I'll be honest with you.
I meant to knit this milo 12 months ago.
This was supposed to be the milo I knit for milo may 2012, but I didn't do it. Instead, the lure of the noro sucked me in yet again and I knit a milo in silk garden lite for my niece.
While I'm being honest with you, I'll admit that I hadn't knit a milo for the milo boy since June 2011. Yep, that's two years ago. And when Toby put a milo on at the start of the cooler weather this year, this was pretty obvious!
I knit this milo over three days, such a quick and easy knit. I still enjoy knitting milos even after all these years and even though this was my 21st milo.
During milo may, I had someone ask on facebook if I had to ever refer to the pattern when I was knitting a milo. You know, I thought this was an awesome question. It seems to be a common belief amongst knitters, judging by questions by friends who knit as well as those who send emails, that designers do retain an intimate knowledge of their patterns.
Maybe other designers do, I'm not sure, but I certainly don't. I think I'd be surprised if they do. I'd love to hear your point of view if you are a designer. Do you remember more of your older patterns than I do?
So while I do know the structure of this pattern pretty much off by heart when knitting a milo, there is no way I can possibly remember the stitch counts or the lengths for all the sizes, particularly as I haven't knit them all. I've had so many numbers for other patterns, another 50 or so to be precise, go through my head since I wrote this pattern. In fact, when knitting this milo I did insert the stitch marker in the wrong place simply because I didn't actually follow the pattern that closely!
It's the same when answering an email/pm about a pattern. I'm not sure that knitters realise that this is involved as it is. It does mean getting out a copy of the pattern and re-reading it every time a new question or query is asked. It's very rare I can actually answer a query without having to refer or double check with the pattern.
Needles: 3.75mm and 4mm Knit Picks fixed circulars.
Yarn: Vintage Purls Max (75% merino/25% nylon) 227yards/100grams Colourway: Lemon Squeezy
Size: 21" knit to size 5 length for my big four and a half year old
No matter how much I love this yarn, and oh my god, I do adore this yarn; it probably wasn’t the best choice for a milo. It has nothing to do with the colour and more to do with the drapey aspect of this yarn.
That’s not to say I’m not happy with this milo, I most certainly am! This colour is superb for when he runs off through the bush…. I. will. not. lose. him. anywhere! Even when he chooses to wear an outfit that camouflages perfectly with the surrounding landscape…
There is absolutely nothing wrong with knitting a milo in a yarn such as this; one which is superwash and has plenty of body and drape. It’s just not my personal preference for a milo. For a milo, I like something that is more sturdy, perhaps even nubbly or tweedy. I definitely prefer a handwash. I think that it sits better around the shoulders and the chest too, if it’s less likely to suffer the fate of stretching that often comes with a superwash yarn.
It's hard to believe it's already almost half way through May. Almost. How did that happen? It seems like it was barely February yesterday!
May around these parts means Milo May; a super dooper knit-a-long of milos in my Ravelry group.
Have you joined in yet?
This is the third, I believe, Milo May that we've held and it's always great fun! I love seeing all the different milos created and am always inspired by new ideas and a new spin on the pattern. I love the way so many knitters use milo as a blank canvas.
Just the other day, I saw a little girl at kinder wearing a milo (gosh, that always makes me feel soooo good when I see a random knit knit by someone I don't know) and her granny who knit the milo had left off the cable added a little garter pocket near the hem with some cute feature buttons.
I am so lucky to have on board as my sponsor again this year, Little Plum Yarn.
I absolutely adore Sharon's dyeing. She has such beautiful depth and consistency in her colourways. The green above is one of my favourites, I have some in my stash just hanging to become a cardigan for me.
Sharon has very kindly donated two skeins of glorious superwash dk yarn in the winner's choice of colourway. So how do you win? Or even enter to win?
It's quite simple. Just knit a milo in May and post pictures of your FO over in my Ravelry group. There's a chatter thread over there too, for lots of inspiration and support.
Here in Australia, May is the month when Toby really starts wearing his milos again. I've noticed that, unfortunately, they're all pretty much too short! He's chosen a very bright yellow for a new one, and has also requested one with some wild animals on it (preferably Tasmanian devils!). I'd really like to knit him a new noro one (always looking for an excuse to buy some more noro ~ it's the one yarn that really doesn't hibernate in the stash!) but I'm not sure I'll manage to accomplish all that in the next couple of weeks. Heck, I know I won't!
Lily wore her noro milo to school yesterday which looked very cute with her skirt, and knee high socks! She's a bit of a school uniform rebel and likes to push the boundaries. They're not strict about uniform at her school, which I love, I'd much rather the teachers focussed on the important aspects of education, not whether her jumper is the right colour, or her socks the right length! Anyway, I digress......
So if you feel the need for a quick knit or a new milo, pop on over and join in. If you've never knit a milo before, this is a good chance to and you'll see why it is so addictive. Would you believe there are knitters out there, and that is plural, who have knit over 50 milos!
There are currently 5967 milo projects in the Ravelry database. I'd love love love to see it hit 6000 by the end of May!
You can the pattern, milo here.
Hello from my new blogging centre.
It seems strange to say goodbye to my old blog, but at the same time it does make far more sense to be blogging from my own website. We'll see how it goes!
It's a wee bit exciting that my first post on my new blog site is about my latest adult design, Lizzie.
Lizzie is the grown up version of my girl's pattern, Elizabeth.
Lizzie is a great light-weight cardigan; lacy and airy and so light and beautiful to wear. She knits up quickly in a 5ply/sport weight yarn. I used the very lush Madelinetosh Pashmina for the sample in the photos. Oh my! This really is such a lovely yarn!
This cardigan is simple and seamless with an interesting construction. Cables, lace and fluttery sleeves make for both textural and visual delight.
The lace is a fairly simple 6 stitch pattern, but tips are included in the pattern for those who are inexperienced or lacking in confidence with lace. Both charts and written instructions are included for the lace sections.
I really enjoyed both the knitting and designing of this cardigan. Being an adult garment, it does take more time and effort than a child's but the lace kept it from getting too boring. I really love this lace pattern, it's quite textural while knitting but blocks out beautifully. It's a lace pattern that is also very easy to read and recall as you're knitting.
I've been wanting to knit this cardie for a long time; pretty much ever since I knitted the Elizabeth cardie. I'm so pleased I finally got around to it! It's such a comfy and wonderful cardie to wear.
Lizzie is now available for purchase via the Ravelry cart for $6.
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