I finally finished Jakson's Tweed Socks!
These guys took forever! I was a little distracted by a few super top secret projects I've been working on. I also suffered from a bout of Second Sock Syndrome which made it tough to get sock #2 off the needles. I've since solved this problem by getting myself a new set of circular needles for Magic Loop Two at a Time Socks. (As long as my cat doesn't eat these ones too, I'll be good to go!)
The pattern I used was Nice Ribbed Socks by Glenna C. on Ravelry. (You can read more about the pattern details in my previous sock post.)
The yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in Garnet Heather. The Fingering weight yarn is 65% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon and 10% Donegal Tweed. In my opinion, socks knitted in Stroll seem to turn out a little floppy, when using this yarn I try to incorporate ribbing, use smaller needles or add a few rows of elastic thread inside the cuff to keep them nice and snug. (When in doubt just do ribbing for the entire sock! Problem solved!)
They are a little large on my model but these socks are intended for slightly larger tootsies.
I'm glad they're all done and I'm excited to see them shipped off to their forever home!
I've got some updates coming up on a new sweater project! Plus I have two secret projects I'm hoping to share with you sooner than later (really fun stuff, guys!)
Keep tuning in more exciting adventures in knitting!
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Quick post for y'all today! I've been super busy knitting on Jakson's Socks (and powering through a big mystery project which I will reveal later this Summer) so I decided to whip up a quick "instant gratification" knit. I've had my eye on Jane Cochran's pattern Thirty Eight for ages, so I decided to grab some skeins from my stash and just go for it!
The pattern is titled Thirty Eight because this cowl whips together in only thirty eight rows! I was able to complete it in two nights of bing watching Legends of Tomorrow!
It is knitted as one long loop starting with seed stitch for 26 rows and ending with ribbing for 10 rows. I added an extra stitch to the cast on (141 instead of 140) to make the seed stitch completely seamless, then reduced that stitch to make the rib stitches even.
It was such a quick and fun knit, I definitely see more of these guys in my future.
The yarn I used is Biggo by KnitPicks. It is 50% Superwash Wool and 50% Nylon. It's wonderful to work with, it's very light and fluffy. I could feel the Nylon more than the Wool so (in my opinion) it has a little bit of an acrylic feel to it. Also, reviews on the KnitPicks site do claim that it pills a lot with wear. I will be selling this cowl on my website so I don't have a review as far as the longevity of the yarn.
The final product blocked up really nicely. It stretched out to be perfectly long enough to wrap around the neck twice and the stitch definition is wonderful.
Overall, this is a product I'm proud of. I have listed in my Etsy shop HERE if you would like to own it yourself. I definitely see a few more of these in my future. I have a few gorgeous skeins of mustard Billow Cotton yarn that might turn into the same cowl...we'll see!
I will have updates on Jakson's Socks soon! I'm nearing the finish line on those puppies! (Men's socks always take forever, why are their feet so huge!?) I also have a super secret Birthday project I want to share and a knitting book review coming up!!!
I hope you dig my fun, purple project!
Bonus photo of Moonunit helping me with each and every stitch;
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It's done! And it's more magical than I could've ever imagined!
My April Showers Sweater has been a fun and relatively quick knit. I used the top down raglan sweater tutorial from the Fringe Association to guide me on my way. It really was an invaluable resource while creating my first raglan sweater from scratch.
I was definitely worried about picking up stitches for a V-neck sweater since I had never made one before, but it actually came together pretty quickly. I cheated a little and looked up free V-neck sweater patterns on Ravelry and checked out how a few other people had done their designs using 1x1 and 2x2 rib, and worked from there.
Eventually I would like to publish some of these sweater patterns I've been designing. I think that'll have to be further on down the line though, since I will need to write them up, knit them again, then have some test knitters try them out for clarity. And even then, I'm not sure how to adjust for multiple sizes so most likely they will only be sweaters with Ashley size measurements! I'm new to designing, I still have much to learn.
I couldn't wait to get one of my brand new, fancy silk labels sewn into this guy! So posh!!! (From NakedLabelsUK on Etsy.)
I have already listed this magical gem in my Etsy shop. Some details; it is made from Drops Air yarn which is 70% Alpaca, 23% Polyamide and 7% Wool. It's a size medium, or a Women's size 10, and measures roughly 40" around at the bust with flattering waist shaping. (If you order before May 8th you can get 20% off during my Mother's Day Sale!)
What do you think? Is this a style you would wear? Should I make a few more of these for the shop? I'd love some feedback!
Thanks for following along with me on another sweater journey! If you want to see more progress shots from this project you can check them out here or follow along on my Instagram to see up to the moment project pics and info.
I'll see you soon for another update on Jakson's Socks and a Birthday Surprise gift that I'm pretty pumped about.
My sister was so pumped about her Birthday Socks that she immediately ordered a pair for her husband! Fortunately, I'm a bit of a yarn hoarder, so I just happened to have a pile of sock yarn handy. Heh.
I gave him two tweedy color options and he chose the Cranberry Tweed.
The yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in Garnet Heather. (The green is the same yarn in Dill Heather.)
The pattern I'm using is A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C. on Ravelry. The pattern is a basic sock with the addition of ribbing to add extra snugness to the fit. While it is a quick knit (as far as socks go) it's definitely not a beginners pattern. She does not go into detail on the shaping techniques so if you're not familiar with the basic structure of a knitted sock this might not be the pattern for you. As for me, it's just about perfect, one small page of instructions without a lot of process pics cluttering up the works.
I was hoping to have them done by the end of the month but my April Showers Sweater keeps distracting me!
So far I'm almost done with sock #1!
My sis says that these socks will be replacing a well loved pair that just bit the dust. I hope this pair will be just as loved!
Sock #1 is off the needles and sock #2 will be flying onto the needles tonight!
I'll be back soon with another update on these lovely Tweed sock and more progress shots of my April Showers Sweater!
Thanks for reading about my current yarny adventures!
I'm designing another sweater!
I found this fabulous Drops Yarn online, it's called Drops Air and it's 70% Alpaca, 23% Polyamide and 7% Wool. It's a "blown" yarn which, according to the web site, means "Its construction is exclusive, made with the most recent spinning technologies, where the fibers of baby alpaca and merino yarn are pressure air blown into a tube, that makes the garments created with this yarn approximately 30-35% lighter."
How cool is that!
It's magically soft and very nice to work with. It doesn't split at all and it's very easy to frog (which, not gonna lie, I've been doing a lot of!)
I decided to challenge myself with a top down raglan style construction. I have been using this tutorial from The Fringe Association as a guide. I'm using my own measurements as my base for this pattern (just to make sure it will fit an actual human) which should result in a medium sized sweater once finished.
This latest sweater design features a low V-neck and and subtle waist shaping. For the V-neck I will be picking up stitches and adding a nice, ribbed collar. I think I'll be using this tutorial to do so. I've never picked up stitches for a V-neck before so wish me luck!
So far I've got one sleeve down and one to go! After the neckline is finished she'll get one of my brand new custom silk labels (from NakedLabelsUK on Etsy) and I'll pop her up in the Etsy Shop.
^How cute are those guys!!!? ^
I'll give you an update on the completed sweater soon. I've also got a fun commission I want to share with you. What could it be!?
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This year, I've decided to try out more hand dyed yarns from independent retailers. My latest obsession is Tuskenknits yarn by Maria Tusken. I found her on Instagram and totally fell in love with her style. I signed up for her Beauty & the Beast Yarn Club recently and this was the second skein she dyed for me.
(If you're not familiar with "yarn clubs," it's usually a subscription based "club" where you purchase yarn with monthly payments. In this case it was a surprise club so we didn't have any idea what the color of the skein would be!)
As soon as I saw this yarn I knew it would be perfect for my big sis. I immediately set to work knitting Jeanne some sweet Birthday socks!
The pattern I used is My Cup of Tea Socks by Robin Lynn. It features a fun crocus pattern down the front which I thought would be just perfect for Spring.
The yarn is Tuskenknits Fuzz, which is 20% Kid Mohair, 55% SW Merino and 25% Nylon. It's the perfect consistency for socks; the Merino is soft, the Mohair gives it a very light halo and the Nylon leaves the blocked project with a perfect amount of elasticity.
The yarn color is just fabulous, the yellow flecks knit up almost looking like little patches of gold! The colorway is titled "Something There" and Maria has been hinting that she will be putting more of it up in her shop in a few months, including the other colors from her Beauty & the Beast Yarn Club.
I love her yarn so much I might have *accidentally* signed up for her Scotland Yarn Club which is running right now! If you are interested you can sign up for the May subscription on April 22nd.
Jeanne got her Birthday socks in the mail last week and loves them! This is her second pair of hand knitted socks and I think she's getting hooked!
I've got more projects in the works that I will be sharing with you soon! I also just ordered some custom labels for my hand knitted sweaters that I can't wait to show you!
Hope you're having an awesome Friday!
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I did it!
I successfully designed a sweater!
It's a drop sleeve, High-Lo style sweater with 3/4 sleeves and fun cables running down the front.
I made it in Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in Garnet Heather. It's a magical, squishy yarn that is just perfect for experimental sweater knitting!
I'm super happy with how this guy turned out. I plan on releasing the pattern as soon as I've knitted it all the way through one more time and made sure everything works. After that, I might run a test knit for anyone interested in trying it out before I release it to the public.
I'm still flabbergasted that all my measurements worked out and my big pile of string turned into a functioning garment! I'm already working on another original sweater design, that's how pumped I am!
This guy should be for sale in my Etsy shop soon. I want to order some custom labels with my logo and care information on them before shipping it off so it might be a little bit of a wait but it'll be listed soon! I'm excited to sell my first original sweater design!
Let me know what you think of it! Is this a sweater you would be interested in wearing? Would you want to knit one of these yourself?
I would love some feedback! I'm also open to name suggestions for this pattern!
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I know, it's been a while!
