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SSKAL Update

September 3, 2013

HAntlerthumbA few weeks back I mentioned the Summer Sweater Knit Along with Shannon from luvinthemommyhood. Here at Tin Can Knits we are one of the KAL sponsors as well as 2 of the participants!

I started 3 sweaters (What? That seems like a lot? Me? Bite off too much? Crazy talk) and Emily is working on 2. We are full steam ahead on our knits and we thought we might share our progress.

IMG_2648I have been rolling along, completing Hunter’s newest Antler sweater (she is amassing a collection). It was a pretty quick knit, just a few rows here and there in my spare moments and a couple of dedicated evenings. Since this is my 5th Antler sweater I could almost knit from memory!


Antler Project Details

Pattern: Antler

Size: 4-6 (this kid is only 2.5, she is huge)

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in ‘whiskers’ (took 450 yards)

Buttons: Dark Antler buttons

I meant to branch out and try something new for the buttons, but these beautiful buttons just jumped out at me and I was helpless to resist!


Emily has completed her wee Lush cardigan as one big swatch for her own! We so rarely make time to knit sweaters for ourselves (they are usually sized for our model extraordinaire Emily Read, or in my case for Hunter and Jones) so it’s nice to see Emily creating a sweatery wardrobe of her own. She is about to head into her 3rd Scottish fall and winter and this year she will be prepared!

Blocking Yoke

Blocking Yoke

Lush Project Details

Pattern: Lush

Size: Newborn and Adult Small

Yarn: Sweet Fiber Merino Twist DK in ‘something blue’


Lastly we have Jones’ Urban Hiker. I decided to knit this for him because I LOVE the Urban Hiker sweater, but wanted something with a button band this time. I also wanted to knit it in a worsted weight so I changed the size and the needles. The sweater went along wonderfully, and quickly once I memorized the Sitka stitch pattern. Since it’s summery here I put it outside on some blocking mats to dry. I came back the next day and that’s when I realized I should have left it under cover.


That spot you see. That’s bird poop. Not just any bird poop, but dried-in-the-sun-all-day bird poop. Having small children and being a pretty spilly individual myself I have an arsenal of stain removing products. I tried it all and nothing worked. It is forever stained. I will be taking out the button bands, undoing the sweater to the stain and re-knitting. It sucks.

Our Patterns for the SSKAL:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2013 6:11 pm

    damn bird poop! what a shame. Hope some of the suggestions above work, but up-side of maybe having to reknit is that it’s reasonable small, I guess.

    Antler on kids is just gorgeous, and I love the cherry buttons on the turquoise cardigan :)

  2. florapie permalink
    September 4, 2013 3:45 pm

    Ugh! Can you overdye the Urban Hiker? Funny, I did a very quick Antler for the SSKAL as well, but that teeny tiny Lush is just melting me-so adorable!

  3. September 4, 2013 12:02 am

    Try a serious soak in OxyClean before you take everything apart. I had an accident once with red hand knit socks caught in the washer with a load of whites. Turned the entire load of laundry into a terrible purple-y splotchy mess. Soaking in OxyClean lifted out the dye, left the fabric intact and undamaged, and worked like a charm. I did have to do a few successive soaks to make it work and it was worth the time and effort. You’ve nothing to lose and maybe it might work!

  4. September 3, 2013 11:16 pm

    Did you try leaving some bi-carb soda with a little water on the stain and see if that works. The antler cardigan is gorgeous!

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