Sunday, December 10, 2017

Knit Astrantia Cowl for Danara

My friend Sami made this cowl pattern for herself, and I fell in love with it. It's from a book called Maine Knits, so it was a perfect gift for my friend Danara who loves Maine and often travels up there for writing workshops.

Pattern: Astrantia Cowl by Beatrice Perron Dahlen
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta in Azul Profundo

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Knit Commonwealth Snowflake Sweater

I always set these ridiculous deadlines for myself, and then the deadline doesn't matter anyway because I don't wear the actual finished project. That was the case with this beautiful knit Commonwealth Sweater.

I wanted to finish this sweater in time to wear it last Thanksgiving. (Yep, I'm posting this more than a year later.) I did finish it, but when Thanksgiving rolled around it was about 65 degrees outside. That plus packing about 18 people into our house = sweaty guests and hosts, so I didn't wear the sweater.

Pattern: Commonwealth Sweater by Kiri FitzGerald-Hillier
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash in Green Lake

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sweater Weather! Knit Agrotera

I made this sweater last spring, then put it away until the weather was colder again. Since we have almost a foot of snow on the ground, I think that qualifies as official winter weather. Long live sweater weather!

Pattern: Agrotera Pullover by Amanda Bell
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Sabine in Sungold

I bought this yarn at a local yarn store, Black Mountain Yarn Shop. It was on sale since the yarn has been discontinued, and I was a little hesitant about the color. Even though it was labeled as gold, I felt like it was a little too close to my pale skin tone.

In college my roommate had a shirt that was the same color as her skin, and every time I saw her from across the quad, I thought she was naked. I sure didn't want to recreate that shirt.

The color was a bit hard to photograph, but it's almost the same color as our Evil Kitty.

The sweater was super easy to knit, but I'm not 100% pleased with how the yarn feels. It's a little rough and scratchy, so I've mostly been wearing it over top of other things to add a layer between the sweater and my skin. It's still pretty, though, isn't it?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Crochet Taxidermy Parade Continues: Raccoon, Jellyfish, and Octopus

I love these crochet taxidermy critters sooo much, so I'm now making them as gifts for EVERYONE. All of these creatures are from Crochet Taxidermy by Taylor Hart.

I made this raccoon for my friend Erica for her birthday back in October. I love the oval plaque and his perky little ears.

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