Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Waterlily Summer Knit Top

Oh, look! I finished this breezy airy summery top just in time for fall! Haha. It didn't work out quite the way I planned.

Pattern: Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes (Issue 8 of Pom Pom Quarterly)
Yarn: Rowan 4-Ply Cotton (discontinued)

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Birthday Crochet Taxidermy: Skunk, Owl, and Toucan

My crafty friends -- you know, the ones who made me this awesome hoop for my wedding -- always trade birthday gifts, and three of the gals have September birthdays. This year, I decided to make everyone a crochet taxidermy animal.

I'm kinda obsessed with these lately, and I think everyone needs one! Plus when you have an endless stash of yarn like I do, you have tons of color combos to play with.

Patterns: Little Stinker, Little Hooter, and Timid Toucan from Crochet Taxidermy by Taylor Hart
Yarn: Scrap yarn from my stash

The owl was for Tara. (Alex liked this one so much that he asked me to make one for us, too.)

Stephanie got the skunk.

And Krista got the toucan.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bobble Goodness! Little Cabin Knitted Sweater

You might remember that I was working on this sweater when I went home to see my family in Kentucky after my uncle, Billy, passed away. This sweater really helped me get through a tough time, and I'll forever think of him when I wear it.

And I plan on wearing it a lot! It really turned out great.

Pattern: Little Cabin by Caitlin Hunter
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Plum

Friday, August 4, 2017

More Knitted Socks! Lavender Double Lace Rib Socks

Warning: blinding white legs ahead.

You know I love knitting socks, but they're usually for Alex, who has quite a collection now. So when my friend Jo's mom, Kim, so generously unloaded part of her stash on us, I nabbed some madelinetosh yarn that's to DIE FOR.

Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Sugar Plum
Pattern: Double Lace Rib Toe-Up Socks by Stefanie Pollmeier (FREE pattern!)

I'm not usually a toe-up sock kind of gal. I love the easy heel of the toe-up sock, but I loathe the cast on. But this pattern was just so pretty that I couldn't pass it up.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Madie's Crochet Bun Hat

I rarely jump on fiber and stitching trends, but thankfully I have cool young family members like my cousin Madie to keep me on my toes.

Madie messaged me after Christmas with a photo of a bun hat. She wanted to know if I could make her one, so I said sure.

Pattern: Easy Peasy Messy Bun Hat (FREE!)
Yarn: Red Heart with Love Solids in Bubble Gum

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Knitting, Grieving, and Making Connections

Alex frequently sends me articles about the health benefits of knitting, but it wasn't until recently that I really started to appreciate those benefits.

My uncle Billy passed away last week and as I usually do when we're going on a trip, I brought my knitting with me for our trip to see my family in Kentucky. Knitting at a time like this seems silly, but I didn't realize what a comfort it would soon be.

I'm currently working on Little Cabin by Caitlin Hunter, but really I could've been knitting an endless swatch of stockinette stitch and it would've still been helpful.

When someone I love passes away, I'm looking for a distraction and a break from feeling the weight of the sadness. Knitting provides just that. I'm counting stitches, I'm looking at charts, I'm reading directions, I'm feeling that back and forth movement of the needles. And it's comforting. I don't know why, but it's comforting.

Death brings up so many terrible feelings, and I'm not saying that we should avoid or ignore them. But sometimes those feelings are overwhelming and so painful. Knitting can bring a temporary peace and calm that can help us feel better even if it's just for a few minutes.

I was talking to Alex about Billy's talent as a mechanic and his love for old cars when Alex brought up an interesting point that bridged my knitting with Billy: my family is full of people who do things with their hands. Mechanics, electricians, sewers, crocheters -- we all love working those fine motor skills, and we're good at it. I never really thought about that before, but it made me feel that much more connected to other members of my family.

At first I was worried that every time I look at this sweater, I'll think of my uncle Billy and be sad. But I think it might just do the opposite: I think it will serve as a little tribute to him every time I wear it.

If you're interested in reading more about the health benefits of knitting, whether it's for grief, depression, anxiety, or anything else, check out some of these articles:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Knitting Trials and Tribulations of the Options Cardigan

Holy moly. I've been through it with this sweater.

I'm a huge fan of Amy Herzog's designs, so I was really excited to start this sweater. I didn't plan it out super well -- funny, since that's the fit tip Amy so constantly drives home. The lack of planning caused me to take soooo long to finish this.

But it's all good now.

Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK in Marl
Pattern: Striped (or Not) Options Cardigan by Amy Herzog