f.o.: little stripes sweater.

48721633043_020e1a7cd5_c

I’ve made one of these Purl Soho Little Baby Sweater tshirt style sweaters before for a colleague with an impending new babe. I like it; it’s super fast to knit up but looks like it takes a whole lot longer, and it’s fun, mindless knitting.

Plus, I can imagine how cute the little ones look in this, and it can be worn in winter over longer garments or worn in summer as added warmth in colder climes (like air conditioning!).

I had a hard time deciding on buttons for this one and kept going back and forth between the daisies I ultimately chose and a plain mustard matte button. I knew the baby was going to be a girl and this added some cuteness and dimension, but then I thought about the wearability of it for future kids. In the end, I obviously risked it with the idea that anyone can wear anything of course and if a little babe of any gender can’t wear flowers, who can?

Knit up in Knit Picks Palette yarn I had laying around in my stash in Coriander Heather for the main and Custard for the contrasting yellow. A great stash busting project at a super low cost that only required buying some buttons (which I picked up at the amazing Gather Here in Cambridge).

 

wip: snoqualmie cardigan.

48290139791_e053777176_c

This sweater is quite the labor of love. I keep picking it up and putting it down, which is why it’s taking me so long (more than 6 months! but I’ve made a bunch of stuff in between).

46252479065_c2d26b6323_c

The Snoqualmie has been on my list for quite some time. I know I will cherish this when its complete (so long as I’m happy with my seaming and the overall fit). I’m knitting mine up in a different fiber than called for–Quince and Co. Osprey in the Audouin color way. It’s gorgeous and the drape so far really holds up the cables well.

48722391206_f5806ea7b1_z

I followed an amazing modification for a drop front pocket on either front panel and I’m loving the construction of it so far. I’m hoping I didn’t create too much bulk in the front and I won’t love the way it falls on me when I’m finished, but fingers crossed.

46949786141_83e326ccba_c

This entire project has been a lovely process. I’ve learned some new techniques, for sure, and this is my first sweater with entirely all over cable. I’m really pleased, so far, with the results. That’s probably because I swatched this one real good.

It’s been resting while I work on a Ripple Crop Top and a Bouquet Sweater, but my goal is to have this finished by the end of October.

f.o. : socks, on the dock, for doc.

48584051196_a91ab56a10_c

One of the most satisfying parts of my knitting process is when I get to gift the result of my labor to someone who really, deeply appreciates the item not only as something functional they can wear and keep warm in, but because I made it, for them, with them in mind.

This is how the doc always is when I make him things. From the moment I met him and gifted him his first pair of hand knit socks, he’s worn them whenever they are clean. In the desert. In 110 degrees. That guy, he wore my wool socks. Actually, the first pair were a breathable bamboo.

But I digress.

Whenever I make him a pair, he wears the shit out of them. He wears them when his toes have popped through from overwear. And then he asks me to consider darning them (I haven’t yet found my darning train… help me get there. I can’t envision myself fixing them. What do you do about this?).

48584285977_75627756ab_c

This pair I worked on most of spring and into summer. I picked them up only when I needed mindless stockinette. I can make these in my sleep, almost. I’ve got his size down perfectly; a perfect project for when I am busy.

These are worked on in Quaere Fiber (a favorite of mine for socks!) in the Bright Side color way. I adore them. He’s wearing them on the dock, the first truly foggy, cold day we had at the end of a perfect summer. A classic after thought heel and he says this particular fiber feels great on his feet and stands the test of his hard wear and tear.

yarn: harrisville nightshades.

47166527071_b2554f167f_c

Calling the hive mind! Tons of folks are obsessing over Harrisville Designs new line, Night Shades, and I am indeed one of them. I recently scored 5 skeins (a sweaters quantity, approximately) in the static color way, which has little flecks of white in the dark tones. I’m in love.

But now, what to make with it? I keep going back and forth but I’m looking for a sweater pattern that calls for DK weight yarn and isn’t tunic style (I don’t have enough for that!). Any ideas?

