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  • Project: Hug Me Tight! (Hug Me Pullover, a free pattern by Coats & Clark)
  • Yarn: Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Washable Ewe; (3) balls total, (1)in each color: Green Apple, Dragonfly, and Earth
  • Needle: US 7
  • Start to Finish: December 27, 2011 - January 20, 2012
  • Mods: Many, beginning with the yarn. The pattern was written for a 10.5 needle and I used 7, so it was a much tighter gauge and math had to happen. I took good notes and wrote it up; if you're interested in what I did, shoot me an email {vknitorious (at) gmail (dot) com}.
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I substituted Washable Ewe for Alpaca Love, the specified yarn, and I love how it turned out. I don't think Washable Ewe had been introduced when the pattern was released, but it makes much more sense to have a kid sweater knit in washable yarn.

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You may recall that I washed all of the pieces of this sweater in the machine prior to blocking. This is the fourth item I've knit with Debbie Stoller's Stitch Nation yarn and, I have to say, I'm a fan. The only one I haven't knit with yet is Alpaca Love, and that's soon to change.

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It's made by Red Heart, you know. (I know!!) I haven't knit with Red Heart since I was in high school! I love that they're making at least some yarn that is not only affordable but also real -- wool, alpaca, bamboo, cotton. I have carved out a corner at the coffee shop and have begun to carry -- and sell -- it and other selected commercial yarn, as well as some of my own -- along with a limited variety of needles, notions, books, and patterns! I've been thinking about doing it nonstop for months, have talked about it a little... and decided it was time to plug my nose and jump in. I can't be there all the time, so I'm not setting the world on fire, but I am having a lot of fun and I sure am keeping busy... carving out a niche, as well, I guess. At some point, I may sell some of my things online, but I'm not really set up for production dyeing and I still need the paycheck and benefits that comes with a full-time job, so we'll see. Meanwhile, find me on Facebook: Make.Do at kc&t.

Ideas will emerge.




Love the adorable sweater. And, Vicki! How exciting! What a perfect venture for you. Can't wait to hear how it all . . . unwinds!


Good for you! I have a few ideas of things I would love to make and sell. I have been thinking of setting up an Etsy store for awhile I just need to do it already.


Sweet sweater and excellent news about the new venture!


How fun for you! Sweater turned out cute.


Best of luck! That is a great sweater.


That sweater is just adorable. I love the colors you chose. And yay on your corner of the coffee shop! I'm glad you decided to take the plunge.

Julia in KW

ooooohhhhh! your yarn! Too bad I'm so far away - I would love to see your yarn in person! All the best!


I love all small knits. This one is adorable. I'm definitely a fan. I'd love to buy your pattern. Just let me know the details. I've been thinking about knitting some kiddy knits and this one is perfect. Good luck!


Having fun and keeping busy! That's the key. The sweater is beyond darling. Nice work!!

Robin F.

So are you selling your handdyed yarns? Can I buy some? Please


Love the sweater its so cute and good for you for selling yarn especially your own!


What exciting news! Wish I lived close enough to come in.


that's fantastic!! I wish I lived closer to come and work with you :-) Sending you all the best! (cute sweater too!!)

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