This Summer my wonderful Step Mom sent me a lovely box of Wool yarns. This pink Cascade 220 Paints yarn was not my color but I knew who it would be perfect for; Alex's Ma! I couldn't decide whether to make a shawl or felted slippers for her, to ensure the perfect gift I had her pick out the pattern.
The first shawl pattern we tried was Autumn Blush by Joji Locatelli but the Cascade 220 yarn was just too springy and squishy to conform to that delicate stitch pattern. (I'll definitely be coming back to that pattern though, it's super fun and complicated.) We ended up switching to Pure by cabinfour, which is a much simpler stitch pattern and perfect for showing off the beautiful color changes of the hand painted yarn.
I altered the pattern to add an extra stripe of stockinette after the twisted stitch section so I could use every last bit of the delicious Wool.
It's so warm and squishy! It's the perfect color for Spring but wooly and warm enough to wear throughout the rest of the Winter.
The pattern was super simple and easy to follow. I think it would be a perfect knit for a beginner who is looking to learn increasing and yarn overs for the first time.
The yarn I used, Cascade 220 Paints in 9859 is unfortunately discontinued! It's your typical Cascade 220 yarn but hand painted, it's 100% Wool and super spongy and squishy. It's awesome to work with and blocks really well.
And don't worry, I'll be making something adorable for my Step-Ma too soon! She will not be left out!
I was definitely feeling the Winter blues in January and I think working with such a bright, cheerful yarn helped to get me out of my Post Christmas funk.
I hope you like my latest creation, thanks letting me tell you all about it!
November is here! Time to start planning my Thanksgiving menu and putting away my spooky Halloween decorations! I hope you guys are enjoying the colder weather and the Holiday vibes as much as I am. I'm still working on putting together the ultimate fleece lined Fall wardrobe but in the meantime I wanted to share this fun shawl I made with you. I knitted this shawl during the Summer and now it's finally cold enough out to wear it.
It's almost impossible to photograph sparkle yarn! I promise, it's sparkly.
This guy whipped together surprisingly quickly. It's called Kouyou, which, according to the author, Angela Tong, translates to Fall Foliage or Red Leaves. Perfect for this Season. I'd definitely recommend this pattern, easy to read, lots of pictures and great results.
My only complaint is the yarn requirements, I could have made the Large size but the pattern told me I didn't have enough yarn! Bummer. I had 474 yards of sparkly yarn so I made the Small (420 yards) instead of the Large (520 yards) and I had half a skein of yarn leftover! Guess I'll be making some matching glitter mitts.
The yarn I used is Sunseeker by Cascade Yarns. It's 48% Acrylic, 47% Cotton and 5% Metallic Thread. It's washer and dryer safe, which is convenient. I'll probably still lay this guy flat to dry with blocking pins though so it retains it's lovely shape. It's a basic, worsted acrylic blend yarn and it does have a little bit of scritch to it but I'm hoping with a wash or two it'll soften a bit.
Can you see the sparkles!?
I'm going to be rocking this sparkly wonder with my faux leather jacket, a light sweater and some cozy leggings this month. Bring on the rain! I'm ready!
Hope you had a fantastic Halloween!
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Just a quick post for y'all today!
I thought I'd share a couple of the cute hats I've been making lately. This is a fun, simple pattern that's well written and easy to use. You should make one, you never know when a Viking Helmet could come in handy!
This one is the newborn size.
This guy is the adult size.
The pattern is called Lael Viking Helmet by Mamachee on Ravelry and is not free BUT it comes in many sizes so you're likely to use it over and over. Like I have.
I used Lions Brand Wool Ease for mine and it turned out nice and soft and wonderful. It's 80% Acrylic 20% Wool, and you can toss it in the washer and dryer. Magic. Though for this project, with the polyester stuffing in the horns, I'd suggest not tossing this hat in the dryer, the fluff might get lumpy! Nobody wants lumpy fluff.
Give this pattern a try, it whips up in no time and the hardest part is figuring out which directions you want your horns to face.
