f.o. | stripes.

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My modified Tea with Jam and Bread by Heidi Kirrmaier is finished and it fits like a dream. I’m really pleased with the finished product and feel like this will be one of the well worn additions to my wardrobe.

Here’s how I did it: I love the neckline of this pattern, so I used it as a base for my yoke. My stripes are approximately 2.25 inches wide between every color change and I decided on a split hem 2×2 rib at the bottom for a more relaxed fit. This garment is knit in the m1 size and has at least 7 inches of positive ease in the body.

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Knit up using perennial favorite Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the fossil and cast iron color ways, this neutrals sweater is a perfect fit for my sweater wardrobe. I definitely will use this pattern again in the future as a good top down modifier–the yoke takes on a square like quality because of the short row shaping at the neckline for a higher back (great for fit!).

Here are my project notes. Should I make one in a solid gray with pockets on front?

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.

f.o. | camilla babe.

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I have been wanting to knit a Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge for awhile now–but everyone I would knit for with child had boys or live in deserts, and while I’m very much anti gender specific colors or clothes, this feather and fan lace detail on the front, no matter in what yarn, felt too feminine for me to pull off for any babe but girl.

And then a colleague with child told me she was having a girl. But, I’d already knit her some booties, a hat, and a little striped t shirt sweater since its a July baby. While sitting around avoiding a project that’s languished, I looked at the skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Filtered Light colorway I had laying around, and boom, I started knitting the Camilla Babe, a Madder Root pattern.

It took two evenings to finish this sweater–the 3 months size–and it lives up to every idea I had about how it would look. The pattern is so easy to memorize; I’m thinking of making one for myself.

And so, that colleague, will get an extra special bonus hand knit. Maybe she will think I’m crazy?

fair isle, in progress.

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Here’s progress on my First Fair Isle Sweater by yu co, featured in Amirisu magazine. I actually had to rip a few rows back because I forgot to change my background color to the cast iron, and I want to follow the fair isle pattern as written.

This is the project I’m working on for the So Very Shannon “BT in the Wild” knit along, which started in August–the goal is to knit a sweater featuring either Brooklyn Tweed yarns or a Brooklyn Tweed pattern. I’m using Loft, which of course, is a dream, as always. Despite all knitters voting for a two-week extension, I’m still definitely not finishing in time, which is a bummer, but onto focusing on the positives.

I’m loving the way it’s coming out and I think my colors are contrasting enough to really show the color work. I learned some interesting new techniques for the neckline and sleeve shaping and if it fits well, I might use as a guide in the future. This is also a stash busting project–a goal of mine in most of my knitting for the past few years–and I’m thrilled to know I didn’t have to purchase new materials to make this sweater.

Here’s to cooler climes; I’ll have the impulse to work on it this weekend.

rook pullover, in progress.

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Here is a quick shot of my Rook Pullover by Kyoko Nakoyoshi right after I divided the body and sleeves. Paying attention during the increasing section and flipping between the sleeve and body charts was a pain since I read patterns on my phone, but it wasn’t a challenging pattern to understand, despite looking so!

I love the way its coming out. Instead of using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter as this pattern called for, I decided to try knitting it in Quince and Co.’s Owl Tweet yarn in the buffalo plaid colorway. The rich wine color is amazing, but now that we are headed into spring, I’m yearning for brighter, sunnier colors and this feels so winter.

Alas, next winter I will appreciate it, so I plod along.

Top down sweaters are my favorite because you can try them on as you go and I always struggle with fit–too tight, comfortable to wear but sloppy looking size wise, the whole gamut. I wanted this one to fit appropriately, so I am knitting the smallest size and hoping it won’t be too tight after blocking, though it should be fitted.

Here’s to hoping its completed in the next few days. What’s on your needles?

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…

striped.

I decided I need a comfy orange and greenish striped sweater as temperatures in Boston chill. I’m using Tea with Jam and Bread as my base because I’ve made it before and I loved the way it fit.

This time around, though, I’m doing 2 inches of striping in contrasting colors throughout the whole of the sweater and omitting the bottom pockets. I’ve also decided to do a split hem at the bottom.

This is yet another completely stash busting project, which thrills me to no end. The orange is Louet in the Riverstone light worsted  in gold leaf and the greenish gray is Cascade 220 heathers in fog heather. Project notes here.

Hopefully, I’m done in no time.

progress.

This is my Transmute pullover, which I have been working on since March. It’s my only knitting project these days. I’ve been more concentrated on getting my new home in order, doing DIY projects to furniture and other antiques, and working on smaller scale projects like cross stitch, then my usual mainstay: knitting.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the maker movement, the maker community, and the making. I am indebted to parents  who taught me the value of exploration with hands, and that having hobbies is life’s most important adventure. I hold true to those values and want to practice in those as much as I can. But, I don’t want to just make for the sake of making–that pattern everyone MUST knit right now, I don’t feel tied to, or obligated to, any longer. I used to have the urge; everyone knit an “Amanda” cardigan, does that mean I need to have one, too?

No.

Transmute is my homage to my new attitude toward making. Make what you want, but don’t feel the need to churn out project after project. Take extended breaks if need be; its healthy. Choose one thing to focus on for awhile, rather than having 10 projects going at once.

And so, Transmute is my current project, knit up using some Plucky Knitter Feet in the Good Ole Pip colorway for the main, and some Shi Bui sock I had laying around without a skein mate. I really love the subtle color difference between the purply gray and the pink–it’s not something I’ve seen before. That’s what I want my making to be; unique.

Snaps when its finished. I’ll be bringing it on my road trip right after Pitchfork Festival, which I’m sure will boast plenty of time for miles of knitting.

striped tosh.

It was chilly enough here in Boston today to wear my Ladies Striped Raglan sweater designed by Jane Richmond. You may remember I finished it last summer–but I believe this is only the second time I’ve worn it.

The espadrilles shocking pink is really perfect for spring and summer and is making me want to knit another since the fit is downright perfect. I’m imagining endless possibilities–colors, stripes, solids, etc.

Come next week, when my large move is complete, I can happily return to the making and knitting.

navona, revisited.

I knit this Navona Cardigan at least two years ago and when I decided to wear it the other day to work, I realized it was just the second time I’ve sported this finished garment.

Knit up using Madelinetosh Merino Lite, I didn’t love the finished product for some reason, but given to its hanger in my closet for a couple of years, the time away may have changed my feelings about the color combination.

What do you think? Wear it more often or leave it to once a year?