I wanted to stop by and share this lovely sweater pattern I've been working on this week. The pattern is called Illas Cies and it's by Anne Hanson.
PHOTO BY ANNE HANSON
I'm knitting this sweater for my dear friend Hannah. I had her pick out the yarn and the pattern so hopefully she will love the finished product.
The yarn she chose is KnitPicks Andean Treasure in the colorway Aurora Heather. It's a magical sport weight yarn made from the softest baby Alpaca. It's wonderful to work with and is a joy to wear. (I have my own Andean Treasure sweater and I love it.)
Even though this sweater has an intricate mock cable band in the center of every panel, it seems to be knitting up pretty quickly. The pattern is written well and is easy to follow. The mock cable portion is both written and charted.
I've already finished the back panel and have started to make progress on the front.
I've been bouncing back and forth between this project and a pair of simple ribbed socks I'm making for Alex.
I like the balance of having both a simple and a complicated project on the needles at the same time. I don't know how tired my brain is going to be at the end of the day (aka. when the knitting happens.)
I'll share more updates on Hannah's sweater soon! I also have an Etsy shop update coming up and a new commission I'm excited to share with you!
What are you guys working on this weekend!? Let me know below in the comments!
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I've been working on a project just for me this month!
As you might have noticed by now, I'm completely obsessed with Alpaca yarn. So, when KnitPicks came out with their new Simply Alpaca yarn I jumped at the chance to make something warm and squishy!
I searched high and low for the perfect pattern. At first I wanted to make a big shawl to wear while enjoying my tea on frosty mornings. Then I decided it should be a cardigan so I can wear it on Winter nights when I do my baking. Then I realized I needed a "Slanket!" A half shawl, half blanket hybrid! So I started hunting.
I searched for days until I found the perfect pattern; #205 Two Way Wrap Cardigan by SweaterBabe. I was super pumped that the pattern just happened to be by a designer who's patterns I have used before and had great success with. I even contacted the designer on one occasion for help with a pattern and she was very sweet and helpful so I knew if I had issues, SweaterBabe would be there for me.
PHOTO BY SWEATERBABE
I started swatching the second Kecia's Sweater was off the needles.
The yarn is so nice to work with. It does say it's an Aran weight but works up more like a Worsted. I don't mind for this project though, it's just going to be a little more lacy than the original pattern which I think will show off the detailed stitch work nicely.
I did have a little confusion with the transition from the Smocked Lace section to the Bottle Stitch section. I ended up using the photos as a guide to get the appropriate amount of repeats and a clean looking transition.
I've finished the Back Panel (here's a shot of him before blocking.) Since taking this photo I've almost finished the Left Front Panel and unfortunately I will be out of yarn soon!!!
KnitPicks will be sending me an email notification once they get some more Simply Alpaca back in stock. I should have more by the beginning of April. (Waahhhh!) But I did find myself another Alpaca project to work on in the meantime (surprising, right?) I'll be sharing more about that project soon.
Bonus photo of Prince guarding my yarn bowl just in case my yarn decides to make a quick escape!
I hope your post-Holiday knitting involves some selfish knitting too!
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It's finally finished!
Kecia's Favorite Sweater is done!
As some of you might know, I've been working on recreating my cousin Kecia's very favorite (but very well worn) sweater. I've been knitting this guy since August, so I'm pretty excited to finally have him off the needles!
The yarn I used is KnitPicks Comfy, which is 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic. It's wonderfully soft and feels like Chenille when knitted up.
I created my own pattern for this sweater based on Kecia's old model. I used a few resources such as getknitting.com for shaping calculations and Purl Soho for picking up collar stitches on a diagonal.
I am happy with how this sweater turned out, it's giant and super soft and will hopefully keep Kecia as warm and cozy as her vintage version.
ORIGINAL NEW AND IMPROVED
I'm proud of this guy, but I'm definitely ready to move on to some new projects! I've got some sweaters lined up as well as a bunch of yarn dyeing to do and a big Etsy shop update coming soon!
