fair isle, in progress.


Here’s progress on my First Fair Isle Sweater by yu co, featured in Amirisu magazine. I actually had to rip a few rows back because I forgot to change my background color to the cast iron, and I want to follow the fair isle pattern as written.

This is the project I’m working on for the So Very Shannon “BT in the Wild” knit along, which started in August–the goal is to knit a sweater featuring either Brooklyn Tweed yarns or a Brooklyn Tweed pattern. I’m using Loft, which of course, is a dream, as always. Despite all knitters voting for a two-week extension, I’m still definitely not finishing in time, which is a bummer, but onto focusing on the positives.

I’m loving the way it’s coming out and I think my colors are contrasting enough to really show the color work. I learned some interesting new techniques for the neckline and sleeve shaping and if it fits well, I might use as a guide in the future. This is also a stash busting project–a goal of mine in most of my knitting for the past few years–and I’m thrilled to know I didn’t have to purchase new materials to make this sweater.

Here’s to cooler climes; I’ll have the impulse to work on it this weekend.

woolens x weeknight dinner.


Jared Flood’s new book is a dream. As if my obsession with Brooklyn Tweed yarns and patterns could get any stronger, enter Woolens.

If you haven’t grabbed a copy, please do. It was a great pairing for a fish vera cruz weeknight dinner on the back porch. The recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen Best Mexican recipes and it did not disappoint.

Grab yourself a copy of both.

christmas, wip.


Literally–and figuratively! I decided to knit my nephew a Christmas in July sweater by Tanis Lavallee this July–and guess what? I’m gifting it to him for Christmas. It’s all come full circle.

I decided to use up my Knit Picks Palette fingering yarn–which I have 100 hues of and is perfect for the little bits you need for this sweater’s yoke (yes for more stash busting projects!). Normally I like to make super wash wool sweaters when kids are involved, but this is meant to be a special ski sweater and can therefore handle a dry cleaning or a gentle hand wash inconvenience.

I really love the way it turned out. It was a simple but entertaining knit. If you are new to color work, this is a great starter–even though I’m not new to the technique, it would be easy for a beginner to tackle incorporating yoke increases at the neckline and color work. Finished snaps, soon.



This August, I finally started Amirisu’s First Fair Isle sweater as part of the So Very Shannon Brooklyn Tweed sweater knit along. I bought my L0ft yarn in the above colorways for this sweater back last winter and am finally getting around to knitting this up.

The palette is perfect for my fall wardrobe–I just have to hop to. I might not finish this project by 9/10 because I’ve only just divided by sleeves and getting ready to start the colorwork section. Wish me luck.