I finished my Wanderling Sweater last month but haven't had a chance to share it with y'all until now! Alex and I have been busy doing a LOT of Spring Cleaning/decluttering/donating stuff. We're still working on the Office Redo (never ending) project but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel! I think we're one more, big Goodwill trip away from having that room completely junk free and organized! I'll post a little tour once she's done.
Back to my sweater; she's finished! Finally finished! (I say finally, like I worked on it for more than a month, which I didn't, Ha!)
Isn't she lovely!? Blocking helped define the mock cable pattern and also added an inch or two to the bust area, which suits me just fine.
This is my second sweater made with Wool of the Andes and I love the stuff. It knits up dense and squishy and blocks wonderfully. I actually have two sweater quantities of Wool of the Andes that still need to be knitted up, probably into fun cabled sweaters for my Etsy shop! (I'm not obsessed, there was a sale!)
The pattern, Wanderling by Isabell Kraemer, is a fun knit. It's your basic top down raglan but with lovely mock cable details. Once you get the swing of the mock cable repeats it goes swimmingly, the body is almost all stockinette so it whips up quickly too.
I would definitely recommend this pattern and yarn combo. I have enjoyed wearing my toasty new sweater, it's both cozy and flattering.
As far as current projects, I am almost finished knitting my first original sweater design. I'm super pumped, guys. I've never taken on such a challenging and ambitious project and I think the results are looking pretty good. All I have left to do is the seaming so you will be seeing my new sweater very soon! I'll try to get some pictures this weekend and pop them up here quick as can be! I'm considering publishing the pattern also, maybe doing a trial run with test knitters? I'll gauge knitter interest on Instagram once I have the final photos shot.
I also have a great pair of socks I'm almost done with, I haven't been sharing many pictures of them since they are a Birthday gift. As soon as they arrive at the home of the Birthday girl I'll show you how lovely they are!
*ps, if you would like to see more progress shots from the Wanderling Sweater you can find them here, here and here.
PPS. Sorry for being MIA! My goal is to post once a week, I promise I'll get better.
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I'm finally making a sweater from my beautiful Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky Garnet Heather yarn! (That's a mouthful!) I've been wanting to make a sweater to sell on my Etsy site for a few months now. After looking around online, I couldn't find a pattern that I could knit AND sell without getting into copyright infringement issues, so I decided to make my own pattern! Over ambitious, right!?? I think so.
I don't have any experience designing knitwear but with the help of my old friend Debbie Stoller I'm doing my best! I've got my Stitch and Bitch Nation book and a few measuring tapes. I'm gonna figure this out.
I made some Stockinette swatches on a size 10 needle and a few on a size 8, I ultimately decided on the size 8.
I made some Cabled swatches too and in the end I decided to add another section to the cable portion to flesh it out a bit.
My game plan is for this to be a hi-low, drop shoulder sweater with minimal shaping and 3/4 length sleeves. So far I have worked a few inches on the front panel then blocked it to get an accurate size representation, and I am almost finished with the back panel. My challenge now is the neck shaping (which is pretty scary, not gonna lie) but I will persevere!
It's going along swimmingly so far, but I'll keep you updated, I'm nervous, yet optimistic! I have no guarantees that this guy will ever show up on the website since it's my very first try at sweater designing but my hopes are high and I'm using all my years of experience as a seamstress to guide me on this new journey!
Follow along on my Instagram if you want more real-time updates!
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Hi guys! I have a quick update for you today.
Sorry for being MIA lately. I've been desperately trying to get some great photos of my new sweater for you but the weather has NOT been cooperating! It has been raining for days! Every time I go out to take photos it's either dark, gloomy light, which makes my green sweater look blue or it's raining so hard I can't even take my wool project out into the damp. I now have a collection of terrible sweater photos on my phone which do not do any justice to the sweater I've been working on for the last month. Uncool.
I will keep working on sweater pics but in the meantime I felt like y'all would like to see the new project I'm working on;
I'm making a cute set of Men's Slipper Socks for my Etsy site. I was gifted a bunch of fun, self striping Wool/Acrylic blend yarn and thought this would be the perfect Winter project for this yarn.
So far, this self striping yarn does not yield completely matching socks (which is kind of a big pet peeve for me) but I'm going to be "carefree" and let it fly.
The yarn is Woolspun by Lions Pride which is 80% Acrylic and 20% Wool. The pattern is Bulky Sleep Socks by Staci Perry. The pattern is an easy knit IF you are familiar with short row shaping, BUT if you aren't familiar with w&t's the pattern provides video links for each and every technique. It's a well written, toe up pattern and gives you a nice, well explained, stretchy bind off at the end for the cuff. It's very thorough from beginning to end and it includes sizing for kids, women and men.
I am almost finished with sock number two and they should be up on the Etsy by next week! (They're a Men's size 10 just in case you were curious.)
Hopefully I can get that sweater photo shoot to work out when the rain breaks and you guys can see the finished product of my Wanderling Sweater, she turned out lovely!
PS. Tune in to my Instagram if you're following the #yarnlovechallenge on Instagram this month, it's really fun and such a great way to get to know fellow knitters!
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These socks were so popular they were sold before they hit my Etsy shop. I'll try to whip up another set before Winter is over and pop them up in the shop!
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