Day 7: …Vs. Girl

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So yesterday was the “boy” version of the Easy-Peasy Baby Sweater, as I call it. No, I can’t tell you where to get it, because all The Fabulous Anita had was a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a… and the name/source of the pattern has been lost. Buttons once again purchased at JoAnn’s. There’s also a lavender version of this button I couldn’t resist.

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Now, the only changes I made were to knit it in Stockinette with a 3-stitch Garter edging all around, and to crochet a row of Berocco Plush around the edge. That’s it. Other than that, it’s the exact same pattern, made the same size, with the same yarn (Cascade 220 Superwash). Because the pattern is asymmetrical, and it’s knit as one piece, I knit it so the buttons were the correct way for girls vs. boys.

Here’s the Girly Version (Ravel It!)

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Cute, huh? The mom loves it, and has told me she can’t wait for this little girl to try it on. She says she keeps holding the sweater up to Baby to see if Baby’s big enough yet. LOL. When I have pictures of the baby IN the sweater, I’ll share them.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Day 6: Boy…

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A friend of the family was having a baby, and I thought perfect! I’ll make a little boy sweater. I love making baby stuff, because it lets me make sweaters and feel like a fancy pants knitter without making my-sized sweaters, which would take considerably longer.

My knitting teacher, The Fabulous Anita (she teaches at Pearl’s), pointed me towards a baby sweater pattern that’s her go-to pattern. It knits up quick, in worsted weight yarn, and you can make a ton of modifications to it.

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Since it was for a little boy, I decided to do it in Garter stitch. And I found these great little buttons at JoAnn’s, of all places. And of course I bought extra to have on hand. Never know when you’ll have a Button Emergency!

Well, I love this pattern. It is now MY go-to baby sweater pattern. It’s fast, simple, and it’s knit in one piece. And by changing somethings as simple as the yarn and the stitch, you can make it look COMPLETELY different. (RAVEL it!)

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Unfortunately, I was too slow gifting this, and the baby boy outgrew it before he ever got it, so it ended up going to someone else who will love it. And really that’s what matters, right?

Tomorrow I’ll show you the “girl” version.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Day 3: One Year Later (Sort of)

A year ago tomorrow my mother turned 60. Also a year ago, I voted for President and got to see my country elect its first African-American.

Just a few months later, I used one of my vacation days and stayed home on Inauguration Day and watched history be made. And while watching (in between naps during the downtime *grin*) I knit a scarf.

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When I showed my mom this yarn back when I bought it, I got her patented “What the HECK were you THINKING?!” look. Everyone I showed the yarn to thought it was VERY VERY unlike me. And it kind of was. I’m not usually known for my flashy yarn stash. LOL. But I saw someone knitting this scarf at one of my LYSs and I fell in love with it. I love all the blues and all the texture.

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And I still love this yarn. It’s more like a boa than a scarf, but it’s really long, and really skinny, and I love just looping it around my neck when I ‘m wearing jeans. Looks great.

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…Now if I can just keep my coworkers from stealing it…

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks


A Rainbow Connection

Why are there so many
Songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbow’s are visions
They’re only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide

Here’s just a taste of what I saw while driving from the west end of the San Fernando Valley across the 101/134 to Pasadena. The pictures don’t do it justice.



And just so you don’t think I spent the weekend chasing rainbows, I finished a shawl!

Pattern: Tapestry Shawl
From: Just One More Row
Yarn: Schaeffer Nancy in…ummm…I don’t remember the color.


Modifications: Because I used the Schaeffer instead of the recycled silk the pattern called for, I went down to a size 13 needle. I also only did 14 points instead of 15, as I liked the way it fit at that point.

Also, my shawl is the “Featured picture” for that pattern on Ravelry! Whoo! This little guppy is just everywhere these days!

My coworkers have been watching me knit this shawl, and everyone LOVES the colors. (Trust me…the colors are much MUCH better in person). So after I finished knitting it Wednesday, I brought in something else to work on. My coworkers immediately started questioning the change. Keep in mind, these people have known me for exactly 3 months, and the conversation went something like this:

Them: What happened to your other project?

Me: It’s at home.

Them: Did you finish it?

Me: Yes, I just have to weave in the two ends.

Them: Is it REALLY finished or do you have it in a drawer somewhere with all your other projects?

Can you believe that??? Three months, NONE of them knit, and they’re giving me grief over my UFOs?!?!?! LOLOL They’ve got a lot of nerve doing that to a woman holding metal pointy sticks!

This weekend I’ve also cast on MimKnits’s Hidcote shawl in purple Malabrigo Laceweight, and EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket in fuschia and acid green Cascade Superwash. I’m really liking both this pattern and the feel of this yarn. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with such a standard yarn. Don’t get me wrong. I’m far from a yarn snob. In fact I probably have more containers of Cascade than I do of Koigu…ok, that was a lie, but still! I have quite a bit! I’ve just been working on some specialty stuff, so it’s been Alpaca this and Merino that and Noro over there. It’s nice to do some basic, plain knitting. And since the baby isn’t due until the end of December, I’m hoping I’ll make the deadline. LOL

Wish me luck!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks