f.o. | scrappy boot socks.

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It’s about that season–heavier boot socks. And so, I made another version of my favorite Purl Soho Boot Socks using a whole bunch of bits and ends from other projects. The palette isn’t the most pleasing but they’ll be hiding in boots and who doesn’t want to wear super wash merino wool on their feet?

This is a great project for stash busting–these were knit up using bits of Malabrigo Rios in frank ochre and yerba, and some Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in found pottery.

The doc is a super happy recipient.

See more of my socks here.

knitting | scrappy flax sweaters.

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My sister in law loves a matching outfit on her three boys. I usually knit them all the same pattern and add personal flair for each of them (my oldest nephew, Tyler, loves yellows and greens; my middle nephew, Ryan, likes pink and orange; and my youngest nephew, Grant, likes anything you put on him at this point).

Enter their Christmas presents this year–scrappy Flax sweaters. This is my first time knitting this pattern and I have no idea what I was waiting for. It’s simple but has some interesting details to keep you entertaining, and unending sizing in good chunks for little kids so that my nephews can wear these this winter, but also grow into them further (win, win!).

I have loads of bits and ends of really super yarns like Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage and Malabrigo Rios (oh, I can’t forget the TINY bit of Tanis Fiber Arts) laying around and figured I could use them up if I made these Flax sweaters in bold stripes. Plus, if you can’t wear a yellow and pink sweater at 3 years old, when can you?

I did make a little mistake on my oldest nephew’s version–I didn’t leave the center sleeve stitches in garter stitch, instead somehow managing to use it all the way around the sleeve stitches. Whoops. The knitting hive mind has assured me it’s a small detail and no one will notice; I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to rip back when I didn’t notice this mistake until I’d basically finished the body.

At least his will be most unique, right?

The yarn is the aforementioned in colors like espadrilles, copper penny, frank ochre, azul profundo, yerba, lettuce, glazed carrots, and chris gray. It was the perfect use for a bunch of scraps in my stash.

Here’s to hoping my nephews love them. Finished snaps, soon.

knit | scrappy sweaters.

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I always have a ton of odds and ends from various projects–little bits of really nice yarns that I can’t bear to throw out and don’t know what to do with because the leftovers aren’t quite enough for a hat or other small accessory.

I decided to use all my fancy bits of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage and Malabrigo Yarn Rios for some scrappy, striped sweaters for my three nephews; they love bright colors and figured it was a way to get really nice, superwash merino wool garments on them!

I’m using Tin Can Knit’s Flax Sweater pattern because its so great for stripes and the garter details on the sleeves gives it a bit of interest and is a little less boring to knit than a straight stockinette stitch. Also, I’d never used this pattern before and it’s been on my list forever. Every knitter needs a few Flax sweaters in their life, right?

Here is my 3 year old nephew’s sweater in progress–he loves pink and I thought this bright pop of tosh in espadrilles would be much appreciated by him. His little brothers features blues and coppers and grays, and the oldest boy’s will be greens and maybe orange. I love how these are coming out. I tested out my color stories in my knitting journal to see if I’d like the way they looked. It’s a great way to visualize before you knit.

You can see more snaps of my knitting journal here.

How do you use up the rest of your yarn?

knit | let’s dress crazy birthday socks.

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I always knit some birthday socks for the doc because he loves them so much. These ones are my favorite, The After Thought Heel Socks, and they fit like a dream.

Knit up with Quaere Fibre self-striping sock yarn in the Let’s Dress Crazy colorway. I love this small batch fiber–I’ve used more than one color way and they always come out smashing even when knitting something simple like stockinette stitch.

Check out more of my socks. Here’s another pair knit in Quaere.

knit | road trip.

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I just returned from two weeks on the road, camping. I brought with me four skeins of Quince and Co. Sparrow in the rille colorway (a salt and pepper marl yarn) for a Purl Bee Notched Hem tanktop.

And while I’m rounding the finish line already on this garment, I mostly read on the trip. In fact, I’m also rounding the finish line to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and I started it just about two weeks ago.

Hurrah for accomplishments, knit and small, big Russian literature and short memoir.

What are you knitting? Reading?

f.o. | striped hats.

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The Striped Hats pattern by Quince and Co. is for sure my favorite pattern this winter. It’s simple, easy to memorize so the project is good for travel or knitting in public, and they knit up in a day or two. Plus, the color combinations are endless and you don’t need large amounts of wool to create these–perfect for stash busting, particularly those small partial skeins from other projects to use in the small stripes sections.

The doc asked for a couple brighter hats—most of the ones I have knit for him through the years are gray, dark charcoal, forest green, red. He was looking for purples, oranges, turquoise.

And lucky for him, because these projects are so speedy, he has two new hats at the ready.

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The purple one is knit using Malabrigo Merino Worsted in periwinkle as the main color, some small bits in indigo and tiger lily, respectively.

The green version features Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, main color in sap, and contrasting stripes in cast iron and sweatshirt.

Both of these hats are complete stash busters! I’ve already made a few more of these since. They will be gifted to everyone in my family this holiday season, and I now have two versions for myself. Don’t expect to see me wearing any other hats this winter–the fit of the rolled brim is a dream.

See my ravelry notes here.

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!

baby knits | purl soho essentials.

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I adore Purl Soho patterns–particularly their baby knits, which I’ve made a million times over for the impending bundles in my life.

I can’t tell you how many pairs of baby mocs I’ve made–and I always gift them with the garter ear flap hat because I think they go nicely together and can be knit up in complimentary colors.

This time around, I knew my colleague was having a girl; but knowing she will likely have another child in the future, coupled with the fact I dislike gender expected garments, and that she doesn’t appear particularly “girly” to me (whatever that means), I thought she’d appreciate something less than pink. Or purple. Or pale green. A lot of pale green is used for girls these days to feel less gender specific.

Instead, I went with off whites, grays, and dark blues. I really like the result.

My only mod was on the garter ear flap hat–I did striping in the reverse stockinette at the crown, and instead of a tassel top (which I’ve made before), I decided to use the remaining six stitches as an i-cord to make a top knot. The i-cord was about 3 inches long and then after BO, I knotted it up. I love the modification.

These were knit up using little bits in my stash leftover from other projects (win!), including Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine in flan, and bits of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in whiskers, flycatcher blue, and composition book gray.

Its recipient was quite grateful, which makes all this handmade stuff worth it. To provide unique items and to show your care, in some small way, is invaluable to my making process.

wip | merrifield.

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I love Pam Allen’s patterns for Quince and Co. They are always beautiful and have small details–like Merrifield, which features a square neckline and the use of slipped stitches to create cool cables.

This was such a fast knit. I don’t know why it was finished in just a handful of days and not any marathon knit sessions. But I think it’s shape, drape, and boxier fit will be perfect on my petite frame. The kestrel yarn grows with wear, so I’m excited to see how the finished product looks.

All it needs is blocking. I didn’t make any mods, knit the second smallest size because I’ve used kestrel for garments before and find that it grows and my frame (particularly my torso) is very petite, and used the same color way as the sample–urchin. I think, of the three color ways I’ve used before, this is by far my favorite.

Finished snaps, soon.

f.o. | birthday stripes.

33294929604_947fd8ae80_cThe doc loves my hand knit socks. He wears them almost religiously, until its swamp summer climates. And every holiday, birthday, celebration, or just because, I make him a pair.

He’s amassed quite the collection. A lot of them have been phased out of wear because I won’t darn holes in socks. That’s the wear they get.

Here is his 34th birthday socks, gifted to him yesterday. These are a classic after thought heel sock (perfect for self-striping sock yarn), knit up in Quaere Fibre sock in the snips and snails colorway. Aren’t they gorgeous?

I definitely want to know a few more pairs with this yarn–hand dyed by a Rhode Island based fiber artist. Grab some! You won’t be disappointed.

Here are my project notes.