Friday, August 9, 2019

Adiantum Knit Sweater

This sweater was in my Ravelry favorites, but I wasn't planning to make it until I saw some amazing yarn on sale at Black Mountain Yarn Shop that was perfect for it. So I moved it up in the queue.

After working on Alex's For Fox Sake sweater, I was looking for something pretty simple. This sweater did the trick until I got to the yoke. If you're thinking about making it, don't try to watch TV or socialize while you're working on the yoke. It's a wee bit complicated, and it doesn't help that I was reading the chart from my phone screen.

Pattern: Adiantum by Kelly Ordemann from Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 28: Spring 2019
Yarn: YOTH Yarns Little Brother in Kale and Portabella

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

For Fox Sake Knitted Sweater

I bought the yarn for this sweater for Alex's birthday back in April, but of course I knew he wouldn't be able to wear it until this winter. There were a few bumps along the road, like me running out of CC1 and the main color of yarn. I still have no idea what happened, but the sweater fits and all is well!

Pattern: For Fox Sake by Maxim Cyr
Yarn: The Farmer's Daughter Fibers Juicy DK in Eagle Eye, YOTH Big Sister in Rosemary (Main color), and madelinetosh Tosh DK in Nocturne and Stormborn

Friday, June 7, 2019

Whale of a Time cozyblue Embroidery

My embroidery wall is growing! This dude was super quick and fun to make. Alex and I have been watching Treme on HBO, so I worked on this while we watched. He goes really well with my Sea Captain embroidery that I did a few years ago.

Pattern: Whale of a Time by cozyblue

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Galaxy Girl and Poppy Power Embroidery from cozyblue

I visited my family in Kentucky recently, and I brought an embroidery kit for my niece courtesy of cozyblue. Liz (cozyblue's founder/owner) and I had a plan that I would bring my in-progress embroidery and see if my niece was curious, then I could bring out the kit for her and show her how to do it.

It worked! You know what else it did? It made me remember how relaxing embroidery can be. I often get caught up in knitting projects because I have such a long queue, but I have a lot of embroidery patterns I want to make too. So I finished up the one I was working on, and then I completed another one.

Pattern: Galaxy Girl by cozyblue

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Back Yard Yarn Bomb: Crochet Mandala

I have a new respect for yarn bombers. These are not easy to hang!

I crochet this mandala/doily in just one Sunday using bulky yarn from my stash. (I almost emptied out an entire drawer of yarn! Woo!) It takes a LOT of yarn to make yarn bombs.

Pattern: Bits of Mandy's Mandala pattern, plus my own additions to the last several rounds to make it larger
I used about 5 full and 2 partial skeins of yarn. 

Alex helped me hang the crochet mandala on the chain-link fence in our back yard, and it was a lot harder to hang than I thought. If you ever decide to try yarn bombing, these are some of the things I learned:

Friday, March 29, 2019

Alex's New Knit Socks

Spring weather doesn't stop me from knitting socks. I just finished this pair with some yarn I picked up at Purl's Yarn Emporium last year. (I can't tell you how proud I am to be finishing projects with yarn I bought just last year. Progress!)

Pattern: my own cuff-down pattern (64-stitch cast on) with purling on the front, knitting on the back

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Knitorious RBG Sweater Test Knit

In November and December, I committed my knitting to this AMAZING test knit for Park Williams celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And since today is RBG's birthday, I thought it would be a great time to share it.

There were some adventures along the way. I decided to make the full-length version instead of the cropped version, and I couldn't find the yarn at any of my LYSs, so I had to order it online. It took foreverrrrr to get here, which isn't ideal when you're under a test knit deadline!

Pattern: The Knitorious RBG by Park Williams
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Pitch Black and Natural