Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Christmas and ChristmaHanukkah Stockings

For several years now, I've been saying I want to knit stockings for Alex and me. This year, I had zero excuses for not knitting them, and I even started on them back in the summer.

The stocking was always one of my favorite parts of Christmas as a kid. My brother and I had red and white stockings, and Mom added our names with felt letters at the top. They were filled with our favorite candy (Reese's was our #1), and lots of fun little gifts like card games, a CD, and a movie. It was so fun to dump all the contents on the floor and dig through it.

These are going to look so pretty hanging by our fireplace!

Pattern: KAB Christmas Stocking by ChemKnits
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore D.K. in Red, Christmas Green, Blue, and White

Alex loves dinosaurs and bass, so this one was perfect for him. He asked for a blue and white color scheme for Hanukkah colors. This pattern is awesome because it mixes so many different things: stars, Space Invaders, dinosaurs, music.

Pattern: Arlo's Christmas Stocking by Antje Karl (Free pattern!)

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in Christmas Green and White

I wanted something more Scandinavian inspired for my stocking. I'm not a big fan of Christmas red, so I went with a green and white color combo. I really love the back of this pattern. It looks like pretty little icicles.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Folk Holiday Embroidery

Yeah, this is a holiday embroidery that I completed a few months ago. But everything's turned upside down now, so who cares?

During the pandemic, I've devoted a lot of time to completing kits that I'd stashed in my craft room. I've completed quite a few embroidery kits, mostly because they're so much quicker than knitting an entire sweater--something I had pretty much abandoned around July or August but am now picking up again as the weather gets colder.

Folk Holiday by cozyblue

What I love about this pattern is that I can display it year round without it looking too Christmasy. I put it on the wall with all the other embroidery hoops, and it fits right in!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Zigzagular Knit Socks

 As an Election Day distraction, let's look at purty socks. (I already voted, so all I can do right now is check in with other people and wait.)

Pattern: Zigzagular Socks by Susie White (free pattern!)

Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Bubble

This is a great pattern if you want to mostly knit without interruption. The cabling is every other round for the most part, and I didn't have to consult the chart once I got going. These were supposed to be back-to-school socks for Alex, but I got a little bogged down with my knitting and didn't finish them until last week.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Winterberry Knit Shawl (or Blanket)

Since there's nowhere to go, I've been hanging outside more with a craft project or a book. I treat most of the shawls I knit delicately, but that means I almost never wear them. I'm scared of catching them on something and damaging them, or I worry that I will lose the shawl.

At the same time, I was also trying to use up my stash. I didn't have enough yarn to make one, so I took two different shades of gray and alternated them. I was worried it would look too stripey, but I really like how it turned out.

Pattern: Winterberry by Tincanknits

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Worsted Primo in Medieval and High Cotton

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Farewell, Aureus. I'm Froggin' Ya

It pains me to show you this sweater because I'm about to frog it.

This pattern is lovely. The cables and the lace pattern are beautiful, the yarn is soft and an amazing color, and I love the overall look of the sweater.

But when I put the sweater on, I felt frumpy. I tried a belt to cinch it, like the model, but it still looked weird on me. I looked like the Abominable Snowman dressing up for a day of apple picking.

Pattern: Aureus by Michele Wang

I'm in search of another cable cardigan I can knit using this same yarn. While I think Aureus is gorgeous, it's just not for me.

I bought this yarn at Rhinebeck last year. It was my first time using any shade of yellow, and I felt very brave. I'm still willing to go for the yellow, and it doesn't factor into my decision to frog at all.

My friend and fellow knitter Sami said that the best part of knitting is the knitting itself. She, too, isn't scared of a little frogging. Many other knitters gasp when I tell them I'm going to unravel this. But why keep a sweater in the closet that you're never going to wear? Especially when it's knit with such a beautiful yarn that you can use for another project.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

V-Back Speckled Knit Tee

I have soooo many sock yarn scraps, so I've been trying to knit socks with the full skeins and use the other scraps for stripey projects--like this one!

Pattern: The V-Back Tee by Jamie Hoffman
Yarn: (from top to bottom) 

Junkyarn Smooth Sock in Fleur and Candace

Nice & Knit Fingering in Shoal and Driftwood

Rock and String Creations Super Sock in A True Rarity

Friday, August 7, 2020

Rhinebeck-Inspired Noelle Knit Sweater

 I saw a sweater sample hanging in the booth of Birch Dyeworks last year at Rhinebeck Yarn Bazaar. Overwhelmed by all the choices there, I passed up the opportunity to buy the yarn for the sweater.

It was so crowded that I couldn't even get near the sweater, but my knitting BFF, Sami, got close enough to see the pattern name and colorway on the sample. (She's the best.)

I kept thinking about this sweater, as one does, and I had some major regret about not buying it. So when the pandemic started, I ordered the colorway from the sample, and then I paired it with yarn from one of my local LYSs, Echoview Fiber Mill.

Noelle Pullover by Handmade Closet
Yarn: Echoview Fiber Mill Lapidary in Selenite and Birch Dyeworks 80/20 Sock in Mango