Friday, July 20, 2018

Fingerless Mitts from Adorable Alpacas

In April, Alex and I visited some of his family in New Mexico, and we were lucky enough to squeeze in a visit to an alpaca farm, Que Sera Alpacas in Santa Fe. (See adorable alpaca photos.)

These are the first projects I made from the alpaca yarn. (And trust me, more alpaca projects to come because I LOADED UP on yarn there!)

Pattern: Fingerless Mitts by Suzanne Wadsworth
Yarn: Que Sera Alpacas DK in Dark Opal and Que Sera Alpacas Confetti (Black)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A New Knit! Comfort Fade Cardigan

I've had my eye on this pattern since its release. It just looked so cozy and wonderful. When my frequent buyer card at Black Mountain Yarn Shop filled up, I knew I wanted to use it on this!

Pattern: Comfort Fade Cardigan by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: Autumn and Indigo in Jaded, Seneca, Old Winter, Heron, Cadet, and Bleached Aqua

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

No-Fade So Faded Knit Sweater

I knit two fingering-weight sweaters, and it's not even halfway through 2018. Woohoo!

I've heard from several knitters that the famous trendy So Faded sweater is perfect for any fingering-weight yarn project. I spotted this galaxy-esque yarn at SAFF this past fall, and I knew I had to have it for something.

Pattern: So Faded by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: Fiber Seed Sprout Sock in Interstellar, Hedgehog Sock in Electric leftover from my Sunset Highway sweater, and oddments of Malabrigo Sock in Reflecting Pool leftover from my dad's Christmas socks

It's clear that I didn't have a plan for this sweater, but that's ok. The sleeves aren't as long as I thought they could be given the yarn I had, and I ended up throwing in some scrap yarn for the cuffs and neckline which I hadn't originally planned on doing.

The good thing about having a huge yarn stash is that you can do practically ANYTHING in an emergency. The Malabrigo matches the green from the Interstellar yarn exactly, which was kind of creepy.

This sweater is soft and comfy, and I'm excited to wear it when the weather calls for it.

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.