If you'd like to read more about this sweater project you can find more progress shots here, here and here.
Thanks for following along with me on another sweater journey!
Is anyone else compiling a list of projects they'd like to knit over the New Year? I doubt I'll be able to get to all these beauties but here's a little preview of what I'd like to create this year;
#1.) Illas Cies by Anne Hanson:
Photo by David Whitfield
I plan to make this lovely sweater as a gift for a friend. I have the perfect yarn in mind for this guy; a Sport Weight Baby Alpaca in the colorway Aurora Heather.
#2.) #205 Two Way Wrap Cardigan by SweaterBabe:
Photo by SweaterBabe
I'm obsessed with this Sweater! KnitPicks just came out with this delightful natural Alpaca yarn and I had to find the coziest pattern ever to try it out on. I got the yarn in a magical snowy white and I can't wait to cast this puppy on. (PS. I love SweaterBabe patterns, they're well written and great to work with.)
#3.) Moonlight Garden by Melody Hoffmann:
Photo by allidaniele on Ravelry
I've been eyeing this half circle shawl since it popped up on Melody Hoffmann's Instagram. It just looks so cozy. I love the combination of textures and the generous size. I don't have a yarn set aside for this project yet but I'm sure I'll know the right yarn when I see it.
#4.) Zinone by Andi Satterlund:
Photo by Andi Satterlund
I think this lovely top (the one on the Left) will be my porch knitting project this Summer. I've got a few skeins of fingering weight yarn squirreled away that could be perfect for this top.
#5.) Mae by Andrea Mowry:
Photo by Andrea Mowry
I love the shape of this top. It's a V-neck in the front and the back and just long enough to wear with leggings. I think this guy will be a perfect transitional garment. (Plus the broken stockinette takes me back to my first couple years of knitting when I thought that broken and regular stockinette were the same thing. Whoops!)
#6.) Fair Isle Flower Sock by Candice DeWitt:
Photo by KatieB663 on Ravelry
I picked out this pattern about 3 years ago and still haven't gotten around to it! I have the perfect glitter yarns picked out; Knitpicks Stroll Glimmer (which it looks like they no longer carry!) in white and turquoise. I don't have a lot of experience with Fair Isle so we'll see how it goes! My plan is to work on these around Christmas time because festive glitter times+festive glitter socks seems like a fitting combination.
#7.) Gillam by Kate Gagnon Osborn:
Photo by Kelbourne Woolens+Amanda Stevenson Lupke
As soon as I finished the Mazzy Cardigan last year for a friend, I totally fell in love with KnitPicks Swish yarn. It's Superwash Merino Wool and it's ridiculously soft. I picked up a dozen skeins of pumpkin orange at the last KnitPicks sale and it's destined to turn into this cabled sweater.
#8.) Paraphernalia by Taina Anttila
Photo by Taina Anttila
This cabled sock pattern is too cozy not to make! I'm thinking a fuzzy tweed or one of the magical Fierce Fibers yarns I got for my Birthday last year.
#9.) Iris by Melody Hoffman;
Photo by Melody Hoffman
This kimono is so simple and elegant, I want a whole closet full of them. This is another project I don't have yarn picked out for yet but I'm thinking of going full on goth with some black sparkle yarn!
In all honesty, I probably won't get to most of these because personal knitting always takes a back burner to commissioned knitting, but I can dream! I already have commissions piling up and a big 'ol batch of yarn to dye up for the Etsy Shop! It's gonna be another busy, crafty year!
Make sure to add your projects to the #makenine2018 hashtag on Instagram so everyone can follow along on your craftastic journeys too!
I hope I've filled you with knitting inspiration!
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I hope y'all had a fantastic holiday season!
We had a quiet Christmas at home with our kitties. Alex got me a waffle press so I'm pretty sure we'll be having some form of waffles with every meal for the next few months. Heh.
I hope you have been knitting your heart out like I have, it has been a busy month!
