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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. 

Logan's Sock Yarn sweater Version 2

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Logan's Second Sock-Yarn Sweater

Over the weekend, I worked hard to finish Logan's second Sock-yarn sweater. I am really loving working with sock yarn for baby sweaters. It's lightweight, which is more weather appropriate for the colder season in Southern California. During the days, we are still in the mid 80's degrees so I keep dressing him in thin tshirts and sleeveless rompers but at night it falls down to low to mid 50s. So after the bathtime, I dress him in the thin tshirt again but layer it with either cardigan or thin sweater for bedtime. It's a shame that all these beautiful handknit sweaters don't see the light of day (literally) but I love dressing him in quality wool. What can I say?

Because the pattern calls for more than 1 skein of sock yarn for the size I was knitting, I decided to mix in some other sock yarn. When I knitted the first version (6 mo), I noticed that the self-striping yarn was pooling right around the largest rounds when increasing from top down for the raglan style. So when I got to that point, I started alternating between the original yarn {The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts sock yarn in Mud Buddha on Water} and Koigu KPPPM in P867X colorway. The Koigu colorways have the similar greens and dark brown as the Sheepwalk yarn but also has some reds and black to make it interesting. 

I also love how the Sheepwalk self-striping pattern worked out awesome for both the body and the sleeves, although they're obviously different sizes of rounds!