Monday, May 14, 2018

Ultraviolet Knit Socks for Jessica!

These cool socks reached their New Jersey destination last week just in time for a cozy Saturday night. I've mentioned Jessica before on my blog. She's a fantastic crafty lady, and we exchange handmade gifts for birthdays and Christmas.

Since I'm always scrambling to knit/make everything around the holidays -- the best time to actually wear socks -- I decided to make her some socks earlier in the year when I'd actually have time for a bigger project.

Pattern: Stepping-Stones by Clara Parkes from The Knitter's Book of Socks
Yarn: Pandora's Yarn Luxe in Ultraviolet, purchased at SAFF last fall

I'm usually late with her birthday gift, and she's an April baby, so these socks are kinda useless until winter. But she found a way to make them work, even in near-summer temperatures.

Let me also say how proud I am that I actually made something with yarn I bought back in the fall. I usually stash those SAFF yarns forever, but I found a use for this lovely yarn really quickly.

I am determined to reduce my stash a bit this year. My big problem is that I have to stop the bleeding and stop buying new stuff. It's so hard! These socks are a good first step, though, yeah? (Unintended lame-o pun.)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spring-Perfect Floral Bun Wrap

I bring you a little something different today. I've been dabbling in way more than yarn lately!

Pop over to Factory Direct Craft to get my tutorial for this pretty little Floral Bun Wrap.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Men's Knit Cabled Cardigan

I haven't finished many projects lately, but the one big one I've been working on is this cardigan for Alex.

Alex refused to wear cardigans, mostly because he's a school psychologist and that's a cliche uniform for his profession. But I annoyed him for long enough that he finally relented. Heh heh. I present Alex's first cardigan!

Pattern: #17 Man's Cable Cardigan by Josh Bennett, featured in Vogue Knitting Winter 2009/10
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in 5189 Charcoal

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Lots of Cute Fuzzy Alpacas (and their Yarn!)

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I had an awesome experience at Que Sera Alpaca Farm in Santa Fe. I took so many pictures, and I know I was probably annoying everyone with my multiple posts. So here, in all their glory, are the cute alpacas we met that day.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Patching a Huge Hole in Knit Socks

I knit a pair of socks for my dad every Christmas, and recently he showed me a pair from 2016 that were loved and well worn. He was planning to throw them away. GASP.

It seemed like such a waste to just throw away the socks. (I could never do that!) So I decided I'd try to patch them. I had no idea what I was getting into.

I posted the holey socks on Instagram and received so many awesome suggestions from other knitters. Many suggested traditional darning, but looking at the hole (the hole above in particular), it needed a much heftier job than that.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Softest West End Knit Cardigan Ever

Cardigans might be the best sweaters in the world. I starting knitting this one back in the winter, but I only had the opportunity to wear it once or twice before the weather warmed up. Even now, it's proving to be a great layering piece.

Also, the yarn. Looooove it. Want more.

Pattern: West End Cardigan by Hannah Fettig from Texture
Yarn: Purl Soho Flax Down in 1620 Lavender Opal 

I bought this yarn in New York last summer when Alex and I went on our annual visit to see his family. My friend Jessica and I hit up Purl Soho, and we could've stayed there all day! We totally enable each other when it comes to buying fabric and yarn; that's why I love her so much.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Epic Fail: Men's Knit Boatyard Pullover Sweater

Sometimes projects don't work out the way we think they will. That's the case with my latest sweater that I knit for Alex.

Pattern: Boatyard Pullover by Hannah Fettig from Texture
Yarn: Berroco Remix in 3972 Fern

This pattern is lovely, but I don't think the yarn I chose pairs well with it. The idea for all of Alex's sweaters is that it's a yarn we can wash in the machine, but maybe dry flat.