Thursday, January 18, 2018

Brrrr! Fighting the Cold with a Knit Pennington Sweater

It's frosty out there for Asheville weather. I'm talking achy-hands cold that won't even be stopped by bulky hand knit mittens.

While the cold is no fun, there is one reason I love it: I can bring out ALL THE KNITS. This week I found myself wearing this gorgeous sweater that I test knit for Christina Danaee back in August.

Pattern: Pennington by Christina Danaee
Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Sulka Legato in Light Aqua and Grey

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Win a Copy of Protest Knits and Really Cross Stitch

It's been a while since I hosted a giveaway on my blog, but when these two books came in the mail I knew it was time for another one.

I don't usually get political on my blog. If you don't stand where I do, that's ok. That's why I love crafts: they connect us all in ways we never imagined. Even if you don't agree with me on social and political issues, we can still connect through yarn and fabric!

But if you do have similar opinions on today's world, you'll be interested in this giveaway: Protest Knits by Geraldine Warner and Really Cross Stitch by Rayna Fahey. (See the bottom of the post to enter to win.)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mom's Stephen West Knit Exploration Station Christmas Shawl

This year for my mom's Christmas gift, I wanted to make something a little different than usual. I've made her shawls in the past, but she always told me she has a difficult time styling them.

I was already into Stephen West's designs, and after meeting him last year at Black Mountain Yarn Shop, I was inspired to try another of his shawls.

Yarn: Primrose Yarn Co. Cosmic Helix in Primetime and House of Mirrors, plus some gray from my stash

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy Crafty New Year! Top Instagram Photos of 2017

Happy new year! For those of you not on Instagram, here's a little recap of my top 9 photos of 2017.

Clockwise from top left: Sami in her Bristol Ivy Brooke Sweater and me in my Agrotera Sweater by Amanda Bell; Alex and Nietzsche in their weenie costumes; Me holding Yoko's sweet bunny at Echoview Fiber Mill in my Amy Herzog Options Sweater; Me in my Arm Knit Cable Scarf; Alex's knitted sock collection; Steve and Liz's fox wedding gift; foxy brooches for my crafty friends; the first winter snow of 2017. Center: Me in my Stephen West Dotted Rays shawl.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dad's 2017 Knit Christmas Socks

Since last Christmas, Dad has been hinting around that he wants another pair of hand knit socks. According to my mom, he has been wearing the first pair I made him nonstop and even has a hole in the heel. Now THAT is a compliment!

Dad doesn't get online much, so I present this year's socks for him before I wrap 'em up.

Pattern: Mount Airy Socks by Mary Lukas
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Reflecting Pool

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Knit Campside Shawl

I've had this shawl on my list for a while, and I finally made it back in the summer. What spawned the creation was me falling in love with this yarn color.

Pattern: Campside Shawl by Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Dos Tierras in 412 Teal Feather

Monday, December 18, 2017

Angela's Knit Textured Mitts

Hey, it's a Christmas gift that I actually finished! My friend Angela looooves alpaca, and she's more of a crocheter than a knitter, so I thought I'd stitch her some knitted fingerless mitts in her fave fiber.

I normally don't make knitted gifts for friends who knit. I'm not sure why. Maybe I figure that if they really wanted them, they would've already made them? (That's not true at all for me!) But I thought since she doesn't really knit much, she'd be a good candidate for these.

Pattern: Textured Mitts by Hannah Fettig
Yarn: Cascade Pure Alpaca in Magenta and Grey