Raglan

A few months back I dropped into Purl Soho to get some needles and as usual I walked about for a few minutes squeezing things and smelling things and generally pawing at their yarns. And even though I was supposed to be on a yarn diet, I ended up falling so head over heels (love at first squeeze) with Imperial Stock Ranch's Tracie yarn that I had to come back the next day and buy it!

What's so lovely about this yarn, you ask? First, its minimally processed so it smells like lanolin. Its oh so very squishy (this is my new favorite characteristic in yarn) with lots and lots of bloom. It claims to be a fingering weight, but with all the squish and fuzz its more like a light DK I guess...I'm using size 5s. Its just wooly wooly goodness! Encapsulated. Or, skeined. Lol.

So this wooly wooly goodness is slowly transforming itself into my first ever custom raglan sweater. I'm loosely basing it on Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system, but because I want it to be very fitted I'm just sort of starting there and making other adjustments on the fly.

So far so good, I'm working on the sleeves at the moment. Here are some pics:

The sleeve I made on the addi turbo needles is a tiny bit smaller than the one on the bamboo needles so I have had to adjust my tension a little. I don't think it will be much of a problem though. 


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Got this pic in my email tonight from my best friend. Welcome to the world little one! I'm smitten already! 

Pssst! I made that hat! 

Daffodil Cloche Hat!

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Since the last hat was a little too big, I went down a needle size for this one. Also, I made the eyelet band but decided not to put anything through it for now. 

Watermelon under the Brooklyn Bridge!

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Some new pics of me in the Watermelon dress!

Its totally comfy, had a great drape and isn't too heavy/warm at all! Still having a bit of trouble with the top and hem curling, but I think a little pressing would fix that. Haven't done it yet because when I pulled out my rarely used iron it was rusted! :(

Two hats in two weeks

I've been a busy knitter lately! About to cast on for hat number three and a squishy raglan sweater. I think its safe to say I'm ready for fall!

Hat #1: 

Ribbed sailor's type hat (Käänteinen - Reversible Rib Cap by Pirita Hiltunen with mods by KnittingSM) in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Durfee that I purchased in Denver last X-mas. Made for Josh.

Hat #2:

Bel Cloche by Carina Spencer in Three Irish Girls Springvale Super Merino, Cameron and Cian. Really liked working with this yarn and the hat knit up super fast! Its slightly too big though, it comes down low over my neck. The i-cord helps make it fit better but on my next one I think I'll either go down a needle size or take out one repeat. 

I was so excited to post that I took these photos in my PJs (yup thats my super sexy Coney Island Cyclones sleep tee..) and before I had even sewn in the ends!