Dolores in Action

Dolores by Dawn Catanzaro. Knit by Andrea @ This Knitted Life.
I love this photo not just because Reed and I look great and so happy but because I am wearing my Dolores. All those hours of hard-won lace stitching finally shine through, thanks to the assistance of professional photography. That night when my lace work literally exploded off the needles—right before my eyes—seems but a distant memory. No suffering. No frustration. Just my nice emerald sweater, now more than a year later, wrapped around my sticky little son and his naughty, devilish giggle.

(You can now submit parenting advice on how to get your child to listen to you when you say NO in the comment section. I suspect selective hearing might be either genetic or learned at a startling early age.)

After DAYS of drying (on the radiant heated bathroom floor, no less), my second grey poncho is now off the needles! I can’t wait to share it with you just as soon as I can snap some respectable photos and write up the pattern.

This means I only have one more grey poncho left to knit (my third). I have already resolved that I am not buying anymore grey yarn in 2017.

Scout’s honor.

(My fingers may be crossed behind my back. But I’m not telling.)

Just yesterday, I was chatting with my Knitting Compadre in Life about my immediate knitting plans, and I realized I pretty much have the rest of my Knitting Year all planned out.

AND, it involves very little holiday knitting. That almost killed me last year. Never again. This year, everyone gets cards.


After I wrap up the Third Grey Poncho and Ver. 4 of the baby hat, I am finally going to knit Reed a sweater. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve had the pattern picked out since the beginning of the year. It’ll be my first attempt at stranded color work. Send wine and brace yourself for swearing. I still need to order the yarn, but it’s on my short list.

(I have this sinking feeling that Reed will spill grape juice all over this sweater on Day 1. I think this means I can no longer purchase grape juice, at least until he has outgrown the sweater.)

Otherwise, I plan to use my Malabrigo Worsted scraps (I have grey ahem Polar Moon, a bright pink and a turquoise/aqua to work up some simple striped kids hats for Reed and his buds) and perhaps put my two skeins of Spin Cycle yarns to some unknown use.

I hope to reward myself for a year of good knitting by FINALLY knitting myself Lesley from Home & Away*. I can hardly wait!

After that, I bet it will be New Years. I hate to say it. It seems so far away, yet I KNOW the end is in sight. I can feel it. Hek, I just planned it all out. All my knitting days from today until December 31st. Pretty much anyway. It’s fairly shocking.

But at least I’ll have a new sweater.

And socks. I didn’t mention those, but they’re on the list too, as always.

I look forward to seeing you at the Yarn Along. I’m STILL listening to I’ll Give You the Sun* and reading Truly Madly Guilty* and loving both. I hope to FINALLY be on to a new book next week. Phew.

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  • Reply Alina October 19, 2016 at 5:33 am

    What an amazing photo, you both look so happy!!! And the emerald green sweater looks absolutely gorgeous on you!

  • Reply Kat with a K October 19, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Fantastic photo! I think the sweater looks grand! And, I think I will join you on the “no grey yarn in 2017” bandwagon.

  • Reply Caroline October 19, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Gorgeous photo and sweater. That grren is so lovely. I think if you knit Reed’s sweater in a grape coloured yarn you won’t need to put an embargo on grape juice! And grey, yes I should also try other colours.

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple October 19, 2016 at 6:30 am

    what an awesome picture of you and reed, please put that in a frame!!! the sweater looks rockin’ as well…that lace pattern is wow, you are my hero!!!

  • Reply Knit Potion October 19, 2016 at 6:48 am

    This is such a great post! Happy happy picture, and your Dolores is stunning!!

  • Reply Katie October 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Lovely picture! Best of luck with the stranded colorwork. It really isn’t hard, but I’m super frustrated with tension issues in my current colorwork project. No matter what I do I just can’t get it even. Ugh. And it’s a good thing I just bought a sweater’s worth of gray yarn if there’s going to be an embargo on it in 2017. (Gray is just such a versatile color, though. You really can’t go wrong with it. )

  • Reply Stefanie October 19, 2016 at 10:41 am

    This is a great photo of you two. I hear you on holiday knitting. This year has really taken a toll on me. I told the husband next year, I’m only knitting for the kids. I’m looking forward to that.

  • Reply NorthCoast Knittery October 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Okay, that photo of you two is the most precious ever!! Definitely frame worthy. I love it! (Also, no more grey yarn in 2017 would be the single most difficult thing for me. That’s pretty much all I use! If you’re able to do it, go you! But geeze I cannot blame you if you break- hehe. Grey is just so easy to wear, I (Virginia) always fall for it.)

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Virginia. Jan from Sacred Images just did our family fotos. I love her work. And the sweater yarn is from Northcoast Knittery!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise October 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    oh I love that sweater on you! Green is your color 🙂 the two of you look great!! Don’t even try to outwit the ‘no’ phase. We (my husband and I) tag teamed. If my son said no to me he said yes to dad. Also I picked my battles and gave choices. (do you want to wear the red hat or the blue hat? do you want to wash your hair first or your body first…..that worked most of the time…..)

  • Reply Janet Ulrich October 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Switch to white grape juice – it doesn’t strain!

  • Reply Christine October 20, 2016 at 3:15 am

    I love that picture! Your sweater is just gorgeous…what a lovely design and that shade of green is amazing.

  • Reply knittedblissjc October 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    That photo is so beautiful, I hope that you frame it! And that Dolores sweater looks awesome. I don’t even buy grape juice, I’m not entirely sure Lila’s ever had it. I think that’s some lazy parenting on my part, though.

  • Reply Elizabeth Acheson October 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Very nice! I love to have my boys in my hand knits. There are plenty of lovely yarns that stand up well to washing, and I do make them take them off for meals Sometimes!

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