I've been working hard on Kecia's Sweater. I finally finished the front and back panel, sewed the shoulder seams and added a ribbed collar. Now all I have to do is create the sleeves and sew the side seams! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
I'm still working on my Pennant Socks. I'm doing an afterthought heel for the first time. It's more challenging than I expected! I tried picking up the heel stitches with double pointed needles while using the heel tutorial from Socktacular! but ended up with gaps on either side of the sock heel. I transferred the heel stitches back to magic loop and now I'm using this tutorial from Jane Richmond to guide me on my way.
(Ps. you can find this gorgeous yarn bowl HERE. See more Frank Philipps Pottery HERE.)
I gave up on my Kiela Mittens. I just kept messing them up over and over again! Then, when I thought they were done, I finished the thumbs and realized I had put them in the wrong places! Whoops. I had too much Christmas knitting to start over on a project with no intended recipient!
I also finished another Thirty Eight Cowl commission. (I love this pattern!) I made this one in KnitPicks Biggo in the colorway Aurora Heather. You can find the pattern HERE.
I finished a cute, clay, State themed Christmas ornament commission.
And started a baby hat and bootie Commission.
Alex and I also hand poured tons of scented soy wax candles for our family members for Christmas;
It's been a busy month!!!
I've got more awesome stuff coming up soon too!
I've gotta finish up my Canvas Commissions. I'm also knitting some yoga socks, starting some felt coasters, and I'll be writing a pattern for this cowl.
Not even into 2018 yet and I'm already swamped!
I'll keep you updated as more projects jump off my needles. Plus I'd like to do a round up of patterns I've got my eye on, especially sweaters!
I'll be back soon!
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Happy Thanksgiving week!
I've been impatiently waiting to share this wonderful blanket with you! It took me approximately 100 years to make! (6 months!) I created it as a wedding gift for my friends Jen and Josh who got married recently in Las Vegas.
The pattern I used is Twisted Taffy Throw by Julie Hines. It's a free pattern distributed through the Red Heart website. It's an Intermediate level pattern that is well written and easy to follow.
I used Mighty Stitch Super Bulky from KnitPicks which is 80% Acrylic and 20% Superwash Wool. I wanted to make sure a blanket of this size and weight could be tossed in the washer and dryer (especially since they have two stinky doggos!)
I ordered a custom label from a super cute shop on Etsy called Border City Quilts. I emailed them the specific details and they shot me back a mock up in no time. Shipping was quick and inexpensive and the work is top notch. I'd definitely recommend them.
The blanket turned out giant and squishy and wonderful. My only complaint is that it didn't stretch out a lot after the first washing, I almost feel like the cables would be looser and softer if I'd used a size 17 needles instead of 15's. I'm sure it will "bloom" with many more washes over time.
I hope Jen and Josh love their new heirloom and it brings them joy for many years to come!
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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi guys! Long time no see!
Today I'm working on a set of merino/silk blend socks. I'm knitting these guys up in a beautiful orange color called Masala. The yarn I'm using is KnitPicks Gloss Fingering which is 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk.
The Pattern is from KnitPicks' book Socktacular which is a "Choose Your Own Adventure" in sock knitting. The book helps you create custom socks in a variety of patterns. It even talks you through knitting them toe up or cuff down! This is my first toe up pair of socks.
I'm using the Standard Toe method and the "Pennants" stitch pattern. I think I'll be trying out an Afterthought or Mitered Heel and using a Ribbed Cuff. This book is so much fun to use, the instructions are clear and the stitch patterns are elegant, I definitely recommend it.
These silky socks will be hopping into my Etsy shop sometime in November so keep your eyes peeled!
Don't worry, I'm still working like crazy on Kecia's sweater. I would be working on my Tegna top but I ran out of yarn!
I'll be back with more updates soon!
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This week I'm working on something a little different from my usual fiber projects.
I've been asked by a friend to create a custom set of paintings for him using some of his favorite quotes. I've decided to approach this project from a fantastical perspective. I'm creating a set of pseudo-medieval shield paintings with nonsensical heraldry.
