Kailey Surprise Jacket

cause even though Mike would love to have another baby (isn’t he cute?), it isn’t going to happen. I would love it, but on a good day I already feel like you could swish my head around and pour my brain out my ear. And yes, I consider it to be a good day when I remember (without hesitation) where each child is and what they are doing. Slowly and surely my children are killing my brain! Don’t get me wrong though, cause I wouldn’t change it or trade it for anything in the world. Yes, even though I do threaten to sell them to the Gypsies (like my Father did to me, oh its going to be a blast picking out his retirement home!) I wouldn’t. Besides, what would a nickle by these days? We’re a big family, its crazy at times, but I love it. There is always something going on!

FO: Kailey Surprise Jacket

Its funny too (might just be in my mind, but that’s ok) cause way back in May of 2006 I was at MD S&W with my mom. We where sitting on the hill during the blogger meet-up talking to Kristin and her sister Ashley. I was very taken with Ashley’s little guy H., I was thinking of how much I would love another baby, and how I hope Mike and I could have another.  We had been talking about having another baby, and a month later we found out that we where expecting! Kailey wasn’t so much a surprise, more like a planned surprise.

FO: Kaiely Surprise Jacket

Anyway… the jacket. I finished it almost two months ago, then struggled to get ‘action’ shots for a few weeks. Kailey is a very independent child. Yes, that is the polite way to say that sometimes she is a pain in the rump. She is two and she does a very good job at asserting her independence. A very good job, its  fantastic when she does it at the grocery store.  I signed up for a class at Stitch your Art out in Pine Grove Mill’s (just outside of State College) because I really wanted to knit this sweater. But couldn’t wrap my head around EZ’s directions.

FO: Kailey Suprise Jacket

Project notes:

pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann (like you didn’t know!)

needle: US 8 (5.0 mm)

yarn: 0.28 skeins Cascade Yarns 220 Wool in color 8906 Azur
and 3 skeins of Noro Cotton Kureyon in color 12

Notes and Mods- Once I realized that I wouldn’t have enough of the cotton kureyon to finish the sweater I added the cascade 220 for a few stripes. I don’t want to purchase any more of the cotton kureyon. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly from a single wool/cotton blend because it pulls apart easily in spots (duh! I should know this!), it also kills my hands and my arms. It felt like I was bulling the yarn around. There are the usual noro trademarks random knots and bits of vm. But look at those vibrant colors! I will not be swayed to purchase more of this yarn because of the color. Right?
not so much a mod, many other people have done it too,I worked an i-cord cast off for the body of the sweater. When I got down to where the increases are on the bottom corners I worked just the i-cord for 2 stitches than the i-cord with the decrease, then just i-cord for 2 more stitches. Hope that makes since. Basically I wanted the i-cord to go around the corner, not pull it in. Which it would of done if I had just kept on going with the bind off with out working those extra stitches. Also I used an attached i-cord to attach the sleeves, and put it around the neck too. The sleeves are definitely half sleeves. They sit right at her elbow, which is ok for inside. If I was to knit this sweater again in this size I would make the sleeves longer.
ravled here.
Now, if I could actually get her to wear it more than the once. Damn that independence from hand-knits, its just wrong I tell you. Wrong.

PS. Last night I finally finished the body to Ace Brown (Acer), Felt like it took forever, probably cause I ripped out the yoke the first time cause I totally wonked it out. I think these pretty blue button’s will work, thoughts?
WIP Ace Brown button possibliity
PPS Mike was home this past week so things where crazy. We went to Lowe’s to pick out a new area rug for the kitchen. Holy crap was that a trip! We’re going to be an interesting old couple. I hope we won’t end up in matching track suits, but we sure have that crazy ass mentality. Allysa’s 5th birthday was Friday, March 27. Happy Birthday little Llysa, your growing up way fast, and your one smart cookie!
Happy 5th Birthday Allysa!
PPPS I’m pretty damn sure I’m addicted to facebook, and have been spending oodles of time on there that I shouldn’t be. Are you on there yet?
PPPPS Totally got my kids today for April Fools. *evil grin*


5 responses

  1. Psst…I added you! But I’m weird about who I add on Facebook, since it’s more personal I only add people I actually physically know. But I know you! 🙂

  2. What a cute story and the gypsies sale cracks me up. The little jacket is adorable.

    I was on Facebook and Twitter but have cancelled out those accounts as they were two more things that took up an awful lot of my time. My husband was beginning to believe that my laptop was an actual physical appendage I’d grown.

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