Now go forth and make yourself a silly hat! Have a great weekend! I'm gonna be Pumpkin carving with the girls, I'll take lots of pictures to show off our Pumpkin artwork next week!
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Today I wanted to share with you this adorable tweed cardigan that I knitted for my amazing boyfriend Alex. He picked out everything; the pattern, yarn and buttons. There's always a better chance of sweater approval if the recipient is on the design committee.
The pattern I used is Slade, by Michelle Wang. It is a well written and easy to follow pattern. The most difficult part for me was the Tubular Cast on. I'd never done anything like it before but with a little trial and error it ended up looking lovely and is a technique I'm glad to have in my arsenal now. It makes the edges of the sweater look smooth, rounded and very professional!
I did make some alterations to the original pattern, I moved the buttons and button holes to the edges of the collar placket instead of centering them. I knitted the collar with the button and button holes in the center of the placket at first but the fabric kept rolling over the top of the buttons in an awkward way so I frogged it and placed them at the edge of the sweater opening. I also made the button holes vertical instead of horizontal. I found the instructions for the horizontal buttonholes confusing, especially since I added an extra button hole and it made all the math wonky.
I made the mistake of using a Tubular Bind Off on the collar and it, of course, was not stretchy enough and had to be redone after blocking. I ended up using this Elastic Edge Bind Off instead and it worked wonders.
One of my only complaints about this pattern is the collar. Due to the horizontal ribbing, it will always lay shorter than the front panels of the sweater. I blocked it like crazy but the front portion is always gonna be a little shorter than the back. :(
The yarn I used for this project is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Reindeer Heather. It's 80% Peruvian Highland Wool and 20% Donegal Tweed. It's just wonderful. (Also, it's super affordable.) It's soft and knits up quick and has great stitch definition. It also has a super nice shine to it for a Tweed blend. It is a little high maintenance since it's Hand Wash only but it's worth it for the quality of the finished project. I will definitely be using it again.
I'm ready for Fall! Bring on the Spiced Cider and Pumpkins and Pot Pies and cozy Flannel! I know! It's the beginning of August! I'm not gonna let that get me down.
In preparation for the coziest Season of all, I decided Alex (my wonderful bf) could use a pair of Tweed Socks to go with the magical Tweed Sweater I knitted him in March.
I think they turned out just adorable.
Really, there's no greater joy than making your boyfriend model Wool Socks outside on a 90 degree day. Hehehe...
The pattern I used was The Jogless Hiking Sock by Millard Fontenot. I did alter the pattern to my liking quite a bit. the original pattern calls for lots of striping and an Intarsia color block on the top of the ankle. I just wanted a plain, DK weight sock but couldn't find any in a manly size, except for this pair! My alterations included moving the rib section to an inch after the heel shaping and not including any stripe work. (Except for the little grey cuff.)
I did get to learn a couple fun techniques in this pattern. JBMCO; Judy Becker's Magic Cast on, which was a little tricky but once you get it down it's very pretty and truly kind of magical. When I've made socks in the past (which, honestly, I don't do that often) I've used a Gusset Heel so the W&T's (Wrap and Turn/Twist's) Heel kinda threw me for a loop. But once you figure it out it's not too much of a challenge and it does look very clean. This video helped me figure out what I was doing. I KNOW I've done this technique before, but somewhere along the way I totally forgot about it. Thank goodness for YouTube.
As for the yarn, I used Knit Picks City Tweed DK, this stuff is wonderful. It's 55% Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca and 20% Donegal Tweed. I am such a sucker for Alpaca, I'll pretty much try any yarn that has Alpaca in it. This pattern calls for a DK weight yarn (it actually calls for THIS yarn specifically, how convenient!) but it also calls for smaller needles (US 3, 3.25mm) than you would normally use with a DK so these turned out super dense and squishy. It has a great weight and texture from the wool and tweed but a nice, soft sheen to it from the Alpaca.
