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.

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?

f.o. | striped hat.

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Back in 2013, I bought several skeins of Quince and Co. lark for their Striped Hat pattern. For some reason, they went in one of my stash bins to languish for four years.

I have no idea why this project got away from me for so long. Usually, in these cases, I rediscover the yarn years later, cannot for the life of me remember what I purchased it for, and repurpose the skeins into something else.

This pattern must have really stuck out in my mind because I rediscovered the yarn the other night and immediately dug out the pattern I had already purchased. This hat knits up so fast and the fit is like a dream. I love the rolled, turned in brim and its interesting construction.

My only modification was to do one less of the final row 1 -7 repeats. I thought the hat would be too tall if I didn’t make the slight adjustment. The height is perfect with the modification and it’s the only one I’ve been wearing since I completed it last weekend.

The pattern uses four skeins of Quince and Co. lark; I used the same color ways as the pattern called for: honey, frank’s plum, and gingerbread. I had mere yards of the main color (honey) left over because I didn’t complete all the pattern repeats, which means I have enough leftover to make another hat.

Read my project notes here. Expect to see a whole bunch more of these hats in my winter making this year; the color combinations are endless.

f.o. | lime socks.

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The first of these socks lingered on the needles for nearly a month. When I finally finished the first, the second came swiftly and had me thinking: I really should learn to knit two at a time using magic loop.

These were knit up using less than one skein of Three Irish Girls sock in this shocking lime green, and bits of ends of Malabrigo Sock in aguas for the toes and heels. I love the way they turned out. I love that almost every sock set I’ve knit in the last couple of years have been complete stash busters.

This is my favorite sock pattern–a standard 3×1 rib with after thought heel. And, it fits the doc like a dream.

See more of my socks here.

stash | quaere fibre.

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Grabbed this beauty from Quaere Fibre out of my stash to make some socks for the doc, who has a birthday coming up and much appreciates the hand knits.

Quaere self-striping sock yarns are hand dyed just down the road from me in Rhode Island. This is the snips and snails colorway, which so far, is knitting up some gorgeous–the socks I’m knitting have an after thought heel, a technique that always looks amazing with self-striping sock yarns.

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I wonder how many stash busting projects I’ve completed in the last year?

f.o. | season pass.

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This is the Plucky Knitter Season Pass hat I knit for my sister in law this past holiday. I really wanted to stick closely to one of the color stories presented in the original pattern because I thought the intended wearer would appreciate it based on her style and dress.

This was yet another entirely stash busting project, which I love. The only issue? Even though I selected worsted weight yarns, they were all different kinds and I think it drastically effected the height of my hat. It was SO tall–and I’m a fan of tall hats. I didn’t check my guage because I never do with hats. As it grew, I realized if I completed the decreases as the pattern called for, the hat would be unwieldy. I fudged the top; decreasing every round instead of every other. The result is more elfish than I had hoped for (that’s my lingo for pointy at the top) but I think it’s cute anyways. I’d definitely explore and consider what I could do to make this hat a better size next time around.

Stash busting projects are fun for experimentation. Knit up using bits of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the purple mystery colorway, some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in woodsmoke, and Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in espadrilles.

Should I take another pass at this hat?

 

hunting | orange.

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I knit my brother a Roku Hat in this shocking neon orange for Christmas. He’s into skeet shooting these days and an avid outdoors man. He needed an approrpiately knit hat. And while I finished it so closely to when I gifted it, I failed to grab a snap of it. However, here’s to hoping he wears it.

Entirely stash busting, I used half this skein of Manos Del Uruguay Maxima in the Zinnia colorway. I’m glad I found a use for this yarn, originally bought as an accent color for a cowl I decided against knitting. Thus is the way it goes.

Here’s to even more stash busting projects in 2017.

wip | riva hat.

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The Riva Hat, as part of Quince and Co.’s Sea Smoke collection (which also features a sweater I definitely want to knit), is a must knit. I decided to use Brooklyn Tweed Shelter instead of the called for Quince and Co. Lark because I had a bunch of it in my stash, and because I’ve been really obsessed with Brooklyn Tweed yarns for a few years now and often choose to knit with it if I can. It’s just so easy; those colors, the wool feel, the slight tweed. It’s a dream yarn.

And so, the Riva hat gets the Brooklyn Tweed treatment and its a beautiful fit. Knit up in the following colorways: Almanac for the main and Fossil for the white diamonds. I used tiny bits of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the chartreuse colorway for the smaller diamonds because I had it on hand and no Hayloft, which would have been my color choice.

It’s a really quick knit–if you’ve got a Sunday afternoon to spare, make this hat. I’m already envisioning other color combinations.