Friday, February 21, 2014

Clearing the Decks

This is going to be a very quick post. You see, this is Canada. And it's between periods in an Olympic hockey game. I have approximately ten minutes to throw this post together.

Before I cast on my Olympic knitting project I wanted to clear the decks in terms of projects I had on the go. I was especially determined to finish my Paper Dolls sweater that I started last December. I've been wanting to knit this pattern for ages, and when I came up short on yarn for Lucy's Fair Isle sweater and needed to place an order with Jamieson & Smith I decided I might as well add the yarn to knit this sweater since they charge a flat shipping rate. I'm sure I'm not the only person who gets suckered into stash enhancement this way.

Please excuse the headless pictures. I needed to take advantage of Alexandra's visit last week to get the pictures, and the only time we had to take them was when my hair was wet. I didn't want you to think I really had gone for that Snape hairdo!


I love how the paper dolls unfold across the yoke.


I was a bit worried about the size, but it turned out to be a perfect fit.



I'm so happy with how this sweater turned out! It should be great for wearing on cool spring days. Ravelry details can be found here.

In other very quick news - the third period starts in two minutes - Lucy was here for a brief visit on Tuesday. I can't believe how much she has changed since Christmas. She is on the move, which makes it very hard to get a good picture.



Gotta go. The game's back on.

*Edit!!  I got so carried away with the hockey game I forgot to announce the giveaway winner. It's Christina from A Colourful Life blog. Please email me with your mailing address and I will post the mittens to you!

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  1. I love the dolls and it will be perfect for spring weather.

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    1. Thanks Una! I'm hoping it will be good for cool, rainy days, which we get lots of. :-)

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  2. Lucy is a sweet wee girl!
    I like your paper doll sweater very much, the colours are beautiful and I really love the stripy rib. I am really hooked on both Jamieson & Smith wool and fair isle knitting, so much fun and never boring. Enjoy the last few days of the Olympic games Kristie. Cx

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    1. I got so carried away with getting the post up before the third period of the hockey game that I forgot to announce the winner of my mittens giveaway, and it was you Christina! I have edited the post so everyone knows who won. If you email me your mailing address I can get them into the post to you. My email is hsknitteratyahoo.ca. Just sub the @ symbol for the word at. Congrats on winning!

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  3. That's a great sweater. I bet it was fun to knit.

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    1. It was a great knit, Kate! Well, except for the corrugated ribbing. That seemed to take forever! How have you been?

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  4. Well played, Canada, Well played. You beat us(a). I'm not too bent out of shape, because a lot of yours are ours (CHICAGO!!) too! Your PaperDolls looks great! I really love how nicely the blue pops against the grey and green!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I am really happy with this sweater. Now it just needs to get a bit warmer so I can wear it. Those short sleeves aren't the best in the winter.

      It was a very exciting game. I'll be cheering for the US to win the bronze!

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  5. Your sweater is lovely, love the way the dolls wrap round. Lucy is really growing, such a cutey. As I type grand baby #3 is on its way.... the waiting is agony!!

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    1. Oh - great excitement for you with your next grandchild on the way! I'll be watching your blog for updates!

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  6. I am not a knitter so this looks terribly complicated! But it looks very pretty on you--headless or not!

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    1. It's really not complicated at all, Cathy, and didn't take all that long to knit. Thanks for the compliment!

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  7. Love your Paper Doll sweater. Don't know if you've seen Kate Davies latest design - Ecclefechan mittens. She's already sold out of the kit (in just a few hours), but I plan to order one when they're back in stock. I haven't ordered from her before so I don't know how much shipping costs from England. You and I live quite close to each other, so if you were planning to order something we could combine orders and save a bit ;->

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    1. Thanks Ellen! I did see that new mittens design/kit today, and its beautiful. I couldn't believe it had already sold out. I think Kate was a little stunned it had sold out so quickly as well. Combing orders is a good idea, but I don't think it will save that much. When I ordered the kit for the hot water bottle cover the shipping wasn't too bad. Good luck getting a kit when the next batch comes up! :-)

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  8. Congratulations to Christina! The sweater is wonderful, Kristie! I love the details in the dolls and it fits you beautifully. And look at that baby, she's getting so big! It's nice to see her again. :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Yes, Lucy is getting big. In fact, she's in the 90th percentile on the growth charts for height and weight!