I actually did not intend to have any striping on this pattern. The only reason I did is because I did not order enough yarn for this pattern. For a size 10 pair of socks I ended up needing more than two balls of yarn and by the time I got around to ordering more (mere weeks later!) they were completely sold out of the Brocade! Not available until 10/30/15! What the what!? So then I thought I'd add a stripe of Obsidian to the top and the NEXT DAY when I went to order it; not available until 9/30/15!?
The moral of the story is; buy as much yarn as you need at the time you need it! These guys sell out QUICK!
I hope you enjoyed the review! I'll be (hopefully) posting a fun, felt tutorial and pattern on here within the week so stock up on felt and get your sewing machine (or needle and thread) out of cobwebs and ready for action!
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This top took me over a year to finish! Not because it's super complicated, but because I got sidetracked by knitting a bunch of Christmas gifts. I started working on it last year as a quick Summer gift to myself and got around to finishing it this Summer. Just in time for this nasty heat wave!
The pattern is titled Lavina, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. It is a beautiful, well written pattern and I would definitely recommend it. It is knitted in the round from the bottom up, then splits into two panels for the front and back with sleeve shaping on the sides.
For the life of me I could not memorize the lace repeat so I had to refer to the pattern constantly. I also ended up making it a size too large which is unfortunate but entirely my fault. I did have a little trouble with the sleeve shaping and had to take them out and re-do them a couple times but I think they turned out pretty solid.
A lot of the reviews for the pattern suggest sizing down due to the drape of the lace, or even knitting the entire back panel in stockinette. I think I might try both of those suggestions if I end up using this pattern again.
The yarn I used was Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, which is a recycled cotton acrylic (50% cotton and recycled fibers, 50% acrylic.) I ordered it online and for some reason thought it was going to be much softer than it turned out to be. This yarn feels more like a cotton/linen than a cotton/acrylic. It has a great drape to it, but it has a sort of ultra-absorbent dish towel feel to it. If that makes any sense.
It also has a lot of breaks in the yarn (knots) which I didn't enjoy and had to re-tie properly so I could weave them in later. Another downside is the skeins are not center pull balls, they turn into big 'ol knots if you try to work with them that way. You have to wind them into balls if you don't want a mess on your hands.
It isn't all bad! I would definitely use this yarn again if I was making a set of dish towels. I probably wouldn't use it again on a garment though.
Overall, I do regret my yarn choice and I also regret making it so giant! But! the pattern is lovely and I think I will be using it again but making some minor adjustments.
If you'd like to try it out yourself, you can find it here.
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Today I wanted to share and review this lovely pattern, Positive Thoughts, by Connie, aka "yellowcosmo" on Ravelry.com. (Which, for those of you who are not familiar, is a knitting and crocheting web site full of patterns and all sorts of yarny resources.)
This was a quick, fun project. I’ve been knitting for ages but somehow never managed to make one of these puppies. It was a surprisingly fast knit! I was confused about how to do a loose enough bind off that would still be pretty and compliment the lace pattern so I messaged the pattern creator directly and she got right back to me with suggestions! Another reason to love Raverly! I ended up using this tutorial for the bind off and it turned out nice and stretchy; http://knitfreedom.com/bind-offs/best-bind-off-for-lace-f.... I’ll definitely be making one for myself in the large size eventually. I'm also considering making one for my Etsy site, but I think I'll have to make it in orange or some other color I don't get along with so I'm not tempted to keep it...
The yarn I used was Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk Yarn (50%/50%) Sock Weight. The yarn was just fantastic. I’m not one to go spending $31.50 on one skein of yarn but this stuff was calling my name and I’m glad I went for it. It’s super soft, lightweight and easy to work with. Also, you can tell that It's hand dyed because of the subtle variations in the color. Dreamy. I would definitely recommend this stuff.
If you're an intermediate knitter anxious about trying a lace pattern for the first time, you should give this one a shot. It has the written lace pattern and also the lace chart so you can figure out which method works best for you.
Here is a link to the pattern if you'd like to check it out http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/positive-thoughts-1
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