Here are the quotes I've been given;
"Ordinary effort, ordinary result."- Ethan Hawke
"What is to give light must endure burning."-Victor Frankl
"Happiness is not mostly pleasure, it is mostly victory."-Harry Emerson Fosdick
So far I've been doing lots of sketches and research. I'm trying to take a little sprinkle from various eras and traditional styles. So far I'm working on creating black canvases with bright shields and bold heraldry. I'm using mostly primary colors with silver and gold. The quotes will be displayed on banners below the shields.
On to some super sloppy sketches;
At this point canvas #1 (crossed swords) is set in stone since it's almost done. We're almost set on the design for canvas #2 as a chess piece with holly leaves.
I'm in the process of creating the third piece which will most likely be a compass rose featuring a shield with a torch or crossed torches emblazoned on it.
The first piece is almost done, it just needs the quote lettering on the banner.
This one will most likely say; "Ordinary effort, ordinary result." In my dreams the banner would be large enough to fit the entire quote; "Ordinary effort, ordinary result. Luck is the residue of design. Be steadfast. The anvil outlasts the hammer." I doubt it'll fit though since these are pretty small canvases (12"x 9") and I still don't know how I'll be tackling the lettering since you can see from the sketches above, I have terrible handwriting!
I've got some more messing around to do with the last image to get it all cleaned up and as polished as the first two designs are then I can get to painting!
Drop by soon for more updates!
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I've been knitting away on my Tegna Top and Kecia's Sweater but they're seemingly never ending! In order to not get completely burnt out, I've thrown in a quick, fun project to keep myself entertained.
The pattern is Kiela Mittens by Meiju K-P on Ravelry.
Photo by Meiju K-P/Tanu Kallio
So far this is an easy to follow pattern with a cable chart and written out instructions.
The yarn I'm using is Tuskenknits DK in the colorway Doune. It's a Wool/Cashmere/Nylon blend. It's absolutely magical to work with, it's super soft and has a lovely spring to it from the Nylon.
So far I'm almost done with mitten #1! I'm having a little trouble picking up the thumb stitches without making them look all sloppy-like but I'm sure I'll figure it out.
This pattern has a "do not sell items that are knitted with this pattern" disclaimer so, unfortunately, these mitts will not end up in my shop. Most likely, these puppies will end up under someone's Christmas tree!
I'll have more updates soon!
Thanks for checking out my current WIP! Let me know what you think!
Thought I'd give you a quick update on my current WIP's (works in progress.)
I've got a few things going at the moment; still working on my Tegna top. (I know, it's been months!) I started it a size too large, then ripped it out, I started it a size smaller and it was too small so I ripped it out again. Then, I started it in the larger size but at a smaller gauge and I think it's gonna stick this time!
I'm about halfway done with the front panel at this point.
I also started the Dagmar Sweater but after the short row shaping nothing made sense anymore so I had to throw in the towel. I'm a very proficient knitter and this pattern threw me for a loop! It was crazy difficult to understand. Going through other peoples posts on Ravelry was frustrating too since most notes said "and then I just had to improvise" or, "this is a list of the modifications I had to make," not a good sign! Paying 6.50$ for a pattern, then having to practically write it yourself=not worth it.
Photo by HandyKitty
In the yarn dyeing department I've been trying some super sweet Kettle Dyeing techniques. Guided by this tutorial. I tried a blue to green combo first;
Then I tried a lovely pink purple combo.
I dyed both skeins at the same time and somehow one turned out a little darker than the other!
I also finished a cute pair of stripey socks using the Rose City Rollers pattern and KnitPicks Felici yarn,
and a purple, twisty headband in KnitPicks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky yarn.
The yarns will be popping up in my Etsy shop soon. I'm undecided on whether I'll list the socks and headband or give them as gifts. We'll see!
I just got another batch of naked yarn to dye so I'll be working on that soon. I'm also on the lookout for the perfect, worsted weight sweater pattern for the upcoming chilly Fall weather. I've got the perfect, orange merino yarn just waiting to turn into my dream sweater!
Stay tuned for more exciting hand dyed yarns, and updates on both my knitted tops!
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