Rearranging My Atelier

Today we turned my atelier upside down! My sweet husband helped me to rearrange my atelier furniture this afternoon. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and today we made it happen … it wasn’t easy!

I had some cupboards built on the lake end of my studio and now that they’re finished, I needed to rearrange things. What I’ve been thinking about was moving the two chairs onto the same (and only big) wall in the front room but that meant moving the Ikea shelf to the other end of the studio. I was concerned that it wouldn’t fit. Turns out that I was right. But there is good news! I married a handy guy! My hubby got out his tools and took off the baseboards so that, with the file cabinets stacked up, it all squeezes in! Yippee!!! (And then he cut and replaced the baseboards so it looks finished!

I spent the rest of the afternoon putting things back. And dusting.

I still have pictures to hang, more things to put away and my husband is going to build me a desk tomorrow (if he doesn’t go to work). I had a huge slab of wood with natural edges as a desk in the old arrangement. We (the royal we) will cut it down to fit between the new cabinets. The much smaller desk will hold my laptop and a lamp. I’ll find a smaller rolling chair for those days when I have to spend time working there. I’ll have my big desk chair for sale!

I’m loving the new arrangement so far. The dogs have more space in the evenings when we gather in my studio to watch the news and I have a place to stretch or maybe even do yoga. A girl has to consider these things! 🙂 I’ll post some pictures when it’s finished.

Gone Knitting!

Wonderful Wallaby – Pattern Review

Image 4I taught the Wonderful Wallaby pattern by Carol A. Anderson as part of the classes that I offered at the Yarn Nook in Lafayette, LA earlier this month. This pattern is so great that I want to make one for myself (and so did the owners of the Yarn Nook … another uniform piece?)

The pattern reads a bit like a story and has cute illustrations. I had a bit of difficulty finding the place in the pattern booklet where they told me what I needed to get gauge and others did, too. But it is there. You may have to “hunt” a little. Once you’ve gotten your gauge swatch knitted and are set to begin, the pattern is clearly written and well written. I have had no difficulty following most of it. I did do and re-do the part where you pick up stitches at the bottom of the “pouch”/pocket. If I had actually READ the pattern, however, it would have been done properly the first time!

I decided to add a bit of a different yarn to my sweater (I knitted the smallest size, a 2T) and make the pocket/”pouch” a different color and I also started the sleeve ribbing in the coordinating yarn. Once done with the body of the sweater, I also decided to use the coordinating yarn for the collar ribbing and on the 5 stitches that border the hood. I wish I had added the coordinating yarn at the first row of the neck stitches in the yoke. (For the children’s sweater, this direction is on page nine at the bottom.) I’d have begun the coordinating color yarn at the place where you purl the ten center stitches between the markers on the front of the sweater.

Students who took this class made good progress and each sweater was very unique. One student was making a green sweater with a pink pouch. Another was making a baby blue sweater with blue and pink stripes on the pouch. They were all cute! One poster on my Facebook pages said that this was her favorite children’s sweater pattern ever. I might be willing to agree with her after knitting this pattern.

The yarns that I used were Berroco Comfort Solid in a beige color (3 skeins for my size) and Classic Elite’s Liberty Wool in a beige/lavender/grey/green colorway. I love knitting with both yarns on this sweater. The Berroco yarn is not too heavy and is washable. It’s worsted weight and not too “splitty” (my pet peeve for yarn!) I think for a child’s sweater, it has to be washable … what mom wants to wash their child’s sweaters by hand? As with all knitted items, I’d suggest drying it flat. Liberty Wool is a soft wool yarn and I love the colorways. I wanted to take home a couple of balls of each just to play with. This yarn is a looser wrap and can split so be careful knitting with it but you’ll love the way it feels. And the way it looks, too!

I am totally pleased with my Wonderful Wallaby and will be sending it on to a very special little girl in our family … she’s going to have a bunch of hand-knit sweaters from her auntie when she is a little bit bigger! Her collection keeps growing … because I keep finding sweet little patterns to knit for her! I have another project all lined up for when I finish one or two!

You can purchase the pattern at your LYS (local yarn shop) or online at Amazon.com or Cottage Creations. You can also call Cottage Creations at 641-324-1280. The pattern is around $7.00 … a great deal considering you get from size (child) 2-T through an adult XXL or “super size”! Trust me, you’re going to want to knit one of these for every member of your family! And don’t forget to check out the different styles and colors that have already been knitted on Ravelry!

Gone Knitting!