blocking | christmas in july.

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Despite having knit this sweater at the end of the summer (getting ahead on Christmas gifts!), I finally got around to wet blocking it this past weekend.

Isn’t it a beauty? Tanis Lavallee has the best patterns; easy to follow, cool techniques, and beautiful end results.

The Christmas in July sweater was no exception. I absolutely want to cast on another one. This version is for my 4 year old nephew (I envision it as one of his go-to ski sweaters when he hits the slopes this winter) and now I want to make one for his little brother and myself.

Endless color combinations. Have you knit one? If not, you should. What’s more, this version I did was a complete stash buster. If you have odds and ends of mostly used sock yarn and the like, this is the perfect project to eat away at those bits.

Finished snaps, soon.

christmas, wip.

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Literally–and figuratively! I decided to knit my nephew a Christmas in July sweater by Tanis Lavallee this July–and guess what? I’m gifting it to him for Christmas. It’s all come full circle.

I decided to use up my Knit Picks Palette fingering yarn–which I have 100 hues of and is perfect for the little bits you need for this sweater’s yoke (yes for more stash busting projects!). Normally I like to make super wash wool sweaters when kids are involved, but this is meant to be a special ski sweater and can therefore handle a dry cleaning or a gentle hand wash inconvenience.

I really love the way it turned out. It was a simple but entertaining knit. If you are new to color work, this is a great starter–even though I’m not new to the technique, it would be easy for a beginner to tackle incorporating yoke increases at the neckline and color work. Finished snaps, soon.

frosted alpine x 3.

This is the third Frosted Alpine hat by Tanis Lavallee that I have completed. I love this hat more than any other baby hat I’ve made because it is perfect for a newborn, a toddler, and quite frankly, I’m thinking about making the adult version for my guy. It’s so versatile and quick. I can knit one of these for a baby or toddler in one evening. So satisfying!

Plus, it’s a great stash buster project. You need very little worsted weight yardage in three colorways; and I certainly have plenty of half skeins from leftover projects laying around all the time. The combinations can be endless.

Make one of these for a future baby in your life–for a friend, a family member, yourself even!

This one was knit up using leftover bits of (from top of hat to bottom): Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in composition book gray, Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran in lucky penny, and Malabrigo Worsted Merino in continental.

Here are some other versions of my frosted alpine. And the notes on this most recent one I made for my nephew, who is 2 1/2.

schoolboy vest no. 2.

I made another School Boy vest by the incredible Tanis Lavallee for my friend r.r., who is about to have her second child. Unlike the first one I made, I decided to do the modified version with the scallop edging on the bottom and I love the way it turned out.

This vest seems like it would be so versatile; many different color combinations, and I can imagine, easy for a mom to throw on her baby in colder weather like we have here in Boston.

This was knit up using Madelinetosh tosh vintage in composition book gray for the main color, and remnants of Madtosh in tomato, as well as Tanis Fiber Arts green label in shadow and chris gray for the colorwork on the bottom.

school boy vest and booties.

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Some recent gifts, given to a co-worker for her first baby. This is the School Boy Vest by Tanis Lavallee, knit up using three different colorways of her gorgeous Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran Weight–chris gray, lucky penny, and shadow.

The baby socks were also knit using remnants of the chris gray colorway, and are just so cute and small.

In addition to these little items, I also included a little knitted elephant, Elijah by Ysolda Teague.

stash & plotting.

There’s nothing better than a yarn delivery. Last week, I received three amazing skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran in the chris gray, lucky penny, and shadow colorways for some baby gifts. This yarn is so gorgeous it might be my new favorite, even though I used it to knit my French Braid Cardigan last year to much admiration.

I also scooped up six skeins of my go-to (and most often used) worsted weight yarn, Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, in the espadrilles colorway. Now, I don’t normally wear pink, but the light socket brightness of this particular color way just drew me in; its really unique and I wanted to hip my wardrobe a bit. I haven’t nailed down the exact sweater pattern for this particular yarn yet, but I’m edging toward either Yellow Brick Road, the Effortless Cardigan, or Perkins Cove (I saw it knit in worsted weight yarn by Fringe Association and gushed).

I’m leaning towards Yellow Brick because I think this shocking pink really deserves a bit of lace detail.

Ideas? Thoughts? Feedback please? Any other suggestions for what sweater I should knit with the tosh? Your favorites? What would make this color way shine?

biz casual.

These socks were a gift for my guy Sean for christmas this year. Knit up using malabrigo sock in the turner colorway and a touch of peach for the toe line detail (which happens to be my signature). Usually I make standard 3×1 ribbed socks with a pop of heel and toe for him (it’s a standard sock that he wears often and fits him well), but this time I decided to gift him something a bit fancy with the argyle patterning. The twisted stitch is easy to memorize and these take no time to make.

For more on the business casual socks by tanis lavallee, look here.