Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Magic Loop Basic Brimmed Hat Tutorial and FREE Pattern

I'm a big fan of magic loop, so when Craftsy asked me to design a magic loop hat and tutorial, I was more than ready to share my obsession with knitters who are new to the technique.

I originally started using magic loop only for socks, but then I went crazy and started using it for things like two-at-a-time sweater sleeves and even mittens. Sometimes I still pull out my trusty 16" circulars, but magic loop makes things so much easier, especially for things like hats that require multiple needle sizes and different types of needles.

Pattern: Basic Ribbed Brim Hat designed by me (FREE!) plus Magic Loop Tutorial
Yarn: Cloudborn Superwash Highland Worsted in Charcoal Heather (hat) and Graphite Heather (pompom)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sunset Highway Knit Sweater

Wooooo! I have to admit it: when I first started drooling over this sweater, I never actually thought I'd make it. Luckily, one of my LYSs, Black Mountain Yarn Shop, hosted a knit-along starting in January. It was the perfect selfish knitting project after months of focusing on holiday gifts!

Pattern: Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Shiver, Hurricane, Budgie, and Electric

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

More Stripey Knit Socks for Alex and Knitting in the Car

Socks are that pattern that I always have going on in the background in addition to another bigger project. Usually those socks end up going to Alex.

Recently, I went on a ladies' road trip with my friends to Hilton Head, SC, for my friend Cat's birthday. I always bring a project, but right now I'm working on a cardigan that I'll probably only get to wear one time before summer. I knew my fellow knitter Sami would be knitting on the trip, but I didn't want to bring that huge sweater with me. So I started some travel-worthy socks instead.

Pattern: I made one up! Basically a P1, K4 ribbing across the top of the foot, toe up, short row heel.
Yarn: The Fiber Seed Sprout in Acorn

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Free Pattern: Knit Marled Seed Stitch Cowl

A few winters ago, I taught Alex how to knit. He made one scarf in garter stitch, then sent it to his mom. She got very excited and asked him to make her a seed stitch cowl using this yarn that she chose. But he lost the knitting fever, and he never made it.

I came across the yarn a few months ago. So this year for Hanukkah, I decided to make the cowl and give it to his mom. Both he and his mom had forgotten all about it, which was clear from the look on her face when I gave it to her!

Pattern: Marled Seed Stitch Cowl (my own design). Download it for free on Ravelry!
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Pure Alpaca in Magenta and Grey (Two strands held together)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kinsley and I Collaborate on a Mini Weaving Project

My niece, Kinsley, is a seriously awesome kid. She's 6, and she is very into crafts.

My mom has to watch the shopping cart very carefully when she takes her to a craft store, because she's likely to pile the cart full of LOTS of things. Last time she visited us, I asked her if she'd be interested in making a little wall hanging using this mini loom that came with one of my Mollie Makes magazines. (I'm such a sucker for the little kits that come with the magazine.) Of course she said yes.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Jessica's Meadowsweet Knitted Shawl

My friend Jessica and I swap DIY gifts every year. Last year I made her these Vespergyle Mittens that turned out so awesome! This year I took on a project that was larger but (not surprising) much easier than those crazy colorwork mittens.

Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Rainbow color #42
Pattern: Meadowsweet by Fancy Tiger Crafts, from the book Wool Journey: Shetland

I found this yarn at a fiber swap a few years ago. There were LOTS of skeins included, and even though I had no idea how I would use it, I knew I had to have it. Even after making this shawl, I still have lots of it left. (P.S. The yarn is discontinued, but you can still find it on sites like eBay and Ravelry.)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Alex's Oooh Girl Knit Socks

Socks are the perfect project for car knitting, so last summer when Alex drove us up to New York, I brought these in-progress socks along with us. (Yes, I'm posting a project I finished last summer. Heh.)

Pattern: Ribby Holiday Socks by Alicia Morandi (FREE pattern on Craftsy!)
Yarn: Twist Fiber Studio Pisgah Fingering in Oooh Girl

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.