Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Knitting JOURNEY: Spate Mitts

After casting off my Onward shawl I had a skein and a half of Spud & Chloe sweater taking up space in my stashbox.
During a chatty-chat with dear pal Becca of Nook I had a "duh" moment when discussing the Spate mitts. why not use the leftover yarn from my Onward shawl? Spud & Chloe "Sweater" yarn is easy to knit, looks great and I know from how much I wear my shawl it's an easy color to wear too.
That conversation happened goodness knows how long ago but I finally made them! Right before the weather turns ridiculous here.



Pretty, eh?

I just think that it's plain awesome to have a friends that are always willing and happy to talk yarn/knitting! I love speaking a "third language" with these friends...you know who you are! xo

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Fun Afternoon

Due to extreme laziness on my part I have not sewed buttons on my Grace which took me months to knit and months to block. However, I finally got around to weaving in the ends and decided since I usually don't button my sweaters anyway this was not going to stop me from wearing it.
 
The next problem...photographing myself.
I don't have a tripod doohickey and photographing a whole sweater always poses a
So this afternoon harbored a great experiment to solve this problem.
I enlisted my lovely, genius, amazing five (AND A HALF, as she is always quick to point out) year old bebe to take pictures of her mama wearing the Grace cardigan.
The results:  
 "Hi Mama! What are you looking at, by the way? You need to look at me."
 
"Okay."
"Where are the buttons mama?"
"Oh, I forgot to put them on."
"It would look better with buttons."
"Yeeeeeees....."
"Okay Mama, I don't like looking at your back".
Not sure what she meant. 
Being a top model is tiring.
"Make a silly face mama!" 
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I love my new-ish sweater!
The Heritage sock yarn is easy to knit with and makes for a super soft and cozy sweater.
For such a light knit it's very warm, and the color is vibrant and makes me happy.
I love the lace, the tiny garter detail, and I loved knitting it.
Knitting a sock yarn sweater is a serious time investment,
 but this sure was a fun way to celebrate finishing it!
My little buddy photographer! On the go!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sewing: Patricia Cowl

Long story short, it's been a long time since I've made a "finished object" of any sort, and I wanted to whip up something to re-inspire myself.
Enter the "patricia" cowl, pattern found here
The pattern is part of the "Fat Quarter Gang" collection
written by Shannon of  Very Shannon.
I made it out of some random shirting fabric I had in my stash.
It has weird dimensions and a twist in the loop both attributed to
S.W.M.B (sewing with mommy brain).
I still love how it turned out.
Boy I strongly dislike taking pictures of myself. Awkward City.
But aint my new cowl purty.
I call it "pluffy" because...well, it was the first word that popped into my head when I put it on.
Noelle is a big fan.
making this cowl was a nice way to start off a much needed weekend.
Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

simple


The Simple Collection is a learn-to-knit series of *free* patterns by Tin Can Knits. Made up of 8 patterns utilizing garter, rib and stockinette stitches, these patterns are simple and beautiful, wide-ranging and fun to knit for beginners and not-so-beginners (like me). 
This is the "Barley" hat from the collection.
I knit it to be less slouchy as I'm finding I prefer my hats to be.
garter, stockinette, 1x1 rib. 
Yarn: Plymouth DK merino superwash. Squish!
Also from the Simple Collection, this good-lookin' pullover: 
Flax pullovers for the whole family!
(photo from the tincanknits website)
I'm finally knitting D a sweater! It's only taken me ten years to cast on! ha!
I love the garter panels on the sleeves and the simple shape. Just right for D.
It's also the perfect project to knit for the Big Bang Theory KAL,
going on right now in the luvinthemommyhood group on Ravelry. 
here's my "WIP Wednesday" progress shot. 
The Knitter and the Dr. Scientist. I love our little nerdy family.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ONWARD

JOURNEY, the latest collaboration between the Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, was released for pre-order HERE. It is an inspiring collection of classic but modern pieces and I can't wait to delve into it!
I was privileged to be a part of the test-knitting process. I knit the "Onward" shawl.
It's the largest shawl I've knit and for me is as useful as a cardigan. I chose a blue that has turned out to be fairly neutral and works with many colors. 
I like to wear it (giant) kerchief style.
The shawl is reversible and patterned throughout, which makes for an engaging and fun knit.
 
 
I knit the shawl using 3 skeins of Spud & Chloe "Sweater" yarn. 
It gave great stitch definition and was easy on the hands for a wool-cotton blend. 
No pilling issues and I've been wearing the heck out of it!
All in all it was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this "journey". 
Best of luck to shannon and jane!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

a girl and her tools

What's inside your knitting bag? That is the question...posed by luvinthemommyhood (you can have a peek inside her knitting bag here.
Here's what's in mine

Clockwise from the top:
Knitpicks needle sizer
cheap-o stitch counter
darning needle, crochet hook (for fixing stitches), straight cable needle
round thingy to keep stitches on needle
clover tape measure
japanese super sharp scissors
large cable hook with two sizes removable stitch markers (clover and KP)
brass plain stitch markers
hi-liter for charts and marking finished rows.
Yes, it's all very exciting!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Knitting ISLAND

There is currently a Knit ISLAND Challenge going on in the Jane Richmond ravelry group. 
And I'm in.

No, I'm not going to Knit City. And I only currently have Grace on the needles.
 But why not seize the opportunity to knit up the entire ISLAND collection. Yeah. 
Not crazypants at all.
These are all stash yarns (bonus) that have been waiting to turn into happy ISLAND knits. 
Here we go! Woohoo!