f.o. | turtle dove sweater.

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I finally took some snaps of myself wearing my Turtle Dove Sweater by Espace Tricot and for once, I think I’m in love and might wear this one regularly.

It fits like a dream. This is knit up using Woolfolk Luft yarn in the 6L (blacks) colorway; this is my first time using this yarn, and let me tell you, the drape on this! Plus, it’s so soft, and has a slight haze to it. Gorgeous.

You can read my project notes here.  I’m definitely thinking there are more sweaters in this particular yarn in my future.

f.o. | eugene pullover.

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I’ve been addicted to the Cascades collection by Whitney Hayward since it was released. I’ve even knit more than one Withrow hat from it. I’d love to have every one of these items in my wardrobe.

I bought the yarn for the Eugene pullover about a year ago, but finally cast on for this sweater at the bitter end of summer. It didn’t take long to knit the body, and then I let the sleeves languish for a few weeks in favor of a hat project, a sock project, and finishing the Ramona Light cardigan.

And then yesterday, I finally finished the sleeves and the neckline. I actually really love it. The shape is short and boxy pre-blocking but still fits well. I think a good soak will get it right to the specs I’m hoping for. I could have knit this on 8s instead of the recommended 9s because my gauge was ever so slightly off, but I’m loving the fit anyways–I don’t think there was drastic impact like I anticipated when I finally noticed after nearly completing the body (gah!).

Cheers to finishing projects and feeling great about them, though I may ultimately gift this one to my mum. Next up in this collection I’d like to knit the Rainier pullover and the Holden wrap.

Finished snaps, soon. What are you finishing this fall?

My project notes are here.

f.o. | ramona light cardigan.

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It’s been nearly two years, but I finally finished my Ramona Light cardigan. This one fits like a dream even if I used buttons that may be slightly on the too small size.

The Ramona Light is knit up in Quince and Co. chickadee in the honey colorway; the fabric is light and dreamy. I love it.

My only modification to this pattern was to avoid any waist shaping for a boxier fit. Here is a snap of it before blocking.

It also feels good to say I don’t have any projects languishing on the needles from the last calendar year; I have but one or two items from years prior that have been in a box that I just don’t know what to do with yet. Will I finish them? Frog them? I can’t make that decision yet. Still, my focus on getting things on and off the needles without having a million projects going appears to be working, and at ground zero no less.

See my pattern notes here.

 

knit | kai tank.

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I’m on a linen yarn kick and I love making tank tops. This summer seemed to take forever to get here; and so while I begged for warmer skies this spring, I knit up a Kai Tank top using Quince and Co. kestrel linen yarn in the graphite color way.

The only modifications I made was to not do the color block contrasting color at the bottom and I ripped out the neck edging because for some reason, I couldn’t get the tank top over my head with it! I made size two and my gauge was spot on–so I don’t know why my edge was so tight and didn’t work. Luckily, I think it’s ok without it.

This is the second linen tank I’ve made this year–both bottom up designs with nice split hems, which I think are really flattering. You can get more details about my project here.

sew | willow tank.

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I’m a terrible sewer. I don’t know why it doesn’t come easy for me, at all. But, it doesn’t. It’s still important to work on things that don’t come easy; to hone a new skill, to keep trying.

And so, I recently finished this Willow Tank from Grainline Studio. It’s a beginner pattern–a very basic tank with some nice darting at the bust. It was my first time making darts.

I think it came out pretty nicely and only took one day to complete, but it was still a struggle for me. Next up, a skirt in the same pattern to make it a lovely matching outfit. But, I’ve been avoiding since it is so hard for me. Maybe I’ll have a skirt by the end of summer.

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.

make | hand painted necklaces.

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I love trying new things. As part of my recent and burgeoning studio practice, I started painting a whole host of beads without any idea where it was going.

And then, I hit the spray studio. And then, I remembered I had antiqued leather and linen yarn in my stash.

Eventually, these necklaces were born. I’ve worn the left two every day since I made them; I gifted the turquoise and silver one to my friend and studio mate, Rebecca. She just so happened to be wearing the perfect handmade tank top that morning, like it was kismet.

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I’m even getting so obsessive about this particular practice, that I might considering selling these, if I think there is interested buyers out there. What do you think? Would you wear something like this by me?

As part of the kick off to Me Made May, today, I sport one of these necklaces. It’s not clothing, but its handmade jewelry. Does that count?

blocked | forester.

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This is my second Forester by Michele Wang. I just adore this pattern. The construction is interesting and unlike any sweater I’ve knit before–you start at the neck, increase for the sleeves, then knit one sleeve completely, work to the next sleeve, knit that one completely, and then go back to the body.

Genius! No sleeves to do last. I love that. It feels like it knits faster, and the two strands of worsted weight held together on size 11 needles helps, too.

It’s such a flattering finish off. I’ve done it in two different yarns–this one in Cascade 220  in the silver gray and white colorways respectively. It’s exactly what I had hoped it would look like.

More details, to come, with finished snaps. My first version of this sweater was gifted to my mum last year for her birthday. I’ve gifted her a handful of sweaters over the years; she says, by far, this is her favorite one to wear.

flex tee | finished.

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Flex by Heidi Kirrmaier is one of my favorite projects this year. It was quick, easy, and featured a really nice linen yarn that I’m now obsessed with: Quince and Co. kestrel.

This is the pebble colorway and its a dream. I definitely could have knit this a size smaller but the drape is nice and we will see how it washes up.

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The construction on this pattern is really interesting and keeps you engaged. Definitely add this one to the major success projects that I might actually wear regularly.

You can read more about my process here.

flex | finish line.

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My Flex tshirt by Heidi Kirrmaier is nearly finished! All that’s left is a little side seaming and I can officially find out whether this is going to fit the way I want it to (fingers crossed for me, please).

What a dream pattern. The construction was different and engaging and the Quince and Co. Kestrel linen was the perfect yarn. Plus, all told, this tshirt took less than two weeks without feverish knitting every night. This is actually my first tshirt in all my years as a knitter and I think I’m presently addicted.

Finished project shots forthcoming.

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What other tshirts should I consider knitting?

transmute.

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A year after I began the Transmute pullover, I have finally finished. For some reason, I stalled on this project last spring and didn’t pick it up again until last month. But, I’m so pleased this one is off the needles because it’s a dream project.

The fit is to die for and the waist shaping is a dream come true. The boat neck is a little wider than I normally like, but I’m embracing it.

This was a completely stash busting project, which makes me even more proud. Knit up using 3 skeins of Plucky Knitter Sock in the Good Ol’ Pip color way, which is this beautiful gray purple color, and one skein of blush colored Shibui Sock that I had laying around for years.

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There’s nothing better than knowing one of your favorite knits to date came about rather randomly and featured old yarns you didn’t quite know what to do with.

What are your favorite stash busting projects?

See more snaps of my Transmute pullover here. Read my project notes here.

forester soak.

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Easily one of the quickest sweaters I’ve knit in awhile, the Forester by Michele Wang was a dream project. I loved the top down construction that had you halt working the body to knit both sleeves before finishing.

The thought of not having sleeves to knit after the body was complete was so empowering, I want to knit every seamless sweater this way!

Here’s my Forester going for a soak. I can’t decide if I should keep it for myself or gift it to my mum and make another. I’m thinking the latter…