Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Fall and Winter Lace Shawl

I stored this shawl kit in a drawer for about two years, picking it up and putting it away again during that entire time. This is one of those projects that looks beautiful when it's finished, but there was a lot of sweat and complaining going on while I was knitting it.

I started to sort of dread working on it, which makes me think perhaps I should stay away from lace knits in the future. But ahhh, isn't it pretty?

Pattern: Fall/Winter Shawl by KnitPicks
Yarn: Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn

Here are some things you might need to know about my completion of this shawl:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Test Knit: Rhubarb Stalk Socks

I always have at least two knitting projects going at once, but sometimes I see a test knit opportunity that I just can't pass up! In this case, I was actually happy to pause on that crazy lace shawl that I'm still working on... Ugh.

Pattern: Rhubarb Stalk Socks by Buckaloo View Designs
Yarn: Junkyarn Smooth Sock in Candace

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Rice Stitch Knit Socks for Alex

Socks are practically the only knitting project I ever travel with, so when we went to Scotland and Ireland, this is the project I packed. These socks are for Alex -- what a surprise!

Yarn: Woolen Boon Classic in Los Bluejeans
Pattern: Rice Stitch Toe-Up Socks designed by me

Friday, September 7, 2018

Sewing a Moneta with a Peter Pan Collar

Summer ain't over yet! My go-to dress pattern these days is Moneta by Colette Patterns. I probably have about six of these dresses, mostly in knit fabrics from the juvenile section at Joann. I figured as long as the print is distracting, no one will ever know it's the same dress. Shhhhhh.

Fabric: Knit fabric from Joann

Friday, August 17, 2018

Family Tie-Dye Day!

My niece always has a DIY project in mind when we visit, and this time she wanted to tie dye some t-shirts.

No one wanted to miss out, so we all tie dyed a shirt using a Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Party Kit which, according to Kinsley, "had a really good selection of dyes." (Why does she always sound like an ad?) 

Here are some photos from our family tie-dye day. We can't think of a better way to close out the summer!

Kinsley made a couple of shirts, and for this one she used the bullseye technique. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Whitehorse Knit Sweater

I'm sloooowly working through my yarn stash! This sweater has been on my list for a while, and I was determined to wear it this fall as a transition piece.

I couldn't get my little bobbles to pop out onto the right side and stay there. Anyone know a trick for that?

Pattern: Whitehorse by Caitlin Hunter
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in Emerald

Friday, July 20, 2018

Fingerless Mitts from Adorable Alpacas

In April, Alex and I visited some of his family in New Mexico, and we were lucky enough to squeeze in a visit to an alpaca farm, Que Sera Alpacas in Santa Fe. (See adorable alpaca photos.)

These are the first projects I made from the alpaca yarn. (And trust me, more alpaca projects to come because I LOADED UP on yarn there!)

Pattern: Fingerless Mitts by Suzanne Wadsworth
Yarn: Que Sera Alpacas DK in Dark Opal and Que Sera Alpacas Confetti (Black)