Malabrigo March KAL Begins

I'm not sure what it is about Malabrigo March — the idea that you're up casting on in the middle of the night with knitters all over the world?  Whatever it is, I stayed up past midnight and cast on my projects.

I want to go to Marz – Hannah Fettig's Featherweight Sweater


It's going to be a finicky knit, alternating three skeins (because these skeins look nothing alike!) in a light fingering yarn.  But I think it will be worth it in the long run.  The very long run — because who am I kidding?  This is going to be a long slow knit.  Do the tight little M1R and M1Ls in this yarn slows me down!

March Monkey – The Monkey Jacobus Pattern


I'm already in love with his cute little Intarsia in the round face, and I've got eyes (I hope they're the right size) coming in the mail next week.  The body is in my favorite Malabrigo colorway, Arco Iris.

Blue Mittens  - Super Bulky Mittens by Diane Soucy

Cast on

I knit a pair of these last year for Malabrigo March.  They were quick and fun, and I've worn them a lot.  I thought a solid colored pair might be a good addition to the family stash of mittens.  Here is last year's version.

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I'm looking forward to all the good knitting support, inspiration and fun that always comes along with this knitalong.



I Have Sleeves

I don't knit a lot of sweaters, so everytime I do, I tend to see something new.

Modern Garden is no exception.  In this sweater, you knit the sleeves from the bottom row up to about chest high.  Then, you knit them into the body of the sweater, keeping up with the patterning on the sleeves and in the yoke (and remembering to place your buttonholes, which has been an issue for me on this one) and complete the sweater.

The sleeves are bulky and I'm knitting them on  DPNs, instead of magic loop because I don't have an additional circular needle in this size.  They were a little too cumbersome to take along with me on vacation, so I put the sweater aside and worked on hats while I was away.

Modern garden sleeves

But I picked the sweater back up last night and am working on sleeves.  The first one is ready to incorporate into the yoke and my hope is to have the second one there tonight so I can put everything together and move on to the yoke next week.

And, a reminder.  We are starting a Knit Along on the Elliebelly Group on Ravelry on April 15.  You're welcome to join us — you can knit with any yarn you choose and there is no official date you have to finish by.  We would love to have you, whether you are a new knitter or a more experienced one.


Little Copernicus is Done

I just finished knitting the Little Copernicus sweater, and I'm so excited that I can't wait for daylight and the chance to take good pictures to share it with you.  I need to show it to you now.  Right this minute.  It is so tiny and cute!


Here it is, all done, and in need of a good blocking.  I'm hoping it's small enough to dry overnight, because I can't wait to sew on the tiny mother of pearl buttons I purchased for it.

The yarn is Elliebelly Pixie Merino, dyed in a Paintbrush colorway.  Here is a close up shot, so you can get a better idea of how the yarn works in this pattern and how nicely the picked up rib edging contrast with the stockinette body.