I thought about a pattern from the Night Shades collection by Whitney Hayward–the sable pullover in particular–but I just don’t know.

Help.

wip: skiff hat.

47114558152_62147bc729_c

I finally cast on (and finished!) the Skiff Hat. I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, as the pattern calls for, in the artifact color way. It’s a deep forest green and I love it.

Since finishing, I haven’t yet snapped it or worn it because I wonder if it’s too large for my head. Does it overtake me? Anyone else knit this and experience that? I did the watchcap version, not the beanie.

No pom for me, on this one. And I also went down two needle sizes, per some of the recommendations on ravelry, and I can’t imagine how off my gauge would have been if I knit this with the size needles the pattern suggested. The tubular cast on for this pattern was beautiful, too.

Finished snaps, soon.

swatch: snoqualmie cardigan.

46949786141_83e326ccba_c

I finally did it. In 2019, I swatched. I swatched this gorgeous baby for my Snoqualmie Cardigan by Michelle Wang (who is a genius, imho), which has been on my list to knit forever.

And in 2019, one of my knitting goals was to swatch. And to swatch regularly for sweaters. I’m so bad about this; and I’m thrilled to be turning over a new leaf to less giving it up to chance and more the perfect fit.

This sweater is slow going because I haven’t had time to concentrate on it. But, it will get some love this weekend, I think.

I’m knitting it in Quince and Co. Osprey in the audouin color; I saw others knit it up with this yarn and I loved the drape on their garments.

Fingers crossed this seamed, robust cabled cardigan is everything I hope for this year.

f.o.: galloway hat.

45848527314_455f74a7f4_c
This hat! What a dream to knit. I bought a kit to make it from Brooklyn Tweed because I liked the idea of having just the right amount of yarn for the pattern, but I ended up having some extra of the main color way because I didn’t add a pom pom.

This is a fine detail color work hat but it’s super quick to knit and comes out looking fancier than the work reflects. I gifted this one to a colleague for the holidays and I think it was a hit.

The hat is knit with the gorgeous and amazing to work with Peerie Yarn, the newest line from Brooklyn Tweed. My kit was for the “Thatch” color theme–Burnished, Sea glass, Lovat and Humpback. I have a second kit for the same hat in a different color theme awaiting my needles.

f.o.: resist hat #4.

32008801737_707f92e460_cThis one is my best yet. I think my tension was really spot on and this hat shines if you actually knit it up using the suggested yarn–Quince and Co. Finch. This one used sabine as the main color and canvas as the contrasting. The dark and light really pop! so this one, I’m keeping it for myself.

Pattern is Mild Woman’s Resist Hat. See more of my Resist hats here.

f.o.: the doc’s new striped socks.

32698765958_6f6228e233_cThese were socks I knot for the doc for his Christmas gift. Readers of the blog know how much he loves hand knit socks and I have to churn out a few pairs a year to add to his collection.

These are a simple after-thought heel sock knit using Nomadic Yarns self-striping sock yarn in the Sharknado colorway. Boy, it pops.

See more of my socks here.

wip | (yet another) resist hat.

45482613524_1557e9bb57_c

I love these Resist hats. I’ve knit four of them already–so why not a fifth? This one is knit using Quince and Co. Finch in sabine for the main color and canvas for the contrasting.

This hat knits up really quick, so if you’re looking for some handmade holiday items as we wind down, this one is it. This is the first time I’ve used Finch for this hat–and it’s so worth it; the Resist is much stronger, clearer, and more dynamic and I think it’s the yarn choice.

See more of my Resist hats, here.

 

yarn | o-wool.

45293948625_8d9ff45e87_c

I’m really excited about this bundle of O-Wool O-wash organic merino wool in the brown bear color way, which looks slightly black and slightly brown and slightly forest green. It’s downright gorgeous.

This will be my first time knitting with O-Wool; it will likely become a Flax sweater for my partner, Sean.

Stay tuned.

f.o. | turtle dove sweater.

45746354382_2f318fe317_c

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.