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  9. It boggles my mind that you're able to knit such a clearly defined pattern. I love the way the dolls circle the sweater. It's funny you had to hold Lucy to keep her still for a picture. It will be interesting to see if that is a sign of things to come. :)

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    1. As you can see from the blurry picture, Rick, I wasn't all that successful holding her still either. She kept turning to look down at the dogs, who were running around in circles. :-)

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  10. What a gorgeous sweater!
    Did Canada win?

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    1. Thanks Helen! Yes, Canada won. It was a very close game though. Now we advance to the gold medal game in men's hockey. :-)

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  11. I can't believe you got this post up WITH photos in ten minutes! Your sweater look fantastic, and despite what you say in the comments ("it's easy") I wouldn't want to tackle it. Would this be considered faire-isle or intarsia? The paper dolls look very sweet and for some reason very spring like too. It's warmed up a bunch here today and there are rivers of melting snow absolutely everywhere! Lucy is one adorable chubby-cheeked baby ;) Have a great weekend! Wendy x

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    1. I have to confess that I didn't quite make it before the third period started, but only missed the first couple of minutes (I was still listening to the game though!). This sweater is Fair Isle. It is worked with no more than two colours in a row, and there are lots of good tutorials on the Internet if you are interested in giving it a try. A smaller project like a hat is a good place to start with Fair Isle. Enjoy your spring conditions!

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  12. Looks fantastic! I have seen this pattern on Ravelry and love it! Looks way too hard for me. though Bet you're enjoying the Olympics - I know how much those Canadians love their ice hockey! We tend to get excited if an Australian is simply competing in a Winter sport in the Olympics, never mind there being a chance of a medal :-) Lucy is really so gorgeous and getting big! Mel x

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    1. I've seen your knitting, Mel. You could definitely do this sweater. There are some cute ones that have been made for girls your daughter's age, some with paper dolls and others with different objects. My favourite are the hedgehog versions, and if I make another one that's what I will do.

      Yes, Canadians love their hockey. And I think Australia is excused from winning medals at the Winter Olympics. :-)

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  13. It looks great and I love how the pattern carries all the way around, it must have been very tricky to do, but it turned out so well that I am sure that it was worth the effort! Great job Kristie. Hope that you are having a fun weekend watching the last of the Olympic events! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy! It really wasn't a tricky sweater to knit. The designer does a great job writing out the patterns which makes it easy to follow. The Olympics are down to the gold medal men's hockey game, which I am watching right now down at my mom's. :-)

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  14. I love the sweater, I love the color combination and the pattern, very fun. Lucy indeed looks older, she is so cute. Good luck to Canada in the gold metal round.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks for the compliment on the sweater, and for the good luck wishes in hockey. I'm watching the game right now. It's another nail biter!

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  15. I love, love LOVE the sweater. I want to knit thos for so long now, its not even funny. Yours look fab.

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    1. Thank you Peony! Just like you I had had this sweater in my queue for ages. I loved knitting it and will probably do another one at some point. I think you would enjoy knitting it!

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  16. So beautiful! I love the purple/green combo!

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    1. Thanks! I was really happy with the purple/green combo too. I wasn't as sure of the very light brown (fawn?) colour for the body, but I think it worked out okay. I sorta wish I had done the body in white like Kate's original Paper Dollls.

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  17. Oh, sweet little Lucy in pink - adorable!
    Love that paper doll sweather 110% - it is enough to make me take up knitting :)) he he

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    1. I agree about Lucy being sweet! :-)

      Have you ever tried knitting? You might really like it! There's a great knitting tradition in Australia.

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  18. Love the sweater, Kristie, but love that gorgeous granddaughter of yours even more. :-)

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  19. Love your paper doll sweater Kristie, its gorgeous and my oh my how your granddaughter has grown, such a sweetie.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thank you Patricia! Yes, Lucy has really grown. I couldn't believe the change in her since I saw her at Christmas!

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  20. Gorgeous sweater ... beautifully done Kristie. The real doll though is young Lucy ... what a poppet and looking so grown up!

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    1. You're so right - Lucy is the real doll. :-)

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  21. Your sweater looks perfect! this is also on my 'will knit one day' list. And yes, I do get suckered into stash enhancement this way!!

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    1. I think you would love knitting this sweater, Sarah. It seems like quite a few knitters have this on their "must knit" list. :-)

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