Sorrel and Festival preparations

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I finished the dress a couple of days ago. I am very pleased with it. It came out exactly 20” at the chest as planned and I was envisioning it as a garment that would be roomy on a newborn but would fit for maybe the first six months or so rather than being immediately outgrown. I think I hit the mark on that but after seeing it I wondered if I shouldn’t add two additional sizes; one smaller and one larger. So then there would be a 19”, a 20”, and a 21” chest circumference. The smallest would probably be around a 0-3 months, the medium would be 6-12 months, and the largest about a 12-18 months. These are of course just estimates and I still think the medium would work for 0-12 months really, but it depends on the baby. I figure with size options the knitter can decide which will work best for their recipient. :-)

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I spent a good part of the last two afternoons going through my pattern writing notes and doing all the math to add the additional sizes. Then I started the actual pattern writing and making the pattern stitch chart.I am including both a chart and the written directions for the stitch pattern. I am almost done but I have one last tricky math part to write where I divide for the back neck opening. I have decided that it needs to be a bit lower than I made in the prototype to allow a more generous opening.

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So I should be done with the pattern in a day or two. I plan to finish up this afternoon, but I may need to hold off on the release until I have the additional sizes test knit for accuracy and yardage requirements. This medium size used exactly 75g of a full 100g skein of Classic Merino Bamboo. I hope the largest will take just about a full skein. Fingers crossed on that one. Oh I decided to call it Sorrel after my new granddaughter. There are lots of designs with that name on Ravelry but eh, so be it. :-)

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In addition to pattern writing we have also spent the last day or two getting the trailer restocked for our upcoming trip to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival has thankfully moved from Valentine’s Day weekend to St. Patrick’s Day weekend. It will be a return to cold weather for us since the forecast is right now calling for 30’s and 40’s for highs with some chances of snow showers. Surely it won’t get worse than that, right?

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These are some of the new goodies we will have at the show.

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These earrings made from leather and surgical steel posts, are another new creation which we don’t even have on the website yet and will be debuting at the Festival along with the Shawl Pin Rings and mini skeins of Classic Merino Sport.

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Here’s another progress shot of the un-named wrap made in the Merino Sport that will start to see some action again now that the dress is done.

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Okay that’s it for now. I need to get out the door for church.

6 thoughts on “Sorrel and Festival preparations

  1. My goodness, you are a busy bee! I love, love the little dress, very pretty. Are those shawl pins I see there? Good luck with your show, wishing you much success and easy travels!

    1. Thank you! I enjoy seeing all your lovely designs too. Yes those are our new hand tooled leather shawl pin rings. My daughter make these as well as the wood sticks that go along with them. :-)

      Catherine Harrison Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S™III, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone 

      1. Wow! That makes them even more impressive. Wonderful work, she is very talented. One of those would be perfect to close my new cardigan too.

      2. Thanks again. She has a good eye for stuff like this. :-) If you can wait until Oct at SAFF we will have some there but there are always some on the website too. 

        Catherine Harrison Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S™III, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone 

      3. Oh good! I would love to see them in person. Better to manhandle in real life if you can, right? I need to get more yarn from you too so there’s another reason. That wrap looks so cozy I can almost squoosh it through the computer! :)

      4. That is funny you should say that about the wrap because that is exactly what I was going for. :-) Looking forward to seeing you in the fall. Wow, that seems like a long time from now but we know it will be here before we know it.

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