snowy spring sunday

It’s not like it stuck around or anything, but yes, snow was seen falling from the sky today! Hopefully that’ll be the last of it for this winter, but we’ll see – there’s always a few surprises in spring weather.

The other day I was looking through one of my “assorted projects and yarns” bins and came across a long, long neglected sweater – I think I started this several years ago and for some reason, I just didn’t finish knitting it! It only had one sleeve left to go! Since it’s been so long, it’s almost like I got to knit a new sweater and finish it up in 2 days. The yarn is Handmaiden Casbah – it needs a good bath before its debut. Might be a good one to take with me to the UK too.

long neglected

More brown – I started this shawl a few weeks ago, and although I don’t get to work on it much, I do think it’s fun! It’s a triangle, worked from the bottom up. So the cast on is very long (over 300 sts) but you start decreasing right away. I’m using Spud & Chloe Fine, and there will be more colours than just these two. I love this yarn, and especially in this stitch pattern it’s really springy and squishy!

bottom up

I still have so much to do before my trip – thanks to everyone for their suggestions of things to do! There will be a couple of yarn store appearances along the way I think, and I’ll let you know more about those soon! I’m getting really excited. I have most of my packing list sorted, except for the hardest items –

yaaaarns

What knitting do I bring?!

the hive mind

So I need your help! I’m very shortly embarking on a month long trip to the UK and Ireland in May – and yes, I just realized that that is very, very soon. I haven’t done much planning other than buying my ticket there, and since you were all so helpful for my trip to NYC I’m hoping you can help me out on my trip planning.

As of now it’s just a pleasure trip, but I’m open to talks or teaching at any LYS if you’ll have me. Let me know by email (cosmicpluto@cosmicpluto.com) if you have an LYS or guild that would like me to stop by!

I’m still working on my itinerary, but here’s where I’m thinking of going:
Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool or Manchester, London, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, and the Scottish Highlands.

I’m looking for things to do, places to stay (would you like to have a visitor for a few days? I bake!), or pretty much any other advice you have! I’m really excited, although freaking out a bit since I have so much to get done here before I go, and the time is just flying by.

Somewhat relatedly, spring cleaning of my apartment has also resulted in the intense desire to pare down my stash a bit – so I’m having a stash sale. Check out my Flickr set by clicking on the photo below. If you’re interested in anything, email me at cosmicpluto at cosmicpluto dot com.

Maybe you can help me out with that too?

sweet bunting cardigan

Happy Friday!

Sweet Bunting Cardigan

Sweet Bunting Cardigan

SWEET BUNTING CARDIGAN

What could be sweeter than a baby cardigan with its own colourwork bunting?

Worked seamlessly from the bottom up with a stranded colourwork yoke and fun ties that extend into the bunting string. The yarn is a super soft cotton, wool, linen and soy blend that comes in great colours, and the flags are a perfect place to use up a little bit of variegated or handspun yarn. Simple seed stitch at the edges are a classic touch.

Shown in size 20.5” / 52cm. Thanks to Jeanie for being such a cute model, Keri for letting me steal her baby, and Jasmine for her beautiful house!
Technical Editing by Jaya Purswani. http://www.windchains.com

SIZES
Finished Chest: 19.5 (20.5, 21.5, 22.5, 23.5, 24.5)” / 50 (52, 55, 57, 60, 62)cm
Finished Length: 9.5 (10.25, 11, 11.75, 12.5, 13.25)” / 24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34)cm
Approximate Age: 3-6 mo (6-9 mo, 9-12 mo, 12-18 mo, 2 yrs, 4 yrs)

YARN
Sport or light DK weight yarn.

Shown in The Fibre Company Savannah (50% wool, 20% cotton, 15% linen, 15% soy; 160 yds per 1.75 oz / 50g skein).
MC: Sycamore.
CC1: Huckleberry (discontinued) – 1 skein for all sizes.
CC2: Bluegrass – small amount for all sizes.
CC2 is optional – tie can be worked in CC1 if desired.

MC Yardage: 350 (400, 440, 490, 540, 600) yds
Small amounts of CC1 and CC2.

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
US 4 / 3.5mm circular needles, 24” / 61cm or longer
US 4 / 3.5mm double pointed needles or needles of choice for small circumferences in the round
stitch markers
smooth waste yarn
tapestry needle

Sweet Bunting Cardigan

GAUGE
24 sts and 28 sts = 4” / 10cm square in Stockinette Stitch

MORE INFO
5 page colour PDF pattern includes photos, chart and schematic.

SKILLS NEEDED
This pattern is suitable for an adventurous beginner. You will need to: cast on, knit, purl, increase and decrease, knit in the round, work short rows, follow a stranded colourwork chart knit flat.

HOW TO BUY
Available through Ravelry (no account needed), payment by Paypal (bank transfer or credit card). Please note that the price of this sweater pattern is in Canadian dollars – Paypal will automatically convert the amount for you if you use another currency.

$6.00 CAD

Sweet Bunting Cardigan

Sweet Bunting Cardigan

More adorable photos on my Flickr!