wip | ramona light.

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I am closing in on the finish line of the body of my Ramona Light cardigan, knit up in Quince and Co. chickadee in the honey colorway. The drape of this sport weight yarn is beautiful–light and luxurious.

The yoke went really quickly but the body has languished on the needles nearly finished. I’ve decided I need to pick this back up and finish it before I start any new garments, so that I don’t have a backlog of items on the needles. This has been a big goal of mine through my knitting journey–I used to have many projects going at once, and now I have a maximum of 2. This has helped me to actually finish things and appreciate working from my stash in a more intentional way.

What other sweaters should I add to my list this winter? I’d like to try something really challenging—a cabled cardigan perhaps.

wear | merrifield sweater.

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I finished my Merrifield Sweater by Pam Allen back in May, and today is the first time I’m actually wearing it out in the world (to my job). I’m loving the fit, which is unusual for me–usually, I never wear my hand knit sweaters because the sleeves are too long, or too short, or the body is too long, or the yoke feels like it doesn’t sit so nice.

This one, this one feels like a dream. I’m glad I knit it in one of the smallest sizes, because ultimately I think my frame is more petite than I feel in my mind.

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This was knit up using Quince and Co. kestrel yarn (linen) in urchin and is a perfect sweater for this weird October weather we are having–chilly mornings, mid 70s afternoons.

See my project notes here.

wip | striped.

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I decided I wanted to make myself a basic charcoal and white striped sweater. I’ve made a version of the Tea and Jam and Bread sweater before, loved the fit but ultimately gifted it to my mum, and decided I wanted a version for myself.

The thing I love about this sweater is it can be manipulated easily. While the original calls for two larger stripes in different colors and front pockets, I’ve seen a million different versions of this one: from solid and no pockets to mini stripes and beyond. And so, since I knew I loved its shape and fit, I decided to use it as the basis for this new sweater.

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I’m nearly to the finish line on the body in under a week. My stripes are approximately 2.25 inches or 13 rows in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter with size 7 needles. I love the neck shaping on this sweater, as well. If you aren’t a fan of short rows, this may not be the pattern for you–but believe me, they are worth it in the overall fit of the sweater.

Of course, I’m using one of my favorite yarns: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. The colors are cast iron and fossil.

Finished product soon.

cook | saffron pasta with zoodles.

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Man! This dish! A new one I tried twice this late summer and definitely one to go in my regular rotation mostly because zucchini are plentiful and you can get them any season and not notice a lesser quality like tomatoes, for example.

This pasta recipe using a combiation of bucatini and zoodles (that’s zucchini noodles); I invested some years back in a spiralizer, and I love it. I often use it to make other kinds of veggie noodles–like beet strings for a warm salad or curly fries for a dish with mussels. They are an affordable and easy to use investment.

What I like most about this recipe is the combination–not losing that pasta, but getting another texture with the zoodles, which simmer in a sauce of saffron and cream. This recipe gets an extra kick, as well, from some crispy pancetta, which you brown up in the pan prior to cooking the sauce and zoodles, and adds a crunchy bit on top at the end (and some much needed fat and salt). Sprinkle with parm and you have a brilliant, and fast, weeknight dinner.

f.o. | peyote bead church key.

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I love making these bottle openers for wedding gifts. They are really perfect–something most people need, but also not on a registry and unique to me. You aren’t getting more than one peyote beaded bottle opener at your shower, are you?

I completed this matte bead one back in early August, as a gift to a former colleague and friend who had been married in recent weeks. I never did get final snaps of the finished product, but I think she was pleased with the gift and I hope she and her husband have popped a few cool ones with it.

I really love mixing it up–sometimes making matte bead ones and other times all shiny, metallic beads like this one I made the previous summer for another friend getting married.

What are your go to small, handmade gifts?

wip | coffee cross stitch.

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I worked pretty feverishly on this cross stitch back in August. And for some reason, I lost steam. This little chart of different kinds of coffee drinks and the components that make them will eventually be art for my kitchen. Or I’ll gift it off to a friend.

Consider this a push to finish this project.

What projects do you have languishing?

f.o. | finger knit necklace.

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I’ve always wanted to take a stab at finger knitting, but no projects screamed out to me. Until PurlBKnit’s Brandi Harper and her brilliant finger knitted necklaces with gorgeous t-shirt yarns, sold in kits, no less.

This was such a quick and instantly gratifying make. It took about five minutes for a million compliments on my wardrobe. I love this t-shirt yarn with a tiny pattern of leaves and flowers on it. Gives my all black outfits a pop of much needed color.

Grab yourself one! There are a couple different color scheme options and each kit allows you to make four finger knits!