It's almost Halloween!
I hope you've got your costume all picked out and ready for action!
It's been another busy week around these parts. We've been working on recording the Ashley&Alex Christmas Album 2016 and getting the house all ready for a Pumpkin carving get together this weekend and I've been busy working on and shipping out custom orders for the Etsy shop.
I thought I would share some of the stuff I've been working on and some lovely photos of Fall foliage along the way.
Let's get started! (I hope you like Tweed!)
I finished a great pair of Autumn Harvest Fingerless gloves which are available in the Etsy shop.
The yarn is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Autumn Heather. The pattern is Birch Lake Fingerless Mitts by Roxanne Yell, I did alter the pattern a bit so that the cables lined up with the ribbing and I moved the thumb over so the cable was more centered on the mitt.
I also finished a cute headband that's up in the Etsy shop.
The pattern is Intertwining Cable Diamonds Headband by Devin Lynch. The yarn is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Persimmon Heather. It's a fun and easy pattern and it flew together in two days!
And I'm almost finished with this fantastic textured stitch hat that is so much fun to work on! I might even make another one for my Alex in a dark green color. (Although I bet it would look amazing in a glossier yarn so you could see more of the stitch definition.)
The pattern is Cabled Dad Hat by Alexis Winslow, The yarn (surprise!) is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Down Heather. I should have this guy up in the shop by next week.
I'm also working on a non-Tweed project. Crazy, right?
This project initially started out as the beginning panel of a blanket, then I got a foot into it and realized; ain't nobody got time for that. It's looking like it might become a scarf at this point with long fringe on the ends. It could end up in the shop, it could end up under a family members' Christmas tree. Who knows!!??
The Yarn is Drops Air and the pattern is Irish Wedding Afghan by Sharondipidy Designs.
In between all the knitting and cleaning I have been making time to appreciate this wonderful Fall foliage.
Look at all these beautiful colors!
The neighborhood smells of Fall bonfires and petrichor, all the kitties I usually pet on my walks are tucked up warm in their kitty beds. Sometimes I see them peeking at me through their front windows.
My little bird feeder has been jammed full of squirrels and birdies every morning.
And all my neighbors out walking their dogs are in rain coats and flannels.
And, my personal favorite, Pumpkins are starting to pop onto porches all over the neighborhood!
Alex and I have been switching up our usual baked goods for mugs of hot cocoa with marshmallows.
Fall is here to stay!
Extra bonus picture of Prince helping me with an early morning photo shoot.
Such a good helper!
I hope you guys are knitting and nerding out about Fall as hard as I am.
Oh! Ps. I've got a super cozy chowder recipe I want to share with you all next week! It's gonna be awesome!
Thanks for reading!
I hope you guys are knee deep in Pumpkins and candy bars!
I wanted to share with you a project I just finished, I'm sure you've seen the pictures all over Insta and my FB page. If you loved the yarn, or the pattern, you can find all the information in this post! Let's get started!
I made this lovely pair of fingerless mittens as a commission for a friend;
She was inspired by this cute pair of mittens and asked me to create a similar pair.
Unfortunately, I didn't have enough sock yarn leftovers to make a pair just like this so we did some research and found some self patterning yarn. The yarn we found is Regia Designs by Arne and Carlos in the colorway Fall night.
I found a similar pattern; Fingerless Gloves by Stephanie C. Haberman. It seemed simple enough so I got out my addi turbos and got started.
The mittens started turning out smaller than I'd hoped so I added another 5 stitches to the pattern and started over. I then got to the thumb gusset and didn't enjoy the look of the increases so I instead used a M1L and M1R increase to make them look cleaner.
I ended up making up the pattern from this point on. I found the instructions vague and slightly frustrating so it was just easier in the end to improvise as I went along.
I'm happy with how they turned out. The yarn was a little scratchier than the KnitPicks Stroll that I'm used to using but it blocked up really nicely and the nylon gives it excellent elasticity. I would use it again for socks and mitten projects like this.
In conclusion! I wasn't thrilled with the pattern. I think, maybe, if I had a little more patience with it, that it would have turned out ok. But I already had a clear image of what I wanted the finished product to look like so improvising was what felt right for these guys and I don't think they suffer for it.
The mittens are all packaged up and on the way to their forever home in the morning. I hope they have a long and productive life!
Ps. If you are looking to own a pair of hand knit Ashley mittens, these Norwegian Mittens and these Lace Fingerless Mittens are available in my shop. And remember, I do custom orders!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope your Halloween season is off to a good start!
Recently I fell prey to another KnitPicks sale.
I can't help it! They sell the most magical yarn!
As a result I've ended up with a gorgeous bouquet of Tweed yarns that are just waiting to be made into beautiful items for my Etsy shop.
I've been considering lately taking down some of the older items in my Etsy shop. I have items from 2011, when I first posted my shop, that have been stagnating for years and have not been as popular as I had hoped. Items such as my Pom Pom Tea Cozy and my Cake Themed Toilet Paper Cozies. I'll also possibly be taking down some of my jewelry and felt crafts in order to make room for more knitted items. (Yes these are terrible screen shots, I've had these items listed for 5 years and no longer have the original photographs.)
In their place I would like to post fabulous new items like; more hats, mittens, leg warmers and socks!
Since it is Fall and I have these fabulous new wooden labels I would like to debut...
I'm going to start working on a collection of Fall colored Tweed goodies. Lots of cables and thick, warm accessories for Fall and the upcoming Winter Weather.
I've been doing a little research and these are a few of the patterns I've been looking into; Traveling Cable Hat, Interlocking Cable Hat, Cabled Hand Warmers, Spate Mittens, Basic Mittens, Cable Knit Boot Cuffs, Tilly Legwarmers. Just some ideas! Nothing concrete.
Since I have had to update all my sites due to the brand name change, and am still in the process of updating business cards and washing care tags and all that good stuff for the site, it feels like the right time to shake things up. I hope you guys are enthusiastic about some new products up in the shop and a great Fall, into Winter, Tweed collection which should be super fun and cozy.
I'll provide up to the minute updates on which projects will be entering the shop and when. Please let me know if you have anything you would like custom made. I'm more than happy to make you whatever your heart desires!
Thanks for reading!
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