Rainy Days and Sundays Don’t Always Get Me Down

It was rainy this weekend in So Cal but that didn’t stop our family soccer train from chugging ahead. Sweetie Boy had a tournament and played both days, but Sunday was when it really came down on them. No problem for them as they won their first tournament. Yippee!

Sweetie Girl was a good sport hanging out at the wet, muddy field, and at the end, I gave her the thumbs up to live it up a little… Sweetie Girl style.

Yes, that is the gutter she’s playing in. Yes, that’s dirty gutter water flying in her face. Yes, that’s a handknit hat I made her. Yes, she did have a dry change of clothes in the car. And yes, the hat has been rewashed already.

As for me, soccer tournaments equal good knitting time, so I reworked Le Slouch #3 and made it work. It took over an hour to frog the last attempt because the yarn had felted a bit together, and SWS has a lot of rough wool that feels and acts like mohair. I was able to knit it up on Saturday night, wash and dry for Sunday soccer wearing. Here’s another webcam picture; please ignore the green death-warmed-over skin tone.

Project: Le Slouch (on ravelry) by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Patons Soy Wool Solids
Needles: Knit Picks Classic 16″ Circulars US sizes 8 and 9
Start: January 5; frogged January 24; restarted January 26
Finish: January 26
Thoughts: The pattern is a breeze and I’m happy with my hippie hat. The yarn? Not so much. I won’t be revisiting this yarn, unless it’s to play around with felting it. If you want to make Le Slouch, go with a nicer yarn. Pay the extra money; you’ll be happy you did. Words to live by, says The Yarn Snob herself.

After finishing up Le Slouch, I realized that I’m rapidly moving into baby gift mode. Soccer coach is expecting a baby any day now, so I cast on for another Easy Baby Cardigan from Knitting Pure & Simple. This is a free pattern on the website and I really love it. This time I’m using Valley Yarns Southwick, a bamboo cotton blend because it’s supposed to be too warm in So Cal for wool, right?

I started out with my Knit Picks Options but the ends were too pointy for the yarn and I kept splitting it. I even laddered down six rows to fix a lone fiber that had been split from its strand. It was bugging me too much so I had to fix it. This yarn has a bit of a sheen to it, so the So I dusted off my Denises and no splitting problems so far. The joins bug me, as usual, but I’m willing to live with that. Here’s what she’s looking like so far.

I had cast on the Lenore socks last week, and have about 15 rows of the lace done. I’m using the STR Lenore colorway because I love the yarn and the pattern together. These were part of the Rockin’ Socks Club last year, and the pattern is by The Yarn Harlot. This is the next mini kal project for my knitting group, and even though they talked about starting up in mid-February, I just couldn’t wait. Sorry gals! I’m using the 2 circ method with the Knit Picks Classic 16″ Circulars in size 2.25mm needles. Wendyknits had mentioned a while back that the Knit Picks cables were flexible enough to work with 16″ circs, so I had to needle dance and try these out. So far, I’m loving them!

Have a great week; stay warm and dry!


13 responses to “Rainy Days and Sundays Don’t Always Get Me Down

  1. Yeah, it’s too late at night to be leaving comments…anyhoo…

    Your kids are so darn cute. Congrats to Sweetie Boy on winning the tournament! And those photos of Sweetie Girl are hilarious.

    Hey, I like your hippie hat, too. And your Lenores…beautiful already. I might have to cast on mine tomorrow to mitigate the pain of frogging Cobblestone. Yep, I just might. You’re an inspiration!

  2. The Kelly Green Rogue

    I like the hat even if it was a pain to knit 🙂

  3. I’ve been tempted to start on Lenore also.

    Hope Sweetie Girl got all the icky gutter water out of her mouth! hehe.

    Le Slouch is adorable!

  4. Awwwww to be a kid and enjoy the rain. Glad the hat survived.

    Love Le Slouch. Thanks for the yarn advise. I have some SWS stripes in the stash, but I think I’ll save for a felting project. I hear it felts like a dream.

    I’m eager to see how that Southwick does….it’s on my WEBS watch list

  5. I’m in awe of any mom who is relaxed enough to let her kid play in the rain, yet prepared enough to have extra clothes (I tend to be relaxed, and then not prepared…). Lenore looks like a cool pattern. can’t wait to see the results.

  6. I am working on a scarf and a stole (Muir) for a silent auction in February…therefore, none of my knitting time is my own right now. sigh. Then I think it will be a bit overwhelming, trying to decide what to cast on next–Lenore? Serendipity? We’ll see!

  7. Aww, I miss playing in the rain 🙂 Le Slouch looks great!

  8. Congrats to your son! Yay!

    That hat is fantastic!

  9. Arggghh! Starting early on a hat KAL is one thing, starting early on a socks KAL is an entirely different thing – I am SO slow with socks. Plus it’s not even February yet, let alone mid-February.

    But the kidlets look so cute, and it’s great that Sweetie Boy’s team won. Plus they must think you’re a really great Mom to let Sweetie Girl play in the puddles!~!

  10. Cute hat! Like you, I’ve been a hat factory lately. Le Slouch is on my list too…

    Thanks for the baby cardigan tip. I am *always* needing baby gifts these days!

  11. You are a great mom letting her get so into it and congrats on the tournament!! I love the hat!

  12. Those pictures of Sweetie Girl are classic! (sigh) To be young again.

    Love your hat. Your going to be done with you Lenores before I even start!

  13. Sigh. Guess I’d better hunt out my Lenore pattern, huh?
    The rain dance pics reminded me of my kids–they loved it when it rained, especially on a soccer day! Ah, the joy of washing out 5 sets of muddy soccer gear. I was always shocked that there was any field left!
    I haven’t knit with the SWS but it’s very similar to the Rowan Tapestry, which I love, and which also has a tendency to felt to itself. Hmm, wonder if I need to make another hat…

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