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Lightweight sweaters for fall. Tee: Handknit, "Sweet Lil' Tee" pattern; Coat: Burberry; Jeans: AG Jeans Bootcut.

Lightweight sweaters for fall. Tee: Handknit, "Sweet Lil' Tee" pattern; Coat: Burberry; Jeans: AG Jeans Bootcut.

Last Sunday, the Daylight Saving Time ended and we did "fall backward." (as in Spring Forward/Fall Backward, for those of you not in the U.S.) And as if the weather finally realized it was time to move on, it rained on Monday. 

And today, I officially feel chilly in my sleeveless top and PJ shorts. This, my friends, officially marks the beginning of "colder season" in Southern California. 

Obviously, I wait all year for this time to wear all my handknits. Socks for bedtime and morning, sweaters and shawls for walking the dogs, and hats for rainy days. And I like to wear lightweight sweaters like my Sweet Lil' Tee for this transitional time into more colder season. 

 

Although the tee has cap sleeves, it is knitted in 100% merino wool. It is very insulating and therefore, all it needs is a light coat or a jacket to complete the look for the season. 

To accessorize, I like to keep things simple -- a men's watch ("borrowed" from my husband), orange brown lipstick, with tall heels to match the bootcut jeans. 

Free Pattern - My Handsome Boy Baby Sweater

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In my last post, I mentioned that I will be teaching at Yarnosphere in October this year. One of the classes I am teaching is a steeking class, specifically crochet steek. I really like using steeks to simplify my knitting, especially creating v-neck, which would usually involve dividing the front into 2 sections, and work on each side separately. 

I put together a simple baby sweater to demonstrate how I do my v-neck shaping on a cardigan. I am making this a free pattern for now, until maybe I make more sizes available. Currently, the size for this baby sweater is 3-6 months.

If you are local, and are interested in learning how to make this sweater in person, come to Yarnosphere and sign up for my class! I even have a Special Teacher's code to get you 15% off from purchasing my classes. Use the code: Jean15 to sign up for my classes!

Logan is 6 months old -- he is a little bigger than most 6 months olds though (21 lbs, 28") so it looks a little bit tight on him but still fits well enough for him to move.

Logan is 6 months old -- he is a little bigger than most 6 months olds though (21 lbs, 28") so it looks a little bit tight on him but still fits well enough for him to move.

WIPs: Baby's First Malabrigo Sweater

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Last week, I tweeted,

"If I knit something in Malabrigo for my baby, is that crazy??? I just want to wrap him in something lofty and buttery. :D"

and then I got this from @HandsOccupied

"DO IT!!!"

so here is Logan's very first MMMalabrigo Sweater in Malabrigo Worsted, Mariposa colorway.

Every knit-worthy person deserves a Malabrigo sweater, even a poopy baby. :D | Handmade Fashion at Candy & Bagel

Every knit-worthy person deserves a Malabrigo sweater, even a poopy baby. :D | Handmade Fashion at Candy & Bagel

I am working on this baby sweater design, I think I will make it available for free, and it involves steeking! I am really invested in this project! HAHA. I cast on Tuesday night, and knitted through my Naturalization Oath Ceremony on Wednesday. It is turning out to be a really quick knit, especially because almost everything is done in the round. 

It's going to be another chilly week here, so I cannot wait for Logan to try this on soon!