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What’s on the Needles

Spritz Stripes
When I’m working at knitting shows I love wearing my handknits. There is however a slight problem; it’s usually really HOT! My solution is wearing handknit garments that are lightweight and airy.

For the last few years I’ve worn Spritz Stripes for every show. It’s the perfect sweater for over a light tank top and gives you just the right amount of warmth. The version I’ve been wearing is knit in Madelintosh Tosh Light which is a heavy fingering weight yarn. I wanted to knit a brand new version in my Nua yarn. However Nua is a sport weight yarn so the gauge won’t be the same.

I did a gauge swatch and found that I got 14 sts instead of 16 sts per 4″ in the lace pattern. Fortunately the row gauge seems to be the same which will make calculations just a little easier! When I’m done I’ll do a new version of the pattern in the new gauge. As an added bonus it’ll mean that it knits up that much faster!

Ravi Junior

A few months ago I knit a new version of Ravi Junior in Angry Monkey. The beautiful model is Evin’s little boy (photos by Evin also).

This sample took just over 2 skeins of yarn and it makes such a cute baby gift!

Nadia’s Akoya

Nadia has been busy knitting up a version of Akoya in Nua (Bare Necessities). She’s just getting started with it but I think even with the ribbing it is going to be so lovely in this natural colour!

Secret Nua

Well as the title says – this is a secret knit… I’m really happy with how the collar turned out so I’ll just give you a small peek of that.

Santa Rosa Plum Colour Choices

Last summer Santa Rosa Plum was the spring KAL. The cardigan for the KAL was knit in a custom gradient from Blue Moon Fiber Arts but there were a few single colour versions that were just beautiful (you can see all of them here). The gauge for this cardigan is the same as for Nua yarn so I want to get a sample knit in Nua. However I keep swinging between doing a single colour and putting a Nua gradient together. What do you think? Here is a potential colour choice.

Sugarcane KAL
The yarn shipment for the Sugarcane Cardigan KAL is on it’s way to me right now so I should be able to start shipping the preorders out by the end of the week! Are you joining in? Still lots of time to get your yarn order in.
The discussion is starting already on the ravelry group here and I’ve put a little video together discussing choices for finishing the collar.

Ravi Junior

Last May I ran a KAL for my 100th pattern, Ravi.  It was tons of fun and everyone’s Ravi projects turned out so nicely it got me thinking….how would it work for a baby/child?

My sister was expecting a third baby this year (a little girl) so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to finish my Ravi Junior.  For anyone who has tried to convert adult to child or baby patterns you may know about the pitfalls!  A baby’s bodies is build very differently to an adult’s.  They have relatively small necks (with large heads on top!), but you can’t have the garment too snug or they just won’t want to wear it.  It took me quite a while to work through the different yoke adjustments for this cardigan before I was really happy with the end proportions.  This pattern is sized from 6 months right through to 10 years or so.  The basic construction is similar to Ravi (the short row yoke is worked from side to side, body is picked up and worked down and a short row hem curve is worked).  The short row ratio for the yoke is different though and the body is worked as an a-line for a flattering, comfortable fit for children.

While I don’t have any photos of the cardigan on my new niece a friend who has 7 month old twins very kindly invited me into her house so we could photograph the cardigan on one of her daughters.  I love how the photos turned out, she is a very photogenic little girl!  (You may note that I’ve recommended the smallest size up to 6 months even though it’s being modeled by a 7 month old – she is however very petite!).

Ravi Junior

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